Psych Choices of the Delaware Valley is pleased to welcome to our team Ms. Vanessa Walker, LSW, psychotherapist. Ms. Walker, a licensed social worker who works full time as a drug and alcohol educator, is currently completing her requirements to earn licensing as a Clinical Social Worker. She is available to see clients here at Psych Choices on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and will soon offer weekend hours as well.
We are especially pleased that she is able to offer her services at a lower, sliding-scale rate for those without insurance, or those who cannot afford their high insurance co-pays.
Ms. Walker especially loves working with teens and young adults on issues of relationship dysfunction, parenting young children, adolescent behavior problems, and life transitions, among other issues.
Ms Walker holds a master’s degree in Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College (August 2011) as well as a master’s in Social Work (MSW) from Widener University (2008). Her bachelor’s degree in social work was earned at Temple University in 2005. She also holds certificates in Drug & Alcohol Counseling (Villanova University, 2009) and School-Based Crisis Response (2007). She is a member of the National Association of Black Social Workers and the Bryn Mawr College Black Student Alumni Association.
She states: “It is my belief that we cannot achieve our full potential based on self-reliance, it takes a cast of characters to bringing in fresh ideas and resources to achieve a goal. I am incredibly humbled every time I get to work with people on their life goals and aspirations by helping them identify the barriers and work towards solutions.
“As a licensed social worker, I have worked extensively in the field of drug and alcohol prevention, education, and counseling. I have also served as a caseworker with families at risk, providing crisis counseling and in-home counseling to help families stabilize.
“I currently work full time providing community based drug and alcohol education, while offering my services as a part time therapist at Psych Choices. My hours include late afternoons, evenings and weekends.
“Because I am still completing my training as a Clinical Social Worker, I receive ongoing clinical supervision from a very experienced psychotherapist who is a licensed clinical social worker. My supervisor is someone I can turn to collaborate with the most challenging cases, and my studies with him enhance my effectiveness as a therapist.
“At present, I am not able to accept health insurance. However, I do offer my services on an affordable sliding fee scale basis. Please contact the office for more information.”