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As of February 10, 2014, WMHC member Sarah Klagsbrun, M.D. will become the Medical Director of Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY.

Her father, Samuel Klagsbrun, M.D., built Four Winds Hospital 36 years ago and Four Winds in Saratoga 22 years ago. He still owns both  facilities and has prided himself with keeping the focus at both hospitals on patient care. Four Winds Hospital in Katonah has 151 child and adolescent and 30 adult psychiatry beds.
Dr.Sarah Klagsbrun plans to continue her father's vision of excellent patient care at both hospitals. 


For more information about Dr. Klagsbrun please click here: 


PACT (Pre/post Adoption Consulting and Training)
         and Dr. Joyce Maguire Pavao
             The New York Post Adoption Competency Training
             For Clinicians and other Adoption Related Professionals


Using lecture, videos, classroom discussion, panel presentations, and consultations, this eight-month program is designed to help therapists develop the clinical sensitivity, and more important, competency needed to treat the mental health problems of children who come from a background of abuse and neglect and who are being raised in a family other than the birth family. 

The course emphasizes the development of a framework of understanding about the complexity of being a child or adult in a family by adoption and the therapeutic skills that will enable practitioners to work at the individual, couples, group, and family levels of clinical practice. Woven into each class is the impact that trauma, separation and loss-- as well as multiple moves -can have on children's development and well being.

                   Co-Host and Associate Presenter: Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW

                         For more information please contact: 

           (617) 547-0909


Contact                                                                                                                                                         For Full Course info                                                                                                                                     Dates Scheduled for 2014                                                                                                                 January 19, 2014                                                                                                                                     February 8, March 8, and April 5, 2014                                                                                               Saturdays from 9:00 to 2:00                                                                                                                 Upper West Side                                                                                                                               Location - to be announced                                                                                                                           Consultaion/Supervision Course also offered Saturdays 2:30 to 5:00


Phyllis Lowinger, LCSW

49 West 86th Street

New York, New York 10024          

(212) 666-3400 ▪

Family Matters

Specializing in the therapy of adoption, infertility, and third-party reproduction.


September 3, 2013

Third International Conference On Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapies

"Relational Dimensions of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy"

May 15-18, 2014
Preconference: May 14-15, 2014
Stony Point Center, Stony Point, New York
Dear International Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy community, related psychotherapy practitioners and newcomers to Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy, 
On behalf of the 3rd International Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy Conference Committee, we invite you to submit your presentation proposals for the afternoon schedule of the Conference.
We encourage you to develop your presentation by holding the theme of our Conference - Relational Dimensions of Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy - freshly in mind. Our theme emphasizes that FOT involves, at its core, a genuine, shared relational engagement between, amongst, and within living beings that changes how we live in relationship.
We would like you to consider how what you present reflects on and elaborates our main theme. Some examples of possible areas to include (but are not limited to):
  • Applications of FOT to specific relational issues /areas such as: attachment, spirituality, couples work, ways of communicating, diversity conversations.
  • FOT with various populations, such as: children, the elderly, couples, families, community work, groups etc.
  • Different ways in which we think and work with relationality in psychotherapy; implicit and explicit ways of communicating; ruptures and repairs in the the therapeutic alliance, relational issues that arise when we cross FOT with other therapeutic approaches, qualities of relating and accessing the spiritual dimensions of psychotherapy; therapist’s self-care and development.
Thanks to The Focusing Institute, we have a new submission system that makes our process even more efficient. Please be sure to follow the submission guidelines and formats according to the following information:
Experiential Workshops length 1’45” 
Lecture/Research Presentations length 60”
Requirements for proposals:
  • A succinct completed title.
  • A description of your presentation and format (no more than 100 words).
  • A two sentence summary of the presentation (50 word limit).
  • A two-sentence biography (50 word limit) for each presenter.
  • Specific information re: equipment needed for your presentation.
  • Your phone and email contact information.
In response to feedback received from previous FOT Conference participants: to have more time to relax, socialize, and absorb the conference activities, we have limited the number of afternoon presentations. Given these time constraints, we hope you will understand that we may not be able to accommodate all submissions but strongly encourage you to share your valuable work during our Open Space evening time.
All proposals must be submitted by: September 30th, 2013. 
Please submit your proposals online.  Click here for the proposal submission form. 
We are hard at work preparing an excellent Conference – it is a labor of love.
Looking forward to seeing you in May.
The Program Committee
Doralee Katonah, Soti Grafanaki
Members of the Submissions Committee:
Cynthia Callsen, Jude Cobb, Eileen Kaufman, Joan Klagsbrun, Janet Pfunder, Joan Lavender, Jeffrey Morrison, Susan Rudnick
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WMHC Social Action Grant, 2013 Call for Proposals

