About The Truman Group: Our Team
The founders of the Truman Group, collectively, have years of experience living overseas and firsthand knowledge of the challenges and rewards of expatriate life. They decided to found the Truman Group after recognizing the difficulty many English-speaking expats encounter in finding adequate mental health care while living and working overseas.
Dr. Sean Truman
Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Truman grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father worked for the United Nations. He attended the International School of Kenya in Nairobi where his mother was a teacher. Dr. Truman graduated from Reed College where he majored in Psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut, and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he worked both at the Child Study Center and in the Department of Psychiatry. He is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he cares for adults, adolescents and couples. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Truman has worked as both a researcher and a professor of undergraduates and graduate students in Psychology.
Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer
Susan Bernstein is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Truman Group. She holds an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company and a senior strategist with a boutique brand strategy firm she has advised global Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofit organizations and start-ups across a range of categories on growth strategy and improved performance. Prior to earning her MBA she worked with arts and education organizations in Los Angeles and San Francisco to increase the impact of their programs and services. Earlier in her career she taught public school in South Central Los Angeles as a corps member with Teach For America. She has lived, studied and worked overseas throughout much of Asia, Western and Eastern Europe.
James Rosow, PhD, LP
Director of Clinical Services
James Rosow is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has been in private practice for more than 15 years and specializes in individual therapy with children, adolescents and adults. He relies on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral interventions to treat a wide range of psychological and emotional problems. Through extensive clinical experience he has developed expertise in depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, school/professional underachievement, and relationship issues. He also offers treatment to couples and to families. His previous clinical positions include Director of Clinical Training at the Brooklyn Children’s Psychiatric Center and Assistant Director of the Proctor Academy Charter School in Trenton, NJ. James has lived and worked abroad in Spain.
Emily Boland, MSW, LCSW
Director of Clinical Operations
Emily Boland has lived and worked as an expatriate for over a decade in various parts of South America and Western Europe, and she knows first hand what it is like to live far from home. Over the course of the last 20 years she has worked as a clinical social worker in a wide range of settings, including inpatient and outpatient care, school based programs, and residential treatment. She approaches clinical work collaboratively with her patients, and she views the therapeutic process as a partnership with each individual client. As an expatriate, Emily has developed a specialty in and has completed extensive training in cross-cultural work.
Claudia Andrei, PhD, LP
Claudia Andrei holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies in NY and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Prior to her transition into private practice, Claudia worked in hospital settings (Beth Israel Medical Center), community mental health clinics and teaching institutes (she held the Clinical Director position at The Village Institute for Psychotherapy in NYC). Claudia’s clinical work focuses on the treatment of adults and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, relational difficulties, trauma and trauma-related symptomatology. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational and interpersonal therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, affect focused dynamic psychotherapy as well as breathing and mindfulness techniques. Claudia lives and works internationally.
Lou Bartholome, MA, LP
Lou Bartholome is a psychologist who sees older adolescents, adults, and couples. He was originally trained in both psychodynamic and family systems therapy, and over the course of his professional career he has increasingly employed an integrative approach that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy, solution oriented therapy, EMDR, and John Gottman’s marital therapy. His approach is flexible and tailored to the needs of each client. Lou has worked in educational settings, community service agencies and medical clinics, and has been in private practice for the last seventeen years, and has worked with the expatriate population for over nine years.
Lauren Christensen, PhD, LP
Lauren Christensen holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist. She has worked in a variety of settings as a clinician, including private practice in the East Coast of the US, as well as part of a pre-deployment medical team for the Department of Defense. Lauren’s private practice work has been primarily focused on the treatment of adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment to change and life transitions. Lauren uses an individualized approach in therapy, combining cognitive, mindfulness, and acceptance-based theories to help clients identify obstacles and achieve their goals. She has lived and worked internationally.
Marilyn Cooperman, PhD, LP
Dr. Marilyn Cooperman has been in practice for over 30 years as a psychologist in private practice, as a therapist and supervisor in a college counseling center, and as the consulting psychologist to the director, staff and parents in a preschool setting. Dr. Cooperman’s orientation is integrative. She draws from a broad-based theoretical framework (including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which allows her to use the strategies, modalities and skills best suited to the needs of the individual client. For the past four years, Dr. Cooperman has focused both her individual and group work on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She has found ACT, a cognitive behavioral therapy in which mindfulness is an integral part, to be particularly effective in helping clients succeed in making desired changes and achieving their goals. Her practice focuses on adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, identity issues, trauma, PTSD, grief and adjusting to life transitions.
