Children are often quite observant. They watch, listen and
mimic the actions of others. As a young girl, Suzan Gallucci spent much of her time
observing others after moving to the United States. This observant nature led
her to view hard work and a strong focus as tools to move forward in life – a
mentality that led her to Hodges University.
“My journey to Hodges began in my childhood, a childhood
challenged by war. My family was fortunate to escape from war-torn Europe.
After some time, we settled in the United States. Now we were here in a new
country, needing to learn a new language and my father needing to find work.
These were big adjustments. I was a 9 year old, who was observing and trying to
make sense of the new world we were blessed to arrive in,” she said.
Spending much of her life in Ohio, Gallucci devoted herself
to learning new skills and taking advantage of various opportunities, which led
her in the direction of social action. As a woman in society, she spent her time
advocating for the equal rights of women, creating and publishing a magazine
devoted to empowering women, as well as working with various political
During the 1980s, while balancing a family and the
publishing world, she decided to enroll at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea,
Ohio. It was during this time she became interested in psychology, saying, “I
attended a seminar put on by Dr. Albert Ellis, a world-famous psychologist. He
wrote the book, ‘A Guide to Rational Living.’ I just remember being so
captivated by what he was saying, and it truly made a big impact on me.”
The impact was so strong that although occurrences in life
kept her from finishing her bachelor’s degree, she never lost the desire to
earn a degree and pursue a career in the mental health field.
Owning a small condominium in Southwest Florida, Gallucci
decided after many years to leave Ohio and settle down in Naples. This decision
opened a door for her to complete her dream of earning a degree.
“Hodges was near my home and enrolling was not complicated.
The admission process was smooth and easy, and the people were so nice,” she
Completing her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary
studies in 2010, she wasted no time enrolling in Hodges’ clinical mental health
counseling program in 2011, saying, “I saw the possibility of realizing my
Admitting her time at Hodges allowed her to “expand my
awareness through students who were part of a very diverse population,” she
quickly realized attending Hodges was the right decision. This decision was
solidified after observing her professors, especially Dr. Tom Hofmann.
Believing him to be an “amazing professor,” she was inspired by how he shared difficult
personal experiences from his own life, which he had overcome. “He became
symbolic for me in that we can all reach our destination,” she said.
Graduating in 2013, Gallucci is a clinical mental health
counselor with her own private practice in Naples. Her specialties include
relationship issues, as well as helping individuals who are experiencing
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief and trauma. She is also certified
in domestic abuse and domestic violence counseling.
“It is so rewarding to be able to help others find peace in
their hearts and to help them live out their lives in contentment,” she said.
In addition to her private practice, Gallucci serves as a
board member of the Gulfcoast Mental Health Counselors Inc. and member of the
American Counseling Association.
“My yearning for a university degree was finally answered at
Hodges. My private counseling practice continues to expand, and my
consciousness and awareness continues to grow. My additional learning at Hodges
has provided me with skills to serve my clients more fully. My appreciation and
gratitude goes out to Hodges University. It is never too late to accomplish
your goals. In the words of Winston Churchill ‘never, never, never, give up.’”