Arlene (Ari) Istar Lev LCSW, CASAC is a social worker, family therapist, writer, and activist who lives in Albany, New York. She is on the adjunct faculties of the University at Albany and Empire College, and is the Founder and Clinical Director of Choices Counseling and Consulting. Ari specializes in issues related to sexuality and gender identity, and the unique therapeutic needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families. In addition to her academic writing, Ari has been writing articles, essays and columns about parenting since the mid-90s, including In a Family Way, and Dear Ari. She and her partner are raising two sons.
Dear Ari represents the writing of Arlene Lev, LCSW, CASAC, a therapist in the Albany area for over 25 years, serving the LGBT community at Choices Counseling and Consulting, as well as pieces written by the committed staff therapists of Choices. We look forward to your questions and comments!
Dear Ari is a bi-monthly advice column written for the Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Community - based on topics affecting the community - great for Parents, Family Members, Friends or Anybody Interested in learning more!
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