Denise Baker, LCSW
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Denise Baker

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Denise Baker offers an approach that is warm, authentic, and collaborative. Through observations and questions, she guides you to build insight, gain skills, and come to your own conclusions and decisions. She practices from a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens, specializing in trauma, mood disorders, gender identity, sexual orientation, and racial/ethnic identity.
Specialties
General Mental Health
LGBTQ
Trauma & PTSD
Finances
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$140-200
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“My practice pulls from a variety of treatment modalities, including strengths-based/empowerment approaches, mindfulness practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapies, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and psychoeducation.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
As long as I can remember, I've always been intrigued by human behavior. I'm particularly drawn to understanding the relationship between an individual and their context, looking at how one’s experiences shape their existence and what drives people to make decisions. This innate interest led me to pursue a bachelor's degree in psychology and later a master's degree in clinical social work.
What should someone know about working with you?
The relationship, or “goodness of fit”, between the client and clinician is one of the most important indicators of successful therapy outcomes. Because of this, I focus initial sessions on genuinely getting to know you, earning your trust, and fostering a nonjudgmental and supportive space. I utilize a client-centered therapeutic approach, tailoring treatment to meet the individual. My practice pulls from a variety of treatment modalities, including strengths-based/empowerment approaches, mindfulness practices, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapies, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and psychoeducation.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
Curiosity, flexibility, compassion, open-mindedness, respect, and autonomy are some of the personal values that shape my therapy practice. Within sessions, I work to explore a client's concerns and experiences from a curious, nonjudgmental, and open-minded stance. I firmly believe that clients are the experts in their own lives and reinforce self-determination and autonomous decision-making as a result. And, while sessions can at times kick up anger, regret, guilt, shame, and other feelings, I highlight the practice and importance of self-compassion while reflecting upon and processing difficult feelings and experiences.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I've been excited by this current generation's engagement in therapy and find that each subsequent generation seems more open to self-exploration and pushing against the stigma of mental health treatment. I think this has been furthered by the reach of social media and technology, which are helping to make therapy more accessible to all just as it should be. These factors combined have allowed me to work with more diverse populations and individuals who might have never tried therapy otherwise.
“Curiosity, flexibility, compassion, open-mindedness, respect, and autonomy are some of the personal values that shape my therapy practice.”
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