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.