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 focus on baby and child sleep issues. She created the content and curriculum for the Wright Parent & Me classes in LA. 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 young adult son.
Julie co-authored three books, The Happy Sleeper; A Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Newborn to School Age, Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma Penguin Random House and Generation Sleepless, Why Teens and Tweens Aren’t Sleeping Enough and How We Can Help Them.
Jane Rosen, PhD
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 Parent 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.
Yvonne Hoffman is an early childhood expert with specialized training as a licensed FenKid mommy and me instructor in Germany – the concept focuses on accompanying baby’s development and own interest in learning. She believes that, with every new baby, a new mom/dad is born and will help and encourage you to become the parent you are at heart! She is the mother of two young boys and experienced how having a baby turns your world upside down. She attended mommy and me classes with her babies and discovered how the group spirit and support helped her navigate and enjoy the journey of early motherhood. This inspired her to change her career path. After moving to Los Angeles, Yvonne found the perfect match, regarding values and parenting approaches, with the Wright Mommy, Daddy and Me.
Julia P. Kantor, MFT
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 9 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.”
Jasmine Abudalu, PsyD
Jasmine graduated from NYU and earned a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, completing her PsyD coursework in psychology. Her mission is to provide parents with a safe and nurturing space to explore this remarkable time in their lives alongside others who share that sacred journey. She hopes to help parents connect to their instincts, as they get to know not only their babies but also their new selves that have been born. Jasmine has been working with families and children since 2004 and teaching parent and me groups since 2010. Her experience as a mother of 3 children has given her the passion and personal experience to support other new parents.
Synthia Praglin, MA, CPE, CIIM
Synthia holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Child Development. She is a certified Parent Educator, certified Infant Massage Instructor and has a certification in Child & Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has led parenting groups for over 18 years, working from an attachment-based model, emphasizing the importance of nurturing the connection between parent and child. She strongly believes there is no “right” way and strives to provide tools for your parenting “tool box,” while helping you develop confidence in your parenting skills and choices. She is the proud mom of a young adult son.
Denise Maratos, PhD, EdM
Denise graduated from the University of California and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. She holds her PhD in Clinical Psychology and is working as a psychotherapist at Santa Monica college and in private practice. She has worked with high-risk youth at the Children’s Hospital LA, Daniel’s Place, Step Up on Second, UCLArts and Healing, and the LGBT Youth Center LA. Denise has worked with families and children since 1993, in healthcare and educational settings. Her specialties include infertility, the IVF process, and postpartum symptoms. During her first year as a mom, Denise understood the assistance she needed was enormous and decided to dedicate part of her career to supporting parents during this amazing and enigmatic time in their lives.
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.
Estefania Gonzalez, LCSW
Estefania Gonzalez, LCSW is an advocate for maternal mental health, and has worked in early intervention services within community mental health, adoption, and prenatal clinic settings supporting 0-5 year old children and their families during those foundational years. Estefania also became a mother during the pandemic, which shed new light for her on parenting in these times. She graduated from Amherst College and earned her Masters in Social Work from California State University, Northridge. Prior to pursuing her Master’s degree, Estefania worked as a kindergarten teacher. She is currently working in private practice supporting women and parents, in the postpartum period and beyond.