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.
Takiya Green joined Stokes Counseling in December of 2019 as our Front Desk Receptionist. Takiya provides administrative support and guidance to Stokes clients and the office staff. Takiya has over fifteen years of administrative experience and has worked in various industries, including hospitality, insurance, and legal. She is a licensed life, accident and health producer, and a certified grant writer, paralegal, and life coach. Her passion is to provide individuals with the tools they need to thrive and to make an impact on everyone she encounters. Takiya is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in sociology, at Albertus Magnus College. She is also a mom and wife. In her spare time, she enjoys, writing, singing, and spending time with family.
Stephanie Jenkins 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.
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.
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.
Amanda will offer online counseling sessions only.
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.
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.
Sarayu Iyengar is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years of experience in the mental health field. Having lived in 3 different countries, Sarayu has extensively worked with clients from diverse ethnic and cultural background across the lifespan and developed multicultural competence. She has served clients in inpatient hospital, outpatient, and in-home settings with concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, complex trauma, OCD, psychiatric disorders, substance use, dual diagnosis, childhood and geriatric problems. She specializes in Trauma and crisis intervention; LGBTQ+; Domestic Violence; Grief and Loss counseling; Alzheimer’s and related Dementia; Spirituality.
Sarayu is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) along with traditional and evidence-based treatment approaches. She has experience with individual, group, couples and family counseling and utilizes a person-centered and systemic approach to help clients navigate developmental challenges, interpersonal and communication struggles. Through her own acculturation process, Sarayu has cultivated interest in facilitating immigrants and marginalized populations in their own acculturation and identity development. Sarayu believes in creating a safe space for clients to feel vulnerable and empowering them to take an active role in their healing process and realize their true potential.
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.
Heather Elder is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, providing a compassionate space for individuals, couples, and families from all walks of life. She has experience working with a variety of challenges among young children, adolescents, and adults. Heather passionately believes that change is within everyone, at this very moment. Change is a constant. She is a guide to help you sift through blockages that may be clouding your ability to tap into that change, whether those are past experiences, unhealthy thought patterns, or disconnection with self and others. Together, we can discover those barriers and reawaken your life to a newfound perspective and intention.
*Heather will offer online sessions only*
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.
Dani will offer online counseling sessions only.
Susan Brown is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing for over 10 years.
She specializes in working with children, families, and adults. Sue has extensive experience working with children, teens, and adults who have ADHD, mood disorders, and trauma. Sue is experienced in working with parent training and behavioral issues in children. She uses several modalities in therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, bibliotherapy, art therapy, music therapy, attachment-based family therapy, interpersonal therapy for adults and adolescents, structural family therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy. In addition, she is a former elementary school teacher who is knowledgeable about school-based interventions. Sue has experience working with transgender teens who would like to transition and LGBQ teens. She believes that her unconditional support and working together with her clients has created a no-judgment zone where everyone can feel comfortable and safe.
Gleish Gonzalez-Orama is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with several years of experience. Gleish has worked with children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in a variety of settings; schools, outpatient, hospitals and in home. She also has experience providing supports to a broad range of mental health conditions and supporting individuals with varying stressful life experiences. Gleish is proficient in working with complex family dynamics and systems, new marriages, divorces, adoption, foster care, caring for other ill family members, chronic health disease, military families and veterans.
Gleish approaches her clients with confidence, compassion, understanding and respect. She provides a safe space for individuals to express themselves freely and feel comfortable and confident that they are being heard. Gleish is looking to empower others while providing extra support to achieve their goals.
Gleish is also fluent in Spanish and will only provide Online Counseling appointments
Anne Crisanti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Anne has worked in the mental health field for 30 years. She has provided service for adults and children who suffer ADHD,Anxiety, Depression, OCD, ODD,Trauma,TBI, PTSD, dual diagnosis, Grief and loss, and substance abuse . Anne has experience with family therapy, couples therapy, individual, group,parenting and divorce.Anne works with domestic violence, anger management,,court appointed clients. She also works full time in the public schools.
Anne has a wealth of experience in various evidence based practices including CBT,solution focused,motivational interviewing, trauma informed,and client centered methods to foster a supportive environment to help her clients make positive change.
