MARGO SIEGEL, MA, LMSW, PLLC
LOW-VISION DEVICES FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE!
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ENJOY A WARM AND INVITING THERAPEUTIC ATMOSPHERE
TACTILE AND HIGH CONTRAST ART ADORNING THE WALLS OF THE WAITING AREA
WHERE ALL YOUR SENSES COME ALIVE!
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WELCOME TO MY PRACTICE!
I am a licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist with experience in, both, outpatient mental health and educational environments working with individuals and families.
I earned my Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work and my undergraduate degree in Education of the Blind and Visually Impaired both from the University of Michigan. I have combined my two skill sets to offer a SPECIALIZED private practice working with children, adults and families who are coping with the psychological impact of VISION LOSS.
My psychodynamic perspective combined with training in evidenced-based practices offer an eclectic view of treatment options that considers the unique needs of the individual.
I strive to formulate strong therapeutic alliances by demonstrating competence, empathy and an understanding of diversity. My ultimate goal is to foster strength and resilience leading to positive growth and healing.
Please explore the website and contact me with questions or further clarification of my services.
"THE BEST AND MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS IN THE WORLD CANNOT BE SEEN OR EVEN TOUCHED. THEY MUST BE FELT WITH THE HEART." --HELEN KELLER
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ACCESSIBLE READING TOOLS: Enjoy listening to your favorite talking book selection before your therapy session begins.
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WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy involves a collaborative effort based on the relationship between a therapist and a client. A confidential therapeutic environment encourages clients to honestly share their concerns with a neutral and nonjudgmental clinician. The goal is to identify thoughts and feelings that may be interfering with normal activities; and then acquire new skills to better manage life's challenges.
Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Rather, it calls for active participation on the client's part in order for the therapy to be most successful.
Many of the individuals I work with present with symptoms associated with anxiety, depression and grief. Feelings such as sadness, worry, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness may be interfering with their daily functioning. Although there are no guarantees and every client is unique; participating in psychotherapy has been shown to have benefits for people who are committed to the therapeutic process.
I utilize various treatment methods including: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy); Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; Play Therapy and Solution-Focused Family Therapy to assist clients and their families cope with vision loss; whether they are dealing with congenital blindness, confronting the challenges of a progressive eye condition or even vision loss from a traumatic event.
Therapy often leads to solutions to specific concerns, improved relationships and a decrease in feelings of distress.
I look forward to working with you as the therapeutic process offers HOPE for your future.
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Children, Adolescents and Adults
With over 25 years of experience behind me first as an educator then as a therapist; I bring the knowledge, expertise and empathy required to help address individual concerns.
As trust is established within the therapeutic relationship a treatment plan is developed which emphasizes the client's chosen goals for therapy. This person-centered approach promotes the client's autonomy and responsibility for his or her own growth and success.
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I offer an array of multi-sensory materials to help children with visual challenges express their thoughts and feelings that may be interfering with their daily functioning at home or in school. Through play, children learn coping strategies to manage their behaviors and to promote positive psychological growth.
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Parents, Spouses, Siblings and Caregivers
When someone is confronting the challenges of vision loss support from family members is a critical factor and, at times, the family dynamics may change. For this reason spouses, parents, siblings and adult children who are caregivers may need to seek out therapeutic intervention to maintain their own psychological health.
IMAGE: Margo's office with multiple chairs, a bookcase, talking clock and art pieces near a shaded window. Gives a sense of comfort associated with a family den or living room atmosphere.
Presenter, Consultant and Group Facilitator
I present to groups, large and small, on a variety of topics related to the psychological impact of vision loss across the lifespan. Let me share my expertise with your staff or group.
I also offer education/training to other professionals who may be working with individuals with visual challenges to help them gain a better understanding of the specific needs of this population.
In addition to offering individual psychotherapy I facilitate support groups throughout the year for those clients and family members who desire a therapeutic connection within a group setting.
RECENT PRESENTATION VENUES
Indiana Vision Conference
Leader Dogs for the Blind
MI Healthy Mind Television Show
Kellogg Eye Center-University of Michigan Health System
Oakland Intermediate School District
Michigan Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Michigan Department of Education: Low-Incidence Outreach
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**PLEASE CONTACT ME TODAY TO DISCUSS MY FEE POLICY AND TO SCHEDULE YOUR OWN PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION.
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Quakertown Office Center
27600 Farmington Road-Ste. 108
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334