Clinical Consultants, Associates & Trainees
The Coché Center, L.L.C. Team
Judith Coché, Ph.D., Director
The Coché Center, L.L.C.
Judith Coché, Ph.D. is the founder and director of The Coché Center, L.L.C. Dr. Coché has dedicated her career to improving the lives of individuals, couples, and families with children, adolescents, and adults. Her group teaching and leadership is well-known. She is Clinical Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Currently a Clnical Professor at of the Medical School at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Coché combines a B.A. in Sociology, an M.A. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Human Development. She has been awarded the Diplomat status in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Coché has been in practice since 1975.
Dr. Coché married successfully at age 24, and remained married to Erich Coché, Ph.D. until his premature death from cancer at age 49. Suddenly thrust into young widowhood and single parenting of a pre-adolescent daughter, Dr. Coché drew on the skills she had long taught others, and became a successful single adult. She met and married a confirmed bachelor of 14 years, with two daughters from an earlier marriage. They have formed a successful blended family.
Dr. Coché has authored Couples Group Psychotherapy, Second Edition(2010), and has co-authored two books: Couples Group Psychotherapy (1990) and Powerful Wisdom (1993). The Husbands and Wives Club: A Year in a Couples Psychotherapy Group (2010) was written by prize winning journalist Laurie Abraham, about Dr. Coché's clinical work. She has trained over 2,000 mental health professionals world-wide in techniques to educate and to treat couples in groups. She co-created a videotape, Techniques in Couples Group Psychotherapy (1990), which teaches colleagues methods practiced at The Coché Center, LLC. She has authored more than thirty book chapters and journal articles in the fields of Family Therapy, Women as Therapists, Couples Psychotherapy, and Group Psychotherapy.
Dr. Coché's vision is to share with the public state-of-the-art methodology in Clinical Psychology. She has appeared on numerous national and local radio and television shows, including The Today Show and Good Morning America., and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Interviews about her work have appeared locally and nationally in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar.
Dr. Coché has been included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in Science and Medicine. She volunteers time on the Board of Directors of institutions serving American urban children and families.
Clinical Consultants and Associates at The Coche Center
Juliette Galbraith, M.D.
Dr. Galbraith combines honors level undergraduate work in psychology with medical and psychiatric training at the University of Pennsylvania where she was Chief Resident in Psychiatry. She won the teaching award for her academic ability with medical students during her residency. Dr. Galbraith is trained in medical management, individual, group, and couples group psychotherapy. Business interests include: families who are in business, as is her family, work with executive and multi track women, couples, and families. She is currently engaged at Pennsylvania Hospital and is a Clinical Faculty Member of the Department of Psychiatry, Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches and supervises Psychiatric Residents.
David Kalal, Ph.D.
Dr. Kalal specializes in psychological assessment. He teaches this area at the graduate level. Trained at the world-renowned Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kalal is an expert in treating depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, and related disorders. Dr. Kalal has special expertise in assessment for adolescents and adults, as well in criminal psychological assessment.
Scott Romeika, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist
Scott began his working association with the Coche Center, LLC, as a office manager after funding his own way through the University of Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He went on to receive the Psy.D. degree in Clinical Psychology and to become a licensed psychologist. Scott rejoined the Coche Center, LLC, as a clinician specializing in individual and group psychotherapy as well as in psychological assessment. Scott has experience in clinical and coaching work with graduate and undergraduate students, as well as leadership within higher education. With particular interest in helping younger adults optimize their lives, Scott is well equipped as a therapist and coach, having completed internships in clinical psychology, college counseling, and school psychology settings. Outside the office, Scott enjoys running (scenic and muddy trails are best), music, trivia, baseball (go Phillies!), and Scrabble.
Kathryn Habel, M.S.
Kathryn Habel, M.S., has over 25 years of experience in working with individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development and consultation. She is well known for her work with people in transition and those working through grief and loss. Kathryn received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from LaSalle University and her Master's in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She lives in Cape May County, where she does educational work for clients at The Coché Center, LLC's New Jersey office. Areas of educational coaching include life transitions, career development, addiction education, education about intervention with emotional abuse, and group skills. Kathryn is a Certified Counselor for New Jersey and is engaged at Cape Counseling Center.
