Executive Committee, Faculty and Supervisors


Marty Babits, LCSW, BCD Co-Director

Before becoming a family and couples’ therapist, he worked as a certified reading specialist with dyslexic students and adults in the NYC public school system. He is certified in the practice of EMDR, psychodynamic psychotherapy and hypnotherapy as well as family and couple’s therapy. He has completed the externship and the core-practice requirement in EFT and has been certified at ICP in sex therapy. He is the author of two self-help books on couple therapy as well as many articles on the subject.  He graduated the FACTS program in 1995 and has been affiliated with it since then.

Alison Kalfus, LCSW, Co-Director

Alison Kalfus, LCSW, is a FACTS supervisor, instructor, and senior staff member at ICP, in addition to being the co-director of the FACTS division.  She is also a former Faculty Advisor at the Fordham School of Social Services, and is in private practice where she sees couples, families, and individuals. Areas of specialization include couples work, pre-marital counseling, parenting, working with addictive tendencies,  postpartum depression/anxiety, and women’s mental health throughout the lifecycle.

Ella Lasky, PhD

Ella Lasky, PhD trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at NYU’s PostDoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy and she studied couples therapy at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy.  She has been a member of the FACTS program since 1984 and over the years she has served as a teacher, supervisor and Co-Director of the program. In addition, Dr. Lasky served as a supervisor in the Four Year Psychoanalytic program and the Two Year Psychodynamic program at ICP. Dr. Lasky has been listed in Who’s Who of American Women, has authored 13 articles on various clinical issues and edited a book on gender.  She has a special interest in helping couples understand their own and one another’s financial values, attitudes and behavior. Ella has a private practice on the Upper West Side.

Judith Friedman, EdD

Dr. Judith Friedman is the Founding Director of the Training Program of the Family and Couples Division (FACTS) of ICP. She continued to serve as Director for over twenty-five years, training hundreds of psychotherapists during this time. In addition, she formerly became a specialist in the treatment of trauma, supervising and teaching in the ICP Trauma Treatment Program in which she also served as Clinical Coordinator. Judith has an active private practice specializing in family/couples therapy and the treatment of trauma.

Linda Bradley, LCSW

Linda Bradley, LCSW is a psychoanalyst. She is also a graduate of the family and couples treatment services two-year training program at ICP, where she is an instructor and a supervisor. She teaches infidelity and parenting to trainees.

LouAnn Smith, LCSW

LouAnn Smith, LCSW has a psychotherapy and divorce/family mediation practice in Union Square, NYC. Her practice includes working with individuals, couples, and families as well as supervising therapists. LouAnn is on the Executive Committee at FACTS (ICP) where she supervises as well as teaches about Divorce and Trauma. Additionally, she teaches and provides supervision in the Couple Therapy program at the Training Institute for Mental Health Practitioners – teaching “Delving into Sexuality with Couples. LouAnn is a founding member of the Daughter/Mother Clinical Research Team. She has developed curriculum and facilitates workshops for newly married couples in her online Early Marriage Workshops.  LouAnn is a graduate of N.Y.U School of Social Work ’80. She has certifications in Clinical Supervision, Group Therapy, Couple and Family Therapy (ICP), EMDR, and Divorce Mediation. She is working toward certification in Sex Therapy.

Fran Hamburg, MS, MSW, LCSW

Fran Hamburg M.S., MSW, LCSW Hunter College, M.S., Dance Movement Therapy Hunter College, Master of Social Work ICP- CSAB and FACTS training programs Certified EMDR Training: Emotionally Focused Therapy Fran has been in private practice working with families, couples and individuals for over thirty five years. A senior supervisor in the FACTS division, she has also been a clinical supervisor at Yeshiva university, Hunter College; instructor at NYU, Hunter College; and former eating disorder specialist at Columbia University. In addition, Fran’s extensive training in nonverbal therapies and experience as professional dancer with Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Companies and a Black Belt in Aikido, informs her clinical practice.

Michael Nott, LCSW

Michael Nott, LCSW is a FACTS graduate and currently serves FACTS as a staff member, a supervisor, and as coordinator of the intake team. He is experienced with and has been trained in a number of treatment modalities, including Internal Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy. He has a private practice in which he treats couples, families and individuals, and has also taught courses in couples therapy and trauma on the Master’s Degree level.

Judi Price, LCSW

Judi Price was trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the Metropolitan Institute for Training in Mental Health and in Family & Couples Therapy at ICP where she has been affiliated since 1986. In the FACTS program, she has been a staff therapist, Intake therapist, Supervisor, Teacher, member of the Executive Committee, and founding member of the Daughter-Mother Project. She is also an integrative trauma therapist and has been trained in mindfulness, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, IFS, and parts work.

Roberta Estar, Ph.D.

Roberta Estar, Ph.D., is a FACTS faculty member and a member of the Board of Directors of ICP. She heads up the Daughter-Mother Project at FACTS which specializes in strengthening and healing the daughter-mother relationship through workshops and individual treatment. She is in private practice in Manhattan and Old Bridge, NJ, and works with couples, families, and individuals. Her specialty is transitions of all kinds with a focus on the quality of relationships: with one’s self, between partners or spouses, friends or workmates, and among family members. She champions women’s development throughout the life cycle and helps others to bring their purpose to light. Her approach is interactive, creative, and supportively challenging.



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