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Featured Therapist in Philadelphia: Meghan Rydzewski, MFT at Council for Relationships

May 21, 2024

Welcome to Council for Relationships (CFR) ‘s monthly Featured Clinician blog, highlighting the dedicated professionals who provide exceptional therapy and psychiatry services to the Philadelphia region. This month, we are pleased to introduce Meghan Rydzewski, MFT, a staff therapist in Philadelphia and Voorhees, New Jersey. Meghan brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her practice. Let’s explore Meghan’s background, approach to therapy, and how personal experiences have shaped her therapeutic approach.

Meghan Rydzewski, MFT, therapist in Philadelphia and New Jersey, smiling in a professional headshot. Quote from Meghan reads: 'I help you achieve your goals by guiding you, believing in you, as well as holding you accountable for the things that you want to change. Therapy is hard work, and if you do the work, you will see results, and it will feel so rewarding.' Image for the Council for Relationships blog.Background and Passion for Council for Relationships

Meghan Rydzewski (she/her/hers) was born and raised in Collingswood, New Jersey. As an only child of divorced parents and an inherited stepfamily, Meghan’s personal experiences have significantly shaped her approach to therapy.

She identifies as a cisgender female, lesbian, white, and non-religious. Her diverse background allows her to connect with clients deeply and empathetically.

Meghan chose to work at Council for Relationships because she passionately believes in its mission. “I love all the good they contribute to people who need it the most,” she says. Meghan has been a staunch advocate for mental health since childhood, asserting that mental health is as crucial as physical health. Council for Relationships’ provision of sliding-scale mental health services aligns perfectly with her belief that everyone deserves access to therapy.

Unique Qualities of Meghan Rydzewski, MFT

Meghan’s unique perspective is shaped by her life experiences.

Being a child of divorce, undergoing therapy for over a decade, and being part of the LGBTQ+ community has given her a distinctive outlook on life. She appreciates the small things many might overlook, enriching her therapeutic practice. Meghan’s lived experiences allow her to connect with clients in a meaningful way, fostering an environment of understanding and support.

First Session Experience

A first session with Meghan is designed to be a warm and welcoming experience. She understands that starting therapy can be daunting and aims to create a space where clients feel supported and cared for. Meghan asks plenty of questions to get to know her clients, focusing on their identity rather than their issues. Her goal is to make clients feel comfortable enough to share their stories and begin their therapeutic journey.

Goals of Therapy at Council for Relationships

Meghan believes that the goals of therapy vary for each individual. However, a common objective is for clients to feel seen, heard, and supported. She aims to help clients reach a place where they feel safe and confident in regulating their emotions and implementing healthy coping skills. For Meghan, the ultimate goal is to empower clients to navigate their challenges effectively and lead fulfilling lives.

Meghan helps clients achieve their goals by guiding them, believing in them, and holding them accountable. She emphasizes that therapy is hard work but assures clients that the results are rewarding. “Clients have the power to rewrite their narrative,” she says, positioning herself as a guiding figure in their journey of self-discovery and growth.

Advice from a Therapist for Those Hesitant to Start Therapy

For those who are hesitant to start therapy, Meghan offers compassionate advice. She acknowledges that beginning therapy can be scary and overwhelming. “Only you can know when you are ready,” she says, encouraging individuals to take that first step when they feel prepared.

Finding a good fit is crucial, and Meghan emphasizes that starting therapy is a personal decision that should be made when one feels ready.

Conclusion – Therapy in Philadelphia & New Jersey is Just a Click Away

The image shows a map with a purple outline of the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two turquoise location pins are marked on the map: one in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one in Collingswood, New Jersey. Below the map, there is text displaying: Meghan Rydzewski, MFT Therapist in Philadelphia - Center City Office Therapist in New Jersey - Voorhees Office At the bottom, the logo of the Council for Relationships is shown.

CFR Staff Therapist Meghan Rydzewski sees therapy clients in person in Philadelphia and Voorhees, New Jersey, and online.

Meghan Rydzewski, MFT, is a dedicated therapist and mental health advocate at Council for Relationships in Philadelphia and Collingswood, NJ. She is committed to continuing to be a mental health advocate and to offer therapy services in PA and NJ.

Her personal experiences, unique outlook, and compassionate approach make her an invaluable member of the Council for Relationships team. If you’re seeking a therapist in New Jersey or Philly and want to feel supported, seen, and heard, Meghan is here to help you on your journey.

We have provided mental health services in Philadelphia and the region since 1932. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Meghan Rydzewski or learning more about the mental health services offered at Council for Relationships, please contact us today.

Your mental health is important; taking the first step toward therapy can make all the difference. See our Therapist & Psychiatrist Directory for CFR therapists or psychiatrists near you. CFR accepts new therapy clients for individual, couples, family, and other relationship model therapy sessions.  If this is an emergency, please call 911 or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988.

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