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The Motherhood Center of New York

WMHC is happy to announce the grand opening on March 6, 2017, of The Motherhood Center of New York.


A most welcome and valuable resource for women and their infants, this center was developed by our founding member of the Women’s Mental Health Consortium, Catherine Birndorf, MD, who will serve as the center's medical director.


The center will provide supportive and therapeutic services for new and expecting mothers, who might otherwise be without the specialized help they require.


Please visit for more information!



Lunchtime Webinar – Integrating Family Systems Couple and Sex Therapy Lenses in Couples Therapy

Hi Colleagues, 

As an Ackerman alum who fell in love with Systems work even before going to grad school when studying at the Minuchin Institute, it has been extremely important for me to retain the theories, techniques and lenses when working with couples who present with sexual issues.  


While utilizing a formal sex therapy assessment, I also integrate genograms, circular questioning and discussions of individuation to name a few.  I create and revise and refine hypotheses of a couple's dynamic and how it reflects in their sexual challenge.


This is the reason I created this webinar: Integrating Family Systems and Sex Therapy Lenses in Couples Therapy.


I hope you'll join me in this 3 part Lunchtime Live Webinar Series Mondays Feb. 27, March 6th and March 13th from 12:30-2 PM EST. 


Watch and read more details about this webinar at

and register online to reserve your "seat". 


This webinar is approved by NYS for LMSW/LCSWs and AASECT for 4.5 Continuing Education Hours/Credits.
For many couples therapists, sexuality can be a tough topic to address. My workshop/webinar participants and supervisees have let me know they feel so empowered after taking one of my workshops and webinars and freed to ask those questions that can at times be awkward for them.  


I hope you share this announcement with colleagues on other listservs or agencies.  
For further info, please email  


And don't forget the live webinar COMING UP THIS MONDAY FEB. 6TH FROM 12:30-2:30 PM EST: 
The Collaborative Clinical Care Model Between Therapists and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists​ co presented with Amy Stein, DPT, a Pelvic floor physical therapist who will review what conditions she treats, and myself on how to systemically collaborate with a women experiencing sexual pain, her partner and the professionals working on the case.  Systems involved here as well. Check out the intro video at See you there!  






The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths

WMHC member Michelle Friedman, MD,  (
has co-authored a very informative and interesting book entitled
The Art of Jewish Pastoral Counseling: A Guide for All Faiths

Alternative Psychotherapy Approaches Gain Foothold


A recent New York Times article caught my eye,
An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold
,” (Carey, Aug. 8, 2016).  This is wonderful news!! The on-the-ground efforts to create alternatives to the medical model are gaining traction.  As Carey so succinctly reports, 

For the first time in this country, experts say, psychiatry’s critics are mounting a sustained, broadly based effort to provide people with practical options, rather than solely alleging abuses like overmedication and involuntary restraint.  

While new to the public eye, dozens of non-diagnostic alternative forms of treatment and support have been practiced for decades, with impressively effective results. Open Dialogue, mentioned in the article, was developed in the 1980s by innovative family therapists in Finland. The Hearing Voices Network, also cited in the article, has evolved over the past twenty years and now has twenty-nine networks established in the world. There are hundreds of clinicians in every continent who practice forms of relational and collaborative therapy. Social Therapy, a group approach focused on emotional growth, is another viable option for growing numbers of people through its practices in several US cities and the training of clinicians, coaches and educators from all over the world. 

I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner and certified social therapist. Over the many years of my practice, I’ve had the privilege of being invited into the lives of hundreds of people, including homeless youth, clients riddled with anxiety or immobilized by depression, and clients diagnosed with psychosis and a history of multiple psychiatric hospitalizations. I have been witness to the “magic” that happens when their worldview opens up and they see themselves as change agents and when given the opportunity to go beyond their restrictive labels and societal identities. 

Yes! to helping people develop and grow and increase their practical options!  Yes to supporting collaborative approaches empowering clients to create their therapy, their community and their mental health! The millions of people suffering from depression, anxiety and other forms of emotional distress and trauma desperately need new creative tools for living in today’s unstable and unpredictable world.


Ann Green,

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Certified Social Therapist

Psych Options NYC


For more information on Social Therapy see The Social Therapy Group and The East Side Institute


New Book Release