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Pima County, AZ - CHAPTER
Frances Almstrom, LMFT
Frances is an LMFT in private practice, with extensive work experience with children in the foster system. While at community mental health non-profits, she ran a 0-5 program for children in foster care, later taking a therapy position. She received her master’s from the University of Phoenix, and has additional training in psychodrama, attachment, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is currently partnering with a Parent Education organization to develop and offer parenting classes for parents raising children with attachment issues (adoptive parents, foster parents, and re-united parents).
Miles H. Overholt, D.S.W.
Miles is a practicing family therapist and hypnotherapist who has extensive experience in working with families, couples and children. He was trained by staff members of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and incorporates the systems approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine into his work with patients. He has been in private practice in New Jersey for over thirty years and currently resides in Tucson, AZ. He also has over 30 years of consulting and research expertise in strategy execution and organizational design, as well as in guiding change for organizations, teams, and individuals. He is the author of Building Flexible Organizations: A People-Centered Approach and has written numerous articles on strategy execution, change processes, organizational behavior and organizational alignment. His undergraduate degree is from Lafayette College and he earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Genesee Herzberg, PsyD
Genesee entered the field of psychology ten years ago through her work in group homes for foster youth. Inspired by a desire to better serve the children with whom she worked, she returned to school to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology. She received a PsyD from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. Dr. Herzberg's training includes work with low-income children and families at the Talkline Family Support Center and with parents and their young children (0-3) at the Infant Parent Program, as well as work with a diverse range of adult clients in various settings. She is currently in private practice in Berkeley, working with adults, adolescents, and children, and developing a specialization in complex trauma. Dr. Herzberg is also a meditation and yoga practitioner and incorporates mindfulness and body awareness into her work.
Costal Los Angeles, CA
Pamela Haddad, LMFT
Pamela Haddad, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in private practice in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles. For many years Pamela provided therapy, doing field based outreach work with high-risk youth and their families. Pamela grew up and lived in Sweden and during this time she worked for years as an elementary and High school teacher. When living on an island in the Baltic Sea, together with the local social services she started up a hotline for victims of DV. Pamela took part in putting together the curriculum and training of the ER and 911 personnel in regards to how to respond when assisting victims of domestic violence, and of sexual assault. While working for Scandinavia’s largest school for massage and alternative medicine she took part in creating a program called “The Peaceful Touch”, a program designed to minimize physical violence in schools and daycare centers in Stockholm Sweden. Eventually the program became part of the teachers continuing education nation wide. Today Pamela works with a focus on the mind body connection and is specialized in Trauma work. Pamela works with the county of LA seeing clients who are in the Victim-Witness Assistance Program.
Metro Los Angeles, CA
William (Ze'ev) Korn, LCSW, MSW, M.ED
Ze’ev is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Beverly Hills CA, providing individual and group psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. He has much experience providing direct service as well as directing and facilitating school based mental health and prevention programs, as well as youth development and youth leadership programs for multiple schools in both the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as the Santa Monica-Malibu School District. His initial training in risk and resiliency is from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, which led him to create “A Course on Choices”, a drop out prevention program which he ran reversing an 80% drop out rate to an 80% retention rate at a continuation high school. He then researched and wrote the rationale for the “Youth as Resources” model of prevention which looks at “youth as resources we need to tap, as opposed to problems we need to fix”. This led to an appointment as the Northern California Program Manager and Regional Director for the national Youth Power program. Ze’ev has been the Director of School Based Services for both Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles as well as a Los Angeles Big Brother and Big Sister Organization. His most recent position was as VP of Behavioral Health, Director of Mental Health and Social Services at MetroHealth Station, a “medical health home” in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. He has been a participating member of the Los Angeles Opportunities Youth Collaborative as well as the South Los Angeles Homeless Transitional Age Youth, and Foster Care Collaborative.
