Areas of Practice

  • Adoptive Families
  • Blended Families
  • Child/Adolescent
  • Couples
  • Gay/Lesbian Families
  • Mediation
  • Parenting
  • Post-Divorce Disputes
  • Pre/postnuptial Agreements
  • Separation
  • Special Needs Children
  • Profession

    Mental Health Professional

    Academic and Professional Credentials

    Simmons College, Boston Mass. 1974BA in Psychology and Sociology with Distinction,
    Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, MA in Clinical Psychology 1978
    Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, PhD in Clinical Psychology 1985
    Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, NY, NY Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Analytic Psychotherapy 1990
    Ackerman Institute-Family Mediation 2005
    Center for Understanding in Law 2011


    College Attended:
    Simmons College, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus (PhD Program in Clinical Psychology)


    Graduate School:
    Postgraduate Center for Mental Health-Postdoctoral Certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy


    Languages:
    English

    About my Practice

    I help parents keep their children emotionally safe throughout their divorce and postdivorce transition. By providing support to laser focus on the needs of children, restructure an 'executive parenting team' and look toward the future, while preserving childhood memories, and keeping them out of the middle of parental conflict.

    I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and have been in private practice since 1985. In 1990, I completed Postdoctoral Training in Child, Adolescent and Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in Manhattan. Since that time, I've had considerable professional experience in treating children and families of divorce. When working with families in crisis, I can draw on my extensive experience in evaluating and treating children and families since 1976 at Schneider Children's Hospital of Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center, Nassau Bureau of Cooperative Educational Services, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services-Child Development Center. In addition to clinical work, I have taught and supervised interns and doctoral candidates and was an adjunct professor in the graduate psychology departments at Long Island University and New York University.

    Since 2000, I have focused on developing services for children and families in the process of divorce. I have taken numerous professional trainings in High-Conflict Co-parent Counseling, Parent Coordination, Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce Practice and Mediation, and have served as a Special Master in the Connecticut Regional Family Trial Courts.

    In 2002, I recognized a need for New York State to modify the adversarial culture in our family courts, and led an effort to create a New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). Along with Hon. Evelyn Frazee, I was the first co-president of AFCC-NY and I am currently on the Board of Directors of AFCC-NY. I am also a board member of the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals (NYACP) and serve as a Neutral Process Facilitator, Child Specialist and Parent Coach on Interdisciplinary Divorce Teams helping families who are going through the Collaborative Divorce process. I have written several articles and chapters about this work, including "Roles for Psychologists in Collaborative Divorce Practice", published in Walfish, S., ed. Earning a Living Outside of Managed Mental Health Care. APA, 2010. I have lectured as guest at St. John's Law School and Pace Law School in Classes on Collaborative Divorce Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution. I have presented extensively at IACP, NYACP, FDMCGNY, and APA on topics such as Hearing the Voices of Adult Children in Divorce, Bringing Stillness to Conflictual Conversations, and Prenups and Postnups in the Collaborative Process: A Marriage Made in Heaven?

    I am in independent private practice, with offices in midtown Manhattan, Harrison and Katonah

    Professional Organizations

    IACP, NYACP, AFCC, AFCC-NY, APA, APA Division 42-Independent Practice, 29 Clinical Psychology, 35 Women

    Professional Trainings

    Parent Coordination Training, Basic Interdisciplinary Training, Divorce 101, Mediation, Advanced Interdisciplinary Team Training, Marketing Your Practice, Social Media, Powerful NonDefensive Communication, End Game, Practice Group Leadership Issues, Secon

    Professional Licenses

    New York State Licensed Psychologist, 1986, New York State Licensed School Psychologist, 1984

    Office Locations

    Location 1 ) 333 Westchester Ave., E-106 White Plains NY 10528