William F. Coffey, MSS, LCSWActing Director of Clinical Services
Mr. Coffey is a licensed clinical social worker. Mr. Coffey specializes in treating all aspects of substance abuse, including working with the person abusing substances and his/her family. Other areas of interest and expertise include sexual addiction and its effect on the individual and family, and couples in high conflict. Mr. Coffey believes that humans desire connection to other humans as a motivating influence in their lives. And when there are breaks in attachment to significant others, people experience a variety of problems adjusting, including destructive behaviors. His therapy style is grounded in systemic as well as psychodynamic theory.
Sara J. Corse, PhDDirector of Community Partnerships Initiative
215-382-6680 ext. 3117
Guided by the principle that healthy relationships are essential to the well being of our entire community, the Community Partnership team, under Dr. Corse’s leadership, tailors therapeutic and psycho-educational services to the needs of partner agencies so that disenfranchised individuals and families can reclaim their lives and reestablish healthy relationships. Dr. Corse is a licensed clinical psychologist with a background in treatment outcome research in community psychology.
Erinn Corbett-WrightDevelopment Associate
215-382-6680 ext. 3155
Erinn Corbett-Wright supports the Council for Relationships with development, fundraising, events, grant-writing and management. She specializes in event planning and building capacity for programming at Council for Relationships. With experience in serving on boards at the Steppingstone Scholars Program and the Agnes Irwin School Alumnae Board, Erinn provides creative insight into development planning. Bringing professional experience from the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania, Erinn is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is currently seeking certification in Non-Profit Administration at the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kenneth W. Covelman, PhDDirector of Masters in Family Therapy Program, Council for Relationships and Thomas Jefferson University
215-382-6680 ext. 3120
Dr. Covelman is the founding Chair of the Department of Couple and Family Therapy of the Council for Relationships/Thomas Jefferson University Masters Degree Program. In addition to serving as Department Chair, Dr. Covelman is also an adjunct associate professor for the program and maintains a diverse practice at the University City Office. Throughout his career, Dr. Covelman has been extensively involved in training mental health professionals in couple and family therapy.
Deb D’ArcangeloChief Executive Officer
Deb D’Arcangelo is a community activist who has held several non-profit leadership roles. Prior to joining the Council, she served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer County area, an organization that provided high-quality reproductive and sexual health care and education/outreach. Deb has also volunteered on many non-profit boards including Princeton Area Community Foundation, the YWCA of Trenton, Mercer County Community College Foundation, Trenton Public Education Foundation, and I Am Trenton Community Foundation. She currently serves on the board of New Jersey Policy Perspective and the executive committee of the NAACP Trenton Chapter. Deb received a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.
Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFTDirector of Transcending Trauma Project, Senior Staff Therapist
215-382-6680 ext. 3118
Dr. Hollander-Goldfein has been involved in training for over 25 years and is the Director of the Transcending Trauma Project which is a longstanding research project investigating coping and adaptation after extreme trauma. She is a senior staff therapist, instructor, AAMFT approved supervisor, senior author of Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families, and co- editor of Narrative Reflections: How Witnessing Their Stories Changes Our Lives.
Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhDDirector of Operation Home and Healing: Services for Veterans and Families
215-382-6680 ext. 3133
Dr. Isserman is the Director of Operation Home and Healing (OHH). Since 2007 OHH has provided support, education, and counseling for military service members, Veterans, and their families along with training programs for clinicians on military cultural competency and treatment modalities. She serves as a Member-at-Large on the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Consortium. Dr. Isserman is also the Co-Director of the Transcending Trauma Project, a research project on coping and adaptation after the Holocaust; 305 interviews of Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren. She is co-author of Transcending Trauma: Survival, Resilience and Clinical Implications in Survivor Families and author of articles on Holocaust survivor families. In 2005, Dr. Isserman received The Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award from the Graduate Center, City University of New York for her dissertation, “‘I Harbor No Hate’: A Study in Political Tolerance and Intolerance in Holocaust Survivors.” She has been at Council for Relationships since 1993, in research, training, and administration.
George James, Psy.D., LMFTProgram Director for the Couple & Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University, Staff Therapist & AAMFT Approved Supervisor
215.382.6680 ext. 4128
George James, Psy.D, LMFT is a Staff Therapist & an AAMFT Approved supervisor at Council For Relationships. In addition, Dr. James is the Program Director for the Couple & Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in helping couples improve the quality of their relationship, reconcile conflicts and overcome intense situations such as affairs, lack of communication, parenting struggles and much more. He also works extensively with professional athletes, adult men and young adult men on various issues including defining manhood, career and work-life balance. His expertise also includes treating actors, entertainers, college students, faith based concerns, anxiety and depression. In addition, he speaks and consults with universities, for profit & non-profit organizations and family owned businesses. Dr. James is devoted to helping people improve their quality of life, to be involved in the healing of their wounds and enrichment of their relationships.
Dr. James is president and CEO of George Talks, LLC, a communication and consulting company. Dr. James is a nationally recognized speaker, seminar presenter and lecturer on various topics. Dr. James has taught, presented, spoken and consulted with multiple businesses, organizations, universities and places of faith. Additionally, Dr. James has been a reoccurring expert guest on many radio, TV and online programs. He is also a reoccurring relationship contributor to Ebony magazine. Dr. James attended Villanova University as a Presidential Scholar, and majored in Psychology and concentrated in Africana Studies. He received his Masters of Family Therapy degree from Drexel University and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Immaculata University. He is married to Candace and they are parents to their beautiful daughter, Nalani and cheerful son, Alexander.
Tiffani SmootAcademic Administrator
215-382-6680 ext. 3236
Tiffani provides all administrative functions related to the post graduate program which includes but not limited to; all inquiries about the program, application and registration process, scholarship assistance, class rosters, special events and direct assistance to ongoing interns on a daily basis. Tiffani came to Council in July 2015 with over 10 years’ experience in administrative training which includes University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Nemours DuPont Pediatrics.
Michele Southworth, JD, LMFTDirector, Post-Graduate Certificate Program
215-382-6680 Ext 3115
Ms. Southworth is the Director of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program at Council for Relationships. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and also a licensed attorney. In her practice, she specializes in working with motivated, thoughtful people who feel stuck in some important aspect of their lives and are ready to move forward in a way that is true to who they are, and to the values that matter to them. Her clinical practice encompasses a range of issues, including personal growth and development, gender-role and power conflicts, bereavement, and divorce-related issues. When working with divorcing and divorced families, she uniquely combines her two professions to serve as therapist, co-parenting counselor, mediator, or parenting coordinator.
Rebecca WallDirector of Administration
215-382-6680 ext. 3302
Ms. Wall supports the overall operations of Council for Relationships, including human resources, information technology and billing. Ms. Wall received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
April Westfall, PhDDirector of Clinical Services, Emerita
215-382-6680 ext. 3122
With over 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Westfall maintains a full-time practice in our University City and Wynnewood Offices. She has also held academic appointments within the Departments of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University Medical School.