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.
Perinatal/Postpartum Psychotherapy (Offices in White Plains and Manhattan)
A Bridge Home: In-Home Psychotherapy for Postpartum Moms
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, as well as in-home psychotherapy for postpartum mothers. 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.
SHARA M. BROFMAN, Psy.D.
145 Palisade Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
DR. SHARA M. BROFMAN is a licensed psychologist whose work centers around reproductive and perinatal mental health. She supports people before, during, and after pregnancy, as well as those struggling through the postpartum period, birth trauma, pregnancy loss, termination, infertility, and navigating family building through Assisted Reproductive Technology (e.g. IVF), third-party reproduction (e.g. egg or sperm donation and surrogacy), adoption, and fertility preservation. She is also happy to work with a variety of concerns in therapy, including depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, career and social pressures, and life transitions. Dr. Brofman provides assessment, short-term and long-term psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching. She teaches educational workshops, runs trainings, and provides clinical supervision and consultation in reproductive and perinatal mental health.
Dr. Brofman incorporates warmth, humor, and a realistic, down-to-earth perspective in her work. She welcomes individuals, couples and families representing diverse experiences and backgrounds. Dr. Brofman actively supports LGBTQ individuals and families, including and as well as single parents and parents-to-be.
Dr. Brofman is on the adjunct faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she built and taught a master's level course on perinatal mental health. She also provides clinical services and runs trainings for healthcare providers at the Seleni Institute in Manhattan. She has been an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's Mental Health Professional Group since 2011 and has served on its Continuing Education Committee since 2015.
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.
JENNIFER DEMBO, MSW, CCE, CD(DONA)
JEN DEMBO earned her Masters of Social Work at Simmons College and her BS in Communications at Boston University. She is a certified DONA labor support doula and received her childbirth educator training from the Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York. She serves as the Postpartum Support International Co-Coordinator for Westchester County.
Jen has worked with pregnant women and their families since 2004, and has attended over 100 births throughout New York City and the tri-state area in home, birth center, and hospital settings. Her comprehensive approach focuses on the physical, social, emotional, sexual, cultural, and medical factors that influence a woman as she begins her path to motherhood.
Jen recognizes that every family is unique and honors various perspectives on pregnancy, adoption, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, and childbirth. Her mission is to inform women about their many prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum options and to promote self-advocacy in regard to personal needs and preferences.
She has advanced training in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), perinatal grief and loss, comfort measures for labor practice and challenges for pregnant/postpartum survivors of childhood sexual abuse, She is the former president of the Hudson Valley Birth Network and its current Social Justice Committee founder and co-chair. Jen is a board member of Birth Education Beyond the Ordinary (BEBO), an organization that offers low-cost childbirth education, doula, and lactation support services to Hudson Valley families. She is also a member of the National Association for Perinatal Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers. Jen is the author of several blogs on pregnancy, birth, parenthood and sexual health.
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. Carol is the President-Elect of the International Integrative Psychotherapy Association.
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.
ELIZABETH M. NIGRO, LMFT
Hello! My name is Elizabeth M. Nigro. I am Mom to a bouncy toddler boy, Levi. I love every moment of motherhood, although I find myself challenged and gleeful often within the same 10 minute period. I am a Westchester native, I lived for a short period of time in Brooklyn, where I met my husband before we later settled back in Westchester. I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have worked in both agency and nonprofit settings working with trauma survivors. That developed my work as a therapist but the experience of becoming a mother shaped it. During my pregnancy, through connection with other women and the instinctive call (that I could not ignore) to honor my intuition in how I birthed and raised my son, for me has changed everything! I have a deep passion for women negotiating birth and all of the changes and emotions that initiation brings up. It’s a beautiful time!
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.
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