Advice & Support: Professional Finder

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Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.

Andrea Braverman, Ph.D.
Thomas Jefferson University 834 Chestnut Street, Suite 400
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 955-9216

Biography

Andrea M. Braverman, PhD is Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Braverman is also the Director of Psychological and Complementary Services at Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey and has a private practice in Philadelphia.

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She matriculated both Masters and Doctorate degrees in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in addition to a Masters in English literature, and completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed psychologist practicing in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Dr. Braverman is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature in infertility, and has presented papers, monographs, and lectures on infertility and reproductive medicine with a focus on psychological issues and counseling strategies. She serves on the editorial board of Archives of Women’s Mental Health. She reviews manuscripts for Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction. Dr Braverman also has contributed book chapters, reviews and editorials.

Dr. Braverman’s presentations have received national and international acclaim at scientific meetings. She has served as a lecturer at the Wharton School MBA Program, University of Pennsylvania and as chair for postgraduate courses at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine in Montreal. Dr. Braverman has been an invited lecturer at ART meetings and conferences in the US, Australia, Canada, and Europe.

She is currently the president of the North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology, and was honored with the Family Building Award of Path2Parenthood in 2001. Dr. Braverman’s professional memberships include the American Psychological Association and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, where she has chaired many task forces and committees. She is the past chair of the Mental Health Professional Group. She is currently a member of the SART Validation Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the Executive Organizing Committee and Working Committee of FertiQoL.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.

Andrea Bryman, L.M.F.T.
2917 Eagles Claw Ave
Thousand Oaks, California 91362
(818) 612-6368

Biography

Andrea is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a speciality in assisted reproduction which includes mental health assessments and evaluation of egg donors and surrogates.

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Andrea received undergraduate degrees in International Relations and French from the University of Southern California.  She continued her education at U.S.C. and received her Masters degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling.

Andrea has more than 19 years of clinical experience working in the mental health fields.  Her early training began in the field of Geriatrics, where she established a geriatric case management program for the City of Beverly Hills.  She has also had extensive experience working in an inpatient psychiatric facility where she was able to strengthen her testing and diagnostic skills.

Andrea’s focus on assisted reproduction stemmed from her own personal experience with infertility over 14 years ago when she was beginning her family.  Since that time, Andrea has had three children, two with methods of assisted reproduction.  Her past and personal experience provides her with the knowledge to skillfully assess prospective egg donors and surrogates.  It also provides her with the compassion to provide support and guidance to individuals pursuing assisted reproduction.   She continues her professional growth in the field of infertility through research and involvement as a professional member of both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Path2Parenthood and Resolve.  Andrea was the past Psychological Chairperson on the board of directors for the Egg Donation and Surrogacy Professional Association.  She now serves on the advisory board of Parents Via Egg Donation.

Andrea Bryman, LMFT

 
Ariadna Cymet Lanski, Psy.D - Chicago

Ariadna Cymet Lanski, Psy.D - Chicago

Fertility Centers of Illinois
River North Center, 900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(877) 324-4483

Biography

Dr. Ariadna Cymet Lanski is a clinical psychologist who offers psychological services to meet the unique needs of individuals and couples coping with fertility challenges. She leads FCI's Women's Support Group, provides consultation during various stages of fertility treatment and conducts egg donor assessments.

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Dr. Cymet Lanski's clinical practice specializes in reproductive health issues -from preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum adjustment to parenthood.  Dr. Cymet Lanski helps patients to manage stress and feel empowered about their choices. Dr. Cymet Lanski is a graduate of the Universidad De Las Mareicas (BA in Psychology) and Illinois School of Professional Psychology (M.A., Psy.D. in clinical psychology). She completed her doctoral internship at Illinois Masonic Behavioral Health, and received post-internship training at Swedish Covenant Hospital, and postdoctoral training at Chicago's Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Bob Bamman, L.C.S.W.

Bob Bamman, L.C.S.W.

Bob Bamman L.C.S.W.
19 West 34th Street Penthouse Floor
New York, New York 10128
(646) 872-9032

Biography

Bob Bamman, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and a longstanding professional member of the Path2Parenthood-Mental Health Group.  In that capacity he has helped develop the national phone coaching group program and has facilitated workshops and coaching groups addressing the emotional challenges of infertility, assisted/donor reproduction, and adoption. 

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Specialized clinical training includes infertility/adoption training at the Karen Horney Institute, the Center for Family Connections (Cambridge), and the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy.  A veteran of the infertility experience and an adoptive parent, Bob maintains a private practice located in mid-Manhattan working with couples, men, and women experiencing family building challenges.  Bob also provides adoption consultation services and New York State mandated pre-adoption Homestudy services.

Carole Lieber Wilkins, M.A., M.F.T. - Los Angeles

Carole Lieber Wilkins, M.A., M.F.T. - Los Angeles

Carole Lieber Wilkins, M.A.,M.F.T.
1460 Westwood Blvd. Suite 204
Los Angeles, California 90024
(310) 470-9049

Biography

Carole Lieber Wilkins is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in West Los Angeles, providing individual, couples and group counseling. A specialist in the field of reproductive medicine, adoption and family building options since 1986, she became a founding member of Resolve of Greater Los Angeles in 1987 and served on the Board of Directors in various positions for the next 14 years.

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Ms. Lieber Wilkins is well known for her work regarding disclosure of information to children, having helped hundreds of patients feel comfortable about talking with their kids about how they built their families. Many clinics and practitioners around the world distribute to patients her groundbreaking article, Talking With Children About Their Conception. She has lectured locally and nationally, on many subjects related to infertility. She has been the keynote speaker at several Resolve symposia, and a presenter at the professional meetings of the American Psychological Association, The American Society of Reproductive Medicine, Organon Nurses Symposia and Kaiser Hospitals.

Carole is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine Mental Health Professional Group, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a professional member of both Resolve and Path2Parenthood. In addition, her own experience creating a family through adoption and ovum donation deepens her understanding of the challenges others face when exploring these complex family building options.

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