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Sue Bruckner Engstrom

About Me

I spent so many of my earlier years thinking my sensitivity was a burden to others, an inconvenience. Wanting so desperately to please those around me, it became something I needed to fix, or at the least, hide. My quiet nature? Not acceptable and definitely not embraced. Maybe you can relate. What parts of you are you trying to fix or hide? What have you been told is unacceptable? Unlovable? Our culture is so big on deciding how girls and women should act and look; what we should strive for; where we should invest our energy. It takes considerable work to break these dangerous shoulds and to find your place in a world like ours.

For me, this lifetime is about walking the edge with vulnerability and fierceness. I have been surprised by how often vulnerability is misunderstood, or how the need to “fix it” supersedes listening, empathy and a warm embrace. I am committed to living bravely. As a hero of mine so often says, “If you are brave with your life, you are going to get your ass kicked.” I have so found this to be true. I have experienced a rawness in grace, and reached deeply to muster the courage needed to get back up again and to learn from life, from fear, from falling.

I deeply trust that the wisdom and healing gained from all these ass-kickings allows for me to be a skilled and effective mentor for your journey.

Professional Background

I have been a practicing Professional Counselor since 2008. I integrate Positive Psychology, Spirituality and Neuroplasticity into my work with clients, and specialize in guiding millennial women from a place of disconnection and suffering toward meaning-making and flourishing. Additionally, my experience ranges from offering individual and/or group support to clients living through grief and loss, life transitions, chronic illness, depression, negative body image and self-esteem, a loved one’s addiction(s), aging, and pregnancy and postpartum life.