About Susan

If you are looking for a wellness coach with unique and extensive experience in working with people experiencing learning/neurological differences, mental health and/or life changes contact Susan Cortilet-Jones, MS, located in Durham, NC.

In addition to her graduate work and years of experience, Susan is a Certified Integrative Wellness Coach and has completed College Coaching Training for those with ASD through the Aspergers Center for Education and Training in Manhattan (New York) developed and taught by Lynda Geller, PHD. She also completed training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Autistic Adults with Dr. Valerie Gaus a leader and author in the field of autism and adulthood. Susan participates in ongoing training, workshops and literature reviews to remain current on trends related to mental health, working with adults on the spectrum and identifying treatment approaches for co-curring conditions. Susan's extensive training and experience in addressing behavioral, mental health and social skills development and her passion for helping others ensures her dedication to helping the individual develop ownership towards a more gratifying and fulfilling life.

Susan views her diverse experiences in higher education, secondary schools, rehabilitation, mental health settings, and sports training backgrounds as PERSONAL OPPORTUNITIES that have humbly contributed to her success helping clients with growth and change.

An overview of Susan's background:

  • Graduate assistant with Division I Athletes (mostly football and basketball)
  • Syracuse University HEOP Program (college entry for 'at risk' students)
  • School Based Health Centers (undeserved and poor rural communities)
  • Team Leader-National Disease Collaborative (Federal government sponsored)
  • Cortland Community Re-Entry Program (Behavior Specialist for persons with TBI[traumatic brain injuries])
  • Jawonio, Inc (both Employment Specialist and Higher Education Coaching Specialist)
  • Rockland Community College (Interim Director for Disability Services)
  • Adjunct Professor at Mercy College (4 years; Psychology courses)
  • Group facilitator
  • College athlete
  • Past supporter of New York Junior Tennis & Learning Program (NYJTL) Fundraiser at the Manhattan central park boathouse

Susan has been invited for numerous presentations as well:

  • Long Island University (Rockland and West Point campuses)
  • Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY
  • Mental Health Association; Rockland County
  • Rockland Mental Health Association
  • Turning Stone Casino (NYS Special Education providers from Rockland Boces)
  • Transition Consortium; Westchester and Rockland County BOCES
  • Rockland Community College
  • Presented to a well establised Parent Group
    at Westchester ARC in Hawthorne, NY


For over 10 years, Susan facilitated adult, high school age and parent groups in the New York City metro area. Her broad range of life experiences have enriched her love and passion for the people she works with and the work she has dedicated herself to. She values the importance of collaboration, networking, and teamwork. Advocacy, person centered-ness and support in negotiating systems are the keys to her success.

Susan lives an active lifestyle and spends her free time with her husband and daughter and their dogs, Lola and Liam!