Marin County, CA
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Mission Viejo, CA
Maliaka Clelland, LCSW, RPT-S
Malaika is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. She has been working as a child and family therapist for almost 20 years and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Master of Social Work degree. Malaika has worked with many foster children over the years and has a passion for helping children with the social, emotional and behavioral issues that come with being placed in foster care. Malaika has worked for many years in children’s mental health clinics specializing in trauma. Currently, Malaika has a private practice specializing in play therapy with children, adoption and attachment issues and family therapy. Malaika is the Past President of the Orange County, CA, chapter of the Association for Play Therapy and a past Adjunct Professor in undergraduate and graduate Social Work.
Napa, CA - CHAPTER
Melissa Wiedmann, PhD
Dr. Wiedmann is a clinical psychologist in private practice in St Helena. She has spent the last ten years in private practice in New England while furthering her psychoanalytic training. Her special areas of interest and expertise include; eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and issues related to pregnancy and postpartum. She also works with parents and adolescents in crisis. Dr. Wiedmann is available for individual therapy, testing, risk assessment and consultation in the private sector, including; medical practices and private schools.
Susan Raunegger, MSW
Susan Raunegger is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist that has been working with families, couples, and individuals for 20 years. She holds her masters degree of social work from the University of Denver where she did her training at the Denver Family Therapy Training Center. Earlier in her career, she worked in residential treatment programs as a treatment coordinator for struggling teenagers and families in Oregon. Susan has been living in Vienna, Austria for the last 17 years, working as a psychotherapist in her private practice with families and individuals. Additionally, she worked at the American International School as the counselor serving the international community. As a therapist, Susan uses an eclectic style, with a strong foundation in systems and strength based perspective, while utilizing the most effective approach for each client. She believes in empowering her clients while assisting them to find the best solutions for change and healing. Susan has led many workshops for couples and families on transitional issues, depression and resiliency along with parenting classes.
Luis Ramos Duran, PhD
Dr. Luis Ramos-Duran has worked in the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and a National Certified Phlebotomist Technician (NCPT). His academic background in the mental health field consists of a bachelor's degree in psychology (BA) as well as a master’s degree in Psychology with an emphasis in child development (MA). Dr. Ramos-Duran also hold a Master’s in Science of Counseling (MSC), with the specialization in Marriage Family and Child Therapy (MFCT) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Dr. Ramos-Duran works with the underserved community and has a private practice in Santa Ana where he works with couples, families, individuals, and children. He works closely with lawyers who practice family law doing psychological interventions and consultation for immigration cases and current foster care cases helping reunifies families. He also enjoys teaching parenting classes, anger management classes, and loves doing mind-ful work with his patients. Dr. Ramos is also a certified hypnotherapist and working to get his EMDR certification. In 2015, Dr. Ramos-Duran was awarded as one of top 3 Marriage Counselors in Santa Ana. He has a big passion for helping those in need, and his goal is to help change his community one day at a time.
Ashley Taylor, PsyD
Dr. Ashley Taylor is a licensed psychologist who has joined A Home Within as the Clinical Director in Pasadena, CA. Ashley has worked with children and families for over ten years. She specializes in early childhood development and working with young children (aged 0-5). She has worked closely with foster children and their families through Pacific Clinics as well as in private practice. In her private practice, she provides comprehensive psycho-educational and neuropsychological evaluations for children and teenagers. She has a program for children (12 and under) with anxiety disorders including selective mutism. She also supervises therapists in training who are placed in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Los Angeles County.
San Bernardino Mountains, CA
Ruth Lester, MFT
Ruth Lester has been in practice since 1993. She worked in public school settings until opening her private practice in Lake Arrowhead in 2005. In both settings, Ruth has worked extensively with foster children, foster and biological parents, and the system. She sees individuals, couples, and families in her practice.
San Diego North, CA
Anellina Marrelli, LCSW
Anellina has years of experience working as a clinician both as a psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst with adults, adolescents and children. Before her private practice, Anellina worked in hospitals where she developed family programs on chemical dependency units, and developed focused women's groups. She also partners with her husband in a lumber business which buys/sells wood and remanufactures wood into various products such as wine racks. She loves growing herbs and vegetables, cooking and entertaining with friends and family.
