Independent Practitioner

Susan Dorfmam

Susan Dorfman

The work of healing has been Susan’s life path. As a child she was highly sensitive and empathic, acutely attuned to the feelings of those around her. This sensitivity has served me well in my clinical practice. She was also drawn early on into the world of nature and found refuge there. The cathedral of nature sheltered her and continues to offer refuge to her heart and soul.

Susan owes much of her own healing to her training in Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy, exposure and immersion in meditation for the past 20 years, time spent in the woods, at the ocean, doing herbal apprenticeships, working to create sanctuary gardens, and her work as a potter. She takes seriously the need to spend time in the places which nourish our souls. During these times of immense global change it is even more important to nurture oneself and to find a channel of connection to oneʻs spiritual path. Part of her work is to assist people in finding their own unique connection to the place of passion and creativity in their lives. Lack of this connection is often reflected by feelings of emptiness, depression, grief, addiction and illness.

After many years of training in Body Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy, Susan decided to pursue a Masterʻs Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She chose Lesley University because of its commitment to issues of diversity and Social Justice. While working towards my Masterʻs degree, she read much evidence-based research on the efficacy of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) as a method for resolving trauma. EMDR is a process of bilateral stimulation to the brain which has been shown to help process trauma. She completed a 6-month training in EMDR through Boston University and utilizes it with many clients. Susan also offers EMDR as an adjunctive therapy for clients working with other practitioners.

Healing happens through opening a channel to the heart, through being attuned and caring towards our own internal states of being and all of our life experiences. She can assist you in doing this in an environment of safety and gentleness. She works with issues of anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, ptsd, self esteem, spiritual meaning, creative expression, relationship challenges and divorce.

Susan continues to place her focus on integrative methods of healing (Body-Centered Gestalt Psychotherapy, EMDR, Reiki, and mindfulness), while staying grounded in the foundation of an attachment based clinical framework. Susan is currently studying Chinese Medicine and creating gardens for healing and sustainability.

The Greek root of the word “Psychology” makes reference to the care of the soul. Susan’s practice of psychotherapy is truly “attending to the care of the soul.” Though not an easy path to choose, it is a path with heart, meaning, and greater self-awareness which ultimately leads to a more fulfilling life. Susan is passionate about her work and loves to assist others. She welcomes the opportunity to meet with you. Susan can be reached at 413-329-6942.

Individual Sessions: $150
Couples Sessions: $175

Background experience: M.A. in Counseling Psychology Lesley University, May 2009, B.A. in Psychology and Studio Art, University of Vermont, May 1985, 7 years of training in Body Centered Gestalt Therapy, EMDR levels 1 & 2 completed June 2008, Reiki levels 1 and 2, EFT level 1, Beginning and Advanced Apprenticeships in Herbology, Medicinal Aromatherapy Certification, Certified Angel Therapy Practitioner with Doreen Virtue, Two years of training in Healing Science with Barbara Brennan

Conflict Resolution


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Energy healing & clearing

Energy work


HFI Body Centered Psychotherapy


Incest issues

Life Transitions


Personal growth

Physical pain & illness


Qi Gong Healing

Reiki Healing


Each independent practitioner is a sole proprietor of their own private practice. There is no supervisory connection between the Partners, Associates and the Independent Practitioners.