josh@walnutpsychotherapycenter.com

Josh Freker, MSS, LSW

 

I foster a reassuring and calm space because I know that therapy can be uncomfortable for many people. If you find it hard to talk about yourself, I will work with you to find language and explore your experiences. I strive to understand the distinctive contours of your life without making assumptions or snap judgments.

 

My work is guided by psychodynamic and relational ideas. This means I believe the unique relationship between a therapist and a client can be a tool to gain meaning and healing. It also means I’m curious about how your past and unconscious shape you, but I’m not deterministic about that. I can focus on short-term challenges and solutions. I will listen to your needs and follow your lead, but I will also share my questions and interpretations.

TRAINING & EDUCATION

MSS. (MSW equivalent)

Bryn Mawr College Graduate School

of Social Work & Social Research.

 

BA. Swarthmore College.

 

I am a licensed social worker (LSW), and a member of the PA Society for Clinical Social Work, the American Assoc. for Psychoanalysis in Social Work, and the Phila. Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Identity Exploration (Sexuality, Gender Identity, Racial / Ethnic, Intersectional), Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Existential Concerns, Parenting, Relationships, Adoption, Sex / Desire,

Obsessive Thoughts, Social Isolation / Anxiety,

Grief / Loss, Immigration.

 

THEORETICAL ORIENTATION

Psychodynamic, Relational, Attachment-based, Trauma-Informed and Client-Centered.