Therapy is a place where one can learn to explore, express, and verbalize feelings and emotions in a safe and confidential setting, while working to effect positive change in the present, and hope for lasting change in the future.
I am a clinical social worker with 10 years of professional experience. It would be my pleasure to work with you or your family member to find solutions to life’s barriers and challenges.
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Immediately after my 8th grade graduation, my school arranged a little party for the graduates, more specifically a dance. A dance that included slow dancing. It escapes me if I knew about the slow dancing part, but up until that time I had never been exposed to slow dancing. There was a time I went to a Bar Mitzvah in 5th grade, but there wasn’t much of any dancing. Thank goodness for my classmate who ended up being my first dance partner. She was a sweetheart about my first dance, and didn’t mind me mashing her toes up a bit. It certainly took some time to figure out the footwork of swaying back and forth and not obsessively staring at one’s feet. By the end of our brief 8th grade graduation dance, I felt accomplished in my academics, as well as knowing the basics of dance. I’m not sure if I ever got better at dancing, despite drop-in ballroom dance classes, learning choreography for various musicals, or participating in Zumba. There have certainly been many times where toes were mashed, flying elbows hit someone in the head, or general collisions occurred with other dance partners. You would think I would have given up on dance, but it’s still an enjoyable activity, and I am still trying to figure it all out. Before I ever listened to a country song, a good friend shared some lyrics with me:
I grew up in a time, when it was totally fine to be a “latch key” kid for several hours a day. Growing up as the oldest of two of immigrant self employed parents, there were times when I did not see my parents a lot. I grew up with a lot of autonomy, independence, and responsibilities. I probably could have used some parental guidance too, especially as a teen.
Thankfully, there were no probation officers involved, trips to the ER, or regretful experimenting. What I did notice was that I spent a lot of time on the phone, just talking. Talking to friends that I had just seen at school, and friends who I no longer saw in class. As I began driving, I got to enjoy spending time at my friends’ houses. Often I would enjoy interacting with the parents, parents who spoke English, parents who went to college, parents who I thought were sooocoool. At the same time I also began to look up the youth leaders at my church, often college kids who I also thought were really cool. There were also favorite teachers, and other adult figures (parental figures) that had an influence on my upbringing.
Over the years there are common questions that I get asked prior to setting up our 1st appointment, or questions that come up during the future sessions. Some questions relate to logistics, others could be more personal. Typically with younger clients they like to ask me personal questions.
A guiding principle that I try to abide by is to not disclose personal information about myself with a client, especially if it’s not relevant to the focus of our time together.