Susan E. Hickman, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Welcome and thank you for visiting my website! This site serves as a “touchstone” for the different services available. Please browse the site and click through to the resources that best fit your needs and interests. If you have additional questions, do not hesitate to contact me or my staff.

As a Psychologist and Transformational Coach, I am committed to helping individuals achieve their highest level of holistic mental fitness. To be genuinely successful in personal or business arenas, individuals need to possess proficient skills across multiple areas of functioning such as mental, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual. It is this constellation of skills that constitutes holistic mental fitness and predicts lasting success.

To this end, I have established the Mental Fitness Institute (website is scheduled to go live by April 1, 2015). The Mental Fitness Institute is designed to take clients through a series of progressive coursework combined with group coaching to assist clients in developing the skills needed for holistic health, which is the foundation for high levels of success and financial freedom. When individuals are freed from emotional blocks, destructive personal habits and lifelong skill deficits…the sky is truly the limit on what can be accomplished through diligence and persistence toward their goals! Please see our course catalog for more detailed information on our offerings.

Are you ready to up your game and learn the skills needed to finally have the life or your dreams? Then jump aboard and join us for the Mental Fitness Revolution!


Clinical & Coaching Services

At the Mental Fitness Institute, our mission is simple but lofty:

“We manage the human side of life.”

In my practice, I primarily focus on designing and delivering life-impacting Mental Fitness courses and Transformational Coaching services, whether for business or personal applications. My client base consists of coaching individuals who are ready to push through barriers that have blocked achievement of their desired goals. This process begins with a foundation in Mental Fitness skills combined with high-accountability coaching that supports transformation. Whether you are an artist, musician, executive, entrepreneur or an individual in transition…this platform is designed to move you into the high performance, high achievement arenas common to highly successful individuals. For more information, visit the Coaching Services page.


Dr. Hickman’s Blog

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Mind of the Matter Podcast: Coming Soon!

The Mind of the Matter radio show, originally aired on Voice America in 2011-2012 will be available for replay again soon, so stay tuned. In addition, the show will begin again with fresh content, new guests and topics you will not want to miss. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to receive announcements of the show.


Serenity Center: Intensive Outpatient Program

Intensive Outpatient Program. Serenity Center is a 12-weeks, skills-based, Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that provides a safe, supportive and therapeutic environment for individuals suffering from overwhelming and life-interrupting conditions such as mood disorders, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, chronic pain, adjustment disorders, somatic disorders, dissociative disorders and select eating disorders (bulimia, compulsive overeating) that are secondary to other diagnoses. For additional program information, see Serenity Center. Special Note: Due to a facility change, the IOP is not currently in session.


Psych Assess: Psychological Assessment Services

Psych Assess is designed to meet your assessment needs. We work with professionals in each local region to provide high-quality assessments on demand. For a brief overview of the types of assessments we provide and a link to the Psych Assess website, see Psych Assess.

Custom assessments are also available upon request. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your initial appointment. We are committed to providing real assessments and real solutions…every time.


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Contact Information

Mental Fitness Institute
701 Cherokee Blvd.
Suite 139
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 508-8200

The Transformation and Lighthouse Counseling Center
7209 Hamilton Acres Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 499-9335