Meet The Board
Board President, M.A.
is a Psychotherapist and Career Counselor working in private practice at Walk Your Path LLC. With experience in helping clients realize confidence in their relationships and career goals using an eclectic mix of Gestalt and Mindfulness based techniques. He currently leads a men's group and has led career transition support groups and professional networking groups. He also incorporates eco-therapy in the Wissahickon park. He recieved his BS at the University of Maine, MS at Arcadia University and MA at Naropa University where he was also trained as a certified mindfulness instructor.
Michael E. Silverstein
is a licensed psychologist in private practice. Prior to that he spent 15 years working with students in college counseling centers at Rowan and Temple Universities, serving as Training Director and Trauma Response Coordinator, and regularly facilitated a variety of process, support and psycho-educational groups. While primarily CBT oriented in his work with individuals, his orientation to group work tends to be systemic and psychodynamic. He received his BA from Brown University, MA from New York University and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!).
has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years. She is a past president of PAGPS and is in private practice seeing individuals and couples and running groups. She has run groups for graduate students and taught group psychotherapy courses at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Drexel University and Philadelphia University. She has also facilitated groups in her past positions at The Belmont Center’s Eating Disorders Program, The Renfrew Center, and in consultation at Fox Chase Cancer Center. She has presented on varied subjects, including; couples therapy; family conversations about cancer; and the experience of “typical” siblings of developmentally disabled people.
is a past president of PAGPS and is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice with AIDS Care Group, a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive medical, mental health, and social service to patients living with HIV. She currently serves AIDS Care Group as the director of HIV psychology services, offering individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy, as well as clinical supervision. She is also employed at Revive Wellness, a private practice in Conshohocken, PA, where she co-facilitates a long-term outpatient group for women in eating disorder recovery. She joined the board of PAGPS as a student in 2015 and was president from 2018-2020.
MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA
is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in private practice in Delaware County for 40+ years. In addition, for 20 years, Shari facilitated groups for people living with cancer and for their family members at the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia (formerly The Wellness Community), and she continues to work with families living with chronic and life-threatening disease. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she currently runs two therapy groups, an intergenerational women’s group and a group for moms of young children, and is a Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where she teaches Group. Shari has been a Board Member of AGPA, has served for six years as Co-Chair of the AGPA Special Interest Group Task Force and is past president of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association – Pennsylvania Chapter.
MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
is a clinical social worker in practice for over 35 years. Working primarily with children and youth, he is currently conducting two ongoing, co-ed psychotherapy groups for high school aged adolescents within his private practice in Bryn Mawr. He also divides his time between the Benchmark School in Media, PA, a private school for children with language based learning disabilities, where he has been a supervisor since 1987, and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where he is an adjunct faculty member teaching five courses annually. Tom is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and is national co-chair of the Child and Adolescent Special Interest Group. He has been on the Board of PAGPS since 2005.
MA, MSW, LCSW, CGP
is an African American, licensed clinical social worker who has been in practice for over 30 years working primarily with adults. She is the Director of Intercultural Counseling, LLC, a private practice located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia where she provides individual, group, and couple's psychotherapy and psychoanalysis to adults working through interpersonal difficulties often resulting from systemic oppression. She is also a lecturer at Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Social Service and Social Research where she teaches classes in Power, Privilege, & Oppression, Mindful Facilitation, and Clinical Practice. In addition, as the founder of Intercultural Network, LLC, she provides trauma-informed, racial dialoguing and inclusion training to organizations and mental health practitioners. Donna currently facilitates a weekly Healing from Trauma group for female-identified persons and joined the PAGPS Board in January 2021.
is a family therapist providing family therapy to the families of Deleware County through the non-profit organization of Child Guidance Resources Centers. She currently serves kids with varied mental health diagnoses to build experiential changes in their relationships with their parents and siblings. Sarah has ran groups for expecting mother's as they managed the transition into stable housing. She recieved her M.S. at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA in Medical Family Therapy.
is a licensed professional counselor and student board member with PAGPS. He received his first master's from La Salle University and is currently completing both his doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master's in human sexuality at Widener University. Professionally, he specializes in providing mental healthcare for people who identify as transgender/non-binary/gender expansive and their loved ones; additionally, Jacob maintains sex positive, kink positive, and poly-aware practices at Emerge Wellness and the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. Jacob applies a feminist, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-based lens to his work with both individuals and groups. His dissertation, chaired by Dr. Virginia Brabender, focuses on creating a therapeutic program using role-playing games (RPGs) for LGBTQIA+ individuals in group therapy.