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Marquita Bolden, MSW, LCSW

Marquita Bolden, MSW, LCSW

When I first entered undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, I was torn between psychology and writing. I was madly in love with poetry and short stories, but I also felt a pull toward a career of service to others. Ultimately, I ended school with dual majors: psychology and writing.

Before applying for graduate studies, I spent a year working with a team of social workers. I learned that social workers make excellent therapists. I learned that social work is unique among the helping fields in that uses a holistic approach to healing. I learned that social work is versatile and compassionate.

After taking a year off from school, I began graduate social work studies at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, I was fortunate to obtain an internship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, were I was trained to complete mental health assessments and to provide cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Since graduation from Penn, I have worked in many places. I worked in a sexual trauma ­treatment program for children and teenagers; a residential treatment facility for young adult with mental illness and intellectual disabilities; a sexual­ offense treatment program for teens and young adults; a wellness center for women, an elementary charter school, and a wellness and counseling center for adults and children. Over the years, I trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), play therapy, trauma­ focused cognitive ­behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and others. All the while, I’ve been proud to be a social worker.

These days, outside of my private practice in Roxborough, I also work as a Clinical Supervisor at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. I am also am the Philadelphia Chair for the Coffee and Conversations Program of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work. When I’m not working, I’m the proud mom of an elementary­ school aged boy and girl; the wife to my husband of 10 years; and driver of a minivan.

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