Rose Medical Center
4500 E. 9th Ave. #660
Denver, CO 80220

Bio of Dr. Susan Heitler

Internationally recognized clinical psychologist and author Susan Heitler, Ph.D. practices at Rose Medical Center in Denver.

Dr. Heitler’s treatment specialties include:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • anger
  • narcissism
  • parenting challenges
  • marital difficulties.

Dr. Susan Heitler’s psychotherapy treatment methods

In her book From Conflict to Resolution and her writings on Bump Theory Dr. Heitler explains why people get upset and how to help them to feel better.

Dr.  Heitler is an integrative therapist, which means that she draws from broad repertoire of treatment techniques:

  • cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • psychodynamic explorations of origins of current problems in earlier experiences
  • family systems interventions
  • marriage counseling and therapy for pre-marital couples
  • communication and conflict resolution skills coaching
  • narrative therapy
  • conflict resolution
  • energy therapies such as acupoint tapping (EFT)
  • and more.

In addition to working as a therapist, Dr. Susan Heitler wears a number of related psychological hats.

Books and other publications by Dr. Susan Heitler

Dr. Heitler is best known in the therapy community for bringing understandings of conflict resolution to the professional literature on psychotherapy.

In addition Dr. Heitler has also written multiple self-help books for the general public.


Dr. Heitler graduated from Harvard  University in 1967, and earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from NYU in 1975.

Awards and Accomplishments

From all the marriage therapists in the US, the editors of the master therapist video series Assessment and Treatment of Psychological Disorders selected Dr. Heitler to demonstrate the theory and techniques of couple treatment.  Her video from this series, The Angry Couple: Conflict Focused Treatment has become a staple in psychologist and marriage counseling training programs.

The editors of the Psychologist Desk Reference, a compendium of therapeutic interventions, selected Dr. Heitler to write the chapter on Treating High Conflict Couples. Other editors of books on counseling theory and techniques have similarly invited her to contribute chapters on her conflict resolution treatment methods.

Dr. Heitler’s 1997 book The Power of Two (New Harbinger), which clarifies the communication and conflict resolution skills that sustain healthy marriages, has been translated for publication in six foreign language editions–in China, Taiwan, Israel, Turkey, Brazil and Poland.

Dr. Heitler has presented workshops on her treatment methods to mediators, lawyers, psychologists, and marriage and family therapists in the U.S. and globally.  She has been a popular presenter at national professional conferences including AAMFT, APA, SmartMarriages, and SEPI. She has lectured internationally in Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Israel, Lebanon, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates.  She gave the keynote address, which was on conflict resolution, in Beirut, Lebanon at the 1st Pan-Arab Psychology Conference.  Currently Dr. Heitler leads continuing education workshops on therapist techniques throughout the U.S. for

Dr. Heitler’s blog on has received over 9 million reads.

Dr. Heitler is frequently interviewed in magazines such as Fitness, Men’s Health, Women’s World, and Parenting.  Her cases have appeared often in the Ladies Home Journal column “Can This Marriage Be Saved?”

Denver TV newscasters interview her for perspectives on psychological aspects of current events.

In May, 2004 Dr. Heitler appeared on the CBS Early Show where anchor Harry Smith introduced her as “the most influential person in my life—my therapist.”  He encouraged his viewers similarly to seek therapy when they feel  distressed and pre-marital counseling when they are contemplating marriage.

A U.S. Healthy Marriages Initiative grant enabled Dr. Heitler and her associates to produce an interactive internet program for teaching marriage communication and conflict resolution skills.  Hundreds of couples have benefited from this fun, low-cost, high-impact methods of teaching the skills for a strong and loving marriage.


Dr.  Heitler and her husband of more than 40 years are proud parents of four happily married adult children and grateful grandparents of over a dozen grandchildren.

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