Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

New York Open Center May 19 2012



Esalen in Calif June 24-29 2012



Breitenbush in Oregon July 23-22 2012




Past Events

Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon –  July 29-31, 2011. Three day workshop in Abandonment Recovery: Overcoming your Outer Child Patterns of Self-Sabotage. Register at 503 854 3320 or http://www.breitenbush.com.

Kripalu in Mass. –  May 6-8 2011. Three day workshop in Outer Child – Abandonment Recovery. Register at http://www.kripalu.org or call 800 741 7353.

Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Ca. – April 10 – 15, 2011. 6-day intensive workshop in Healing Abandonment, Taming Outer Child. Register 831 667 3005 http://www.esalen.org.

Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California – Oct 17-22 2010. 6-day intensive Abandonment Recovery Workshop (featuring Outer Child therapy). Register at 831 667 3005 or online @ Esalen.org.

San Quentin State Prison, PreRelease Program, Marin County – Oct 23 2010, 12:00PM Healing Abandonment Workshop.

  1. Janet
    October 6, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Come to the desert! We’d love to see you in Palm Springs!

  2. Michae45
    October 17, 2011 at 4:18 am

    When will you be in the New York ?

  3. Cynthia Stephens
    February 8, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Are there any abandonment recovery workshops coming up in the Spring of 2013?

  4. Tara Loughran
    April 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I was severely isolated and ostracized by my step mom and the rest of my family from the age of 12 to 25. It was a progressive process but at it’s worst, I was forced to sleep on the floor of the garage, never allowed in the house, and never allowed to speak with my brother or sister. There were other aspects of this abuse – such as verbal and physical and financial – and not being able to have a social life (though I did go to school and work.) But now that I’m 32 and have been free of the situation for awhile, the thing that seems to hobble me the most (aside from depression/anxiety) is extreme difficulty with relationships. The longest relationship I’ve had was a year, and before that, it was 3 or 4 months. I find myself consistently attracted to unavailable people or tempted to settle for people I’m not that attracted to. Either way, it’s extremely painful. Usually, when I’m around people who are really attractive to me, I immediately feel hopeless and sad and depressed – and invisible. They never seem to notice me.

    Can you direct me to any information about abandonment in late childhood/adolescence? There is a lot about early childhood and RAD, but I feel fairly unique and alone in my experience.

    Thank you very much!

  5. Carol Ritter
    April 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I would love to have you come to the Oregon Coast for a work shop. Is this at all possable during this 2013 year. Your knowledge is much needed in this area. Please contact me.

    • April 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      There will be a workshop in Olympia Washington in September- (See info below) If you would like to arrange a workshop closer to your area, e-mail me (Lara) at susanandersonlcsw@yahoo.com. Let’s see if it is a possibility! 🙂

      Journey from Abandonment to Recovery September 27-29 starting at 7:00pm
      Call Nate at 360-480-9882 or Mary at 360-703-1413

  6. roe
    July 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I just ordered the ‘The Journey from Heartbreak to Connection’ book and have high hopes that I will be able to let go of my painful past and enjoy the rest of my life. I’ve struggled with feelings of being unwanted, unloved and unimportant since I was born into that situation. My mom was bipolar and my dad commited suicide when I was 10. My brothers and sister left as soon as they were old enough and didn’t look back. I’ve recently been very ill with ALS symptoms but have recovered with IVIG and am desparate to enjoy this second chance at life.

    Are the any other books that might be appropriate? I’ve been in therapy before but it didn’t help much.

    • July 8, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Hi, thank you for sharing. Very happy to hear that you are recovering so well from ALS and commend you for your inspiration to live life to the fullest. We really do gain appreciation through challenging experiences… I’d like to refer you to Susan’s website- there is an active blog there with very new articles, as well as a bookstore. I would very highly recommend Susan’s book, “Taming your Outer Child.” Have you considered a workshop? If her book speaks to you, then her workshop will be a very powerful experience. Thank you again and please reach out any time- best through the website or e-mail, susanandersonlcsw@yahoo.com. This blog is no longer active.

      • July 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

        PS There isn’t actually a bookstore on the site, but there are links to purchase each of her other books.

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