About

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Let me tell you a bit about myself, as a professional Marriage and Family Therapist, supervisor, writer, and public speaker.  If you have questions, or would like to know more about me or my availability, please email me at anne.ziff@gmail.com.

Current Activities:

  • Private Practice:  NY- and CT-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) treating Individuals, Couples, Families, & Groups in New York City NY (September 1988 to present)
  • Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai Medical Center, NY NY (appointed July, 2008 to present)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP)
  • Workshops, individual sessions, and support groups on topics related to my books, including:
  • “Your End of Life Matters: How to Talk with Family and Friends”
  • Guiding people of various ages to break silences around issues of aging, and
  • Develop the capacity and the willingness to successfully have conversations about “life beyond youth” with their loved ones.
  • Your End of Life Matters: Let’s Talk! *Communication—How to be Heard and Understood; How to Listen.
  • Group Workshop, “70s Talk!” What’s life like for people in their 70s in   21st century America?
  • Group Workshop, 80s Talk!” What’s life past 80 like, in 21st century America?

“Marrying Well,” topics:

  • help participants consider how to recognize and negotiate the premarital stage you’re in (there are eight stages to assess in this new paradigm).
  • Consider do We Want to “Marry Well” or ‘Just’ Have a Successful Relationship?
  • Do We Want to Add a Child to Our Family?
  • How is our Couple Likely to Change If We Decide to Have A Child?
  • Baby’s First Year in the Family
  • How to Protect Feelings and Acts of Love
  • How to divorce without acrimony, and to effectively co-parent both in and out of marriage.

Bibliography:

  • “Your End of Life Matters: How to Talk with Family and Friends” Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham MD, July 2018.
  • “An Unusual Wedding Present,” by Anne F. Ziff, GROUP, the Journal of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 2018.
  • “Leading Groups in a Senior Center” by Anne F. Ziff, GROUP, the Journal of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 2016.
  • Marrying Well: The Clinician’s guide to Premarital Counseling;  W.W. Norton, New York, April 2010.
  • “The Story of Cub” a Dutton Easy Reader book, New York, 1979.
  • “How to Make Money in Mail Order” commissioned by American Consumer, Inc. a mail order Sales and Marketing company, Westport CT, 1980.
  • Interactive Weekly column, Westport CT Hamlet Hub, a blog: “Ask Annie.” Readers pose questions which “Annie” answers from a professional vantage point. 2012-13.

Speeches and Workshops:

  • June 2018, “Can Happiness be Chosen as we Get Older?” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference.
  • February 2018, “Negotiating Boundaries, old and new” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference.
  • February 2015, “End-of Life Conversations, value and methodology” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference.
  • May 2012 “Parenting Twins” presented to Parents of Multiples, Los Altos CA
  • November 17, 2011 “Twins Group:  a six-year experiment” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference.
  • 2010, AAMFT national conference (Atlanta GA) “Marrying Well—The Eight Premarital Stages, an original paradigm.” (two-hour presentation and discussion.)
  • November 30, 2010 Grand Rounds discussant, Mt. Sinai Hospital, “The Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship: A Case Study” with Christine M. Chang, MD.
  • January 18, 2009 “Introduction to Marrying Well” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference
  • June 18, 2009, “The Eight Premarital Stages” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference,
  • Interviews and speeches following the April 2010 publication of Marrying Well, in CA, CT, DC, OH, MN, NY.

Related, Extra-curricular activities

  • 2006, November: participant, month-long delegation of 20 senior American Marriage and Family Therapists visiting the People’s Republic of China to engage in bilateral exchanges with professional counterparts in Beijing, Guilin, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, under the auspices of People to People Ambassador Program in conjunction with Beijing Normal University

Participation in Local, Regional, and National Activities/Presentations/ Grants:

  • 2016-17 academic year, small group support group leader for Mt. Sinai Medical Center medical students.
  • February 2016, “Break Taboos:  Talk about Issues of Aging” presentation by invitation at a one hour round table Colloquy at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) annual meeting, NYC.
  • January, 2016, “Break Taboos:  Talk about Issues of Aging” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty Group and Family Therapy Conference.
  • February 12, 2015, “A Taboo-breaking Group:  Intergenerational Conversations about end-of-life issues,” at the Mt. Sinai Faculty Group and Family Therapy Conference.
  • 2013-14 Grant, Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine, Mt Sinai Medical Center: The development of effective ways of preventing and minimizing stress and burnout .  I was selected to participate as a Group Leader.
  • October 18, 2012 “Ambiguous Loss” presented to the Mt. Sinai Faculty, Group, and Family Therapy Conference
  • August 16, 2012 “The Art of Listening” Participated as a group leader at Mt. Sinai’s Academy for Medicine and the Humanities Conference
  • May 2012 “Parenting Twins” presented to Parents of Multiples, Los Altos CA
  • September 25, 2010, presenter and 3-hour workshop leader, AAMFT Annual Conference Atlanta GA, “Help Couples Marry Well:  the art of premarital counseling”
  • April 9, 2010, Presenter of a 3-hour lecture, CTAMFT Annual Conference Westbrook CT, “Premarital counseling:  A Dynamic, New Specialty”
  • 1993-1995: Named mental health co-chair and representative of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy at meetings of the National Inter-Disciplinary Conference of Attorneys and Mental Health practitioners, a committee of the Academy for Matrimonial Attorneys.
  • 1992,  AAMFT’s representative to the National Inter-Disciplinary Conference of Attorneys and Mental Health practitioners, above.
  • 1991, Founding  chair of CT Association for Marriage and Family Therapy’s “Take a Lawyer to Lunch” committee, dedicated to increasing communication and understanding between attorneys and therapists, to provide mutual respect, and ultimately reduce the acrimony between spouses involved in divorce proceedings in order to benefit the emotional well-being of the children of these families.

Education and Professional Credentials

  • Brooklyn College, BA cum Laude.
  • Hunter College, MA, Communications.
  • University of Bridgeport, M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • Psychosynthesis Institute of New York, certificate.
  • Washington School of Psychiatry, certificate of Object Relations Theory and Therapy.
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor (current)
  • American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) member
  • and Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) (current)
  • NY License in Marriage and Family Therapy (current)
  • CT License in Marriage and Family Therapy (current)
  • MA License in Marriage and Family Therapy (inactive)