During the course of two decades, I’ve acquired a great deal of experience working with a variety of adult clients in many different settings.  I began my career as an inpatient social worker providing counseling services to residents and their families at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.  In time, my desire to expand my skills and client base took me to Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia where I provided therapy and case management services to clients experiencing major catastrophic disabilities including stroke, spinal cord injury, and amputation.

Following my time at Magee Rehabilitation, I ventured west to San Francisco where I continued to work with a similar client population but no longer in an inpatient setting.  I was hired by two Medicare-certified home health agencies and provided home based treatment to clients and their families coping with issues of aging, illness, and disability.

Beginning in 2000, I returned to the East Coast where my career took two significant shifts.  I began doing outreach and advocacy work for clients with cancer, AIDS, and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and this led to me being recruited to work for a hospice and palliative care program in Connecticut.

By the mid-2000s, after more than a decade in medical social work, I decided to shift focus and move into the area of community mental health and accepted a position as a psychotherapist in an outpatient clinic run by the New York State Office of Mental Health.  In this position I provided diagnostic assessment services as well as psychotherapy to adult clients of all ages experiencing a variety of mental health issues.  I also facilitated anger management groups as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Training.  Upon my move to Hawaii in 2007, I continued this work and was employed as a psychotherapist at the Windward Oahu Community Mental Health Center where I remained until late 2010.    

I am a Co-Founder of Equality Hawaii, the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization and served as an advocate for the passage of Hawaii's Civil Union Act in 2011 and Marriage Equality Act in 2013.  In 2012, National Association of Social Workers Hawaii Chapter selected me to receive it's Social Justice and Advocate Award.  

Education and Licensure
  • Master of Social Work, University of Maryland School of Social Work, 1992
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Hawaii

Therapy Approach

I offer a validating and non-judgmental environment that allows you to explore your problems and together we can work to create solutions.   During this process, I draw on a variety of psychotherapy techniques, psycho-education, and skills training tailored to your needs.  I am trained in many clinical treatment models including classical psychosocial, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Problem-Solving, Ecological Systems, CBT, and others.  I believe in a collaborative approach and offer my clients much feedback.

As a clinical social worker, I utilize a strengths based perspective and also strive to help you understand your problems in the context of your environment.  Clients often report reduced feelings of guilt and negative self-judgments when they come to understand many of their problems or negative emotions as normal reactions to real world situational stressors and invalidating environments.

Alan R. Spector, LCSW


 Alan R. Spector, LCSW  

970 N. Kalaheo Ave., Suite C208

 Kailua, HI  96734  


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