Dr. Offner brings two decades of experience in mental health, K-12 and higher education to her current work with individuals, families and institutions. Dr. Offner is currently Director of Student Life at The Commonwealth School, an independent college preparatory school in Boston, where she previously served as Consulting Psychologist, from 2003-2014.
Dr. Offner maintains an independent clinical and consulting practice in her home in Newton Centre. She specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults; and consults to families, schools and colleges about all facets of student mental health.
Dr. Offner has published and presented at national conferences on the topic of relationship-based therapy with traumatized children. She has also been involved in campus-based educational programs for college students that raise awareness of mental health issues, sexual assault and dating violence.
Education & Training
Dr. Offner holds a joint BA in Psychology and Sociology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Boston University. She also studied Social Psychology at London School of Economics. While at Boston University, Dr. Offner received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings, including psychiatric hospital and day treatment programs, community mental health centers, and university counseling sites. Dr. Offner has also obtained advanced, post-doctoral training in psychotherapy theory and technique at Psychoanalytic Institute of New England (PINE).
From 1998-2003, Dr. Offner provided ongoing consultation to the Kindergarten faculty of The Devotion School, as part of a grassroots pro bono program initiated in response to mental health service cutbacks in the Brookline Public Schools. From 2010-2013, Dr. Offner served as a volunteer psychotherapist in the Boston chapter of A Home Within, a national organization that provides pro bono mental health services to children in foster care.
Most recently, Dr. Offner coordinated the parent education speaker series at The Rashi School, an independent Reform Jewish Day School in Dedham. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Max Rosenfeld Trust, a foundation that provides educational loans to young, low-income Jewish women living in and around Boston.