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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ann K. Suzuki, LCSW

Ann received her Master's degree in Social Work from San Jose State University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  Prior to her social work degree, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience providing therapy to various age groups including children, adolescents, and adults. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and the challenges of their stage such as anxiety and stress, mood management, eating disorders, depression, peer relationships when transitioning from middle school to high school, and high school to college.  She enjoys working with parents through individual therapy and providing support group work for parents to better understand the family dynamics and external stressors that affect their children and teenagers.

"Having grown up a shy and anxious girl, I learned to appreciate the value and importance of having a voice.  This is why I have a passion for empowering children, adolescents, parents (and adults) to effectively use their voice.  This voice is essential to developing healthy relationships and self-assuredness and, thus, a happy and fulfilling life."

Licensing and Education

  • Clincial Social Work License #16712

  • Master of Social Work, San Jose State University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

Clinical Background​

     

  • Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, Psychiatry Dept., Child and Adolescent Division

    • provided individual, family and group therapy to children and adolescents in an outpatient setting

    • served as the Eating Disorder Champion, providing therapy for patients and coordinating care with pediatricians, dieticians, and inpatient psychiatric hospital staff

    • led parenting classes including the Parent Project Junior, ADHD Education, and Anxiety Education

    • led and co-led groups such as multi-family mood management for middle-schoolers, teen crisis, adolescent eating disorders group, middle school girls, teen anxiety, MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) groups for teens, social skills for children with ADHD, and latency aged boys group

    • provided on call duties/consultation to Emergency Department physicians

 

  • Eastfield Ming Quong, Los Gatos

    • provided clinical therapy (play, group and family therapy) and case management services to severely emotionally disturbed boys ages 6 to 13 years and their families at a transitional, short-term residential treatment program

    • performed diagnostic assessments, developed treatment plans, provided recommendations regarding placement to Children's Social Services

    • consulted regularly with psychiatrists, and worked closely with adjunctive service agencies including: County Social Services Agency, Juvenile Hall, Emergency Psychiatric Services, the county's Children's Shelter and Court Designated Child Advocates

    • served on the agency's Clinical Training Committee and the Divisional Risk Management Task Force

 

  • Santa Clara Department of Social Services, San Jose, CA

    • provided child welfare services which included family maintenance services, family reunification services, and permanency planning

    • prepared recommendations about the general welfare of children to the Family Court through reports, family service plans, visitation plans, and home visits

 

  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement, San Jose, CA

    • provided outpatient clinical therapy with Asian-Americans

    • responsible for taking case histories, making diagnoses and developing treatment plans

    • received trainings on clinical topics including schizophrenia, domestic violence, child abuse, couples’ therapy, usage of DSM and psychotropic medications