(YOU)HSP Spotlight: Susan Moore

Published on 29 August 2022

Name: Susan Moore 
Position: Director of Counseling and Wellness  
Favorite Food: I love a good French bread with some olive oil. Yummy! 
Hobbies: I make costumes for my kids as they pursue their musical theater careers. I’m not great at it, but I love to do it! 
Favorite Quote: “For everything there is a season.” 
Favorite Book: “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff 
Favorite Movie: “The Princess Bride” 
Interesting Fact: I love weightlifting! 

Tell us about yourself. 

I love connecting with others and inspiring and being inspired by them. I have been in outpatient practice for more than 20 years, 10 of those in private practice. My background is heavily based in utilizing theory-based practice and collaborative approaches that allow me to be the best therapist I can be. 

I am originally an “East-Coaster,” and grew up in Connecticut. I rode horses competitively in junior high and high school, before going to college in Boston. I met my husband my junior year of college when we were resident assistants together. We have been married for 25 years and have three beautiful children. One is starting her last year of college, another is starting her first year of college and one is starting eighth grade. One weird quirk about me is that I love to pack — boxes, suitcases, houses — you name it; I will pack it. I’m also known as the pie maker in my family. If anyone is interested, I have a vodka butter crust recipe that is out of this world. 

What makes you most excited about your new role as Director of the Center for Counseling and Wellness? 

I am most excited to serve our students, faculty and staff as they define their goals around mental wellness. In my new role, I have the opportunity to lead through service, which is really important to me. I also look forward to developing wellness initiatives that will support our entire campus community.  

What does a typical day look like for you? 

I know everyone says this, but truly, a typical day for me means that no two days are the same. Right now, I am working a lot on policy review and staff development. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on our culture’s approach and engagement with wellness. I am looking at how we can best support our campus community as they adapt to these changes and ensure we are doing so in proper compliance. I also meet regularly with the campus care team and with my lovely boss, Rebecca Jones, UHSP’s AVP of Student Success and Wellness, and we work on strategic initiatives for the counseling center. I thoroughly enjoy the days that I get to meet the students one-on-one  and find ways to support them. 

What are you most passionate about?  

I am absolutely most passionate about growth and balance. We’re all on this earth to grow. I like to think about growth and balance as two callings on a teetertotter. To keep that teetertotter level, we have to be balanced physically, emotionally and mentally. 

I love working with college students because I love seeing the world through their perspective. It is really inspiring, and it’s a delight to help them shine little lights on their path to wellness and participate in their growth and development. 

What drew you to UHSP, and what’s the best part about working here?  

I came from a private practice setting, so it has been really refreshing to be in the higher education environment. This community really embraces discovery and trying out new things. Not everything you create is going to be as successful as you might have imagined it to be, but that’s okay. The incredible support of the campus life team has really made taking those risks exciting and fun because everyone here is focused on continuous improvement and growth. I love being able to engage my creativity in this role. 

What do you want students and the campus community to know about the Center for Counseling and Wellness? 

It is important for everyone to know that when you take care of yourself and focus on your wellness, it frees you up to lead an even better life. It’s like a double return on investment. We’re all here to grow and learn and, especially, to learn how to love ourselves because that is essential to our well-being. 

The Counseling Center is a safe place to learn, grow and be vulnerable. It doesn’t matter if you’re mad at your roommate or dealing with mental health issues; it’s all important, and we are here to support you. We also have lots of candy. 

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