Abby Potash is passionate about helping people who have experienced trauma as well as any life situation that impedes individuals from living a full enriched life. Abby has her Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Chestnut Hill College in Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Social Services from Bryn Mawr College. She is licensed in Pennsylvania and approved by the Virginia Board of Social Work to practice clinical social work and pursue her LCSW under the supervision of Jennifer Hannet as her Board approved Clinical supervisor.
Abby has certificates in Contemporary Approaches to Group Therapy, Child and Family Wellbeing, Trauma, CBT and is trained in EMDR. She has presented modalities of treatment to therapists on how to help parents, siblings and other family members when they have a missing, deceased or sexually exploited child.
Abby has 23 years’ experience serving families with missing, safely recovered, located deceased and sexually exploited children. She has assisted in reunifications of children abducted by parents, with their searching families. Abby’s scope of treatment includes helping people experiencing ambiguous loss, grief and loss, death of a child/sibling, relationship issues, couples therapy, PTSD, childhood sexual trauma, abuse and neglect, play therapy, expressive therapies, parenting skills, and aging.
Abby serves on the Board of the Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She volunteers for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children providing peer support to those in need. She assists at Amber Alert Family Roundtables and Survivor Roundtables. She contributed to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s publication The Crime of Parental Abduction and wrote a chapter in Perspectives on Missing Persons Cases.