John Edward Anderson, M.A.
Business Development Consultant
John Edward Anderson began business consultation when he married Judith Coché in 1994. His combination of formal training in mathmatics (M.A.) and Computer Sciences led his career path towards Information Sciences, where he became a world leader in the industry of secondary scientific publishing for the medical and biological community. Vice President at The National Library of Medicine, and currently President Emeritus of BIOSIS , he developed the first personal computer data retrieval program for the medical community, Grateful Med. Listed in "Who's Who in Business and Industry," he has turned around negative cash flow situations for professional practices, small businesses ranging from retail stores to real estate development firms, and corporations. He does internal business consultation for The Coché Center, LLC.
Dennis Allen, C.P.A., C.F.P.
Dennis Allen combines expertise in accounting and financial budgeting skills with advanced skills in Financial Planning. As both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner, he is uniquely skilled in helping Dr. Coché design the workbook on the meaning of money.
Catherine Kalb, M. ED.
Cathy Kalb has been involved in reading disability assessment and treatment for children and adults for over 25 years. Her expertise is state of the art. She acts as consultant for clients requiring skillful intervention in career transitions and school-related difficulties at all ages.
The Interns at The Coché Center
As a training center in mental health since 1985, there are interns learning to be mental health professionals as part of their graduate or post graduate education. These students are often already full experts in their fields, but choose to learn further with us because of our special areas of training. Other students may be actively pursuing degrees at the University of Pennsylvania in psychiatry or psychology, at Widener University, at Bryn Mawr College, or at other local programs. We welcome these students and are pleased to assist in their training. Our clients benefit from their up to the minute training and expertise, and take pride in helping them to take their place in the professional community.
Born in 1998, Whitby Anderson, Portuguese Water Dog, had, in his own estimation, "the best job in the world." His job consisted of walking to and from work, getting pats, greeting clients in the waiting room, hanging out in groups, getting cookies at 4 P.M., convincing clients to play with him, and helping the children benefit from their therapy with us. He also slept.
Owned, loved, and trained by Dr. Judith Coché, Whitby was a Delta Society Pet Partner and a member of Therapy Dogs, Inc. He achieved the American Kennel Club's distinction as a canine good citizen. After a couple of conformation prizes during early puphood, Whitby was selected for his remarkable temperament to fly to Philadelphia from his Portland, Oregon, birthplace, where he was immediately drafted into service as a therapy dog. He visited with patients at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on the units for children with kidney, liver, and heart transplants. In an interview for this web site bio, Whitby was overheard singing with joy about his jobs. Whitby died at age 14 in 2012. He was a living example of how a dog thrives when you "put your dog to work."
On August 8, 2012, Coves End's Oakley Anderson was born. Mother Bliss is a Champion in agility. Father Fenway is known for his laid-back temperament and roguish appearance. Oakley is named after Annie Oakley, the pretty, fashionable feminist who could outshoot all the sharpshooters in the West. Oakley began to "come to work" at 12 weeks of age, and is loving her early clicker training on the long path to becoming a therapy dog and clinical partner at the Coche Center, LLC. Like Whitby before her, she is beautiful, brainy and has the perfect temperament for a canine career in clinical mental health. Oakley loves her new work, and can be seen chewing on various objects around the Coche Center. Clients welcome the return of a puppy into their clinical change community.
AKC Champion Cove's End's Dream Come True is the given name for the guy we call simply "Boomer." Boomer began in the offices on the secon day of his month long visit from North Carolina, where he was owned by Marlene Nicewander, Portuguese Water Dog Breeder of Merit. Boomer has distinguished himself as an AKC champion, went on to earn titles in agility, rallye, and water work. He is well trained in obedience and his maturity and calm demeanor add wisdom and elegance to The Coche Center. We hope he stays for a long long time. He greets clients, will occasionally put his head on an inviting lap during a session, and good naturedly establishes himself as a welcome presence for all who know him.