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"All persons have the capacities and strengths needed to create secure and trusting relationships."
Susan Branco is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Maryland with more than 15 years experience providing mental health counseling services for diverse populations with treatment needs ranging from severe mental illness to mild adjustment issues. Regardless of the populations she serves, Susan strongly believes every person possesses innate strengths and resiliency. She does not adhere to a pathological model of treatment. Rather, she works diligently with her clients to build a trusting relationship, to identify their core strengths, and to collaboratively develop a plan to address where they feel challenged. Susan’s clinical training includes two post master’s certificates. Her training in Marriage and Family Therapy included a clinical practicum when her counseling skills were observed and evaluated during live, behind a one way mirror, therapy sessions.


  • Ph. D, Counselor Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech
  • Post Master's Certificate, Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech, August 2010
  • Post Master's Certificate, Clinical Community Counseling, John's Hopkins University, December 2001
  • M.A., Education and Human Development, Rehabilitation Counseling, The George Washington University, September 1997
  • B.A., Human Services, The George Washington University, May 1995


  • American Counseling Association (ACA), Professional Member (*)
  • Member, Association of Counselor Educators (ACES)
  • Member, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

* ACA's Code of Ethics mandates that all clinician's maintaining a website must list their state licensure board's website to protect consumer rights: www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling

Employment Experience

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Loyola University Maryland, Pastoral Counseling Department & Division Director, Loyola Clinical Centers, 2016 - Present
  • Graduate Assistant, Virginia Tech, Counselor Education, 2013 - 2015
  • Independent Practice, 2004 – present
  • Contract Adoption Consultant, Barker Foundation, Bethesda, MD, 2004 – present
  • Therapist II, Arlington County Adult Behavioral Healthcare, 2000-2003

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University Maryland, January 2016-present
  • Adjunct Instructor, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Spring/Summer 2015
  • Instructor, Institute for Families’ Office of Continuing Education, Adoption Certificate Program, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ
June 2011 to present
  • Guest Lecturer, Mental Health and School Counseling Masters Program, in Family Systems, Multicultural Counseling, and Orientation to Community Mental Health Counseling, Virginia Tech, Northern VA Campus, June 2011 – present
  • Teaching Assistant, Mental Health and School Counseling Masters Program, Family Systems, Addictions, and DSMV, Virginia Tech, Northern VA Campus, Summer 2013

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Susan Branco, PhD, LPC, LCPC, NCC, ACS
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105 North Virginia Avenue, Suite 309
Falls Church, Virginia 22046