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Susan E. Casey, MSW, MFA, is an author, a licensed mental health clinician, a certified bereavement group facilitator, a certified life coach, and a podcaster. Throughout the past 29 years, Susan has worked in hospice, in-patient, and home-based settings with teens and adults, and taught numerous courses to executive leaders and clinicians. Currently, Susan works for a measurement-based care organization, providing clinical coaching to therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists countrywide to improve mental health outcomes for youth and adults. Susan also teaches L.E.A.P, an 8-week online grief and loss course for those who are ready to take the next tangible steps on their grief and loss journey. In July 2021, Susan launched her L.E.A.P podcast as a way to share expansive and transformational stories of all aspects of grief and loss.

Susan’s blog chronicles her grieving process following the death of her younger 43-year-old brother, Rocky, who died unexpectedly on February 14, 2014. Her fiction has won numerous awards and Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief is her first work of nonfiction published on February 14, 2020 by Library Tales Publishing. Rock On won 1st place in general nonfiction in the Royal Dragonfly book contest and was a finalist in the Best 2020 Books American Fest national book contest, the Book Excellence national book contest, and the International Chanticleer Book Reviews. Both Susan’s professional and creative work have been guided by her deep belief that every individual has a purpose and inherent strengths and deserves the opportunity to reach their own unique potential. Susan lives in Maine with her husband Steve and mini aussiedoodle Rocky.

Excerpts from her unpublished YA novel, Here’s the Truth, have won awards in the following contests: Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance Literary Contest: Honorable mention in Novel Excerpt category; Green Rivers Writers National Literary Contest: First Place in Novel Excerpt category; PEN/Nob Hill Soul-Making Literary Contest: First Place in the Novel Excerpt category.


  • Rock On: Mining for Joy in the Deep River of Sibling Grief
  • 2010: Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research Special Issue: Developing Effective Research-Practice Partnerships for Creating a Culture of Evidence-based Decision Making
  • Monthly online blog: Susanecasey.com
  • When It’s Grief, Not Depression published on https://www.opentohope.com
  • What No One Ever Told Me About Grief published on https://www.opentohope.com
  • Open the Door, Welcome Joy published on https://www.opentohope.com
  • A Conversation With Grief published on http://thegrieftoolbox.com


  • BA English
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Fiction
  • Certified Bereavement Group FacilitatorCenter for Grieving Children
  • National Certified Passion Test Facilitator for adults, teens, and kids
  • Certified Team Advantage Coach
  • Completed MentorCoach Coaching course with Dr. Ben Dean
  • Completed Authentic Happiness Coaching course with Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman


13 thoughts on “About

  1. Oh Susan- you are such a gifted soul! I am so honored to connect with you and read your gorgeous words! 🙂

  2. S. Great to meet you at Henry and Marty Tues night. Our brief meeting serves as a reminder that we should not be reticent to tell others how we feel. You made my evening commenting on my hat! I have no reason to doubt your book will be a huge success Sandy

    1. Well Sandra, this just made MY DAY! Thank you so much for taking the time to find me and leave a note. It was a gift to meet you and your husband and I just want you to know that I meant every word I said…I thought you looked adorable in your hat and quite “hip” so you continue to wear your hats with pride because you ROCK the look and I will pray for your continued healing. Love and blessings to you xoxo

  3. Your new site looks amazing and I’m excited for the people who will come here and find solace here on their journey through grief. Lots of love to you.

  4. After speaking with you today I had to visit the website and I must say how much I love how the image of your brother is watching over you. I can feel the love that’s so very present around you. Thank you so much for being a beautiful light and sharing that with the world. Grace for Being Human and counting to ten will stay in my mindful awareness, I promise!

  5. Seana, thank you for this unexpected and beautiful message. I always feel my brother around me! Spending time on the phone with you yesterday was so delightful. Thank YOU for being such a gentle soothing soul and spreading your light and warmth with the world. I felt like I could have talked to you for days.

    I do hope we stay in touch!

    With love and gratitude,

  6. After meeting you yesterday on the plane I was inspired and awed! You are a gifted and amazing human! Thank you for being you! I look forward to learning from your podcasts and book!

    1. Kari,
      I am so happy you found me! Thank you for your kind and loving words. I thought you were wonderful and you inspired me to do more with my niece and nephew. THANK YOU!! I think you are an amazing human too…I could feel it! xoxox

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