I’m Deborah Berman, LCSW, a private practice psychotherapist based in New York City. I served as the Chief of the Behavioral Health Program at Interfaith Hospital, where I supervised a staff of mental health practitioners, and designed and supervised a variety of mental health programs, including spirituality-based trauma recovery groups for women, and sexuality and gender positive support groups.
I have also served as the Director of Social Work and Clinical Services of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, where I supervised the organization’s clincial and direct service staff, established and directed neighborhood-based counseling and crisis centers, and produced professional conferences on topics such as spirituality and mental health treatment, sexuality and disability, and building healthy relationships.
I am the co-founder and Chairwoman Emeritus of Hineinu: Jewish Community of All Abilities, the first-ever grassroots disability initiative between all major branches of Judaism. I was also three times awarded the Humanities Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship at the Ortza Institute in Europe’s Basque Country, where I taught master classes in the psychology and sociology of performance art movements.
I have a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice and I am doctoral candidate in Pastoral Counseling at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I am LGBTQAI+, sexuality, gender, and Alternative Relationship Affirming ordained Interfaith/Interspiritual reverend through the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, a ground-breaking professional training institute that integrates the ancient wisdom of the world’s sacred traditions with modern psychology. I currently mentor masters and PhD students, and supervise psychotherapists, mental health counselors, sex educators, and psychologists. I am also a clinical consultant and professional development adviser to national and global health, mental health and disabilities agencies. I have published numerous articles on counseling and mental health topics, and have spoken at more than 200 professional conferences and workshops.