My name is Suzanne Thompson, and I am a children and family social services professional. For most of my career, I have focused on helping individuals and families get the support services they need to restore relationships and structures.
I was born and raised on the East Coast, and graduated in 1988 from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut. While in high school, I work hard to participate in a program called Youth Ending Hunger, which was aimed at educating Russian secondary school students in the former Soviet Union on the global hunger issue and what could be done to resolve it.
I was passionate about social issues even then. This was during the Cold War, and it was one of the first and only high school student trips to the Soviet Union, and it was considered a great success and a positive step towards improving relations between the USSR and the United States.
Before moving on to college, I participated in a “gap-year” program called Dynamy, which was an internship and community service that saw students live in apartments and work in positions under mentors that they would otherwise not have done. This was a tremendous opportunity to see and try new things as a young woman. I taught in a kindergarten class; I worked in marketing for WAAF, a radio station … I also worked at a lunch program for the homelessness at Piedmont Neighborhood Center and wrote an article for the Worcester Journal about homelessness as an intern.
These early experiences helped shape my attitude towards helping other people, thus playing a role in my decision to work with Children and Family Services.
I came to California for college,attending Sonoma State University for a degree in Psychology in the early 1990s, and later graduated with a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College in Massachusetts.
Since then, I have spent my career helping families and children. Working directly with youth, as well as with parents to stabilize the family, and provide families with services such as therapy, parenting classes and anger management.
In addition to traditional social work and family services, areas of therapy and counseling that are interesting to me include art therapy, imaginative expression, wilderness training, and music.
I am a wife and a mom of two school age children in the East Bay Area. I enjoy the outdoors, playing piano, the performing arts, and being active in my community. My mom and my license call me Suzanne, but you can call me Suzy.