Marjorie de Veer, MSW, LCSW
Marjorie de Veer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing since 2006. She has worked in a variety of settings including private practice, community mental health, and school-based mental health programs. Marjorie recently repatriated to the USA but has spent most of the last 10 years living overseas in Asia and South America. While overseas, she ran a private practice working with American expatriates focused on the treatment of anxiety, depression, complicated grief, trauma and managing symptoms that can be exacerbated by life transitions and cultural adjustments. While primarily utilizing a CBT framework, Marjorie provides an integrative approach to therapy by drawing on complementary modalities best suited to the needs of individual clients, including mindfulness, exposure, stress management and skill-based ADHD interventions. Ms. de Veer has a master’s degree in clinical social work from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. She also holds a certificate of advanced training in traumatic stress and will soon be a certified ADHD professional.
Angela DeVita, PhD, LMFT
Angela DeVita holds both a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology. Dr. DeVita has worked extensively in private practice, providing care to individuals struggling with anxiety, self-doubt, overwhelming emotion, as well as relationship challenges that are exacerbated by transitions and cultural adjustment. She integrates an eclectic blend of approaches including somatic body psychotherapy, depth psychology, mindfulness, family systems, internal family systems (IFS), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), creative arts, and mind-body wellness. She is experienced working with expatriates, international teachers, medical and healing professionals, location-independent entrepreneurs, writers, college students, and diverse multicultural clientele. Angela has personal experience as an expat, and has lived and worked in various parts of Western Europe.
Laura Dimmick, PsyD, LP
Laura Dimmick holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. She has provided psychological services across multiple settings, including private practice, community mental health clinics, university counseling centers, and a VA-sponsored center for returning combat veterans and their families. Dr. Dimmick’s clinical work has focused primarily on treatment of adults and older adolescents coping with a variety of presenting concerns, to include anxiety, depression, eating and body image issues, relationship issues, trauma, grief, and adjustment issues via major life changes and transitions. She has also focused on working with LGBTQ+ individuals and families and on peak performance work with students and athletes. Dr. Dimmick has an integrative style that incorporates cognitive-behavioral therapy, relational and interpersonal therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, DBT-informed approaches, emotion-focused therapy, and solution-focused therapy, and she tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual. As an adolescent and young adult, Dr. Dimmick lived in Munich, Germany, where she attended and graduated from the Bavarian International School; she has since lived in Australia and Western Europe and currently lives and works internationally.
Fran Ellers, LCSW, LMFT
Fran Ellers changed careers in midlife to obtain a master’s degree in social work, specializing in couple and family therapy; she has clinical licenses in both specialties. She first practiced therapy with individuals, couples, and families in her home state of Kentucky, then moved overseas with her family for four and a half years, living in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Fran understands how hard it can be to cope with depression, anxiety, or relationship problems on top of the stresses of living abroad; she saw clients and led resilience workshops in her own expatriate community. She uses a range of therapeutic approaches that draw from her strengths-based social work background, her family systems training, and her training in Gottman Method couple therapy.
Scotty Enyart, LCSW, PhD
Scotty Enyart practices as an LCSW and has a Ph.D. in International Psychology. He has extensive travel experience to over 20 countries. His travels have focused on understanding how different cultures approach psychological issues. Dr. Enyart has worked with the military for the past five years in 12 countries in Asia providing mental health therapy to deployed sailors. Dr. Enyart also has experience working with expats, children and families/bicultural families on a broad range of issues. He has an integrative approach to therapy that incorporates cognitive-behavioral, narrative, relational, insight-oriented, mindfulness, and solution-focused therapy. He tailors therapeutic work to the specific needs of each individual.
