Susan Crimmins is an intuitive and an inspirational speaker who conducts trainings and workshops in integrative healing, and who serves as a consultant to educators, therapists, media and criminal justice practitioners across the nation. Her expertise is working with individuals to restore balance within their physiology and their lives after experiencing traumatic transitions. Having sustained multiple losses throughout her life that resulted in numerous relocations and shifts, Dr. Crimmins has become an expert in mentoring people who are in transition and who are longing for something more from life. During the course of her own journey in healing and transformation, she discovered that each person’s path is unique and cannot be located in the wisdom of another.
In the 1990’s both the death of her niece and her NIH-funded research endeavors in homicide, substance abuse and maltreatment influenced her to shift from epidemiologically based work to clinical interventions in the healing of trauma. From this juncture, a spiritual opening occurred that invited her to explore the nexus between science and soul, which she now incorporates in all of her endeavors.
Dr. Crimmins received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She then obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Hunter College School of Social Work and her Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in criminal justice from City University of New York, John Jay College. Dr. Crimmins also is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York. For many years she worked in the social sciences as a criminologist, social work clinician, researcher, professor, and administrator and has trained extensively in several healing modalities including: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Healing Touch, and Organic Intelligence (OI). Dr. Crimmins is certified as an Energy Healer Therapist (EHT) and as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
Most recently, Dr. Crimmins joined the faculty at Eponaquest, where she teaches trauma integration as part of the mental health sequence for apprentices. As an advanced instructor, she specializes in facilitating Power of the Herd (POH) consensual leadership and Five Roles of the Master Herder, as practices for interpersonal success. Her involvement with horses is the result of a calling where, in April 2010, a horse came to visit her in a dream. Beckoning her stood a beautiful chestnut mare whose face was characterized by huge brown eyes that revealed a lake behind them. She recalls waking up with a smile and the thought “that was such a lovely dream.” It was a Saturday and when her phone rang a few hours later, she could not have anticipated what was to happen next. A woman was calling who had heard that Dr. Crimmins was a healer and she wanted her to come heal her horse, who was having difficulty with lameness. Protesting that she knew nothing about horses, Dr. Crimmins took this request into meditation, where the same horse visited, said her name is “Guinevere” and to please come immediately. Upon calling the woman back, she confirmed that was her horse, and Dr. Crimmins realized that this was a calling. She responded with another healer and they cleared blockage from both the human’s and the horse’s heart areas, which subsequently resulted in the clearing of lameness. This initiated Dr. Crimmins into the majesty and alchemy of horse wisdom, where she has come to honor horses as healers and teachers who model and mirror BE-ING.
Each step of the way Susan has trusted in the guidance of the horse to illuminate what is next for her as “the two-legged student.” Her reliance upon trusting the mystery has paved the way for remarkable healing among humans and horses alike. Her commitment to a heart centered practice of journeying with clients in their transitions, spiritual re-awakening and rediscovery of how to live from one’s essence in BE-ING is a fulfilled, integrative passion. She has a clinical practice both in Los Angeles and Encinitas, CA where she includes horses as her partners.
Susan Crimmins, Ph. D.
Integrative Healing Practitioner