Meredith Gordon Resnick holds a California license in clinical social work (LCSW). She earned her MSW at San Diego State University with an emphasis in mental health. Also an artist and writer, her current work focuses on trauma-informed therapy through the expressive arts.
Meredith did her clinical internship at the County of San Diego Loma Portal Adolescent Inpatient Unit, a locked psychiatric facility. While there, she grew interested in the resiliency of patients diagnosed with severe mental and emotional disorders, many of whom had been abandoned by their parents. Wasn’t it a lot to ask of a child to somehow synthesize and integrate these profound experiences? Yes. But some fared better than others. One underlying factor seemed to be a feeling of potency, of power, something that, once sparked and recognized by the child through therapy and support, could never be “unseen” by him again. This was the foundation—and a springboard—for their growth.
Meredith went on to work in peds endocrinology at the City of Hope, where issues of treatment compliance, identity, power and control permeated the clinical work with these young patients. Later, after becoming licensed, she worked as a family therapist, and then with older adults at end of life and became intrigued by the longstanding patterns of behavior, the complexity of wounds, entanglements, and how identification with such fed their resentment, their relationships, and their illness, a lifetime later.
For a time, Meredith transitioned away from clinical work to explore writing, and wrote extensively for large healthcare centers, physician practices, school districts, and the US military. She had also worked in the pharmaceutical industry doing editorial work on HCP and consumer brand launches.
As a writer and clinician, Meredith’s goal is to create connections between human beings and their patterns of behavior, between the universal and the personal, the heart and the mind.