San Diego South, CA
Roderick Hall, PhD
Rick Hall is a Clinical Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst. He has been working with children and their families for more than 20 years. He has been in private practice in Coronado, CA since 1998. Prior to moving to the San Diego area, Dr. Hall worked in community mental health in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC and Washington State. Through his experience in community mental health, Dr. Hall learned much about foster children, the issues they and their foster families face, and the ways in which treatment can set their lives on a different trajectory. Dr. Hall received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University in Washington, DC and his training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center where he is currently the director of their training program in child and adolescent psychoanalysis.
San Francisco, CA - CHAPTER
Danielle Dunchok, PsyD
Dr. Danielle Dunchok is a licensed clinical psychologist treating older adolescents, adults and couples who struggle with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relationship and marital problems. Her style is warm, friendly, and thoughtful; and her work is influenced by modern psychoanalytic perspectives, attachment theory, as well as a background in eastern spiritual traditions. She obtained her doctorate at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at California College of the Arts, which included specialized training in working with highly creative individuals and performance anxiety. She currently is a staff psychologist at Psychiatric Alternatives and Wellness Center, and has her own her own private practice in San Francisco.
Kristen Hurvitz, • Teletherapy Chapter
Kristen graduated from the University of Washington with her Masters degree in Social Work, and she also holds a Masters degree in Human Services. Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in California in Washington State.
Kristen is working towards the Registered Play Therapy Credential through the National Association for Play Therapy. Kristen has received training as a Yoga Calm Youth instructor and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as post-graduate certification in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families
Santa Clara, CA
Meenal Chaudhari, MFTI
Meenal has two Master’s degrees: one in Clinical Psychology from India; and one in Counseling Psychology from the department of Holistic Studies at JFKU. She finds the holistic approach makes complete sense as it combines the transpersonal with somatic wisdom. She is currently in private practice with Doreen Maxwell, LMFT. She has held clinical positions at the JFKU Sunnyvale community counseling center, both as a Trainee and as an Intern; prior to that she worked as a psychotherapist in India. Meenal is also a painter. You can find her work at www.digmeart.com.
Santa Cruz, CA
Leslie Hartman, MA, LMFT
Leslie Hartman, MA, LMFT has worked with children, adolescents and young adults along with their families in a variety of settings for thirteen years. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from California State University Sonoma. Her training and experience include working with families and children facing domestic violence, grief and loss, abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption. Leslie currently works as an Adoption Social Worker for a non-profit agency in Monterey County where she is involved in the recruitment, screening, assessment, counseling and therapeutic support of foster and adoptive families. She has additional training in divorce mediation and permanency planning mediation. She has conducted post-adoption contact mediation for families whose children have been adopted through the child welfare system. Leslie is a volunteer member of the Child Abuse Prevention Committee through Santa Cruz County’s United Way and participates in community activities to increase awareness and education about issues related to child abuse and neglect.
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Gordana Potrebic, PsyD
Gordana was trained in the field of clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and at UCSF Infant-Parent Program. She works in private practice where she sees children, adults, and families. Gordana has a strong background in working with infants and toddlers, as an infant-parent relationship therapist, and providing developmental consultations and therapy for parents and caregivers. Her experience spans a variety of settings in US, Canada, and Europe: community mental health clinics, residential programs, psychiatric hospital, and life sharing foster care communities.
Catherine Mogil, PsyD
Dr. Mogil is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and serves as the Director of Training and Intervention Development for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center. She is also the Director of the Family Development Project and the Co-Director of the Child and Family Trauma Service. Dr. Mogil serves as a consultant for the National Military Family Association Operation Purple Family Retreats, the Uniformed Services University, and a military project with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Her recent research focuses on developing effective interventions for children and families in high-stress environments. Working with children of all developmental stages, Dr. Mogil has been involved in several intervention development and translational research projects examining the efficacy of parent-assisted interventions for infants and toddlers in foster care, school-aged children with developmental disabilities, and adolescents with Autism Spectrum and other disorders. She is certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilties. Dr. Mogil received her doctorate from Pepperdine University and completed her clinical internship at UCLA. Dr. Mogil also completed a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in the prevention and treatment of child and family traumatic stress at USC/Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Meghan Hinman, MA, LCAT
Meghan is a licensed creative arts therapist and depth psychotherapist, operating a private psychotherapy practice in midtown Manhattan. She is an adjunct faculty member in the music therapy department at Montclair State University in New Jersey and currently completing doctoral research at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her background includes work in group homes and emergency shelters for adolescents, and her current practice focuses on adults and adolescents.
