Dr. Sue Mandel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology. Dr. Sue has been in private practice in Los Angeles for 28 years seeing adults, couples, parents, and young children, and singles over 40. She supervised interns at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Preschool and Infant Parenting Service, has been a consultant for therapists, and developed First Attachments Infant, Child, & Parenting Center for families with children birth through 5 years. For several years, Dr. Sue has also specialized in coaching 40+ singles who need help figuring out, and moving past the barriers that prevent them from successfully reentering the dating world, and creating a happier "second chapter".
Dr. Sue's orientation focuses on relationship dynamics, as well as the psychobiology of relationship distress, and the subsequent strategies we develop early on to both prevent and alleviate personal pain. She draws on relational psychology, attachment theory and developmental neuroscience to understand the role of early experience in shaping our later patterns of intimate connection or disconnection, emotional regulation, self-esteem/self-acceptance, and approach to life's challenges. Dr. Sue believes education is an important part of the therapy that helps empower clients in their own process.
"As your psychotherapist I am aware of your vulnerability and how hard it is to take the first step and make that call. But when you do, you'll find a warm, compassionate person on the other end who listens and strives to hear what you need. My goal is for us to identify and understand the problems you're struggling with, then work collaboratively to resolve these issues for a more satisfying life. Oftentimes we don't know what drives us to think, feel, or act in particular ways. We wind up in great emotional and physical pain, causing pain in others, and making poor choices that leave us miserable.
I am dedicated to helping you feel more secure, confident and satisfied in the important areas of your life. We'll pull together to loosen the grip of your confusion and frustration, feeling stuck by behaviors and choices that contribute to---and help maintain---chronic self-defeat, lackluster relationships, and overall disappointment with life. Better understanding of early experiences and their powerful influence - discovered in the context of a trustworthy relationship - leads to a better understanding of your current difficulties. This enables you to develop more satisfying relationships, more effective interpersonal skills, and greater flexibility to life's challenges.
Right now you may believe that this is "just the way you are", or that your situation is too complicated to even untangle. While this is understandably how you feel, it is not the way it has to be. Let's chat briefly and see if we can come up with other options to try."