Susan Goodman, LCSW has worked with children, adolescents and adults for more than 28 years, in private practice, schools, and hospitals. She is an Adjunct Lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches about Parent/Child Work. She maintains a private practice in Westport, CT and NYC.
Certified in the psychoanalytic treatment of children and adolescents from The Post Graduate Institute and Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, she earned her MSW at NYU Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Goodman edits Developmental Lines, the newsletter of The Child and Adolescent Section of Division 39 of the American Psychological Association,and serves on its board. She presents at Clinical conferences, conducts workshops for parents, educators and clinicians, and enjoys writing for professional publications. Previously, she served as the middle school counselor at Rye Country Day School, Psychotherapist to families at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Senior Consultant to ChildFirst where she trained and supervised Clinical Directors and their teams in Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Psychotherapy.
Ms. Goodman also has a graduate degree in Journalism from Northwestern University. As a writer, she reaches for the parts in each of us that sing, in pursuit of our stories, told and realized in the shared small moments.
Drawing on many different approaches, trainings and techniques, Ms. Goodman is most informed by developmental theory and practice. Other modalities that inform how she listens and works are trauma-informed psychotherapy, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, CBT, interpersonal neurobiology, and attachment theory (based on infant-parent research.) Her work is insight-oriented, playful, and pragmatic. These many lens allow flexibility to provide an experience based on one's needs and personality style.
While theories help to inform and guide her work, they do not limit or define it. Her approach is patient-centered, holding that each individual is unique. During a process of change, depending on the focus of therapy, a certain combination of approaches may be more effective than another. Generally, cognitive behavioral modalities are effective when addressing very specific concerns or problems. Psychodynamic or relational therapies allow for a deeper exploration of long-standing patterns, personality styles, and relationship conundrums.