Erica Kane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with several years of experience treating adults and adolescents whom are faced with significant challenges due to mood instability, trauma and/or substance abuse. Her experience also involves working with individuals in various treatment settings, including in-home, congregate care, outpatient and inpatient. She takes pride in offering a warm, friendly and healing environment to individuals seeking to learn and practice more effective tools to manage any issues interfering with their ability to lead a fulfilling life. She utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach in conjunction with Supportive, Solution-Focused, Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing therapy strategies.
Lindsay Perrone is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Texas. Over the past fifteen years in practice, she has worked people across the lifespan covering topics such as anxiety, depression, postpartum concerns, self-esteem, addiction, trauma, grief, and more. Her approach to therapy is relaxed, down-to-earth, kind, and ever-changing depending on the needs of each individual. The absolute most important part of therapy is the relationship between client and counselor. You must sense a connection, a vibe of sorts, to feel comfortable sharing your story and hardships. Her hope is to provide that for you.
Douglas Thompson is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2006. He has worked in various clinical settings, providing both inpatient and outpatient services, and has worked in private practice for many years. Douglas has extensive experience working with individuals with a broad range of mental health and substance use issues, and uses multiple approaches to help his clients to reach their therapeutic goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Supportive Therapy, as well as holistic approaches including meditation and auricular acupuncture as an adjunctive treatment to ongoing individual therapy.
Tracy LaChapelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a doctoral student in Educational Leadership. She have over 25 years of clinical experience working with children and adolescents with difficulties in school, learning disabilities, social-emotional learning, gender/sexual identity, peer conflicts. She is passionate about helping families build strength as they seek to support and assist with advocating for their child’s needs.
Tracy believes children/adolescents, couples, individuals, and families heal and become resilient by safely exploring their unique strengths and potential. Furthermore, believes a person learns to become stronger by exploring oneself and seeing this into action within their every day interactions to have healthier and more satisfying relationships with others (families, intimate partners/spouses, teachers, friends, co-workers, etc.). Tracy will provide online counseling only.
Meghan Carter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the field for more than 20 years. Meghan specializes in working with men and women who have experienced phases of transition and are struggling with finding direction that can lead to anxiety and/or depression. She also has extensive experience working with children and families, encouraging increased social/emotional well being through movement and identification of feelings. Meghan uses a solution focused approach as well as talk therapy and energy work. She takes great joy in seeing people reach their personal goals. Meghan is a Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor (RYT-200) and a certified Be Body Positive facilitator who can incorporate these methods into your treatment as requested.
Tara Gamble is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 17 years of experience. She believes therapy is a process of healing and growth. Her hope is to assist you in accessing and utilizing your inner strength, wisdom, and kindness to learn to love yourself and those around you again in a way that promotes sustainable healing and connection. She has experience providing individual, group, and family counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She is well versed in various treatment modalities that can assist you in decreasing and better managing your symptoms. In addition, she has extensive experience in counseling those who suffer from a myriad of mental health struggles including anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, grief and loss, Biploar disorder, Conduct Disorder, and ADHD. She will be humbled to have the opportunity to take this journey of exploration, growth, and healing with you.
Dr. Stacy Hankey is a Licensed Clinical Social worker who received Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate of Social Work degrees from Western New England University, Springfield College, and Cappella University, respectively. Dr. Hankey has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in the mental health field for almost 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including residential, detention, or correctional facilities, hospitals, schools, and outpatient clinics. She has extensive experience working with clients who have symptoms of ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, reactive attachment disorder, oppositional defiant disorders and school avoidance including academic and behavioral struggles.
Dr. Hankey utilizes a combination of treatment approaches to best fit the need of the client. Some of the interventions include play, art, and music, bibliotherapy, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma Focused CBT. Her top priority is to establish a trusting and safe environment for others to heal and grow.
Cassidy Olio is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children. Cassidy received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph. She has worked with clients both in-office and in-home settings conducting individual, family, and group therapy. Cassidy uses cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, and person-centered counseling approaches to assist clients in making the desired changes in their lives. She uses empathy, humor and validation to build relationships with clients and support them in identifying and reaching their life worth living goals.
