Counseling and Therapy
REBECCA ABRAMSON, Ph.D.
DR. REBECCA ABRAMSON is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with women across the life span. She works to create a safe place for women to explore the challenges of motherhood, specializing in the treatment of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Utilizing a variety of approaches, including EMDR, she also specializes in helping women recover from traumatic events which may be triggered by the experience of giving birth or by new motherhood. These include childhood neglect and abuse, infertility and pregnancy loss. She also has extensive experience working with parents of special needs children, helping them cope with the particular stresses involved.
Dr. Abramson was trained by Postpartum Support International and has led numerous workshops on postpartum adjustment and depression. She has also been trained in Eye Movement Densensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , a psychological approach which has been shown to be particularly effective for post traumatic stress. She provides individual and couples therapy in her Hartsdale office.
KIRA BARTLETT, Psy.D.
Dr. KIRA BARTLETT is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist with over 14 years of successful clinical experience with individuals in short- and long-term psychotherapy. She provides individual, dyadic and group psychotherapy to women and couples struggling around issues of parenthood. She utilizes a dynamic approach incorporating clients’ histories with current, practical suggestions. Her private practice is in White Plains, New York and Manhattan, New York. She offers group psychotherapy at the Full Circle Family Care Center in White Plains. Dr. Bartlett also provides training and in-services for professionals and agencies interested in screening for postpartum mood disorders. She is available for consultation and clinical supervision as well.
Dr. Bartlett strives to create a non-judgmental environment for examining one’s issues and challenges, while aiding her clients to become more comfortable with a wide range of emotional experiences that make life interesting and enjoyable. She brings empathy and warmth to her work, but also maintains a sense of humor.
CAROLYN BERGER, LCSW
Fertility & Adoption Counseling
Offices in Larchmont & Manhattan
CAROLYN BERGER is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides guidance and support to all individuals and couples who wish to create a family. She is an expert in the fields of fertility, pregnancy loss and adoption. Her network includes fertility doctors, adoption lawyers/agencies, and complementary and alternative medicine specialists.
Carolyn Berger is a founder of Path2Parenthood and chairs Path2Parenthood’s Adoption Advisory Council. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Adoptive Parents Committee and NASW. She runs a family building group at the LGBT Center in NYC.
Carolyn Berger speaks and writes frequently on fertility and adoption. She has two sons, one through reproductive technology and one through adoption.
If you are trying to build your family and need support and guidance, please contact her at 914-834-6396 to set up an appointment at either location.
SUZANNE BURGER, Psy.D.,CGT, SEP
Psychotherapy & Parent Education
SUZANNE BURGER, Psy.D., CGT, SEP is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in private practice. Her goal is to help individuals, families and couples in distress identify the source of their difficulty, develop clear objectives for therapy, and work to promote positive change. At her home office in Pound Ridge, she serves Northern Westchester as well as parts of Fairfield County including New Canaan, Greenwich and Stamford. Dr. Burger also maintains an office in White Plains.
She treats a broad range of problems including postpartum depression, anxiety, adjustment to life transitions, relationship and identity issues. While her style is interactive and collaborative, she also relies on strategies and interventions proven effective by scientific research. Dr. Burger has helped many couples adjust to the demands and role changes that accompany parenthood. She specializes in couples therapy and is a Certified Gottman Method Couples therapist.
JEANETTE SAWYER COHEN, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.S., IMH-E®
Office in Hartsdale, NY
Dr. JEANETTE SAWYER COHEN is a Columbia University trained clinical psychologist specializing in maternal mental health, including perinatal anxiety, depression, and trauma. Additionally trained as a birth doula, she recognizes that women benefit from having a compassionate space to process experiences around childbirth and motherhood, with the opportunity to explore questions about child development and parenting. Psychotherapy is individualized and may integrate psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness approaches.
Dr. Sawyer Cohen also specializes in developmental and behavioral concerns in babies and young children. Recognized as an infant mental health specialist, she is passionate about sharing the science of early childhood development through consultation, research, advocacy and teaching.
CAROL MERLE-FISHMAN, M.A., CMT, LCAT, LMHC
Perinatal/Postpartum Counseling and Psychotherapy
CAROL MERLE-FISHMAN is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist, certified in Integrative Psychotherapy, Clinical Transactional Analysis and Music Therapy. She has a private practice in Cortlandt Manor, NY where she works with individuals, groups and couples.
