Over her career as a therapist, she has worked with the intellectually challenged, young children in low income areas, the physically challenged, adults and children with both psychiatric and addiction issues, persons dealing with death and dying and other grief issues, as well as with couples, families and individuals dealing with trauma and interpersonal conflict. These collective experiences led her curiosity and awareness into the study of the healing power of genuine respect in peoples lives.
In 2001 Susanne authored a book, A World of Respect: A Guide to Making It Happen, which developed the early formation of what would become the basic tenets of Respect-Focused Therapy.
Her latest work is a research monograph on Respect-Focused Therapy published by Routledge. This book is specifically for academics and clinicians in mental health. It introduces the working construct of respect as a central theme in the therapeutic relationship and process.
Susanne lives in Austin, TX with her husband.