Marjorie J. Peterson, LCSW
Marjorie J. Peterson is a Connecticut-based a licensed clinical social worker has been working with foster children for the past 10 years, as both a therapist and a case manager. She brings to her work a solid understanding of the needs facing children who have suffered abuse, neglect and fractured relationships. A strong advocate for children involved with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Peterson has a network of colleagues with whom she works to advance services for children in care. She also advocates at the state level to improve mental health care for foster children.
New Haven, CT
Nakia Hamlett, PhD
Dr. Hamlett received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The University at Albany, State University of New York. She also completed pre-and postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Hamlett holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and has extensive experience working with children with emotional and behavioral problems and developmental disabilities in both school and home settings. Since the early days of her career, Dr. Hamlett has been devoted to the treatment of children, young adults, and families managing the deleterious effects of poverty, trauma exposure, and educational marginalization.
Iris Pitaluga, LMHC
Iris Pitaluga is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has a Masters Addiction Counselor certification by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and a Substance Abuse Professional certification by the Department of DOT. Iris has over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health counseling, and over 15 years in private practice. Prior to opening her own practice, she worked in a variety of settings which gave her the opportunity to develop extensive clinical experience with different populations and aspects of the helping profession. She developed skills in education, clinical assessment, treatment, and management. During this time, she also became acquainted with the field of Biofeedback and Neuro-feedback. Her goal became to develop a practice with a holistic approach to help individuals not just on the psychological portion, but on the physical aspects of healing, as well. For the past three years, education has become a key component of Alternatives Counseling Center, Inc. Iris firmly believes that education is the door for self-awareness, independence, and personal growth. Therefore, she offers, a series of workshops in human growth and mind/body health. Some of the topics are; Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety, ADD, Relationships, and Parenting skills.
Carrie Simmons, LMHC
Carrie Simmons has a private practice in Tampa, Florida. She is experienced in working with children and families, including foster and adoptive youth and families. Carrie has also worked in juvenile detention programs associated with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Carrie is currently being trained in Neurofeedback and involved in a research project in the Brain Focus Laboratory with the University of South Florida. She has conducted previous research involving a longitudinal study which targeted how having a one year old child impacted the ability to co-parent. Carrie is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in supervision with Michael Eastridge, PhD, ABPP.
Tracy Hacker, LCSW
Tracy Hacker is a licensed clinical social worker, and is currently employed with All Children’s Hospital. She is working with the Healthy Start Grant, a federally sponsored project that is working to decrease infant mortality rates among African Americans in 5 specific zip codes in St. Petersburg, FL. Tracy has experience working with children and their families that have been reunified after completing a child protection case plan. She is experienced working with children and families, including foster and adoptive youth and families.
Atlanta Georgia - CHAPTER
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Maria Bivins, PsyD, MAED, MA
Dr. D. Maria Bivins-Smith is a licensed Psychologist in Georgia with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her coursework in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program at Argosy University, Georgia School of Professional Psychology. She earned a Masters of Arts in Education from San Francisco State University. Her areas of specialty include medical and forensic psychology. She has garnered clinical experience at the Atlanta VA, Stoney Brook Counseling Center (Chelmsford, Massachusetts), the Psychotherapy Institute for Individual, Family and Community Development (Antioch, California), and from other community mental health clinics.
