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Philadelphia Inquirer, January 1, 2022

"To close out 2021, we checked in with people from the Philadelphia region to see how they’ve kept going.", June 9, 2021

"Coming out, in whatever way one does, is typically a complex and non-linear process that loved ones can make much more bearable by responding with tenderness and love."

Washington Post, October 9, 2020

“Children don’t have expectations about who their parents should be. They just want their parents to be healthy."

Best Self, April 4, 2019

"Deeply accessible - and affordable - steps you can take ot develop a healthy and nurturing self-care practice."

POPSUGAR, June 1, 2019

"The need for better, more affordable mental health care isn't exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community or Philadelphia, but it's particularly evident in Bodenheimer's practice."

podcasts & TV

Healing Human with Sarah Bigman, December 10, 2023

"In our fifth episode, we speak with Dr. Danna Bodenheimer ... and explore what it means to have a neuroaffirming practice for health care professionals, as well as ways to advocate for your needs as a client in therapy."

CBS News Philadelphia, May 19, 2022

"Today is mental health action day, a chance to help people who are struggling with mental health issues. Joining us to talk about the day and ways to help is Dr. Danna Bodenheimer."

The Social Workers Radio Talk Show, February 7, 2019

"Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, author of Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way, discusses her book."

Insatiable Podcast with Ali Shapiro, March 16, 2016

"When you live in an uncomfortable body, whatever you can do to see comfort as quickly as possible to reduce the feelings of hyper vigilance, you’ll do. Food is one of the most accessible options."

The Social Work Podcast, November 2, 2015

"In today's interview Danna and I talk about what makes a social worker a clinical social worker, what distinguishes a good from a bad clinical social worker, the one essential thing that all social workers bring to supervision, and the role of narcissism, observing ego, transference, counter-transference and the real relationship in clinical social work."

awards & honors

University of Pennsylvania, May 11, 2023

"SP2 Celebrates Five Accomplished Changemakers at Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony"

Metro Philadelphia, July 22, 2022

"Metro Philly’s LGBTQ+ Power Players list honors those LGBTQ+ trail blazers leading the way forward for a more inclusive, celebratory Philadelphia."

Philadelphia Magazine, August 17, 2018

"Dr. Danna Bodenheimer, founder of Walnut Psychotherapy Center in Philadelphia, is one of our 10 Health Hero semifinalists."


Meditations and Truths from the Field

Through words and images, Dr. Danna Bodenheimer brings to life a wide range of realities for clinical social workers. Consider her a master teacher, supportive mentor, or caring friend—this volume of “meditations and truths” is her gift to you and to the social work profession she loves.

In her own gentle voice and conversational style, On Clinical Social Work is a collection of Bodenheimer’s writings and photographs. She encourages you to think critically about everything from assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and clinical supervision to the social worker’s internal world, anxieties, and self-care. She expounds on attachment and trauma in detail. She comments on current events and how they relate to the clinician’s work. Through it all, she weaves themes of social justice and an awareness of macro-level influences on clients’ lives.


Images from Dr. Bodenheimer’s daily self-care practice of photography offer a glimpse into her deep exploration into the details of both clients’ and clinical social workers’ everyday lives through the keen focus of her camera’s lens.

Building on her first book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way, this volume shows you that you are not alone. All clinicians are seeking the “truth” about their work, and that is okay.

Find Your Voice and Find Your Way

Social work graduate school is only the beginning of your preparation for professional life in the real world as a clinical social worker. Dr. Danna Bodenheimer serves as a mentor or a supportive supervisor as she shares practice wisdom on topics such as thinking clinically, developing a theoretical orientation, considering practice settings, and coping with money issues. She addresses the importance of supervision and how to use it wisely.


A frank discussion on the important and rarely-talked-about issue of loving one’s client is followed by a practical look at next steps—post-graduate options and finding your life’s work in clinical social work.


Altogether, Real World Clinical Social Work will serve to empower you as you find your own voice, your own way, and your own professional identity.

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