Jennifer Acker, LCSW, CSAT

Jennifer Acker, LCSW, CSAT

Education and training

After 20 years as a clinical social worker and clinical social work supervisor, I opened my private therapy practice in  2002. I specialize in family of origin, trauma resolution, attachment disorders, intimacy disorders, and core issue work, with a focus on helping adult clients develop and maintain authentic and fulfilling relationships.


           M.S. in clinical social work                    

                    Fordham University

           B.S. in child development and family practice     

                    University of Arizona

Trainings and certifications

            C.S.A.T (certified sex addiction therapist)          

                         Trained with Patrick Carnes, PhD, founder of the International Institute for Trauma

                          and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

            EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) training

                          Trained with William Zangwill, PhD, founder and director of EMDR and Training.

                          EMDR emphasizes disturbing memories as the cause of psychopathology, and is

                          used to help alleviate symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

            Intensive somatic attachment training and experience

                          Trained with Diane Poole Heller, PhD, specialist in adult attachment theory and

                          models, integrative healing techniques, and trauma resolution.

                          Intensive somatic attachment training focuses on helping people attain deeper

                          connection and meaning in their adult relationships by working to heal early

                          attachment wounds or disruptions

             Post-induction therapy training

                          Trained with Pia Mellody, internationally recognized lecturer on the childhood

                          origins of emotional dysfunction, and faculty member at The Meadows Treatment

                          Center, a residential center for victims of trauma, emotional abuse, and addictions.

                          Post induction therapy is designed to treat the effects of childhood trauma and

                           resulting issues of developmental difficulties.

              Sensorimotor psychotherapy training

                          Trained and certified by Pat Ogden, PhD, founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

                          Institute.  Recognizing the effects of trauma on the body, sensorimotor psychotherapy

                          integrates sensorimotor processing with cognitive and emotional processing in the

                          treatment of trauma.