Dan Wolfson, Psy.D.

Dr. Wolfson is a licensed clinical psychologist who integrates cognitive behavioral strategies with an interpersonal and strengths-based approach in his work with children, adolescents, and adults.

I now know that it is possible to experience post-traumatic growth. In the wake of the most crushing blows, people can find greater strength and deeper meaning. I also believe that it is possible to experience pre-traumatic growth—that you don’t have to experience tragedy to build your resilience for whatever lies ahead.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and Author and Founder of Option B

Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness”

Challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.

Camp brings healing to kids dealing with loss

Experience Camps provides grieving children a safe space to access their emotions, while still having fun with others who understand what they’re going through. Watch Video.

In addition to his work at Rennicke & Associates, Dr. Wolfson is the clinical director for a non-profit camp for children who have experienced loss, and a part-time researcher and faculty member at Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief. He is a strong believer in individual’s resilience and ability to adapt to even the most challenging psychosocial stressors with the proper supports. Dr. Wolfson enjoys working with a wide range of ages and presentations, and specializes in working with individuals impacted by:

Grief, Loss, and Trauma
ADHD and Executive Functioning Challenges
Parent-Child and Peer-Based Relational Difficulties
Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Substance Use, and other Disruptive Behaviors
Depression, difficulty with life transitions, and the development of a positive self-concept

Please browse through Dr. Wolfson’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of his professional training, interests, and areas of expertise.

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from William James College; Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Wolfson’s doctoral project explored the relationship between self-esteem and social connection among adolescents participating in a therapeutic summer camp for bereaved youth.
  • B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College. Saratoga Springs, New York.
  • Complicated Grief Treatment (CGT) Dr. Katherine Shear, Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief, New York, NY.
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Dr. Patty Goodman and Dr. Erika Stapert, Andrus Children’s Center; White Plains, NY.
  • Grief and Trauma in Children Dr. Allison Salloum, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Clinical Practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Dr. Stacey Lambert, William James College, Newton, MA.
  • Group Dynamics Dr. Marsha Vannicelli, William James College, Newton, MA.
  • Traumatic Loss: New Understandings and Directions Dr. John Jordan, Association for Death Education and Counseling, Portland, OR.
  • Clinical Practice of Family & Systems Therapy Dr. David Haddad; William James College, Newton, MA.
  • Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Dr. Richard Bromfield, Newton, MA.
  • Experience Camps for Grieving Children
    Director of Camper Bereavement Services for New York branch of Experience Camps, with year round involvement including the development of therapeutic programming, training and supervision of clinical team members, camper screening and enrollment, and overseeing the social/emotional functioning of campers during camp.
  • Columbia University Center for Complicated Grief
    Postdoctoral fellowship providing advanced training in the efficacious treatment of complicated grief under the supervision of Center Director Dr. Katherine Shear.  Provided Complicated Grief Treatment for adults at Mt. Sinai/ St. Luke’s Hospital and the Institute for Family Health, led workshops and continuing education seminars for mental health professionals on complicated grief at Columbia University and NY Presbyterian Hospital, and assisted in the development of trainings for mental health professionals and a mobile application for bereaved members of the military community.
  • Andrus Memorial Children’s Center Mental Health Division 
    American Psychological Association Accredited Internship at an outpatient clinic serving Westchester County children, adolescents, and adults. Conducted weekly individual psychotherapy for a diverse caseload presenting with a range of psychiatric diagnoses, developed and led a social/emotional development group for adolescent males, consulted regularly with client’s schools, families, and other relevant community supports and providers, and participated in trainings and didactics on topics including trauma-informed therapy, evidence-based interventions for emotional regulation, family therapy, and play therapy.
  • Brookline Community Mental Health Center
    Advanced clinical practicum training at community mental health center in Brookline, MA. Provided individual psychotherapeutic services for children, adolescents, and adults; facilitated social skills and affect regulation therapeutic process group for adolescent males; promoted to act as child and adolescent group therapy program coordinator; provided community-based support in Brookline Public School system.
  • Emerson College Counseling Center
    Clinical practicum training providing mental health services for graduate and undergraduate students within a model of brief-therapy.  Interventions included individual therapy, group therapy, and crisis stabilization.
  • Newton South High School
    Clinical practicum training within a public high-school program for students requiring increased behavioral, academic, and social/emotional support. Provided 1:1 counseling, advocated for students in academic (IEP) meetings, facilitated a process group focusing on transitions after high school, and developed academic and clinical plans based on student’s individual needs.
  • Sullivan, T., Blane, C., Wolfson, D, & Judge, A. (2016) Management of the Camp Experience: The integration of the milieu and the clinical team. In A. Judge & R. Deutsch (Eds.), Overcoming Parent-Child Contact Problems: Family-Based Interventions for Resistance, Rejection, Alienation pp. 152-170). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Recognizing Complicated Grief New York Presbyterian Hospital- Weill Cornell Outpatient Psychiatry Department (2017)
  • Social Isolation and Self-Esteem Among Adolescents at a Grief Camp Association for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference (2017)
  • Complicated Grief: Assessment and Interventions Brookline Community Mental Health Center CEU Lecture Series (2017)
  • Assessment of Complicated Grief Center for Complicated Grief Level 1 Workshop (2016, 2017)
  • Laughter Yoga in Groups: Implications for Life and Practice Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Annual Conference (2014)

Academic Guest Lecturer: 

  • Boston College Masters in Counseling- Internship Seminar I;
  • Boston College Masters in Counseling- Principles and Techniques in Counseling;
  • Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology Clinical PsyD- Meeting the Needs of Returning Veterans;
  • Boston College Masters in Counseling- Group Psychotherapy;
  • Columbia University Masters in Social Work- Foundations of Grief Therapy
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)
  • National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)
  • New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
  • Psychologist, New York State