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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 helping 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 more holistic approach to healing. I learned that social work is versatile and compassionate, and has a deeply proud history of helping.

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 play therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma­ focused cognitive ­behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, client­ centered therapy, and others. All the while, I’ve been proud to be a social worker.

These days, outside of my office in Elkins Park, I also work as a Clinical Supervisor at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and an associate member of the American Psychological Association (APA). When I’m not working, I’m the proud mommy of an elementary­ school aged boy, pre­school aged girl; the wife to my husband of over 9 years; and driver of a minivan.

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