Janet Evans Poretsky, LCSW-R

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In my practice, I like to create a sense of comfort where patients can walk in, breathe deeply and quickly feel some relief from their thoughts, emotions, and current life situations. The intake should be therapeutic with the patient feeling somewhat better and optimistic.

I’m a social worker with many years of experience and have worked in  a variety of settings. Although I have worked with many age groups, I specialize in working with older adults. I worked as a clinician with Nassau County  Coalition Against Domestic Violence, now the Safe Center. In this position, much of my work was with women over 60, who experienced subtle verbal and emotional abuse.  I’m therefore sensitive to patients who may not report abuse in a clinical setting, but may have experienced or are living with relatively subtle verbal and emotional abuse. At Long Beach Medical Center’s Outpatient Counseling Center, I had a diverse caseload.  Using multiple treatment modalities, it was rewarding to see improvement in my patient’s thoughts and behaviors.  After Hurricane Sandy, I treated individuals and families at the Friedberg JCC in  Oceanside, helping them to cope with the disruption from the storm and its  exacerbation of existing problems. 

Presently,  I focus my efforts on helping older adults who are coping with major loss or life changes. I work to help lessen the traumatic response to the loss or change, reduce guilt, lessen thoughts of self blame, encourage self care, incorporate healthy distractions, and promote interaction with others. Grief and Loss has always been an area of specialty for me.  I served as a bereavement group facilitator, working with small groups of recent  widows and widowers.

I’ve lived on Long Island most of my life, I graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in sociology and earned my MSW from Adelphi  University.  My history also includes, working for Nassau County Dept of  Social Services in Children’s Services. Having obtained my CSW, I worked as a  clinician with PACT (Parents and Children Together) and with Catholic Charities’  St Anthony’s Guidance Clinic. All of my early social work experience makes me  keenly aware of how both untreated mental illness and poverty distort family  systems in the present and intergenerationally.