Susan Berthiaume specializes in working with young people with behavioral issues, anxiety, anger management and self-esteem issues, depression, family conflict, trauma, teen violence, self-harm, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation. Furthermore, she has worked extensively with LGBTQ youth.
Susan is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Attachment-Based Family Therapy, among other modalities. Moreover, she is certified in Reiki and yoga for youth.
Before joining the Newport Academy team, Susan worked as an outpatient clinician at the Wheeler Clinic in Connecticut, providing assessment, drug testing, and diagnosis. At the Clifford Beers Clinic in New Haven, Connecticut, she specialized in the treatment of individuals across the life span diagnosed with autism or intellectual disabilities.
Susan is profoundly influenced by the work of Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl on resilience and the importance of finding meaning, even in the worst conditions.
Newport Academy…in her own words
“Treatment is truly individualized at Newport Academy. Each resident is given a team of providers who are dedicated to improving their quality of life and fostering confidence in their abilities. Our residents are offered a safe environment to form meaning out of negative life experiences and to build healthy therapeutic relationships.”–Susan Berthiaume
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut
- Undergraduate degree in Allied Health Science from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
- Child Evolve Yoga Teacher Training Intensive