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Susan M. Campbell, Ph.D.
4373 Hessel Ct.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: (707) 829-3646
Fax: (707) 823-6789
E-mail: Dr. Susan



Upcoming Events/Workshops:

To register or get info about any of these programs, contact Susan at (707) 829-3646 or at the email address below (unless otherwise noted below).  


Getting Real: The Power of Conscious Communication

February 24th and 25th 2018

(Cost: $350, includes lodging and meals)    

A residential workshop in Sebastopol, CA with Susan Campbell (author of GETTING REAL: 10 Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life) 

“You can only be as honest as you are self-aware.” 

GETTING REAL teaches 10 truth skills that make you a more present, aware, spontaneous, delightful communicator. Most people are afraid to be totally honest for good reason…because what most people call “honest communication” is tainted by the mind’s tendency to look good, avoid discomfort, be right, or otherwise “control the outcome.” But when you learn to put your attention on your own here-now experience rather than worrying about the outcome, you discover the real source of personal power, love, and trust.

Using a mixture of experiential exercises (Gestalt, psychodrama, Getting Real, Somatic Awareness) and the Honesty Salon structure, we will learn practices for becoming more conscious of our unconscious thought patterns and communication habits. As we learn and practice the 10 Truth Skills of Getting Real, we will notice and free ourselves of the ways we “go on automatic” when we are anxious or uncomfortable—so we can approach each new moment with an openness to “what is.”

With other like-minded people, we will learn how to:

• communicate with full-body self-awareness 

• be more sensitive to the cues we are getting from others 

• clear up unfinished business from the past

• repair rifts in trust and connection after a fight or misunderstanding 

• keep our present relationships free of accumulated unfinished business 

• come back to being present after our fear-buttons have gotten pushed 

• become aware of your intent – is it to relate or to control? 

• communicate authentically, without trying to sugar-coat or be right 

• be intimate with others and still be 100% true to ourselves 

• notice and free yourself of all the ways you "go on automatic" as you communicate or listen 

• replace these "control patterns" with honest, spontaneous self-expression 

• heal past trauma and unprocessed pain using the 10 truth skills 

• recognize all the various disguises that mask the "need to control" 

• ask for what you want without being controlling 

• say "no" or mark your boundaries with compassion and sensitivity 

• embrace and value the silences in human communication 

• communicate in ways that foster deep intimacy and trust 

The workshop is intended for people who want to join with others to explore honesty as a spiritual awareness practice, getting to the essential self that is beyond conditioned fears, beliefs, and control patterns -- so we can be in intimate relationship with ourselves, with others, and with life.  

Emphasis will be on developing communication skills and awareness practices that you can take home and integrate into your daily life

Cost: $350 per person (includes lodging for out-of-towners and some meals) People who fly in can also stay fri and sun. 

Time/date: February 24-25 (Sat-Sun), 10am-5pm both days

Location: Sebastopol, CA, one hour north of San Francisco (directions to follow registration)

REGISTER NOW: Call (707) 829-3646 or email: 

“After this workshop, I found myself much more confident and less reactive — both in my work with clients and jurors (as a trial attorney) and in my personal life.”   - Dennis Wilson, Attorney, Los Angeles


Psychologist Susan Campbell has worked as a corporate trainer and relationship coach for 45 years. A former professor at the University of Massachusetts, she is author of 10 books on the topic of relationships and human communication. Her most recent work centers on how to use honest, presence-centered communication as vehicle for personal healing and expanded self-awareness. This body of work is described in her best-selling, Getting Real and her more recent books, Truth in Dating, and Saying What’s Real. Her work has been featured in many popular magazines including New Woman, Psychology Today, Self, Harvard Business Review, Seventeen, Men’s Health, New Age, Fast Company, and Yoga Journal. For more information, visit her website

Getting Real Honesty Salon: Experience the 10 Truth Skills in a Small Group

A 6-Week Teleclass (using the zoom webinar format) with Susan Campbell, Ph.D. Cost: $200

6 consecutive Thursdays, 2-3 pm PST, beginning Jan 25, 2018

This 6 week class will give participants skill and practice using the 10 Truth Skills you need to live an authentic life.

This group is for people who have read Getting Real and who have an understanding of the concept of what a "practice" is--as in meditation, as in the 5-rhythms dance practice, as in yoga. A practice is something you do regularly--not just when you come to the honesty salon: You make it a practice, as you go through your day, to notice your control patterns and trigger reactions, for example.

At the start of each salon, I'll invite people to do a one-minute check-in about what's alive for you now. Then, I’ll lead a brief warm-up exercise, teaching one of the truth skills. Then we will practice this truth skill with other group members—skills like giving and receiving feedback, experiencing what is present, sharing mixed emotions, and being transparent.

To register or get information, contact me (Susan Campbell) and I’ll tell you how to make payments or give you a time we can speak on the phone to discuss how this event might meet your needs