Saratoga/Capital District Integrative Practitioners Network

Complementary health and healing arts professionals in the Saratoga Springs, NY, area.

Susan Shanley, LCSW

Psychotherapy and Wellness

163 Woodlawn Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

My website:

Traditional and Complementary Therapies
Individual, Couples, Family, and Group Therapy
Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner

What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are small matters, compared
to what lies within us.

Susan Shanley, LCSW is a psychotherapist as well as a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner, mediator, and muralist. Her approach to therapy is holistic and eclectic and includes both traditional and complementary therapies--from insight-oriented therapy to Energy Medicine, Energy Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

A licensed clinical social worker for 25 years, Susan specializes in matters of the heart and spirit. She has extensive experience assisting people who have lived with anxiety, depression, panic, grief, relationship challenges, and traumatic personal histories.

Along with individual psychotherapy, Susan offers wellness classes, presentations, and training seminars. including classes on Eden Energy Medicine and Energy Psychology.

For information on the 2017 Monhegan Island Retreat, click here to download a PDF.

For information on the 2017 - 2018 Eden Energy Medicine Foundations Classes (a year-long immersion program in Eden Energy Medicine), click here to download a PDF.

As a muralist, Susan leads school, community, and world mural projects that celebrate the natural world, the arts, and world cultures. For more information, visit:

Let the waters settle
You will see stars and moon
Mirrored in your Being.


Susan offers a blend of traditional and complementary therapies that support healing, growth, and change, including:

  • Insight-oriented Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Stress Management & Deep Relaxation
  • Eden Energy Medicine
  • Energy Psychology, including Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • TAPAS Acupressure Technique
  • Creative Arts Therapies

As a process of self-exploration, psychotherapy can help clarify thoughts, feelings, and intentions. It can also be an aid in overcoming interior roadblocks to positive change. Psychotherapy can be supportive when a person is seeking to release old emotional patterns and behaviors in order to create space for emotional and spiritual growth. It can be beneficial to people who have experienced or are experiencing any of the following:

  • Life transitions
  • Anxiety, panic, and phobias
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Separation and divorce
  • Parenting and child custody/visitation issues
  • Grief, loss, and pain
  • Trauma
  • Sexual abuse
  • Spiritual growth
  • Creative blocks
Every blade of grass has its angel that bends over it and whispers,
"Grow, grow."


Susan offers introductory, intermediate, and year-long advanced classes in Energy Medicine. Classes are based on the work of Donna Eden, renowned pioneer in the field. Participants gain an awareness of the latticework of energy systems that fill & surround the body, and learn safe and gentle self-help exercises to enhance health. These simple and effective tools have been found to greatly benefit mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

Introductory Energy Medicine classes:

Through hands-on practice over six weeks, participants learn:

  • Exercises to protect, support, and balance one's energies
  • Simple techniques to calm the Fight/Flight/Freeze Response
  • An energy-wellness routine that promotes self-healing & well-being
  • How to trace meridians, clear and balance chakras, weave the aura, and energy test

Intermediate and advanced Energy Medicine classes:

  • Classes delve more deeply into nine energy systems, including the chakras, meridians, aura, Five Elements, and Radiant Circuits. Participants acquire a vast array of self-help tools to boost their vitality and strengthen their foundational energy systems.

  • Participants learn exercises and techniques to remove stagnant and persistent unwanted energies and to shift negative emotional patterns, thereby increasing their sense of joy in life. They practice gentle techniques designed to alleviate feelings of depression, fear, anger, panic, anxiety, and grief, as well as techniques designed to relieve stress associated with hormonal imbalances and pain. As the foundational energy systems strengthen and rebalance, one's core sense of self-esteem can be enhanced.


Susan also offers family and divorce mediation. With 20 years of experience as a mediator, she has special expertise with child custody and visitation issues.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Personal Statement:

"My goal as a therapist is to create a space where people can gently and safely explore themselves and their lives in order to achieve greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, healing, and energy for life.

I offer a variety of self-help tools that are tailored to meet a person's unique needs. With respect and compassion, I collaborate with children, adolescents, and adults to reach toward increased health, balance, and joy.

In a caring and confidential setting, I invite people to explore their beliefs, patterns, and histories, and to gently clear away patterns and behaviors that are no longer beneficial to them."

CONTACT: Please call (518) 581-9250 or e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment or training seminar.

FEES AND HEALTH INSURANCE: Susan is a participating provider with most area health insurance plans, including CDPHP, Aetna, Blue Shield Of Northeastern New York, Ceridian, Empire Blue Cross-Blue Shield, The Empire Plan, Fidelis, GHI, Magellan, Upstate Medicare, MH Net, MVP, UBH, and Value Options.