Leadership

Korey Brown

Korey Brown

Marketing Manager
215- 382 - 6680 ext. 3124
[kbrown@councilforrelationships.org]

Korey Brown joined Council for Relationships as the Marketing Manager in 2017. Prior to Council, Mr. Brown worked at Creative Artists Agency in New York where he served in a number of marketing positions in the Sports and Entertainment Division. Mr. Brown earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Emporia State University and a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Drexel University.

William F. Coffey, MSS, LCSW

William F. Coffey, MSS, LCSW

Director of Clinical and Business Operations
215-382-6680 ext. 7008
[wcoffey@councilforrelationships.org]

Bill 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, PhD

Sara J. Corse, PhD

Director of Community Partnerships Initiative
215-382-6680 ext. 3117
[scorse@councilforrelationships.org]

Guided by the principle that healthy relationships are essential to the well-being of our entire community, the Community Partnership team, under Dr. Sara 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.

Kenneth W. Covelman, PhD

Kenneth W. Covelman, PhD

Director of Masters in Family Therapy Program, Council for Relationships and Thomas Jefferson University
215-382-6680 ext. 3120
[kcovelman@councilforrelationships.org]

Kenneth 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'Arcangelo

Deb D’Arcangelo

Chief Executive Officer
[ddarcangelo@councilforrelationships.org]

Deb D’Arcangelo has held several non-profit leadership roles. Prior to joining the Council, Ms. D’Arcangelo served as President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Association of the Mercer Area, an organization that provided high-quality reproductive and sexual health care and education/outreach. Ms. D’Arcangelo 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, I Am Trenton Community Foundation and Phillips Exeter Academy. Ms. D’Arcangelo currently serves on the board of New Jersey Policy Perspective and the executive committee of the NAACP Trenton Chapter. Ms. D’Arcangelo 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, LMFT

Bea Hollander-Goldfein, PhD, LMFT

Director of Transcending Trauma Project, Senior Staff Therapist
215-382-6680 ext. 3118
[bhollander@councilforrelationships.org]

Bea 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, PhD

Nancy Isserman, MSW, PhD

Director of Operation Home and Healing: Services for Veterans and Families
215-382-6680 ext. 3133
[nisserman@councilforrelationships.org]

Nancy 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 a 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., LMFT

George James, Psy.D., LMFT

Program Director for the Couple & Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University, Staff Therapist & AAMFT Approved Supervisor
215-382-6680 ext. 4128
[gjames@councilforrelationships.org]

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.

Valerie Johnson, MBA

Valerie Johnson, MBA

Director of Development
215-382-6680 ext. 3155
[vjohnson@councilforrelationships.org]

Valerie Johnson joined Council for Relationships as the Director of Development in 2017. Prior to Council, Ms. Johnson worked as a fundraiser for Valley Youth House and the American Association for Cancer Research. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA from Drexel University. A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 2012, Ms. Johnson joined the Programming Committee in 2015 and became Co-Chair in 2017. In that role, she helps to design and implement professional development opportunities for fellow fundraisers in the Greater Philadelphia area. Ms. Johnson has been a featured speaker for the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations and AFP Greater Philadelphia.

Priscilla Singleton, LCSW, LMFT

Priscilla Singleton, LCSW, LMFT

Director of Clinical Standards, Senior Staff Therapist
610-889-0419 ext. 2
[PSingleton@councilforrelationships.org]

Priscilla Singleton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a summa cum laude graduate of the Temple University Masters in Social Work program, a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and an AAMFT approved supervisor.  Ms. Singleton is trained also in EMDR, Sandtray Therapy, Co-Parent counseling and Parent Coordination.

Ms. Singleton is Associate Program Director, instructor, and supervisor in the Thomas Jefferson University Department of Couple & Family Therapy and an instructor in the Council for Relationships’ postgraduate training program. Furthermore, Ms. Singleton is Director of Clinical Standards at Council for Relationships, former Co-Director of the Council’s Center for Families in Transition, and part time clinician in Council’s Exton office.  Ms. Singleton has served also as an Adjunct Professor in the Widener University School of Social Work, Clinical Associate in Psychiatry in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Field Instructor for the Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work, and social worker for Chester County [PA] Children and Youth Services and other Pennsylvania agencies. Ms. Singleton has lectured at the Temple University School of Law, and appeared as a guest expert on National Public Radio programs and on local Philadelphia television. Ms. Singleton has been in practice for 30 years.

Tiffani Smoot

Tiffani Smoot

Academic Administrator
215-382-6680 ext. 3236
[tsmoot@councilforrelationships.org]

Tiffani Smoot 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. Ms. Smoot came to Council in July 2015 with over 10 years’ experience in administrative training which includes the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Nemours DuPont Pediatrics.

Emma Steiner, MSW, LCSW

Emma Steiner, MSW, LCSW

Associate Director of Clinical and Business Operations & Staff Therapist
215.382.6680 ext. 4279
[esteiner@councilforrelationships.org]

Emma Steiner joined the Council in 2010 as an intern in the Post-graduate Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy program and has held a variety of positions within the organization since then.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working as a psychotherapist in Philadelphia.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences as well as the Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice, she returned to train at the Council in order to gain a better understanding of systemic practice.  Her knowledge of systems informs both her clinical work and her work in her position as Associate Director of Clinical and Business Operations.  In her role, Ms. Steiner, oversees the client care department, clinical operations, therapy groups, and professional development programming; meets with other organizations to build relationships and introduce the Council to them; orients new therapists; and writes policies and procedures.  In her clinical work, she sees individuals and couples and is particularly interested in working with women on the development of self and identity through the family of origin and childhood work, life transitions, trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression.

Michele Southworth, JD, LMFT

Michele Southworth, JD, LMFT

Director, Post-Graduate Certificate Program
215-382-6680 Ext 3115
[msouthworth@councilforrelationships.org]

Michele 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.

Steve Treat

Steve Treat

CEO Emeritus
[STreat@councilforrelationships.org]

Dr. Stephen R. Treat is a Senior Therapist and former Director and CEO of Council for Relationships. In his role as CEO, he managed the organization’s operations, numerous professional and public educational programs, and his own busy clinical practice. Dr. Treat continues to see clients, teach at Thomas Jefferson University and consult with family businesses. He is an in-demand speaker, consultant and media expert.

Dr. Treat received his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 1976. He completed post-doctoral work in Human Sexuality at the University of Pennsylvania and the Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Council for Relationships in 1981. In addition to being an instructor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson Medical College, he is a Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counseling.

Dr. Treat has co-authored two books, Pastoral Marital Therapy and Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on process and content of marital and family therapy.

Rebecca Wall

Rebecca Wall

Director of Administration
215-382-6680 ext. 3302
[bwall@councilforrelationships.org]

Becky 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, PhD

April Westfall, PhD

Director of Clinical Services, Emerita
215-382-6680 ext. 3122
[awestfall@councilforrelationships.org]

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.