About

Stephanie has been helping couples resolve their conflicts for over a decade.

Stephanie's first career was in international corporate law. After graduating summa cum laude from Brooklyn Law School she joined Cleary Gottlieb, working in New York and Paris. But her experience as a pro bono attorney representing victims of domestic violence inspired her to return to school to earn her master's degree in social work. Stephanie went on to complete post-graduate training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and has since studied a variety of modalities which she draws on in her work. 

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In addition to her private practice, Stephanie has been affiliated with Ackerman's Center for Families and Health and is a guest speaker on working with couples affected by ADHD, which is her subspecialty. She is an adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University's Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and the Training Institute for Mental Health, where she supervises students studying couples therapy. She also sits on the Board of Section VIII (couples and families) of Division 39 of the APA. She has been the recipient of several grants, including the New Writers Award from the Journal of Family Process.   

Stephanie joins her experience in therapeutic conflict resolution with her legal background in her private practice as a family and divorce mediator. She has witnessed the wounds separation and divorce can inflict and wholeheartedly believes that most damage can be avoided when couples have access to mediation. She has experienced the benefits of mediation, having gone through her own mediated divorce, and believes that the process laid the foundation for the positive co-parenting relationship she and her family continue to enjoy. With the benefit of her deep understanding of the emotional stakes raised by ending relationships, Stephanie is able to offer mediation that recognizes and supports the well-being of the participants at more than just surface levels. 

Stephanie is an active member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of New York and the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation. Stephanie works with New York Legal Assistance Group to provide pro bono mediation and to act as a consulting attorney in uncontested divorces for low income couples. She also offers pro bono mediation services through LeGal, the non-profit legal services organization of the New York LGBTQ Bar Association.