Charlotte Schwab, Ph.D.

Dr. Charlotte Schwab, PhD

Charlotte Schwab, Ph.D.

Dr. Charlotte Rolnick Schwab, a psychotherapist for over twenty-five years and a former professor of social psychology, has spent most of her professional life in the New York Metropolitan Area, practicing in Manhattan and Connecticut. She now lives and practices in Hadley, Massachusetts 01035

In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Schwab was a professor of Social Psychology, Women's Studies and Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is also a noted lecturer, seminar and workshop leader who specializes in helping women and men to communicate and negotiate effectively and to create healthy, successful personal and business relationships.

Dr. Schwab maintained a successful psychotherapy practice, and was a coach, mentor, and human resources development consultant in Manhattan for over 25 years. She is a noted public speaker, workshop and seminar leader for both private and public venues, including corporations, and non-profit organizations, and she appears on television and radio.
Dr. Schwab trademarked the communication system called VECAM™, the negotiation system called Gender Negotiations™, which teaches men and women to communicate and negotiate successful personal and business relationships, and the personal growth system called PSI/SDS™ for Achieving Positive Self Identity and Self Defined Success™.

Dr. Charlotte Schwab presented her Schwab Cognitive/Mind/Body/Spiritual, Conscious Connected Breathing Total Method™ at the New Life Expo in Manhattan.

Dr. Schwab has presented seminars at HUC-JIR (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) and JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary) in Manhattan.

Dr. Schwab presented Gender Negotiations™ at the New York Open Center in Manhattan. She has presented this seminar to corporations and non-profits that wish to cut down on sexual harassment incidents and complaints.

Dr. Schwab's skills have benefited thousands of people privately and in organizations and companies.

Dr. Schwab is the author of a new groundbreaking book, Sex, Lies, and Rabbis: Breaking a Sacred Trust , which is the first book of its kind to detail the problem of rabbinical sexual abuse in Judaism.

As someone who was married to a rabbi who perpetrated such abuse, Dr. Schwab comes at the subject from her unique viewpoint, as well as as a therapist and counselor, and as a passionate social commentator on what needs to be done to further highlight and address this heretofore hidden problem.

Dr. Schwab's book defines clergy sexual abuse, gives information about what leads rabbis and other clergy to become sexual predators and offers suggestions for the prevention of such abuse. It also includes suggestions to bring about healing for the victims of such abuse and presents policies synagogues and denominations of Judaism should adopt to combat this issue.

For more information on this book, please click here.

Click here for a brief biological sketch from the Minnesota Center Against Violence & Abuse

Click here to see Dr. Schwab's resumé and listing of her publications
Click here for a partial listing of Dr. Schwab's TV and Radio Appearances

Post Graduate Certifications Include:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine. New Advances in the Treatment of Depression
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Innovations in the Treatment of Depression
  • Milton Erickson Institute, Manhattan. Ericksonian Hypnosis
  • Jewish Healing Center. Grief Counseling
  • LRT. Rebirthing
  • RB 2000 International. Rebirthing
  • Training in cognitive behavioral therapy with Jeffrey Young, Ph.D., a student of Aaron Beck.


"Dr. Charlotte Schwab is a warm, caring, outgoing, dynamic, accomplished woman. She has a refreshing sense of humor, quick wit, yet is spiritual and sincere. She makes friends easily, and has close, committed friendships as well as many friends and acquaintances.

She has traveled all over the world, including most of the United States, Israel, Mexico, the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Russia. She was a "citizen diplomat" to Russia in 1993 along with 17 others to teach professional women there a sense of self and identity, to raise their self-esteem, and learn skills needed for entrepreneurship.

She is cultured, likes theatre, ballet, opera, often attends performances at Lincoln Center and on Broadway. She was raised in Bangor, Maine, lived in Scarsdale, NY, Fairfield County, CT, Manhattan, and now in FL. She is comfortable with and makes friends with people of all socio-economic levels and ethnic backgrounds.

She brought her mother literally back to life after her father died, when her mother did not want to go on. She took her in to live with her, cared for her, saw to it that she received the surgery she needed, put the weight on her she needed to undergo the surgery, and her mother went on to live ten more years.

She is a positive woman with positive thinking, attitudes, and actions, and an inspiring teacher and mentor. While credentials and training are important, and Dr. Schwab has those, more important for an effective counselor, therapist, mentor, teacher are the qualities that Dr. Schwab possesses."

     An anonymous colleague, an MD

A Reference from Richard Moss, MD
"I have known Dr. Charlotte Schwab for twenty five years. I have referred many patient to her over the years for individual and couple counseling. She has managed those patients with great care and leadership, and with positive outcomes, whether the problems involved relationships, career development, or other issues.

In addition, I know her work as a professor, and as executive director of a holistic and psychotherapy training center, and know her to be a skilled and effective teacher, mentor, and manger of both professional and administrative staff. I also know her to be accomplished, effective, and respected as a commuity leader.

In many personal conversations over the years, I have found Dr. Schwab to be focused, aware, response, and productive. I recommend Dr. Schwab highly.

      Richard D. Moss, MD

"...I've run into a population of survivors that I did not plan to find when I started this work in 1993. That's the spouses of clergy perpetrators of sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. Charlotte Schwab's activism for this group, as well as for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy, is outstanding.

" I thought you'd especially appreciate the article that was run in her own home town

"What jumped out at me, from all of the good things written here, was Charlotte's suggestion that we need a Megan's law for clergy. I've been suggesting this, as well, for several years. It is especially needed to prevent perpetrators from jumping from one denomination to another. Most especially in the denominations or individual churches that have local church autonomy, such as is found in Southern Baptists.

"This autonomous polity group is the fastest growing segment of the faith population, yet the most loosely monitored. While I'm far from optimistic about such legislation ever materializing (Can you imagine the right-wing lobbying!?), I believe there is nothing stopping some courageous clergy people from doing some bold training and teaching, to encourage colleagues and congregants alike to talk without shame or fear, when they know of a perpetrator who is attempting to jump ranks."

           Dee Miller, web site manager of and .

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