Therapy for Wanderers & Wild Hearts

Talking the Walk

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
Love what it Loves.

– Mary Oliver, “Wild Geese”

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Trauma results from experiences that overwhelm the body and mind: it’s too much, too fast to metabolize. The antidote to being stuck in a vicious cycle of hyperarousal, dissociation, and despair is slowing down, creating physiological safety, and exploring painful emotions with gentle curiosity.

Embracing Paradox

The apparent contradiction and intuitive truth of paradox highlight the limits of logic to define our reality.  Sometimes releasing the binaries of good or bad, right or wrong, success or failure allows us to accept the beautiful messiness and tragic joy of life.

"Talking the Walk" reflects 4 core values that guide my work with clients. These include:

Slowing Down

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Core Values

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I'm Leslie, a clinical social worker (LCSW) and certified Gestalt therapist based in Philadelphia. Talking the Walk reflects the core values of slowing down, prioritizing experience, integrating mind and body, and embracing paradox. I’m passionate about using these values to help you heal from trauma, reconnect to the wisdom of your body, and build more authentic & fulfilling relationships—with others and, even more importantly—with yourself. 


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