Making a Personal Connection
For Change

Susan Chase, LSCSW

Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker, specialized in working with children and teens

Susan Chase completed her Masters in Social Work in 2015 at the University of Kansas, with a special focus on working with children and families, and her LSCSW in 2018. She has experience working with children and teens with depression, anxiety,

self-harm, ADHD, high functioning autism, and behavioral disorders. Susan also works with children undergoing divorce and adjustment disorders due to family conflict. Her years in community mental health provided her experience working closely with Douglas County school systems and community resources. In her sessions, she creates a safe, judgment-free space for families to talk about the challenges they face and how they would like to make change in the future. 

Susan focuses on delivering therapeutic services to children and families in a positive collaborative way,  building on a foundation of strengths within the family and other community supports. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused, narrative, and family systems therapy to help clients identify treatment goals based on their own values to make meaningful change in their lives. 

Susan believes success in therapy begins with building a strong connection with the client as well as family. Susan’s style of therapy is fun, creative and supportive. Working from a strengths-perspective, Susan takes time to get to know her what motivates her young clients to help them learn new ways of coping with internal or external stressors.  Susan believes every child wants to do well and is committed to helping those that need that extra little help to be the best they can be.  

From Dr. Wes: The search for a therapist for children, especially younger ones, can be a long and difficult process. Susan Chase makes that easier. We're excited to have Susan on our team and to broaden our services to children in the Lawrence, Kansas City, and Topeka area. If you've got kids in the middle school and younger range, we think you'll be excited too.

Susan Chase Scheduling

PLEASE READ BEFORE EXAMINING THE CALENDAR BELOW: Susan's availability for appointments is listed below. You CANNOT schedule here, only see availabilities. Her evening and after school schedule is typically filled during the school year with existing clients. Regardless of availability, she may not be taking new clients. The appearance of an opening does not guarantee an appointment, it only allows you to see what is available to request. Contact the office at 785-371-1414 to schedule or if you are a new client, fill out the ask about services form. Due to how Google masks event details, the availability is listed as "busy." This means that anything that shows up as "busy" is actually OPEN for an existing client appointment.

 

It starts with building trust...

In my experience, parents often come to that first intake session feeling at a loss on how to make positive change in their child’s behavior. I will listen to you carefully and compassionately as we all come up with a plan that works for your family. Helping children build confidence in themselves, reach goals and reclaim their joy of just being a kid is what drives me every day.  I am honored to work with families as they step through the challenging process of understanding what mental illness for their child means for them. I look forward to joining you on that journey."

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Areas of Practice

1

Young Children and Family Therapy

Susan has experience working with a wide range of mental health disorders impacting young children, adolescents and their families . She works with each member of the family and identifies unique family traits and strengths to enhance and drive a customized treatment plan. Susan strives to integrate feedback from every member of the family so everyone feels part of the process

 

2
School Support

Susan has extensive experience helping children and families navigate the school system. She knows how a child’s mental illness can impact school performance. In close collaboration with support staff from the child’s school, Susan will help children and families identify strategies to help minimize symptoms, find creative solutions to classroom challenges and build important social skills with peers and adults

3

Trauma, Anxiety and Family Conflict
Susan has a special interest in working with children who have survived traumatic events that impact the child’s ability to feel safe, secure and valued in their world. Susan has experience working with children with sleep disturbances, anxiety, severe temper outbursts and aggressive behavior as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. Susan is patient, kind and takes care to create a safe space for this important work.