Introducing July’s Featured Therapist, Caitlin Rice
Every month, Council for Relationships highlights one of our Staff Therapists on the Expert Voices blog. Caitlin Rice, MSS, LCSW was named this month’s featured Staff Therapist. Learn more about Caitlin in the quick introduction below. If you are interested in therapy with Caitlin, request an appointment today.
What do you consider to be the goal of therapy?
The goal of therapy is different for each client. I believe it’s the therapist’s job to meet the client exactly where they are. Creating space for healing and solidity can be a great benefit of therapy. This can allow clients to move forward, develop coping skills, and seek the support they need to live their life to the fullest.
What is your background and what brought you to Council for Relationships?
My background is in medical social work. I supported families in outpatient Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This work was a great growing experience for me and inspired me to want to support families coping with stress and chronic illness and other issues outside of the hospital setting.
I chose Council for Relationships because of the excellent clinicians and CFR’s values as a nonprofit organization. CFR’s educational programs and expert professionals offer newer clinicians many opportunities to learn and grow, which is important to me. I value being able to work with individuals, couples, and families at CFR to create a healing space for people and their relationships.
What is something your clients would say about you?
It’s hard to know what clients would say about me but I hope they’d say I’m compassionate, in-tune, and engaging and have a good sense of humor. I enjoy identifying problems with clients and collaborating to work toward goals. I work from a strengths-based perspective and enjoy helping clients identify and connect with their own strengths and potential.
What is one piece of advice you would like to give people who may be struggling emotionally and would like to try therapy but may not be ready?
You don’t have to take three steps or four steps, just one. Reaching out for help when you are in need is a powerful first step and makes all the difference down the line. It’s hard to know what to expect from therapy but it can be empowering and a huge relief to know you aren’t alone and can share a safe space with a therapist.