Advice & Support: Professional Finder

This resource includes information about physicians, complementary care providers, surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation agencies, adoption agencies, lawyers, pharmacists and other professionals committed to assisting you.


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Jill Edelstein, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Jill Edelstein, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Jill Edelstein, L.C.S.W.
80 East 11th Street
New York, New York 10003
(917) 570-5592

Biography

Jill Edelstein LCSW is a trauma psychotherapist who specializes in fertility and adoption related concerns. She works with infertility grief and pregnancy loss (past or present), supports people in exploring adoption as a pathway to parenthood, and assists adopted people and their families in wrestling with the complexities of adoption.

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This could include cultural issues, search and reunion, exploration and integration of adopted identity, or the ways these things can show up in love, work and play. She has performed research about the experiences of adopted adults and the struggles lesbian couples encounter in attempting to conceive. Over the last 4+years, Jill has served hundreds of children and adults living in foster, adopted, kinship and other family configurations as a clinical social worker in a community mental health clinic setting in New York City.

Her ongoing, advanced trauma training includes EMDR in the treatment of acute and complex trauma, performance issues and attachment deficits; she integrates somatic therapies, such as Focusing, as well as relational, psychodynamic, CBT, creative arts and psychospiritual exploration. As an adopted person who has experienced infertility and pregnancy loss, and is in the process of adopting, Jill brings an authentic sensitivity, respect  and understanding to each client encounter.

Joann Paley Galst Ph.D.

Joann Paley Galst Ph.D.

Joann Paley Galst, Ph.D.
30 East 60 Street, Suite 802
New York, New York 10022
(212) 759-2783

Biography

 

Joann Paley Galst is a founding member of the American Fertility Association and a former member of the Board of Directors. She is currently the Co-director of AFA Support Services and Chair of the AFA Mental Health Advisory Council. She is also a past Chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group.

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Dr. Galst received her doctorate at Columbia University Teachers College, receiving a National Institute of Mental Health Graduate Fellowship, and obtained her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has taught at both the college and graduate school levels and worked as the staff psychologist at the Fertility Research Foundation. She is a licensed psychologist in New York with over 20 years of experience specializing in mind-body medicine and reproductive health issues, including infertility, pregnancy loss, and pregnancy and parenting after infertility and third party reproduction.

Julie LeClair, Ph.D.

Julie LeClair, Ph.D.

Julie LeClair, Ph.D.
22 Clubway
Hartsdale, New York 10530
(914) 713-0215

Biography

Julie LeClair has a doctorate in clinical psychology.  She has a private practice in Hartsdale and in Great Neck, New York.  Dr. LeClair has counseled couples and individuals coping with infertility. She also has first-hand experience with infertility.

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Dr. LeClair completed her B.S. degree at Cornell University and her Ph.D. at Catholic University of America.  Her clinical fellowship and subsequent academic appointment were with Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the National Register of Health Care Providers, the Westchester County Psychological Association, The American Fertility Association and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association.

Lois Nachamie, L.C.S.W.

Lois Nachamie, L.C.S.W.

Lois Nachamie, L.C.S.W.
275 Central Park, West Suite 1E
New York, New York 10024
(212) 866 5620

Biography

Lois Nachamie, MFA, LCSW, is a board-certified psychotherapist, couples counselor, and group leader in private practice in New York City, specializing in family and parenting issues. She treats a wide variety of individual interpersonal and work-related concerns, including relationships, anxiety, depression, and weight-related difficulties.

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A Parents Choice Award-winning author, her two most recent books are So Glad We Waited: A Hand-Holding Guide for Over-35 Parents, with a foreword by Debra Winger and Big Lessons for Little People: Teaching Our Kids Right from Wrong While Keeping Them Healthy, Safe and Happy.

A parent educator for twenty years, she is the founder and director of the So-Glad-We-Waited Network, which offers support and parent education to over-35 parents. Ms. Nachamie lectures nationally and locally and has been featured on television, radio and in print, including The Today Show, NPR, Health Magazine, and Newsweek.

Nancy Kaufman, L.C.S.W., L.P.

Nancy Kaufman, L.C.S.W., L.P.

Nancy Kaufman, L.C.S.W., L.P.
1430 Second Avenue, Suite 109
New York, New York 10021
(212) 772-1200

Biography

Nancy Kaufman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Psychoanalyst with more than 25 years of clinical experience. She leads The Third Party Parenting Network (TPPN), a  monthly support group for people pursuing or who have already formed their families using egg donation, sperm donation and/or surrogacy. She specializes in issues related to Disclosure in Third Party Reproduction.

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