Suzanne Coote LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my master’s of 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.
Shelby is Suzanne’s rescue dog who likes to provide support and love to my clients. Although advancing in years and unable to hear, Shelby still enjoys greeting clients with the wag of her tail but may snore through 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 Shelby will spend the day at home.
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 and received my Master’s in Social Work. I 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 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, you can find us at one of Savannah’s beautiful parks or squares.
Contact & Scheduling Information
You may call my office number or send me a secure email. If you are an existing client, you may also message me through the client portal.
Phone Toll-Free: 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638)
Schedule an Appointment (existing clients): Click Here
Schedule an Appointment (new clients): 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638)
Visit: 127 Abercorn Street, Suite 301B, Savannah, GA 31401
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you currently accepting new clients?
Yes! I accept most insurance companies, or I 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 my secure client portal (click here), call my toll-free number at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638), or send a secure email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a FIRST TIME CLIENT, please call me at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638) for a short phone consultation. Once we have discussed your interest and determined a time to meet, I 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 my 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 me at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638).
What if I’m not interested in using the client portal?
No problem! Please call my toll-free number at 833-BECOME-U (833-232-6638) or send a secure email to email@example.com.
If I leave a message, how long will it take for you to respond?
Please keep in mind that I may be in session when you call, email, or send a message, but I will get back to you as soon as I can. Normally, I 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?
I 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 me, 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.