Licensed Psychologist, PSY 19510
Dr. Susan Klear is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Silicon Valley. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults for over 30 years. Her area of focus is Neurofeedback, Individual Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis, and Brain Music Therapy. She works with people of all ages, as young as 4 years old to elder adults.
Dr. Klear is a native Californian who was born and raised in Santa Clara Valley. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Sociology, at California State University at Hayward. While working for the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Department as a counselor at the Children’s Shelter, she was one of the first to leave there to become a Juvenile Probation Officer upon receiving her degree.
During the nine years she was with the Probation Department she: investigated juvenile law violations; investigated child abuse and neglect; and placed and supervised children in foster homes. She worked closely with law enforcement agencies, the Superior Court, hospitals and schools. She also facilitated counseling groups for children and their parents. During this time, she earned her Master’s Degree in Correctional Counseling.
Dr. Klear left the public sector to pursue working in the private sector where she worked for several companies including Intel Corporation, in areas of human resources, customer service, and corporate redeployment. While working at Intel, she earned her PhD in Psychology.
While completing her PhD. from The American School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Klear: counseled victims of rape and domestic violence, men in a recovery program for drugs and alcohol abuse; and counseled and performed psychological evaluations on children with Santa Clara County Mental Health, Family and Children Division, and children and adults in private practice.
While studying for her licensing examinations as a psychologist, Dr. Klear was diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Not usually diagnosed so late in life, she recalls a childhood of school frustrations, distractions, difficulty learning and recalling information, test anxiety as well as other behaviors identified as typical for those with the disorder. Because she was somewhat familiar with Neurofeedback, she chose to take this non-medication approach to dealing with this problem. It helped her to study and pass the examinations.
This personal success helped her to make the decision to incorporate Neurofeedback into her practice. Since then she has focused her practice primarily on ADD, learning disabilities, attachment issues, depression, anxiety, and brain regulation. She deals with children, adolescents, and adults in her practice. She does see many adopted children in her practice.
Dr. Klear has recently introduced Brain Music Therapy into her practice. This is a therapy that was first developed as an alternative to insomnia and sleep problems. She found that for herself, she was sometimes having problems with falling and staying asleep and decided to see if BMT was a viable solution to this problem. Once she found that it worked for her, she added this form of Neurofeedback into her practice. Personally, she has found that BMT, besides helping with sleep, helps to stay focused in meetings, relieves jet lag while travelling, and relaxing stress, and tiredness.
Dr. Klear teaches classes on Neurofeedback, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to organizations and colleges.
She has written several brochures on topics of interest to her patients including: ‘Video Games: how do they affect our children’s brains?’; ‘Homework Recommendations’; ‘Just a Spoonful of Sugar’. (They can all be seen on her website, www.KlearYourMind.com.)
She is a member of the American Psychological Association, California Psychological Association, and an Affiliate with EEG Spectrum International. She is a member of Rotary International, the Campbell Rotary Club, and a member of the San Jose Flycasters Club. She enjoys travelling with Rotary International, having visited China and Turkey to support service projects, as well as sightseeing and flyfishing in the US and abroad with her husband.