YES Behavioral Health Specialist Suzanne Peterson
Suzanne Peterson is a YES Co-Occurring Disorders Behavioral Health Specialist, the Open Access Supervisor, and the co-facilitator of YES’ Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings, employed at YES since October 2015. Suzanne started her career working as a case manager in the foster care system in Kansas. In 2013, she moved to Seattle where she began work on the Mobile Crisis Team for King County, responding to mental health and substance use crises alongside first responders. After working with adults in that position, Suzanne felt that early prevention and intervention of mental health and substance use concerns in children and adolescents was where she could make the biggest impact.
In addition to co-facilitating the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings at YES, Suzanne is a dually licensed therapist specializing in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She currently does individual and family therapy provides clinical supervision for counselors working towards licensure and manages the Open Access department, YES’ walk-in assessment service for children and youth in East King County.
“The most meaningful part about the work is the humbling experience of witnessing young people making concrete and lasting changes to their lives through the unique challenges they face today.”
Join Suzanne Peterson at YES’ Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. The 8-hour, certified course is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help a youth who is experiencing mental health or addiction challenges or crisis.