As pioneers in the field of divorce mediation, Alpha Center has always known that the decisions you make during divorce have a great impact on the quality of your life after divorce.
For 20 years, the Alpha Center has been the best path for more than 5,000 people to save money, time and stress during their transition to separation or divorce.
Alpha's compassionate and knowledgeable mediators work with couples in private meetings, to guide them through all aspects of their separation or divorce agreement.
Alpha Center offers a team of experienced, caring mediators including attorneys, accountants, therapists and financial planners who are:
- Committed to achieving a fair, balanced, and thorough separation or divorce agreement.
- Focused on helping couples achieve stable, secure individual futures.
- Dedicated to fostering a healthy co-parenting arrangement for the children's well being.
Alpha Center's divorce mediators are now available online or in person throughout our 12 offices.
Keila Gilbert, Esquire, formed The Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation, P.C. following her own experience with divorce. She was convinced that there had to be a better and healthier way to divorce that would benefit the family as a whole as well as the divorcing partners. Of particular concern was the children's emotional well-being as well as the positive effects for the spouses as they transition to a new stage in their lives.
In 2002, Ms. Gilbert, who had been a teacher prior to pursuing her legal career, used her teaching skills to develop a series of education programs about divorce that were provided through community schools and other organizations.
Over the past two years, Ms. Gilbert worked with other Alpha Center professionals to develop education programs and resources directed at saving both marriages and helping individuals make better post-divorce and remarriage decisions. Valuable tools have been developed to assist therapists, employee assistance organizations and human resource professionals in their efforts to reduce the negative impact of relationship stress.
In a little over a decade, the Alpha Center has grown to Twelve convenient locations throughout Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. We offer a free one hour consultation upon request. Alpha Center has Saturday hours from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only, in Doylestown, Bala Cynwyd, Malvern, Media and Allentown. Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation is a member of The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).
- Divorce Mediation
- Online Divorce Mediation
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Parenting Agreements
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Tax Planning & Business Valuations
- Spousal Support & Alimony
- Post-Divorce Agreements
- Financial Strategies
Keila M. Gilbert, Esquire
Growing up in a small Montana farming community, gave Keila M. Gilbert, a solid foundation of family values and resilience.
Her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana prepared her for a teaching position in Queensland, Australia. After a few years abroad, she returned to the U.S. to embark on her childhood dream of becoming an attorney.
She attended night school at Widener University School of Law while working during the day at a general practice law firm. While attending law school, she developed an interest in mediated solutions to legal conflicts.
After completing her law degree, she found herself facing the most difficult struggle of her life; her own divorce. This painful experience led her to begin formulating the basis for a private divorce mediation program. Since there was no other practice of this nature in Pennsylvania, it was necessary for her to "pioneer" the program. She worked with other professionals and other people who experienced their own divorce to develop a comprehensive program.
In 1996, she formed what is today known as Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation. For nearly 20 years, over 5,000 individuals have been guided through their divorce with lower fees, less stress and more attention to children's needs.
In 2006, Ms. Gilbert formed a "sister" company, Alpha Resource Center, to provide programs for saving marriages and assisting with divorce recovery. The "Marriage Success" resources assist couples with improving and saving their marriage whenever possible. The "New Beginnings" resources help individuals make better decisions after divorce and, hopefully, make better decisions for remarriage.
Today, Ms. Gilbert continues her dedication to preventing divorce when possible and giving divorcing families the best program available to meet their specific needs.
She resides in Bucks County, PA with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys nature, travel and reading.
1974 University of Montana -Degree: Business, History/Political Science
1992 Widener School of Law -Degree: Juris Doctorate
1994 Coast to Coast Mediation Center – Certification: Divorce Mediation
1994-present Alpha Resource Center, President
Developed and implemented unique divorce process
Provider of attorney mediation services and initial consultation
1980 -1996 General Practice Attorney
Worked in Montgomery and Bucks Counties as a paralegal and attorney concentrating in the areas of litigation, business law and office management
1974-1979 High School Teacher
Taught business and social studies in Queensland, Australia and Missoula, Montana
Pennsylvania Bar 1994
New Jersey Bar 1994
Academy of Family Mediators
Bucks County Bar Association Board of Directors
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee -Chairperson
Pennsylvania Bar Association
New Jersey Bar Association
Family Relations Success Council
Debbie Y. Schneider, Esquire
Ms. Yoder Schneider was born and raised in the Midwest. She is a graduate of the Villanova University School of Law. She has many years of experience practicing in all areas of matrimonial law, including working for judges presiding over all phases of family court matters.