Karen Findon, PsyD, LP
Karen Findon holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in treating children, adolescents, and families. She honed her clinical skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings, where she developed a theoretical approach that recognizes how our early family experiences shape how we view ourselves and the world around us. During her graduate studies she participated in research projects that explored the relationship between trauma and psychological functioning and has devoted a great deal of her professional career to treating youth in the foster care system who have endured abuse and neglect. Karen tailors her evidence-based approaches to meet each client’s unique needs. Depending on the individual’s symptoms and goals, her therapeutic interventions may include interpersonal, psychodynamic, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, family systems and/or existential applications. She is passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and believes that everyone possesses the capacity to transcend and live a meaningful and fulfilled life.
Bruce Gimplin, MSW, LICSW
Bruce Gimplin has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for nearly 20 years. His life and professional experiences inform his work with diverse cultures and individual events that can bring someone to seek help. He has worked in private practice, clinics and urgent settings serving individuals, couples and families. Bruce personalizes his therapeutic approaches to meet the individual’s need, and uses CBT, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused, Psychodynamic, Humanistic, Narrative and other evidenced-based treatments. He sees late adolescents through adults and has deep experience in Trauma, Grief/Transitions, LGBTQ, Dependency, Anxiety/Depression and Parenting issues. Bruce is originally from New York City and has lived in many places, most recently moving from Seattle to Madrid.
Rick Ginsberg, PhD, LP
Rick Ginsberg is a psychologist licensed in Colorado and Maine and considers working with the international community an honor. He takes a strength-based, integrative, and collaborative approach to his work, with an eye on de-stigmatizing mental illness but with a keen clinical outlook that helps him approach client difficulties with respect, integrity, and clarity. Originally trained in family systems and narrative approaches, he utilizes traditional cognitive-behavioral approaches as well and typically works with clients on an insight basis through existential approaches. Rick has worked in hospitals, community mental health organizations, university counseling centers, organizational development consulting firms, and private practice. He has been in private practice for 15 years and provides services to adolescents, adults, and couples.
Lisa Hackel, PhD, LP
Lisa Hackel is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in New York for over 25 years. In addition to her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she has a Certificate in Bioethics and teaches students at Albert Einstein Medical School. Dr. Hackel has extensive experience and expertise working with individuals who are navigating a life transition or stressful period, including work or relationship difficulties, serious health-related challenges, infertility, and separation and divorce. She is also a Family Mediator and a Child Consultant in the divorce mediation process, helping parents who are separating or divorced to improve communication and manage conflict around parenting issues. Her work with clients is collaborative and primarily integrates insight-oriented and family systems approaches. Dr. Hackel believes that during difficult times therapy can bring clarity to an individual’s unique experience and help them to identify and mobilize areas of strength and resilience.
Lisa Z. Hekel, MSW, LCSW
Lisa Hekel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has been providing clinical treatment for over 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, school-based, outpatient and disaster/crisis response. As an expatriate, Lisa has spent over ten years providing personalized services world-wide, using her experiences to support individuals and their families living cross-culturally, including issues related to unaccompanied deployment. Her work with active duty military and veterans focuses on adjustment and trauma issues using an integrative style of mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral interventions. She specializes in issues related to grief, loss, and attachment, through a solution focused approach. Lisa has extensive experience working alongside international schools providing guidance for teachers and administrations in regards to the unique needs of transient students and their families. She meets clients where they are at and guides them through purposeful and goal oriented practice.
Mariana Iurcovich, MA, LP
Mariana Iurcovich is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with three decades of experience working with adults, young adults, the LGBT community, couples and families. Born in Argentina, Mariana has worked in many regions throughout the world including much of South America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. In addition to providing individual therapy, Mariana has experience teaching and training health professionals, and implementing and supervising counseling programs in multiple countries. An expat herself, she has a particular speciality assisting with challenging cross cultural transitions, and helping family members adjust to changes related to these transitions.
Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart, MA, LP
Thérèse Jacobs-Stewart has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than thirty years. She also has extensive international experience and has lived abroad in Mexico. She has spent time working with the United Nations on leadership development in the Caribbean Nations, and designing cross-cultural training with companies in Europe, the Pacific Rim, and Central America. Thérèse specializes in mindfulness-based practices and cares for adults, couples and families. She is a published author; her most recent book is Mindfulness and the 12 Steps: Living Recovery in the Present Moment.
