Olivia McDonald

MSW

Psychotherapist

Olivia believes in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them sort out their challenges and achieve their goals. She also realizes how important it is to identify all aspects of an individual’s life that impact their well-being. Her perspective is that growth is achieved through the gift of vulnerability, which opens us up to connection, empathy, and liberation.

 

Olivia’s goal as a therapist is to provide clients with the space to deeply explore the constellations of their lives. She seeks to create a therapeutic relationship that is non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, and attuned to the client’s unique needs. Olivia practices from a holistic perspective that is rooted in the concept of self-love as radical resistance. Her values are informed by intersectionality and critical race theory and an appreciation of the ways that structural oppression affects mental health.

Education and Training

MSW • Columbia University

BA • English • Rutgers University

Areas of Specialization

Race and racial trauma, fat acceptance, anxiety, depression, reproductive health challenges, trauma

Theoretical Orientation

  • Psychodynamic

  • Trauma-informed

  • Strengths-based

  • Anti-oppressive

  • Narrative

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