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Susan Martinez is a Psychotherapist licensed by the state of NJ. She is experienced in treating mental health issues, complex trauma and issues related to immigration, the migration process, and acculturation. She is adept in providing therapy to adolescents, adults, couples and families. While her approach tends to be holistic in nature, Susan also provides traditional short and long term therapy, in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
Prior to her work in private practice, Susan dedicated much of her career to issues surrounding complex trauma and immigrant populations. She worked for several Non- Profits in the state of New Jersey, where her focus was on serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Much of her work has been dedicated to serving the Latino community and other immigrant / marginalized populations. Susan has experience in working with the following populations:
American, (North American)
Latin American, (Central, South America) i.e. Colombian, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Ecuadoran, Honduran, Mexican, Salvadoran, Peruvian, Venezuelan.
Caribbean, (Cuban, Dominican, Haitian, Puerto Rican).
Asian, (Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese).
Asian, (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan).
Additionally, Susan has experience in working with members of the LGBTQ community.
Susan is an expert on immigration issues. She is mindful of the unique stressors and impact that the migration process can create for immigrants, including: isolation, family, relationship, employment, cultural identity, integration, and inter-generational issues. Susan is aware of the intersectionality of all of these, and how they impact well-being, mental health, and living a fulfilling life.
Susan is a trained forensic expert. She has extensive experience evaluating and writing affidavits for U Visas, VAWA Petitions, extreme hardship, cancellation of removal, and political asylum cases. Susan trained at the Columbia University Asylum Clinic and is familiar with the Istanbul Protocol. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network, where she conducts psychological evaluations documenting evidence of torture and persecution for survivors fleeing danger in their home countries. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Susan furthered her education by completing a SEAK training in order to become an even more effective expert witness.
Susan's qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and teaching certification for grades K-12 from the state of New Jersey. Susan earned her master’s degree from the Rutgers University School of Social Work in New Brunswick, N.J., where she graduated with highest honors and an additional certification from the Rutgers Addiction Counselor Training program. Additionally, Susan holds a certification in treating Complex Trauma. Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Susan has studied mediation and holistic healing since 1981 and she is a certified Reiki Master. She is also a certified Yoga Instructor at the advanced 700 hour level. Susan has taught yoga and meditation practices throughout New Jersey and the Tri State area since 2001. Her original certifications were in Hatha Yoga and Taoist Yoga. In 2009, she completed a rigorous, 100-hour Teacher Training Intensive in the Sri Vidya tradition, with Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati. In 2015, she completed an additional 200 hour Prana Yoga Teaching certification with Doctor Jeff Migdow, former Director of the Kripalu YogaTeacher Training programs. Moreover, she is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation. Susan trained at the Santisukha Buddhist Meditation Center from 2002- 2006, with the Venerable Sung O Sunim.
A sought-after speaker, Susan facilitates workshops on the following topics:
Self- Care for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals
Working with Latino Adolescents and Youth
Healing from Child Abuse and Trauma
Domestic Violence & Restraining Orders
Yoga & Meditation
Susan has presented at the following venues:
American Ballet Theater
Dwight and Church
Edna Mahon Correctional Facility
Easter Seals Corporate
Raritan Valley Community College
Somerset County Library System
Woodbridge Township Schools
Susan's speaking engagements are suitable for the public, corporate and private sector.