Boston, MA - CHAPTER
Ruth Drasin, PhD
Ruth is a Clinical Psychologist who has been in private practice treating children, adolescents, and adults in Cambridge, Massachusetts for the past 15 years. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan where she studied a variety of parent losses, including parent death, divorce, and adoption. Her current interests include contemporary families, such as single parent and same-sex parent families. Dr. Drasin is an advanced candidate at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and a Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Northampton, MA - CHAPTER
Karen Zilberstein, LCSW
Karen Zilberstein, LCSW is a child and family therapist in Northampton, MA and Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work, where she teaches and coordinates the Child Development Team. She currently serves on the design team and chairs the training resource working group for the Re-envisioning Foster Care in America (REFCA) initiative. REFCA works collaboratively with the Department of Children and Families to bring innovative programs and provide trainings to improve systems of care and outcomes for foster children.
Sally Popper, PhD
Sally Popper has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, and has worked as a researcher and therapist exploring the impact of attachment disruption and early trauma on the development of children and working with their families to help them heal. As a board member of the national parent/professional organization, ATTACh, she worked to bring information from new research to the clinical practice and parenting of members and helped to write the ATTACh publication, Attachment-Focused Therapy: A Professional Practice Guide.
Minneapolis, MN - CHAPTERS
Chris Ochocki, LPCC & Steph Ochocki, MSSW, LICSW
Chris and Steph live in Saint Paul. Chris is a therapist at Headway Emotional Health Services, working in Burnsville High School, and facilitates a group on healthy relationships at a local treatment center. Steph is the lead school social worker in Anoka-Hennepin and works as the school social worker at Andover Elementary. Steph is also pursuing her Doctorate at the University of Tennessee in clinical practice and leadership. They spend their free-time with their two girls enjoying the playgrounds around the twin cities.
Catherine Jenni, PhD
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Cathy has been a Professor of Counselor Education at the University of Montana in Missoula for the past 26 years. Cathy has a small private practice and is a CASA volunteer, which led to an interest in the wellbeing of foster children, youth and foster care alumni. Cathy previously taught Early Childhood Education at Solano College and was a head teacher at Bing Nursery School at Stanford University. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. Cathy is trained at Level I and Level II in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, focusing on relational and physical trauma and recovery. She also has studied at the University of California, Berkeley with Mary Main and Eric Hesse on the Adult Attachment Interview. Cathy is a Black Belt in the Nia practice and is a grandmother of eleven.
North Central NJ
Debra Roelke, PhD
Debi is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst with a private practice in Morristown, New Jersey. Her practice includes psychotherapy with both adults and young children. Debi’s background includes postdoctoral training in Infant and Preschool Mental Health, and she was a Mental Health Consultant at the Newark Preschool Council Head Start program for five years. Debi has served on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health and has presented widely on a number of topics in early child development. Debi is currently a faculty member at the Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis of New Jersey.
New York Citywide - CHAPTER
Donna is an Art Therapist born and raised in NYC. As a child, Donna was always artistically inclined but also had a desire to help others. While working on her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, she felt something was missing and decided to fuse her passion for art and helping others. From there, she pursued a Masters in Art Therapy at LIU CW Post. She has experience with various populations, including at-risk youth, children exposed to domestic violence, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and recently immigrated youth. She has also served on the board for the New York Coalition for Creative Art Therapies as treasurer. Finally, she has developed a small group called The Creatives NYC with two fellow arts colleagues and now is excited to be joining A Home Within as the Clinical Director.
Miriam Alkon, PsyD
Miriam is a Clinical and School Psychologist and practices as a Psychologist with the Infant-Parent Court Intervention Project of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, focusing on Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She is involved in research evaluating the efficacy of this intervention for children in foster care, including assessing whether permanency and continuity are facilitated. Miriam is part of New York City policy work-groups on a variety of topics in child welfare. Miriam maintains a part-time private practice in Manhattan where she works with children, adolescents, and their families.
