Therapy Center of Philadelphia Announces Leadership Transition
The Therapy Center of Philadelphia’s (TCP) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Marquita Bolden, LCSW has been appointed TCP’s new Executive Director, following a rigorous search led by a seven-member Search Committee.
A recognized leader in mental health, Marquita brings extensive experience in clinical training and supervision, community engagement, and program development. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice and, while in graduate school, Marquita trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Penn Medicine’s Center for Cognitive Therapy. Post-graduation, Marquita honed her clinical skills at several agencies throughout Philadelphia before opening her private practice in 2013, where she offered mental health services to the Philadelphia community.
In 2017, Marquita joined the Continuing Education Committee of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW). Also in 2017, Marquita completed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training with the EMDR Institute. Currently, Marquita is enrolled in the Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health at Widener University, where she continues to develop her skills around provision of trans affirming care. As the Philadelphia Coffee & Conversations Programs Coordinator for PSCSW, Marquita organizes continuing education presentations for PSCSW members and other interested mental health professionals.
In 2016, Marquita joined the Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) as a Clinical Supervisor to agency staff. Since joining TCP, Marquita has held the agency’s mission of providing affirming mental health care for transgender people, gender diverse people, and women. As a supervisor, Marquita consistently advocated for TCP’s mission by centering the “Self of the Therapist” framework, intersectional feminism, and social justice informed care. She developed and advanced innovative agency policies in collaboration with the previous Executive Director, Alison Gerig, the TCP leadership team, and TCP staff. Additionally, as a result of Marquita’s coordination with graduate school liaisons and relationship building with key staff at relevant universities and colleges, TCP’s Internship program has become a highly valued, competitive training site in the Philadelphia region.
Regarding her tenure as TCP’s Executive Director, Marquita reflects, “I am very excited to continue contributing to the agency’s mission focused on racial and gender equity and justice, which I believe to be necessary in the provision of affirming mental health care for the women, people of color, queer, gay, lesbian, transgender, and non-binary people whom we serve. The success of TCP’s mission is not only tied deeply to my own future as a black, cisgender woman, but the future of us all. I continue to be inspired by the fortitude, compassion, wisdom, and humanity of our incredible clients, staff, and Board, and am proud to walk with TCP in co-creating our future!”