Originally from New York City, I received my B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and my M.S.W. from New York University. After moving to Montreal in 1985, I completed an intensive three-year couple and family therapy training program at The Argyle Institute of Human Relations where I am currently a teacher and supervisor of Psychotherapists-in-training.
In 2011, I opened the Sedona Counselling Centre of Montreal
. With over twenty-five counsellors and wellness professionals, we offer psychotherapy, marriage counselling, family therapy, life coaching and other services.
I'm an international guest expert on television and radio on issues related to mental health and emotional well-being, notably having appeared on NBC's The Today Show and been written about in Time Magazine and Maclean's. I was the resident Family Therapist on Global Television's morning news show, This Morning Live
and had a segment on CJAD radio's Kim Fraser Show called Stark Realities
. I write a blog for Psychology Today
magazine called Schlepping Through Heartbreak
My first book My Sister, My Self: The Surprising Ways that Being an Older, Middle, Younger or Twin Shaped Your Life
(2006) is about the impact of sister relationships on women's identities. My second book Runaway Husbands: The Abandoned Wife's Guide to Recovery and Renewal
(2010) is about Wife Abandonment Syndrome.
My most recent book, Divorce: How To Tell The Kids
(2015) is the definitive guide to help parents break the news of an upcoming separation to their kids with the least risk of damage.