Therapists

Suzanne J. Goudzwaard, Psy.D.

Dr. Goudzwaard is not currently accepting new therapy clients. Please call the office to check her availability for Parental Responsibility Evaluations.

Dr. Suzanne Goudzwaard earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2012.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Previous to her career in psychology, Dr. Goudzwaard earned her MA in Special Education and worked for 6 years as a special education teacher and parent educator in New Mexico.  Dr. Goudzwaard has practiced in a diverse range of settings including: elementary, middle and high schools, teen homeless shelter, community mental health center, residential drug treatment center, out-patient drug treatment center, and primary care offices.  Dr. Goudzwaard has also practiced and conducted research in an international setting.  Originally from New Mexico, she has been living and working in the Grand Valley since 2010.

Dr. Goudzwaard’s approach to therapy:

My approach to therapy, consultation and psychological assessment is founded in Adlerian psychology.  This approach is integrated, strengths-based, optimistic, trauma-informed, holistic, creative and collaborative.   I believe each client is a unique individual whose current place in life is a combination of physiology, experiences and choices.    My goal in therapy is to assist the client in identifying their current strengths and abilities with which they can address their current challenges.  I believe that all individuals have strengths and all individuals are capable of making choices in life that moves them forward.

Dr. Goudzwaard provides therapy and/or consultation services for:

Children, adolescents and families struggling with:  

  • ADHD, Autism, Bipolar, substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, self-harm, developmental delays
  • Adoption/foster care related issues
  • Relocation/immigration adjustment issues, cultural and sexual identity stressors
  • Parenting skills training

Adults of all ages struggling with:

  • Schizophrenia/Schizoaffective, PTSD, Anxiety/OCD, Depression and Bipolar disorders with or without psychosis
  • Change in Life issues (cultural, gender identity, sexual preference, relocation, health concerns, grief/loss, immigration)
  • Dual Diagnosis (mental health diagnosis and substance abuse disorder)
  • Borderline intellectual functioning and life skills training

Services may include creative therapy including: play therapy, art therapy and animal assisted therapy.

Services in Spanish also provided

Dr. Goudzwaard provides the following types of evaluations/assessments:

  • Full psychological evaluations (including cognitive and personality components) for children, adolescents and adults
  • Parental Responsibilities Evaluations
  • Lifestyle Assessments

Résumé

Education

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Certificate in Adlerian Psychotherapy, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, 2012.

Masters of Arts in Counseling, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, 2009.

Masters of Arts in Special Education, Western New Mexico University, Gallup, NM, 2004.

Bachelors of Arts in Theology, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA, 1999.

License

Colorado: Licensed Clinical Psychologist: PSY 3955

Experience

Community Mental Health Clinician: Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Grand Junction, CO.

School Counselor: Grand Mesa Middle School, Grand Junction, CO; Anglican International School, Jerusalem, Israel.

Substance Abuse treatment clinician: Haymarket Center, Chicago, IL; Center for Guidance, Jerusalem, Israel;  Mesa County Schools, District 51, Grand Junction, CO.

Integrated Care Clinician: St. Mary’s Family Practice, Grand Junction, CO; PrimeCare Community Health, Chicago, IL.

Youth Homeless shelter consultant and clinician: The House, Grand Junction, CO.

Parent Educator: Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup, NM; Adult Corrections, Gallup, NM.

Special Educator: Gallup-McKinley County Schools, Gallup, NM.

Professional Affiliations

APA: American Psychological Association
CPA: Colorado Psychological Association
NASAP: North American Society of Adlerian Psychology

References

Upon request