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Therapists

Our Therapists provide a comprehensive set of services to help boost your confidence and offer support as you navigate your personal health and wellness challenges. They will work closely with you  in order to achieve measurable results that allow you to push forward with a new, positive mindset. 

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Melissa L. Costanzo
 LMFT| Therapist & Clinical Director

I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2002. Much of my career has been working with children and teens in conjunction with their families as well as with individual adult clients and couples, providing clinical treatment, support and psycho-education.

 

As a graduate of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT in Marriage and Family Therapy, I gained a greater understanding of the effects that symptoms have on and are effected by family members. I utilize a Solution Focused therapy approach providing short term goal oriented sessions. In addition, I seek to establish boundaries and open communication in families increasing the level of functioning. 

My personal and laid back style has been successful working with ADHD, anxiety, depression, Bi-polar, suicidal ideation, self harm, as well as couples issues including sexual dysfunction, affairs, mistrust, parenting and co-parenting. I offer support through developmental stages of childhood, dissolution of marriage and family care giving. 

 

As a divorced mom of two, I am familiar with the struggles of parenthood, co-parenting, marriage and unfortunately divorce. I offer a supportive ear with clinical techniques to get you through your difficulties. I offer evening hours to decrease the need for you to take excessive time off from school or work.

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Morgan Poeta
MS LPC| Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. After graduating with my undergraduate degree in Social Work I began working at a residential treatment program for individuals with severe mental health disorders.  Throughout this experience I realized I was passionate about helping people improve their mental health.  

            I graduated with my master’s degree in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and began working at the Root Center for Advanced Recovery. I have extensive experience and knowledge with substance use issues, co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety as well as life transitions. I utilize a Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) approach as well as a strengths-based perspective when meeting with clients both individually and in group therapy. Most importantly, I meet my clients where they are and work to promote both hope and courage as they face challenges.  

I believe that everyone has the ability to make positive changes in their lives and it’s my goal to help people realize their potential and find their strengths. I like to keep a laid-back and calm environment with a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship in order to always maintain trust and respect.  

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Olivia Goforth
 LCSW| Therapist

Seeking therapy can be an undertaking that brings on uncertainties about discussing the challenges of life. I am a licensed clinical social worker and a practitioner that is passionate about helping people restore hope and practically enhance their lives. I have professionally practiced in the field for twelve years and have provided clinical expertise since 2016 after graduating with master’s degree from Fordham University. With dedication to change work and motivation to increase overall happiness, I am sure that participating in therapy will provide a magnitude of improvements to you. Through my work, I am committed to helping people overcome depression, anxiety, addictions, familial and relational conflict, grief and loss, trauma, as well as additional stressors that can cause limits in daily functioning.   

 

My approach to therapy is derived from person centered techniques where I exhibit unconditional positive regard, compassion and a judgement free space for you to feel free and unrestricted about your sharing. I curtail my therapy in collaboration with the participant to find the best fit for you. I am trained in: CBT, DBT, Multi-dimensional family therapy, trauma informed modalities including: ARC, cognitive restructuring for PTSD, and seeking safety. Goal oriented and solution focused therapy have been techniques I’ve used to assist clients in gaining their self-identified objectives. I enjoy using a strengths based perspective where growing your self-determination will allow for resilience and the capacity to succeed in your goals. I have extensive experience working with individuals severely impacted by complex trauma, co-occurring disorders, intellectual disabilities, thought and mood disorders, as well as panic and depressive disorders. My professional background as well as personal life experience enables me to be an effective social worker who is comfortable and confident in counseling diverse groups of people. 

 

If you find that you are ready to commit to breaking the barriers in your life causing you distress, I invite you to schedule a session with me. I look forward to working with you and finding the footing you have lost, but will be sure to regain.

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Tanya C. Wayne
LMFT| Therapist

My ambition is to improve people’s lives and I have chosen to do this through providing therapy as a clinician since 2016. I earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Saint Joseph. In my professional career I have worked with clients and families in various settings. This background has given me the opportunities to better support clients, to give guidance in developing skills, to offer insight that empowers positive change, and to watch them grow. I enjoy working with clients from various backgrounds and cultures. This has led me to meet some amazing people.

Do you feel overwhelmed by your thoughts or emotions? Or find it difficult to establish or maintain satisfying relationships at home, work, or socially? I am here to help you on your journey to find solutions and build strategies for you to reach your goals. My experience in the clinical field has given me experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with clinical concerns such as anxiety, ADHD, depression, relationship problems, and child-parent conflict. In the context of family, the mental health struggles of an individual can impact the family. Common concerns I have treated within families, but not limited to, are communication problems, goal setting, marital conflict, and behavioral issues of children. These concerns and many others can happen for a variety of reasons and impact one's personal life, career, relationships, education, and spiritual well-being.

My approach to therapy is to build a strong therapeutic connection with my clients that is respectful, nonjudgmental, and empathetic.  I utilize skills of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy as catalysts for therapeutic dialogue in sessions. Having trained in other modalities, I will tailor your treatment to best meet your needs. My diverse experience allows me to easily attune to my client's needs and help clients feel comfortable and safe.

 

I believe that for many the toughest step of therapy is the initial reaching out. You deserve respect and dignity through the process of learning how to address your current issue and build a healthier life with the appropriate skills to face your challenges. It is an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of that process.

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Lora Small
LCSW| Therapist

Are you currently dealing with a challenging life event that you believe is insurmountable? We will work together to figure out how to navigate your way back to feeling more centered and to a place where you can become a better version of yourself- or any version that you envision! I believe in using a collaborative, compassionate, and empathetic approach to meet my clients where they are. 

 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience. I work with young adults, older adults, and families who are grappling with the circumstances of life. It is critical to me to develop a relationship with each client that is authentic, and that will foster a sense of trust as you begin to engage in the therapeutic process. I understand that starting a new relationship can be daunting- which is why your experience while engaging in treatment will always be honored. If you are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety or are experiencing relationship stressors, I can help you explore ways of managing symptoms to resolve your issues in a non-judgmental and comfortable environment. 



I specialize in working with those who have experienced trauma, including emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. I utilize a range of therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Multidimensional Family Therapy, and Supportive Counseling. If you are thinking about starting therapy, I would be honored to assist you with identifying the strengths and tools that lie within you to cope with the challenges of life so that you can live a more peaceful and fulfilling life. 

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Amanda Roy
 LPC| Therapist

I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut with training and experience utilizing Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and person-centered therapy. I graduated from Springfield College with my Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, and have been working for years with people struggling with substance use disorders, alongside all of the complicated feelings humans experience: sadness and depression, anxiety, grief, fear, change, and problems in relationships. I also have experience with more severe concerns such as mood disorders, trauma, and addiction. 

 

I chose to become a mental health professional after I graduated college and worked for years in customer service. I began to notice that so many of the people around me – from coworkers to customers, family and friends - were silently struggling every day, and I was inspired by their strength. My style could be described as solution-focused, and I work as a team with my clients to achieve their therapeutic goals with empathy, compassion and an open mind.

My favorite thing to see is someone’s pride when they notice how far they’ve come. Often changes are small and incremental, and it can be hard to see our own progress along the way. No undesirable feeling or behavior is truly unexplainable, and while finding the root causes of our mental health concerns can be a difficult process and may take time, it ultimately helps us grow. Learning to be emotionally intelligent will have a consistently positive impact on your life as you learn the skills that will help you navigate life as it comes. I believe that every person is capable of change, and I also acknowledge that change can be unthinkably scary. I am here to help you find your own strength to be an emotionally healthy individual.

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Vanessa Irizarry
LMSW| Therapist

“Life will reward you, but not always by the route you expect.”- Edna Rodriguez 

 

As a bilingual Social Worker, my goal is to help both adults and children recognize, address and learn coping skills to deal with trauma, and current life stressors. As the daughter of Hispanic parents, raised in the CT public school system, I have gained experience working with a number of different cultures in a number of different capacities. 

 

Throughout my career, I have adapted to having a patient-centered approach, helping individuals to navigate through their trauma or current life situations. I am a firm believer of helping you to reach the level of empowerment you are looking to achieve. My ability to speak, read and write Spanish fluently has attributed to my ability of furthering my education and career in which I eventually aspire to become a LCSW. 

 

I completed my Bachelors Degree at University of Bridgeport, then continuing my education at Sacred Heart University, achieving my Masters in Social Work. I have worked in the Social Work field for about 10 years, officially becoming a Social Worker in 2019. During my time at Sacred Heart, I completed a clinical internship which allowed me to gain experience running IOP groups, which gave me to the opportunity to learn about DBT and CBT. I am also certified in Circle of Security and the Trauma Based ARC Grow Model.  I also spent time working at a Victims Service Center in Central Florida mainly working with Sexual Assault Victims, as well as Human Trafficking Victims.  

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Emily Stockwell
LPC / LADC| Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) in the state of Connecticut. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2018 with my master’s in clinical professional counseling with concentrations in mental health and addiction recovery.

My experience in the field began in 2017. Since that time, I have gained extensive experience working with people with substance use disorders, mental health diagnoses, and co-occurring disorders. I am well versed in using Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and use a person-centered approach in all people I work with. I also have experience with Medication Assisted Treatment clients.

It is my wholehearted belief that we all have the capacity to change, heal, and recover from all the wild things that life can throw at us; sometimes all we need is a little guidance to help us along the way. I strive to create a warm, welcoming, and trusting environment which I hope can allow us to work together towards your goals, whatever they may be.

As a working mom I understand how hard it can be to balance life and responsibilities while still finding time to take care of yourself, but I also understand how making changes within yourself can positively impact all those around you. I look forward to helping you live your most healthy, productive, and fulfilling life!

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Amanda Bascetta
LPC| Therapist

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I entered the mental health field after I graduated from Western Connecticut State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology in the year of 2013. I then obtained my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in the year of 2015.

I have worked in a variety of settings which include therapeutic group homes, outpatient settings, and community mental health programs funded by the Court Support Services Division. I have experience in working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I have worked with a variety of populations including at-risk teens, couples experiencing relational stress, and individuals struggling with life stressors/transitions, symptoms related to adjustment disorders, ADHD, OCD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and PTSD.

I enjoy working to assist my clients in reaching their therapeutic goals with the use of DBT techniques, CBT techniques, solution focused techniques, strength-based approaches, and motivational interviewing techniques. I strive to create a safe, warm, and welcoming environment. My goal is to assist each of my clients in reaching a place of comfort for self-exploration that will lead to emotional wellness, and inner growth. I look forward to helping you reach your therapeutic goals as well as emotional healing. I am currently seeing adult clients for in-person sessions or telehealth sessions.

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Jessica Ahern
LPC 
| Therapist

I have always had a passion for helping others and as a therapist I aim to work alongside the client to recognize their strengths and abilities, as well as explore unhealthy thought patterns that may impact daily living. I offer a safe, judgement free environment built on mutual respect and trust where individuals are given the space to work through life’s challenges and make positive changes. I believe in meeting clients where they are and tailoring my approach to achieve individual needs. I have experience with CBT, solution-focused therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).

 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) through the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health. I graduated with my master’s degree in Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Carolina and began working at the Root Center for Advanced Recovery. I have experience and knowledge with substance use issues, co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety as well as life transitions.

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Choosing to begin therapy is daunting and the potential changes can be scary, but I believe the growth and skills learned are worthwhile and I aim to make the process as smooth as possible. I am honored to be a part of your journey and look forward to helping you live your most authentic, fulfilling life!

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Kaitlyn Romano
LPCA
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 Therapist

Dealing with the challenge of mental health struggles can be trying. With a compassionate and empathetic professional, overcoming these challenges can possible. As a licensed professional counselor associate (LPCA), I am able to assist you with identifying your strengths to overcome any identified struggles.

 

 I graduated with my masters degree in counseling and also obtained a masters degree in criminal Justice and forensic psychology from the University of New Haven. With several years of experience, I have successfully treated those with substance abuse disorders, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other disorders and concerns related to the criminal Justice system.

 

As a diverse professional, I specialize in treating children and adolescents with conduct disorders, depression, history of suicidal ideations/attempts and adjustment disorders. Additionally, I am able to treat adults who struggle with cooccurring disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders. I am also able to encompass a holistic approach by involving family members within the therapeutic process. Through a strengths-based perspective, I can help you identify effective coping mechanisms to increase your self-actualization and overall quality of life. I am efficient with applying differing techniques within CBT, REBt and person-centered theories. Overall, I adopt a flexible stance in treating your needs and modify your treatment accordingly.

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Jennifer Siegal
LMFT
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 Therapist

Life can be filled with challenges and unexpected interruptions. I believe that everyone has the tools and strengths needed to overcome their own unique obstacles. Using a strengths-based approach, I enjoy helping people build on the skills they have to be the healthiest version of themselves.

I graduated with a master’s degree in school counseling in 2010 and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018. My background is comprised of college and career counseling, adolescent anxiety, couples counseling, health and wellbeing in higher education, and working with new mothers, experiencing postpartum depression. I specialize in postpartum support and the high school to college transition.

I aim to provide a safe, judgement-free space for you to feel comfortable to express yourself, create your own path and celebrate your story. With the belief that everyone is capable of becoming the best version of themselves, I would love to help you learn and grow from your experiences!

I am excited to begin working with groups in the upcoming months! Please look out for the groups listed below:

Postpartum / New Baby Support Group
Giving birth comes with its own set of challenges. New babies can be overwhelming and rewarding. This group is open to new mothers and mothers of multiples. The goal of this group is to offer non-biased support, encouragement and validation to mothers who are struggling with the daily obstacles of adjusting to a new baby.

Adolescent Anxiety Group
The path from childhood to adulthood can be terrifying and confusing. With all of the physical and emotional changes within adolescent development, this experience can seem impossible to navigate. The goal of this group is to help teens guide and support one another through this journey so they can enjoy their teenage life.

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Melissa Testa
LCSW
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I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for 17 years. I completed both my Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. I have devoted my career to supporting youth and families. I specialize in ADHD, mood disorders, psychiatric issues, anxiety, and interpersonal conflict. I provide parent support and education when children have challenging behaviors at home or school. I also support families in decisions around pharmacological intervention.

 

I have an eclectic approach to treatment based on the client’s needs. I am a firm believer that people need to be treated as a whole – mind, body, spirit – requiring the three to live harmoniously together. We are all special and unique therefore should be treated as such. I pride myself on respect and autonomy, meeting the client where they are at – all the while providing a safe, nurturing environment for people to not just be seen but to be heard.

 

In this work, I draw from multiple evidence-based practices including CBT, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Creative Expression and Play Therapy.

 

My ultimate goal is to bring joy and peace back to individuals and families in crisis. I am a strengths-based, client-centered clinician. I will listen without judgment and we will collaborate on your treatment. I firmly believe that we all possess the ability to heal – I am just here to provide some tools to access it.

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Hilary Frisch
LCSW
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 Therapist

I have a warm person-centered approach in assisting individuals navigate their life path. I believe therapy should be a collaborative effort to achieve your goals. I place a high emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.

 

I have experience working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, and utilize a trauma-lens in working with addiction and geriatrics. I also have experience working with the middle-aged population that find themselves in the “sandwich” caring for both their children and their parents.

 

I believe a holistic lifestyle can better prepare ourselves for the challenges we face throughout our lifespan. I have found that when we care for ourselves, we are better able to manage the stressors of life.

 

I look forward to working with you to achieve positive outcomes.

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Melinda Sullivan
LCSW / LADC | Therapist

I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor for over 17 years, working with clients from all different backgrounds, different diagnoses, and different experiences. I have enjoyed being a part of their process and a part of their recovery.

 

I have a person centered approach when working with my clients and always approach each client with an open mind. I always maintain a non-judgmental attitude and environment, so that you can feel safe, get vulnerable and make the changes you want to see in your life.

I specialize in PTSD, mood disorders, addictions, anxiety disorders and negative core beliefs about yourself that get in the way of your success and happiness. I'm trained and certified in (EMDR) Eye Movement Desensitization. EMDR treats mental health conditions that happen because of memories from traumatic events in your past. It’s best known for its role in treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but its use is expanding to include treatment of many other conditions.

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Suzanne A. Rosenberg
 LCSW| Therapist

Our minds and bodies are not well designed for many of the stresses we face in daily life today. It is not unusual to go through periods where your normal coping skills just aren’t enough. Depression, anxiety, grief and anger can negatively affect your relationships, your work and your ability to live your best life. As a therapist, I support people on their journey of managing and mastering their challenges with painful thoughts and feelings and improving their quality of life.

My approach to therapy is centered in compassion and creating a judgement-free space of safety and support for us to do this work. Within this space, I will help you find ways to reduce your symptoms and distress and find solutions for yourself, using a range of skills and techniques. There is no “one size fits all” answer to anyone’s problems as we are all unique individuals. I use techniques from CBT, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, mindfulness and somatic (body centered) therapies with a solution focused approach, so that we are always working towards your goals.

I have extensive experience working in the medical field with people experiencing chronic and life threatening illnesses as well mental health conditions. Working with the relationship between body and mind, the way in which emotions affect the physical body and how physical symptoms affect the way you think and feel, we can reduce the distress and burden of illness and find new ways that you can experience joy and a sense of meaning and purpose at any stage of life or health.