Alicia Janik, PsyD, LP
Alicia Janik is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, holding a doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education. Her primary areas of clinical expertise include supporting women and families navigating perinatal health and wellbeing (fertility, prenatal loss, pregnancy, and postpartum care), the LGBTQIA population, adolescents and adults experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief, relationship challenges, trauma, and issues surrounding identity, gender, and sexuality. She believes in a collaborative and strength-based approach, using an integrative style (incorporating insight-oriented, narrative, mindfulness, solution-focused, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational, and cognitive-behavioral approaches). Dr. Janik tailors the therapy process to meet an individual’s immediate goals and to foster long-lasting personal growth. She is passionate about serving the expatriate community given her experiences living and working overseas in Eastern Europe, and her interest in promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding.
Lydia grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities and later attended Macalester College, where she studied psychology and creative writing. She has previously served in various senior editorial roles for her college newspaper and humor magazine, worked as a graphic designer and freelance copy-writer, and most recently as a psychiatric assistant in an adult mental health unit in a hospital.
Alex Karydi, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Alex Karydi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has focused her research and clinical work on the impact of minority stress on LGBTQI populations, focusing on youth navigating their gender identity. She has a master’s in clinical psychology, a postgraduate diploma in research psychology, a Ph.D. in Clinical Sexology, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked in various settings including school systems, the justice system, social services, and behavioral health. In 2015, she was appointed Program Director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health – Office of Suicide Prevention where she was responsible for establishing the first state office for suicide prevention, embedding Zero Suicide framework in the state mental health care system, and developing the state school suicide prevention program. In addition to her work with the Truman Group, she is the Project 2025 Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, a nationwide initiative to reduce the annual rate of suicide in the U.S. by 20 percent before 2025.
Marcus Klein, PsyD, LP
Dr. Klein is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. He has worked in a variety of settings including medical centers (Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles), schools, and community mental health clinics specializing in treating and assessing children, adolescents, adults, and families. Marcus utilizes an integrative approach incorporating cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, existential, and solution focused interventions. Marcus has specific specialization in treating children and adolescents who have experienced trauma using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has also done research on the phenomenon of posttraumatic growth among young children. In addition to his therapeutic work, Dr. Klein also lectures on the intersection of religion, spirituality, and psychology. As an expatriate who moved overseas with his family of six, Marcus knows firsthand the unique challenges of living far from home for both individuals and families.
Jill Kristal, PhD, LP
Jill holds a Ph.D. in Clinical and Research Psychology and has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. While living in London, Jill ran the American Counseling Center where she worked extensively with the expatriate population. She spent more than a decade living abroad, and developed significant interest and expertise in treating the mental health needs of expatriates. In addition to her clinical work, Jill has cultural transition programming specifically for international families, and is the co-creator of Transitional Learning Curves, an organization that helps families and companies address the multiple adjustments that come with life as an expatriate. She speaks and writes regularly about expatriate experience and, in addition to her work with the Truman Group, has a private practice where she treats children, adults and couples.
Saraa Lee, MSW, LCSW
Saraa D. Lee holds an MSW from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs and is a former Fulbright Grantee. She taught English and researched cross cultural and trans-lingual creativity in South Korea. She also spent a semester studying cultural psychology at the Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic. Saraa has studied and volunteered in South Africa, Swaziland, Japan and North Korea. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she is trained in working with children, teens and adults. She also has years of experience working with children in foster care and supporting families through the adoption process. Saraa is firmly LGBTQ+ allied and applies a social justice lens to her work, helping clients connect to the tools that will work best for them. Saraa uses a blend of mindfulness, psychodynamic and cognitive techniques to support clients in meeting their goals.
Kim Leong, PhD, LP
Kim Leong is a licensed Psychologist who grew up in Hong Kong. She earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University, and was a Harvard fellow with joint appointments to Judge Baker Children’s Clinic and Children’s Hospital of Boston, Department of Psychiatry. Of her 28 years as a psychologist, over 21 years have been spent living and working in India, South Africa, Nigeria, Washington D.C., Macedonia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Kim has treated adult, child and adolescent expatriates from diplomatic, missionary, private sector and military communities throughout her international postings. She has trained pre-doctoral students and lay counselors in in-patient, out-patient, academic and community clinic settings. Kim has a depth of experience in treatment of loss, trauma, relationship issues, adjustment, cultural and spiritual issues, and psychometric assessment.
