Susan Carter, PhD LP
Clinical Child Psychologist
Registered Play Therapist — Supervisor
National Certified Trauma Consultant


Adults: Parents, Women, Couples and Families
Children: infant through school age
Preadolescents and Adolescents

Specialty Areas

  • Play Therapy — Therapy and Training
    • Canine-Assisted Play Therapy, Supervision
    • Individual, Family, and Parent-Child (Filial) Play Therapy
    • Prescriptive Play-based Therapy for treatment of Anxiety in (very young) children and adolescents
  • Trauma — accidental, natural disasters, abuse and neglect, adoption, attachment
  • Parent Consultation
  • FASTR (Family Assessment for Systemic Treatment and Reorganization)
  • Psychological Evaluation with Differential Diagnosis for ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Behavior Problems


  • MA Counseling Psychology Western Michigan University 1994
  • PhD Counseling Psychology, Specialties Child and Adolescent Mental Health; Family Systems 1998
  • Certification - Registered Play Therapist - Supervisor 2003
  • National Certified Trauma Consultant 1999


In professional psychological private practice with children and families since 1994.

Professional Interests

  • Training in Play Therapy: Topics - Supervision, Anxiety Management, Canine-Assisted Play Therapy, Family Assessment, Child-Centered Play Therapy, Play Therapy Techniques for Prescriptive Play Therapy Practice, Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy
    Child Abuse Advocacy
  • Family/Parent Consultation for Behavioral Issues in Young Children
  • Abuse Treatment in Adult Women (Internal Family Systems Therapy)
  • EMDR, Thought Field Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy

Professional Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Play Therapy — National Director 2007–present
  • Michigan Association for Play Therapy - Past President
  • Internal Family Systems Association Past Member

Relevant Titles

  • Owner and Founder, Clinical Director, Center for Change & Growth PLC
  • Psychological and Counseling Services
  • A Play Therapy Training Center Since 1994
James Cowart

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