Dr. Michael Stokes is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Doctorate in Professional Counseling and Supervision. Dr. Stokes began Stokes Counseling Services in 2011 to help teens, adults, couples and families in the Naugatuck area. His goal is to create a safe space for individuals and families to access mental health services without barriers to treatment. Each therapist brings a unique perspective into the practice, while focusing on patient care so individual and families get the care and outcomes they need!
Dr. Stokes specializes in working with LGBTQ+ individuals and families who are seeking additional support. He has advanced knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues that impact individuals within the community. In addition to his time with clients, he engages in workshops and teaching in the field of psychology and counseling.
Christopher Ritton is the Practice Manager at Stokes Counseling Services. Chris currently handles our office management, billing, and other administrative development within the office. Chris comes from a customer service background ranging from retail management to office management.
Joyce Botti is our Office Manager at Stokes Counseling Services. Joyce has over 14 years of experience as an Office Manager in the mental health field. Joyce brings to Stokes Counseling her expertise in customer service, managing multiple schedules and knowledge of insurance and authorizations. Joyce runs the day to day operations of our office with impeccable organization and skill. Feel free to reach out to Joyce with any questions about scheduling an appointment or more information about our practice!
Courtney DeLauri is our FAM Program Manager for Stokes Counseling Services. Courtney handles our in home referrals and community outreach to further assist children and families within the areas we serve. Courtney comes from a diverse background of experience. Her specialization is providing in-home services to children and families who need extra support to manage life circumstances that are getting in the way.
Stephanie Misiewicz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stephanie has worked in the mental health field for over 15 years. She has experience in working with youth and adults who suffer from ADHD/ODD; PTSD, anxiety; depression; grief and loss; children who have had multiple placements and/or currently reside in foster care; and at risk youth involved in the legal system. Stephanie also has experience in family therapy, couples counseling, and group and play therapy. She has received extensive training in working with children and adolescents who display problem sexual behaviors. Stephanie works with young children who display hyper-sexualized behaviors in addition to children and adolescents who have sexually acted out against others. Stephanie conducts psychosexual assessments and I am a clinical member of the Connecticut Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders.
Cynthia Rountos is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children and families. Cynthia has extensive experience in foster care, adoption, and families. She has a trauma focused approach to therapy to help client cope with their pain and process through difficult moments in their past. In addition to these experiences, Cynthia has an interest in couples/marriage counseling.
Stefanie Longo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stefanie has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field with adults, adolescents and children since 2009. She has experience working with at risk and court involved youth and families dealing with behavioral difficulties at home and school. She has experience working in an inpatient hospital, intensive outpatient program, in-home services and outpatient clinic. Stefanie has worked with individuals who suffered from depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, legal problems, behavioral problems, family conflict and poor anger management skills. She is presently a social worker in the public school system. Stefanie is currently in the Stokes office on Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.
Elizabeth Domack is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience treating children, families, and adults. She has a focus on treatment adolescent behavior, parenting, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, and mood disorders. While not subscribing to one treatment modality, she is certified in TF-CBT and CFTSI for children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and traumatic grief. Elizabeth believes that therapy is an open space for individuals and families to set and achieve realistic goals in nurturing supportive environment.
Ashley DeMenna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides direct clinical care to clients with diverse mental health needs. Ashley has worked as an outpatient clinician for several years specializing with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, and within the LGBTQ community; specifically, trans individuals and their families. Ashley utilizes a wide variety of clinical skills and treatment modalities and is trained and credentialed in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. TF-CBT is provided to clients with complex trauma histories and at-risk trauma symptoms. Ashley also runs a bi-weekly Adult Transgender Support Group. Ashley’s main focus is to determine a client’s needs upon assessment and help the client successfully complete identified goals in a comfortable, supportive environment.
Stacy Nichols is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 13 years of experience in the Human Service field. Stacy has experience working with children and families. Stacy has passion for working with children on the Autism Spectrum, as well as their families. Stacy also has experience working with clients who are experiencing anxiety, behavioral challenges and parenting skills. Stacy uses a trauma- informed approach in her work.
Joanne Beck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children who suffer from a wide array of mental health issues, such as ADHD, ODD, PTSD, depression, anxiety, selective mutism, substance use disorders, and other issues that impacts overall functioning. She has also had vast experience working with families to resolve family conflicts and improve communication. Joanne has experience providing individual, parent, family, and group therapy through intensive in home services, as well as in an inpatient facility and in an outpatient clinic. Joanne believes in using a person centered approach and utilizes a wide array of evidence based interventions to assist in improving her client’s overall functioning and happiness, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
Liz O’Keefe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor utilizing a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, and Strength-based approach to counseling. She employs a variety of holistic techniques including guided meditation, creative art, and yoga throughout the counseling process. Liz has experience working with adults and couples within private practice, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and college-based counseling. Liz specializes in working with those who identify within the LGBTQI+ population, focusing on exploration of identity and affectional orientation, as well as the impact of other intersectional identities. Liz also has experience working with those struggling with anxiety, trauma, depression, life transitions, grief and addictions.
Amy Tinney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field since 2000. Amy received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Springfield College. Amy has worked in various settings providing clinical services including residential and inpatient settings. She has experience working with several populations especially children, adolescents and young adults. Amy uses a combination of task centered and systematic approaches to therapy. She is passionate about serving marginalized individuals to improve their quality of life. Amy is offering evening and Saturday hours.
Tiffany Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for several years. Tiffany enjoys working with children, adolescences, young adults and adult individuals. She has worked with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, autism, substance use and personality disorders. She specializes in working with families who are struggling with a variety of difficulties. She has the experience in assisting families with parenting skills and children with challenging behaviors. Tiffany uses many different treatment methods based on a client’s needs. Her main objective is to ensure that she can help foster a supportive, safe and respectful environment in which people can grow and change.
Shannon Nicholson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with children, adolescence, and families. She has worked intensively in the home with families as well as in a group home setting. Shannon’s area of expertise is working with children and youth who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, and conduct disorders. Her goal is to create a trusting relationship with her clients so it allows them to speak openly during sessions in order for them to meet their goals.
Amanda Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a background providing individual, group and family therapy. Amanda has extensive experience working with individuals with a broad range of mental health issues and varying disabilities, including eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Amanda has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings providing intensive individual and family therapy to children and their families. Amanda also has experience working within the public school system providing interventions for children with challenging behaviors. She specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and behavior therapy. She is passionate about her work and enjoys implementing creative approaches to address a family’s needs in order to achieve health and wellness.
Anne Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. Anne has worked in the mental health field with children, teens and families for over ten years. She has worked in various settings, including group home environments, in-home therapeutic programs, educational settings, outpatient therapy settings and intensive outpatient program/extended day treatment for children/teens. She has extensive training related to Psychology and Art Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Foster Care and Permanency. She is also passionate about working with the LGBTQ community; she is an advocate for Social Justice Issues and Diversity Awareness. Anne offers a strength based approach in helping children, teens and families to improve and capitalize on their skills, learn about their family system, understand trauma and increase their over-all well being.
Anne offers Art Therapy as a creative intervention to promote change, personal growth, increase communication, ease stress, pain or loss, gain mental health resilience and coping skills. Art therapy can support individuals or families increase their sense of empowerment through many life transitions or concerns. Art therapy does not require any art skills but it is beneficial if you are open to try art making and using the creative process to discover something new about yourself. Anne also offers traditional “talk therapy” where her focus is an eclectic approach combining techniques from different schools of thought about psychology.
Alycia Toohey is a licensed martial and family therapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with many different diagnoses. She has worked in many different areas of the field such as in-home, outpatient, outreach, Intensive Outpatient, and Partial Hospital Programing. Most recently working with children and adults on the autism spectrum in private psychotherapy practice. Alycia believes the therapist’s role is about guidance not advice and we come to our own realizations in our own time. She also believes that people can change and that emotional suffering can be transformed. Alycia believes flexibility is key to assisting you with your needs, constructing therapy based on what works to relieve suffering, foster growth, and develop insight. She is a mental health professional emphasizing client advocacy and strengths-based care. Currently, Alycia will only be offering Tele-Health therapy sessions.
Kimberley Worthington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. With a clinical background in intensive in-home services, outpatient, and school based programs, Kimberley’s extensive experience allows her to provide knowledgeable, evidence based treatment models for individual, parent, family, and group therapy sessions. Bringing compassion, understanding, and insight, Kimberley works with individuals who struggle with a variety of mental health and behavioral problems; common concerns include depression, anxiety, substance abuse, ADHD, legal trouble, truancy, aggression, and family conflict. Kimberley utilizes an array of clinical techniques and modalities, including skills from Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She values a strengths based, solution focused approach, collaboratively providing individualized treatment to meet the unique needs of her clients.
Chris Phipps is a Licensed Professional Counselor experienced in working collaboratively with his clients in overcoming obstacles in their lives and achieving their goals. Chris utilizes client-centered, evidenced based practice modalities in an empathetic and supportive approach to treatment. Chris specializes in assisting clients with Substance Use Disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-Polar Disorders, Personality Disorders and more, with Cognitive Behavioral based therapies. He uses Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Based Therapy and other therapies, depending upon the specific needs and objectives of each client. Chris believes that providing unconditional support and motivation are instrumental in assisting his clients achieve success, as defined by the client.
Kaitlyn Demas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor with several years of experience working with young children, adolescents, young adults, parents and families as a practicing School Counselor for the State of Connecticut in both urban and suburban communities. Kaitlyn earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, her Masters of Science in Counselor Education and Sixth Year in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University. Her counseling background in urban communities has made her passionate about advocating for diversity awareness, cultural sensitivity and social justice issues. Kaitlyn also works with couples, the LGBTQ+ community, and can offer faith-based counseling at the request of clients who are interested. Her goal is to bring an effective blend of expertise, compassion and action to the counseling process in order to achieve healing and happiness for individuals, couples, marriages and families. Areas of emphasis include: abandonment and/or neglect, aggression, anxiety, attention deficit (and hyperactivity) disorders, conduct disorder, conflict in relationship, marriage and family systems, developmental delays, issues related to intellectual disabilities and/or physical handicaps, mood disorders, oppositional defiance disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, reactive attachment disorder, substance abuse, truancy, varying degrees of trauma and various types of physcial and/or sexual abuse. Kaitlyn samples from an array of clinical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to provide an integrated and solution-focused perspective geared towards psychotherapeutic change that meet the specific needs of each client.
Emily Carpenter is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has several years of experience working as a School Counselor in diverse communities. Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Connecticut, and her Master’s degree in School Counseling at Fairfield University. She has a wealth of experience working with children, adolescents, and families using trauma informed approaches. She also uses cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and client centered methods to foster a supportive environment to help clients make positive changes.
Jessica Gaffney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Jessica has worked in the fields of addiction and mental health for 20 years. Jessica’s experience has been with both adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including residential treatment, intensive outpatient services, and private practice. Jessica utilizes various evidence-based practices including but not limited to DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). Jessica places a strong emphasis on being trauma informed and relational to best connect with her clients.
Rejeanne Toussaint is a license professional counselor and license alcohol and drug counselor with over 10 years of experience. Rejeanne has worked in various treatment settings such as group homes, community agency along with the center for victims of trauma. She has experience working in an outpatient setting for the past several years with individuals suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression, addictions, life transitions, grief, marital issues such as infertility and infidelity. Rejeanne utilizes various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and various holistic approaches such as meditation and auricular acupuncture and acupressure as an adjunctive treatment to ongoing individual therapy.
Kyli Jones is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has extensive experience working with children and individuals on the autism spectrum. She is currently employed as a school social worker, and has experience practicing in the home setting. She also collaborates with families and other outside service agencies to provide a holistic therapeutic approach for young clients. With respect to therapy, Kyli does not subscribe to any one treatment modality. She believes that building a trusting relationship through active listening, play, or other creative means can lay the foundation for client growth and change. Her passion is to help young people by providing support and understanding, allowing them to overcome anxiety and adapt to the sometimes difficult changes in their lives.
