Hello! My name is Lindsay Griffin! I am Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Delaware and a doctoral student a Bryn Mawr College. I received my Master of Social Work (MSW) from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Since graduating with my MSW I have extensive work experience with children, adolescents and their families across various socio-economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds in starting the process towards hope and mental wellness. I also have experience working with adults individually, couples, and facilitating support groups.
My philosophy as a therapist is to be a present supportive companion on a person’s healing journey. I am cognizant to provide a trauma-informed approach in my practice and work to establish safety in the therapeutic relationship as my first step. While processing a person’s story which includes their hopes, fears, and insecurities, I help to supply tools and to build skills that will help along the way. Teaching different tools to evaluate and process life events, along with learning skills to cope with uncomfortable feelings, I believe a person can walk away from therapy transformed. I believe that when you have a safe space with the right therapist, the possibility for healing and transformation are without measure.
Aside from my passion as a therapist, I am passionate about research and teaching. My main focus area for research relates to the reproductive health and perinatal mental health disparities affecting Black women. In the Fall of 2022, I plan to start the process to pursue my certification in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). As a Black female therapist, I have noted there are still a lot of systemic barriers for my community to access quality and culturally responsive mental health services. I strongly believe that more prevention services, along with dismantling barriers for more access to care are needed to address the disparities across the mental health system. This will lay the foundation for my doctoral studies at Bryn Mawr College. I believe as a social worker that I have a professional duty to challenge systemic racism as it shows up in the mental health system and be an advocate for change. I believe all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender expression, or religion deserve to have access to a therapist who reflects them and makes them feel validated as a human being. I see mental wellness and access to mental health support as a fundamental human right.
When I am not working and pursuing research, I enjoy my time with my family. My husband and sons are the reasons that keep me going and they keep me encouraged in the work that I do. Other hobbies I enjoy in my self-care practice include cooking/baking, painting, and traveling.