Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Parenting, Stepfamilies



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Divorce Coach, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mediator, Parenting Coach, Speaker/Presenter

About Allison Bell

Allison J. Bell, Psy.D. has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She also holds a Master’s degree in dance/movement therapy from Hunter College.  She has been in private practice in Westchester County, N.Y. since 1987, and is specialty-trained in child psychology, neuropsychological evaluation of children and marital therapy.  She has an additional office in Northampton, MA.  Since 1997, Dr. Bell has performed forensic custody evaluations in both Family and Supreme Courts in the southern New York State region.  Dr. Bell is certified to practice EMDR, a specific technique for use with victims of trauma, and performed critical incident stress debriefings for victims of 9/11 in and around New York City.  In her 25+ years of clinical practice, Dr. Bell has lectured widely throughout Westchester County, including teaching at the Judicial Institute in Westchester.   She has been an advocate for children with special educational needs in many school districts throughout the county.

Currently, Dr. Bell is a member of two Collaborative Practice Associations in New York and one in Massachusetts: the Hudson Valley Collaborative Divorce and Dispute Resolution Association, the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals, and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.  Dr. Bell serves as both a Divorce Coach and a neutral Child Specialist on Interdisciplinary practice teams.  Dr. Bell is also a founding member of the New York Civil Collaborative Group, and functions as the Communications Facilitator for Business negotiations.  She has completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Harvard Program on Negotiation and has completed her training as a Mediator through the Center for Understanding in Conflict.  She is a founding member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, a charter member of the Forensic Division of the New York State Psychological Association, and a member of the NY State Council on Divorce Mediation.  Dr. Bell has made television and radio appearances on local cable access networks in Westchester, Long Island, and MA, and appeared on the CBS Early Show in August of 2007, advocating for Collaborative Divorce on a program called “Reconcilable Differences”. 

She has lectured at the annual IACP Forum on child development and neuroscience. In 2012, the NYCCG made a video for Westlaw continuing legal education, in which Dr. Bell is featured, depicting the use of interdisciplinary collaborative practice in settling employment cases.

Dr. Bell writes a blog about the myriad ways in which people navigate their journey through divorce.  In addition, Dr. Bell has spent most of her life dancing, and teaching movement to both dancers and non-dancers.  Her blogs about the art of movement in everyday life can be found on her website at emotion2motion.

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