Susan B. Rainsberger, MS, NCC, LMHC, LMFT

Susan offers private and confidential in-home counseling and therapy services for you and your family.

At the Marriage & Family Research Institute at the University of Central Florida, Susan is\ a Family Services Counselor for Project T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. (To Offer Great Education That Harvests Enduring Relationships) where she provides case management, individual and couples counseling, career counseling, and facilitates relationship education group workshops using the evidence-based Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), a curriculum that was developed through research at the University of Denver and sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).  Project T.O.G.E.T.H.E.R. is a federally funded program under the Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood Initiative through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families Office of Family Assistance.

If you would like to know more or begin working with Susan, whether at the UCF Marriage & Family Research Institute, or privately in your home, please scroll down and use the contact form below to contact her.  She, or one of her partners, will contact you within 24 hours.

In order to protect your client rights, either in-home services or institute services may be provided by Susan, never both.

Clinical Orientation

Integrating therapeutic models and techniques, Susan’s overarching goal as a counselor and therapist is to help individuals, couples and families become whole by connecting with and committing to their core values, sense of purpose, and mission in life.  To achieve this, she draws from Gestalt therapy, Individual Psychology, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Imago Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.




M.S., Counseling | Barry University
B.A., Women’s Studies | Florida International University

National Certified Counselor (NCC)
(National Board for Certified Counselors)

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT)

(Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling)

Certified PREP (Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program) Instructor
(PREP, Inc.)

Wellness & Best Practices Certified
(American Counseling Association)



Family Services Counselor
University of Central Florida | Marriage & Family Research Institute
(Since 12.2014)


Case Manager
Lucida Treatment Center
(07.2014 – 11.2014)

Resources Coordinator
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(01.2014 – 06.2014)

Partner  &  Consultant
High Rise Wellness Services
(01.2014 – 06.2014)

Adjunct Professor
Miami Dade College, Social Sciences Department
(07.2013 – 05.2014)

Mental Health Counselor  &  Marriage and Family Therapist
Coconut Grove Center for Counseling
(05.2013 – 06.2014)

Mindfulness Instructor  &  Support Group Facilitator
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(05.2013 – 06.2014)

Group Therapist
Oliver Pyatt Centers
(10.2013 – 04.2014)

Clinical Intern
Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami
(07.2012 – 05.2013)

Student Counselor
Barry University, Family CARE Center
(08.2012 – 05.2013)

Graduate Assistant
Barry University, Family CARE Center
(01.2012 – 05.2012)

Youth Mentor
Barry University, College Reach Out Program
(01.2011 – 08.2011)

Research Assistant
Barry University, Department of Educational Leadership
(09.2010 – 08.2011)

Chief Administrative Officer
The Non-Violence Project USA
(06.2009 – 06.2010)


Florida Department of Health’s Medical Reserve Corps
(02.2015 – Present)

Research Assistant
Barry University, Department of Counseling
(09.2012 – 05.2014)

Alumni Board Member
Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2013 – 05.2014)

Chair, Wellness Committee
Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2013 – 05.2014)

Barry University, Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon
(09.2011 – 08.2012)

Girls’ Voice Mentor
The Non-Violence Project USA
(01.2009 – 06.2009)

Strong Women, Strong Girls
(04.2009 – 06. 2009)


Rainsberger, S., Fishel, A., & Machuca, R. (2013). Leveraging apps for counselor self-care. Counseling Today, 56(4), 18-19.  http://ct.counseling.org/2013/10/leveraging-apps-for-counselor-self-care/

Rainsberger, S.B., Machuca, R., Harrington, G., Fishel, A. (In progress). Use of application software for learning, self-care and enhancement of counseling proficiencies among master’s level counseling students. (TBA). Barry University

Rainsberger, S. B. (2012). Counseling cancer. Chi Sigma Iota Beta Upsilon Newsletter. Barry University.

Rainsberger, S. B. (2009). Women’s sociopolitical fertility in American (1900-1940): Eugenics and female reproductive control.  Making Waves, vol. 8. Florida International University. http://womenstudies.fiu.edu/students/making-waves-journal/making_waves_vol8.pdf


Rainsberger, S. B. (2014, March). The Intelligent Heart Theory. Educational session presented at the Jewish Community Center for the Cancer Support Community of Greater Miami, Miami, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A., Harrington, G. (2014, February). Software Applications for Counselor and Client Self-Care. Poster session presented at the 2014 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association Annual Conference (FMHCA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B. & Machuca, R. (2013, November). Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for LGBT Clients. Educational session presented at 10th Annual Conference for Mental Health and Nursing Professionals, Boca Raton, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B. (2013, November). Journey into the Field:  Finding a Supervisor, Securing Employment & Applying for Licensure. Educational session presented for Barry University Department of Counseling, Miami Shores, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A. & Harrington, G. (2013, October).  Leveraging Apps for Counselor and Client Self-care.  Educational session presented at Florida Counseling Association (FCA) Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida.

Rainsberger, S. B., Machuca, R., Fishel, A. & Harrington, G. (2013, February). Use of Application Software for Learning, Self-care and Enhancement of Counseling Proficiencies among Master’s Level Counseling Students. Poster session presented at 2013 Florida Mental Health Counselors Association (FMHCA) Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Honors & Awards

Barry University
Summa Cum Laude (2013)
Outstanding Alumni (2013)

Florida International University
Magna Cum Laude (2009)
President’s List (2005 – 2009)
Dean’s List (2005 – 2009)
Outstanding Academic Achievement (2005 – 2009)


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