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Susan Chase, LMSW

Licensed Masters Social Worker, specialized in working with children

Susan Chase completed an Masters in Social Work in 2015 from the University of Kansas with a special focus on working with children and families. She has experience working with children and teens experiencing depression anxiety, self-harm, ADHD, high functioning autism and behavioral disorders.

Susan also has experience working with children experiencing divorce and adjustment disorders due to family conflict. Her years in community mental health has provided her with experience working closely with Douglas County school systems and foster care agencies.  Susan seeks to create a safe, judgment-free space for families to talk about the challenges they face and how they would like to make change in the future. 

Susan focuses on delivering therapeutic services to young children and their families in a positive collaborative effort,  building on a foundation of strengths within the family and other community supports. Susan utilizes cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy and family systems therapy models to help clients identify treatment goals based on their own values to make meaningful change in their lives. 

Susan believes success in therapy begins with building a strong connection with the client as well as family. Susan’s style of therapy is fun, creative and supportive. Working from a strengths-perspective, Susan takes time to get to know her what motivates her young clients to help them learn new ways of coping with internal or external stressors.  Susan believes every child wants to do well and is committed to helping those that need that extra little help to be the best they can be.  

From Dr. Wes: The search for a therapist for younger children can be a long and difficult one, not just for parents, but also for our practice. We've been interviewing therapists with training and experience working with younger children for almost a year and never found what we were looking for until Susan Chase applied. Ever clinically trained social worker has to have two years of post-masters supervision and thousands of hours of varied contact. Susan is about three quarters of the way through that process and she'll be finishing her training here at Family Psychological Services and then will continue on as a LSCSW, hopefully by January 2019. Until then clients will have some unique opportunities. First of all, Susan is the only therapist at FPS who is actively taking KanCare (Medicaid) children and teens and she will continue to do so for at least the next three years. Second, until the first quarter of 2019, Susan is available to take sliding fee scales for clients who have high deductible policies or high copays. However, as an LMSW Susan cannot yet take insurance, so if you're interested in the reduced fee, it won't count toward your deductible or out-of-pocket yearly healthcare cost, nor can you use FSA or HSA funds to cover her services. Susan is also participating in our "Right Fit" program in which clients who have are or have recently been seeing a non-FPS therapist can receive a 60 minute cost-free consultation to see if her services might just fit you better.

We're excited to have Susan join our team and to broaden our services to younger children in the Lawrence, Kansas City, and Topeka area. If you've got kids in the middle school and younger range, we think you'll be excited too. And, keep an eye on this page for our new play-therapy play room, coming later in 2018.

Susan Chase Scheduling

PLEASE READ BEFORE USING THE SCHEDULING CALENDAR BELOW: Susan's calendar will appear online later this summer

 

It starts with building trust...

In my experience, parents often come to that first intake session feeling at a loss on how to make positive change in their child’s behavior. I will listen to you carefully and compassionately as we all come up with a plan that works for your family. Helping children build confidence in themselves, reach goals and reclaim their joy of just being a kid is what drives me every day.  I am honored to work with families as they step through the challenging process of understanding what mental illness for their child means for them. I look forward to joining you on that journey."

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Areas of Practice

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Young Children and Family Therapy

Susan has experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders impacting young children, adolescents and their families . She works with each member of the family and identifies unique family traits and strengths to enhance and drive a customized treatment plan. Susan strives to integrate feedback from every member of the family so everyone feels part of the process
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Trauma

Susan has extensive experience helping children and families navigate the school system. She knows how a child’s mental illness can impact school performance. In close collaboration with support staff from the child’s school, Susan will help children and families identify strategies to help minimize symptoms, find creative solutions to classroom challenges and build important social skills with peers and adults

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Trauma, Anxiety and Family Conflict
Susan has a special interest in working with children who have survived traumatic events that impact the child’s ability to feel safe, secure and valued in their world. Susan has experience working with children with sleep disturbances, anxiety, severe temper outbursts and aggressive behavior as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. Susan is patient, kind and takes care to create a safe space for this important work.