“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing…The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” ― Pema Chödrön

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Janet Svirsky, LMSW

Therapist

I have come to social work late in life as part of a journey that has included music, science, mathematics, computer science, teaching, advocacy, and art, each with its own language and way of seeing. This background has shaped my deeply personal approach, having worked, in particular, with people who have had difficulty finding a way to fully be themselves, grounded in listening, experimentation, improvisation, and creativity. As we work together, each of us brings our own life experiences and ways of perceiving the world. As we build a sense of connection, we develop a language in an atmosphere of acceptance, curiosity, empathy, kindness, safety, and trust. I would feel honored to be a part of your voyage of self-discovery, filled with the stories of your life, your path so far, your hopes and dreams. There may be difficult moments, but along the way, I hope to help you regain a sense of play, recognize your strengths, and find compassion for your younger self.


“Things falling apart is a kind of testing and also a kind of healing. We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don’t really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It’s just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy.” 

― Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

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