Harvey W. Ziff, Ph.D.
Dr. Harvey Ziff is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist with more than 20 years' experience working with children and families, adolescents, adults, groups and schools. Earning his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, he received his clinical training from the Devereaux Foundation. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders of childhood and adolescents, including expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Utilitizing a Cognitive Behavioral and eclectic therapeutic approach to therapy, Dr. Ziff is also experienced in treating adults for depression and anxiety. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association and the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce.
In his personal time, Dr. Ziff enjoys golf, biking and playing backgammon. In additional, for the past 30 years he has been raising Golden Retrievers and now trains them to be Therapy Dogs and work at our offices. Our current trainees include Benny, a personable five- year-old, and Bear, a gentle and youthful 14 year-old rescue.
Julie M. Ziff, LCSW
Julie is a Pennsylvania Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a family and play therapist. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Social Work, Ms. Ziff completed her clinical training in family therapy at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic and later as a clinical supervisor at the Clinic. Previously she was the Director of Social Services at Shriners Hospitals in Philadelphia and served as the clinical pediatric social worker at Albert Einstein Medical Center. She has more than 25 years' experience in counseling and in providing clinical supervision. Ms. Ziff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of early childhood disorders, anxiety, depression, and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association for Play Therapy. Her approach is based on systems theory while utilizing cognitive behavioral techniques, directive and non-directive play as well as filial therapy, (strengthening the parent-child relationship through play).
Julie previously served as a Certified Master Gardener Montgomery County and currently as a Master Watershed Conservancy Steward of Solebury Township. She also enjoys playing guitar and banjo, woodworking, cooking and attending Philly games with her family.
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Leah Murphy, Psy.D.
Dr. Leah Murphy is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist with 17 years' experience working with children, teens, parents and families. She implements cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and family systems approaches to overcome and manage anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, ADHD, level 1 autism, and eating disorders. Dr. Murphy incorporates collaborative practice in her work and actively consults with the child's school personnel, pediatrician and any other professional to establish strategies and interventions in support of treatment. Dr. Murphy facilitates social skills and anxiety support groups for children ages 4-18 years, as well as parenting groups. Dr. Murphy also facilitates a transitional group for children who experience anxiety returning to school after summer break.
During her free time, Dr. Murphy enjoys hiking, gardening, camping, the beach and mystery novels.
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Matthew Mutchler, Ph.D., LMFT
Dr. Matthew Mutchler, Ph.D., LMFT is a Pennsylvania licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 10 years' experience working with couples, families and adolescents. He earned his B.S. in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Mutchler works from a solution-focused perspective that is influenced by family systems theories. He works with adults and children over the age of 12 years, and welcomes clients from all social and cultural groups. He specializes in helping clients with problems in relationships, life transitions, and stress/anxiety. He also works with divorced and separated parents who are struggling to parent together after their relationship has ended. Dr. Mutchler is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, PA.
When not at work, Dr. Mutchler enjoys reading, live music, hockey and Martial Arts training.
Stephanie Melofsky Bunin, Psy.D.
Dr. Stephanie Melofsky Bunin is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist with 10 years' of experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University and completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Maryland Medical System where she received training in the evaluation and treatment of preschoolers through adolescents with a wide variety of emotional, behavioral, and learning disorders. In addition, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt. Dr. Bunin integrates a cognitive-behavioral approach with attachment theory to treat individuals and families struggling with anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, eating disorders, traumatic stress, autism spectrum disorders, and behavior disorders. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Dr. Bunin also serves on the board of directors for Foundations Community Partnership of Bucks County.
In her free time Dr. Bunin enjoys scrapbooking, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her family and friends.
Katherine Lloyd, MA, LPC
Katherine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Pennsylvania who has experience working with adolescents, young adults and their families. She earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Arcadia University with concentrations in Child and Family Therapy and Clinical Bases of Treatment and Recovery of Trauma. Katherine has worked in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as at a crisis diversion program where she worked with individuals experiencing anxiety, stress, trauma, depression, low self-esteem, suicidal ideations, self-injurious behaviors, behavioral problems, family conflicts, gender and sexuality concerns, and psychosis. She has experience in individual, family, group, and play therapy, as well as crisis intervention, and utilizes a multitude of clinical interventions specific to the needs of each individual client such as cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered, family systems, and behavioral modification. Katherine also incorporates mindfulness and dialectical behavioral therapy into her treatment with adolescents and young adults. Each individual and family unit is unique and this is taken into consideration when determining an appropriate treatment modality. Katherine understands that individuals and families can feel overwhelmed and need help coping with problems and stressors at times, and enjoys being able to facilitate healthy thoughts, behaviors, and interactions. She believes in collaborating with others such as school and medical personnel to ensure the most effective treatment possible.
When not working, Katherine enjoys running, yoga, biking, traveling, hiking, live music, dining out, Philadelphia sports, and quality time with her family, friends, and dog Zoe.
Melissa Speranger, LCSW
Melissa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of children experiencing a wide range of emotional and behavioral disorders. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Social Work, she utilizes Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and received a post-graduate certification in Cognitive Therapy through the Beck Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. Melissa builds strong clinical relationships with her families to empower them to attain their goals. She collaborates with schools, pediatricians and other allied health personnel as part of the therapeutic process. Melissa works to understand family dynamics, and embraces each child’s individuality. Through this, she addresses behavioral issues, manages difficult transitions, enhances self-esteem, develops age-appropriate social skills, and utilizes coping techniques and mindfulness to allow the child and family to grow.
In her free time, Melissa enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and spending time with her friends and family.
Dr. Benny, Ph.Dog.
Dr. Benny prefers to be called by his informal title of 'Benny' and is a terminally happy and friendly two year old Golden Retriever. Benny proudly follows his esteemed predecessors ('Sunny' 2003-2006 and 'Buddy' 2006-2012), as the newest Therapy Dog to train at our Center. As Benny eagerly completes the last of his training and awaits certification, he is a great help around the office and provides comfort and support to those who need it.