The Center for Growing Families was founded in 2010 by Kimberly Satin Kubler and Aliza Lerner, who met while working at Parent and Community Education (PACE)--an organization that offers time-limited support groups for new mothers. As co-facilitators, they developed a strong working relationship and learned a great deal about the specific psychotherapy needs of this population. Over time, the two became increasingly concerned about the lack of specialized treatment options in the area of reproductive mental health. Their drive to fill this gap inspired their joint venture, and the center has been serving growing families ever since.
Aliza Lerner, LCSW-C, is a co-founder and director of Center of the Growing Families. She has been practicing since 1992, when she received her Master of Social Work degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Since that time, Aliza has developed a psychotherapy practice that merges traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with attachment and developmental theory and mind/body techniques. This background, along with training in an approach known as emotionally focused therapy, has enabled Aliza to develop a unique style that tends to the emotional healing of her patients. This style has proven to be particularly effective in working with her specialty areas--trauma, loss, and reproductive mental health. Serving as clinical director for PACE, an organization offering new-mother support groups, and with clients at every stage of mothering has given Aliza vast experience helping women struggling to find themselves. As a founding member of the DC Women’s Reproductive Mental Heath Consortium, she has taken a leadership role in this area of psychotherapy.
Kimberly Satin Kubler
Kimberly Satin Kubler, LCSW-C, has been practicing psychotherapy since 1995 with a specialty in reproductive mental health since 2007. In addition to providing both specialized and general psychotherapy and clinical supervision, she facilitates PACE and other groups for new mothers, and teaches applied neuroscience to postgraduate social work and psychology students.
Through years of training and work experience, Kimberly has developed an approach to psychotherapy that integrates classic psychoanalytic theory with current breakthroughs in the rapidly growing field of neuropsychology. With a warm, approachable style she meets the unique needs of each individual client by applying traditional talk therapy, cognitive/behavioral, and somatic approaches to healing.
Kimberly earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, achieved certification in neuroscience and psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, and completed postgraduate clinical studies at the Washington School for Psychiatry (WSP). She serves on the faculty of WSP and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Kimberly is also a founding member of the DC Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Consortium, board member of WSP, and past board member of the Greater Washington Society for Clinical Social Work.