Turtle Time Healing
I have been asked so many times, "Why do you do this work?" and "Why are you a social worker? Isn't it a hard job?" To these questions and
many more like them, I most often answer, "I was born a social worker. It is in my bones."
I've wanted to work with people for as long as I can remember. I would say I am the most fulfilled when I am engaged with other people - bearing witness to their life situations, emotions, and dreams. I have been told I am "a natural" and am "truly authentic."
What does this mean for my clients?
It means that sessions typically feel like normal, relaxed conversations, without pressure or judgment. While listening to you tell your story I will generally listen for meaning so that I can help to focus on what is going right in your life - also known as a "strength-based approach." This means that I will be real with you, "play it straight," and "tell it like it is." I am not one to sugar-coat feedback about clients' behaviors.
Why am I such a straight shooter?
In my experience, allowing negative, socially inappropriate behaviors to continue without feedback only delays the treatment process. Behavior has meaning, and if we dissect the behavior, find its meaning, and eliminate it, then together we can establish new pro-social coping skills that help clients work toward their life goals.
Clients have said to me after their first session or two:
"I feel really comfortable with you."
"You don't seem like a typical therapist. I feel so relaxed."
"I don't feel like you judge me."
"You're so real.
Jenn Guiry, LICSW ~
2557 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140 ~
Learning new skills - one session at a time
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