Suzana Gertudes

Suzana Gertrudes

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients for Monday-Thursday daytime appointments


 

Clientele

Adults
Young adults
College students

Specialties & expertise

  • College related issues
  • Adjustment issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Sessions in English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Domestic violence
  • LGBTQ and gender identity issues
  • Trauma

Professional statement

Suzana Gertrudes has 15 years of experience in social work, and has been in private practice for 9 years. She has extensive experience working with various communities, including at Spanish-speaking, adolescent, and women's centers. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from Providence College, and her masters in social work from Boston College. She has also studied at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain.

Suzana is a Rhode Island native. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children and is actively involved in their school's parent-teacher organization. She also enjoy being outdoors and doing activities such running and hiking.  


Specialties

Adjustment issues – Including cultural adjustment and sexual identity
Anxiety – Including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social anxiety
College related issues – Including adjusting to college, sophomore slump, and career/ academic stress
Depression – Ranging from feeling mildly down through major depression
Domestic violence – Including family or relationship abuse
LGBTQ and gender identity issues– Includes coming out, relating to others, identifying and communicating needs, relationships, and family issues
Trauma – Including rape, childhood based abuse, sexual, and verbal abuse


Insurances

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Brown University Student Health Insurance
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Johnson & Wales Student Insurance (United Health)
  • Neighborhood Health
  • Providence College Student Insurance (Tufts)
  • RISD Student Insurance
  • Tufts
  • United Health Care

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Initial evaluation: $100 (60min)

Message to clients

"As a therapist, I believe it is important to provide a welcoming and safe environment for my clients.  For many clients, making the initial call to schedule an appointment may be very anxiety provoking and out of their comfort zone.  I am dedicated to meeting the client where they are at, and giving them a place where they can feel comfortable to heal and grow.

I am also Spanish and Portuguese speaking, and am ethnically and culturally sensitive to the needs of clients."



Education and work experience

The Providence Center, Bilingual Clinical Therapist
Massachusetts Alliance Of Portuguese Speakers, Substance Abuse Clinical Social Worker Supervisor
Cambridge Youth Guidance Center, Clinical Social Worker
Brookside Community Health Center, Social Work Intern
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Social Work Intern
Blackstone Adolescent Group Home, Relief Worker
Woman’s Center of Rhode Island, Volunteer             

Boston University, School of Social Work, M.A. (2000)
Providence College, B.A., Social Work (1998)
Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (1997)


Languages

English
Portuguese
Spanish


Client testimonials

I am seeing Suzana to manage my depression, which stems from various childhood events and relationship issues. She is a very good listener, who also knows when to ask appropriate questions. It is normally difficult for me to open up to others, but she was very comforting.
— Brown University student '16, Public Health (2015)
I saw Suzana for academic stress, anxiety, break up, health issues, stress levels, and depression. She is a really good listener and remembers to check in on things. She reminds me of things I’ve said in the past to reveal patterns in my mood.
— Brown University student, feminist woman of color (2015)
I went to see Suzana for anxiety. She helped me come up with strategies to address it.
— Brown University student (2015)