Sensei Sue McAley MA LPC, Facilitator

Sensei Sue has been training in the martial arts since 1978. She currently has a third degree Black Belt in Goju Shorei karate. She was the founder of Dragon Spirit Martial Arts, a karate Dojo in a Chicago suburb. Sensei Sue has taught on a national level, providing new insights to teachers and students alike. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald and has been featured in numerous blogs. She has a Bachelors in Film and Video Production from Columbia College, and has produced several martial arts related videos. She continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a Licensed Clinical Therapist.

She has worked with both perpetrators and victims of violence, substance abusers, juvenile offenders, DCFS as well as with the chronically mentally ill. Her list of clients include local and alternative schools, Park Districts, Girl Scouts of America and the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Currently she is authoring a book on Martial Arts as a Therapeutic Practice. She resides in the Chicago Suburbs and Conducts Traditional Therapy Sessions at Helping Hands Counseling in Crest Hill, IL. 

Interests include her two dogs and two cats,writing, game development, hiking, photography, kayaking, comedy, listening to a plethera of Podcast, and advocating for human rights.

                  "One quits when they lose all hope, one let's go when one gain's insight"

    "Compromise is great, discovering how everyone can get what they want through cooperation is genius

 From Sensei Sue's Book, "Everything  I Need to Know, I learned in the Dojo - Martial Arts Concepts for Therapeutic Practice"  Chapter on Resistance. Available for publication January, 2012.   



Sensei Sue and her karate puppet "Fu"
entertain with original Martial Arts Comedy.