Juris Doctor, Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, PA
Bachelor of Art, The University of Houston, Houston, TX
Willow Grove Abstract
Controller and Research Law Offices of Andrew F. Schneider
Legal Work, Office management, bookkeeping, legal research, jury consultation and preparation for trial
American Search and Settlement
Freelance Closer for Title Insurance Companies Brokers Search and Abstract
Document preparation, participation at real estate closings, filing of deeds, mortgages, liens, etc.
Honorable Susan D. Scott and Honorable Oscar Bortner
Sole Responsibility for large matrimonial/estate caseload Management Various Office
Positions in Houston
Harris County Child Welfare, Houston, Texas
Investigated child abuse complaints and supervised a large ongoing case load of foster parent families
Licenses & Certificates:
Admitted to the Bar in the State of Pennsylvania−1986
Notary Public in the State of Pennsylvania−2002
Michael Hughes, Attorney at Law
After graduating from law school, Mr. Hughes worked as a law clerk for almost two years for two Montgomery County Common Pleas Judges. He gained significant experience in civil matters which included divorce, equitable distribution, custody, alimony and child support. He then worked for a private law firm predominantly handling divorce litigation. Through his time as a law clerk and as a litigator, Mr. Hughes gained a wealth of experience and knowledge in family law and has the capability and compassion to help you through this difficult time. Mr. Hughes joined Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation in 2004 and has guided clients through the divorce mediation process helping them understand their choices and the significance and impact of each decision made. Through thoughtful, reflective and responsible representation, Mr. Hughes provides real solutions to people in the mediation process.
St. Joseph's University, Bachelors of Science, 1988
Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, 1994
Matthew J. Pillischer, Esquire
Matt Pillischer joined the team at Alpha Center for Divorce Mediation as an attorney-mediator, in May 2014 where he helps couples navigate one of the most challenging times in their lives: separation and divorce.
Matt works as a team with other lawyers, therapists, accountants, and financial advisors to put you and your spouse or partner in control, and support you all the way through by mediating parenting agreements, division of assets, tax ramifications, and financial planning for your new life.
Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for Incarcerated Nation Campaign in NYC, a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Returning Citizens in Philadelphia, a member of the executive committee of Coalition Against Mass Incarceration in Philadelphia, and a member of Campaign to End the New Jim Crow Trenton chapter. He was also recently a long-term consultant with the Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia for community engagement on their Mass Incarceration project. Matt also provides video services to organizations, companies, and friends-- from nonprofit promos to music videos. You may also catch him playing guitar and singing original tunes with High Hearts.
Juris Doctor, Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Bennington College, Bennington VT
Moot Court Honor Society, Best Brief Award 2010; William and Mary School of Law Moot Court Tournament Quarterfinalist
Pi Sigma Alpha
Staff Attorney - Community Legal Services, Employment Unit
Law Extern - Defender Association of Philadelphia
Law Intern - Supervision To Aid Re-Entry (STAR) Program, Judge L. Felipe Restrepo
Law Intern - Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg
Law Intern - Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
Behavioral Assistant - Millhill Child & Family Development Corporation
Nicole Anthony, LCSW
Nicole Anthony, M.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the field for 13 years and has a private practice in Quakertown, Pa. She treats adolescents and adults using individual, couples/marital and family therapy modalities. Her areas of interest and expertise include working with children/adolescents and their parents concerning adjustment disorders, self esteem issues, behavior problems, and ADHD diagnoses.
M.S.W.Fordham University, May 1996
B.S. SUNY at Cortland College, May 1992
PA Licensed Clinical Social Worker
PA Licensed Social Worker
Qualified Clinical Social Worker
Francine Barbetta, Psy.D
Dr. Barbetta is a marriage and family therapist with two offices in Newtown and Levittown, PA. In addition to her practice, she is an adjunct professor of Human Sexuality and is the author of the book, "A Pebble In His Shoe: The Diary of a Straight Spouse." She specializes in forgiveness issues and works with couples and families to develop co-parenting skills.
