About Donald Fleck – NYC Therapist

Find a therapist who is trained in mindfulness, MBCT, and traditional counseling, who works individually, in marriage counseling and groups.

Donald Fleck, MBA, LCSW, DCSW, earned his degrees at Duke, Columbia and Fordham universities.  He trained at  the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (1995-2006), working as  Intern, Psychotherapist, and Supervisor. Before integrating mindfulness into psychotherapy, Donald was trained in classic individual, group and family psychotherapy, using psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches.

Donald was awarded the Diplomate in Clincal Social Work (DCSW) by the National Association of Clinical Social Workers in 2007.

 Meditation and Mindfulness Training

Donald has been practicing meditation for 30 years, beginning with trainings by Jack Kornfield and Thich Nhat Hanh, and moving towards a medical practice of mindfulness based on studies with Tara Brach, Zindel Segal, and Susan Woods.  Donald completed both the foundation training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (2008) and the advanced Teacher Training Intensive (2011).  His experiential training was with MBSR facilitator Elaine Retholtz (2009). He is an active participant in Rock Blossom Sangha, and maintains a daily meditation and mindfulness practice.

Donald introduced mindfulness into his psychotherapy practice in 1996 as part of a treatment for panic disorder, and continues to explore additional ways it can supplement traditional therapies, or even be a focus of therapy.  Donald has taught workshops on both Mindfulness and Acceptance for the National Association of Social Workers in New York City, and leads a monthly learning group for psychotherapists interested in using mindfulness in their practices.

Recommended training for MBCT facilitators:  Fleck

-Foundation training in MBCT (5 day retreat)                                 x

-Experiential learning in MBCT or MBSR(8-week workshop)         x   

-Advanced Teacher Training Intensive in MBCT (5 day retreat)    x

-Personal meditation practice and sangha participation               x

While there is not a certification program for MBCT yet, these training areas are  becoming accepted as basic  to MBCT teaching expertise.

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 Introducing Mindfulness into Psychotherapy

Donald introduced mindfulness to his practice in 1996 as part of a treatment for panic disorder, and continued to explore additional ways it can supplement traditional therapies. In 2007 Donald began facilitating Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy workshops in New York City.  Donald studied MBCT with author Zindel Segal, and took the advanced MBCT Teacher Training Intensive with Susan Woods and Char Wilkins. Donald has facilitated 11 groups with over 100 participants.  Donald is active in Rock Blossom Sangha in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he facilitates and happily offers his energy.

Donald leads a learning group for psychotherapists interested in using mindfulness in their practices, and has taught workshops on both Mindfulness and Acceptance for the National Association of Social Workers in New York City.


What Do Your Credentials Mean?

Full credentials listing: Donald Fleck MSW, LCSW, R, DCSW

MSW- Master’s in Social Work

LCSW R- Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DCSW – Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Master’s in Social Work – Requires 2-years masters degree with two years of internship training.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (Clinical means psychotherapy) – requires 3 years of full-time supervised post-masters clinical experience. Granted by New York State. Allowed to practice psychotherapy independently, and to supervise other psychotherapists. Licensed to diagnose, create treatment plans, and provide psychotherapy.

“R” rating:
To qualify for the New York State licensed clinical social worker psychotherapy “R” privilege, an individual must have the LCSW and an additional 3 years of LCSW experience in psychotherapy under the supervision of an LCSW, licensed psychologist or psychiatrist. This must include at least 400 client contact hours (about 45 minutes each) of psychotherapy in any 12-month period, individual supervision of at least two hours a month, and group supervision of at least four hours per month.

The NASW Diplomate in Clinical Social Work is the highest distinction bestowed on clinical social workers. Clinical social work services consist of assessment; diagnosis; treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling; client-centered advocacy; consultation; and evaluation.

Diplomate’s in Clinical Social Work (DCSW’s) must have:

  • A Master’s or Doctoral degree in social work from a university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Documented 5 years of post-graduate clinical experience, including 7500 hours of clinical social work experience.
  • Completed 20 yours of clinical course work.
  • Provided professional evaluations that validate their interpersonal skills, clinical practice skills, and ethical standards of social work.
  • A current membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers or hold a current state clinical license, and
  • Agreed to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics, NASW Standards for the Practice of Clinical Social Work, and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education, and are subject to the NASW adjudication process.

