Dr. Offner brings more than two decades of experience in mental health, K-12 and higher education to her current work with individuals, families and institutions.
Currently, Dr. Offner is Consulting Psychologist at Beacon Academy in Boston, a 14-month program between eighth and ninth grade that prepares students from low-income families for entry into independent day and boarding high schools. She also consults to several college preparatory schools, including Worcester Academy, a day and boarding school (grades 6-12) in Central Massachusetts and The Winsor School, a girls’ day school (grades 5-12) in Boston.
From 2003-2017, Dr. Offner was Consulting Psychologist and subsequently, Dean of Students, at The Commonwealth School, a co-educational college preparatory school (grades 9-12) in Boston. She also recently served as a staff psychologist at University Counseling Services at Boston College.
These experiences afford Dr. Offner a comprehensive and nuanced educator's perspective that informs not only her direct consultation to school counselors, teachers, and administrators, but her collaborations with schools and colleges on behalf of the students and families in her practice.
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 publishes and presents on student wellness/emotional health and student affairs policy and practice in independent schools.
Education & training
Dr. Offner holds a BA in Psychology & 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.
Dr. Offner previously coordinated the parent education speaker series at The Rashi School, an independent Reform Jewish Day School in Dedham. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Max Rosenfeld Trust, a foundation that provides educational scholarships and loans to low-income Jewish women living in and around Boston.