Vanessa Myles, MD
Dr. Myles is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist in the U.S. and Germany. She holds a medical degree from Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany and completed specialty training in Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Vanessa has extensive research and clinical experience and has worked in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, but draws from a wide variety of clinical approaches to tailor to individual needs and create a comfortable space for psychological exploration and growth. She has extensive experience with a broad range of issues including adjustment reactions, depression, anxiety, trauma, identity issues and the complex nature of expatriate challenges. In addition to her clinical work with the Truman Group, Vanessa maintains a private practice in Cologne, Germany and is an active member of the regional expatriate community.
Mariana Naldi, PhD, LP
Mariana Naldi holds a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. She has provided psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to ages 14 and up in a variety of settings across the U.S. and Western Europe, including community mental health clinics, private practice, residential substance treatment centers, primary care clinics, and medical hospitals. She has been licensed to practice independently since 2014 and has worked with individuals, couples, and families managing various forms of anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, adjustment and stress, bereavement, anger, substance dependence, comorbid medical and mental health difficulties, intellectual disabilities, and serious mental illness. Her background in health psychology guides her understanding of each person as a whole and complex being. She believes everyone is deserving and capable of emotional growth, psychological insight, and wellness.
Sylvia Park, MD, MPH
Dr. Park holds a medical degree from the University of Vermont, and is board-certified in Psychiatry and Preventive Medicine. She graduated from Williams College, and after medical school, completed her specialty trainings at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Psychiatry Residency Program and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health General Preventive Medicine Residency program. Sylvia has lived and worked internationally, and in a variety of clinical settings, such as an outpatient clinic in New Zealand, the Veterans Administration in Baltimore, Maryland, and a quaternary trauma center at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Maryland. Her true passion is to use psychodynamic counseling to help others feel more balanced and whole. She has helped people with a wide range of problems, including anxiety, lack of focus, a traumatic past, and issues with identity and belonging. Currently, Dr. Park maintains a private practice in Berlin, Germany, where she counsels mostly expatriates.
Patrick Penaherrera, MA, LPC
Patrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in private practice serving couples, individuals and families. He has provided psychological services in school, juvenile detention, and in a community setting, focusing on the impact of trauma and/or substance use in children, teens and families. Patrick understands the difficulties of engaging in geographical and cultural transition while managing personal and familial well-being. He has worked to prepare families prior to deployment and continued to provide services to promote effective cultural integration. Patrick tailors his approach to the specific needs of each client drawing from training in trauma focused therapy, cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapy, family system therapy and the Gottman method. Patrick has lived and worked in New York, Virginia and the Dominican Republic.
Sarah Pogue, MSW, LICSW
Sarah Pogue holds a master’s degree and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker. Sarah has lived and worked as an expat for more than ten years, and is currently located in Guatemala. She has worked extensively in the LGBTQIA community and has specialized training in psychotherapy, breathing & mindfulness techniques, brief solution-focused therapy, and cognitive behavioral techniques. Her counseling experience has focused primarily on individuals dealing with anxiety, transitions, adjustment, depression, relationship & intimacy concerns, as well as gender, and sexuality. Sarah has completed continuing professional education in dynamic psychotherapy with the Washington School of Psychiatry.
Jill Riemer, MSW, LCSW
Jill is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with more than a decade of experience working in outpatient mental health and integrated health programs including foster care and school programs in both urban and rural locations. She believes in the connection between the physical and emotional self and the importance of treating the body as a whole. She has helped children, adolescents, and adults overcome trauma, and cope with depression, anxiety, life transitions, addiction, and family & relationship conflicts. Utilizing a strengths-based approach Jill helps each client identify their personal competencies, goals, and motivation for change. Jill has extensive training and experience in DBT, Schema Therapy, CBT, Brief Strategic Therapy, and is a Certified Professional in Integrative Medicine for Mental Health. She has lived and worked in both New York and Israel.
Abby Ruble, MA, LPC
Abby is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has lived and worked in Morocco, Serbia, the US, and Brazil. She has worked in schools as a counselor and social worker for the past 15 years, and in her own private practice for the past five years. Abby has a background in special education, working with the LGBTQ+ population, and has worked in a residential treatment center for youth. She is well-versed in DBT and has experience working with clients with a history of trauma and PTSD, addiction, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Abby has also worked in career coaching and academic advising. Abby’s approach is holistic and solution focused.
