Advice & Support: Professional Finder

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Michele L. Cole, LCSW

Michele L. Cole, LCSW

The Family Building Support Center, LLC
519 Westfield Avenue
Westfield, New Jersey 07090
(908) 232-7277

Biography

Michele L. Cole, LCSW- NY, NJ, Founder and Director of The Family Building Support Center, LLC., is a clinical social worker with over twelve years of experience in the field of mental health as a psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and associate clinical director, in private and community practice.  She works with adults, children, adolescents, couples and families. Ms. Cole is a current member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group, RESOLVE, The National Infertility Association, Concerned Persons for Adoption and The New Jersey Association of Women Therapists. She has received continuing education on contemporary family building at The National Institute for the Psychotherapies’ ongoing professional training series, “Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Adoption, Infertility and Contemporary Family-Making,” adoption issues at Rutgers University’s Institute for Families and on telemedicine ethics and practices at The Telemental Health Institute.

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In addition to working with prospective parents around infertility, assisted and third party reproduction, adoption and family life issues, other areas of clinical focus include the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, women’s issues, trauma and working with grief, bereavement and attachment issues.

Ms. Cole currently serves as Compliance Officer at The Fifth Avenue Counseling Center, Inc., a community mental health center in New York City where she has held the positions of Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor and Psychotherapist.  She has also worked as an individual and group counselor for survivors of The September 11th tragedy and as a child and family social worker for Headstart.

Ms. Cole received her Masters of Social Work degree from City University of New York’s Hunter College.  Prior to her work in the mental health field, she was a broadcast news journalist and adjunct professor of television production and writing. She was also President and Founder of Careers On Site, Inc., a career education and mentoring program for teens.

 

Nancy Boughey, L.C.S.W.

Nancy Boughey, L.C.S.W.

Nancy Boughey, M.S.W.
2220 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, California 94115
(415) 457-3959

Biography

Nancy is a licensed clinical social work with over 20 years of clinical experience. Having had her own reproductive struggles she focuses on issues of fertility and challenges in family building.  Collaborating with individuals and couples, she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to help them develop healthy coping and problem solving strategies.  Nancy is an independent practitioner but collaborates with many agencies to offer evaluations and screenings.

Nancy Boughey, L.C.S.W.

Nancy Boughey, L.C.S.W.

Nancy Boughey, M.S.W.
610 D Street
San Rafael, California 94901
415-457-3959

Biography

Nancy is a licensed clinical social work with over 20 years of clinical experience. Having had her own reproductive struggles she focuses on issues of fertility and challenges in family building.  Collaborating with individuals and couples, she uses a variety of therapeutic techniques to help them develop healthy coping and problem solving strategies.  Nancy is an independent practitioner but collaborates with many agencies to offer evaluations and screenings.

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.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W.

Patricia Mendell, L.C.S.W., B.C.D.
902 Broadway, 13th Floor
New York, New York 10010
(212) 819-1778

Biography

Patricia Mendell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Diplomat. She is the facilitator of the Path2Parenthood Ovum Donor Seminar Series. Patricia has served as Co-Chair of Path2Parenthood since 2006. She is a member of the Path2Parenthood Mental Health Advisory Board. Patricia is co-author of the fact sheet for Path2Parenthood on “Talking to Children about Ovum Donation” reissued in 2009. In 2003 Patricia was a recipient of the Path2Parenthood Family Building Award and is a founding board member of the organization. 

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Patricia has written and spoken extensively on numerous topics regarding fertility, third party reproduction and disclosure, parenting after fertility, multi-fetal reduction, and pregnancy loss and adoption. As an infertility and pregnancy loss survivor, she is well aware of the impact decision making choices on people’s lives. In her role as therapist and consumer advocate, she gives those seeking her help both practical and therapeutic advice on how to cope better with stress, resolve marital tensions and explore and select solutions to their family building dilemmas.

 

Patricia holds a BA from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s Mental Health Professional Group and a MHPG mentor.  Patricia is married and is the proud mother of two sons David and Michael Singer. She and her husband have practices in New York City and reside in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

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