Suzanne Fischer Comelo

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Providing a Safe, Non-Judgmental Space for Healing

Are you struggling with the impact of trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties or major life changes? We all can use support to navigate life at times. I’m employed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist at Mindset Counseling Group in Fremont, California.  I’d love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. I have experience working individually and in groups with people of varied ages (children ages 6 +), pre-teens/teens, adults, older adults/seniors and from diverse cultural backgrounds.  I have supported clients with a wide range of issues and my focus areas include: anxiety, trauma, depression, grief and loss, work stress and burnout, life transitions, and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs).  

Life can be overwhelming and sometimes exhausting. My goal is to help you understand yourself and your relationships more deeply and find more effective ways to cope with life and relationship changes, whether planned or unexpected.

 
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About Me

As an HSP myself, I have navigated my life with gifts of deeper processing that also come with unique capacities and limits that need to be honored to avoid overwhelm.  My own journey led to a career change, from a profession riddled with overwork and burnout to my counseling career, which enables me to use my strengths to help others, while honoring my need for balance.

PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (113426)

Employed and supervised by Simi Markar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (46537),

Director of Mindset Counseling Group

EDUCATION

MA in Counseling Psychology

Golden Gate University

ADDITIONAL TRAININGS, SEMINARS & EXPERIENCE 

Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT) (training)

Attachment-Focused Play Therapy (training)

Psychotherapy & Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs)

Mindfulness (four 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreats)

"Effectively Supporting Safe & Inclusive Spaces for LGPQ-TI Clients & Colleagues" (training)

"Crisis De-Escalation & Safety in the Field-Working with System-Involved Families"

"Transforming Stress & Trauma: Fostering Wellness & Resilience" (training)

Grief Recovery Method (group participant)

"Mindfulness & Grief" (San Francisco Zen Hospice Center)

"Awakening Our Hearts: Exploring White Privilege to Build Authentic Relationships Across Difference"

"Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom" (Seminar)

"Connection Practice & Connection Experience" (Rita Marie Johnson)(Seminar)

Family Paths Parent Support Hotline (training & past volunteer)

AFFILIATIONS:

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, East Bay Chapter

Included on Dr. Elaine Aron's List of HSP-Knowledgeable Professionals

 

Services Offered

I have experience providing clients in the East Bay with a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re seeking help for yourself, your child, or an older relative and whether you are looking for individual, couple or family support - my therapy sessions are designed to increase awareness, strengthen your confidence, and support your healing process and improved relationships. Take a look at the services I offer, and reach out for a free phone consultation today.

Individual Therapy

A Healthier, Confident You

In our therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I can help you explore coping skills you've developed to navigate life and help you decide which ones are of benefit, can be modified, or no longer serve you.  We can find valuable tools to give you more choice in how you cope with life’s obstacles. Get in touch to book an appointment.

Group Therapy

Grief, Anxiety, HSP & Older Adult Groups Offered

Sharing a part of our healing journey with others who may have some common experiences can help us know we are not alone and offer another avenue for healing through connection.

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CURRENT GROUP OFFERINGS:

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSON (HSP) GROUPS:

Online HSP Skills Group (Level I)(6-wks)  

Starts: August 7th  [IN PROGRESS] [FULL]

Meets: Fridays @ 10am - 11:30am

Online HSP Skills Group (Level I)(6-wks)

Starts: October 7, 2020 (Sign ups Open)

Meets: Wednesdays (6:00pm-7:30pm) 

Duration: 6 weeks 

Cost:  $240 (deposit $40; balance due 50% at start & 50% at end) 

RSVP:  by September 23, 2020

Ages: 18 and over

Size: small (max 5-6 members)

Location: California, state-wide, online/video

About: This is a closed group, facilitated by an Associate MFT (HST), providing a structured agenda to incorporate education, self-exploration and group sharing.  Living and working in a non-HSP world can impact an HSP’s sense of self, well-being, physical health, boundaries, and tolerance for social, family and work activities. HSPs are often the default caretakers and confidants. Some feel out of place in their own families, relationships and jobs, often comparing themselves to others, not realizing they may just have different strengths and capacities. Many go through life with their filters wide open, pushing and enduring, until they burn out from trying to conform. Join fellow HSPs for safe, mutual support & skills-building to learn how to better navigate your non-HSP world.

Online HSP Support Group (Level II) (6 wks)

Starts: Fall 2020 (TBD)

Meets: TBD

Duration: 6 weeks

Cost:  $225 (deposit $40; balance due 50% at start & 50% at end)

Ages: 18 and over

Size: small (max 5-6 members)

Location: California, state-wide, online/video

About: This support group is facilitated by an Associate MFT (HSP), providing a semi-structured agenda to incorporate some education, while fostering self-exploration and group sharing and support. This group is for HSPs who have completed an HSP Skills Group or have a base level of understanding of the HSP trait, how it manifests for themselves, and some coping skills in managing overstimulation. Come join fellow HSPs in supporting one another and discovering new ways to navigate life more successfully in this non-HSP world.

(*If you only recently learned you are/might be an HSP or are fairly new to trying to adapt your life to capitalize on your HSP trait while minimizing overwhelm, please register for the HSP Skills Group first.)


Future HSP Groups ( Oct & Nov 2020 - TBD)

Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future HSP Group offerings.

