About

Sylvia K. Neal, MSW, LCSW, PLLC, is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in the field of sexual abuse and trauma. She has worked in this area for over 22 years starting with female adult survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault and has dedicated much of her work to the area of sexual abuse, incest, perpetration and sexual acting out. She also has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, anger, violence and abuse.

Sylvia received her Master of Social Work at Arizona State University in 2001.

In 2002, she received her Certified Master Social Worker, SW-10388M through the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

She received her Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW-10922 in 2004, through the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

  • Sylvia supervises and provides consultation to other therapists.
  • Sylvia is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University for the Master’s of Social Work graduate program teaching Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy since 2009.
  • From 2006 to 2012 Sylvia was the President of Arizona’s Chapter of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, which is one of the leading associations in the state for education, training and networking of and for the prevention and treatment of sexual violence. During her tenure at AzATSA, Sylvia brought years of training and education to the state of Arizona.
  • From 2007 to the present Sylvia has her own private practice specializing in sexual trauma, perpetration and violence. She conducts trainings on sexual offending as well as works directly with victims and perpetrators of sexual violence.         She also provides consultation with cases involving sexual violence.
  • From 2005 – 2006, Sylvia was the Clinical Director of Casa de Tucson, a boys’ therapeutic group home for adjudicated and non-adjudicated juvenile sexual offenders. Sylvia provided the individual, family and group therapy for the adolescent males and their families. Many of the youth had emotional and behavioral difficulties ranging from deviant sexual behaviors, sexual offending/perpetrating, sexual acting out, poor social skills, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, impulse control problems, Asperger’s Disorder, as well as the full array of mental health diagnoses in children.
  • From 2004 – 2005, Sylvia worked as a Therapist for Counseling & Consulting Services, Inc. primarily providing sex offender therapy but also worked with Child Protective Services’ clientele and families.
  • In 2001, Sylvia was Program Therapist for Arizona Youth Associates in Phoenix, Arizona. She provided individual, family and group therapy to boys who had committed sexual offenses and/or are sexually reactive.
  • From 2000 – 2001, Sylvia did her Internship for her Master of Social Work, through Pima County Juvenile Court Center with the Sex Offender Unit of Probation.   Sylvia interviewed and investigated juveniles who committed sexual offenses and their families for trial services.
  • From 1998 – 2004, Sylvia worked at La Paloma Family Services, Inc., initially as a supervisor of a boys’ therapeutic group home, then as their Intern Therapist and eventually as a Program Therapist. She managed and supervised the operation of a $400,000 program to work with emotionally and psychiatrically disturbed adolescent males. As the Intern Therapist and Therapist Sylvia provided individual, family and group therapy to adolescents to address the emotional and behavioral difficulties ranging from deviant sexual behaviors, social skills development, alcohol and substance abuse treatment as well as the full array of mental health diagnoses for children.
  • From 1997 – 1998, Sylvia worked at La Hacienda for Children and Families in Tucson, Arizona, first as a Child Care Specialist and then eventually being promoted as a Assistant Lead Child Care Specialist. Sylvia provided direct care to emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. She eventually was promoted to the Assistant Lead Supervisor for the management and supervision of the operation of a boys’ group home program.
  • From 1994 – 1995, Sylvia became a Certified Mediator in the state of Virginia.
  • From 1992 – 1993, following her Bachelor’s Degree, Sylvia was an Educator/Facilitator at the Women’s Health Focus in Harrisonburg, Virginia.       Sylvia assisted in the teaching and instruction of various workshops for women which included Women & Depression, Self-Empowerment, Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention.

Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Clinical Member of The Association of the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)
  • Member of Arizona’s Chapter of The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (AzATSA)
  • Member of EMDRIA, EMDR International Association
  • Member of EMDR Institute
  • Member of International Society for Traumatic Stress
  • Certified Therapist in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) EMDRIA

Trainings Presented

  • Reality Therapy/Choice Theory: The Theory of Human Behavior & Application in Treatment.
  • Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended: Understanding Juveniles Who Have Sexually Offended: The Rehabilitation & Treatment Process.
  • Self-Empowerment: Granting Yourself the Power and Permission to Live Your Life Your Way.
  • Women & Depression: Understanding & Recovering From Depression – The Illness that Involves your Body, Mood and Thoughts.
  • The Courage To Heal: An Educational & Support Series for Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse based on the book The Courage To Heal
  • Sexual Assault: The Healing & Recovery for Survivors of Sexual Assault
  • Understanding Sex Offenders: An Introductory Curriculum
  • An Overview of Sex Offender Treatment