I have been a psychotherapist to individuals, couples and groups, as well as teaching and supervising other psychotherapists, for nearly 40 years. I have numerous areas of specialization and provide both short and longer-term psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. My goal is to help clients access and build on their strengths for problem solving and achieving their personal, relational and professional goals. If you think psychotherapy may be helpful, please contact me via phone or email. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss your areas of interest and to answer any questions about my work. I do not charge for an initial consultation meeting.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy I became interested in psychodynamic psychotherapy (which is based on psychoanalysis) after studying Carl Jung’s psychology, systems theories, Holotropic Breathwork, and Hakomi Body-Oriented Psychotherapy. The orientation of psychoanalysis I studied in depth is Modern Psychoanalysis. What I value most about this orientation is that the analyst brings into the clinical relationship his or her full presence, perceptive listening, sensitive attunement, and playfulness. Modern Psychoanalysis originated with Hymon Spotnitz, MD (1908-2008), who, along with other psychoanalysts, recognized that classical psychoanalytic methods weren’t effective with certain psychological problems.
Together with others, Spotnitz develop a broader psychoanalytic orientation that is relational, interactive, and oriented to the present moment of each therapeutic encounter. Whereas classical psychoanalysis sought primarily insight, Modern Psychoanalysis gives greater attention to helping the client experience the feelings and find the language that will remove barriers to greater joy and satisfaction in life.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
I work with adolescents and adults and have expertise in the following areas:
Addiction to Alcohol, Drugs, Internet & Devices and Problematic Habitual
ADD & ADHD
Anxiety & Stress
Depression & Bipolar Mood Disorders
Isolation & Loneliness
Loss & Grieving
Relationship & Intimacy Challenges
Sexual and Emotional Abuse and Trauma
Transitions & Change
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Susan U. Nimmanheminda
Address: 2305 Canyon Blvd Suite #205
Boulder, CO 80302
LICENSURE – CERTIFICATION – PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Certified Addictions Counselor III Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst
Adjunct Faculty with Naropa University MA program: Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology; currently teaching Placement & Contemplative Supervision, and Meditation Instruction. I have been on the Naropa Faculty since 1995, having supervised Group Process and taught Group Theory, Diversity & Multiculturalism, Masters Paper and Psychology.
Ph.D., Psychoanalysis (2006), International University for Graduate Studies Psychoanalyst (2002) Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies Master of Social Work (1980) University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work Bachelor of Science (1970), Kansas State University
Private Practice: Individual, Group and Relational Therapy and Clinical Supervision. 1985- present.
Faculty: Naropa University, MA: Psychology: Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology; Currently Senior Group Process Teacher and Clinical Tutor. I been on the Naropa Faculty since 1995, having taught Group Theory, Diversity & Multiculturalism, Practicum, Masters Paper and Psychology.
Substance Education Group: City of Longmont, Municipal Court; Substance education and counseling for mandated adolescents on probation. 2008 – present.
Executive Director: Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. 2005 – 2009
Faculty: Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. 2003 – 2009.
Affiliate Faculty: Regis University, School for Professional Studie. 1999 – 2003
Clinical Supervisor: Alternatives to Family Violence. 1998 – 2013
Individual and Group Psychotherapist: Mental Health Center of Boulder County. 1986 – 1998
Probation Officer and Substance Education Group Facilitator: City of Longmont, Municipal Court. 1984 – 2007
Individual, Group and Family Psychotherapist: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Synergy Residential Child Care Facility. 1979 – 1983
Instructor: English as a Second Language: Royal Thai Naval Academy, Bangkok, Thailand. 1972 – 1974
Supporting Harmonious Relations through Using Buddhist Principles to Conduct Process Groups: Presentation/Paper. Conference: International Association of Buddhist Universities. Bangkok, Thailand. May, 2011
Group Therapy Training at Naropa University’s Master’s of Contemplative Counseling Psychology Program: Publication. Group: The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society. December, 2010
Recognizing Brilliant Sanity: Presentation. FACES Annual Conference: Institute on Mindfulness; Buddhism & Psychology – The Art of Counseling. July, 2010
Brilliant Sanity, Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy: Publication. Contributing Co-editor and chapter contributor. March, 2008
Spirituality and Group Dynamics, Contrasting Perspectives: Panelist. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 2006
Buddhism and Psychotherapy Celebrating Thirty Year of Contemplative Psychotherapy at Naropa: Featured Speaker and Presenter. May, 2006
Spirituality and Group Dynamics, Contrasting Perspectives: Spirituality and Group Dynamics, Contrasting Perspectives: Panelist. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 2006
The Place of Touch in Psychotherapy: Presentation. Hakomi International Conference. August, 2005
Buddhist Mindfulness Practice in Group Therapy: Presentation. Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society Conference. April, 2004
Framing Dynamic Group Interventions from a Buddhist Perspective: Presentation. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 2004
The Talking Cure or What Good is Talking?: Publication. Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies Newsletter. Fall, 2003
Buddhist Mindfulness Practice in Group Therapy: Publication. Group Circle. September, 2003
Common Ground of Group Dynamics and Leadership: Presentation. Colorado Society for Group Psychotherapy. March, 2003
Framing Dynamic Group Interventions from a Buddhist Perspective: Presentation. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 2003
Group Analysis of the Buddha: Presentation. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 2001
Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Presentation. Colorado Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychology. October, 1999
Group Leadership in Groups for Adolescents: Seminar. Colorado Center for the Advancement of Group Studies. September – November, 1999
Male Survivors of Sexual Assault: Presentation. Mental Health Center of Boulder County. September, 1999
The Use of Self in Group Psychotherapy: Presentation. Colorado Center for the Advancement of Group Studies. November, 1997
Training Groups – Training or Therapy: Presentation. American Group Psychotherapy Association, Annual Meeting. February, 1997
Adolescent Acting Out within Group Psychotherapy: Publication. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy. Winter, 1997