Susan Maria Axtell, PsyD

Clinical Psychology, Psychology , Headache Neurology, Neurology, Neurology
Accepting New Patients


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1520 San Pablo St. HC2 - Suite 3000 Ste 3000, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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9033 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 300 , Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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About Susan Maria Axtell, PsyD

Susan Axtell, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist with a focus in pain psychology. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Director of Pain Psychology in the Headache Division. After graduating college with honors in Sociology and Contemporary French Studies, she earned a master’s degree in psychology at the New School for Social Research in New York and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a specialty in Multicultural Issues, from the University of Denver.

After falling in love with Los Angeles — upon moving here for an internship — she built a private practice in Beverly Hills where, for five years, she enjoyed working with individuals with a wide variety of clinical issues. She joined Keck Medicine of USC in 2010, first as a pain psychologist in the Pain Center, and then in 2018 she joined the faculty of the Neurology Department’s Headache Division to further focus on headache, concussion, face pain and neck pain.

Dr. Axtell helps her patients manage their physical and emotional suffering with non-medication strategies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, biofeedback and stress management techniques. A primary goal is providing hope and a sense of empowerment to patients whose conditions leave them feeling powerless and despairing. Especially passionate about the use of mindfulness to manage pain and promote emotional balance, she manages her own stress through daily meditation, a strong support system and playing drums.


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology
  • Headache Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Neurology
Academic Title
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology (Clinician Educator)

Insurances Accepted

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  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Covered California
  • Anthem Blue Cross Prudent Buyer
  • Beech Street Corporation /WC
  • Blue Shield Covered California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brand New Day
  • ChoiceCare Network
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health
  • GEHA
  • Great-West Healthcare of California, Inc.
  • Health Net
  • Health Net Covered California
  • Health Plans of Nevada
  • Interplan
  • Kern Health Systems
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Health & Welfare
  • Marian Health Services
  • MultiPlan
  • NEXT
  • Pacificare
  • Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
  • Private Health Care Systems
  • Take Care (GUAM)
  • TriWest Healthcare Alliance (UHC)
  • Union Roofers Health & Welfare Fund
  • United Healthcare
  • USC Network
  • Watchtower
  • Medicare

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  • Provider Listened Carefully
  • Provider Knew Medical History
  • Provider Spent Enough Time

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