About Dr. Carlin

One of the most experienced, licensed individual, marriage and family therapists in Atlanta.

Welcome and thank you so much for visiting my website. My name is Dr. Susan Carlin. I am a licensed individual, marriage and family therapist that has been practicing for over 35 years. My office is located in the Virginia Highlands area. Life presents all of us with pain and adversity. I have helped patients learn to cope with these situations through the tools that I present in therapy. We all want to be understood and recognized for who we are, but frequently emotions and situations get in the way. Things like anxiety, depression, crises, traumas, addictive behaviors, or unhappy relationships intervene and disrupt our lives.

I also understand that in a therapeutic relationship, confidentiality and empathy are vitally important. This is why I personally return all phone calls and schedule all appointments myself. My office includes a separate entrance and exit. I respect each person’s individuality including religious ethnicity, culture, and belief system. My goal as a therapist is to use the process of psychotherapy to foster trust and individual and interpersonal growth.

“I have been seeing Dr. Carlin for several years. She is an empathetic, insightful and caring therapist.  She has helped me understand and facilitate major changes in my life. I can’t say enough positive things about her.” – Donna C. 


B.S. Lesley University, Cambridge Massachusetts
M.A. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti Michigan; Honors: Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honorary society
PhD University of Georgia, Athens Georgia; Honors: Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honorary society
Marriage and Family Therapist
Professional Counselor                                                                                       Instructor of  A Guide to Self Awareness Course at Emory University


Marriage Counseling
Individual Counseling
Couples Counseling


American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy


I have been married for over 35 years. My husband, Dr. Richard Carlin, is an Ophthalmologist. I have 2 children; 1 son David, and 1 daughter Erica. My son is also an Ophthalmologist and practices alongside his father. My daughter is a Clinical Psychologist who also practices in the Virginia Highlands. I love animals and have 1 dog and 2 horses. Remington, my maltipoo, will occasionally accompany me in sessions. In my free time I enjoy jewelry making, gardening, hiking, and reading.