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“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” -Rumi

Hi, I’m Susan. I’m a Marriage and Family Therapist.


Helping clients recover from their past, break free from unhealthy patterns, and feel confident in who they are is my life’s work.

I can help you by holding a non-judgmental space to work through the hard stuff, learn to recognize relationships that are unhealthy, create a new story about your experiences, and to celebrate and feel good about who you are.

I know what it is like to navigate the fast-paced environment of the modern world with anxiety, find those relationships that are healthy and fulfilling, and feel like you are different and don’t belong. It isn’t easy.

Coming from a Palestinian Muslim household and a community that doesn’t often reach out for mental health services, I understand both personally and professionally how our identities shape our world. Intergenerational traumas, negative messages about what it means to be a woman, expectations placed on you from immigrant parents that don’t always approve, and feeling like you live a “double life” or an “outsider” in your own country. I get it.


  • B.A. from University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University
  • Certified in Pain Reprocessing Therapy (an evidence-based approach for treating chronic pain)
  • Trained in EMDR in Color (evidence based treatment for trauma)
  • Trained in Brainspotting Phase 1 
  • Years of experience working with drug addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • Years of experience running support groups ranging from art therapy to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • LGBTQ+ and Trans Affirming: I work with and welcome clients of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Current PESI training: Narcissistic Relationships, Emotional Abuse & Gaslighting: Treating and Empowering Survivors of Relational Trauma
My goal is to help you gain a deeper understanding into who you are and who you hope to become.

I also desire to help you find the power from within to feel good again!

Susan Abdel-Haq, LMFT | Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist | Telehealth Therapy in California

yourself first

If you are someone that is ready to do some deep inner work and finally put yourself first, then please contact me today for a free phone consultation.