Multiple Office Locations:
|New York City Office
We are a full-service mediation and family center that provides mediation, individual/family/couples therapy, child specialist services for children of divorce, and divorce coaching. Mediation specializations include family matters, such as divorce, separation, custody and visitation, divorce settlement disputes, parent-child disputes, and other related areas. We can help you reach a sensible agreement respectfully and cost-effectively that meets everyone’s needs, with the children’s best interests at heart.
With regard to the clinical side of our practice, we offer individual, couples, and family therapy. We use a variety of cognitive-behavioral (CBT), psychoanalytic, and systems approaches in our work. Specializations include divorce coaching and therapy, eating disorders, life transition, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders.
As Director of the Stein Mediation and Family Center, I have substantial, intensive training in mediation from New York University, the Ackerman Institute, and Community Mediation Services, Inc., and I have also completed intensive training in Couples and Family Therapy at the Ackerman Institute. I have also taught Child Development for years at the university level. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
I have years of experience in divorce and family mediation. In addition to my training as a Divorce Mediator, I find that my background as a Child Specialist allows me to bring into the room, if both parents are interested, helpful information about the best interests of the children that are relevant to a parenting schedule or parenting plan. Likewise, as a seasoned individual, family, and couples therapist, as well as a Divorce Coach with Collaborative Divorce, I can often help couples get through difficult emotions that may emerge during the mediation process which may otherwise derail the process.
Mediation is about helping people understand the relevant issues and advocate a solution that respects different needs and works for everyone. I am committed to doing this in a respectful, sensitive, and impartial way.
I am knowledgeable about how the courts would likely resolve an issue, though I am most interested in helping people understand and explain their real needs–as well as their children’s–so that they can craft a solution that is right for them.
I will ensure that all voices are heard and considered in any potential agreement. As a clinician, I am also sensitive to the emotional hot spots that tend to break things down in negotiation and will help individuals find a way around them so that they can reach a solution that will work now–and in the future.
I have a Ph.D. in Public Health (behavioral sciences) from UCLA, as well as an M.S.W. in Social Work (clinical emphasis) from NYU. My dissertation was in the area of child sexual assault, and I have published extensively in the field of psychological sequelae of adult and child sexual assault.
We are committed to providing mediation and family services at affordable rates. Our usual rates are $390 per hour for mediation and $300 per 45 minute session or $390 per hour for therapy and other services. We have lower fee slots available on a sliding scale basis and work hard not to let finances get in the way of services. We also offer a free initial consultation. Please give us a call.