I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in working with adults, couples and families in Jacksonville, FL. I have more than 20 years experience as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist, using a contemporary psychodynamically-oriented approach. I work with individuals that are struggling with relationship and family issues, parenting difficulties, divorce, trauma, unresolved grief, loss, anxiety and depression, among other issues.
My therapeutic style is interactive and relational; my approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. Below you will find more information about my education and experience.
Smith College School for Social Work; Northampton, MA
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Social Work. Dissertation topic - Parenting Coordination: an Intervention for High-Conflict Families
University of Maryland; Baltimore, MD
Masters in Social Work
Post Graduate Training
Yale Child Study Center; New Haven, CT
Psychoanalytic Research Internship
Zeynip Biringen, Ph.D.; Colorado State University, Boulder, CO
Emotional Availability Scales Research Protocol
The Cooperative Parenting Institute; Hartford, CT
Parent Coordination Training
Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis; Laurel, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
University of Virginia; Child & Family Psychiatry; Charlottesville, VA
Under Fives Study Center; Attachment Theory Reading Seminar
University of North Florida; Jacksonville, FL
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
Smith College School for Social Work; Northampton, MA
Adjunct Assistant Professor
National Catholic School for Social Service; Washington, D.C.
Adjunct Faculty, Field Educator and Supervisor
University of Maryland School for Social Work; Baltimore, MD
Field Educator and Supervisor
George Washington University School for Professional Psychology; Washington, D.C.
Clinical Supervising Faculty
Professional Presentations & Activities
Polson, T.A. Child & Adolescent Mental Health. Frontline Mental Health Conference for Clergy and Congregations, Bethesda, MD
Ziv, Y. & Polson, T.A. Back to the Future: The Lourie Center's Return to Research, Rockville, MD
Perry, D.F. & Polson, T.A. Attachment and Temperament: Implications for Juvenile Court Judges, D.C. Superior Court Judges, Washington, D.C.
Polson, T.A. Craft, P. The Therapeutic Nursery Program, The Cosmos Club Membership, Washington, D.C.
Polson, T.A. Clinical Presentation on Early Childhood Mental Health, The Case of Ronald, The Women's National Democratic Club, Washington, D.C.
Polson, T.A. What is Early Childhood Mental Health? Presentation to the Maryland Senate Budget & Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee, Health and Human Services Subcommittee, Maryland State Legislature, Annapolis, MD.
March 2009: Parenting Magazine: "How to Teach Patience: 5 Tips for getting your kid to wait without whining." This article in Parenting Magazine includes quotes from Tracye Polson, executive director of the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants & Young Children. http://www.parenting.com/article/Toddler/Behavior/How-to-Teach-Patience
December 2008: The Gazette Open Forum: Children can be affected by parents' stress over economy. Tracye Polson encourages parents and financial heads of households to take extra care, emotionally and physically, during these difficult economic times, reminding them of the affect a parent's stress can have on their children. http://www.gazette.net/stories/12032008/montlet173251_32487.shtml
December 2, 2008: WUSA: Kids Get Less This Holiday Season, Rockville, MD (WUSA). This holiday season fewer gifts can mean more focus on family bonding. Tracye Polson gives alternatives for keeping the joy in the holiday season during a recession and tips on talking to your children about getting less this year. http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=79280
November 2008: The Bend Bulletin. An article in the 2008 November Bend Bulletin features quotes from Tracye Polson, who offers tips on how parents talk to their children about the current financial crisis. http://www.bendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs/dll/article?AID=/20081107 /NEWS0107/811070341/1041&nav_category=
October 28, 2008: WUSA. Tracye Polson appeared on WUSA Channel 9 nightly news to discuss school stress and anxiety. http://www.wusa9.com/rss/local_article.aspx?storyid=75404
June 2008: SheKnows.com. SheKnows.com featured Tracye Polson, who provides tips on taming potty mouth in children. http://www.sheknows.com.articles/804167.htm
June 2008: The Bend Bulletin: An article from The Bend Bulletin, an Oregon newspaper, featured Tracye Polson, who talks about how parents can help calm fears in children. http://wwwbendbulletin.com/apps/pbcs/dll/article?AID=/20080620?FEAT 01/806200347
License, Certifications & Awards
Licensed Clinical Social Worker - State of Florida #SW10245
2012 Outstaning Service Award from the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants & Young Children, Rockville, MD
2013 Roger Miller Disertation Grant Recipient, Smith College School for Social Work
Doctor of Philosophy 2014 Class Speaker, Smith College School for Social Work
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work
Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts; National and Florida Chapter
Division 39 of the American Psychological Association
Florida Association of Social Workers
Florida Psychoanalytic Association
National Association of Social Workers
Tampa Bay Psychoanalytic Society