8/02 Doctoral of Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy
Chestnut Hill College License Eligible Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dissertation: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Empathy, Forgiving Others and Self-Forgiveness
12/94 Master of Arts, Counseling, Dean's List with Distinction
Rider University Lawrenceville, New Jersey
PA. Certified, Secondary School Education
12/80 Bachelor of Science, Individual and Family Studies
The Pennsylvania State University
College of Human Development
LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA
(Private Practice) Levittown, PA and Newtown, PA
Lenape Valley Foundation Doylestown, PA
Post-Doctoral Internship: Outpatient Therapist
TLC Psychotherapy Newtown, PA
Post-Doctoral Internship: Research Assistant
Lenape Valley Foundation Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Clinical Pre-Doctoral Internship rotation included: Crisis Worker in Emergency Room at Doylestown Hospital
Outpatient Therapist Group Psychotherapy and Counseling in Adult Partial Hospitalization Program
Barbetta, F. (2008). A Pebble In His Shoe: The Diary of a Straight Spouse. Philadelphia: Xlibris,
Barbetta, F. (2004). "What About the Straight Spouse?" PA Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter.
Barbetta, F. (2003). "Is Forgiveness Possible?" New Beginnings Newsletter, Alpha Center, Spring 2003.
American Psychological Association, Pennsylvania Psychological Association,
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Reb Brooks, Ed.M
Reb Brooks is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in Central Bucks County since 1979. He provides individual, marital and family therapy in his practice in Doylestown and is certified in treating co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse. In addition to his practice, he provides workshops and training to both professionals and the community and has taught psychology related courses atDelaware Valley College for over 20 years.
Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ed.M., Counseling Psychology, summa cum laude, June 1980.
Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, B.A., Psychology, cum laude, May, 1977.
Affiliates in Psychology (Private Practice)1984 − present (Full time as of 2/1/06):Owner/Practitioner- Developed and maintain a successful practice providing individual, marital and family therapy. Includes providing workshops and training to professionals and the community on a variety of psychology related topics.
Lenape Valley Foundation
Delaware Valley College Adjunct Professor in Psychology, 1987 − Present, Instructor of psychology related courses including: Introduction to Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Adolescent Psychology; The Psychology of Horticultural Therapy.
- Associate Executive Director, 1993 −2/06: Responsible for the administrative and clinical over sight of Lenape's clinical services including: Outpatient; Crisis and Emergency; Intake and referral; Correctional Mental Health; and PACT. Duties have included successful start up planning and implementation for several programs
- Director Outpatient Department, 5/90 − 1/05:Responsible for the administrative and clinical direction of Lenape's Outpatient Department, a full service program providing therapy and medication management services to consumers of all ages and diagnostic categories.
- Director of Student Training, 5/90 − 1/05: Responsible for running Lenape's extensive professional training program for masters and doctoral level interns from area universities.
- Director Weathervane Office, 8/85 − 5/90: Responsible for the clinical and administrative direction of Lenape's satellite outpatient office providing therapy and medication management to consumers of all ages.
- Staff Psychologist, 11/81 − 8/85: Position as a full time psychologist providing direct care to consumers of all ages in Lenape's outpatient department.
- Crisis Worker, 7/80 − 8/85: Part time position providing crisis and emergency services to consumers through Lenape's crisis department located at Doylestown Hospital's Emergency Department.
Kim Gianitsos, MFT
Ms. Gianitsos is a graduate of Hahnemann University Graduate School with a Masters Degree of Family Therapy. She has an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Family Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has many years of experience working with children and their families as a consulting counselor in area school districts. Ms. Gianitsos is a therapist-mediator for the Alpha Resource Center.
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Beaver College, Glenside, PA 1991 – 1996
Secondary School Counseling Degree.
Hahnemann University Graduate School, Philadelphia, PA 1987 – 1989
Masters Degree in Family Therapy, AAMFT accredited.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 1983 – 1987
Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, in the area of Child Development and Family Relations.
Internships included ARIN Adult learning center, Indiana Counseling Center, and Parents Anonymous.
1998 − current
Children's Aid Society – Helpline, Norristown and Lansdale, PA
School Crisis Counselor
To provide brief and long term treatment and support to students facing various levels of emotional or behavioral difficulty.
1996 − 1997
Group treatment (anger, sexuality, grief, D&A, divorce)
Coordination of services within and outside the school.
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Fox Chase, PA
Cancer Information Services (CIS) Department of the National Institute for Health (NIH)
Cancer Information Specialist
Responsibilities: Provide cutting edge cancer information to cancer patients and their families; and provide support if necessary.
