Pamela Klein, LICSW

A former client of mine once taught me The Four ‘L’s of Adolescence: Love, Listen, Limit, Let Go. I thank her for that as I have shared that with many, many parents with whom I have had the opportunity to work since.

As I prepared to write my bio for this website, I have come to realize that I practice those four ‘L’s in my own practice: I LOVE bearing witness to my clients’ growth and healing; I LISTEN to their stories; I employ my techniques as a therapist to LIMIT their pain; and I work from the first day of therapy to LET GO of our client-therapist appointments as they have resolved the issues that initially brought them to see me.

Within this framework I work with adolescents and adults in individual, couple or family therapy. Throughout my career I have extensive experience working with people who have trauma histories such as sexual, physical or emotional abuse; relationship problems with partners, children or other important people in their lives, and/or are having difficulty navigating through transitions in their lives such as starting or leaving school, getting a job or surviving the loss of a loved one. Together, we find solutions to lessen the effects of these traumas and challenges.

My clients describe me as “down to earth”, “warm and approachable”, and “an energetic listener”. Together we develop mutually determined goals as well as the approaches we take to get there. I strive to make my practice a safe place to grow and heal.

Traditional “talking therapy” and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy are the treatment modalities I use most often. EMDR is an accelerated processing model for people who have traumas in their past or present or are currently experiencing  phobias. It often helps people move beyond their trauma or phobia in a more timely fashion than more traditional therapies. My client’s statement “If my therapist had known this technique when I was a child, I probably would have made different (healthier) choices my entire life” often comes to mind when doing EMDR.

Regardless of the modality used for each particular person I work with, I always start where my client is and then move forward toward alleviating their pain and/ or facilitating their journey toward reaching their personal goals. I believe in people’s inner strength, and through therapy, strive to facilitate the process of identifying those strengths and nurturing them.

I received my B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in 1973 and my Master’s degree in Social Work in 1976 from Boston University.  In 1997 I completed Level I and Level II of the EMDR training and in 2014 I added to that training by completing Level I and Level II of the IFS training.  I have had the pleasure of running a private practice for over 30 years.

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