Meet Your Therapist

Therapist: Marquita Bolden LCSW

Hello! I’m Marquita (she/her), a dedicated therapist with 18 years of experience in the field, driven by a strong commitment to a feminist approach. As a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice, I’ve honed my therapeutic skills and embraced the importance of bringing my whole authentic self into the relationship with my clients, inviting them to do the same. My feminist lens encourages honoring the unique identities of each person with which I work. I strive to understand individuals personally and within the larger social and political contexts in which we all live. My approach includes a social justice perspective, recognizing that race, gender, sexuality, and class impact how society supports or hurts specific groups of people, which directly affects mental wellness. I am currently licensed to provide therapy in Pennsylvania (in-office and virtually), Delaware (virtually), and Idaho (virtually).

In my early career, I worked primarily with children and teenagers who had experienced significant trauma, involving not only individual and family therapy, but also collaborating with families, educators, and other support systems to create a comprehensive approach to healing. As my career progressed, I transitioned to working with adults seeking support for anxiety and trauma. This shift allowed me to apply my skills in a new context, addressing the complex and varied needs of adult clients. Along the way, I continued advanced training, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Ego States informed approaches, and affirming transgender mental health care. With this extensive training, I am well-equipped to support a diverse range of clients, addressing their unique needs and fostering their paths to healing.

In March 2013, I launched my private practice, originally named after myself, with the goal of creating a space specifically cultivated for working with trauma. My vision was to provide a safe, supportive environment where people could embark on their healing journeys with personalized, compassionate care. Over the years, my practice grew and evolved, allowing me to refine my approach. In 2023, I decided to rename the practice Mosaic Bloom Counseling to better reflect the spirit and essence of the therapy offered. The new name symbolizes the process of weaving together the fragmented pieces of one’s experiences into a cohesive, beautiful whole. It embodies my commitment to helping clients heal from trauma, embrace their identities, and flourish in their lives.

Outside of Mosaic Bloom, I have had a rich and fulfilling professional life. In 2016, I joined the Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) as a Clinical Supervisor, where I had the opportunity to train therapists and support TCP’s mission of gender-affirming and racially equitable care. In 2018, I was honored to be elected as Executive Director of TCP. In this role, I integrated my feminist lens into the center’s mission, advocating for affirming mental health care that respects and validates women, transgender, and gender-expansive people.

Additionally, I served on the Continuing Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW) from 2017 to 2021, contributing to the ongoing professional development of my peers. My commitment to promoting racial equity led me to serve on PSCSW’s Change Team, the organization’s racial equity committee, where I worked to advance initiatives aimed at creating more inclusive and equitable practices within the field of clinical social work.

Beyond my professional life, I cherish my roles as a wife and as a mother to a teen and a tween. Our family also includes our beloved furbabies—a cat and two dogs. I’m a homebody who enjoys lounging on the couch and watching TV or enjoying family game nights. With my children active in several sports, we’re often spotted on the baseball, softball, or soccer fields. These personal experiences give me a unique perspective that shapes my approach to therapy, grounding it in compassion, empathy, and equality. I look forward to welcoming you to our shared journey of growth and healing!

Educational Training

  • University of Pennsylvania, School of  Policy and Practice, Master of Social Work
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System, The Center for Cognitive Therapy Diagnostic Practicum Program
  • Bryn Mawr College, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certificate Program
  • Widener University, Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health, Center for Human Sexuality Studies
  • EMDR Institute, EMDR Basic Training

Licensure

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Pennsylvania, CW016920
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Idaho, LCSW-43794
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Delaware, Q1-0012314

Current Professional Memberships

  • Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS)
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
  • EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County
  • National Association of Women Business Owners

Goals

During our initial consultation, we’ll focus on setting your goals for trauma therapy counseling. My primary aim is to help you understand and navigate your path to healing from past traumas. These could be experiences of abuse, traumatic bereavements, or enduring health conditions. Together, we’ll chart a course that feels right for you.

We can explore a variety of therapeutic techniques to support your journey. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR Therapy are two powerful tools that can help you manage your thoughts and feelings, and they’re particularly effective in trauma recovery. We’ll tailor your therapy to suit your needs, ensuring it’s a fit for you.

Remember, this is your journey. We’ll set your therapy goals together, based on what you feel comfortable with and what you hope to achieve. I’m here to guide and support you every step of the way.