On May 1, 2014 I opened a private practice in Sebastopol, CA. My website for this practice is andyweisskoff.com. Phone is (707) 799-4125 and email is LCSWAndy@gmail.com. In January 2015 I started working for the West County Health Centers, in their Gravenstein clinic, walkable from my house. For those who have been told otherwise by their Kaiser supervisors: we therapists can have meaningful and successful careers outside of Kaiser.
I received my BA from Brown University in 1988 and a Master’s in Social Welfare from the University of California–Berkeley in 1997. I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, licensed by the State of California to diagnose and treat mental illness, since 2000.
I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, from residential treatment centers to outpatient health and mental health clinics to private practice. Most recently I was a therapist in the adult psychiatry department at Kaiser Permanante’s Santa Rosa Medical Center. From the time I was first trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) in 2005, I was fascinated by this strategy as a way of treating trauma. For the nearly eight years I worked at Kaiser, it was my primary tool for helping clients.
I live in a household of writers. In 2012, I self-published a novel for fourth to sixth graders called Glass Palace (see Kirkus Reviews). Available from Amazon, Glass Palace has been used as a resource by grief counselors working with children and adults. You can read about its therapeutic value in The Therapist, the professional magazine of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. My wife, the writer Carol E. Miller, recently finished her memoir Every Moment of a Fall, the first book-length account of recovery from childhood trauma using EMDR. (I was not her therapist!) Watch for its release in the Spring of 2016.