Parenting Support and Support Groups
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.
ERICA CHARPENTIER, IBCLC, RLC
Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield, CT counties
ERICA CHARPENTIER is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice, providing home visits and a weekly breastfeeding support group. Erica works to improve breastfeeding relationships and build maternal confidence through empathetic and analytic listening, support, and sharing of evidence-based techniques and information. Erica is the founder and executive director of BEBO (www.beboinc.org), a not-for-profit providing perinat al education and support, and offers sliding-scale lactation support in partnership with BEBO.
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.
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.
SARAH LUDWIG, CPST, LCCE
(914) 999-BABY (2229)
SARAH LUDWIG loves helping families on their path to parenthood, and providing tools for an easier journey. Her classes will help you feel informed and empowered as your big day approaches. In a relaxed atmosphere, you'll learn about the process of labor, physical and emotional coping strategies, and get hands-on practice with comfort measures. Classes are small and personal, so there's plenty of time for questions, discussion, and individual instruction. As a doula, it is Sarah’s goal to provide your family with tools that will help you have the birth you want through support, education, and informed choices. Beyond birth, she assists during the postpartum period as you make your transition to parenthood. Sarah is an experienced babywearer, a Child Passenger Safety Tech, and an Infant CPR instructor.
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.
NICOLE PELUSO, IBCLC, CD
Birth Bungalow, LLC
(203) 869-6994 (office)
(323) 595-4006 (cell)
NICOLE PELUSO, IBCLC, CD, AATH is a lactation consultant, birth doula and certified attachment parenting educator based in Greenwich, CT. The scope of her practice extends from New York City to New Haven.
Nicole was certified as a doula through the National Institute of Midwifery, as lactation consultant through the International Board of Lactation Consultation Examiners, and as a parenting educator through Attachment Parenting International.
Beginning her journey in the birth world in 1997 as La Leche League Leader, Nicole has assisted thousands of mothers believing that each family is unique and education and support are the keys to empowered birth and early motherhood experiences. Nicole is the mother of three children all born peacefully with the help of midwives and nourished with breastmilk and lots of love.
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.
LISA GOULD RUBIN, LCCE, CD (DONA)
Virtual Doula/ Pregnancy & Newborn Parent Support
(914) 715-2527 (cell)
Good Birth Classes, private class sessions (available by video chat and/or in-person) and 24/7 support (phone, email, text and video chat) at home with your newborn, help you get clear around what you want for yourself, your birth and your baby.
I help you apply who you are to the process of having a baby so the experience fits you rather than fitting yourself into the experience. Judgment-free.
Supporting families for 35 years, Lisa helped establish the doula program at Mt. Sinai Hospital, has provided expert advice to The New York Times, Parenting magazine and the Utne Reader, and has been featured on The Today Show. Lisa is the co-author of The Birth That’s Right For You and the creator of The Footprint Kit!
BETH SHULMAN, RN, BSN, IBCLC
BETH SHULMAN, RN, BSN, IBCLC, has been helping breastfeeding families since 1980. As a Registered Nurse she has experience in outpatient clinics and labor and delivery, postpartum and neonatal units. Beth has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1993 and is currently in private practice providing home visits and professional education in Westchester, the Bronx and Manhattan.
Beth also leads a weekly Breastfeeding Support Group, open to all breastfeeding mothers and their babies. The drop-in group meets every Wednesday from 10-11:30am at Pediatrics on Hudson, 615 North Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706.
JOHANNA SNYDER is a Certified Child Sleep Consultant who makes getting to know her clients and their sleep needs her top priority. She works with children, infancy through pre-teen, to help establish healthy sleep routines and habits. Early morning waking, nap strikes, scheduling challenges, bedtime battles, and waking throughout the night are examples of areas where Johanna can provide support. To begin the process, each family has a private consultation with Johanna to discuss sleep struggles, healthy sleep habits, safe sleep environments, and a sleep training method that will match the child’s needs and the parenting style. Next, Johanna creates a personalized sleep plan for each client that includes developmentally appropriate methods that address sleep and behavior. Then, she provides unlimited support via phone, email or text, throughout the sleep training process. Johanna works with clients from all over the United States.
Johanna was certified through the Family Sleep Institute. Prior to becoming a sleep consultant, Johanna was an elementary school teacher in New York City for 15 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Columbia University. She lives in Westchester with her family.
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