Biography

I was born in Los Angeles, California, where I lived for over thirty years before relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

Susan Tesch, M.S., L.M.F.T., Psychotherapy, Counseling, Edmonds, WA

Path at Magnuson Park

During my coming-of-age years, I went through some profound emotional and psychological struggles. I eventually realized that I couldn’t find my way alone and went to get professional help. I was very lucky to find a psychoanalytic therapist able to help me through those difficult times. He understood the depths of my experience in a way I could never have imagined possible and which was enormously helpful. It was also utterly fascinating. I began to understand others through this new perspective. I found that, just as some people have a good “ear” for music, I had a good “ear” for psychology. Like musicianship, practicing psychotherapy is both an art and a skill, and it greatly appealed to me. I decided to major in psychology at UCLA and completed my BA in 1987.

I went on to pursue a master’s degree (MS) in Counseling Psychology at California State University, Northridge, which I completed in 1991. I’ve also completed five years of psychoanalytically-oriented internships from an “Object Relations” perspective. In 1993, I became licensed to practice psychotherapy in the State of California. In the mid-90s, I moved to the Pacific Northwest with my husband and our children; I’ve been in practice here ever since, I’m licensed in Washington as a Marriage and Family Therapist, which means I specialize in understanding family dynamics and influences on development.

I’ve worked with clients for over 25 years. I’ve been active in the Edmonds community, giving presentations on such topics as mindfulness meditation for stress reduction, coping with diabetes and stress (both offered at Edmonds Family Medicine Clinic) and careers in counseling (at Edmonds Community College). Additionally, I’ve led weekly seminars on Family Systems Theory for psychiatric in-patients at Stevens Hospital (now “Swedish Hospital, Edmonds”) and have taught courses to professionals on psychoanalytic theory and practice,  in both Los Angeles and Seattle. I’ve presented to professionals on the topics of “shame” and “joy” and their importance in neuropsychological development.

In addition to psychology, I’m also passionate about music and songwriting, movies, yoga, cooking, and ideas. More recently I’ve developed a strong passion in neuropsychology and attachment psychology.

Professional Affiliations:

Center for Object Relations: Clinical Member and former Board Member

Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study: Clinical Member

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Clinical Member

Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Clinical Member