Julie Wright, MFT
Julie is a licensed psychotherapist working with infants, children and adults, exploring attachment, mindfulness and empathic communication. Her background is in infant mental health and child psychology, with a specialization in baby and child sleep issues. She created the content and curriculum for the Wright Parent & Me classes in Los Angeles. Julie trained at Cedars Sinai Early Childhood Center and co-founded a program for parents and babies from 0-3 at LA Child Guidance Clinic. She believes development is optimized and relationships thrive when there is an emotional connection. Her background also includes the “school of life,” as the mother of a son who is now in college.
Julie co-authored the book, The Happy Sleeper; A science-backed guide to helping your baby get a good night’s sleep – newborn to school age, Penguin Random House.
Kim-Lan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with over 15 years of specialized experience with babies, young children, and their parents. Her background is in child development with intensive training in infant mental health. Kim-Lan has been a Wright Mommy and Me instructor for the last 6 years and has worked with hundreds of families. Kim-Lan is the mother of a young daughter and fondly remembers their time together in mommy and me class. She believes all new parents deserve a community where they can grow and learn with their babies. Kim-Lan’s passion is to offer guidance and support to new mothers and fathers through a mindful and informative approach as they take their first steps on their journey through parenthood.
Jane has a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She also holds a certificate in Infant Mental Health from Cedars Sinai Hospital, where she did two clinical fellowships and has worked for the past thirty-five years in the assessment and treatment of challenges throughout the life cycle. Jane has been a preschool teacher at Sinai Temple, Temple Emmanuel, and Wagon Wheel School. She has been a Wright Mommy and Me instructor since 2012, providing support and information groups for families and their babies and toddlers. Informed by mindfulness and focusing on emotions, relationships, and family systems, she is especially thrilled to be working with families to create and share an atmosphere of joyous discovery.
Lindsay Anderson, LCSW has been leading Wright Mommy and Me classes for several years. Lindsay has a private psychotherapy practice in Agoura Hills, specializing in post partum issues, somatic experiencing, mindfulness practices, play therapy and family therapy. As a licensed clinical social worker, Lindsay has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric transplant services, foster care, and the Child and Family Study Center in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, where she also worked for 10 years in the Cheerful Helpers Therapeutic Nursery School. Lindsay has 2 young children of her own and brings her passion and expertise to supporting and nurturing new parents.
Julia P. Kantor, MFT, has been a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Beverly Hills for over 16 years. She specializes in mindful parenting with babies, toddlers and parents. She has been leading The Wright Mommy and Me groups at various locations for over 6 years and is a mom herself with two children. Julia is also a Bringing Baby Home educator and frequently speaks on the research-based tools for “babyproofing your marriage.”
Joanne Newfield, MFT
Joanne Newfield is a licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She received a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Joanne works with children, families, and adults in her Beverly Hills private practice, as well as doing in-home therapy. She has extensive experience with the birth to five population and is passionate about working with mothers who are experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety. Joanne's goal is to provide a warm and supportive environment for parents to learn about their baby's development and discuss new challenges that arise during the first year of parenting.
Jennifer McNamara, MFT, CIIM
Jennifer McNamara, MFT, CIIM is a licensed psychotherapist and Certified Instructor of Infant Massage with extensive training in brain-based attachment theories, infant mental health, and play therapy. She received a bachelor's degree in Child Development from Purdue University and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Jennifer currently conducts mental health assessments for infants and toddlers in foster care, provides training on the clinical treatment of children ages 0-5 and has a private practice in West Los Angeles. Jennifer has been leading Wright Mommy and Me classes since 2012 and has recently become the proud mother of a baby boy. Jennifer understands the challenges new mothers face and is passionate about creating a safe space for women to connect and find their village.
Julie Sitomer, LCSW
Julie Sitomer is an LCSW with over 16 years of experience working with children and families. Julie has a private psychotherapy practice in Woodland Hills, specializing in Women’s Mental Health issues such as infertility, grief and loss, transition to parenthood, and post-partum depression. Julie has also worked with Los Angeles Unified School District supporting families through the special education assessment and Individual Education Program (IEP) process. Julie believes strongly in creating community with other moms as a source of support and encouragement. Her down to earth approach provides a warm and welcoming environment. Julie is the mother of 3 daughters; her youngest are twins!
Caren Gitlin, LCSW
Caren Gitlin, LCSW, is a mother of two young boys and has been a child and family therapist, specializing in early childhood development, for 15 years. Caren has worked with young children with social, emotional and behavioral challenges at Cedars Sinai in the Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center. She has worked in private practice including individuals, play therapy and social skills groups for children and parent support groups. It was during her first year of being a mom that Caren realized she wanted to help support parents during this exciting and challenging time in their lives. Caren started leading mommy and me groups and fell in love with helping moms and dads navigate the sometimes bumpy road of parenthood.