1995 − 1996
Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote, PA
Guidance Counselor − Intern
Responsibilities: attend to the guidance needs of the junior class. Career and college guidance, peer relations, teacher/student relations, D&A prevention, individual guidance, family intervention, SAP team member.
Asst. boys and girls track coach.
1992 − 1994
The Renfrew Center, Philadelphia, PA
A private residential treatment facility for women with eating disorders.
Primary Clinician – Family Therapist.
Responsibilities: Family and Individual therapy, case management, group facilitator, program design.
1989 − 1992
Helpline Center, Inc. Lansdale PA
A community counseling agency for children and their families; closely affiliated with Children and Youth Services and the Department of Juvenile Probation of Montgomery County.
Responsibilities: Family and Individual out patient therapy, Services to Children in their Own Homes (SCOH), Crisis Counseling (Souderton School District), Drug and Alcohol Prevention.
1988 − 1989
Albert Einstein Out-Patient Psychiatric Center, Philadelphia, PA
Responsibilities: Family and Individual therapy, psychiatric emergency services.
1987 − 1989
Helpline Center Inc., Lansdale PA
Responsibilities: Family and Individual therapy, Relief House Parenting of adolescent group homes.
Dana F. Goode, Psy.D.
Dr. Goode is a graduate of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is in private practice in center city Philadelphia. She specializes in working with families adjusting to divorce and helping parents develop CO-parenting skills. Dr. Goode has worked with divorcing parents and families for ten years.
Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University
Chester, Pennsylvania, Doctor of Psychology, May 1992
Dissertation: Children and Adult Children of Divorce
Licensed Psychologist, November 1993
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude
Nisbet Scholar, Honor Program for exceptional academic performance
April 1993 − present
Private Practice, Philadelphia PA
Conduct individual therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. Specialization in the areas of adjustment to divorce (children and adults) including therapy, custody mediation, and co-parenting; affective disorders, relationship, grief, career issues.
August 2000 − May 2003
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Instructed practicum seminar for masters level clinical psychology students.
October 1997 − October 2002
Assessment and Treatment Alternatives, Philadelphia PA
Conducted evaluations to determine appropriateness of family reunification; conducted individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults to facilitate reunification process; model court representative.
November 1992 − October 1997
Presbyterian Medical Center, The Residence and The Geropsychiatry Program
Conducted psychological evaluations to assess emotional functioning of adult psychiatric patients, facilitated Self-Help and Defeating Depression group therapies based on the work of David D. Burns, M.D., facilitated family meetings, supervised group leaders and counselors, conducted rounds and assessments to determine eligibility of nursing home residents for day programs.
August 1987 − May 1992
Graduate School Training, Hahnemann and Widener Universities
September 1991 − May 1992
Swarthmore Counseling Center
July 1990 − June 1991
Crozier Chester Medical Center Adult Inpatient Unit
July 1989 − June 1990
Hahnemann University Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit
September 1988 − May 1989
Hahnemann University Psychiatric Medical Care Unit
September 1987 − May 1988
Community Life Services Mental Health Center
Jennifer L. Manning, MSW, LCSW
Mrs. Manning has a BS in psychobiology from Long Island University Southampton College along with a Masters in Social Work from Widener University. She is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. Jennifer has more than 10 years' experience in the mental health field providing treatment to children, adolescents and adults including Intensive Case management services at Penn Foundation, Individual and family therapy at Lenape Valley Foundation and Inpatient services at both Foundations Behavioral Health with adolescents and Horsham Clinic with adults. Jennifer joined the Alpha Center to able to help families who are going through a difficult transition in their life.
Long Island University, BS Psychobiology, cum laude Widener University, Master of Social Work Education, magna cum laude
Licensed Social Worker, Pennsylvania Board of Social Work
Currently accepting private clients
Horsham Clinic, May 2012 – Current
Social Worker: Complete psychosocial assessment and discharge planning for patients on both psychiatric and dual diagnosis inpatient units.
Continued contact with family members of patients along with patients ongoing outpatient providers.
Arrange aftercare plans for patient upon discharge including family session, crisis safety planning and scheduling ongoing outpatient provider appointments.
Lenape Valley Foundation, April 2007 – Current
Crisis Worker: Assess clients to determine appropriate level of care and arrange psychiatric inpatient treatment when needed including working with insurance companies and outside agencies.
Facilitate 302 process through Bucks County Mental Health System.
