Resources for Coping with Park Slope's Tragedy

For many, the crash at 9th Street and 5th Avenue on March 5th, 2018 was very emotional. For people on the scene it was even more traumatic.  We're working with some trauma and grief therapists (thanks to them for reaching out) to put together sessions that may help folks deal with the emotional aftermath of today's scene. Here are those resources:

Whether you were a witness, heard about it and were impacted, or had another experience that was retriggered by last week’s neighborhood (local? 5th Avenue?) tragedy, your feelings around this matter.

Below is a list of therapists who have offered support or have been listed as specializing in trauma/grief. We appreciate their stepping forward to help. (As a reminder—this is not an endorsement of any one therapist or approach to therapy.)

Providers who offered their services

Rebecca Dell'Aglio,
I’m a clinical psychologist in private practice in Park Slope. Please let me know if there is any way I can lend my services in the aftermath of this traumatic event.

Deborah Rice,
I’m a therapist in park slope, specializing in trauma with children and adults. Please let me know how I can support. I can provide sessions/groups if needed.

Lauren Sosenko,
I’d like to offer my therapy services to anyone who was affected by yesterday’s tragedy. I’d like to offer a few sessions free of charge to any witnesses who may reach out to PSP in need of processing.

Sarah Cameron Dipl. Ac, L.Ac, LMT, (917)825-6977,
Providing volunteer services for those in need.

Mary Carnesale Gallagher, , (917) 960-3061
I am a cognitive behavioral therapist with training and experience in the treatment of trauma/PTSD and have led many groups. I am willing to be involved in any way, even if that is just being an extra person at a group to help manage things or calling around to find a location for a group.

Cheryl Perlman, , (718) 952-5202
As a therapist, I am available for individuals or couples if the need arises. I want to suggest a book that might be helpful for some parents "How do we tell the children"? by Dan Schaefer Ph.D. There is a Crisis Checklist that could be invaluable for parents in talking to their children as this tragedy will affect both parents and children.

Andrew Colitz, , 617-935-5523
I’m a psychologist who works in Brooklyn with children and families. I would be more than willing to help families cope with the recent tragedy this week.

James Wells, , (347) 450-4574
I am a therapist who works a lot with grief and trauma. I would be more than willing to meet with people to help them process any difficult feelings related to what happened.

Terry LaFrazia, ,
I wanted to reach out as an EMDR clinician and offer support. I would be interested in volunteering some time to do recent incident sessions with those directly affected by yesterday's incident.
Recommended by a Park Slope Parents member: EMDR Therapy. EMDR is a form of therapy that is particularly helpful with traumatic events like this for people very strongly affected.

Interactive Discovery (718) 306-7755, 
We are definitely a group practice available for trauma work and serving children and families in PS for the last 10 years on 11th St and PPW. Our second Street location (btw 7th/8th ave) has been open for 3 years now. Please feel free to post this as a local resource for this need and needs in general.

Park Slope Center for Mental Health, Phone: 718-788-5101 ext 1586, .">
We will prioritize anyone calling for grief counseling or support around this tragedy and do our best to get them in to see someone for an intake as soon as possible.

Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Child Study Center, 646 754-4958,

The NYU child study center also has a trauma program and could offer materials and/or potentially meet with parents to discuss how to talk to children if there is a community need for that. (we are checking with this group to see what we might be able to arrange as a group).

Someone also provided this list of local therapists that work with families and children and have experience working with grief and trauma.

  • Annete Hernandez (child and adult psychologist)
  • Genevieve Rosenbaum (child and adult psychologist)
  • Carolyn Kessler (child psychologist)
  • Beth Halpern (adult therapist)
  • Tamara Jachimowicz
  • Angela Schwartz (child psychologist)
  • Natasha Crewdson (child psychologist
  • Lianna Smith Murphy, LCSW (child therapist)
  • Heather Kelly, LCSW (child and adult therapist)
  • Beth Wecksell (child psychologist)
  • Rebecca Rogers, LCSW (children and adults)
  • Lois Abramchik, LCSW

Please take care of yourself folks!




It's important to be supportive of the people who were there; it can help with their recovery.  We are going to gather a list of resources and post those as well.  
Please share these resources with your nanny-- some were at the scene and others know someone who has been impacted.

Resources about coping with this traumatic event:


Here is a Critical Incident Stress Information Sheet which has signs and symptoms of stress (which may last a few days, weeks or months. 

It can be difficult to know what to do with the emotions surrounding this horrible tragedy. Overwhelming sadness, anger, a want to help and desire to “do something” to prevent this in the future. It’s hard to wait until the details unfold (which may be different than the media portrays); we want to grab torches and pitchforks and blame someone. Of all of these things, the hardest things is to sit with the extreme sense sadness, grieving the unimaginable loss that the families are feeling and the ripple effect throughout our whole community.

“The very worst part of grief it. The best we can do is try to let ourselves feel it when it comes. And let it go when we can.” – Grey’s Anatomy.

Hold them extra close tonight (and every night).



Susan Fox
Founder, Park Slope Parents