ANXIETY GROUPS: 

Teen (14-17) Anxiety Groups

 

NEXT Online Teen Group (Starts Oct 1st)

Therapist-facilitated support group for teens with anxiety from various stressors (ex: school, online learning, peers, social media, grades, online school, COVID-19, family). This group offers a safe, supportive space to learn how thoughts, feelings and behaviors can impact our mood, energy, sleep, confidence, focus, health, relationships, etc. You're not alone. Together, we'll learn tools to better manage anxiety, fears and stressful situations so we can enjoy our lives more.  (THURSDAYS @ 4pm-5:15pm; 6 wks; max 6 teens; cost: $210 (Deposit $40; 50% due at start 50% due at end).  


RSVP by 9/17/20 to Suzanne at comelo.suzannef@gmail.com



Tween (Adolescent)(10-13) Anxiety Groups (Fall 2020 - Date TBD)

Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Adolescent/Tween Anxiety Group offerings.

Adult (18+) Anxiety Groups (Fall 2020 - Date TBD)

Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Adult Anxiety Group offerings.

​(**Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Teen Anxiety Group offerings.)



GRIEF GROUPS: 

Future Grief Groups (TBD)

Feel free to email your interest in being added to a list for notifications of future Grief Group offerings.

SUPPORT GROUPS FOR OLDER ADULTS (60+): 

Online OA Groups Forming (Fall 2020)

In-Person OA Groups (Resume after COVID)

Couples Therapy

Support for Your Relationship

I support couples in improving their communication and understanding of each other and the strengths and needs of their relationship. With the help of various therapeutic methods, you can develop new understandings, new attitudes, and new hopes for your relationship. Developing knowledge and skills to navigate complex relationship topics in respectful, loving ways can be of great benefit.  Schedule an appointment today to begin your journey toward stronger connection.

Family Therapy

Strengthening Your Family Connection

Family Therapy can be an invaluable way to increase awareness and understanding of your particular family system and the subsystems and individual roles that sustain it.  It can help you learn to better communicate, connect and support one another and your family unit. Contact me today to learn more about how family therapy can help you and your loved ones thrive.

Children and Adolescents

Creative Art, Play & Narrative Therapy

Children and teens face multiple changes and challenges at these key developmental stages, which can result in increased anxiety (social and general), depressed feelings, decreased self esteem, and peer rejection that may negatively impact their lives at home and in school.  I use a variety of creative, play, narrative and mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques to connect with kids and teens, to meet them where they are at, and to help them reconnect with their sense of worth, build confidence, and learn new skills to better express their feelings and needs so they can more capably navigate change, relationships, school, and life.

 

A Bit About Therapy

Personalized Attention for Your Needs

I use an integrated, humanistic approach, drawing on various psychotherapy methods to help foster more self-understanding among clients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings about their life situations. Therapy is a healing process and it requires participation and investment from both client and therapist. I have experience using brief and long term models and, ultimately, even small changes to unconscious patterns and old coping behaviors can improve one's ability to cope with and enjoy life. 

"We don't have to do it all alone. We were never meant to."​   - Brene Brown

 
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Helpful Information and Resources

 

Highly Sensitive Persons & Children

Dr. Elaine Aron's Website & Resources

Website: www.hsperson.com 

Self-Test (Adults & Children): HSP Self-Test

Self-Test for HSPs who are also High Sensation Seeking:  HSP-HSS Self-Test 
http://hsperson.com/test/high-sensation-seeking-test/


Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)  Books  

The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You
by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

The Highly Sensitive Person's Workbook
by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.

Brain Training For The Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques To Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions: An 8-Week Program

by Julie Bjelland LMF

The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You

by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.

Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person

by Barrie S. Jaeger and Elaine Aron 


High Sensation Seeking HSPs (HSS-HSPs) Books  

"Emotional Sensitivity and Intensity: How to manage intense emotions as a highly sensitive person" 

by Imi Lo

Highly Sensitive Children (HSC) Books & Parent Resources

The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them

by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.

Other Parent Resources (Dr. Elaine Aron)

Parenting the Highly Sensitive Child

(website and blog by Maureen, a parent of an HSC)

Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child 

by Jamie Williamson

Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes (My Highly Sensitive Child)

Book 1 of 2: My Highly Sensitive Child 

by James Williams

Supporting the Highly Sensitive Child: Making Sense of Meltdowns (My Highly Sensitive Child)

Book 2 of 2: My Highly Sensitive Child 

by James Williams

My Great Big Feelings: A Story for Sensitive Children

by C. M. Tolentino

Ducks Over the Lake

Fees

Session Length: 50-minutes


Fee: $120 per session

(sliding scale available based on financial need)

Payment: check, cash, credit card (Square), PayPal accepted


Insurance:  CIGNA only.  

(As of May, 2020, CIGNA has started reimbursing services provided by Associate MFTs, who are supervised by Licensed MFTs who are members of CIGNA.  Thus, my services can now be billed to CIGNA through our Director, Simi Markar, LMFT.)

 

Contact Me

I love helping people reconnect with their own wisdom and develop the tools they need to better cope with life’s challenges and more authentically engage in life.  Contact me today to set up a free 15-minute phone consult to see if we would be a good fit.

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SUZANNE FISCHER COMELO, Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#113426), employed and supervised by Simi Markar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#46537), Director, Mindset Counseling Group.

MINDSET COUNSELING GROUP

SKS Building

39845 Paseo Padre Parkway

Fremont CA 94538

(510) 497-1516

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©2019 by Suzanne Fischer Comelo, AMFT, employed and supervised by Simi Markar, LMFT, Director, Mindset Counseling Group