Center for Families in Transition

Our Faculty

For the Sake of the Children is a five-hour, court-approved class for parents of minor children who are getting divorced in Massachusetts.

Stuart Andrews, PhD

Dr. Andrews is the Co-Founder and Director of the Center for Families in Transition (CFT), with Dr. Elke Schlager. In 1998 he and Dr. Schlager developed the For the Sake of the Children program for parents going through divorce. From 1998 to 2008 Dr. Andrews was in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a Research Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Assistant Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, Dr. Andrews taught psychotherapy to psychiatry residents at the Harvard Longwood program. In 2008 Dr. Andrews moved to Virginia, where he works in a multi-disciplinary group practice, The Child and Family Counseling Group, in Fairfax, Virginia. He commutes to the Boston area to facilitate parenting groups for CFT and to participate in psychotherapy research at Harvard.

Dr. Andrews specializes in psychotherapy with children and adults, and psychological and psychoeducational testing. He also conducts evaluations in child custody and related issues involving children and families in the court system. He has special interests in couples therapy, psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults, and counseling for families during divorce. He is the author of numerous articles on psychotherapy and psychotherapy research, as well as a book titled Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, published by Guilford Press. Affect Phobia Therapy is an active, emotion-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy that has developed out of 25 years of psychotherapy process/outcome research. (see

Dr. Andrews received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. During his training he completed a pre-doctoral internship at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Program for Psychotherapy, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School, a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in child forensic evaluation at The Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center, Tufts New England Medical Center.

Elke Schlager, PhD

Dr. Schlager is the Co-Founder of the Center for Families in Transition in Brookline, MA, where she developed For the Sake of the Children program for parents undergoing divorce and separation. For a decade she worked as a psychotherapist in private practice and as a consultant in the Boston Public Schools providing counseling, anger management and conflict resolution skills with students and teachers. She worked as a research associate at the Psychotherapy Research Program at Beth Israel Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She was also a faculty adjunct at Herbert Benson’s Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School, where she taught mindfulness and mind/body approaches.

Dr. Schlager is the Co-Director of the Center for Emotional Health. She developed Mindfulness & Emotions in the Schools, which is being offered in several schools in Northern Virginia.

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Robin L. Zucker, MDiv.

Robin L. Zucker, MDiv. is the Administrator for CFT and the Director of Divorce Without Destruction, where she offers her services as a professional divorce coach/counselor, educator, mediator and parenting coordinator. She has been a facilitator for CFT for eight years. Robin has an MDiv degree from Harvard, and has spent 15 years helping individuals and couples understand relationship dynamics and grow personally through life’s transitions. Her goal is to help her clients achieve a fair process and a peaceful parting as they experience divorce and rebuild their lives with clarity and courage. You can learn more about Robin and the programs and services offered at Divorce Without Destruction at

Steven Shapse, PhD

Since 1980, Steven Shapse, PhD has offered a variety of clinical, forensic, psychological and business services, including appointment as Child Custody Evaluator (Guardian ad Litem), psychological testing, child custody evaluations, expert witness testimony, and consultation to attorneys and litigation support. His office is located in Lincoln, MA. You can learn more about Steve at

Jill Levine, LICSW

Jill Levine is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), located on the North Shore of Boston. Jill began practicing twenty years ago in the Boston area.  Jill’s broad background has centered on directing and implementing social services within the framework of community health and homecare environments.Jill has provided counseling, case coordination and crisis intervention to children, their families and the geriatric populations with special emphasis on servicing individuals with chronic and acute illnesses. She currently provides GAL (Guardian ad litem) services through the Massachusetts Probate Courts and consults as a psychotherapist to individuals with various mental health issues. This experience allows Jill to operate out of a generalist approach whereby she can service multiple age groups with a wide spectrum of social service and mental health needs. To contact Jill Levine directly, e-mail

Michael Paolino

Michael Paolino is a professionally-trained divorce professional who specializes in mediation, co-parenting issues, custody evaluations, and GAL services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Michael is also skilled at elder/senior care advocacy. He has served on a national panel evaluating parental alienation and served as a consultant on the PBS film, “Children’s Voices on Divorce.” Michael studied Psychology at Salem State University and Human Relations at Keene State College. You may contact Michael at Calm Harbor Mediation,

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