Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (Routledge, 2018)

The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out (Quest Books, 2012)

Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a social worker, psychotherapist and author who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma and PTSD. She has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades in diverse settings: inpatient, outpatient, and medical with adults and children, and trained in the Harvard medical teaching hospitals in Boston, MA. She is a Karuna Reiki® Master, Kripalu trained yoga teacher (RYT 200), and shamanic healer in the Celtic tradition.In addition Susan studied Past Life Regression Therapy with Dr. Brian Weiss.

Susan’s book The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out won several awards including; the Alumni Media Award for Written Work by Simmons College School of Social Work, the Silver Nautilus Award for Health and Healing and was runner-up at the London Book Fair in the category of Spiritual Books.  Susan speaks internationally on the psychological and holistic treatment of PTSD. Her second book: Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice  has just been released!

Susan is passionate about helping people heal fully from even the worst traumatic histories. She believes in the power of attachment and caring in the helping relationship, and likes to carry a big metaphorical tool kit. She has done decades of her own healing work, practices meditation daily, and strives to live mindfully and with a compassionate heart in her professional and personal life. Susan is a continuous learner and is excited to bring many modalities to her healing work. She has worked on several boards of directors to support her local healing and artistic communities. She loves to laugh and in her spare time enjoys performing improvisational comedy. Susan lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She is grateful for her supportive friends, family and wise animal companions.

Susan is currently on leave from her practice as she makes some changes in her work and bolsters her health. Look for news in Fall of 2020.


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