Rose McCleary


My social work practice is founded on the premise that at any age we are confronted with challenges, and we can turn these into opportunities for growth and positive experiences. I believe in a person-centered approach, which focuses on the whole person, using a biopsychosocial-spiritual transactional model as well as an integration of techniques that fit a person’s unique needs.

I was originally trained in a psychodynamic model of treatment, and I now integrate theory and techniques from solution focused treatment, CBT, family systems therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness, and ACT. I have also done end of life treatment that integrates crisis, existential, developmental, and grief techniques/concepts and uses narrative and oral history approaches with the belief that everyone has a unique, personal story. I am also trained in the Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression and Empowering Activities for Seniors) and SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment) evidence-based models. I also have a specialty in geriatric social work, and I have worked with older adults in many different settings. Whether you are younger or an older adult with challenges related to aging, now is the time to address them in a supportive, caring environment.

I am a graduate of Tulane University School of Social Work’s MSW and PhD programs, a licensed clinical social worker in Pennsylvania and Colorado, and I hold an additional certification in gerontological social work. I have earned the distinction of Professor Emerita and have also served as faculty for UCLA’s California Geriatric Education Center, and have provided clinical supervision to masters’ level social work students for over 20 years in a variety of practice settings. I am very excited to be here in the Philadelphia area and to join the team at Evergreen!