Griffin Street, MSW, LICSW (she/her) has 15 years of experience working in community mental health organizations. She has worked as mental health clinician at Sound and Therapeutic Health Services (THS) in Seattle, serving a diverse client population with assessment, treatment planning and service provision that met each client’s individual needs. Most clients served by these agencies live at or below the federal poverty level; many are experiencing homelessness when they enroll for services. Griffin has worked with clients with a broad range of mental health disorders from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to major depressive disorder and PTSD.
While working at THS, many clients whom Griffin served in the mental health program were also dually-enrolled in the methadone or alcohol/drug program at THS. Griffin is an avid supporter of a harm reduction model of treatment. She is mindful of the interaction of clients’ addiction behaviors, personal history and mental health needs. Active substance use, experiencing homelessness and other stigmatized behaviors or circumstances are always addressed with a non-judgmental stance.
Griffin has been a clinical supervisor for staff at THS, and has supported interns in their learning at practicums at both Sound and THS. As a supervisor she seeks to support staff and interns to serve their clients well, protect their stamina in busy work settings that present many demands on clinicians, and to gently push clinicians to grow so they develop professionally over their career. Central to Griffin’s practice with clients, interns and staff is the principle that each individual is the expert on themselves.
Griffin received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2008. She received her BA in English and Literature, Science and the Arts (dual major) from University of Iowa in 1997.