Kelly Siegel-McGinnis, MSW, LCSW

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As adults, we learn that change is a normal part of life; while it can sometimes be hard or unpleasant, we usually find ways to adapt to change the best we can based on past experiences. But when our past experiences do little to prepare us for the shock of new life transitions, the dissolution of an intimate relationship, or the intrusion of trauma into our lives, we can feel stuck, overwhelmed and angry. Moreover, for those of us already managing depression, anxiety, or a past history of abuse, change can make the task of getting through our daily routine an exceedingly hard one.

Therapy can act as a buffer against these changes and empower you by giving you control over how you react to them. As a therapist, I pride myself on being able to build trusting relationships with clients that are rooted in warmth, humor, and care. I understand that the decision to enter therapy can be a difficult one, and I work hard to ensure that clients leave each session feeling better equipped to manage the stressors and challenges that lie ahead. I view each client as a unique individual and collaborate with my client to design a treatment plan that is realistic for their daily lives. Included in this plan is a deep regard for the role in which culture, race, religion, sexual orientation and physical ability plays.

As a licensed clinical social worker, I bring eight years of experience working with individuals, families and groups in Philadelphia. I completed my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and I have been trained in a variety of techniques and modalities that will benefit clients who are experiencing painful or distressing emotions due to transition, loss, depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties and identity issues.

As your child’s therapist, I view myself as your partner in helping your child understand and acclimate to change in a way that is gentle, developmentally appropriate and most importantly, helpful. I pride myself on being able to build trusting relationships with young people and their families that are rooted in warmth, humor, and care. I use a variety of clinical techniques and skills that will help your child build up his or her capacity to cope and become a more confident young person overall. I work hard to ensure that parents are included as much as possible in their child’s treatment so that the work I am doing in session can be continued and built upon throughout the rest of the week.

I am a licensed clinical social worker with eight years of experience providing individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents in Philadelphia. After completing my Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania, I trained in play therapy, Parent-Child Filial therapy and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with children ages 2-14. I have worked in outpatient clinics as well as elementary, middle and high schools, where I have helped students of all ages overcome social, behavioral and academic barriers through counseling.

In addition to individual and family work, I have led a variety of support groups for young people that focused on the following issues: bereavement, female empowerment for teens, cultural assimilation, social skill building for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and groups for children who have siblings with severe physical and mental impairments.

Credentials

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology major, University of Florida, 2003
  • Certified Field Placement Instructor, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice

Affiliations

  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Former Emerging Leader Fellow, Stoneleigh Center Foundation

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