Be Calm, Be Happy, & Become a Better You


Why Therapy?

Are you MISSING the energy to make changes?

Are you OVERWHELMED by the stressors of life?

Are you LACKING “me” time?

Are you DISSATISFIED with your work, school, family, and/or relationships?

Are you GRIEVING a major loss in your life, such as the death of a loved one, a divorce, or the loss of employment?

Are you STRUGGLING with unpleasant feelings or memories from your recent or remote past?

Are you frequently WORRIED?

Are you SADDENED by the direction of your life? 

Are you RISKING your physical and/or emotional well-being by engaging in unhealthy coping behaviors?


 You are not alone.
Psychotherapy can help.


Tools to help you manage your emotional distress and gain inner peace.


What is important to you, what underlying issues are causing you anguish, and what you need to be happy and whole.


A life that is meaningful to you and find the happiness that you deserve.




We offer individual and couples therapy to adults regarding a variety of topics.

These topics include: 

Anxiety / Panic /  Social Phobias / Paranoia

Depression / Mood Disorders

Trauma / PTSD / Abuse

Relationship Issues / Family Conflicts

Career / Work / School Struggles

Substance Abuse / Behavioral Addictions

Physical Health Challenges / Terminal Illness

Caregiving / Parenting

Life Event Stressors / Grief / Loss

Attention Deficient / Dementia

Suicidal / Self Harm / Eating Disorders

Communication / Coping Skills

Self Esteem / Self Image


We accept the following
insurance plans.

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • The Care Network

  • Cigna

  • Coresource

  • Healthgram

  • Integra

  • Medicare

  • Memorial Health Partners

  • Savannah Business Group

  • St. Joseph's/Candler

  • UMR

  • United Healthcare – Optum

  • United Healthcare - Student Resources (SCAD)

  • Aetna

  • Amerigroup

  • Ambetter

If your insurance plan is not listed, please contact us.  We would be happy to see you as an out-of-network provider or you may privately pay for any session. 

In addition, we offer a free 10 minute phone consultation for new clients.  If you are interested in learning more about our services or have questions, please give us a call at our toll-free number:

833 BECOME-U (

You may also send us a secure email at


Our Team


Suzanne Coote, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my master’s of clinical social work degree with honors at The Ohio State University College of Social Work.  I have been in the field of social work and therapy since 1991.  Throughout my career, I have worked with victims of various traumatic events, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood abuse. 

I have also spent years working in the fields of home health and hospice, as well as providing support and psychotherapy to homeless individuals and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.  My diverse work experiences have allowed me to counsel individuals struggling with such issues as addiction, depression, anxiety, grief, and adjust to unexpected life events.  Despite my knowledge of various therapeutic techniques, I believe in using an approach that best fits the client and honors the resilience of an individual’s spirit, mind, and body.

During my free time, I enjoy life at the beach, traveling with my husband, playing with our 2 dogs, and designing leather handbags.  I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as the Savannah Association of Social Workers.



I am Suzanne’s rescue dog who likes to provide support and love to her clients.  Although advancing in years and unable to hear, I still enjoy greeting clients with the wag of my tail. However, due to my semi-retired state, I may snore throughout your session!   

If you have an allergy to pet hair, a fear of dogs, or an emotional support animal that travels with you, please contact Suzanne prior to your visit and I will spend the day at home.

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Ruthie Duran Deffley, LCSW

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Georgia. I graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work with a master’s degree in social work. I also have a second Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public of Affairs at the University of Minnesota. I have worked in the nonprofit and public sector for over 20 years, in both clinical and nonclinical settings.

As a psychotherapist, I have experience working with individuals, families, youth, and young adults in both English and Spanish. I integrate multiple treatment modalities that best support and empower my clients. I have experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, interpersonal conflicts, relationships, life transitions, and/or difficulty with acculturation.

I grew up in Mexico City and enjoy Savannah’s warmer climate. During the summer, I like to spend time at the beach with my kids. Once it cools down, my family and I enjoy spending time at one of Savannah’s beautiful parks or squares.


Contact & Scheduling Information

You may call our office number or send us a secure email.  If you are an existing client, you may also message us through the client portal.

Phone Toll-Free:  833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638)

Fax Toll-Free:  833-JOYFUL-U (833-569-3858)


Message (exisitng clients):  Click Here

Schedule an Appointment (existing clients):  Click Here 

Schedule an Appointment (new clients):  833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638)

127 Abercorn Street, Suite 301B, Savannah, GA 31401


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you currently accepting new clients?
Yes!  We accept most insurance companies, or we would be happy to see you as a private pay client. 

How do I schedule an appointment?
If you are an EXISTING CLIENT, you may schedule an appointment via our secure client portal (click here), call our toll-free number at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638), or send a secure email to

If you are a FIRST TIME CLIENT, please call us at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638) for a short phone consultation.  Once we have discussed your interest and determined a time to meet, we will send you an invitation to the client portal.  This portal allows you to securely schedule appointments, send messages, make payments, and complete the Intake Forms (paperwork needed prior to your first appointment).  If you would prefer not to use the portal, you can complete the Intake Forms in our office prior to your appointment, but please arrive 20-30 minutes early.

How do I sign-up for the client portal?
Upon receiving an email invitation to the portal, please follow the instructions in the email.  If you have any questions, you can call us at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638).

What if I’m not interested in using the client portal?
No problem!  Please call our toll-free number at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638) or send a secure email to

If I leave a message, how long will it take for someone to respond?
Please keep in mind that we may be in session when you call, email, or send a message, but we will get back to you as soon as we can.  Normally, we attempt to return all messages within 24 business hours.  If you are having an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or the Suicide/Mobile Crisis Unit at 800-715-4225.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Cash, Credit/Debit cards, and/or HSA credit accounts.

What can I expect during the first session?
The first session is an opportunity for you to tell your story, to learn more about us, and to ask additional questions.

How long does a session last?
Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length.

Is what we talk about confidential?
Yes!  The law protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and their psychotherapist.  There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as the duty to warn the proper authorities when an individual expresses an intent to harm others and/or himself/herself.  You will receive more information regarding confidentiality on the Intake Forms, but you are always welcome to ask additional questions.

What if I’m having an emergency?
If you are having an emergency and you need immediate assistance, please call 911 or the Suicide/Mobile Crisis Unit at 800-715-4225.