Holly received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and is currently pursuing her master’s in social work at the University of Chicago. Before attending graduate school, Holly worked in multiple mental health settings such as a group home, primary care clinic, and community-based services.
Holly uses a client-centered, compassionate, and strength-based approach with clients to increase their capacities to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. Holly also blends these styles with an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework. Through her previous work experiences, Holly has formed a compassionate, warm, and collaborative approach with her clients, fostering a trusting relationship of mutual respect.
Over the past week, I have been reflecting on the article Holding, Containing and Bearing Witness: The Problem of Helpfulness in Encounters with Torture Survivors by Dick Blackwell (1997). In the article, Blackwell (1997) explores the role of the therapist in supporting our client’s wants and needs in therapy, especially with respect to survivors of …