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Heidi Leibovich, LCSW
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in both the United States and Israel, with over 20 years of clinical experience. After completing my BA at Allegheny College and my MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, I worked as an advocate for both at-risk teens and the homeless population in New York City. As a therapist, I have served in clinical and supervisory roles in acute care, school, private practice and university counseling services. In each of these settings, I successfully implemented and provided instruction and guidance to other clinicians in applying evidence-based treatments with clients from a wide variety of demographic and clinical backgrounds. In addition to my work with adults, I am especially experienced at working with teens and emerging-adult clients.
I attained my clinical license (LCSW) while working at Wesley Family Services’ partial hospital program, where I provided therapeutic services to teenagers struggling with a variety of clinical problems, including Bipolar and other Mood Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety and Panic Disorders, Oppositional Defiance, Personality Disorders and Psychosis. My work at Wesley included intensive and long-term individual, group and milieu therapy, as well as a focus on developing collaborative relationships with families and outside care providers through outreach, family therapy, crisis management and psychoeducation.
After receiving my clinical license, I entered private practice, where my work focused on treating older teens and adults struggling with depression and anxiety. It was during this time that I developed a special interest in helping individuals cultivate resilience when facing difficult life adjustments, including transitions to college or the military, dating, divorce, chronic illness/medical crises, starting/leaving employment, bereavement, as well as substance abuse recovery. During this time, I also served as a clinical resource to Pittsburgh's Orthodox Jewish community, and was a provider to girls and young women struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, family conflict, dating/marriage, transition to seminary, self-harm and suicidality. I was also invited to moderate a panel discussion for the Jewish community in 2019 that included therapists, psychologists and a psychiatrists addressing the crisis in mental health among Jewish teens.
Prior to making aliyah in 2021, I joined the counseling department at Carlow University and served as head therapist throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, providing crisis care and short- and longer-term therapy for college students with a wide range of presenting issues.
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