Photo by Laurie Klein

Photo by Laurie Klein

My Philosophy: Everyone can learn a more effective way of managing their life, their job, their family. All it takes is good enough knowledge, the will to change, time, effort, practice, and encouragement. Through a combination of techniques gathered from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Short-term Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness Training, Life Coaching, Interpersonal Neurobiology and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation I help individuals and groups learn, develop and practice effective strategies for engaging in the process of healthy change and growth.

For Groups: I offer Workshops, Seminars and Presentations on many subjects related to parenting, learning issues, media issues and anxiety management.  My audiences include parents, teachers, peers and others wanting to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth. You can view a full listing of my presentations here. Please contact me if you are interested in having me to speak with your group or at a function.

Click here to listen to a sample of my talk, Separating Feelings from Behavior.

For Individuals: My private practice specialties include:

-Parenting/family issues
-Anxiety Management
-Coping with and managing a learning disability or neurobiological challenge such as ADD or TBI in a loved one or yourself
-Chronic pain/illness

It’s never too late to learn skills for positive change. If you are ready to learn some new skills and take a step toward change call me at 203 216-3751. If you prefer to communicate via email rather than phone, you will acknowledge that I cannot guarantee the confidentiality of email communications. My email address is

I can help you learn skills that will make a positive difference for you and your loved ones.


Kids and Media: Implications for SEL in the classroom and beyond 

Presenting full day workshop and alumni address at Alverno College Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS) series.  Milwaukee, WI. March 1, 2018

Managing the Impact and Influence of Digital Devices and Content:
What to do, how to do it and why it’s important

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Co-Presented with Chris Parrott, BPS Chartered Counseling Psychologist

We are all trailblazers in a new frontier – The Digital World. Travel there, via electronic devices, has become so ubiquitous, swift and compelling that it is common to find ourselves there for long stretches of time unaware of how far we have strayed from essential Physical World resources and needs. Because the digital territory is so new, and there are few, if any, experienced guides, parents often feel overwhelmed, scared, daunted and/or defeated. Some resort to Command and Control. Others throw their hands in the air. Some alternate between the two. None of these approaches are particularly helpful to kids who want and need to travel in the Digital World.

Join us to learn how to take a different approach based on an understanding of the science of how both devices and human relationships can influence behavior. The presentation will include practical, flexible and straightforward guidelines for teaching the skills needed to manage digital devices and content so children and parents can travel in and out of the Digital World with composure, mindfulness, resilience and good health.

This presentation is appropriate for parents with children of all ages.

Two Free Presentations:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018,
10:00-11:30 AM @ Wilton Library
 registration recommended – or 203-762-6334 or click here
7:00-8:30 PM @ Weston Library   registration recommended – or click here


Part 2 – Followup discussion

After trying what you have learned from Managing the Impact and Influence of Digital Devices and Content, participate in a lively discussion bringing questions and honing your skills on Digital Media Management.

April 24, 2018; 10:00-11:30 AM; Wilton Library

Please register early we need a minimum of 25 registrants for program to run.

A separate registration is required for part 2. Please use or 203-762-6334 to sign up

Sponsored by: Weston Library, Weston Youth Services, Wilton Library, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton Youth Services, SPED*NET Wilton



 Worried About Your Child’s Worry?

Top 10 Tips for Helping Your Kids “Talk Back to Worry” and Become Confident and Healthy Lifelong Learners.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Is worry getting in the way of your child’s learning? Do meltdowns take valuable time away from play, homework and other experiences that can build skills, confidence and relationships?

In this talk, I will present 10 tools for turning the tables on worry so you and your kids can learn more, play more and feel better about yourselves and your relationships


 Stress and Learning: Managing the Impact of Anxiety

Join me to learn about the neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and worry; a model for understanding how these mechanisms impact the brain’s availability for both learning and interpersonal connection; and a set of practical skills for managing worry that fosters self-regulation, increased capacity for learning and improved interpersonal relationships

Sponsored by: Smart Kids with Disablities

Date & Time:  Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 

Place: Westport Library

Target Audience: Parents, Caregivers & Teachers

Registration:  The Westport Library Website.

Too Stressed to Learn: Practical Strategies for getting worry and anxiety out of the way in the Classroom, during Homework and Beyond

ADHD and anxiety often go hand in hand in ways that can adversely impact learning and relationships. In this presentation, the neurobiological mechanisms of anxiety and their effect on the brain’s availability for learning and interpersonal connection will be reviewed. The session will also include description of a practical, skill-based model for managing worry that can reduce the impact of stress and increase the brain’s readiness for learning, regulation, and relationships.

The Annual International Conference on ADHD is the major research, practice, and public information conference dedicated to ADHD. Conference sessions will focus on providing current science-based information and the impact of this information on the lives of individuals with ADHD. The conference will bring together parents of children with ADHD, adults with ADHD, clinicians, educators, researchers, coaches, organizers, advocates, and others. Major goals for the conference are to disseminate the latest developments in research, to facilitate an ongoing exchange about issues related to ADHD by individuals with different experiences and viewpoints, and to increase public understanding of the disorder and its impact.

Presented at: The CHADD Annual Conference       

Sponsored by: CHADD, the National Resource on ADHD

Date & Time:  Conference: November 9- 12, 2017
                        My Presentation: Friday November 10 2:45pm – 4:00pm

Place: Hilton Atlanta,  Atlanta, Georgia

Target Audience: Parents, Caregivers & Teachers

Registration:  At the CHADD Conference Website

 Managing Media: WHAT to do, HOW to do it and WHY it’s Important

Chris Parrott and I will be discussing the what, how and why parents and caregivers should consider when managing children’s media consumption.  Check back for more details and updates on this exciting program.

Sponsored by:       

Date & Time:  March 10, 2018 Time TBD 

Place: Weston, CT & Wilton, CT – details TBD

Target Audience: Parents, Caregivers & Teachers

Registration:  TBD


Other Engagements

Too Stressed to Learn: Practical strategies for lessening the impact of stress anxiety and worry in the classroom and beyond – Presenting at The Annual International Conference on ADHD, Connect & Recharge, November 9-12, 2017 in Atlanta GA

Kids and Media: Implications for SEL in the classroom and beyond – Presenting full day workshop and alumni address at Alverno College Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS) series.  Milwaukee, WI. March 22-23, 2017

Foundations for Resilience and Self-Regulation: Cornerstones for Future Success  – A presentation to Staff at Children’s Day School of Wilton, Wilton CT, February 22, 2017

Susan in the Media

Wilton Bulletin Managing the College Process, March 12, 2017

Wilton Bulletin Parent workshop addresses importance of choice, autonomy, December 1, 2016

The Hour – Workshop focuses on building parent communication skills, October 21, 2016

Guest Expert on ImpactADHD, October 10, 2016

Guest Expert on Tech and kids  July 16, 2015

Guest Expert on Impact ADHD July 14, 2014
Wilton Bulletin  January 7, 2014
Guest Expert on Impact ADHD June 10, 2013
Wilton Magazine March/April 2013

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