About Me

Hello, my name is Susan. I write about what it’s like to live with a chronic illness, steps you can take to minimize the emotional roller coaster of feeling sick, dealing with doctors, and trying to squeeze self-care in among all of life’s other responsibilities.

I’m also a licensed psychologist who lives with a chronic autoimmune condition.

It’s a great combination because I have a unique perspective: I see issues facing those of us with chronic illness from both perspectives – the clinician, and the patient.

My formal training was about the intersection of physical health and mental activity. In other words, how our health affects us emotionally, and how our emotions and actions affect our physical functioning.

My experience includes behavior modification, lifestyle change, mental health treatment (in medical facilities), and teaching.

When a diagnosis isn’t going away, it’s time to find new opportunities to reshape and expand the boundaries of what we thought we were capable of.

I truly believe everyone deserves to, and can, implement lifestyle improvements to help us reduce the impact of (and risk for more) long-term illnesses.

It’s all about getting down to the underlying reasons we are “stuck” in unhealthy patterns, and I aim to help as many people as possible get that momentum going!

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Here are some examples of articles I’ve written or interviews I’ve provided:

To contact me, you can fill out the form below, or just email me at doctorstrivetothrive@gmail.com.


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