Clinical Services | Dr. Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS

Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS

Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS

Welcome! 
As a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) located in Denver, Colorado, I provide compassionate and non-judgmental support to adults struggling with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, rumination and decisions related to bariatrics.  I also enjoy helping individuals who are experiencing primary or co-occurring anxiety, phobias, panic, OCD, depression and trauma. Additionally, using a biopsychosocial model of care, I provide therapy to individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer or other life-changing physical illnesses. 

 I have found through diverse clinical experience that there isn’t one treatment that fits all individuals. As my clients share their challenges, we collaboratively develop a treatment plan, identify goals and values, and discuss the most effective evidence-based treatment to facilitate change. My therapeutic foundation is in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), group therapy, and Interpersonal and Existential psychotherapy. Whether you come to therapy motivated to change or need help finding motivation, I will focus on the quality of our therapeutic relationship so I can best help you reach your goals for treatment. 


Therapeutic Services

  • Individual, Couples, Family and Group Therapy

  • Therapeutic Approaches: 

    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

    • Existential Psychotherapy 

    • Interpersonal Psychotherapy  

Clinical Specialties

  • Eating disorders
    • Anorexia nervosa
    • Bulimia nervosa
    • Binge eating disorder (BED)
    •  Avoidant/restictive food intake disorder (ARFID)
    • Other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED)
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Mood disorders including depression
  • Pre/post bariatric surgery patient counseling
  • Oncology patient counseling 

About Dr. Susan L. Bennett, PhD, CEDS

Dr. Bennett is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Colorado. She has worked in the area of eating disorders and generalist psychotherapy for 14 years using empirically based therapies to help patients meet their goals for treatment. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Regis University with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Organization Development.  Her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in psychology were earned at the University of Denver. Dr. Bennett completed her pre-doctoral training at Denver Health Medical Center (DHMC) where she focused on providing therapy at the Adult Inpatient Psychiatric unit, Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Services (OBHS), Consult Liaison Services (consulting on psychological concerns within the medical hospital and correctional care facility), in the Oncology and Geriatric clinics, and Psychiatric Emergency Department. During her outpatient training she specialized in providing therapy to individuals challenged by anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorders.  Additionally, she conducted bariatric pre-surgical assessment to determine readiness for surgery and provided therapy as needed. In an integrated health psychology role, she provided support to women with breast cancer pre/post surgery and following reconstruction. During this time, she was also a clinical generalist providing psychotherapy to patients presenting with anxiety, depression, OCD, complex trauma, bipolar and psychotic disorders.  Dr. Bennett also taught first and second year medical students physician-patient communication in the Foundations of Doctoring program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Dr. Bennett’s post-doctoral fellowship was also completed at DHMC where she completed advanced training as an eating disorder specialist at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders at Denver Health (ACUTE) and as a generalist at OBHS.  Most recently, Dr. Bennett was Clinical Director of Psychology at ACUTE. In addition to her administrative and supervisory roles, she worked as a clinical psychologist on this specialized medical unit alongside Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani and a comprehensive multidisciplinary team for nearly seven years. She provided supportive psychotherapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to individuals with severe, life-threatening eating disorders requiring medical stabilization while addressing co-occurring psychiatric conditions. During this time, she also earned her Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) credential from the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.  

Dr. Bennett has been published in scientific journals and was co-recipient of a 2016 NIMH grant at DHMC which is currently examining  changes in neuropsychological functioning with medical stabilization of patients with severe anorexia nervosa. She has presented at local, national and international conferences on the efficacy of therapeutic modalities for medically severe eating disorders, the use of harm reduction, ethical decision-making and legal considerations.    


Contact

Rates & Insurance

My practice is located in Denver, Colorado within the Gaudiani Clinic on the Rose Medical Center campus:
Rose Founders Building
4700 Hale Parkway, Ste. 380
Denver, CO 80220
720.515.2140
Free garage, lot, and street parking is available 

I am an out-of-network provider and can provide an invoice for you to submit to your insurance company for possible insurance reimbursement. 

I provide a complimentary 15 minute consultation.
Please contact me to set up a time for us to chat. 

Rates: 

Initial Consultation (90 minutes): $250
Follow-up Appointments (50 minutes): $200
Appointments can be paid for by cash, check, credit card, and
some HSA accounts. 

If you need to cancel an appointment, please provide a 24-hour notice
in order to avoid a charge for the booked appointment.