Susan Lambert knows a thing or two about voice.
She’s studied it her whole life. When she was a kid, living in a rented house in Boston, she cut the fingers off her wooly gloves, put on her hat and winter coat, and climbed the stairs to the attic where the landlord’s old upright piano stood.
In the falling light and air so cold she could see her own breath she sang memorized poems to the melodies she created on the ivory keys. Months later when her mother discovered her secret after-school passion she took her to a piano teacher who was so impressed with her talent she offered to teach her for free. “My joy was to be inside the life of music, inside the heart of the lyrics, and to sing the stories.” Thus began a creative life exploring voice – singing, performing, educating, teaching – and finally becoming a psychotherapist.
After the early days of piano Susan jumped into singing, (Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance, University of the Arts, Philadelphia), performing as concert soloist in the U.S and Greece, singing repertoire ranging from musical theatre to pop to opera; most notably the music of composers such as Kurt Weill, Jacques Brel and many others.
Alongside her performing was her teaching – Susan knows how lucky she’s been – the piano teacher was the first in a long line of encouraging, inspiring, challenging teachers and mentors who graced her life and gave her the passion to teach.
Susan designed and implemented arts programs for students in middle school to colleges; from Boston to New York to Athens; her emphasis was on collaboration, self-expression, ensemble building and art as community; as well as a rigorous development of craft and technique. She is the founder/producer of The Cabaret Salon Series, the founder/curator of Salon Astoria, NYC. She has organized and implemented many programs for emerging professionals and for artists in transition or healing processes.
In a further deepening of the creative spiral Susan felt called to explore the internal voice, to enter into more healing and expansive realms with others and to that end obtained a Master’s in clinical social work (LCSW) from NYU.
“I immersed myself in this new way of connecting and giving and helping – all the while aware of how much it resembled what I had been doing and loving all along. I came to realize that the process of interpersonal learning and of therapeutic inquiry was not unlike the singer’s process of going deeper inside the workings of a song.”
For the past twenty years Susan has been developing her voice as a therapist; in private practice in NYC and East Hampton working with children, adolescents, families and individuals with wide ranging concerns; as a passionate leader of holistic workshops co-facilitated with esteemed yoga colleagues in NYC, Boston, Warsaw, and Athens; exploring and innovating new group modalities; expanding the reach of her practice into the global community through Skype online therapy.
“I believe in the courage of every person who opens her mouth to utter a singing sound – as well as the courage of every person who shows up to therapy to dive into the deep end of the sea of personal growth and inquiry…for me it all comes full circle when I think of all our endeavors – in love, in art, in day to day living – we are all here, in the same boat, wanting to suffer less, wanting to feel joy and happiness, wanting to become connected to the still small voice within…wanting to be fully present in this moment, just as it is, now.”
utter a singing sound – as well as the courage of every person who shows up to therapy to dive into the deep end of the sea of personal growth and inquiry.”
Our therapeutic partnership will help you sustain buoyancy in mood, gain deeper self awareness and acceptance of yourself.
Working creatively, with insight and concrete day to day strategies, we will break through whatever is interfering with your personal fulfillment and develop ways to grow and learn and improve the quality of your life!