Most of us will face a challenge sometime during our lives when we feel the need for help from a therapist.

Trauma, Relationships, Life Transitions, Grief & Loss, and Clinical Supervision

Areas of Specialization


Therapy for adult survivors of childhood abuse, PTSD, and following recent traumatic exposures.

Grief and Loss

Therapy to assist in the grieving process.


Therapy for couples in all stages of their relationships and for individuals struggling with relationship issues.

Clinical Supervision

Beginning and experienced clinicians.

Life Transitions

Therapy during life transitions such as beginning or ending a relationship, adjusting to various stages of parenting, receiving a serious medical diagnosis, managing the stresses of college or graduate school, considering a career change, losing a life partner, adjusting to the empty nest, experiencing menopause, considering and adjusting to retirement.

About My Practice

Jane Abrams
Jane Abrams, DSW, LCSW

As a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, I see adults and couples in short and long-term psychotherapy. While my theoretical orientation is psychodynamic, my practice is eclectic.

I strive to stay abreast of the latest scientific findings and theoretical developments that pertain to psychotherapy. I make use of traditional and current approaches as I tailor treatment to the individual needs of each person in my practice. We are all unique products of our environments, our past histories and our genetic endowments. Thus, “one size” will never “fit all”. Therapy is a process of discovery. To this endeavor I bring my years of experience, my education, my empathy, and my commitment to your growth. I create a safe space where together we will address your concerns and build on your strengths. Therapy is an opportunity to develop tools for coping and to get to know yourself better. Greater self-knowledge will help you to make better decisions, to understand and manage your emotions more effectively, and to feel more in control of your life.


Private Psychotherapy Practice
Philadelphia, PA

Senior Clinical Social Worker
Beth Israel Hospital
Boston, MA

Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA


Doctorate in Clinical Social Work program

University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice

Undergraduate Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies

School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pennsylvania

Part-time Lecturer
Masters in Social Work program

University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy and Practice

Recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice Excellence in Teaching Award for 2018-2019

Professional Affiliations and Licensure

Professional Affiliations

Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCSW)

The Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP)

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)

Area Chair, AAPCSW

American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA)

Neuropsychoanalysis Association (NPSA)

Clinical Registry, NPSA


State of Pennsylvania


Abrams, J. (2009).  What’s reality got to do with it:  Projective processes in adult intimate relationships. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 16 (2), 126-138.

Abrams, J. & Shapiro, M. (2014). Teaching trauma theory and practice in MSW programs:  A clinically focused, case-based method. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42 (4), 408-418.

Abrams, J. (2019). Neuropsychoanalysis and the repressed: Rendering what is possible in long-term psychotherapy. In S. Lord (Ed.), Reflections on long-term therapy, relational psychotherapy and psychoanalysis (pp. 152-165). New York: Routledge.

Education & Training

University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice
Philadelphia, PA
Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (2010)

Simmons College School of Social Work
Boston, MA
Masters of Social Work (1984)

Antioch College
Yellow Springs, OH
Bachelors in Social Work (1982)

Teachers Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association
New York, New York (2014-2015)

NIMH Traineeship in Community Mental Health


Biannual Conference of the American Association of Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work, Durham, NC (2019). Presented paper, “Neuropsychoanalysis and the Repressed: Implications for Long-term Treatment in Clinical Social Work Practice”. 

Patient and Family Services of Abramson Cancer Center
Penn Cancer Network Social Work Affiliates (2013)
Presented case study, “The Intersection of Complex Trauma with a Diagnosis of Breast Cancer”.

Annual Program Meeting of The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Washington, D.C. (2012)
Presented paper, coauthored with Margaret Shapiro, MSW, “Teaching Trauma Theory and Practice in MSW Programs: A Clinically Focused, Case-Based Method”.

Trauma Through the Life Cycle from a Strengths-Based Perspective
International conference co-sponsored by NYU Silver School of Social Work and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel (2012)
Presented poster, with co-author Margaret Shapiro, MSW,  “The Unique Role of Clinical Social Work in the Training of Trauma Practitioners:  Values, Knowledge Base and Practice Wisdom”.

Society for Social Work and Research (SWWR)
Annual Conference, Tampa, Florida (2011)
Presented research.  “Mending Fences: How Married Individuals Perceive Breaks in their Connection to their Spouses, and How Couples Repair Them”.

Contact Me

Jane Abrams, DSW, LCSW

Office: 135 South 19th Street, Suite 250, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Directions)
Phone: 215-564-5188