Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW
Author of The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out
Winner of the 2013 Silver Nautilus Award and
the Simmons School of Social Work’s 2013 Alumni Award for Written Work
Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW trained as a therapist and social worker in the rigorous Harvard medical system and has over thirty-five years experience in mental health work. She has worked in a variety of settings with hundreds of diverse clients over the years, including: residential childcare, child abuse prevention, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical hospitals and private practice. Her clients have included individuals, couples and groups, including children as young as 3 years and adults into their 80s. As a healed survivor who has taken a deep journey into early traumatic abuse, Susan acts as a compassionate guide for those struggling to free themselves from the effects of traumatic stress.
Since a very young age, she has been aware of her spiritual nature and has had many mystical experiences. After a Catholic upbringing, she turned to Eastern teachings and obtained her 200 hour certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as a teacher of hatha yoga. Her gifts of empathy and intuition became fully engaged when she began formal work with a shaman in 2000. At the same time, she delved deeper into yogic philosophy through intensive study of Vedanta, ancient Indian spiritual wisdom.
In addition to various psychotherapeutic techniques, Susan is trained in yogic therapies, Past Life Regression Therapy (with Dr. Brian Weiss) and Reiki. She speaks internationally on the holistic treatment of PTSD and on the mind/body relationship of mental health diagnoses and their connection to physical diseases.
Susan is the 2014-2016 Treasurer for the Oregon Chapter of the National Association for Social Workers and supports several local community organizations to the best of her abilities while being a Mom to twin teenagers. Susan is married to cardiologist, Dr. Peter Banitt. Together they speak about the effects of PTSD on heart disease and vice versa.
She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest, working with her horses and pets, RVing, hiking, tap dancing and performing amateur improvisational comedy.