Denetra Robinson, MSW, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in trauma focused therapy.
My goal is to assist individuals in changing their thought processes and behaviors to become the best version of themselves. As a social worker, I understand that the road to personal growth is a journey of uncertain turns. I also understand that throughout this journey, different life circumstances could impact the way a person is able to function.
Therapy sessions with me will be person-centered to encourage self-determination, and encompass a strengths-based approach. I feel that it is important to build on a person’s strengths and assist them in identifying their resiliency in the face of adversity. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used to assist individuals in identifying negative thoughts and behaviors, and developing effective coping skills to modify behaviors when experiencing distress.
Who I Serve:
I work with a variety of individuals including children and adolescents, as well as women from various backgrounds and ages. Therapy is individualized to meet each person’s specific needs.
My Clients often have issues pertaining to the following
Difficulty processing and coping with trauma, abuse, and/or neglect
Inability to communicate assertively
Coping with life after grief and loss
Parenting Skills Training
Managing anger and behavioral responses when dealing with stress
Recovery from drugs and alcohol
I have had a passion for helping others since an early age, helping tutor disadvantaged elementary school age children while in high school. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Spelman College, I began working for the Department of Family and Children Services where I observed various underlying issues that impact families. I then went back to further my education and earned a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. With over 10 years in the field of social work, I have experience with family and children services, community based therapeutic services, crisis stabilization, and residential treatment. My passion continues to be serving those who need assistance with coping with life’s stressors.
The practice space is a calm, and nurturing environment, that helps you silence the noise from the day-to-day stressors. Beyond the physical environment, we prioritize our belief in an inclusive treatment environment that is affirming to all genders, spiritual beliefs, and backgrounds. Our biggest tool within the relationship, is the use of ourself. If we do not present ourselves authentic self, how will the individuals we serve feel safe to do so. As a result, it is not unordinary for us to share laughter as well as tears.
**Due to Covid-19, all sessions are being held virtually at this time**
What to Expect From Virtual Sessions:
One way that we carry out our value in making quality behavioral health care accessible is through virtual sessions. Even before Covid -19, we provided clients with the option to meet with their therapist or coach virtually. Virtual sessions allows individuals the flexibility to have a session during their lunch break, avoid traffic, and meet with their preferred therapist that would otherwise be too far. Further, virtual sessions allows for you to have your sessions with the peace of mind that you will not be exposed to the virus.
Due to Covid-19, most insurances are covering virtual sessions at this time. We anticipate that some insurances will not cover it indefinitely. This would be a great question to ask while speaking to your insurance company as you prepare to engage/continue therapy (if applicable).
Virtual sessions are held via our practice portal, Simple Practice. Using this platform ensures a quality connection that is also encrypted to protect your privacy. Our platform allows you to either login on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
What to Expect Your First Session:
Your first session, in some ways, may be the easiest. Aside from meeting someone new and embarking on the beginning of the changes you would like to make, we will guide you most through this session. This first session or so is intended to be a rapport building and information gathering session. We will gather information about your mental health, physical, and family history. We will then discuss and collaborate to identify what you would like to accomplish through our time together. And finally, we will work to make sure you leave with a strategy or tool to hold you over til our next session.
Our Advice to Prospective Clients:
Our advice for someone contemplating treatment is to take one step at a time. Start with the consultation and go from there. Thinking steps ahead often serves to detract from the present moment and thwart efforts to get help.