Susan O'Doherty

My Practice

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and certified hypnotherapist with a private practice in Brooklyn Heights, New York. My focus is developing and enhancing creativity. Most of my clients are writers, musicians, and visual or performing artists. I also help people who don't consider themselves artists to discover their creative gifts.

I work with individuals and small groups. My office is convenient to both Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you are interested in a consultation, email me at dr.sue at

I also volunteer for the Doctors of the World Human Rights Clinic, which helps torture survivors seeking political asylum in the US. I began conducting psychological evaluations of refugees in 2001; started mentoring new mental health volunteers in 2003; and began conducting training seminars on addressing the psychological sequelae of torture in 2007. Doctors of the World/​Médecins du Monde is a worldwide network of health and human rights organizations dedicated to ameliorating the lives of indigent and oppressed people everywhere. I urge you to visit their site and find a way to get involved.

Selected Works

Books: Self-help
A practical and accessible guidebook to help women overcome creative blocks.
A teenaged girl's "date" with a small-time political aide goes awry.
An account of my experience with a series of miscarriages before the birth of my son.
An exploration of the meaning and consequences of my son’s adoption of some traditionally feminine attributes.