Denise DeBrady is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She works with individuals of all ages and has experience doing so in various settings. Her goal is to provide a warm, safe environment to assist her clients to identify their strengths, goals, and abilities to cope with and overcome their symptoms and discomforts.
She currently serves as an adjunct professor for over 10 years and teach introductory courses to beginner social work students. Her hope is to provide the safety and insight you need to identify subversive patterns of thought and behavior and move toward a more functional, confident approach to life.
Dr. Theresa J. Canada is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider. It is my belief and philosophy that you feel comfortable with the professional counselor you choose, and that you are hopeful about the counseling process. I view counseling as a partnership between us. It requires your active involvement, and your best efforts to modify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We will plan our work together.
I have over 20+ years training future counselors and about 9 years in private practice. My therapeutic approach is eclectic, but methodology tends to be behavioral therapy focusing on cognitive behavioral therapy. The goal is to provide you the guidance needed to make the modifications you seek in your life situations. Areas of specialty: stress, anxiety, grief, parenting issues, ethnic inclusiveness, and women’s issues. If you are interested in my approach, I welcome your participation on this journey. Looking forward to working with you!
Dr. Canada will only offer online counseling session
Margaret O’Connell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twenty years of experience as both a Social Worker and Classroom Teacher. She has worked with children from infancy to age five, ages six to ten as well as adults. She is a relationship based therapist with extensive experience helping people find the power within relationships as they navigate: Developmental Disabilities, Challenging Behaviors, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Foster care and Adoption. She utilizes a variety of treatment modalities including: Psychodynamic therapy, CBT, DBT, Trauma informed approaches, Evidence based Attachment Therapy, Play Therapy, Sensory Integration tools, Sand tray/Sand play Therapy and Behavioral Approaches. She is a Certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.
Adam Paquin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who treats individuals throughout the lifespan and uses a blend of cognitive-behavioral and client-centered therapy to promote healing and desired change. Adam has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. His approach is strength based, fluid and is shaped by the different needs of each client. He has experience working with clients in the community, outpatient, inpatient, and hospital settings. Adam believes that truly knowing yourself allows you the personal freedom to handle life’s challenges more peacefully and gracefully.
Melinda Lewis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 7 years of experience providing a diverse range of clinical services. She has worked in a wide range of community-based and clinical settings including women and children rehabilitation centers, home-based services, and institutions of higher education. She also has experience with clients that have a diverse range of concerns including anxiety, depression, compassion fatigue, substance abuse, mood instability, impulsivity, domestic violence, and trauma.
Her approach to therapy is client-centered, strengths-based, and solution-focused. She is here to support your unique and diverse range of needs and will empower you to transform your life and looks forward to working with you!
Laura Sanford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with several years of experience. She uses a compassionate, relatable approach tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Laura enjoys working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and couples. Her extensive experience includes working with a variety of mental health needs including anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, anger, grief and loss, and interpersonal conflict. She also has training in treating co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Laura is honored to meet you where you are at and journey with you through the process of change and healing.
Morgan Ortiz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose practice is built upon the core belief that people begin to heal the moment they feel heard. Utilizing an eclectic approach, Morgan draws upon her years of experience empowering others to become more comfortable with accountability, vulnerability and progress. Morgan has worked with children and adolescents in foster care as well as individuals of all ages living with co-occurring mental health and substance use diagnoses. She is experienced in providing individual, couples, family and group therapy across various settings. With a focus on attachment and relational trauma, she combines traditional talk therapy with experiential therapy to help others achieve sustainable progress toward their goals.
The connection with your therapist should be organic and comfortable. Morgan provides a down-to-earth, non-judgmental and adaptable approach tailored to fit each individual, couple or family’s unique needs. For some, this means being a stand-up comedienne full of wisdom and encouragement – for others, it means providing the perfect combination of ‘tough love’ and validation necessary to help them achieve the personal growth they deserve. No matt
er what approach fits your needs, the message is the same: tomorrow is a direct result of what you decide to do today.