How much did you train?

I trained for 6 years full-time at an outpatient mental health clinic, with full participation in trainings, and 2 or more hours of expert supervision weekly. I then trained for 5 more years at the same clinic on a part-time basis, with continued expert supervision and training, as I developed my private practice.
I am a graduate of the Martha K. Selig Institute for clinical social work. Completing the requirements of the institute was a two-year commitment.
I also completed training at New York Univerisity to supervise other social workers in their placements as they complete their post-graduate MSW degree.
Academics and Supervised Training BA degree from Duke University, MBA from Columbia University, MSW degree from Fordham University
While studying to be a psychotherapist I took 20 courses on social work, with a focus on clinical social work. (Clinical social work means psychotherapy.) My GPA was 3.95.
Meditation experience I began meditating 30 years ago. It has become a part of my approach to psychotherapy. Meditation helps me focus in on my clients. And sometimes I use elements of meditation to help my clients have a deeper experience of themselves and that which is around them.

Specific Post-Graduate trainings

Mindfulness 5-Day Retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh at Blue Cliff in Pine Bush, NY; 3-Day Retreat with Sharon Salzburg at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass; 5-Day Training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) with author Zindel Segal, and Susan Woods, assisted by Miv London; 5-Day training in Radical Acceptance work for therapists, taught by author Tara Brach; facilitator training at Rock Blossom Sangha, Brooklyn, NY. Numerous workshops and presentations.
Adult Treatment Violence and Trauma – Interventions with Adults Diversity Issues in Time-Effective Treatment Time-Effective Treatment of the Adult Recognizing and Engaging the Addicted Client Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Behavior Therapy Techniques of Affect Regulation
Families, Couples and Children Private supervision training in Family Therapy Time-Effective Treatment of the Couple Treatment of the Child CBT Interventions with Children and Their Parents Violence and Trauma – Treatment of Abused Children and Their Families Sexual Identity Issues for Youth Continuous Case in Child Trauma Treatment Sexual Identity Issues for Youth Family of Origin Seminar Advanced Family Therapy
Loss, Abuse, and Trauma Traumatic Memory Restructuring Loss and Bereavement, Group Treatment for Children and their Parents Grace in Dying Child Survivors of the Holocaust Understanding and Preventing Sexual Harassment Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment Treating Trauma: the Connecting Theory and Practice to Enhance Assessment and Treatment
Group Treatment Introduction to Group Therapy Techniques of Group Advanced Group Therapy Advanced Group Practice Experiential Group Training
Trauma- 9/11 and After Trauma Treatment Training Clinical Interventions with Trauma and Loss in the Wake of the World Trade Center Tragedy Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (Project Liberty) Secondary Trauma and Systems of Social Support Demonstration of Clinical Risk Management Model (for Secondary Trauma)
Other Trainings Differential Therapeutics (diagnosis of individuals) Beyond Cultural Diversity –Delivering Culturally Competent Services Impact of Racism on Our Clients’ Lives: Implications for Effective Service Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Healing: Science and Spirituality: The Transformative Connection Conference Quality Time-Effective Interventions in a Managed Care Environment New York University – SIFI – Seminar in Field Instruction Group Supervision (of Social Workers)

Speaking Topics

  • Affect Regulation – Regulating Feelings in Clients and the Therapist, One-day workshop, presented with Dr. Janet Geller, at the Martha K. Selig Institute, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services
  • Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – National Association of Social Workers (NASW) trainings in NYC
  • Use of Meditation in Psychotherapy – NYSSCSW Chapter Meeting
  • Children’s Traumatic Experience – Brooklyn Hospital Grand Rounds Presentation

Do you work with other professionals?

Supervision and Training Please call me if you are interested in professional supervision or training.
Collaboration Collaboration is often an important part of this work. I am available to collaborate and to work as closely with you as in indicated.
Referrals and Recommendations I welcome calls about referrals from other professionals. I am comfortable collaborating with other medical professionals, with the consent of our client. That is the working model of the clinic where I trained for 10 years. The work is often enriched through this collaboration.