Therapy and Consultations

We’re here to help when things get difficult. 

We solely work with individuals connected to adoption and our team of licensed therapists understands the complexities of adoption throughout different life stages.  Members of the adoption community can find comfort and support in our consultation and therapy services when the need arises. Individuals, couples and families are welcome!

We offer virtual therapy and consultations! Covid-19 has made life more uncertain and challenging for all of us. Our goal is to make our support services as convenient as possible; we offer virtual sessions so you can receive the services you need safely and securely.

Spence-Chapin is now offering our virtual therapy to New Jersey families as well as New York families, where we will aim to create a non-judgmental space for individuals, couples, children, and families to feel heard and supported. 

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What are Consultations?

Consultations can offer you guidance and individual support when facing a particular challenge such as navigating open adoption, search and reunion, and more. Any issues or experience in adoption can be explored in a consultation. Consultations are available for prospective adoptive parents just starting their adoption journey or for adoptive parents, adult adoptees, and birth parents that would like to explore a specific topic. We provide a safe space for you to talk to a professional in the adoption field who can help guide you to the answers you are looking to resolve. Think of it as light counseling or coaching.

What is Therapy?

If you feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed by your life or your child’s behavior for some time, and do not know what else you can do, therapy can help you. At Spence-Chapin, we provide a non-judgmental space for individuals, couples, children, and families to feel heard and supported. We tailor our approach to meet your needs, providing a blend of behavioral and relational therapy to best support you and your family and effect positive change. Our therapists bring a collective 50 years of adoption experience.


Get to know our team of professionals.  Each of our caring therapists brings years of experience and expertise, and can provide you or your family with the support you need.

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Mark Lacava | LCSW-R

Mark has worked extensively with Individuals, adolescents, and families. His expertise is in LGBTQ issues, trauma, behavioral problems, and loss. He starts where the client is and helps them reach for where they want to go.

Check out Mark on the Creating a Family podcast here.

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Christine Tangel | LCSW

Christine has more than 10 years of experience as a therapist, coach and trainer. She specializes in providing emotional and educational support to all members of the adoption community. She incorporates attachment and trauma- informed approaches with her clients.

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Tasha Blaine | LMSW

Tasha has worked extensively with all members of the adoption community, offering counseling and support to those who are struggling in their relationships, facing behavioral challenges, and experiencing grief and loss. She also has significant experience counseling birth parents.


We are here to help you and offer affordable professional services. We are on the following insurance panels: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Cigna and assist with out-of-network reimbursements.* We offer limited financial aid.

  • Our ability to schedule you with a therapist on a certain panel is based on their individual availability; insurance billing is available for therapy services and is unavailable for consultations which are non-therapeutic.
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We have received the Human Rights Campaign’s All Children – All Families Innovator Seal of Recognition for our competency working with LGBTQ+ adults and children.


To learn more email [email protected] or call 646-539-2167

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