Ally Merchant, MA
Almas (Ally) Merchant is a clinical psychologist practicing in Brooklyn. Apart from private practice, she also works at Brightpoint Health, a non profit agency providing both, physical and mental health care to community members as well as homeless populations around New York City. Besides her clinical work, she is also the externship coordinator at Brightpoint Health, where she supervises externs from doctoral programs in psychology. Prior to this, she worked in juvenile justice in New York City. She came to AHW because of her own training experiences in working with foster care children and youth in New York City throughout her graduate school experience. Ally's primary orientation is psychoanalytic and she specializes in trauma as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. To this end, Ally is engaged within Division 39 of the APA (Division of Psychoanalysis) and the Association of Psychoanalysis in Culture and Society.
Hudson River Valley, NY - CHAPTER
Hal Chorny, PhD
Hal Chorny is newly retired from his private practice and continues as clinical director of the Hudson River Valley Chapter where he co-leads two consultation groups. He brings his psychoanalytic training into discussions of cases but insists on keeping to ordinary language and never using jargon. He is leaving for New Zealand after the conference and plans to do more traveling about the world and also within his own psyche. Our chapter was one of the early ones and continues to grow and flourish.
Jenny Bates, LCSW
Jenny has been working with children and families for the past 15 years. Currently, she is in private practice in Kingston, New York and specializes in Dynamic Play Therapy with children and families with trauma, divorce, and learning disabilities.
Mandy Jones, LCSW, JD
Mandy is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed attorney specializing in working with children, adolescents, and families. She completed her graduate clinical training with youths in Michigan’s foster care system. Mandy has advocated for the best interest of children in the child welfare system through legal training with the Cook County Office of the Public Guardian and the Michigan Attorney General: Children and Youth Services Division. She currently works as an Adoption Preservation Therapist, where she specializes in treating children who have experienced early childhood trauma, as well as improving attachment to heal adoptive families. Additionally, Mandy provides contractual therapy through The Theraplay Institute, which focuses on building and repairing attachments. Most recently, she has started her own private practice, Connected Counseling Chicago. Mandy earned her BA in Political Science and her BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. She earned her Master of Clinical Social Work and Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University.
Chicago North, IL
Alyse Almadani, MA • Chicago
Alyse Almadani graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a degree in Clinical Counseling and concentration in Latino Mental Health. After completing research on the intersection of race, culture, and trauma, Alyse began her clinical career working with victims and survivors of domestic violence. In her current role, she provides in home services for youth in foster care and their families, and serves as a TARGET therapist implementing a statewide research project. Additionally, Alyse runs consultation and networking groups in her agency and community, as a strong advocate for collaboration and support throughout the helping profession.
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Diane Kindler, MSW
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Social Work, Diane has extensive experience in child welfare and children's mental health in the public and private, non-profit sectors. She spent ten-plus years in private practice working with children, adolescents and their families around issues such as trauma, attachment and post-adoption support. She worked for Casey Family Services in CT and ME as a supervisor, deputy division director and agency clinical director. Her areas of interest include working with older youth in foster care as well as young adults who have aged out of the child welfare system. As part of her work with Casey she was involved with the development of a practice model to move older youth from foster care to permanent families via reunification, guardianship and/or adoption. She is an accredited instructor of both the youth and adult versions of Mental Health First Aid.
Tiffany Huggins, LPC
Tiffany Huggins graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC with a degree in Community Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in North and South Carolina. She has a private practice in Charlotte, NC. Tiffany treats children, adolescents, and adults. She is a subcontractor with Logistics Health, providing services to military personnel post-deployment. Tiffany also works with the American Red Cross in Disaster Mental Health.
Suzanne LeSure, PhD
Suzanne is a Psychologist with over 25 years of experience with children, adolescents, adults and families. She received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University, her M.A. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University and her PhD in Psychology from Syracuse University. She completed an internship in Pediatric and Child Clinical Psychology at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin and received post-doctoral training in Community Mental Health at Community Mental Health Services of Medina. Her professional career has included experience in community mental health, in hospital based practice, in private practice and in teaching other professionals.
