Desiree Lowit, LICSW
My professional life as a therapist is informed by my own experience as a human being in the world, which may sound obvious, but I enjoy reflecting on the ways my pursuits, experiences, and desires entwine with my counseling of others as they navigate their own path through life. My experience as a parent, for example, has enriched my communication with children and their caregivers about the role of play, narrative therapy, and sensorimotor regulation in helping children process and respond to the world around them. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have developed compassion and capacity for the particular challenges of supporting families in navigating and integrating the supports and services available to them.
I graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2010. Shortly thereafter, I worked in community outpatient mental health with children and families before opening my private practice in Hadley, MA in 2014. In private practice, along with serving individuals, children and families I’ve worked in the treatment of PTSD and Complex-PTSD utilizing a variety of treatment modalities.
I am also an artist and a fiddler, and these pursuits constantly remind me of the importance of following avenues that allow people to connect with themselves, one another, and their communities through beauty, joy, collaboration, service, and pleasure in an effort to live a balanced, holistic life. Helping people to discover and lean into what gives them enjoyment and feelings of connection is a great part of my work as a therapist. I also understand through my own childhood trauma and “the trauma of everyday life” (as one Buddhist calls it) that savoring a rich and satisfying experience of life is not possible without also confronting and managing what is painful, unfair, and not entirely within our control.
My attempts to be a thoughtful, observant person and psychotherapist have led me to the belief that wisdom is available to each of us, looks different for each of us, and when lived into, connects each of us to a meaningful, purposeful experience in the world.