GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Dr. Brofman supports adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, relationships, career and social pressures, and life transitions. Emphasizing individual strengths and personal goals, she helps people to engage in self-observation and exploration, to feel less overwhelmed and stuck, and to improve healthy coping, relationships, and quality of life. She incorporates warmth, humor, and a realistic perspective in her work. Dr. Brofman provides diagnostic assessment, short-term and long-term psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing approaches, and also incorporates mindfulness techniques in her work. Dr. Brofman has enjoyed working with patients in public, private, inpatient, and outpatient settings across the Greater New York Area. She emphasizes and values the important and rich role that diversity and culture play in our life experiences and welcomes individuals and couples representing diverse backgrounds and identities. Dr. Brofman actively supports single people, individuals and couples with and without children, and LGBTQI parents and parents-to-be.
Dr. Brofman has spent the majority of the past 13 years developing clinical and research expertise in reproductive (fertility and infertility) and perinatal mental health (pregnancy and the postpartum time period). She offers clinical assessments, individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, counseling, coaching, supervision, educational workshops, and consultation services in this specialty area. People often seek therapy when something has not gone as expected, and reproductive life transitions can be a major source of stress. Dr. Brofman helps people to find meaningful paths forward, sometimes in the midst of uncertainty or crisis.
Dr. Brofman provides support before, during, and after pregnancy and birth, as well as around pregnancy termination, pregnancy loss, and recovery from birth trauma. She helps individuals, couples, and families through prenatal depression, prenatal anxiety, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, and the wide range of emotional adjustment experiences during this time of transition. She supports people through a variety of complex medical issues related to reproductive life transitions, including fertility and perinatal complications, prenatal testing, NICU experiences, and parenting children with special needs. Often, her work includes a collaborative discussion to answer questions about which perinatal and parenting experiences are to be expected, and which may need additional support. Importantly, Dr. Brofman also focuses on how to use individual, family, and community strengths to gain support and reduce stress.
Dr. Brofman helps people who are navigating fertility, infertility, Assisted Reproductive Technology (e.g. IUI and IVF), third-party reproduction (e.g. egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation, and surrogacy), and other ways of building families (e.g. adoption and foster parenting), as well as the decision of whether to have children. She offers support for intended parents, donors, and gestational carriers and provides psychoeducational consultations related to third-party reproduction. Dr. Brofman also provides education and guidance in helping parents to navigate conversations with children about family building via ART, as well as supporting donor-conceived and adopted individuals to explore and discuss their experiences. She supports individuals who may be going through assisted reproductive technology treatments in the context of genetic disease or cancer. Additionally, she meets with people pursuing or considering medical or elective fertility preservation, including egg freezing.
Family building via assisted reproductive technology is a complex and often deeply stressful psychological experience that can stay with individuals, couples, and families long after a pregnancy or another decision is reached. Much of Dr. Brofman’s clinical work focuses on supporting and advocating for these families during and after a pregnancy (or family building outside of - or unrelated to - a pregnancy), and though the experience of parenting - or not parenting - when the reproductive story may not have gone as originally expected.
PREMARITAL COUNSELING AND YOUNG ADULTHOOD
Dr. Brofman has also written a mental health column for the wedding and relationship blog APracticalWedding.com. She offers premarital counseling, couples therapy, and support through wedding planning and partnership. She also sees college students and young adults who are working through the transition to adulthood.