TO SUPPORT and ENCOURAGE others  to embrace all the mysteries and vagaries,  profits and losses inherent to life

TO EMBRACE life's paradoxes, both joyous and sorrowful;

TO EMBRACE life's responsibilities to Self and Other, both through play and work;

TO FIND GRATITUDE for and meaning in those experiences. . .gracefully towards BALANCED,  authentic, mindful, and soulful living.

TO PROMOTE body, mind and spirit awareness and wholeness; loss and grief as both an integral part of suffering as well as a creative, restorative and often painful link towards personality development, autonomy, conscious living, vocation, and individuation;

TO PROMOTE Education of the Heart - the process of bringing forth from within that which is our authentic Self;

TO promote consciousness, recovery; and 

TO  EDUCATE and share with those seeking, tools for living a balanced and meaningful life innate to their human existence and experiences. 
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           W  E  L  C  O  M  E     T  O . . . 
                  O  U  R    V  I  S  I  O  N    &    O  U  R     M  I  S  S  I  O  N  . . . 
                                        . . . the inner life that Jung described [as] the secret life we all lead, by day and night, in constant companionship with our unseen, unconscious, inner selves.

          when human life is in balance, the conscious mind and the unconscious live in relationship. There is a constant flow of energy and information between the two levels as they meet in

                                        the dimension of dream, vision, ritual . . . religious experience, and imagination . . . the forms of interaction with the unconscious that nourished our ancestors.

                                        --- Inner Work, Robert Johnson 
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             ABOUT HEART-TO-HEART DEPTH . . .
  • Brief, solution-oriented & Long term, insight-oriented Psychotherapy

  • Mindfulness Living Techniques 

  • Native American Animal Medicine & Sacred Path Readings 

  • Dream Tending, Analysis & Consultation

  • Therapeutic PsycheCollage 

  • Innovation Recovery and Relapse Prevention 

                  ABOUT SUSAN  . . .
MYTHOLOGY: my life; my colorful and ever changing personal mythology is relatable; throughout much of it, I have sought a Gnostic (seeker of knowledge) way of life, seeking solutions from within: psychology and spirituality have always been close to my heart. Where many others have been or presently are, I have been at one time or another in my lifetime to many of those places; of course in a different pair of shoes: marriage, mental health, dis-ease, children, jobs, education, divorce, death, illness, domestic violence, single parenting, relationships, traumas, caregiving, and more. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I was primary caregiver to my father for several years until he passed in March of 2018. I enjoy photography, reading, writing and researching anything related to depth psychology and spirituality or depth-oriented living. I write poetry, enjoy movie going, gardening, collage, drawing, and visiting the beach whenever possible. I like to stay civically awake to what is going on in politics and in the world. I practice meditation, stretch, yoga and mindfulness living. During a visit to Chennai, India in 2006 I was told my fortune by an Indian man, his parrot and a deck of tarot cards. I was told you will live to be 116 at which time you will gladly greet death. So, beginning a new career late in life seems doable if I am to believe I will live a long life. 

VOCATIONAL PURSUITS & CONTINUED EDUCATION:  Destiny and a lifetime swarming with starts-stops-and-start-back-up-agains, as well as multiple and multifarious loses have catapulted me into this wisdom-based vocation of depth psychology at the age of 56. While many of my peers have been preparing for retirement, I have been preparing for a new career: finishing up my undergraduate work in English with an emphasis in Technical Communications and matriculating into graduate school at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA where I received my MA degree in Counseling Psychology in 2012, at the age of 61. I completed EWU's Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate in May of 2016; I have received training to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through International Association of Trauma Professionals (2013). Because of my time shared with my father and primary caregiving responsibilities, I have not dedicated much time to educational opportunities outside my office. However, with my father's passing in 2018, that is changing.

CLINICAL PRACTICE: I practice under the supervision of a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist . My goal as a practitioner is to support and facilitate psychological and personality development, recovery, higher consciousness, and to make a positive difference in the lives of those who suffer psychically and somatically and who earnestly seek relief from their suffering. As a depth psychotherapist, I am open to many traditional and non-traditional therapeutic interventions and techniques such as Motivational Interviewing (MI), Active Imagination, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Empty Chair, Therapeutic PsycheCollage; Creative Art and Play Therapy, Native American Animal Medicine and Sacred Path Readings, and Somatic Awareness techniques and many others.

Untitled Document “We are like sleepwalkers, not knowing what we are doing or where we are heading. Whether we can wake up or not depends on whether we walk mindfully on our Mother Earth. The future of all life, including our own, depends on mindful steps.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
APPROACH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY: One of my favorite words that apply to self-awareness is "wake-up" or stay awake or be awake to what is going on around and within. As a practitioner, I integrate several different psychologies including Analytical, Archetypal, Imaginal and Somatic. I utilize several schools of psychology including Jungian, Gestalt, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Narrative, Existential and Transpersonal. I focus on complexes, unconscious patterns, relationships, and the development and maturation of the personality;a process Jung called individuation. Most importantly, I go where my client takes me and utilize modalities according to client needs! I value the experiential (learning through reflection upon doing) as the source for finding soul and meaning, which I feel is where one meets their purpose in life. As well, I provide a safe and nurturing environment. As both a professional practitioner and practitioner of life, it is essential that I not ask of my clients something I would not or could not ask of myself; therefore, I practice, what Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961) refers to as the sine qua non, the training analysis:

    The psychotherapist . . . must understand not only the patient; it is equally                important that he should understand himself. For that reason the sine qua non      is the  analysis of the analyst, what is called the training analysis. The patient's       treatment begins with the doctor, so to speak. Only if the doctor knows how to       cope with himself and his own problems will he be able to teach the patient to       do the same. Only then. In the training analysis the doctor must learn to know         his own psyche and to take it seriously. If he cannot do that, the patient will not     learn either.
 --- Jung, 1989, p. 132
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HEART-To -HEART is a wellness and recovery service located in Yakima Washington, which offers
brief and long-term Depth Psychotherapy, Education, and Consultation to individuals, couples, families,
group and community members.

HEART-To -HEART utilizes and embraces: the mind-body-spirit paradigm, as a means to individuation
and wholeness; depth psychology as a therapeutic orientation in treatment modulation, encouraging clients to
embrace its philosophies as a way of life; and multicultural spiritual principles as adjuncts to psychotherapy.

HEART-To-HEART specializes in: Depth Psychology & Psychotherapy, Addition & Recovery, Trauma,
Education of the Heart, and Grief & Loss, maintaining loss as both an integral part of suffering,
as well as a creative and restorative link towards autonomy, conscious living, vocation, and individuation

HEART-To -HEART offers the following traditional and non-traditional therapy options for those who suffer
from the complexities of living and for those who may also experience painful somatic and psychic symptoms such
as anxiety, depression, phobias, post-trauma stress, addiction, insomnia, compulsions, shame, guilt, relational issues and more: