Consultations with Jane Mattes, LCSW, founder and  director of SMC  

Jane Mattes is a pioneer and the leading expert in the area of single motherhood by choice. She offers individual and group consultations for those who are considering, or have chosen single motherhood.

Whether you’re just starting to consider becoming a single mother by choice (SMC), in the planning stage, trying to conceive or adopt, or in the midst of the parenting years, having a consultation can be a great help in sorting out the complex issues that may arise while you’re on your journey. Some popular topics are “I’m not sure whether or not single motherhood is for me,” and “How do I explain to my child why there’s no Dad in our family”, among many, many others.

Jane Mattes, L.C.S.W., a NYC psychotherapist and single mother by choice, founded Single Mothers by Choice (SMC) in 1981, shortly after having her son. Over the last 40 years she has counseled thousands of people who are considering, or have chosen, single motherhood. Jane also consults with educators, psychotherapists, and other professionals who work with SMCs and their children.

In addition to overseeing the growth of SMC and maintaining a private practice in psychotherapy, Jane is the author of the book, Single Mothers by Choice: A Guidebook for Single Women Who Are Considering, or Have Chosen Motherhood, and has co-authored several research papers on donor-conceived families.

If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Jane, write to us ( We will contact you to arrange a mutually convenient appointment time.

About Jane


“I joined SMC when my son was a baby, and he's about to turn 21! The wealth of knowledge and support I've received from SMC got me through some really hard times and I found some great friends. We are a diverse group, and yet we are wholeheartedly there for one another.”

– Nancy N