Therapist Spotlight – Danielle Larsen, MSW, LCSW

Therapist Spotlight – Danielle Larsen, MSW, LCSW

What drew you to counseling/social work?

As I went through my own therapy, I was inspired to support others through difficult times and to construct meaningful lives. I was drawn to social work because I shared its core values: justice, self-determination, service, the dignity and worth of the individual, and the centrality of human relationships. I am guided by the aboriginal activist Lilla Watson’s words, “If you have come here to help me, then you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” I believe that people can heal each other with genuine empathy, compassion, connection, and curiosity, and it is a joy to walk alongside my clients as they work towards their goals. 

What is your favorite part about being a therapist? 

My favorite part about being a therapist is when a client surprises me, with their perspective, insight, a change they made, or their humor. My clients and I laugh a lot in sessions, and I am constantly learning so much from them. Each one contributes to who I am as a therapist. It is special when we can build a trusting relationship, and I feel honored when a client says, “I don’t really talk about this, but…”

What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season is late summer when everything slows down, and we can spend our time visiting family and friends, eating foods like Chicago-style hot dogs outside, playing at the beach, traveling, and just being together. I also get excited in the lead up to football season (Go Bills!). 

 

Danielle Larsen, MSW, LCSW

 

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