Susan Trueblood, Psy.D.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 49022
The Art of Family - North County Family Counseling Center
A General Practice for Extraordinary People   

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About Us

As a leading provider, we take pride in offering comprehensive individualized treatment plans. Our treatment plan begins when we meet you. We are not cookie cutter planners for you. We listen, we understand, and we work with you to create your pathway to healing.  We are dedicated to serving the needs of our clients each and every day.

We offer a range of theoretical approaches to fit your style of thinking and personal beliefs. Whether you are looking for insight-focused or solution focused treatment planning,we can create a gentle, precise pathway. If you would like a Christ-centered plan, scientifically-based plan or a combination of both, we can create a plan together that fits your needs.

We help many people with many problems. Our specialties are helping marriages and families recover from many issues of the heart, body, and mind.  We work with people who are in the process of understanding a diagnosis for mood disorders and how it may impact their relationships We see many problems from the view point of our clients and their loved ones. Together we work for  healthier, happier relationships.

 Susan Trueblood A NOTE FROM SUSAN:

I am a marriage and family therapist who specializes in three areas: addictions, affair recovery, and mood disorders.

My work with addictions include how addictions (substance or activities) impact a marriage and family. Recovery is a complicated process full of challenges other than remaining sober. My approach to recovery is holistic. Including all members of a family and/or marriage is an integral piece to the success of one’s recovery. I integrate mind, body, and spiritual aspects into the care of those in treatment. Some clients wish to include other aspects of recovery in their pathway those can include: Exercise, meditation, horse therapy, volunteering, and/or faith into practices and principles of recovery. I help to pull together practical aspects for recovery that are important to you and your family. I believe in integrating different theories into practice to fine tune a treatment plan that is uniquely yours and your family’s. My approach is a unique blend of rediscovering who you are after the addiction is gone and structuring a pathway of recovery that encompasses your goals for the future.  

My work with affair recovery is intensive couple reconciliation. I work with couples who are committed to reconciling after an affair(s) have been discovered. The heart of reconciliation includes a bold look at the past along with a hopeful look to the present. Marriages can be saved, forgiveness can be extended, and a new marriage bond can be forged. This is not easy work, yet with a willing heart, creation of a stronger marriage is possible.

My work with mood disorders starts with providing a full and complete understanding of your diagnosis. Sometimes our situations impact the way we feel and act. Other times it is brain chemistry that betrays our moods and behaviors. Providing information, interventions, and a sound treatment plan, you can live the life you want with the diagnosis. The diagnosis does not need to take away your life.

 I am also a Certified Adjunct Core Faculty member of National University. I enjoy helping students and associates undertand what it takes to thrive in this field.  


I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who is employed and supervised by Dr. Susan Trueblood. I completed a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at National University, where Dr. Trueblood was one of my professors. I am fortunate to work with Dr. Trueblood and continue to learn and grow under her supervision. During my studies I was exposed to many theoretical approaches to therapy. I was fortunate to have the opportunity in my work with North County Lifeline to further develop and practice the methods which truly resonate with me and how I chose to work with my clients.

I take a very client centered approach to therapy with my clients. I integrate tools from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Emotion Focused Therapy in the work I do with clients to help them achieved their desired goals. I am a truly empathic healer and believe that the relationship I build with my clients is paramount to our successful work together. I have experience working with a diverse group of clients from various cultural backgrounds and ages. Much of my experience has been with children in a school setting, with various mental health concerns, ranging from 5-18 years of age. I have also worked with adult trauma survivors. While at North County Lifeline I provided individual, family and group therapy.

I bring to The Art of Family not only my recent education and experience but also over twenty years experience in Human Resources where I helped countless employees work through employment and personal struggles. In this practice I work with individuals, families and couples suffering from mood disorders, anxiety, relationship distress and other mental health concerns. I am fortunate to be able to provide Christian counseling to those clients who desire to incorporate their faith in the healing process.

A Note from Marla Elliott:

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