Domenic Tamborriello, LMSW, has been in private practice for 30 years in Ann Arbor, MI. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA where he lived in a predominantly black neighborhood. He is the son of an Italian father and a Jewish mother. When he was twelve, his family moved to West Virginia where he lived for fourteen years. He moved to Ann Arbor in 1976.
Domenic grew up on welfare in a home with a single mom after his fatherís death when he was ten. This gives him an appreciation of class issues. He has worked with people from all socio-economic backgrounds from the poorest among us to millionaires. He knows first hand that people who are in positions that are supposed to help the neediest among us can be the most insensitive of caregivers. Because of that, he has never turned anyone away because of an inability to pay. If you are sincere about having him help you, his door will be open.
He has been an activist in the civil rights movement, the womenís movement, and the menís movement. He received what is probably the first degree of its kind in the country, a Masters of Social Work degree with an Area of Specialization in Working with Men. In 1983, he was the primary organizer of the 8th National Conference on Men and Masculinity, held in Ann Arbor.
Domenic graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1983 and has also been an adjunct professor there. His special sensitivity to race and gender issues make him an excellent bridge between people who are struggling to hear and be heard.
This range of Domenic's experiences has led him to a commitment to see people as they most deserve to be seen. He is driven by the concept of fair play and this inspires him to make sure that he is doing everything he can to truly understand and respect every person he meets. He knows the pain of being misunderstood and is dedicated to helping people learn the communication skills that will help them break the spiderweb of problems that arise again and again when we feel misunderstood.
Among the topics he has spoken on are:
Domenic has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including one in South Africa where he was asked to speak, at Mandela University, on using poetry therapy a a response to rape and torture.
Domenic was the primary organizer of Rumi Nations 800, an international conference featuring Coleman Barks and Robert Bly to celebrate the 800th birthday of the great Persian poet, Jalal ad-Din Rumi. The United Nations declared 2007 to be the Year of Rumi because of his ability to be a beacon of understanding and a bridge between cultures and religions. Domenic admires Rumi's abilty to live with true reverence for all and all that life offers.
Domenic has been featured on television and radio as well as in newspapers and magazines.