Kathy J Susman, MA, Certified Psychologist with Autonomous Functioning

Counselor

Coordinator of Counseling Services

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Narrative of Services:

I work in a college counseling setting that provides counseling services which are available to all current students enrolled at Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. Students present with a variety of mental health concerns, some of which relate to OCD and BFRB’s. My recent training through the BTTI program has enabled me to more confidently grow in my treatment of persons experiencing OCD and related symptoms.
I have participated in multicultural, anti-racism, and intersectionality awareness-raising programs and strive to provide a service and treatment interventions that are sensitive, aware, and respectful of a student’s culture, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, etc. I recognize the importance of continuing to evaluate and challenge non-affirming policies and institutional status quo and work to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students and colleagues.

Training Description:

I received training in graduate school in diagnosing and treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I have continued to work with persons experiencing different mental health disorders including OCD. I was supervised in practice prior to becoming independently licensed in 1990. My continuing education has included CE’s related to working with persons experiencing OCD. I most recently completed specialized training in treatment of OCD in 8/2019, with supervision completed in 4/20, with a specialist in the treatment of OCD and Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs).

I have had multicultural and diversity training in my graduate program, continuing professional education conferences and workshops, and in different work settings. I have a background where I have experienced marginalization as it relates to gender, SES, and Urban/Rural culture. I am sensitive, caring, and welcome working with others who may also experience marginalization related to their diversity.