Stephanie Murana is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who has been working in the CT public school system as a School Counselor for the last eight years. During that time she has worked in a number of diverse communities. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and families both in the school system and in practice. As no approach and no client is one size fits all, she tailors her use of specific modalities to the individual client. Approaches used include cognitive/behavioral, solution-focused, and client centered. Stephanie’s goal is to help clients feel safe, validated, understood, heard and supported while working to process through life experiences and make real positive changes in their life. Stephanie will be offering virtual sessions only.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Karie DeCicco is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over fifteen years of experience in the educational and mental health fields. She specializes in working with prenatal and new moms/parents, infants, toddlers, developmentally delayed or struggling children, socially/emotionally challenged young children and their families, to address a variety of mental health and behavioral concerns.
Karie utilizes a solution-focused and strength based approach. She is person-centered and customizes her techniques to suit her clients’ needs in a supportive, respectful, and restorative style. Karie is trauma informed/focused and has a background in child development, early childhood education, infant mental health, parent-child dyadic work, co-parenting practices, collaboration and consultation with schools, and improving the attachment and the attunement of the child within the family structure.
Karie is an alumnus of Springfield College with a MS degree in Pediatric Rehabilitation Counseling. She has been trained and rostered in Child-Parent Psychotherapy, the OEC’s Touchpoints, and Circle of Security. Additionally, Karie is a certified CLASS Observer and she is proficient in various other evidence-based modalities. Karie is committed to families and to the early childhood mental health field; moreover, she continues to be devoted to the Springfield College Humanics Philosophy and to the development of the mind, body, and spirit.
Rebecca Stamat is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2009 specializing in Young Adults and clients in the justice system recently retired from the Department of Mental Health and addiction services. Experience with Crisis and worked at Mobile crisis, jail diversion and the court system. Relapse prevention certified and experience working with substance abuse clients, as well as, at risk clients with severe mental health issues. Graduated in 2005 from Southern Connecticut State University with Master in Social. Worked at DDS prior to this and have experience working with difficult and challenging behaviors. Experience with diagnosis and treatment plans geared to be both obtainable and utilizing the resources in the community that allow for success and improved functioning in the community. Incorporating a holistic approach that encompasses both healthy lifestyles such as diet and exercise, good sleep hygiene and structure. I believe these all play a key role in the total well being of the person and aid in better outcomes.
Amanda Byrne is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State university in 2009, and has been working in the mental health field ever since. Having worked in a variety of settings (Outpatient, MST, IOP) and certifications in TF-CBT, MATCH-ADTC, and Gestalt techniques,Amanda has been able to develop her skills working with equally varied populations around issues impacting individuals, couples, and families. These issues include divorce, grief and loss, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, trauma, delinquent & school related behaviors, and those who are involved with DCF and/or the court systems. Amanda has a passion for this work, and understands that every client’s needs are unique to them and all their experiences shape how they see the world. As a therapist, Amanda’s only goal is to help facilitate the experiences as they pertain to you and best benefit your family.
Julia Garner is a Licensed Professional Counselor who comes to Stokes Counseling with twenty plus years of direct care in the mental health field. She has worked in residential facilities, group homes, partial hospitalization programs and providing outpatient services. She has spent the last six years providing therapeutic services to individuals and families in the in-home setting and wished to continue engaging families in the home as she feels it is a more personal and effective setting for successful therapy. Her overall approach is strengths based to focus on skills each person and family already has a build on those in a positive collaborative manner. She has experience working with foster families to support building those relationships addressing the issues the children bring to the home from past experiences with their biological families that lead them to be placed in the system. Julia specializes in trauma therapy having been trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, specifically how to implement it in the home. She has an extensive background working with children and adolescents who are struggling with suicidal and/or self injurious behaviors. Julia is also experienced working with he LGBTQ community. She has worked in Los Angeles, Ca and Springfield Ma, allowing her to be adept at working with many different cultures. Julia can maintain collaboration with schools, DCF and Courts to best support and advocate for your families to get their needs met. Finally, she is skilled at assessing clients level of functioning coming to you with different treatment modalities that match a client’s cognitive and emotional level of development.
Matt Bukowski is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years of experience working with adults, children and families. Matt practices attachment-informed psychotherapy and specializes in foster care, adoption, family communication, ADHD, PTSD, and trauma-related concerns. Matt’s approach values each person’s wisdom and humanity, appreciates systemic barriers to mental health and wellness, and seeks to create change through trust and partnership. Matt is also interested in the intersection of religious beliefs, identity development and cultural issues.
Ann Cook is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who began her clinical career in PA before relocating to CT four years ago. She has worked in various settings in both clinical roles and administrative. The thing she is most proud of is the work she did to establish an equine assisted therapy program in Northeastern Pennsylvania called Marley’s Mission. Her speciality areas are trauma recovery, addictions, grief, anxiety, depression and children and adolescents with behavioral challenges. She is trained in Somatic Experiencing, TFCBT, Prolonged exposure, CBT, and equine assisted therapy. She is a certified expert witness on victim behavior and believes in the power of holistic healing .
Jessica Minieri is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). For over twenty years, she has helped teens, parents and families accomplish their short and long-term goals. She has specialized training in DBT therapy, MDFT therapy, and vocational rehabilitation. Jessica takes a family focused approach when working with families. She understands each family is unique, which means there are no stock interventions or goals. Each family has treatment tailored to their individual needs and is treated with the utmost care.
Amber Borges, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialty in end of life and hospice and palliative care services. While Amber has been a social worker over ten years, she has been serving individuals and their families for over 15 years. She started her career working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness and supporting them to live independently within the community. Amber spent time in the renal field, working as the Patient Service Director of The End Stage Renal Disease Network where she assisted both dialysis and transplant patients with grievances and consultation. Staying in the medical field, she moved on to find a passion with end-of-life care and has spent the last 7 years in hospice and palliative care as a social worker and Director of Patient Experience. Her specialties include working with diverse populations, palliative care, access to care, trauma, grief work, bereavement, anxiety and depression, presenting on advance directives, and having conversations with patients about their individualized goals of care. Amber enjoys working with families across the lifespan! She utilizes a strengths-based perspective and a person-centered approach and employs a wide array of evidence based interventions to assist in improving her clients overall functioning and happiness.
Melanie Cox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 4 years of experience providing in-home therapeutic services to children and families. Melanie’s specializes in addressing trauma and its impact on the family system using the ARC (Attachment, Regulation, Competency) model. Melanie believes that strengthening the child-caregiver relationship is a crucial step towards addressing trauma-related symptoms. Melanie uses a person-centered approach to psychotherapy and draws on individual and family strengths as resources to aid the treatment process. Melanie frequently integrates performance and other art forms to encourage healthy forms of self-expression. Melanie is particularly skilled at working with individuals who have had negative past experiences in therapy or are unsure if therapy is right for them. Melanie is committed to addressing social justice issues and to making space to discuss these challenges while exploring strategies to overcome these barriers.
Mildred Gonzalez is a Licensed Clinical Social Woker who has experience with children, adolescents and adults providing individual therapy, couples counseling, parent- child dyadic work and family therapy for over 10 years.
Mildred received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from SUNY Plattsburgh and Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University. Mildred has a passion for working with adolescents; youth and adults struggling with self esteem issues and the senior population. Mildred specializes in working with families using a family systems/ strength based approach with a focus on improving communication and conflict resolution. In her work with each client she creates a safe space where each individual in the family finds their voice while learning to see additional perspectives of each member of their family. Mildred believes in learning about a family’s culture and utilizing their strengths to help them meet their goals.
Additionally, Mildred has experience working with navigating through difficult life stage changes such as becoming a parent, adjusting to developmental changes of children and adults alike. Some of these include transition into adolescence, into adulthood, college life, empty nest issues and goal planning.
Mildred uses multiple approaches based on client needs such as Strength based/ Solution focused interventions, Behavior modification, trauma informed treatment, CBT and motivational interviewing. Treatment needs addressed include depression, anxiety, family/ couples conflict, trauma and parent/child relationship difficulties.
Catherine Palazzolo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 17 years in the social work field. She currently works as a school social worker but has also worked with families and children in the community providing in-home services. Her experience has ranged from providing parenting support as well as individual and family counseling for those dealing with trauma, ADHD, anxiety, depression, grief, domestic violence, and anger management. She has also worked with children in foster care, pre/post adoption, and at risk youth involved with the legal system. She strongly believes it’s important to work collaboratively with families in order to provide a wholistic approach.