Meet Our Psychologists
Dr. Perilstein Rittenhouse Square Location
Joanne Perilstein, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who worked for fifteen years helping individuals with various physical and emotional disabilities choose educational programs and careers. Dr. Perilstein made a major career transition in her own life after she became totally blind in 2000. Having attended a rehabilitation program that taught her to use the white cane, clean, cook and operate an adaptive computer, she then began working entirely as a psychotherapist since she could no longer administer the psychological tests to evaluate clients needing vocational change.
Following a period of working in a group practice, she again opened a solo psychology practice and is a provider for several major insurance groups. She has developed a thriving practice that provides her with much meaningful activity. Since she has maintained her interest in helping people find satisfaction in their work and careers she decided to offer groups to inspire others to find similar satisfaction during difficult times.
Dr. Liggera Rittenhouse Square location
Courtney Liggera, Psy. D. is a licensed psychologist with nearly ten years of clinical experience. She helps patients coping with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues as well as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.
She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University, and her Psy.D. (Doctorate of Psychology) from The George Washington University. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at The Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, NY, and at Madison County Mental Health Center in Wampsville, NY.
Dr. Liggera believes in the power of psychodynamic/insight acclimated therapy, holding that the key to a successful therapeutic experience is being able to connect oneself with an unwavering guide in a secure and serene environment so that the path to overcoming life’s trials can become more clear. She is married, with a daughter, Alexandra. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading suspense novels, and baking.
Dr. Kaplan, Main Line Location
Joan Kaplan, Ph. D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly twenty years of clinical experience. She helps patients coping with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues as well as managing medical illness diagnoses & chronic illnesses and adjusting to other significant life and family transitions.
Dr. Kaplan earned her B.A. in Psychology & Social Relations from Harvard University, and her MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of California at Berkeley. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Judge Baker Children’s Center and The Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in schools and suburban clinic settings. Dr. Kaplan typically incorporates psychodynamic, developmental and systems models in her work.
She believes that times of transition are ideal times for therapeutic intervention and hopes to provide excellent opportunities for psychological growth and change while working at the Rittenhouse Women's Wellness Center. When not doing clinical work, Dr. Kaplan teaches and supervises in the Psychology Department at West Chester University.