Susan Pease Banitt, LCSW is a social worker, psychotherapist and author who specializes in the treatment of severe trauma and PTSD. She has worked in the field of mental health for more than four decades in diverse settings: inpatient, outpatient, and medical with adults and children, and trained in the Harvard medical teaching hospitals in Boston, MA. She is a Reiki Master, Kripalu trained yoga teacher (200 RYT) and shamanic healer in the Celtic tradition. Susan’s book The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD From the Inside Out (2012) won several awards including; the Alumni Media Award for Written Work by Simmons College School of Social Work, and the Silver Nautilus Award for Health and Healing.  Susan speaks internationally on the psychological and holistic treatment of PTSD. She lives and has a private practice in beautiful Portland, Oregon with her husband, twin college students, and a menagerie of pets. Her second book: Wisdom, Attachment and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice (2018) has just been released!

Simmons College School of Social Work, MSW 1991
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Psychological Trauma
Attachment Repair
ACEs Study
Alternative/Complementary Healing
Social Work
Organized/Criminal Abuse
Personal Interests
Improvisational Comedy (Comedy Sportz and Deep End Theater)
Indigenous Wisdom
Horses, Dogs, Cats and other creatures
Yoga Philosophy and Practices including the Yoga Service movement