FLORENCE FALK, PH.D. , L.C.S.W., is a New York City based psychotherapist in private practice for more than twenty years. After receiving a Ph.D. in English Literature, she became an assistant professor at Douglass College, Rutgers University. Florence also studied acting and has written numerous publications on the theater which appeared in The Drama Review, Comparative Drama, and The Performing Arts Journal, among others. Eventually, Florence’s abiding interest in psychology led her to gain an L.C.S.W. degree from Hunter College, School of Social Work.
In addition to her private practice, Florence also gives workshops and lectures on a variety of subjects that include, The Hidden Role of Longing in Our Lives, Personal Solitude as a Call to Wholeness, The Art of Being a Woman Alone, and Becoming Visible. She has been a speaker at the American Association for Transpersonal Psychology, The New York Open Center, the C. G. Jung Foundation, the New York Society of Clinical Social Workers, and the Annual Psychotherapy Networker’s Conference. Florence’s work on the struggle of women to achieve a strong sense of personal sovereignty led her to explore the subject of aloneness in women’s lives in a book that has become a classic in the field: On My Own: The Art of Being a Woman Alone (Three Rivers Press, 2008). She is currently working on a new book about longing which, in the realm of desires, is the very pulse and heartbeat of our lives.
In addition to her professional life, Florence is particularly concerned with women’s issues, human rights, and, of course, the fragile state of our environment. Her personal passions include swimming, cooking, reading, music, and spending time with family and friends. Florence’s renovated 19th century schoolhouse in rural Vermont is her home away from New York City and the perfect place for renewal.