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Ana Maria Leon Gomez, LMHC, Bilingual Clinician
410 East 92nd St., New York, NY

Ana Maria Leon Gomez, LMHC is a licensed mental health clinician with 25 years of experience specializing in the assessment and treatment of ADHD, learning disabilities, and early childhood developmental issues. Ana Maria is a Spanish bilingual clinician who has treated children and families through a private practice, as well as working in schools. She has a passion for working with children and families and has counseled many clients on treatment and management of ADHD, learning disabilities, adoption-related issues, trauma, anxiety, depression, and the effects of immigration. Ana Maria is trained in providing trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and dyadic developmental psychotherapy.

Ana Maria is part of a team of therapists at Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center.

Education: Bachelors of Arts, Biopsychology, Vassar College; Masters of Science, Psychophysiology, University of Manchester, England; Licensed Mental Health Counselor, New York State

646 539 2167
Anne F. Malavé, Ph.D.
330 West 58th Street, Suite 406 New York, NY

Anne F. Malavé, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist-psychoanalyst (William Alanson White Institute) working in psychotherapy with (but not limited to) individuals, couples, and small groups in adoption, infertility, and third-party reproduction. Dr. Malavé also provides psychological evaluations for prospective adoptive parents and third party reproduction participants (egg and sperm donors, gestational carriers/surrogates and intended parents).

Dr. Malavé is a past Board Member of the Adoptive Parents Committee (APC) and the Latin America Parents Association (LAPA); APC Parenting Workshop Leader and Author of Adoptalk’s “Dear Anne” advice column; RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association: Past Chair, National Support Group Oversight Committee; past Adoption Coordinator, and Professional Support Group Leader; Consultant, Reproductive Specialists of New York. (RSNY); Author: ‘From Infertility to Adoption’ in “Frozen Dreams”, The Analytic Press, 2005, and ‘Adoption After Infertility’ in “Infertility Counseling”, 3rd edition (to be published in 2013); Active Member, American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG); Member, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), International Infertility Counseling Organization (ILCO), The White Society, NYSPA, and APA.

Fees: sliding scale

Arthur Becker-Weidman, PhD
920 Broadway, suite 1703B New York, NY

Dr. Becker-Weidman received his doctorate in Human Development from the University of Maryland, Institute for Child Study. He achieved Diplomate status from the American Board of Psychological Specialties in Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology. He is Director of the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute. Dr. Becker-Weidman is an internationally acclaimed speaker and workshop leader. He consults with therapists, governments, and organizations throughout the US and internationally. He was a Vice-President of the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children. He is a founding member and First President of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. Art is an adjunct Clinical Professor at SUNY at Buffalo, The Academy for Human Development in Singapore, and Medaille College, PsyD program. He has published five books, including Attachment Parenting: Developing Connections and Healing Children, several popular DVDs, and many scholarly papers in professional journals. He regularly presents at international and national conferences.

Art specializes in the evaluation and treatment of families with adoption related issues, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma Disorder, and attachment difficulties.
Beth Friedberg, LCSW
410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY

Beth Friedberg, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience working with children and families. Beth is skilled at providing a range of parent coaching services including establishing routines, strengthening confidence, developing resilience, and maintaining effective discipline.  She has successfully helped parents and children manage family relationships, build attachments and bonds, and navigate difficult discussions around adoption and identity. Beth has counseled many clients on infertility and the decision making process of choosing to be child free, to seek fertility treatments, or pursue adoption. Beth is trained several treatment modalities including theraplay, dyadic developmental psychotherapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy.

Beth is part of a team of therapists at Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center.

Education: Bachelors of Arts, Asian Studies and Religion, Hobart and William Smith College; Masters in Social Work, Columbia University

Elizabeth Studwell

Elizabeth Studwell, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Studwell is a Spanish bilingual clinician with experience working in psychiatric hospitals, behavioral day schools, and mental health clinics. Most recently, she worked at an orphanage in Colombia counseling children and parents as they prepared for international adoption. Dr. Studwell is qualified to perform neuropsychological assessments on children and adults. She is trained in several modalities including psychodynamic psychotherapy, non-directive play therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment-based trauma-focused psychotherapy, and trauma-focused dyadic developmental psychotherapy.

Elizabeth is part of a team of therapists at Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center.

