About Susie Walden
Susie Walden is the Managing Partner for Journey to Hope and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She graduated with a Masters degree in Professional Counseling/Marital and Family Therapy from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Susie also has a BA in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of West Florida. Susie finished her coursework for the doctoral program in the PhD Professional Counseling track at Liberty University. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on Decision Based Forgiveness. Susie has also just (Spring 2014) completed a Certification in Trauma therapy, representing 12 semester hours at the doctoral level, focusing on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Combat Related Stress, Sexual Trauma, Domestic Violence and Disaster Mental Health. Susie is an ordained minister and her experience includes serving as a Youth and Children's Pastor for twelve years in Hawaii, Florida and Georgia. Susie joined the staff of Stafford Crossing Community Church in Fredericksburg, VA as a Counselor in their Care and Counseling ministry in 2007. Additionally, Susie founded Journey to Hope Counseling in December, 2010.
Susie is married to Andy, and they have two sons, Matthew and Drew, two wonderful daughters-in-
law, Jessie and Becca, and one incredible surprise of a granddaughter, Mackenzie. Susie and Andy are adoptive parents of the heart' to exchange students from all over the world. They have an adopted daughter from Brazil, Mariana, and a daughter from India, Lakshmi. They also have two sons, Israel and Sanjay, from India. Susie fully supports the work of Bombay Teen Challenge, in Mumbai, India, and has traveled to India three times, doing both individual and group counseling at the centers there as well as training and teaching workshops and just sharing the love of Christ with the students and leaders of Bombay Teen Challenge. She has headed up the XChange4life program between Bombay Teen Challenge and Stafford Crossing Community Church. Susie also endorses the work of Teen Challenge of Fredericksburg, and the Beauty for Ashes Women and Childrens Home, and believes that Journey to Hope must always have a focus on those trying to break the cycles of addiction, lifestyle habits and hangups. Susie is also passionate about ministry to 'the least of these' in our world, and serves faithfully each month feeding the homeless in our community through the New Generation Homeless Ministry in downtown Fredericksburg.
Susie's Life Verse:
Beauty for Ashes "He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord's favor has come,and with it, the day of God's anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair." Isaiah 61:1-3
Message from Susie:
There are things that we face in this life that are just too big; that overwhelm us or derail our journey, and it is in those times that I pray that God could join us for a season to journey together and work towards healing brokenness, towards recovery, towards finding hope again in each new day.
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