Melissa Thoen, LCSW

Clinical Director

Melissa Thoen

Melissa Thoen is the Clinical Director at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. In this role, she oversees how the protocols and procedures at the Ackerman Institute clinic are implemented and reinforced, while ensuring that families receive the highest quality of care. She is a graduate of Ackerman’s Clinical Externship Program, and holds a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Prior to her role as Ackerman’s Clinical Director, Melissa worked as a multilingual middle and high school social worker in Manhattan, New York. She was also part of a child study team at the New Jersey Board of Education, which conducted multidisciplinary psycho-social assessments of academically struggling students.

Melissa has extensive experience working with teens, adults, families, and couples, and is currently working toward certification as sex therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (ASSECT). In 2019, she completed the sex therapy training at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Health Certificate Program. She identifies as a multilingual Latina therapist and is a first-generation American. Melissa is a life-long athlete and has competed in five Ironman triathlons and many marathons. She lives in New York City with her partner and dog, Jojo.

212-879-4900, ext 137

mthoen@ackerman.org


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