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Liat Shklarski, PhD, LCSW

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Liat Shklarski, PhD, LCSW


With over 10 years of experience as a clinical social worker, I specialize in evidence and strengths-based therapy for individuals, couples therapy for adults with a history of trauma, as well as supporting young adults of parents with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is an honor to be the founder and supervisor for our group practice.

In the therapeutic interaction, I provide a nonjudgmental and empathetic listening environment to support my clients in finding workable solutions to their concerns. I enjoy helping clients gain the skills they need to increase their awareness and create the changes they desire. As a therapist, it is a great gift to be a part of my clients’ journeys toward positive change. My ultimate goal is to help people improve their lives.

I received my Ph.D. from Hunter College, my master’s degree from the University of Washington, and I am a graduate of the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training program. I believe that in order to thrive in a successful practice, learning, and research should be lifelong endeavors. I am currently an assistant professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work teaching evidence-based practice and human development classes to graduate students. My academic research focuses on access to mental health services for women and children as well as effective clinical supervision; recently, I have also been examining the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic on clinical practice.

In 2021, Dr. Shklarski published a textbook on effective clinical supervision for mental health clinicians titled A Contemporary Approach to Clinical Supervision: The Supervisee Perspective (published by Routledge). This work formed the basis for developing continuing education programming for the professional education department at Smith College School for Social Work. In 2023, her book, From Grad School to Private Practice: A Roadmap for Mental Health Clinicians, was published by Cognella.

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