I am also trained in ART Therapy (Accelerated Resolution Therapy), an evidence based practice uniquely designed to address traumatic memories using a voluntary memory/image replacement technique which changes the way memories are stored in the brain. Grounded in neuroscience, this treatment can substantially reduce the physical and emotional response to triggers and memories and help you live a healthier and happier life.

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Joel Garcia
LMFT
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My goal as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) has always been to meet individuals and families where they are at, while also supporting them in growing and healing. I work to create a peaceful and safe space by being my genuine and authentic self, while also incorporating humor because sometimes taking a step back is the best thing you can do.

 

I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2021. I obtained both my bachelors and masters from Central Connecticut State University. Since 2010, I have worked in the mental health field in several settings including therapeutic schools, in-home programs and crisis telephone lines. I graduated with my masters in 2019 and worked as a clinician in multiple programs including Multisystemic Therapy Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF) and Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT). I have also managed several programs including Young Adult Services (YAS), Extended Day Treatment (EDT), and an outpatient program during my time with Community Mental Health Affiliates.

 

I believe in using a collaborative approach when working with clients. I am trained in CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, and multiple family therapy models. I am also certified in MDFT. I have experience working with children, teens, and adults dealing with numerous struggles including depression, anxiety, trauma, and suicidal ideation. I also have extensive professional and personal experience working with the Department of Children and Families as well as with children in the foster care system.

 

I look forward to meeting you and seeing where this journey takes you!

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Erin Schopfer
LMFT| Therapist

Life isn't linear and neither are our problems. We may notice that when it rains, it pours. I work with a variety of cases including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, relationships, life transitions, sexual abuse, trauma, and family issues. I believe in a judgment-free zone where you can work through thoughts and feelings with compassion and respect. Therapy is where you can laugh, cry, work hard, reward yourself, and gain insight into your life. 

 

I work with individuals, couples, and families to address their issues and concerns. I believe that a collaborative approach to your goals will help you understand the reasons and factors behind your struggles. Through practices such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS), my goal is to help empower you to make the changes you desire and deserve! 

 

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and EMDR-trained. I graduated from Southern Connecticut State University. With a strong focus on systemic therapy and a background in yoga, I am mindful of the importance and influence of the mind-body connection. I would be honored to assist you in your path to empowerment. 

 

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." 

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Vanessa McClintock
LPC / NCC | Therapist

Taking initiative to begin therapy is a venturous act that can seem overwhelming to some, but will ultimately guide you toward betterment. Pursuing mental health care for oneself is a right that should be accessible to and personalized for all individuals. I provide counseling from a person-centered, strengths-based lens, meaning that you will be the one to guide your treatment according to your individual needs, goals, and strengths. Using a blend of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based therapy, I will work with you to identify each of these and achieve positive outcomes over the course of our time together.

 

I have a variety of experience in the mental health field, beginning in 2015 at an extended day treatment program for children. While returning to Springfield College to work toward my Master’s Degree, I began working as a mental health counselor in the inpatient setting and continued practicing clinically after completion of my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2019. I am currently licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) through the state of Connecticut and am board certified (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

I have experience working with adults across the lifespan and gender spectrum, coming from many different backgrounds, navigating a variety of circumstances including life changes and stressors, trauma, grief and loss, substance use, and associated anger, depression, and anxiety. I have worked with individuals with a number of conditions including mood disorders, substance use disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and trauma and related disorders. With each individual, I utilize my ability to build relationships through empathy and acceptance in order to develop a treatment plan specialized for this person. I look forward to working with you as you find your way toward a more peaceful and productive place of wellness.

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Amanda Dill
LCSW| Therapist

I've been working in human services, mental and behavioral health since 2010 in a wide variety of treatment settings. I have worked with all age groups, from birth-3 to end of life, and everything in between. I graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelors in Childhood Studies and a minor in Social Work, as well as a Masters in Special Education. I later went on to earn another Masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston in order to achieve my dream of providing individual and family therapy in a private practice setting.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I draw from a wide range of treatment modalities and theoretical perspectives in order to provide personalized and client centered treatment. Among the frameworks that I draw from are Existential Philosophy, Social Learning Theory, Psychodynamic Theory and Object Relations Theory. I also utilize modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

I believe that in order to truly overcome our struggles, we must first understand the root of them, and feel that above all else the therapeutic rapport and trust between client and provider is the best predictor of long term success and recovery. With the help of the right clinician and by looking back on our past we can then understand our present and create a healthier and happier future. I also believe that anyone, at any age, can benefit from therapy. I take a person centered approach and individualize my treatment methods and modalities to your specific needs, goals, concerns and hopes for the future. I truly look forward to working with anyone who is hoping to better themselves and their lives.