Internship, September 2011 – August 2012: Provide individual and family counseling for those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder and dual diagnosis to those who have suffered from grief/loss.
Meet with new patients to complete intake assessment and make referrals for best level of care.
Treatment Plan Specialist: Helped to pioneer and develop new position to meet with clients in order to discuss progress, goals and write plan of action for treatment plan.
Maintain detailed database on client's treatment plans in order to update every 120 days.
Psychiatrist Assistant: Assist medical staff with daily tasks including medication refill requests, prior authorizations, schedule psychiatric evaluations and follow up appointments.
Liaison between medical staff and all department staff, patients and outside agencies.
Gilda's Club, Internship, September 2010 – May 2011
Facilitate / Co-Facilitate support groups for people living with cancer in their lives
Complete CMP (customized membership plan) for new members
Penn Foundation, November 2004 – April 2007
Mental Health Case Manager: Provide assistance to adults and children with mental health diagnosis and substance abuse disorders in a community environment.
Work with consumer on desired goals such as building independence, vocational/educational, social support networking and reducing psychiatric hospitalizations.
Foundations Behavioral Health, May 2003 – November 2004
Mental Health Technician: Accountable for the daily care of youth residing on inpatient & RTF units.
Observe resident's behavior to prevent disturbances and maintain a safe environment, maintain daily progress notes of youth behavior.
Cynthia R. Thiers
Cindy Thiers has been in the field of counseling psychology for eight years. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology fromLaSalle University. Cindy's background encompasses the community mental health system, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol treatment and assessment, group, individual, and family therapy. She has experience working with children, couples, addictions, eating disorders, clients with a history of physical, emotional, and sexual trauma, and forensic psychology. Cindy works as a crisis worker for Lenape Valley Foundation at both Doylestown Hospital and Lower Bucks; in addition, she has a private practice in Doylestown working with clients and their families on a variety of issues. She enjoys working with families and children to resolve conflicts and family issues and is skilled in working with both intact and divorced families.
West Chester University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
La Salle University
Master of Arts, Clinical Counseling Psychology
August 2002 − present
Crisis Worker, Lenape Valley Foundation, Doylestown, Pa
Responsible for mental health assessments for level of care
Triage phone calls from clients
Work with insurance companies to approve psychiatric hospitalizations
Work with inpatient facilities to set up admissions for clients
Work with Bucks County Mental Health System to facilitate 302 petitions
Provide drug and alcohol assessments using PCPC criteria
April 2004 − Present
Outpatient therapist, Private Practice, Doylestown, PA
Providing therapy for children, adolescents, and families
Using play therapy techniques when working with young children
Work with clients with addictions including substance abuse and eating disorders
July 2004 − July 2005
Prison Psychologist, Bucks County Prison, Warrington, PA
Assess inmates for suicide risk
Provide competency evaluations for court trials
Administer psychological testing to inmates
Scott A. Rudolph, CPA
Mr. Rudolph is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania who specializes in providing tax planning and preparation services for divorcing couples, small business owners and individuals. He has taken extensive continuing education courses specifically geared towards the tax ramifications of the divorce process. Mr. Rudolph is very passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of his clients, friends and associates. He strongly believes that our experiences (good and bad) are a learning tool to be shared to benefit others. Mr. Rudolph has a BS in Business Administration from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.
1989, Bachelor of Science, Delaware Valley College
Major: Business Administration
1987, Associates of Arts, University of Florida
Major: Real Estate & Building Construction
As owner of a certified public accounting practice in Doylestown, PA, Scott has developed a niche business which focuses on tax planning for divorcing couples. He has taken extensive continuing education courses specifically geared towards the tax ramifications of the divorce process.
Scott also has an extensive background in the mortgage industry as a mortgage planner and previous owner of a mortgage brokerage. As a result of this experience, he understands the importance of mortgage financing, debt and credit during this transitional period in ones life. He leverages this knowledge to help guide his clients.
Professional Licenses & Certifications:
Certified Public Accountant, Pennsylvania
Edward M. Roberts, CPA
Mr. Roberts joined Alpha Resource Center as an affiliate in 2000 and the Board in 2000. Mr. Roberts is a graduate of LaSalle University with a degree in accounting. He has experience in estate planning, insurance consulting, and sales valuations. He owns a Certified Public Accounting firm in Doylestown, PA.
Mr. Roberts has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1979.
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
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