Sonali Zoracki, LCSW is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker who hails from Mumbai, India. She received her B.A. in Psychology and French from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2003 and her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 2007. She currently works full time in her private psychotherapy practice in New York City. Sonali specializes in working with families of children with special needs, helping them to cope with their child’s diagnosis and life post diagnosis. She is a skilled Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and is a member of the International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy.
Prior to moving into private practice full time, Sonali was the Director of Community Supports at the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York. She was responsible for developing and implementing new programming that would meet the needs of the diverse communities served. Under her leadership, the services provided to people with epilepsy and their families from minority communities grew. While at the Epilepsy Foundation, she became a Master Trainer in Diversity and Cross Cultural Awareness of Epilepsy and had the opportunity to travel the country providing workshops on personal and organizational cultural competency and the impact of culture on epilepsy.
Sonali is passionate about working with individuals with special needs and their families. Her first foray into the helping profession, prior to her pursuing her graduate degree, was as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist working with children with autism in the Boston, MA area. She took the skills that she gained in that position with her when she moved back to Mumbai, India where she developed and ran an ABA program at one of India’s premier non-profit agencies working with children with developmental disabilities. Her second year internship at CSSW was at New Alternatives for Children in New York City, an agency dedicated to working with medically and developmentally fragile children and their families. She stayed on after she graduated for 4 more year and there had the opportunity to hone both her clinical & advocacy skills. She worked to educate and empower not only the families on her case load but also the wider community.
Sonali’s international background and experience living and working in India, France, and the United States has provided her with a unique perspective and deep appreciation for the importance of diversity and cultural & linguistic competence. She is proud to be a social worker and honored to be returning to her alma mater as an adjunct faculty member.