Susan Melendez Doak, LPC, brings over 13 years and over 25,000 client hours of work to her practice, delivered in multiple settings across the United States. Growing up overseas as a bi-racial “third culture kid,” Susan understands clients in times of transition and change, and brings laughter and strength to her sessions. Susan’s particular area of focus are adolescents/teenagers in crisis situations (depression, anxiety, suicidal Ideation, violence), parents, and people of all ages and life circumstances in seasons of change. Her time spent working in a group residential facility in Massachusetts early in her career taught her to handle very difficult situations in a holistic context, involving families and larger support networks. Married for 17 years and the mother of two young children, Susan offers practical, realistic, active help to families and individuals. Susan welcomes LGBTQ clients.
Owner and Therapist; Newberg Counseling & Wellness, Newberg OR (2018–present)
Private Practice Therapist; Counseling Services of Portland, Tigard OR (2013–2018)
Counselor and Clinic Manager; Lutheran Community Services Northwest, McMinnville OR (2011–2013)
Mental Health Clinician, NAFI Massachusetts, Boston, MA (2006–2011)
Education: Evangel University (Springfield, MO)
MA, Marriage and Family Therapy (AGTS)
BA, Religion, Psychology
Additional Trainings and Ongoing Education:
Anger Management Specialist; National Association of Anger Management
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Collaborative and Proactive Solutions
Newberg Counseling & Wellness invites clients of all backgrounds, ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, and life circumstances to a transformative experience.
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