Jane Elizabeth Reilly, MS, LICSW is a psychotherapist and teacher of the culinary arts. She received her M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, New York, NY, The Grand Diplome de Cuisine from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Paris, France and certification in Food & Healing from The Natural Gourmet, New York, NY. She specializes in working with individuals of all ages and communities that have experienced severe trauma (including war trauma, working with refugee children & adults), as well as individuals with chronic health problems – integrating mind-body and nutritional approaches into her psychotherapy practice in the treatment of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) anxiety and depression – often using the kitchen as the arena for healing.
Jane created and directed a program for refugees and asylum seekers in New York City that focused on the preservation of cultural cuisine, strengthening/healing the individual and community as well as teaching cooking skills and sound nutrition. Recently, Jane co-directed a year-long program, Minimizing Trauma and Building Resiliency using a mind-body skills model specifically developed for children who have experienced a traumatic event. The recipients of this work were the children, ranging in age from 5-16, who were on the school bus returning from an outing, August 1, 2007, when the I35W Bridge collapsed in Minneapolis.
Currently, Jane coordinates the Center for Victims of Torture school-based mental health project for refugee children who have experienced war trauma and sees clients in her private practice. Jane has worked in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with refugees and internally displaced persons who experienced war. After returning from Africa, Jane worked with North Memorial Medical Center Department of Psychiatry & Integrative Care to develop a Partial Psychiatric Hospitalization Program where she served as their lead clinician.