About Don Boice, LCSW-R*
Don Boice has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is licensed in New York as a Clinical Social Worker. He founded Boice Counseling in Irondequoit in 2007 after having had a private practice from 1999 to 2002.
Over the last 29 years, Don has counseled hundreds of individuals and couples. He specializes in couples counseling, divorce mediation, understanding gender communication and creating an environment where both women and men feel comfortable to resolve their differences. He's adept at helping people with a variety of issues including anger, conflict resolution, anxiety. In addition to in-office counseling sessions, Don also provides his clients a variety of tips and resources they can use at home to help them address their issues and not be forever dependent on a counselor/mediator. Don also has a mini legal center where mediation clients can research their rights and the implications of their decisions so they can ask more informed questions when they seek out specialists.
Before having a private practice, Don was a counselor in a variety of places, including EAP (Employee Assistance Program) of Rochester, Catholic Family Center, Westfall Associates, Unity Health System and other organizations in the Rochester area, Florida and Pennsylvania. He's also given myriad workshops, presentations and communication-oriented training programs at Kodak, Rochester General Hospital, the City of Rochester, the Center for Youth and Lifetime Health, among other places. He is a member of NASW (National Association of Social Workers).
Don published his first book, entitled Top Notch Couples - The First Five Skills which provides understanding and practical advice to readers. He has also created multiple CDs and MP3s focused on anger resolution and relaxation techniques. He even offers an innovative biofeedback program that helps clients gauge their stress and relaxation levels.
He loves what he does and his purpose is to alleviate suffering wherever it occurs. "Suffering is optional, pain is not." Toward that end, Don is a voracious reader and consumer of information, always going to training. To prepare for mediation, he completed his master's degree, read 45+ books specific to mediation and attended 55 plus hours of mediation specific training. Since he started counseling in 1989, he has worked with people in conflict and found ways to help them have good, productive, efficient, less toxic arguments.
Divorce Mediation FAQ Click here: Frequently Asked Questions The most frequent question is , "Can Don be your mediator after having been your counselor?" No. "Not even if it was in the past?" That is correct.
*The "R" beside Don's name indicates that he accepts most insurance plans for counseling issues that have medical necessity, including depression and anxiety. Insurance does not cover divorce mediation.
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"Counseling is highly effective given certain circumstances. The research consistently shows that the quality of the relationship with the counselor is a higher predictor of success than the theory which the counselor uses. If you do not fit, for any reason, get a new one," says Don Boice.