Doris Bertocci, LCSW –R

Doris Bertocci, LCSW –R, Northstar Consulting Coordinator, has been active in specific areas of the adoption field since her original work, in the days of illegal abortion, counseling young women planning to place their babies for adoption. This involved extensive liaison activities with hospitals and adoption agencies in NYC. Ms. Bertocci went on to a long career in college mental health at Columbia University, through which she received extensive training and experience in providing psychodynamically-based psychotherapy with a large, international university population of primarily young adults (ages 17-35), but also students in mid-life and older. Her treatment experience with older adults has been expanded through her many years in a diverse private practice.  In the course of specializing in the treatment of parents in child custody litigation, she recognized the thread running throughout Family Law, as in adoption, that of children-as-property. She has been active in adoption reform and has published on the complex meanings of the adopted person’s search.

Ms. Bertocci is currently focusing on the development of the Psychology of the Adopted Person/Patient emphasizing the complexities of adoptive status (being adopted) in adolescence and young adulthood. Because of her expertise in college mental health, she is interested in meeting with college counseling services for mutual exchanges of information about adopted students. Out of the need for more clinical information from the mental health field, she is also spearheading a survey of psychotherapists regarding their experience treating adopted adolescents/adults.

Irvington, Pleasantville, White Plains, Manhattan (NY)


Schechter, M. & Bertocci, D. (1990). The meaning of the search. Eds. Brodzinsky, D. & Schechter, M.: The Psychology of Adoption. New York: Oxford University Press62-90.

Bertocci, D. & Schechter, M. (1991) Adopted adults’ perception of their need to search: Implications for clinical practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work, (61)1. 179-196.