To say that acquiring Dr. Susan J Christiansen as my family therapist was some sort of divine intervention would be an understatement. Her discernment in her respective field can be described as impeccable. Using her several acquired proven methods, Dr. Christiansen has helped my wife and I to dig deep and find the true root problem of our somewhat chaotic marriage. With finding this problem we are now able to move forward with our life long journey in a happy and healthy manner. She has saved us as individuals and as a couple.
Throughout my life I have been to several Doctor’s, walked out of many offices within five minutes or less, gave a lot of them a chance only to be disappointed. Eventually I settled for one thinking that this was the best it would get, so I might as well stick it out. Moving to West Palm Beach Florida, I had lost contact with my previous Doctor, who was “Okay” in her methods. I had been seeing this Doctor for a few years but something was indeed missing. This “something missing” was life experience. The Doctor was indeed versed and qualified in the field, Unfortunately this person lacked the ability to empathize with me other than with what knowledge was acquired from previous patients and what could be repeated verbatim from a text book.
In my experience thus far, I truly believe in order to be a good therapist, One must not only be able to "Talk the talk" but also "Walk the walk". You won't take flying lessons from someone whose only read books on aviation, you want “The real McCoy.” A war veteran pilot with thousands of hours, whose been in dog fights and many times had to do near impossible maneuvers to survive and make it back home in one piece. You also don't want someone whose only Read medical texts and scientific journals performing open heart surgery on you, you want someone who has had years of hands on experience in the operating room. So when it comes to therapy I feel confident knowing that I am with someone who has loved and lost, who has made mistakes and learned from them, someone who has experienced true pain, someone who has fallen many a time and got back up stronger.