Lucy Swank, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Director | DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified DBT Clinician

Lucy holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University in New York, NY with a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology & Economics from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA. While at Columbia University Lucy completed the DBT Training Program and Lab under the supervision of Dr. André Ivanoff, President of Behavioral Tech. Lucy completed her intensive DBT training in 2017 with Randy Wolbert & Gwen Abney-Cunningham at Columbia University. In 2019 Lucy completed her basic training in Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR through the Personal Transformation Institute with Tyler Orr in Monterey, CA. Lucy is an active member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Lucy is certified through the DBT Linehan Board of Certification as a DBT Provider.  DBT-LBC Certification is an involved assessment to demonstrate the application of knowledge to the performance and delivery of DBT treatment. This is the gold standard for DBT providers and certifies that Lucy has achieved the highest standards of clinical excellence in the practice of DBT.

Lucy has experience working in Residential, Partial Hospitalization, and Outpatient settings as a Primary Therapist. Most recently, Lucy was a member of Dr. Suzanne Wallach’s comprehensive SoCal DBT Team as a primary DBT therapist and also a DBT skills leader, as well as a therapist in her private practice within Dr. Wallach’s group practice. Prior to SoCal DBT, Lucy worked as a Program Therapist at Clearview Treatment Programs in Los Angeles, CA for over three years in the Outpatient Program where she conducted both individual sessions and group therapy. In addition, she sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team.  Prior to licensure, Lucy worked as a DBT intern at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT where she provided individual psychotherapy, sat on a multidisciplinary DBT consultation team, and co-led DBT skills groups.

Lucy enjoys working with couples, integrating both Gottman and DBT techniques, to facilitate communication, provide deeper connection, reinforce the importance of validation, and improve conflict resolution. Lucy weaves attachment theory into her work and helps couples identify relational needs and work towards earning a more secure attachment.
Lucy holds dual licenses in both California and New York.

 

In her free time, Lucy can be found planning her next trip, arranging flowers, organizing random drawers, attempting to read a new book only to put it down 10 minutes later, eating cupcakes, or running in central park!