Jennifer Shatzkin, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist
I engage each client with unconditional regard and self-determination. I strive to make clients feel safe in a non-judgmental environment where they can express their genuine feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.
I also ensure I am trained and have consultation in vulnerable populations and will never ask someone from a marginalized group to educate me. I have an anti-racist stance and continue to examine and be educated on how our systems and internal biases can contribute to poorer health/mental health in BIPOC populations. I am open to processing this in session.
I am also an LGBTQIA+ ally and provide culturally competent care.
I have a sex positive framework and welcome clients in the kink and BDSM community, as well as “non-traditional” sex and relational practices.
I have a HAES (Health At Every Size and shape) perspective and am body positive.
I welcome clients from all religious backgrounds and no religious preference or beliefs. I am sensitive to each individual client’s spiritual and religious needs.
I am a Neurodiversity Affirmative Therapist and advocate for new ways of classifying and supporting neurodivergent persons. I view autism, ADHD, PDA (pathological demand avoidance), sensory integration sensitivity, giftedness, and empathic emotional intensity as neurodifferences, rather than disorders or deficits. The difficulties arise when neurotypical society places norms and demands on the neurodivergent that do not account for their differences.
I am trauma-informed, identifying how traumas can contribute to and overlap with many conditions.
I understand military culture with lived experience as a Veteran myself, many years as an active duty military spouse, and a DoD civilian social worker for active duty military. Veterans, active duty, retired, and dependents are welcome in my practice.
Licensure and Credentials:
- LCSW #CW018737 Pennsylvania
- LCSW #0904008005 Virginia
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
- Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW)
- Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA)
- Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions trained provider (SPACE)
- International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF)
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)