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Providing mental health services in the Chattanooga area since 1999

Susan Speraw, PhD, RN

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant University, Los Angeles

PhD and MA (Psychology)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), MN (Nursing)

California State University (CSULA), BS (Nursing)

Therapeutic Approach

I consider each client and their concerns in the context of their families and relationships, using cognitive-behavioral interventions and brief, solution-focused strategies that build on strengths.

Treatment Issues

Grief, loss and bereavement, including death of a child and/or miscarriage; adjustment to medical/health-related problems in oneself or a family member, including chronic conditions and life-threatening illness, disability, genetic disorders, chronic pain, end-of-life concerns; marital, family or parenting relationship issues; school adjustment; life transitions; depression, anxiety.

Treatment Population

School-age children, adolescents, and adults, including couples

My Journey

From personal experience, I’ve learned that growth is a lifelong process. My career began in maternity and pediatric nursing, working primarily with immigrants and refugees and in underserved communities. Following a serious injury that permanently threatened my mobility, I transitioned to my personal “Plan B” and pursued advanced education in clinical psychology so that I could always have the capacity to work serving others. Life has taught me that it is possible to thrive despite overwhelming challenge. Across the decades and in two professions, I’ve been inspired by my clients as they courageously confronted some of life’s most challenging circumstances: relocation or migration, the death of a child, family member, or patient, receiving a serious medical diagnosis, surviving trauma, assault or abuse, losing a job or career and needing to find another, facing unexpected disappointments or life changes, living with chronic pain, discovering or suspecting a learning disability or developmental delay in oneself or a child, being anxious, depressed or alone without social support. In all of those instances, I’ve been privileged to walk part of life’s journey with my clients, to help them recognize and build on their strengths and see the world with fresh eyes and renewed hope. The sum total of these experiences has impressed upon me the crucial role of emotional support and the truth that mental health is not static; it is dependent on our capacity to believe in ourselves, grow and change, and connect with others in meaningful ways.

Favorite Quote

"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." -T.S. Eliot

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou