Co-Director of the Ackerman Institute’s Social Work & Diversity Program
Silvia B. Espinal, LCSW is Co-Director of the Ackerman Institute’s Social Work & Diversity Program, Director of the Latino Youth and Family Immigration Project, and a clinic supervisor at Ackerman. Silvia began her family therapy training while she was a graduate student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and an intern at the Social Work and Diversity Program. Her interest in family and couple therapy persisted, and she proceeded to complete the Externship Program at the Ackerman Institute. Silvia is currently an adjunct faculty at School of Social Work at Columbia University and Smith College. Additionally, to her professional training at Ackerman, Silvia completed a two-year group supervision training at the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in NYC where she focused on the integration of diversity and issues of social justice with clinical cases.
As a Latina immigrant and a family therapist, Silvia’s biculturalism and bilingualism have helped her grow a genuine and unique passion in the immigrant experience and she uses this strength-based approach when working with these individuals, couples and families. In addition to having a private practice in New York City, seeing a wide range of diverse populations, Silvia has extensive experience working in community mental health clinics, small psychotherapy group practices, and large medical settings.