Education: Bachelor of Arts, Tulane University, Master of Arts, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Doctorate of Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Business Phone Number: 646-539-2167

Jennifer Griesbach, LCSW
109 West 27th St. #8A, New York, NY 10001
245 West 29th St., #304, New York, NY 10001

Jennifer Griesbach,  LCSW works with adults who joined their families by adoption in a general psychotherapy practice that is sensitive to how issues around adoption show up in times of life transition, in relationships, and in the quest for health and wholeness, and she works with couples where one or both partners were adopted as children.  As an adoptee herself, she is interested in how we come to know ourselves, grow as individuals, and make deep connections in relationship. She is a clinical social worker, with a 4-year postgraduate training in Gestalt Therapy and additional training in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy and EMDR, a therapy that helps people with trauma including attachment trauma.  She also work with adoptive parents and their infants or young children to help create better connection and understanding and help adoptive parents learn more about who they are as parents.

Insurance: Jennifer Griesbach is an out of network provider with most insurances, and take Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield as an in-network provider.
Judith Myerson LCSW, ACSW
93 Brookside Avenue Chester, New York

Judith is an LCSW with over 25 years experience and post graduate focus in trauma and adoption. For the last 15 years, Judith has been working with adoptive families, especially those with children with Developmental Trauma Disorder (complex PTSD), secondary to neglect, abuse, foster and orphanage care. Judith trained with Dan Hughes, PhD, am a Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapist, and a Certified Attachment Focused Family Therapist. She has training in Theraplay, an attachment based form of play therapy. She is am also a former Coordinator of a NYS OCFS Post Adoption Services grant, and a parent of 3 children; 2 adopted; 1 at age 9. The Adoptive Families article, “What We Wish We Had Known”, written in 2001 and reprinted in edited version 2014, documents this experience. Most of my practice is with Adoptive families using DDP/Attachment Focused Family Therapy. She also may incorporate Theraplay activities, especially with younger children. She works with very young children through late adolescence and beyond. Many of the adoptees she works with have both attachment and regulation issues and/or FASD. A major focus is guiding and supporting parents in Attachment Focused Parenting and helping parents through their difficulties. She also works with adolescent and young adult adoptees individually. Judith is a Mindfulness practitioner, and often include Mindfulness in my work with parents, children and families.

Degrees and certifications: LCSW, ACSW
Certified Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Psychotherapist
MSW: New York University

Insurance Information: Accept Insurance; In network for most managed care plans.

Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R
Child & Family Psychological Services
811 West Jericho Turnpike
Suite 106E
Smithtown, New York, 11787

Lorna Bosak, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years experience with children and families. She provides  cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive play therapy to children of all ages. Additionally she provides attachment based therapy to foster and adopted children and their families. Ms. Bosak assists individuals in developing coping skills for problems related to divorce, social skills issues, anxiety, school problems, foster care placement, grief, as well as assisting those who have been in abusive situations.  A strong component of Ms. Bosak's work is assisting parents with developing positive skills to manage their children's behavioral or emotional issues. Ms. Bosak is one of the members on the team of therapists at Child & Family Psychological Services.

Education:  Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University

tel:(631) 265-9850
Mark Lacava, LCSW-R
410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY

Mark Lacava, LCSW-R is licensed clinical social worker focusing his work on children and families for over 20 years. Mark uses his extensive experience to provide families not only with counseling, but with practical skills and tools to improve their daily lives. During his training at the prestigious Ackerman Institute for Families, Mark gained skills in a variety of trauma-focused modalities and knowledge on brain development and behavior. He is trained in dyadic developmental psychotherapy. As the Director of Mental Health Services at the Modern Family Center, Mark promotes and encourages a commitment to serving the needs of children, families, and LGBTQ individuals.

Mark is part of a team of therapists at Spence-Chapin’s Modern Family Center.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Speech and Theater, Kutztown University; Masters of Social Work, Columbia University; Foundations of Family Therapy Certificate, Post-Graduate Program, Ackerman Institute for the Family

Business Phone Number: 646-539-2167

Steven M. Baranowski, LMSW
Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Steven has worked in adoption for twenty years, providing guidance and counseling to individuals and families whose lives have been touched by adoption. As a social worker with extensive training in adoption and as an adoptee, Steven understands the role and impact adoption has on individuals and families over a lifetime. Steven has worked with all members of the adoption triad, including those considering adoptive placement, those building their family through adoption and anyone considering adoption reunion. Services for prospective adoptive parents include the decision to adopt, home studies and post adoption assistance. In person, telephone and online consultations available to anyone looking for more information regarding adoption.