Sue Sugarman, LCSW, BCD has been a clinical therapist for over 20 years. A New Yorker, a mother, and an athlete, Sue is a firm believer that resiliency – the ability to bounce back from challenges and setbacks – is a key coping skill that can be learned, developed and mastered.
As a parent herself, Sue knows that parenting in this generation can be difficult, and helping raise happy, healthy, resilient kids — in relation to academics, sports, performing arts, or other aspects of their lives — is the main focus of her work with families.
Sue is a board-certified and Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU. Her postgraduate training at The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health led her to specialize in treating children, adolescents and families. She has worked at both inpatient child and adolescent treatment settings as well as outpatient mental health facilities.
Sue has been in private practice in New York City since 2000. She is also an adjunct lecturer and advisor at Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work.
In 2013, Sue ran her first 5k race; in 2014, she completed her first sprint-triathlon; and in 2015, she completed an Olympic triathlon. While training and competing, she was struck by the concept of resiliency: how her response to a bad training day or race impacted her performance and ability to recover quickly. Harnessing her resiliency allowed Sue to move forward, improve her performance, and not get bogged down in discouragement or frustration.
Exploring this connection between performance and resiliency, especially while watching her own child play sports, Sue considered the role resiliency plays in growth and development. From her vantage point on the sidelines, she observed how both parents and kids dealt with setbacks, pressure, and the psychological component of performing, as well as the dynamic interplay between parents, coaches and children.
Today’s competitive and pressure-filled world impacts children and teens beyond just their school years. In colleges across the country and ultimately, in workplaces, many young adults haven't developed skills to fully cope with obstacles and adversity. They often lack creative problem-solving abilities as well as the resiliency to manage stress, pressure and life challenges.
In addition to her private practice, Sue works with various sports organizations, performing arts programs and schools in areas such as: developing mental stamina, improving communication skills, and understanding child and adolescent development. Sue conducts workshops and speaks on topics related to child development, performance and parenting.