Call for Grant Proposals
The Women's Mental Health Consortium (WMHC) is soliciting proposals for innovative programs or projects whose mission is to support the emotional health and well-being of girls and women, particularly those affected by adversity.
Eligibility Criteria
Grant applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations proposing specific projects or programs that fit the WMHC’s mission.  We do NOT fund individuals, government entities, or for-profit businesses. Organizations should be based in the New York Metropolitan area, although the reach of the program can be local or global.
What We Look For
One to two grants will be awarded. Awards can be in the $5,000-$10,000 range, depending on the scope and needs of the project. We look for proposals that aim to start-up new projects or programs, or that provide support for specific existing ones. Grants cannot be used exclusively to support day-to-day operating expenses of an organization. We are interested in proposals for programs/projects that promote girls/women’s individual and collective empowerment and psychological well-being. Priority will be given to proposals that address the needs of marginalized or disenfranchised groups. Applicants should demonstrate the longer-term sustainability of their work and their organization.
How to Apply
Application deadline is October 15, 2013. We aim to notify award recipients in mid-November, 2013.
Applications should be submitted via email to: General grant questions and inquiries can be directed to this email, c/o Lisa Rubin, Social Action Committee Chair.
Submit the application cover page (below) along with an application packet that includes the following:
I.          Statement of the project’s specific aims (up to one page)
II.         Project proposal (up to five pages) including:
·   Background information on the issue to be addressed
·   Description of the program/project proposed, the population that will be served by
·   Resources and environment of the organization, including space, computing resources, personnel
·   Strategy for program evaluation. How will the impact or effectiveness of the proposed program be evaluated?
III.        Itemized budget and budget justification (1-2 pages)
All budgetary needs should be described and justified. Given the duration of the grant, we discourage the use of grant funds for items equipment (e.g., computers). Any requests for such needs should be adequately justified. Matching funds from the organization, or from other grants, are strongly encouraged.
Terms of the Grant
Finalists may be asked to provide up to three years’ tax returns. Strategy for dispensing funds will be negotiated with the grantee, depending on the nature of the project. However, funds will not be dispersed as a “lump sum” award.  Reimbursing paid expenses, direct payment to vendors, or quarterly payments to grant recipients are sample approaches that may be negotiated for award disbursement. Grantees will be expected to submit a six-month progress report, and will submit a year-end report and presentation to the WMHC.
About Us
The Women's Mental Health Consortium (WMHC) is an association of mental health professionals in the greater New York City area whose work addresses social and psychological issues affecting girls and women across the lifespan. Members include clinicians, researchers, and educators, advocates and activists. The first resource of its kind nationwide, the WMHC brings together different specialists to help women access the best mental health care available.
The WMHC was founded by Catherine Birndorf, MD, a reproductive psychiatrist who trained at Weill Cornell Medical College, and who was invited to return to Weill Cornell to start a women's mental health program. She began the task by reaching out to doctors and practitioners in the region who specialize in women's issues. But she quickly found that many of these experts practiced in isolation, unaware of colleagues nearby who treat patients with similar concerns. So in November of 2002, over fifty mental health professionals decided to join forces in order to learn from each other, educate other practitioners about women's mental health needs, and better serve their patients. The organization has continued to expand, growing to now include several hundred members.
Each WMHC member makes a difference in the lives of girls and women through her clinical practice, research, teaching, and community engagement. As an organization, the WMHC is committed to using our collective resources to support community-based organizations doing work that reflects the goals and values of our organization.
WMHC Executive Committee (2013)
President: Dawn Hughes, Ph.D.  (
Treasurer: Stephanie Levey, Ph.D. (
Membership Chair: Meredith Singer, Ph.D. (
Education Chair: Carol Bloom, LCSW (
Website Chair:  Robin Halpern, LCSW, DCSW (
Social Action Committee Chair: Lisa Rubin, PhD (
Listserv Chair: Patricia Moscou, Ph.D. (

Kelly Brogan, MD: Monthly Newsletter and Guest Blog Post

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Featured Guest Blog: Your Body. Your Baby. Their Flu. 

As a conventionally trained, dyed-in-the-wool psychiatrist, I learned that mental illness is a manifestation of an imbalance of brain chemicals that can be largely reduced to too little serotonin and/or norepinephrine, too little dopamine, or messed up excitatory signals at the membrane level.  These deficits required pharmaceutical intervention for repair, just as one of my attendings once patronizingly said to an inpatient post-suicide attempt: if you had poor vision, you would need glasses.  There would just be no way for you to navigate the world without those glasses no matter how much you wanted to.

