Sue Lauwers, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #78875
Sue Lauwers is a Marriage and Family Therapist who believes we all have our stories; like hers and like yours, along with our choices, our stories reflect why we are exactly where we are at this moment. Sue feels very fortunate to have lived a full life before she entertained the idea of becoming a therapist, and as a consequence, she has had a wide variety of amazing experiences which have contributed to her personal understanding of life outside of, as well as inside the academic world. Before Sue landed in Santa Barbara, she was raised in the Midwest where she studied art and dance. She was awarded a scholarship to study abroad where she continued her education in the fine arts in Belgium. Eventually she married a Belgian artist and they raised a family together in Santa Barbara. Through the trials and tribulations of her marriage and family relationships, her interest in psychology was peeked and she decided to study at Antioch University.
Sue has been a licensed marriage and family Therapist since 2014, trained in working with people who have been diagnosed, identified and labeled with a broad scope of mental health terms. Sue believes that you are more than a diagnosis or a label, and understands that these mental illness identities trap people into a belief about themselves that is most often not true.
When Sue meets with a client, she looks to their health rather than focusing on the problems they share with her and she tries to help them understand that they come fully equipped with innate wellbeing. Sue points her clients towards the understanding that the only thing they have to fear, is fear itself. She helps them see that their thoughts are like an artist’s brush, they create a personal picture of the reality we live in. For Sue, the Wellspring community is akin to an arts studio where they work collectively and most importantly, individually, so that each and every one of us can create our Masterpiece.
Sue specializes in using body oriented practices to enhance conscious awareness. She has been a certified yoga teacher since 1996 and from 2010-2012 she studied Somatic’s ( the mind/body connection), with Richard Strozzi Heckler. Sue is trained as an Open Focus coach which encourages attentional flexibility by synchronizing the right and left brain hemispheres to an Alpha state which is particularly helpful with learning differences and anxiety.
Young adults through adulthood. Addictions/Substance Abuse, Anxiety Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Depression.