Suellen Fagin-Allen, MA, LMHC, NCC welcomes adult clients of diverse backgrounds and orientations who wish to increase self-acceptance, improve relationships and work-life balance, skillfully navigate through life transitions, heal from trauma and grief, stop addictive behaviors, clarify values and rekindle a sense of meaning in life. She is nationally certified and licensed in Florida as a mental health counselor and is a Board-approved supervisor for mental health counseling interns.
Ms. Fagin-Allen’s first professional exposure to the mental health care system came as a medical and disability insurance claims examiner, an experience that heightened her empathy for people enduring misfortune. In the legal career that followed, she advocated for people facing involuntary mental health or substance abuse commitment and represented both children and parents in dependency and family court matters. The desire to help people make long-term changes motivated her to shift gears in mid-life and pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling degree from Rollins College, which she earned with honors in 2004. Ms. Fagin-Allen formed her own private psychotherapy practice in 2010 after working in the higher education, substance abuse, community mental health and court-mandated treatment sectors.
Having a physical disability from birth utilizing a wheelchair for mobility has influenced Ms. Fagin-Allen’s desire to help others move beyond what appear to be limitations and experience full, productive and meaningful lives. Curiosity, humor, logic, compassion, mindfulness and a deep appreciation for the joy of being fully alive form the basis of her counseling approach. Thoroughly grounded in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Stress Management and in Energy Psychology, she uses Reiki (Japanese healing touch), yoga-based breathing techniques, mindfulness meditation and creative visualization to maintain her own physical and emotional well-being. Most of these practices can be taught to clients so that they are able to continue healing themselves after leaving therapy.
Ms. Fagin-Allen has been happily married for 27 years and enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their beloved cats – currently Kiddo, Onyx and Pearl – as well as entrepreneurship, feeding an insatiable curiosity for learning, travelling, music-making, writing, reading, cooking, sewing and photography.
Ms Fagin-Allen is in independent practice.