I don’t believe this anymore.  I’ve left the church and I’ve run into the woods where I’m listening to the sermons delivered by the natives there…those who believe in a natural order, in the body’s capacity to heal, in the sanctity of a clean environment, and in the interconnectedness of spirit, nourishment, and movement.  But this was a journey for me.  I started to open my eyes during my first pregnancy, when I began my fellowship in treating pregnant and postpartum women.   I learned how to consent them, and what informed consent really looked like, around treatment with psychotropics in pregnancy and lactation.  Many of these women had been on medication for the better part of their adult lives and either found themselves pregnant, were planning to become, or developed symptoms despite treatment.  I poured over the literature for hundreds of hours, memorizing authors and statistics, distilling complex analytic concepts, and building a rational path, with some forks in the road, for these women to travel.  I helped them to understand the known risks, the unknown risks, the alternatives, and allowed them to assess the perceived benefits.  This process would often culminate in a 90-120 minute session involving all and any interested family members and extensive communication with other providers – general psychiatrists, obstetricians, therapists, so that everyone was on the same page. 

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Posted by: Kelly Brogan, MD


WMHC member, Joyce McFadden, has been quoted in a New York Times article on May 12, 2013

The article addresses the issue of how girls are objectified in popular culture and the ensuing complications for parents navigating these situations.




Your Daughter's Bedroom by Joyce T. McFadden


Psychoanalyst and Huffington Post columnist McFadden offers insight and honesty in a discussion of the healthy ways mothers can help their daughters grow comfortable and knowledgeable about their sexuality. In August 2005, the author launched the Women’s Realities Study, a research project that aimed to take the pulse of modern women by asking open-ended questions about relationships, motherhood and mental health, among others. Her intended goal was to create a companion piece to the classic Our Bodies, Ourselves. Mission accomplished. The author clears away the heavy clouds that overshadow topics many daughters do not learn about from their mothers (and which mothers often dread sharing with their daughters): menstruation, masturbation and sex... There are hurdles to cross and backs to be straightened when it comes to this topic, but daughters need their mothers, and it’s time they heard their voices. An empowering resource for mothers and daughters everywhere.”

—Kirkus Reviews

submitted by: Joyce. T. McFadden, NCPsyA



Lisa Rubin, PhD, promotion to Associate Professor 

Congratulations to WMHC member Lisa Rubin, PhD, on her recent promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure at The New School for Social Research, where she is also the Assistant Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program.

In addition, Lisa is currently chair of the WMHC social action committee. Lisa's research and clinical work focuses on women’s health concerns, including body image and eating problems, psycho-oncology, and assisted reproductive technologies.

Her scholarship includes publications in Cancer, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Health Psychology, Sex Roles, Psychology & Health, Culture Medicine & Psychiatry, among other journals. She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Women & Therapy on women and cancer.

Lisa Rubin, PhD


Mad in America: Science, Psychiatry and Community

The Head Bone’s Connected to the Body Bone


December 18, 2012

We have long been told that “low levels” of serotonin in the brain equal bad and sad, and we have been educated by the Pharmaceutical industry about the opportunity we have, through the use of antidepressants, to retrain our wayward neurons: by making the proverbial holes in the strainer that much smaller. But even if you accept the conventional wisdom regarding the role of serotonin in the narrative of mind, merriness, and misery, from where do we think that this magical neurochemical arises? 
Full Article 

My Journey Home to Self


December 11, 2012

It is not the responsibility of those exposed to demonstrate danger, it is the responsibility of pharmaceutical, commercial, and industrial companies to properly evaluate the long-term safety of such exposures, including an evaluation of the severe risks to a potentially genetically vulnerable minority. Only then can a governing body be in a position to sanction, condone, or even promote such chemicals. 
Full Article 


Truth is a Quiet Thing

Finding peace in a forward fold

As a professional performing artist for over 10 years in musical theater, I adored the process of making a show. The rehearsal process meant learning and honing new music and choreography, drilling it to as close to perfection as possible, and of course making new friends and acquiring new skills.

But nothing compared to the moment the curtain went up and there was an audience. My kicks were higher, smile broader, adrenaline was coursing through my body and my voice felt more expansive than ever. All those hours in class and in rehearsals paid off big time.

So it was quite a shock for me to take my first yoga class, and truth be told, I didn’t appreciate it much.

Where were the mirrors? How would I know if I was doing the poses right? Without my body to look at, and my voice to listen to, how would I know my place in this practice?

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submitted by Alena Gerst, LMSW, RYT