Johanna Smith, MSW, LCSW
A true global nomad, Johanna has lived in 10 countries on four continents. She holds a masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has worked with adults, families, and teens for over 15 years. Johanna brings an integrative approach to therapy drawing on training in family therapy, emotionally-focused couple therapy, trauma treatment (EMDR) and mindfulness-based approaches. Johanna has a passion for helping people live their best lives. In addition to her clinical work in private practice, she has served as an international school counselor, family therapist, and pro-bono psychotherapist with refugees and asylum seekers. She is skilled at helping clients move through the darkest places in their lives and emerge with a greater sense of joy and purpose.
Meg Sussman, PhD, LP
Meg Sussman is a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years. She maintains a private practice in New York where she specializes in working with families of divorce including as a therapist for parents and children, a parent coordinator and as a therapeutic supervisor to help children reunite from parents from whom they have been estranged. Meg is also a court appointed forensic evaluator in custody matters who has worked in a variety of jurisdictions and presented to both lay and professional audiences regarding this topic. Meg has extensive experience working with adolescents having worked on the adolescent inpatient unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester Division. She recently retired from Purchase College where she was a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center, where she saw a wide range of young adults. Dr. Sussman draws from a wide variety of orientations including family therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Cynthia Tems, PhD, LP
Cynthia Tems holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and is a Licensed Psychologist. She has spent the majority of her professional career living and working internationally in Saudi Arabia, England, and Norway, as well as in the U.S. She has over 27 years of experience working with a diverse multicultural, international clientele composed of both expatriates and local clients. She has offered international telepsychology services for 15 years. Cynthia works with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, couple, and family psychotherapy. She also has extensive experience providing psychological and psychoeducational assessment services.
Katie Trupiano, LPC, NCC
Katie is a national board certified licensed professional counselor with experience working in schools and in community mental health. She has worked in both the juvenile and adult judicial systems, and with the LGBTQI+ community. Katie takes an integrated approach to counseling involving concepts of mindfulness and solution-focused therapies and using a combination of techniques from cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, Gestalt, strengths-based, and positive psychology. She has specialized training in trauma-informed care, self-compassion and substance abuse. Katie has lived and worked abroad in Switzerland, the Netherlands, and China while raising a family composed of two third-culture kiddos.
Jane Vanelli, MSW, LICSW
Jane Vanelli has a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and over 30 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents in hospital and community settings. She has lived and worked abroad in a number of countries including Senegal, Egypt, Thailand and India, and understands the unique challenges of expatriate life and cross cultural adaptation, including issues specific to Third Culture Kids and re-entry. Jane has specialized training and experience with grief, loss, attachment and bereavement, as well as parenting issues, PTSD, anxiety, depression and crisis management. She uses a broad range of clinical modalities, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness.
Leslie Wechsel, MSW, LCSW
Leslie Wechsel holds a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has lived in seven countries throughout Africa, Europe and the Middle East while working and raising a family overseas and in the U.S. Leslie has a broad range of experience providing counseling in private practice, schools, and government and non-government agency settings. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents, helping them with mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma and grief, interpersonal conflicts, and adjustment issues. Her approach is client-centered and rooted in research and evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Recovery (EMDR), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Leslie loves being able to combine her experience of living in many different cultures far from home with her dedication to helping others heal and build fulfilling lives that reflect their goals.
Heather Witthoff, MSW, LCSW
Heather Witthoff holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. For 20 years she has worked in the field of mental health, providing psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, couples and families in outpatient, community, school and private practice settings. For the last 30 years, Heather has been living transatlantically between Chicago and Barcelona where she provides support and counseling to U.S. and international families. She also served as a Military & Family Life Consultant providing support to service members and their families stationed at U.S. bases throughout Europe. She treats a wide range of psychological and emotional challenges including anxiety, depression, transitions, relationship and sexual issues. Heather utilizes an integrative approach that incorporates aspects of insight-oriented, relational, narrative, emotionally-focused (EFT), and solution-focused therapy. Eclectic and flexible in her work, she focuses on meeting the individual needs of each client using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for change.