Abigail Nathanson, LCSW, APHSW-C, ACS

Social Worker, Educator & Supervisor


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I have been in healthcare and aging social work for 15 years, from program development and clinical supervision to direct practice.

I’ve worked on projects and been in leadership roles for community-based agencies, major academic medical centers and national organizations, all with the goal of improving the practice of social work in healthcare and aging, particularly in serious illness and bereavement. I hold national certifications in Palliative Care and in Clinical Supervision.

Originally from the south, I have lived in Central America and in Washington DC, and have been a New Yorker since 2005. Outside of work, I enjoy travel, yoga, exploring my city, petting pets and talking to people about their feelings about their own death.


Bachelor of Arts, Psychology: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2003

Master’s in Social Work: New York University, 2007

Doctorate in Social Welfare: New York University, May 2020

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.

Pema Chodron

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