 

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Kristin Peck
MS LPC| Therapist

I believe creating a safe and trusting relationship is essential in helping you and child through therapy.  Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Diabolical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and solution based therapy, I seek to help children acquire the skills to handle life's challenges and replace undesirable traits with positive ones.

 

 I am empathic and understanding, which is why I became a child therapist. I'm also a certified school counselor and currently work in the Stamford Public School district. I've also worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center helping individuals through their treatment. I have helped children and adolescents deal with a variety of issues including, self image issues, peer trouble, career counseling, bereavement, anxiety, depression and divorce. I have a Masters Degree from Saint John's University (an CACREP accredited program) and my Bachelors Degree is from the University of South Carolina. I am also a member of the American Counselors Association. Currently I am only seeing clients via telehealth. 

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Shannon Jacobs
LPC | Therapist

I have worked in the human services field for over 15 years, and I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2012 with an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.

I have worked in a variety of settings throughout my career, and I greatly enjoy helping others reach their goals. I worked for 11 years with young adults diagnosed with ASD teaching independent living and social skills in a residential setting. In 2017 I transitioned to working full time as a mental health counselor.  I have experience working with children, young adults, families, and couples. I currently work as a counselor in an outpatient setting with adults engaged in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT).

I have always had a passion for helping others and as a therapist I take pride in working with individuals to recognize their strengths and abilities. I believe that therapy is a safe way to provide others with the space, knowledge, and skills to facilitate change and reach personal goals. I use a client-centered approach to therapy, and I take pride in creating a relaxed and judgement free zone. I know that coming into therapy is not always easy and I strive to meet my clients where they are and provide the needed support to help them on their journey. I have experience with CBT, solution-focused therapy, family systems therapy, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET).

I made the decision to become a therapist because I want to support others as they grow and adjust to the many changes of life. I hope that I can have the opportunity to work with you to develop a toolbox of skills and strategies that can help you manage day to day life in a fulfilling and productive manner.   

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Chelsie Morais
LMFT| Therapist

My goal as a Marriage and Family Therapist is to help people heal, grow and become self-aware of their inner strengths. I provide a peaceful and non-judgmental space for you to explore your inner thoughts and feelings while processing every day challenges that might arise.

 

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist I provide a person centered approach in therapy. I received my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central CT State University. I am credentialed in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have experience with children, teens and adults who struggle with relational issues, positive self-esteem, suicidal ideation and struggles with anxiety and depression. I also have experience working with teens and young adults who are on the Autism Spectrum, other mental health issues and intellectual disabilities.

 

Reaching out for help can be challenging but it can also be the first step towards making healthier life decisions. I look forward to getting to know you as you explore your personal growth and journey in therapy.  

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Kori Hames
LCSW| Therapist

I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Kori and I provide psychotherapy for children, adolescents and young adults. My approach is grounded in the belief that the therapeutic relationship is the most important indicator of success in therapy. I strive to provide a warm and welcoming environment for my clients where feelings of safety & connection are at the forefront of our collaborative partnership.

 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Connecticut, I have experience working with individuals across the lifespan from early childhood to late adulthood treating those with various mental health diagnoses, disabilities, trauma, disordered eating, body image issues, and those navigating challenging life transitions.

 

I practice trauma-focused and client-centered therapy using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and a variety of techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), to fit the unique needs of each individual.

I admire your bravery for joining in the therapeutic process and look forward to helping you on your journey to becoming the best version of you!

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Quentin Garcia
LMSW| Therapist

Finding the right therapist makes all the difference when it comes to executing the changes you want to see in your life. As a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who studied at one of the foremost Universities for Social Work Education (Boston University), I aim to work with you to identify problem areas and collaboratively strategize for optimal treatment outcomes. 

 

My warm, people-centric nature creates a judgment-free space where you feel comfortable enough to be your most authentic self. The strength of our relationship and your innate ability to learn, cope, and grow is the driving force behind healing at all levels. I use a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Solutions-Focused, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed approaches to help meet everyone’s individualized needs. 

