Licensed Clinical Social Worker | LCSW
26Phil Curtin, LCSW
Joining KP Counseling in 2019, Phil Curtin is a licensed clinical social worker who brings over forty years of experience as a school social worker and psychotherapist. Phil worked full-time for many years in the Lowell, MA school system, an urban district with a diverse ethnic and economically challenged population, many of whom were trauma survivors.
After twenty-four years of being a school social worker providing direct service to emotionally and behaviorally disordered adolescents, Phil became director of Lowell’s social work department. Here a main focus was educating the social work staff and his district colleagues about the growing understanding of trauma’s serious negative impact on learning and behavior and, more importantly, about the emerging treatments approaches that helped survivors overcome adverse experiences and restore emotional balance to their lives. In his last four years in Lowell, Phil taught trauma studies an urban education masters degree program as an adjunct professor at Fitchburg State University.
In addition to his school position, Phil worked part-time in a private practice for over thirty years providing individual, couples and group counseling. Treatment issues addressed included anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, character issues and difficult life transitions, all of which were informed by studies of trauma treatment, brain function, and human development.
Phil’s counseling philosophy centers on the belief that effective emotional self-regulation allows us to live our most functional and satisfying lives. Regulation of our emotions depends on concrete skills we can learn, practice and enhance at any point in our life’s journey.
Phil earned his B.A. in psychology and philosophy at Boston College and his MSW at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. His internships were at a school for the hearing impaired and a Veterans Administration hospital where he first worked with traumatized war veterans.
Outside of work, Phil enjoys spending time with family and friends but also retains a passion for reading and learning about what makes us tick. Currently he is studying neurofeedback with the intention of soon incorporating this promising modality into his practice.