Susan McIlvain, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Susan M. McIlvain, LCSW

Susan McIlvain, LCSW, is a leader in mental health who believes collaboration is the key to helping each patient achieve their highest level of wellbeing. Prior to relocating to Philadelphia and joining PennMedicine, Ms. McIlvain served as the Director of Behavioral Health with the Cincinnati Health Network implementing trauma-informed, collaborative care to provide evidence-based psychotherapies for patients within a primary care clinic environment. Ms. McIlvain also served as director of the Outpatient Clinic at the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. There, she worked with Veterans helping them with the overwhelming challenges of posttraumatic stress and co-morbid mental health issues. Ms. McIlvain has more than 15 years’ experience as a psychotherapist treating trauma-related disorders. She specializes in evidenced-based treatment protocols including: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Skills (MET), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT) skills. Susan has co-authored several research studies related to the effectiveness of treating trauma-related disorders and providing trauma-informed care. She regularly speaks on the topics of trauma, trauma-informed care, and PTSD. Susan is the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work. She holds a Master of Social Work and B.A. in art history and philosophy from the University of Cincinnati.


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