About Sylvia

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Sylvia Nissenboim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), certified Strategic Intervention Coach and Trainer. She works with individuals, small businesses, nonprofit agencies and national organizations. Her clients have included  the McKnight Properties, Stonecrest Senior Living, Buckingham Asset Management, Nishmah of the JCC, Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS), and Monsanto Company, to name a few.
Sylvia’s engaging and informative presentations, whether to a nonprofit board, national association, or private business group, receive high evaluations for relevancy and direct applicability to current work and life challenges.

“Sylvia has led a number of sessions for Nishmah; St. Louis Jewish Women’s Project. Women responded positively to her presentations, connecting to the group experience as well as walking away with something productive that they can take into their lives. Each women’s retreat we have a variety of facilitators, Sylvia is one of the few consistent facilitators we have brought back each time based on popular demand for her interactive sessions.”  Sara Winkelman, Nishmah Director, JCC St. Louis

Sylvia was the Director of St. Louis’ nationally recognized Adult Day Service program for close to 20 years. During that time, she became a national mentor to other professionals through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Topics she has been invited to speak on include:

· Leadership Development coaching
· Coaching Teams Toward Excellence
· Difficult Conversations: How to Talk about the Hard Stuff
· Retirement Planning for the BEST of your Life


Sylvia has a private clinical practice where she provides therapy, coaching and consultation to her clients, in addition to requests for training and speaking engagements. Her counseling practice is broad, but she specializes in Work and Life Transition issues….aging parents, retirement, career issues and other normative life stage concerns.

Sylvia has been a featured columnist for the online Caregiver website, Caregiver Home Companion, and is currently a featured writer in The BAM Networker-a national newsletter for Financial Advisors. Her book The Positive Interactions Program, (Health Professions Press, 1998) is still used in many specialized care settings. It was translated into Korean a few years ago.

Sylvia earned her BA in Education from University of Haifa, Israel and MSW from St. Louis University and has since been an adjunct faculty member in the schools of Social Work for St. Louis University, Washington University of St. Louis, and University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL).