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. Currently (2020), she is one of three editors preparing for publication Routledge Handbook In The Clinical Treatment Of Adopted Adolescents And Young Adults which is expected to come out in 2021.

Irvington & Pleasantville


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.