Michael Stokes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who began Stokes Counseling Services in 2011 to help children, adults, and families in the Greater Naugatuck region. His goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, and comfortable environment for those who are looking to access mental health services. Michael has many years of experience working with children and families who have complex symptoms such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, oppositional behaviors, and other disorders that may impact functioning. In addition to his time with clients, Michael engages in workshops and teaching in the field of psychology and counseling. He is currently in the process of earning his doctorate in Professional Counseling and Supervision.
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!
Melissa Velez has demonstrated success in the health care field as both an administrator assistant and medical biller for over 20 years specializing in Behavioral Health. In that time she has worked in single and multi-specialty practices. – including psychiatrist, hospital an independent practitioners, and has used that experience to develop strategies that are key to the billing operations of Healthcare Services. Melissa’s passion is helping run a smooth billing practice and the go-to person for Stokes Counseling Services!
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.
Sarah Anderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked within the mental health field for several years, specializing in work with children and families struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Sarah has experience providing treatment through intensive in-home services, as well as in both outpatient and clinical group settings; she also has worked within the public school system. Sarah is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is bilingual (Spanish.) She believes in a person-centered, strengths-based approach to therapy in order to create a safe, supportive environment and to promote stability, reduce psychiatric symptoms and empower clients to facilitate change.
Jen Kempf is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who provides Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Jen has an extensive background working with challenging behaviors in children, adolescents and families. Her specialty areas include depression, anxiety, anger, and parenting and relationship difficulties. Jen also has experience working with adolescents and young adults who are exploring life, career and relationship decisions and has specialized training in Trauma related issues and is a Certified Pre-Marital Counselor.
Stefanie Longo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Stefanie has worked in the mental health and substance abuse field for the past 8 years with adults, adolescents and children. She has 4 years experience working with at risk and court involved youth and families facing 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 people who suffered from depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, legal problems, behavioral problems, family conflict and poor anger management skills. Presently, she is a social worker in the public school system. Stefanie is currently in the office on Saturdays.
Cindy Jo “CJ” Olsen is a Licensed Professional Counselor who brings with her over seven years experience working in the mental health field. Her experience includes working with children and families struggling to cope with a wide variety of issues in our ever-changing world. Having worked in both hospital and outpatient settings, CJ offers comprehensive therapy to address the broad range of disorders that affect children and adults. She has worked with at-risk youth and their families to help create a more cohesive life that is supported through safety, strength, and stability. CJ is committed to helping people improve their quality of life through understanding the fundamental role their thoughts and feelings play in their behavior. She has an interest in multi-cultural, multi-generational, and military families. CJ is currently offering Sunday office hours.
MaryJeanne Chichester is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and in the process of becoming state and nationally certified. MaryJeanne also has experience working with clients managing trauma, depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, and parenting skills. She is currently booking clients for night and weekend appointments.
Michelle Finch is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked within the mental health field for over ten years. Michelle works with adults, families, and children to instill hope and a more meaningful sense of self. Michelle has helped many families improve their communication while creating a safe environment and strives to help individuals identify tools to help themselves. Michelle utilizes a person-centered and strengths based approach. In particular, Michelle’s focus has been with young adults, at risk youth, and families. Michelle also has an extensive background working with adults with psychiatric disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders.
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.
Eileen Donnelly Phillips comes to Stokes Counseling with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. Eileen attended the University of Scranton graduating with a degree in Counseling and then followed to Adelphi University graduating with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Eileen began her career working with children conducting assessments and providing short term treatment to children with challenging behaviors, suffering from depression, anxiety and supporting them in getting the mental health treatment they need. Eileen has worked in and out school systems as a mental health consultant and school based clinician, working with students to support them in meeting their goals in school and working with parents and teachers on how to work as a team to assist the student in meeting their goals. Eileen has experience working with young children and believes in supporting young children and their parents when challenging behaviors begin before problems grow as children age. Eileen believes in supporting parents through providing a warm nurturing environment for counseling. Eileen enjoys topics related to health, wellness and exercise. In her spare time Eileen enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.
Meghan Lonergan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who have years of experience working with adults, children and families. Meghan has a special interest in working with individuals who experience anxiety and depression and is a big believer in the need for mindfulness. As a Reiki trained clinician, she believes in the mind/body connection to facilitate your healing process.
Ashley DeMenna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides direct clinical care to clients with diverse mental health needs. Ashley has worked in the field as an outpatient clinician for several years and has worked closely with children and adolescents. 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’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 Guisto 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.
Alycia Toohey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who provides Individual, Couples and Family Therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Through the last 14 years in the field of behavioral health services Alycia has learned we come to our own realizations in our own time. She has worked in many different areas of the field such as in-home, outpatient, outreach, Intensive Out-Patient, and Partial Hospital Programing. 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 also believes that people can change and that emotional suffering can be transformed. She is a mental health professional emphasizing client advocacy and strengths-based care. Alycia also excels at developing innovative and comprehensive treatment plans that leverage clients’ existing support networks.
Chris Albino is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. Chris relies on a combination of trust, collaboration, and a strengths-based approach when working with clients. He believes in creating a safe space for communication and exploration. Chris has found success navigating complicated emotional and behavioral presentations including anxiety, depression, anger, and family conflict. Chris is passionate about working with clients on developing and working towards accomplishing their goals
Saprina Gee is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor and Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist who has several years of experience providing therapy and addiction services to adults of all ages in outpatient settings. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a specialized therapy to aide with trauma resolution. Saprina utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities to support her clients in making successful transitions from phase of life difficulties, depression, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma and any other area they may need support. Saprina will be in the office on Saturdays.
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.
Justin Ungar is a licensed professional counselor servicing individuals, couples, and families with therapeutic needs. He has a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from western Connecticut state university. He has experience in both school and residential settings servicing children with autistic spectrum disorder, PDD, ADD/ADHD and other developmental issues. He has spent the last several years in residential substance abuse therapy specializing in co-occurring disorders. He utilizes motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and reality therapy. He believes the best way to create meaningful and lasting change is to meet clients where they are and allow them to guide the process.
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.
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.
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.
Debbie Cardona is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She considers herself a seasoned mental health practitioner who has worked with diverse client populations in individual, group and family settings. Debbie has worked in an outpatient clinic, various schools, in-home program and residential services. She specializes in working with children and families using relational, parent-child dyadic therapy. Debbie is also bilingual in English and Spanish.
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.
Nicole Ciarleglio is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is dedicated to assisting individuals, children and families of vulnerable and oppressed populations succeed in life. She is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. She has worked with individuals experiencing crisis, addiction and with individuals with trauma histories. She began her social work career in 1993 at Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Greater Waterbury and worked there for 16 years until 2009. In 2009, Nicole was hired by Catholic Charities as a parent educator for families referred by family court who were experiencing transition or divorce. In 2011, Nicole was hired as a full time clinician for Catholic Charities in their Meriden location, working with adults, children and families in the outpatient behavioral health clinic.
Raynetta Woods, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Raynetta is currently within the FAM Program and will be covering the New Haven/Hamden area. Raynetta comes to Stokes Counseling Services with a ton of experience working with complex family systems, adoption, foster care, kinship care in a variety of settings.
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.
Ann-Marie Meacham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has an extensive amount of experience working with families. Her speciality is working with families who have ADHD children. Ann-Marie will be working within our FAM Program in the Greater Waterbury Region.
Heather Elder, LMFT 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.
Dani Dimitrova is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has years of experience working with children, adolescents, parents, and the delicate intricacies of unique family systems. She has worked extensively with schools, the juvenile judicial system, and the Department of Children and Families and understands the significant influence that community systems may have on a family unit. Dani’s mission is to enhance individual well-being through a strengths-based approach and targeting the weak spots in the sophisticated web of family and community. She has worked hand in hand with families who have struggled with issues of anxiety, depression, relationship ruptures, delinquency, oppositional behaviors, child protective services involvement, substance use, and blended or non-traditional family systems. Dani is passionate about working with families to understand the history, cultural norms, and unspoken rules and patterns of family systems and striving for intentional and lasting changes that enhance individual worth and interpersonal relationships.
Kaitlin Bradford is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has treated individuals and families with mental health issues, such as anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma, and relationship issues. Kaitlin has worked with vulnerable populations involved in foster care, incarceration, and homelessness. She believes in using a person centered and strengths based approach, while utilizing evidence based interventions. Kaitlin is passionate about creating a safe, supportive environment to promote stability and growth for her clients.
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.
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.
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.
Jada Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experiences working with children, adolescents and families. Jada’s approach is a cognitive behavioral and solution focused approach to help families break unhealthy behavioral patterns, while increasing their communication within the family system. It is through the collaborative relationship, Jada will work with your family on what treatment goals you identify.
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.
Cybil Ryan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been in the mental health field for twenty years. Cybil began her career as a caseworker and then supervisor in Hawaii’s Child Welfare Services and has since been a Housing Specialist for the Veterans Administration in West Haven, CT and a Mental Health Clinician in New Haven, CT. As a result of her extensive work experience, Cybil is familiar with both the signs and impact of varying forms of child abuse and/or neglect, substance abuse/addiction, the complexity of domestic or “Intimate Partner Violence” and mental health disorders ranging from ADHD to serious mental illness. Cybil practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy paired with psychoeducation while also introducing concepts of Mindfulness when appropriate. Finally, Cybil is practiced in working with individuals, couples and families and welcomes the opportunity to partner with clients interested in addressing any issue that is impacting their overall functioning.
Diane Desmarais, LPC, LADC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience, working with clients with mental health and substance abuse issues. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults, and families. Diane holds a Masters in Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is trained in trauma informed therapy (CPT, TREM) and a Trained Circle of Security Parent Educator. Diane believes in a holistic approach in assisting clients to achieve optimal health and wellness.