 

I work with many presenting problems, including but not limited to Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, PTSD/Trauma, and Sexuality/LGBT matters. I use my professional experience in these areas to highlight your strengths and support your personal mission. My hope is that your journey, whatever path you choose, is fruitful and fulfilling. 

 

I look forward to our work together. 

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Joyce Armstrong
LCSW
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 Therapist

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have experience working with young adults and adults in managing life transitions, loss and grief, depression and anxiety, as well as with individuals with substance use disorders.  I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, inpatient, intensive outpatient and crisis intervention.

 

My approach is warm, engaging, compassionate and non-judgmental.  I believe it is vitally important to provide a safe space for exploration of your thoughts and emotions.  I offer a strengths-based, trauma-informed, collaborative approach.  The ability to understand how past experiences impact the present can allow us to shift limiting beliefs, build a stronger connection to self and open pathways for healing.  I utilize therapeutic approaches from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment Therapy (ACT) and have been trained in EMDR.  I am deeply committed to the therapeutic process and look forward to the opportunity to work alongside you to help shift obstacles into possibilities.

 

 “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow” Mary Anne Radmacher

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Amanda Lorentsen
LMFTA
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 Therapist

My goal as a Marriage and Family Therapist is to provide a safe, peaceful, and non-judgmental environment to help foster my client’s growth and healing. My approach is grounded in the belief that interpersonal relationships are one of the most important factors leading to personal happiness, as they play a significant role and influence an individual’s thought patterns and behaviors. I am committed to working with my clients to break dysfunctional cycles and unhealthy generational patterns to reach their goals and become the best version of themselves. I aim to work collaboratively with my clients with a strength-based approach to sustain long-lasting change in their lives.

 

I received my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University. I have experience working with families, couples, children, and adults, across the lifespan who struggle with relational issues, life transitions, and parenting. I have treated people with symptoms related to a variety of mental health diagnoses such as depression, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, and anxiety disorders; as well as helping them learn coping skills to manage their symptoms.

 

Engaging in the process of therapy is a courageous endeavor that I highly admire. Allowing yourself to be open and willing to share your life, your patterns, and emotions with another takes strength and vulnerability. It is this strength and bravery that makes therapy transformational. I am here to hold space for all that you bring to our sessions. I would be honored to help guide you through your journey and transformation

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Rylan Sullivan
LMSW
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 Therapist

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker from University of Connecticut. I have several years of experience working with teens, adolescents, and families in a variety of different clinical settings. I believe individuals and families are the experts of their own lives and I take a genuine and supportive client-centered approach to meet every client’s individual needs.

 

My approach to treatment focuses on building a strong therapeutic relationship while providing a safe space to empower the people I work with to voice their strengths and struggles. While utilizing a strengths-based approach I work with clients to help them discover who they are and the treatment goals they want to work on.

 

I practice Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) as treatment modalities to explore and address life experiences collaboratively and make the meaningful changes that you want to see.

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Brenda Griffin
LPC
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 Therapist

“Don’t worry if you’re not where you want to be yet. Great things take time.”
Perhaps in this moment, you’ve arrived at a point in your life where you realize that you need to let go, and bravely invest in a way of life that enhances the version of yourself that you want to become. You deserve to live a life where you feel more present, in control, and empowered. When you make the choice to move past what stands in the way of your ability to fully engage in your life, you are stepping into a new era. Welcome to your new era! I’m so glad you made the decision for yourself to seek treatment, and start to gain momentum in a really positive direction in your life.


Hi, I’m Brenda! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor, and I whole-heartedly feel that it is a privilege to be a therapist, and an honor to hold space for healing. I’m here to support you and encourage you as you navigate life stressors, unlearn old habits and thought patterns that are keeping you stuck, learn about yourself, and work towards meaningful goals.
I take a person- centered, strengths based, and empathetic approach in sessions, while implementing various techniques primarily from solution- focused and CBT treatment modalities. I work with adult clients with a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, grief and loss, stress, family conflict, and self- esteem.


Be proud of yourself for taking this step. I’m looking forward to working with you!

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Eleonora Corey
LPC 
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 Therapist

I offer a non-judgmental environment in order to develop a safe place for us to work together to decide which specific changes you would like to make in your life. My approach is a supportive process focused on helping you heal at your own pace and guide you to learn more constructive ways to deal with the problems or issues within your life.

 

I specialize in PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction, and life stressors that get in the way of managing your life successfully. I am EMDR Certified, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma.

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