I’m the Reverend Dr. Deb Berman, DMin, 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 also served as the Director of Social Work and Clinical Services at 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 have a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry in Pastoral Counseling degree from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. I am LGBTQAI+, sex, 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.