Stephanie Manes

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, LCSW

Contact Info



  • Clinical Social Work/Therapist
    New York


New York
270 Lafayette Street, Suite 1209
New York, NY 10012
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Telephone: 646-729-6861

Upper East Side
30 East 76th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
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Stephanie has been helping couples resolve their conflicts for over a decade.  Stephanie originally trained as an attorney and worked as an associate with Cleary, Gottlieb, Stein & Hamilton in New York and Paris for five years. She was inspired by her experience representing victims of domestic violence as a pro bono attorney, and decided to return to school to earn a Masters in Social Work so that she could devote her time to helping people meet navigate significant challenges to their well-being.  Stephanie went on to complete post-graduate training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and has since studied a variety of modalities which she draws on in her therapeutic work.

In addition to her private practice, Stephanie has been affiliated with the Ackerman Center for Families and Health and has offers a day-long seminar teaching therapists how to work with couples affected by ADHD, which is an area specialty for her. Stephanie is an adjunct faculty member at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and the Training Institute for Mental Health, where she supervises students studying couples therapy. She is on the Board of Section VIII (couples and families) of Division 39 of the APA and has been the recipient of several grants, including the New Writers Award from the Journal of Family Process.  

 After successfully helping numerous families and couples resolve their disputes, move through the separation and divorce process, and create co-parenting plans, it was a natural step for Stephanie to join her legal background with her experience working with couples by becoming a family and divorce mediator. She has witnessed the wounds separation and divorce can inflict,  and wholeheartedly believes that most damage can be avoided when couples have access to mediation.  

Stephanie is an active member of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of New York, and works with NYLAG to offer to pro bono mediation for low income couples.  She also offers pro bono mediation services through LeGal, the non-profit legal services organization of the New York LGBTQ Bar Association.