Carol has a particular interest and speciality in women’s issues such as postpartum adjustment, raising a family, balancing home and career, and other health concerns unique to women. Carol leads MOTHERS TALKING, a support group for new mothers, and offers counseling for couples facing the challenges of parenthood. Carol is a Certified Trainer/Supervisor for the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association, is a faculty member of the Institute for Integrative Psychotherapy (NYC), and offers training and workshops for health professionals involved with perinatal and postpartum care.
RACHEL GERSTEIN, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
DR. RACHEL GERSTEIN is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, and related conditions. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), emotion dysregulation, and self-injurious behavior.
Dr. Gerstein also specializes in working with parents of children with special needs. She runs an ongoing Mindfulness-Based Support Group for Special Needs Parents. Her practice is located in Mt Kisco, NY.
SAMANTHA BERKULE JOHNSON, Ph.D.
Board Certified Coach
DR. SAMANTHA BERKULE JOHNSON is a board-certified life coach with a doctorate in developmental psychology. She has expertise in parent-child attachment, parental depression, parent-child interactions, and early language and reading development. Dr. Johnson has over a decade of experience in parenting coaching and child development research. She has also been teaching and working with students at the college level for over fifteen years.
Dr. Johnson works with clients to achieve developmental transitions and to articulate their dreams and translate these into measurable, attainable goals. She works with her clients to achieve long and short term goals through conversations, questions, and tools that will hopefully help to find answers, directions, plans, and motivation to move attitudes into actions. Clients can bring a variety of goals in a range of life contexts to coaching. Dr. Johnson works with clients who want to make personal, lifestyle, career, academic, relationship and parenting changes.
Dr. Johnson works with clients in-person at her practice in Mount Kisco, NY, as well as via telephone, Skype, and FaceTime.
LAYNE PROSPERI RASKIN, Psy.D., M.A, IMH-E®
Dr. LAYNE PROSPERI RASKIN is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in maternal and child mental health with over 10 years of experience providing individual, dyadic and group therapy to parents and children. Dr. Raskin has received specialized training/certification in treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders through Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Stress Center.
Her private practice is in Scarsdale, N.Y. where she works with pregnant and postpartum women and with parents of infants and toddlers offering guidance and support to those struggling through the transition to and the experiences of parenting. She also offers a New Moms Support Group at Full Circle Women's Health. Dr. Raskin is co-founder of Everyday Parenting Psychology serving families looking for expert advice on everyday issues and those seeking more comprehensive clinical support.
MARNI REULING, Psy.D.
Dr. MARNI REULING provides person-centered therapeutic interventions that approach each client as an unique individual. As a result of her personal experiences, she is committed to helping women and their families on their personal journeys to parenthood. Dr. Reuling specializes in working with women and their partners before pregnancy, during pregnancy and following the birth of their child. Dr. Reuling provides person-centered therapeutic interventions that approach each client as a unique individual.
Her practice focuses on infertility, miscarriage, postpartum anxiety, high risk pregnancies, depression and postpartum adjustment; these experiences are often accompanied by strong emotions, misconceptions and stressful societal expectations. Dr. Reuling believes that women on the journey toward motherhood benefit from specialized mental health treatment to assist them in adjusting to the highs and lows of the reproductive process.
LAUREN SAFRAN is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in maternal mental health. Mrs. Safran received training in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders through Postpartum Support International and the Postpartum Stress Center. She has a private practice with offices in Chappaqua and Harrison. She provides individual psychotherapy and runs a postpartum depression and anxiety support group. She emphasizes the importance of compassionate care and understands the impact that perinatal mood disorders have on the whole family.
Mrs. Safran is on the board of Postpartum International and strives to remove the stigma associated with perinatal mood disorders so that mothers can receive the help they need.
JODI TRAGER, MSW, LCSW-R
Counseling Services & Support for Women and Mothers
JODI TRAGER is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in maternal mental health and has over ten years experience in a variety of clinical settings in hospitals incl. inpatient, partial and outpatient.
Jodi has been in private practice for over ten years and is located in Northern Westchester where she treats women and mothers. Her practice focuses on postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, infertility, miscarriage/other child loss and support in the transition to parenthood including but not limited to marital.
Prior to specializing in maternal mental health, Jodi worked with children, adolescents and families exclusively for many years. As a result of a continued passion in this area, Jodi also offers parent coaching services.
Jodi believes that women and mothers deserve to to “thrive” and not just “survive” the journey of motherhood. She utilizes an eclectic style incorporating CBT, DBT and mindfulness into her work with women. Whether you are trying to conceive, pregnant or taking care of your baby(ies) and children, Jodi asks, “Who is taking care of you?”