|Dr. Judith A. Stein
Mediator & Therapist
The Stein Family & Mediation Center provides comprehensive services in psychotherapy, divorce, and family/elder mediation to individuals, couples, and families in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Westchester. I have a unique, interdisciplinary background as a seasoned and compassionate holistic psychotherapist, mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach.
As a holistic psychotherapist, I view and treat patients as whole people, integrating Psychodynamic, CBT, DBT, wellness, and Buddhist principles into a tailored holistic approach. Together, these approaches help patients understand and change how their thoughts and emotions impact their behavior, learn new ways to cope and manage life stress, and ultimately bring about the important and lasting life changes they seek in their lives.
As a mediator, child specialist, and divorce coach, I am committed to helping people avoid court and resolve their differences sensibly and compassionately. I am passionate about helping parents develop effective parenting plans that consider the children's best interests and minimize the negative effects of divorce and separation by fostering effective coparenting.
The Services We Offer
I am an Ackerman-trained, holistic individual, couples, and family therapist specializing in divorce, eating disorders, life transitions, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. I integrate Psychodynamic, Cognitive-behavioral (CBT), Dialectical-behavioral (DBT), Wellness, and Buddhist principles into a tailor-made therapeutic approach to help patients understand the unique connections between their thoughts, emotions, and behavior, as well as examine broader, underlying issues related to identity, values, and purpose.
I am committed to helping separating and divorcing clients reach sensible agreements about living separate lives while protecting the children and important relationships through mediation, collaborative divorce, child specialist assistance, and divorce coaching.
As a mediator, I create a safe, respectful environment that allows clients to speak freely and feel understood with compassion so that they can craft a sensible agreement cost-effectively that will work for both of them—and especially for the children.
As a member of the New York Association for Collaborative Practice, I provide support as a Child Specialist, Individual Coach, and Neutral Coach to clients who wish to have attorneys fully involved in the divorce process.
As a child specialist and former Adjunct Professor in Child Development, I guide separating parents in communicating and co-parenting more effectively in order to protect the children from the emotional impact of the transition. Because of my extensive background in Child Development, I am especially well equipped to help parents devise a sensible parenting plan that is tailored to the developmental and special needs of their children.
As an individual coach, I help clients prepare for collaborative meetings emotionally so that they can hear one another and express their needs in a way that will be valued and heard. As a neutral coach for the team, I help clients prepare for collaborative meetings emotionally and also keep the process moving forward efficiently and respectfully, including diffusing difficult emotions that may arise during meetings.
As a group, family, & elder mediator, I help groups of individuals and families amicably resolve difficult and often long-standing disputes in sibling relationships, parent-child relationships, decision-making for elders, and other arenas. I work hard to maintain the delicate balance of creating a safe, welcoming environment that allows all participants to be heard and understood, while at the same time ensuring that communication is productive and that emotional dynamics do not derail the mediation process.