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About Grace


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About Grace


 
Grace Riddell, LICSW, LCSW-C, MEd

Grace Riddell, LICSW, LCSW-C, MEd

About Grace

Even after many years of experience as a psychotherapist, I continue to marvel at the changes my clients achieve in their lives. As one client has said about my therapy groups, “This is where the magic happens.” My goal as a therapist is to provide a strong healing presence, which empowers people to consciously form or rediscover parts of themselves which they may have previously disavowed or denied due to core beliefs from dysfunctional families. Substance abuse or the pervasive shame of childhood abuse and neglect can cause painful consequences. In my work with clients over the years, I have developed a firm, unshakable belief that it is never too late to begin the healing process.

Having grown up in a family of health care practitioners and worked in health care settings with biological bases, I have come to honor the science of psychotherapy and strongly believe in its efficacy. I continually replenish my toolbox with fresh, evidence-based interventions tailored specifically to my clients’ needs. I encourage my clients to do the hard work of transformation and affirmation. As we work together, I will challenge and support you to forge new neural pathways for yourself—new ways of relating, thinking and being.

I also value the artistry of psychotherapy. Aristotle’s concept of entelechy deeply resonates with me. Entelechy: a certain state of being in which a thing actively works to be itself, led by a force that propels it toward self-fulfillment. I liken my work with clients to a potter at the wheel forming clay into a vessel, providing the foundation for each client to develop his or her true, authentic self. I act as a guide, helping you to build a strong, secure base for evolution and change.

And I bring a social justice background to this work. I am convinced that if we wish to construct societal change, we must start with the fundamental units of partnerships, families and small groups. Participants in my group describe life-changing insights, experiences which they can use in their own lives outside of group. My task is to empower women and men to break codependent patterns, to learn their own sense of self worth and set limits when necessary. As Anne Lamott states, “When I turned 50, I learned that ‘no’ is a complete sentence.”

If you are ready for real, transformative change, I invite you to get in touch.