About Us

CFT was founded in 1999 by Stuart Andrews, Ph.D., and Elke Schlager, Ph.D., with the goal of providing parents with the tools to help their children manage the often tumultuous transition of divorce in the healthiest way possible. Classes offered by CFT are based on research about children and divorce, as well as from our clinical experiences working with families at critical points in the family life cycle.

Our Faculty

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Stuart Andrews, PhD

Dr. Andrews is the Director of the Center for Families in Transition (CFT), where he developed the For the Sake of the Children program for parents going through divorce. From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Andrews was in private practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was also a Research Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Assistant Director of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School. While in Boston, Dr. Andrews taught psychotherapy to psychiatry residents at the Harvard Longwood program. In 2008, Dr. Andrews moved to Virginia, where he works in private practice. 


Dr. Andrews specializes in psychotherapy with children and adults. He has conducted evaluations in child custody and related issues involving children and families in the court system. He has special interests in couples therapy, psychotherapy with adolescents and young adults, and counseling for families during divorce. He is the author of numerous articles on psychotherapy and psychotherapy research, as well as a book titled Treating Affect Phobia: A Manual for Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy, published by Guilford Press. Affect Phobia Therapy is an active, emotion-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy that has developed out of 25 years of psychotherapy process/outcome research.


Dr. Andrews received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Fielding Graduate University. During his training, he completed a pre-doctoral internship fellowship at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School; a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Program for Psychotherapy, Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School; a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates; and a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in child forensic evaluation at The Comprehensive Family Evaluation Center, Tufts New England Medical Center.


You can learn more about Dr. Andrews or contact him directly at: drstuartandrews.com.


Robin L. Zucker, MDiv


Robin L. Zucker, MDiv. is the Administrator for CFT and the Director of Divorce Without Destruction, where she offers her services as a professional divorce coach/counselor, educator, mediator and parenting coordinator. She has been a facilitator for CFT for eight years. Robin has an MDiv degree from Harvard, and has spent 15 years helping individuals and couples understand relationship dynamics and grow personally through life’s transitions. Her goal is to help her clients achieve a fair process and a peaceful parting as they experience divorce and rebuild their lives with clarity and courage. You can learn more about Robin at uurobinzucker.com, and can contact her at rzflowingforce@gmail.com or (978) 505-7245.

Jill Levine, LICSW


Jill Levine is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW), located on the North Shore of Boston. Jill began practicing twenty years ago in the Boston area. Jill’s broad background has centered on directing and implementing social services within the framework of community health and homecare environments. Jill has provided counseling, case coordination and crisis intervention to children, their families and the geriatric populations with special emphasis on servicing individuals with chronic and acute illnesses. She currently provides GAL (Guardian ad litem) services through the Massachusetts Probate Courts and consults as a psychotherapist to individuals with various mental health issues. This experience allows Jill to operate out of a generalist approach whereby she can service multiple age groups with a wide spectrum of social service and mental health needs. To contact Jill Levine directly, e-mail: jmrlevine@verizon.net.

Michael Paolino

Michael Paolino is a professionally-trained divorce professional who specializes in mediation, co-parenting issues, custody evaluations, and GAL services in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Michael is also skilled at elder/senior care advocacy. He has served on a national panel evaluating parental alienation and served as a consultant on the PBS film, “Children’s Voices on Divorce.” Michael studied Psychology at Salem State University and Human Relations at Keene State College. You may contact Michael at Calm Harbor Mediation, at: paolino.mike@comcast.net.