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 varying ages (children (6 +), 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 even exhausting. My goal is to help you understand yourself and your relationships more deeply and find more effective ways to cope with life changes, whether planned or unexpected.
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.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (113426)
Employed and supervised by Simi Markar, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (46537),
Director of Mindset Counseling Group
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)
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, East Bay Chapter
Included on Dr. Elaine Aron's List of HSP-Knowledgeable Professionals
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
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.
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.
Grief, Anxiety, HSP & Older Adult Groups Offered
Sharing a part of our healing journey with others who may have some common experience can help us know we are not alone and offer another avenue for healing through connection.
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.
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.
Session Length: 50-minutes
Fee: $120 per session
(sliding scale available based on financial need)
Payment: check, cash, credit card (Square), PayPal accepted
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 consultation to see if we would be a good fit.
SUZANNE FISCHER COMELO, 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
39845 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont CA 94538
Helpful Information and Resources
Highly Sensitive Persons & Children
Dr. Elaine Aron's Website & Resources
Self-Test (Adults & Children): HSP Self-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.
by Julie Bjelland LMF
by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.
by Barrie S. Jaeger and Elaine Aron
Highly Sensitive Children (HSC) Books & Parent Resources
by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D.
Other Parent Resources (Dr. Elaine Aron)
(website and blog by Maureen, a parent of an HSC)
by Jamie Williamson
by James Williams
by James Williams
by C. M. Tolentino