Virginia Burleson

MSW, LSW

Psychotherapist

Through her own experiences as a queer, biracial, first-gen Caribbean, Virginia intimately realizes the ways in which marginalization can affect our mental health. Essential to her therapy style is the understanding that trauma, oppression, and hierarchal systems of power overlap to hurt those at the margins. Virginia believes that our symptoms tell the story of how we cope or persevere through that pain. By leading with warmth, honesty, and down-to-earth humility, she aims to validate her clients and co-create a safe space wherein those depths can be unraveled and explored, hand-in-hand, on the path to healing.

 

Virginia’s approach is led by queer theory, critical race theory, and trauma-informed practice. Virginia meets each client where they are, offering nonjudgmental care and tenderness, and looks forward to the growth that comes out of vulnerability.

Education and Training

MSW • Rutgers University

BA • Psychology • University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Specialization

 

Gender, sexuality, race and culture, oppression, intersectionality, family of origin issues, boundaries and attachment, healthy relationship navigation, intimate partner violence, emerging adulthood issues, trauma, and depression

Theoretical Orientation

  • Psychodynamic

  • Trauma-informed

  • Attachment-based

  • Anti-oppressive

  • Critical race theory

  • Queer theory