Sue Boyd, LCSW, BCD is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California and a Board Certified Diplomate in Social Work. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University in May 2001. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Florida in December 1991 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology.
Sue is Founder and Clinical Director of Personal Evolution Psychotherapy, where she provides individual, couples and family therapy. She has over 15 years of extensive experience and training in providing Gender Therapy to transgender and genderqueer adults, adolescents (transmen, transwomen, non-binary), gender-variant children, and their families. She also specializes in working with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ), and has been working with the LGBTQIA community since 1996. Sue is Kink-Friendly and works with people in the BDSM and Poly communities in a non-judgmental, safe and supportive environment, and has been working with the kink community for over 8 years.
Sue has provided therapy and counseling services in a number of settings since 1991, including serving as the Interim Executive Director for The Suicide Prevention Center in Jacksonville, FL for 2 years. She has provided individual and family therapy to families referred by Child Protective Services in Jacksonville, FL, worked as a lead instructor at Hurricane Island Outward Bound in Florida providing outdoor education and leadership training to juvenile offenders, provided psychological services at Children’s Hospital San Diego and psychotherapy at the LGBTQIA Center in San Diego in clinical internships, and provided individual, group and couple’s therapy as a staff therapist at the LGBTQIA Center in San Diego. She has provided individual and group therapy at Halcyon Crisis Center, at Outpatient services at Bayview Behavioral Health Hospital and Alvarado Parkway Institute, at San Diego Center for Children, and behavioral consulting for the developmentally delayed population in San Diego County. She was also a Field Instructor for SDSU’s MSW program for several years, supervising MSW interns and has been a clinical supervisor for Associate Clinical Social Workers, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Interns, and Professional Clinical Counselor Interns. Sue currently provides supervision for Sheela Shivaprasad, MSW, ASW, and Ruth Juarez, MSW, ASW. Sue has provided modified DBT skills training since 2001 in a variety of settings, and comprehensive and complete DBT individual and skills training since 2008.
Sue currently provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training groups and provides individual DBT therapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families. DBT therapy is designed to assist people who have self-injurious behaviors, low impulse control, emotional lability or dysregulation (i.e. intense mood swings), eating disorders or eating disorder behavior, PTSD, severe anxiety disorders including OCD and panic attacks, or frequent suicidal ideation. DBT also assists people who are having difficulty relating to and communicating with other people effectively.
Sue co-founded a team of DBT therapists in 2008. She completed Dr. Marsha Linehan’s Intensive Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, 2008-2009, in a training that was conducted by Dr. Marsha Linehan and Dr. Shari Manning. Dr. Marsha Linehan is the founder of DBT. Sue also completed a second DBT intensive training by Dr. Charlie Swenson in 2015 with Personal Evolution Psychotherapy’s DBT team. She completed ‘Doing DBT to Adherence and with Competence: An Advanced Course’ with Dr. Charlie Swenson. Sue also completed an Advanced DBT intensive training course in 2016 with Dr. Kelly Koerner and Dr. Charlie Swenson, and an Advanced DBT intensive training on DBT Prolonged Exposure Protocol for PTSD in 2016 with Dr. Melanie Harned and Dr. Elizabeth Dexter-Mazza. She has also completed several other trainings for DBT. Sue meets for weekly DBT team consultation with Personal Evolution Psychotherapy and their expert DBT consultant, Dr. Shari Manning. This allows her to practice her dialectics of acceptance and change.
Sue is a member of WPATH and NASW, and has attended numerous and lengthy trainings in DBT, gender identity and expression, mindfulness, eating disorders, depression and anxiety since 1999. She also meets with PEP’s in-house gender consultation team bi-weekly to assist with gender therapy. This is the only such gender consultation team in all of San Diego County.