Our History


In May of 2021, NJAWT will celebrate 45 years of education and support to its members!

The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists (NJAWT) is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary association of mental health professionals that draws its members from throughout the state. We were founded in 1976 by a  group of 12 women therapists who felt isolated in their work and desired a way to come together to find support and opportunities for professional collaboration. The group gained momentum and over the years evolved into what is now a stimulating and well established collegial organization that offers opportunities for continuing education. Our membership serves the New Jersey community by offering mental health services via their work in private practice, mental health facilities, universities, hospitals and other settings.

NJAWT is a non-profit organization run by and for women therapists. Our membership is comprised of professional women who meet the New Jersey state and/or National licensure standards or hold a temporary/provisional permit in any of the various mental health fields and have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in mental health discipline. The Organization’s stated purpose is to provide members with an opportunity to meet for fellowship, exchange ideas with colleagues, and for continuing educational and professional growth.

We understand and support the needs, challenges and gifts that are unique to women therapists. We achieve this through offering General Meetings, Conversation Hours, peer-led support and special interest groups, our monthly e-newsletter called the “E-Bulletin” and a private Facebook group. We invite you to browse the pages on our website to learn more about us, become involved and meet our members.

Founding Members E. Betty Levin, President, 1982-1984 
and Sheila E. Dancz, President, 1986-1988

We were saddened to learn of the passing of E. Betty Levin, one of our founding members, who died on May 16, 2018 at the age of 92.  Betty continued to attend meetings until weeks before her death and was an inspiration to us all.

Meet The Board of Directors

The NJAWT Board is made up of a four member Executive Committee and eight Committee Chairs. Together they run the organization, develop membership, organize meetings and create programs and social events. They serve a two-year term.

2022 Executive Board 

Phyllis Kopit

MSW, LCSW, Secretary

Pamela Brodie

PhD., LPC, Treasurer

Sharon McCobin

MSW, LCSW, Member-at-Large

Leslie S. Tsukroff

MSW, LCSW, President

Kimberly Goodrich

MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Vice President

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Cheray Thiel

PsyD, Membership Chair

2022 Committee Chairs 

Hospitality Chair

Position Currently open!
Please contact Kimberly Goodrich if interested.
Christine Valentin

MSW, LCSW, Social Media Chair

Marisa Tucker

MSW, LCSW, Nominating Chair

Leslie S. Tsukroff, MSW, LCSW

A message from NJAWT’s President 

Greetings NJAWT Members-


Happy fall! While it has been some time since I have written, rest assured, I and the other members of your dedicated Board have been hard at work behind the scenes.


As you are aware, when the pandemic hit, NJAWT immediately pivoted to Zoom and continued to provide regular programming to members through Friday Conversation Hours, General Meetings and instituted various peer facilitated social, support and special interest groups, many of which are still running today. Whether you work with adults, couples or children and adolescents we have clinically-focused peer groups for you. For those interested in connecting with others around private practice, ethics, telehealth or are in need of help with a difficult case, we have groups for you as well. Be sure to read the E-bulletin each month for facilitator information, meeting dates, times and Zoom links. Also visit our calendar of events @ https://www.njawt.org/programs.