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 an adult son.
Julie co-authored two books, The Happy Sleeper; A Science-Backed Guide to Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night’s Sleep – Newborn to School Age and Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma Penguin Random House.
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 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
Lindsay Anderson, LCSW has been leading Wright Mommy and Me classes for over 8 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
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 college son.
Denise Maratos, EdM, PhDc
Denise graduated from the University of California and earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology and is working as a Psychological Assistant 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.