Dr. Tom studied clinical social work at Yeshiva University in New York, family therapy at the Family Institute at Northwestern University, and psychodynamic theories and psychotherapy at the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago. He also has studied theology at the Washington Theological Union.
He started his career working in orphanages. He spent a years working in Latin America in the slum areas of Peru before embarking on his study of social work, psychology and psychotherapy.
He has been practicing for over 20 years and in addition to his private practice has worked in addictions treatment at the University of Illinois Chicago, hospice, and with children and families in therapeutic day schools.