Rev. Susan DeHoff, PhD

Rev. Dr. DeHoff is offering professional consultation services for psychotherapists/pastoral counselors and clergy.  All services are provided through confidential phone or video chat. The fee for a consultation is $150/hr. 

If you are a clinician with a client or a client population who reports spiritual experiences, she has unique insight on how to understand spiritual experiences in light of mental health problems.   In addition, she is skilled in techniques on how to use spiritual experiences to aid in mental health therapy.  Rev. Dr. Dehoff is well equipped to speak about how faith, beliefs and spiritual practices and experiences integrate with mental health. She can also combine her experience in special education to assist in the treatment plan with clients who have learning disabilities    

 If you are Clergy dealing with members with mental illness or special needs, Dr. DeHoff can coach you in methods for how to care for and integrate those members into congregational life.   Rev. Dr. DeHoff can also help you effectively respond to difficult situations with member(s) who have mental health problems.   

Rev. Dr. DeHoff earned her M.Div. from Emory University and a dual Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and Religion from Boston University.  She is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is a Psychotherapist member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  She is currently the part-time pastor of the United Presbyterian Church of Whitinsville, MA.  Previously Rev. Dr. DeHoff served as Parish Assistant for Pastoral Care at the Presbyterian Church in Sudbury, MA.   Currently, she also maintains a part-time private pastoral counseling practice in Shrewsbury, MA. 

 Prior to going into pastoral counseling ministry, Dr. DeHoff taught special education in the public school system and then worked as a learning disabilities specialist in private practice for 40 years, having earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Georgia College at Milledgeville and a M. Ed. in special education from Georgia State University. 

Rev. Dr. DeHoff is the author of Psychosis or Mystical Religious Experience? A New Paradigm Grounded in Psychology and Reformed Theology published in 2018 by Palgrave-MacMillan.  She has also published papers on this topic in the journal Pastoral Psychology.