Laura Orgel, PhD
Although originally from New York, Portland has been my home since 1981. I have worked with children my whole adult life, first as an educator and now as a psychologist. I have a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. Currently, I have a private practice where I work with children, families, couples and adults. As an adjunct faculty member at Pacific University and at Morrison Child and Family Services, I also supervise psychology practicum students, interns and residents during their years of clinical training. All of my work is influenced by a great love for children and a belief in the centrality of relationships to human development and mental health. My doctoral dissertation looked at attachment as a mediator of the relationship between maltreatment history and children’s behavior problems in a foster care population. Much of my early training and experience was with children and families in day treatment and community mental health settings, where child welfare involvement and foster care placements were ubiquitous. I have provided psychological evaluations for hundreds of children who were in the state’s custody. I have been a member of Portland’s branch of A Home Within since its beginnings in 2009, and I have carried a continuous AHW case since 2012.
Joseph Schaller, PsyD
Joe Schaller has been in clinical practice in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as both a Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist. He currently maintains a private practice of adults, adolescents, and children, with specialization in play therapy and sand tray therapy. He has worked extensively with local child and family services agencies with special attention to issues related to temporary placement, foster care, and adoption. He is also experienced in working with children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Schaller is recently past-president of the Philadelphia Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology and continues in a leadership position within Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University and a graduate of the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia.
Leda Sportolari, MSW, LCSW
Leda Sportolari, MSW, LCSW is in private practice in Bala Cynwyd, a near suburb of Philadelphia. She sees children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Leda is a past-president and current board member of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she teaches Attachment Based Psychotherapy. Leda is active in the Philadelphia chapter of A Home Within, serving as a clinician, consultation group leader, associate clinical director, and steering committee member.
Ryan Parker, LCSW
Ryan works in private practice and non-profit community mental health in Austin, where she specializes in infant-parent and early childhood mental health. Ryan received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and M.S.W. in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work. She was trained in the treatment of early childhood trauma/Child-Parent Psychotherapy at the Child Trauma Institute in San Francisco in 2011-2013 and completed the University of Massachusetts/Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Fellowship and Certificate Program in 2016. Ryan has considerable experience working with children, caregivers (bio and foster), and families in the foster care system.
Kristen Ohlenforst, PhD
Dr. Ohlenforst received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Child Psychology at Stanford School of Medicine's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, where she provided therapy and assessment for children and adolescents with anxiety and mood disorders, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders. She serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and as the Dallas Clinical Director of A Home Within.
Dr. Jamie Loveland is a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, TX. She received her PhD in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Institute for Clinical Social work in Chicago, IL, and her master’s degree in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work. She has been working with dually-diagnosed children, adolescents and adults since 2004 and her work experience involves both inpatient and outpatient settings, including the Yale Child Conduct Clinic in New Haven, CT; the Menninger Clinic in Houston, TX; and most recently as the Clinical Director of Teen and Family Services in Houston. Dr. Loveland is a published author on the subject of combat-related trauma. She is a frequent speaker on treating substance addiction in couples and adolescents, as well as the interface of psychodynamic theory and socio-cultural issues. She is a field instructor for the University of Austin, TX, School of Social Work and consults with post-masters students on the integration of psychodynamic theory into practice. Specialty practice areas include couples/relationships, mood disorders, adolescent issues, trauma, parenting and addictions.
Rosie Newman, LMHC, RPT
Rosie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Child Mental Health Specialist and Registered Play Therapist. In her private practice, Seattle Play Therapy, Rosie sees children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. She is the past president of the Washington State Association for Play Therapy and a community advocate for play therapy as a means for understanding and helping children. Rosie is an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University. She received her Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Seattle University, and has extensive post-graduate training in child counseling and play therapy
Libby Hazzard, LCSW
Libby Hazzard is a licensed clinical social worker at Jesse Brown VA, currently serving older adult veterans in maintaining independence at home. Prior to transitioning to the VA, Libby provided clinical services to adopted children and their families with a focus on issues of trauma and attachment. Outside of work, Libby advocates to stop domestic violence where it starts as Chair of the Board of Directors at the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace and served as the Senior Consultation Leader at A Home Within in Chicago, Illinois.