Istar Lev, LCSW, CASAC
Istar Lev, L.C.S.W., C.A.S.A.C., is a social worker, family therapist,
educator, and published writer. The focus of her work includes traditional
psychotherapeutic modalities, within a feminist and family systems framework,
as well as holistic and psychospiritual approaches. She is especially
excited to work with parents and alternative families of all kinds.
Arlene is the founder of Choices Counseling and Consulting in Albany,
New York and is also on the adjunct faculties of S.U.N.Y. Albany, School
of Social Welfare, and Vermont College of the Union Institute and University.
Her expertise is in issues related to sexual and gender identity issues
and the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
people. Arlene has worked for twenty years addressing trauma, addictions,
and recovery issues. Arlene has dedicated her professional practice to
the sensitive and respectful treatment of people dealing with sexual related
concerns. including issues related to sexual orientation, gender expression,
sexual fuctioning and performance, and "coming-out."
Arlene is also the Founder of Rainbow Access Initiative,
a training program on LGBT issues for therapists and medical professionals,
and a former Board Member for the Family Pride Coalition. She is also on the Editorial
Board of the Journal of GLBT Family Studies.
Arlene is the author of Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic
Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families
(Haworth Press, 2004) and The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting
Guide (Penguin Press, 2004). She has also authored many articles
that have been published in professional journals and textbooks. Her
creative writing has been published in numerous anthologies. A
complete list of her published writings can be found
Additionally, Arlene maintains a "Dear Ari" advice column, which
is currently published in Pride Parenting
and Transgender Tapestry.
Her "In a Family Way" column on LGBT parenting issues is nationally
syndicated A full list of Arlene's publications is available
Arlene is available for therapy as well as consultation and supervision.
She can be reached at Choices Counseling and Consulting, 518-438-2222,
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