Rachel Simon, MSW, LSW
Rachel is a licensed social worker offering individual, couples, and family therapy. She specializes in child and adolescent therapy for LGBTQ clients. Rachel uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach, collaborating with her clients in a supportive, non-judgmental, and compassionate way. Rachel integrates narrative and feminist approaches to promote growth and development, and to enrich and empower the existing strengths in each client. Rachel believes her role as a therapist is to collaborate with individuals and families, helping clients to actively participate in sessions and applying new insights and plans into their daily routines. She uses techniques in mindfulness motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care, tailored to clients' individual needs. Rachel believes that by creating a safe and empathetic space for children and young adults, she can guide clients to recognize their own abilities in navigating the ups and downs in their lives. Rachel recognizes the courage it takes to enter therapy, build a therapeutic alliance, and work toward lasting change. Rachel is taking new clients and looks forward to sharing in your child or family's journey and self exploration.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
MSW, LSW, MEd.
Rachel earned her Master of Social Work degree from Widener University in 2015, and is completing a second Masters degree in Human Sexuality. Rachel is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Work as well as the National Association of Social Workers. Prior to her work with Walnut Psychotherapy Group, Rachel worked as an intern therapist with Mazzoni Center's Open Door Counseling Program to serve LGBTQ adolescents and adults. She also worked with Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, serving lower income families and older adults. Rachel attended the University of Maryland for her B.A. in Psychology and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Children and Adolescent Issues, Sexuality Identity Discovery / Formation, Transgender Youth and Young Adults, Depression and Anxiety, Navigating Transition and Life Changes.
Narrative, Feminist, Client-Centered.