Arlene (Ari) Lev LCSW-R, CASAC II, CSTS is a social worker, family therapist, educator, and activist with over 30 years experience. She is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting (www.choicesconsulting.com) and TIGRIS: The Training Institute for Gender, Relationships, Identity, and Sexuality (www.tigrisinstitute.com) in Albany, NY. Ms. Lev offers supervision, consultation, and mentorship for social workers, and other mental health providers. She is an approved Mentor with the GEI (Global Education Initiative) seeking WPATH Certification, a Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor through ASSECT, and an approved AAMFT Supervisor.
Ms. Lev is a lecturer at the University at Albany, School of Social Welfare and has taught at Smith College, Empire College, Union Institute and University, Pink Therapy, and Université libre de Bruxelles. She is the Founder and Board President for Rainbow Access Initiative, Inc., providing low-cost therapy to LGBTQ individuals. She served as a committee member of for WPATH’s 7th revision the Standards of Care which has revolutionized the medical and mental health treatment of transgender people worldwide.
Ms. Lev has published three books: The Complete Lesbian and Gay Parenting Guide, Transgender Emergence: Therapeutic Guidelines for Working with Gender-Variant People and their Families, and Families in Transition: Parent Perspectives on Raising Gender Diverse Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults (with Andrew Gottlieb). She identifies as a Jewish lesbian femme. You can reach her at Arlene.Lev@gmail.com