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Susan Hilton, LCSW
Senior Counselor
Fully Licensed
Specialized in Attachment Theory, EMDR
Sorry! Susan is not accepting new clients at this time.

Welcome to Therapy Austin. I’m so glad to have you visit my page. I think many people come to therapy with a specific goal and I respect that. My philosophy about therapy can be summed up as a partnership and collaboration. I believe the client is the expert regarding their life. My job is to “walk” alongside you, assisting with your process. You are at the center of that process, and the expert about your life’s journey. On my end, I have the education, training and experience to provide you with tools, strategies and new perspectives. I don’t believe in “a one size fits all” approach, and utilize different modalities when working with clients. I’ve noticed that Mindfulness concepts are an extremely helpful adjunct to most therapies. I also ascribe to the amazing findings in brain science (especially related to trauma), and encourage my clients to learn about brain function.

My clinical philosophy really crystallized in 2013, when I was trained in EMDR. EMDR is an evidenced-based intervention that has had very effective outcomes, especially with trauma. In a nutshell, this framework helps clients revisit a trauma and then reprocess the experience. As a result, the client gains some freedom from traumatic experiences. For me, the process of helping a client experience relief from distress is extremely gratifying.

Over the years I’ve worked with children, adolescents, adults, and the terminally ill. I worked for foster care agencies in both California and Texas, and have a heart for kids from hard places. I’ve noticed that the most significant common denominator with so many of my clients has been grief and loss. Grief can look different in different individuals. It can manifest in anger, sadness, loneliness or self-destructive behavior. What I’ve learned is that we all wish to be healed from wounds. We also want to be heard, accepted and valued—no matter who or where we are. Thus, the elements of trauma-informed care are a guiding principle of my practice.

In 2013 I worked in a private practice in Southern California, and noticed that I kept getting referrals related to grief and loss. As a result, I developed a “reputation” for working with those issues. Strangely enough, during that time both my parents were diagnosed with terminal illnesses. I was promptly catapulted into the role of full time caregiver for a year. In the end, I became a member of a club I hadn’t anticipated—the orphan club. My grief journey has informed my clinical practice. I’ve been in the shoes of the helper and helpee. I “get it” on both sides. What I know for sure is that there can be great transformation on the other side of grief. In addition, I’m a strong proponent of creative expression as a means for healing. Whether it’s art, music, singing or interior decorating, these processes can be enormously healing.

I received my B.A. in Psychology from The University of Houston in 1984, and my Masters in Social Work in 1991 from Our Lady of The Lake in San Antonio. My husband and I recently returned to the Hill Country after living in Southern California for twenty-six years. The two of us have been married for almost thirty-four years and have three millennial-aged children (living in San Francisco and New York City).

In my free time I love to walk, garden, read, listen to crime podcasts and practice yoga. I’m also a dog lover, and have a four-legged child named Buster (who is a fifteen-year-old, long-haired chihuahua).

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Starts at $150/hr*

*Actual rates subject to
counsellor openings

Area of Expertise

Certified Grief Counselor, Loss, Anxiety and Depression

EMDR and Advanced Mindfulness

Parenting and Relationship Issues, Attachment Theory


Family Therapy
Individual Counseling

Works With

Anger Management
Anxiety & Stress
Career Transitions
Caregiver Fatigue
Chronic Illness
Communication Issues
Conflict Resolution
Death & Dying
Depression/Low Mood
Development Trauma
Domestic Violence
Grief & Loss
Inner Critic/Negative Self Talk
Interrupted Sleep/Insomnia
Issues with Parents
Life Transitions
Low Self-Esteem
Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies
Personal Growth
Problem Thoughts
Problems at School
Problems at Work
Relationship Issues
Relationship to Food/Body
Troubled Childhood
Troublesome Behaviors

Techniques & Experience

Anxiety alleviation experience
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT trained/informed
EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy)
Experienced in domestic violence
Focused on practicing skills
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
IFS (Parts work)
Integrates art therapies
Mindfulness modalities
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying


ACT - Values Based Therapy
Active sense of humor
Anxiety alleviation experience
Calm & slow-paced
Career counseling
CBT oriented
DBT friendly
Decades of life experience
Effective with high-conflict couples
Enjoys working with first-time therapy clients
Enjoys working with midlife adults
Enjoys working with older adults
Enjoys working with young adults
Experienced in domestic violence
Experienced in eating issues
Experienced in raising children
Focused on practicing skills
Friendly & direct
Helpful with mid-20's challenges
Integrates art therapies
LGBTQIA+ Affirming
Mindfulness modalities
Professional experience other than counseling
Solution-focused/Brief Therapy
Specializing in grief, loss, death, dying
Spiritually sensitive
Trauma focused
Warm & caring


Clinical Supervision

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512-201-4501 ext 144

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