Last updated: 2/17/2021

Susan Lager, LICSW, BCD. CPC, CDC (603) 431-7131
Last Updated: 2/17/2021
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Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Board Certified Diplomate Certified Professional Coach Certified Discernment Counselor

Gender: Female/Female Identifying

Languages Spoken:

I am a strong, seasoned, interactive psychotherapist specializing in work with individuals and couples experiencing relational dilemmas. I'm known for "telling it like it is" in a fair, and non-judgmental way, as well as incorporating humor, when appropriate, into the process. I believe that most people, given the right therapeutic environment and relationship, can grow and achieve more joy and empowerment, and that psychotherapy can be an amazing journey of learning and discovery.

I am also the author of The Couplespeak™ Series, with two new workbooks offering tools and skills for better relationships. Find them on Amazon at "Susan Lager."

I am the host of a BlogTalk Radio podcast show, "The Couplespeak Relationship Forum" where I broadcast monthly shows about relationship issues, often interviewing expert guests. Episisodes can be streamed at Listeners can also call in live with questions or comments at 877-497-9046.

I am also a Certified Discernment Counselor, providing unique brief treatment for couples on the brink of a divorce.

Amidst this Covid 19 pandemic I am now seeing clients exclusively through phone or video sessions at or at


Focusing on:
Attachment Disorders Couple or Marital Issues Depression Family Issues Interpersonal Relationships Life Transitions Parenting Issues Sexuality Issues Stress Women's Issues
Also serving:
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.) Addictions/Substance Adoption/Foster Care Aging Anger Management Anxiety/Panic Disorders Asperger's Syndrome Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder Behavioral Problems Bipolar Disorders Career/Employment Concerns Dual Diagnosis Eating Disorders Education/Personal Development Gender Identity Grief/Loss Infertility Men's Issues Multicultural Issues Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder Pain Management Personality Disorders Phobias Physical Illness/Impairment Postpartum Depression Pregnancy/Childbirth Psychoses/Major Mental Illness Psychosomatic Self Abuse Sexual Abuse/Rape Sexual Disorders Sexual Orientation Sleep Disorders Spiritual/Religious Concerns Trauma/PTSD
Office and Contact Information
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The Couples Center, PLLC
118 Maplewood Ave.
Building A
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 431-7131

Contact: Susan Lager

Office Hours:
Tue12:00pm – 9:00pm
Wed12:00pm – 9:00pm
Thu12:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri12:00pm – 7:00pm
Online Schedule: Schedule
Average wait time for new clients: Not specified

Response Time to Call:
Weekdays: 2 Days
Weekends: 2 Days

Ability to Schedule Sessions Online
Access by Public Transportation
Evening Office Hours
Online Therapy (email, live chat, video)
Secure HIPAA-compliant Video (, etc.)
Telephone Counseling
Video Counseling (Zoom, Skype, etc.)


Years of Experience: 34

NH - LICSW [202]
MA - LICSW [105981]

Credentials and Certifications:
American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABECSW)
Board Certified Diplomate (BCD)
Clinical Fellow AAMFT
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Professional Certified Coach (PCC)

Fees and Payment Options
Individual: $150
Couples: $175
Group: N/A
Family: N/A

Sliding Scale: Yes

Accept Credit Card: Yes

Private Insurance or Out of Network: Yes

Free Services:
Brief Phone Consultation
Information & Referral

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (Preferred Blue) Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)
Anthem Health Plans

Age Groups and Specific Populations (focus areas are bold)
Age groups:
Adults (26-59) Seniors (60 +) Young Adults (18-25)

Specific populations:
Children of Divorce Gifted Interracial Families/Couples Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ) Step Families
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) Adopted Biracial Cancer Patients Caregivers Chronic Illness College Students Diabetes Disabled Grandparents Military/Veterans Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) Obese or Overweight Twins
Treatment Methods and Approaches
Theoretical approaches - focus areas:
Behavioral Coaching Discernment Counseling Feminist Humanistic Narrative Therapy Psychodynamic Relational Systemic
Other theoretical approaches:
Cognitive/Behavioral Education Consultation Evaluation/Diagnostic Imago Relationship Therapy Information and Referral Internal Family Systems (IFS) Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) Long-Term Meditation/Relaxation Mindfulness Based Approaches Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) Parent Guidance Psycho-Educational Short-Term (Brief Treatment) Social Support Transactional Analysis (TA)
Methods - focus areas:
Couple/Marital Educational or Psycho-Educational Individual
Other methods:
Family Systems Online Therapy Supervision/Consultation
Religious and Multi-cultural Experience (focus areas are bold)
Religious experience:
Buddhist Christian Jewish
Multi-cultural experience:
African-American Caribbean Hispanic Irish Italian
Professional Associations
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) American Psychological Association (APA) National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
The DRI Alliance for Marriage and Divorce Professionals
For Discernment Counselors listed on the National Directory, and interested in continued learning and peer support.
Group Focus: Couple/Marital Issues
Interpersonal Relationships
Group Status:
Group Type:
Member Age: Adults (26-59)
Seniors (60 +)
Member Gender:
Relation to Focus:
Partners or Spouses
Location: online
Saint Paul, MN 55113
Phone: (877) 760-4111
Meeting Frequency: Every weeks on