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About Psychotherapist Lewis J. Perna, LCSW-R: North Chili, NY

Lewis J. Perna, LCSW-R has more than 35 years of direct mental health experience; a Masters in Social Work from Syracuse University in May 1995; is Licensed by the NY State Office of Professional Education as a Licensed Certified Social Worker, certified by the Academy of Clinical Social Workers.

  • 20 years of direct service work in a variety of settings for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.
  • Ten year history of outpatient crisis counseling and short term psychotherapy.
  • Five year history as the Coordinator of the Psychiatric Emergency Center providing psychiatric assessment, crisis intervention services and stabilization of emergent psychiatric needs of a wide spectrum of patients.
  • Teaching - Five years as an adjunct faculty including:
    • Adjunct Instructor for SUNY, University at Buffalo, School of Social Work.
    • Adjunct Instructor for The Greater Rochester Collaborative, School of Social Work.
    • Adjunct Instructor for SUNY @ Brockport

Courses taught:

  • High Risk Clients: Overview of Assessment & Intervention Strategies
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Integrative Seminar: Health Mental Health and Disability
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Social Work Interventions
  • Mental Health Disabilities
  • Contemporary Social Work

Additional educational experience includes serving as a Field Placement Supervisor and Faculty Field Liaison for MSW students for the past six years.

Related experience as a Disaster Mental Health Clinician with the American Red Cross for six years, responding to the mental health needs of disaster victims and volunteers on a local and national level including NYC following 9/11/01.

Insurances accepted include:
• Excellus Blue Cross & Blue Shield
• MVP
• Monroe Plan
• Aetna
• United Behavioral Health
• Cigna
• Fidelis
• Child Health Plus
• Family Health Plus

Afternoon and evening hours available.
Tel: (585) 234-1537
Email: dswlew@gmail.com