Susana Gertudes

Suzana Gertrudes
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LICSW

Accepting new clients; out of office August 25 - September 4

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, 2015

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    About Suzana

  • Over 17 years of clinical social work experience in community centers, including for women, adolescents and Spanish-speakers
  • Native Portuguese speaker and fluent in Spanish with experience in cultural adjustment
  • Expertise in anxiety, depression, trauma, domestic violence and substance abuse
  • Experience working with clients of various sexual orientations



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.  



" 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. "


The Providence CenterBilingual Clinical Therapist
Massachusetts Alliance Of Portuguese Speakers, Substance Abuse Clinical Social Worker Supervisor
Cambridge Youth Guidance Center, Clinical Social Worker
Brookside Community Health CenterSocial Work Intern
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese SpeakersSocial Work Intern
Blackstone Adolescent Group HomeRelief 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)



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


Young adults/ college students




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)