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Becky Duddy-Burke, LICSW
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In 1993 I changed careers from elementary education to clinical social work. I believed that entering the field of social work would enable me to live out social justice values. As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been able to work with marginalized populations such as the elderly, homeless men and women, incarcerated males, and those suffering from debilitating mental illness such as schizophrenia. In 2002 my professional journey brought me to join the staff as a therapist with Rasi Associates.

My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe environment in which clients can explore problematic areas of their lives which inhibit intra- and interpersonal growth. From this exploration a client can work toward creating either change or acceptance regarding feelings, thoughts, behaviors, relationships, and life circumstance. The foundation of my work is rooted in feminist spirituality. Whether a client is male or female, I believe the core of therapy is getting in touch with one’s inner authority and wisdom, and to create healthy relationships with self, others, and one’s environment.

I incorporate various theoretical approaches as a therapist. In therapy, the client and I work together to identify problems and to create a plan of how to bring about some resolution to these issues. In my clinical experience, I have found that exploring the past as well as the present can help clients identify patterns of thought, feelings and behavior that are no longer beneficial to them. This exploration usually involves a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and psycho-educational approaches.

The therapeutic relationship is also an important dimension of the therapy process. I emphasize early on that a client needs to feel safe, comfortable, and respected, and I encourage clients to discuss with me any questions or concerns in regard to their therapy. I also believe that humor can be a powerful force in the process of healing. Throughout my career I have derived deep fulfillment in my role as therapist, and I consider it an honor and privilege to be a trusted participant on one’s journey.