Audrey Blanchard is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with those dealing with a multitude of issues from mental health, substance abuse, anger, parenting, eating disorders to anxiety to be a few. For over the past 15 years she has worked with adults, children and adolescents in both outpatient, intensive outpatient and in home settings. She’s provided individual, group, family and couples therapy utilizing many different therapeutic methods as she knows not one type of therapy works for everyone and every problem. Audrey has extensive experience working with individuals and families with mental health and/or substance abuse issues and understands how greatly these affect the family system.
Dasha Spell is a Licensed Professional Counselor.. She has been in the human service field for over 10 years and comes with a background in various areas. She started her professional career as a in-home clinician and has worked in several environments (school, residential, and office). She is skilled in individual counseling, group facilitation, parent-child therapy, and resourceful when it comes to state & local connections. She is excited to be returning to her first love of in-home services, as she understands that people will engage more when you come to their comfort zone. She has met all the requirements of licensure as a substance abuse counselor. She will be providing services to clients with hours that will include weekends, in order to accommodate for families with busy schedules.
Laura Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience in the field. She specializes in working with children and families to address a wide-range of mental health issues along with difficult life transitions. She has experience providing outpatient and intensive in-home services. Laura is a nationally certified TF-CBT therapist, and uses this approach to minimize symptoms of anxiety caused by trauma. She helps provide others with the ability to manage feelings appropriately, and respond to others in a positive way. Her overall purpose is to help individuals and families identify their wants and needs, and supportively guide them toward achieving their treatment goals.
Renee Kochera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with several years of clinical experience. Her work includes assisting children and families experiencing various mental health related issues and life transitional struggles. Renee has provided treatment to individuals and families through intensive in-home and outpatient services. She has also worked with at-risk adolescents within the school and judicial settings. Renee utilizes approaches and techniques tailored to her clients needs in a supportive, respectful, and healing manner. She has a background in co-parenting practices, couples therapy, and improving parent-child relationships. Renee has helped many families improve their relationships through a supportive and collaborative approach. She strives to help her clients make meaningful changes to their daily lives to help create a life of fulfillment.
Cathy Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults. She has been working in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Field since 2002. She has experience in working in a variety of settings such as, hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, in home services and an outpatient clinic. In addition, Cathy works with people who suffer from depression, substance abuse, behavioral problems, family conflicts, and anger management difficulties. Most recently, Cathy has held a position working with children and families in crisis.
Vickie Santore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 30 years working with individuals and families with multitude of issues from behavioral health, substance abuse, anger, parenting, PTSD and anxiety to mention a few. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents in outpatient settings and in home settings. She’s provided individual, group, family and couples therapy using multiple therapeutic methods as not one type of therapy works for everyone and every problem. Vickie is able to assess a families wants and needs and help them to set the goals.
Rose Rodriguez, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eight years of experience in the mental health field. Rose’s experience includes using individual, couples, family and group therapy methods to empower individuals and family systems to improve their lives and experiences. Rose understands the dynamics of mental health issues, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships as well the impact of environmental and socio cultural factors on people’s lives. Rose believes her role allows her the privilege to connect with individuals and their life journeys, struggles and strengths in order to better understand how she can help facilitate positive change. Whether it is a small step or major changes Rose looks forward to assisting in the process of helping clients enrich their own lives.
Rhonda Panda is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who began her career in 2000 working with people who suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. Rhonda has worked in a variety of settings helping those who have bipolar, trauma, depression, trauma, and anxiety. She has helped individuals, couples and families through a variety of life stressors. Rhonda takes a Cognitive Behavioral Approach to her work by helping people connect their feelings to their thoughts and behaviors. Rhonda believes all people have the ability to help themselves into place of hope and well-being.
Heather Elder is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with several years of clinical experience. Her specialty lies within the vast complexity of human relationships, primarily family and couple systems. She has worked in an outpatient setting, a substance abuse rehabilitation center, and most important, an in-home environment. Heather’s belief is that any area of struggle can best be addressed when she is given the opportunity to enter into clients’ homes, their sanctuaries, to get a firsthand glimpse into their lives. She has helped to guide families and couples through issues that include divorce, abandonment, anxiety, depression, addiction, DCF involvement, school avoidance, teenagers launching into adulthood, and interaction with the law. Heather is passionate about utilizing a systemic, solutions-focused approach in order to support families and couples to find the path that will lead them to peace and balance.
We repeat what we don’t repair. Often we find ourselves facing the same challenges over again. Perhaps our once helpful solutions have turned into damaging patterns. I want to help you understand what nourishes these unhealthy relationships with ourselves and with others. In doing so, you will develop the awareness to overcome these destructive cycles.
As a licensed clinical social worker, my intention is to empower you to cultivate tools to navigate your inner and outer worlds. I provide an environment of active listening, positive regard, and empathic authenticity. Together, we will explore conscious and unconscious patterns of thoughts, behaviors, and relationships. My goal is to assist you in gaining insight and practicing skills to foster change and growth and rediscover well-being.
Michael Probert, LCSW joined the FAM Program in June, 2016 with 16 years of experience in Human Services. He received a BA in psychology from CCSU in 2001, received his MSW from Springfield College in 2004, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005. His experience includes 4 years at Wheeler Clinic as a member of their Emergency Services Program where he assessed and treated people experiencing psychiatric crisis and/or contemplating suicide. In addition, prior to joining the FAM Program, Michael worked as a Clinical Social Worker for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services where he provided individual and group psychotherapy in the Young Adult Services unit. He has given trainings on Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention, as well as provided trainings on the practical application of mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment setting.
Michael specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Men’s Issues, and PTSD. In addition, he has had a variety of experience treating children, teenagers, and adults suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, relationship problems, problems with substance abuse, autism, and people in crisis who feel hopeless and helpless. He believes that asking for help is a tremendously courageous act requiring great strength and that the therapist’s role is to help people discover how to access and use the inner strength we all possess. The therapist helps the person empower themself and by doing so become capable of achieving their life’s goals and dreams. Michael thoroughly enjoys providing in-home treatment and believes strongly that treating a person in the comfort of their own home greatly enhances the effectiveness of treatment.
Andrea Dellacorte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Andrea specializes in issues including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, those on the autism spectrum, and working through transitions that occur through the life span. Andrea also has experience in leading a social skills group and a sibling relational group with youths as well as an advocacy group for parents. Andrea is certified in the State of Connecticut to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to work through traumas including grief and loss. Andrea believes in building on one’s strengths and enhancing communication among family members by utilizing a multitude of therapeutic approaches to best meet the family’s needs.
Olushola (Ola) Olabisi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with several years of clinical experience with adolescence, and families. She has worked with children and families doing in-home therapy for a number of years. Ola’s area of expertise is working with children and youth who suffer from anxiety, executive functioning, ADHD, depression, anxiety, substance use and mood disorders. Ola practices a family systems approach by improving parent-child relationships. It is through this method she has helped many families improve their relationships through a collaborative approach.
Sylvadra Ellis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Mental Health field for several years, providing therapy both in-home and in congregate care settings. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, parents and families experiencing various difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, trauma and inter-relational conflicts. Sylvadra believes family relationships play significant roles in our lives and she is passionate about helping others to strengthen and further develop those relationships.
Sylvadra’s approach is solution-focused and person-centered, as she strives to develop a safe environment for her clients to share their experiences and drive their own restorative processes. It is Sylvadra’s firm belief that a successful therapeutic process begins with trust, just like any other relationship; and when trust is present, successful collaborations can occur.
Mandy Hayes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2010. Mandy received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut followed by a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. Mandy has experience with all ages and populations from her time working in an Outpatient Clinic, substance abuse prevention college counseling programs, residential group homes for adolescents and residential homes for the homeless population. Mandy utilizes a combination of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy suited to each individuals needs via a strength based approach. Mandy has a strong passion for working with individuals suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD and anger management. Mandy enjoys working with individuals to help them attain their goals while learning how to effectively manage any mental health symptoms.
Cari Ciccarella is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with children and families with complex trauma. She has worked with individuals with various mental health issues in foster care and adoption, outpatient, in-home and school settings. Cari is trauma focused and has a strength based approach to her therapy. Specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment Theory are the foundation of her practice. However, not one approach fits all and therefore, Cari has additional trainings and experience with several other modalities. Cari’s primary interest is to help individuals and their families identify and strengthen their own ability to help themselves, leading to the shifts in perspective that allows for greater understanding of our self and promotes true, permanent healing.
Lisa Nichols is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 13 years. She has experience in working with sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Lisa also has experience in working with developmental and intellectual disabilities, AIDS/HIV and other major medical disorders, cooccurring disorders and substance use. Lisa has worked with children, young adults, adults and older adults, with experience in group, family and individual therapy. Lisa has provided treatment in inpatient, residential, clinical group, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and in-home services. Lisa utilizes a wide variety of clinical skills and treatment modalities and finds it essential to be an eclectic therapist. Lisa is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Heather McLain is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with children, adolescents and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career including in-patient, out-patient, in-home and in both the private and public school settings providing clinical services. Heather has experience facilitating individual, group and family therapy. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities tailored specifically to each client in order to facilitate the achievement of treatment goals. In addition, Heather’s vast experience developing specific individual and family behavior plans has shown to be successful in improving the dynamics and communication in many individuals and their families.
Meghan Pellerin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in Behavioral Health since 2005. Her dynamic experience includes working with adolescents, adults and families effected by severe, persistent psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Meghan is also experienced and passionate about working with the LGBTQ community. She has worked in various settings, including group home environments, in-home therapeutic programs, treatment center and community-based settings. Meghan’s diverse skill set makes her adept to support the whole family in therapy. Her most recent focus has been a specialty working with adolescents with problem sexual behaviors, incorporating her varied experience to support recovery of the family system. She is available evening and weekends to meet family scheduling needs.
Evan LeClair is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with both adult and child survivors of domestic violence, trauma survivors, individuals struggling with suicidal ideation, and individuals struggling with housing issues. Evan started his career at a domestic violence shelter where he served as an advocate working to help individuals and families rebuild their lives after making the difficult decision to seek safety. Evan understands that often times mental health and a life events can go hand in hand. As a result, Evan seeks to help individuals find their own path to healing by using a strengths based approach to empower others to do what they feel is right for them. Evan believes people are the experts in their own lives, and wants to lend a helping hand.
Cluny Gombar is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Cluny has many years of experience working with children, adults, and families in many different settings. Cluny understand the importance of meeting clients where they are at. With this understanding, Cluny takes a warm and supportive approach with those she works with. Cluny has a passion for working with families who need in-home services!
Lauren Marie Osso is a licensed professional counselor and CT state certified school counselor. She has dedicated her career to psychotherapy since 2010. Prior to that, she worked in the public schools and local community agencies providing prevention, intervention, and treatment plans to children and families who craved more optimal living. Her passion has always been, and remains to be, the importance of mental health awareness and breaking stigmas around anxiety, depression and substance abuse. She uses a myriad of therapeutic modalities including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Model and Nature Based Therapy.
Juliette Hodge is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been practicing in the mental health field for 8 years. She has worked with adults who have co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health concerns, HIV/AIDS, Probation/Parole. She has extensive experience with teenagers who have behavioral problems, mental health issue, and attachment dysfunction. Juliette’s primary focus has been on helping youth negotiate the, often difficult tasks of growing up. In particular, she is interested in in foster care and adoptive homes and how to improve overall communication, build more adaptive structures, and develop appropriate expectations. She has experience working in outpatient and group home programs; conducting individual, group, and family therapy. Juliette utilizes several, evidenced based, treatment models such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, and attachment treatment. Juliette also has experience working with preschool aged children providing behavioral management techniques, social skills training, and parenting education. Juliette uses a client center approach where she collaborates with the client, the family, and the community in developing treatment goals. Juliette is excited to join the FAM program, where her unique skills and experience will benefit her families.
Claire Utz is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified CT teacher and a GAL. Claire has spent many years working with children, adolescents, and families experiencing emotional stressors both at home and in school. She understands how these difficulties can impact a child’s ability to focus and learn; often resulting in anxiety, depression, bullying, and poor academic performance. She is committed to providing children with the skill set needed to work through their feelings, while helping them develop the tools for embracing their value and uniqueness, and the power to build their self-confidence.
Danielle Buchanan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who focuses on treating children and families. Danielle has worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including; various enhanced mental health services focusing on adults and children with severe mental health issues. She specializes in adolescents with behavioral and emotional issues. Danielle utilizes the following treatment modalities, behavioral modification, mindfulness and solution focused therapy. Danielle believes that healing is a collaborative effort that requires honest caring without judgement. As a therapist she is warm, open, encouraging, with a sense of humor and a down to earth approach to counseling.
Cassandra Charles-Tabacco is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field for more than 10 years. Cassandra belives in using systemic thinking to help people change their patterns of interaction to experience new ways of communication within their relationships. Cassandra is committed to supporting those working towards discovering their inner strength. Her goal is to provide an environment where you feel safe to share your story, embrace imperfections, and reclaim dreams, through nurturing the strength, confidence, and skills you need. With a background in social work, Cassandra has extensive experience working with families in crisis and is well versed in working with multicultural populations. Cassandra has a passion for and expertise in working with teenagers and adults as they struggle in their relationships, are going through grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, and more.She looks to help those in need find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships with themselves and others. Cassandra strives to bring an effective blend of experience, expertise, clarity, concern and action to the counseling process in order to maximize outcomes and provide genuine healing and wholeness in individuals, marriages, and families.
Natisha Rivera is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has an array of experience working with children and families. Most recently, Natisha worked doing intensive in-home services with children and families within the Waterbury area. Her approach is warm, genuine, and understands the complexities of families! Natisha takes the time needed to get to know each family and what their needs are. From there, she develops a plan to start working on your goals as soon as possible. Her passion for in-home work shines through the moment you meet her!
Jaclyn Semmeles is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 5 years of direct clinical practice. Jaclyn has experience working with children and families, including families involved with the foster care system, facilitating psycho-educational groups for children with ADHD, PTSD, ODD, etc., working with families to improve communication skills, and working with individuals who are struggling with a wide variety of diagnoses. Jaclyn really works to meet her clients where they are at and provide them with the tools necessary to achieve their goals when they are ready. She also acknowledges that the engagement and rapport building process is critical to a successful therapeutic relationship and utilizes a down to earth, realistic approach with her clients.
Joseph Dobbins is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a wide variety of experiences of working with families and adolescents with and without disabilities and has field experience ranging from a community advocate, advocate for special needs, adjunct professor, to a youth group facilitator who believes in empowering the family and youth to reach their goals. His main focus areas are working with adolescents who need help with behavioral change and those who have autism spectrum disorders.
Rayon Lennon Born in Jamaica and raised in New Haven county, Rayon brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience to the FAM program. A Licensed Clinical Therapist, he has experience utilizing a wide range of therapeutic interventions to help individuals, families and couples. He is skilled in helping clients to address behavioral, mental health and substance use challenges. Rayon has helped clients to manage/overcome depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, bipolar, PTSD, etc. Rayon is also certified to treat teens for substance use disorders. He has collaborated with schools, probation officers, DCF workers, and other providers, to help clients. Rayon believes in strengthening the family system in order to enchance the life of an individual. He prides himself on being empathetic, humorous and nice.
Licella Arboleda is an empathetic bilingual Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) whose passion is working with children and families. Licella utilizes a strength based, Person-Centered and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) approach to counseling. Licella implements a wide variety of techniques to help families meet their needs. Licella has experience working with culturally diverse populations whose challenges include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, trauma, anger and relationship issues. Lastly, LicellaSafe Zone trained to support LBGTQI+ individuals and regularly maintains proficiency in her field through attendance at numerous local and national trainings.
Jessica Pittman is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has experience in both the mental health and substance abuse field. Jessica has worked in a variety of settings such as residential, community, in-home, and outpatient working with families and individuals of all ages. Her passion lies in children and adolescents and has experiencing working with children in foster care and those who are court involved. Jessica utilizes a person-centered approach and tailors’ treatment to the individual’s needs. Jessica believes building a positive therapeutic relationship is the foundation to treatment.