Jan Bidwell, LMSW

Preferred Name: Jan

About Me

My first work in the field was with men re-entering their communities from prison. Since that time I have consistently seen how trauma profoundly impacts a sense of wholeness, and limits a persons ability to fully function. I have worked in private practice and in agencies for decades. I was the first social worker in Michigan that was embedded in a police department. I learned exactly how things can go wrong in someone's life, and how our system shortchanges those in need. My training in both Gestalt and EMDR has allowed me to find pathways for clients to become their best and most content selves. I have a passion to help people who have suffered find their best source of healing.

Education & Experience

Education Masters of Social Work: New York University, 1984 Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Communication and Psychology: Michigan State University 1974 Training Seven years of Gestalt Institute Training; Graduate of The Gestalt Therapy Training Center of Washington, D.C. Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, New York City Hartford Family Institute, Hartford, Connecticut Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma: National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine EMDR Trained: EMDR Consulting Chicago Meditation Over 10,000 hours of meditation training from India to California, to Manhattan and Upstate New York. Over 400 hours with Anusara Yoga founder, John Friend. Certified in Medical Meditation and Weight Management

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

NASW Child and Family Charities; Family Dinner Project Ingham County Board of Health Ingham County Opioid Abuse PreventionTask Force Families Against Narcotics Bergen County Court Appointed Special Advocates New Jersey Task Foce on Child Abuse and Neglect Bergen County Human Services Committee Governor Jon Corzine Transition Team; Child Welfare

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Moral Injury
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatic Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • Correctional Facility
  • Couples
  • Families
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Residential Treatment Facility
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield

Physicians Health Plan; Blue Care Network; Prairie States