I treat people with a variety of concerns--losses, trauma,addictions and mental health diagnoses. They may have abuse or trauma from a variety of life situations--childhood, military, relationships, and injuries/illness. I work with couples, straight and gay,and find that working with both partners can be very useful in getting to the root of the problem and untangling issues. My goal is to create the healing environment I would want as a client--safe, relaxed, professional, and focused on progress. My clients report they are relieved to find me and say their lives are improving as treatment progresses.
Trauma is my specialty, whether a single event or a history of many traumatic events. Techniques incomporated into therapy include EMDR, deep emtional release and process, and mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy. My approach is gentle, non-shaming and unpretentious. People often have dual issues such as addiction or mental health diagnosis.
I'm comfortable with myself and others and feel very fortunate to do this kind of work. I love people and especially people who have hurts. I welcome your emails and any questions you may have about the therapy process.
Take the first step to help. Call or Email Susan M Archer now - (804) 413-9439


  • Years in Practice: 10+ Years
  • School: University of Texas at Austin
  • Year Graduated: 1996
  • License No. and State: 0904005184 Virginia


  • Avg Cost (per session): $90
  • Sliding Scale: Yes
  • Accepts Insurance: Yes
  • Accepted Payment Methods: Mastercard, Visa

Accepted Insurance Plans
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Health Keepers
  • BlueCross and BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Health Net
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford
  • Southern Health
  • United
  • ValueOptions
Verify your health insurance coverage when you arrange your first visit.

Susan M Archer's Groups

Substance Abuse

Outpatient treatment meets twice weekly for two hours a session. Three difference groups offerred so call for assessment and times. Format is half educational and half process discussion.

More about this group


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Grief


  • ADHD
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Binge eating
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Life Coaching
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Spirituality
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation

Mental Health

  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thinking Disorders


  • Gay Issues
  • Lesbian Issues

Client Focus


  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)


  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transsexual Clients

Treatment Approach

Treatment Orientation

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • EMDR
  • Family / Marital
  • Family Systems
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Group
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015
Susan M Archer, LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist in Richmond

Susan M Archer

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW