• Risa Marlen, LCSW

    “Life is what happens while we’re busy making other plans!” 

    Risa believes that these wise words, written by John Lennon, basically sum up the challenge we all face as we go thru our lives — integrating the unexpected with our hopes, wishes and fears.  Risa feels called to be there in those times when talking with a compassionate other can help you to sort it all out and move forward.

    Risa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with advanced certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. She obtained her master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Columbia University.   The focus of her work is short-term and solution oriented. She brings many years of experience as a counselor in human service and educational settings. Through her work with individuals and couples, she has developed a deep appreciation for the yearning many of us experience, to find meaningful ways to mark and cope with the major points of change in our lives.

    She is a retired School Social Worker of the NYC Dept. of Education, having served  primarily in high schools with adolescents and their families.  In addition to assessing and counseling, she also had the opportunity to present psycho-educational workshops for students, as well as their parents, and teaching and guidance staff.  As a trained Rites of Passage Educator, she developed and facilitated curriculum to help young people adjust to high school, and later to help ease the transition from high school graduation to the next phase of life.

    Risa comes to you with many years of experience as a licensed counselor.  Many of life’s unplanned turns include situations involving grief and loss. Time spent listening to people in their darkest hours has given her the compassion and skill to work with you and your family should you want some guidance in dealing with bereavement of a loved one.