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Welcome to Susan J. Friedman Relationship Counseling

I would like to introduce myself to you. I am a licensed clinical social worker in private practice, counseling individuals, children, couples and families in distress, with over 30 years of in depth individual, family and group clinical experience including Child Welfare and Domestic Violence. I will work with you to assist you in developing your best coping strategies in this complicated and sometimes frightening and lonely world.


As you know, couples become unhappy for a variety of reasons namely poor communication, unrealistic expectations, and a lack of intimacy or loving feelings. Other difficulties reported by distressed couples include specific topics such as money management, jealousy, conflicts over values and problems with in-laws.


By the time couples consider therapy, many have also considered the option of divorce. My focus if possible is to intervene to resolve or improve these key issues hopefully to avoid injury to families that might result in dissolution or prolonged litigation.


“Therapy gives you the choice to change.” Susan J Friedman Relationship Counseling
  • Do you occasionally feel like what you accomplish is just not quite good enough no matter how hard you work?

  • Do you sometimes put off personal and/or work projects, waiting until you can get them just right?

  • Do you assume that you are not deserving of healthy relationships no matter how hard you work to please your significant others?

  • Do you believe that you should dedicate 100%, or more, to everything you do or else you will be second-rate or even a failure?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you may be trying to be perfect rather than simply working to do your best. Perfectionism refers to a set of self-defeating beliefs and actions aimed at reaching impossible and unrealistic goals. Perfectionism is often mistakenly perceived in our society as beneficial or even as essential for success.

The wish to be perfect can rob you of a sense of personal contentment and cause you to fall short of your real potential; in other words, to achieve as much as you could if you set realistic goals.

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