Susan Reyland, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical & Developmental Psychologist in Denver, Colorado

How Psychotherapy can Help:

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy implies a systematic treatment within a confidential, professional
relationship that is aimed at the elimination of a client’s suffering and facilitation
of change in a client’s life. Psychotherapy is often also referred to as Counseling or Therapy.

Is therapy right for me?

There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life, such as divorce. Working with a therapist can help address many types of issues, including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards changes in their lives.

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on specific issues, or longer-term, addressing more ongoing growth. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant, both during and between sessions. You can expect that your therapist will treat you with compassion, respect, and understanding. Also, you can expect that your therapist will give you new perspectives on persistent patterns and negative feelings and real strategies for enacting positive change using effect and techniques along with practical guidance.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. The therapist is required to report to the appropriate authorities immediately under the following circumstances.

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult abuse or elder abuse
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
  • If a client is threatened with serious bodily harm from another person.
  • Identifying personal information may be disclosed to a collections agency in the case of non-payment of fees.

Do you prescribe medication?

No. Clinical Psychologists are not licensed to prescribe medication. If need be, I will be happy to refer you to a medical professional for medication.


We cannot change the difficult events of the past, but we have the power to change how we respond to those events. We can heal the unresolved pain, calm our inner critic and/or change the patterns of behavior that lead to hopelessness.

I believe that people are fundamentally motivated toward growth and connection. The work in my psychotherapy practice involves removing the obstacles that keep us from achieving satisfying relationships with others, ourselves and our work. Whether the obstacle is an unprocessed trauma or maladaptive thoughts leading to anxiety and depression, managing these obstacles promotes personal growth and increased happiness.


I use a variety of theoretically sound and effective approaches in my clinical practice. I have extensive training in Developmental Systems, Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems Therapy and EMDR. Each approach is integrated with the core knowledge that clients have inner wisdom and strength that are instrumental in the therapy process.

Insight-oriented psychotherapy: Insight-oriented psychotherapy strives to teach you how and why you function in the ways you do, and to clarify your motivations. It shows you that you have an internal world, and it interprets how that internal world operates.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This approach is solution-focused with measurable results. It is based on the theory that we have negative maladaptive thoughts and assumptions which lead to unwanted behavior and pain. By identifying these thoughts and assumptions and one can begin to respond more effectively to persons and events in their lives.

Internal Family Systems: This approach is a unique, effective and affirming treatment that acknowledges our conflicting wishes and feelings and gives important tools to navigate then. This work is deeply respectful of you and your experiences.

EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to treat Trauma-related disorders. EMDR is based on the assumption that when a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm usual cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their lingering influence and allowing clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

“The only journey is the journey within.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Free 20-Minute Consultation

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Susan Reyland, Ph.D.

Psychotherapy, Therapy,
Counseling and Coaching
1440 Blake Street, Suite 330
Denver, CO 80202
T- (303) 941-8609
F- (214) 586-0138