Danny Sussman

Professional Counselor Associate, QMHP
(They/Them/Theirs)
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My Bio

Hello there, I’m Danny! In essence, I believe that we all possess the incredible quality to adapt to the world around us for survival. However, sometimes this means conforming to systems designed to harm us. In my work, I strive to assist clients in taking their power back from both systematic and interpersonal mistreatment and reclaiming their intrinsic right to community, culture, nature, and joy. My role as a counselor is to work with my clients in a collaborative effort to open a door (or bust open a window) to a vibrant and meaningful future.

Therapy isn’t just two (or more) people sitting together in a room talking. Each of us carries the weight and histories of our identities and intersections into the space. The ideals and expectations of endless productivity and individualism are deeply ingrained into our culture and they have impacted each and every one of us in ways that keep us isolated and afraid. I would be doing my clients a disservice to claim that I am an expert in all forms of suffering or hardship, especially as a white therapist. However, I have dedicated myself to providing equitable and accessible care. Part of that means I hold a responsibility to continue to learn and challenge my own understandings while staying open to potentially uncomfortable conversations.

My approach is heavily influenced by Liberation Psychology as well as multicultural and feminist theories, while incorporating aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a Humanistic framework. I hold an MS in clinical mental health counseling from Portland State University as well as a BS in psychology, sociology, and women and gender studies from the University of Colorado. I have a wide-ranging background of experiences working in community-focused mental health settings including crisis centers, hospital settings, recovery centers, queer resource centers, and clinical internships. I am inspired deeply by the PNW and I am eager to serve the people who live here.

My Focus

  • Queer and LGBT+ Issues
  • Trans + Gender Affirming care
  • ADHD
  • Trauma Processing
  • Fat Positivity and Body Inclusivity
  • Boundaries
  • Childhood Abuse + Neglect
  • Identity Work
  • Social Activism
  • Attachment
  • Polyamory + Non Monogamy
  • Issues Related to Sex + Kink
  • PTSD + C-PTSD
  • Burn Out + Compassion Fatigue 
  • Discovering Joy
  • Dissociative Disorders + DID

My Approaches

  • Person-Centered
  • Humanistic
  • Strengths-Based
  • Psychoeducation
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Culturally Competent
  • Feminist
  • EMDR (coming soon)

 

 

Supervised by: Catherine Sims, LPC