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 children, adults, and families in the Greater Naugatuck Valley. His goal is to provide a safe, nurturing, and comfortable environment for those who are looking to access mental health services. Dr. Stokes 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 struggling with finding direction that can lead to anxiety and/or depression. Through the use of mindfulness, talk therapy, and energy work, Meghan will work with you towards your personal goals. As a mindfulness expert, Meghan will use a mixture of mindfulness training and mind/body connection to facilitate your healing process. Meghan is also a Reiki Master who can incorporate this into your treatment as requested.
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 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.
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.
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.
Trisha Miller is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who brings over ten years of experience to the practice. She comes with a diverse background which consists of working in Psychiatric inpatient, ambulatory hospital, Extended day and Intensive Outpatient, outpatient and Medication Assisted Treatment settings. Trisha spent a great deal of her professional career providing in home services with children and adolescents and also individual and family counseling services. Trisha believes in taking a client centered, solution focused, wholistic approach while utilizing Cognitive Behavioral techniques and Motivational Interviewing.Trisha specializes in substance use & abuse, addictive behaviors, relapse prevention, early recovery, repairing relationships and helping those who struggle with low self esteem.
Liz O’Keefe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor utilizing a Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, and Strength-based approach to counseling. She employs a variety of holistic techniques including guided meditation, creative art, and yoga throughout the counseling process. Liz has experience working with adults and couples within private practice, outpatient treatment, intensive outpatient treatment, and college-based counseling. Liz specializes in working with those who identify within the LGBTQI+ population, focusing on exploration of identity and affectional orientation, as well as the impact of other intersectional identities. Liz also has experience working with those struggling with anxiety, trauma, depression, life transitions, grief and addictions.
Amy Tinney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field since 2000. Amy received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work degree from Springfield College. Amy has worked in various settings providing clinical services including residential and inpatient settings. She has experience working with several populations especially children, adolescents and young adults. Amy uses a combination of task centered and systematic approaches to therapy. She is passionate about serving marginalized individuals to improve their quality of life. Amy is offering evening and Saturday hours.
Tiffany Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the mental health field for several years. Tiffany enjoys working with children, adolescences, young adults and adult individuals. She has worked with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, eating disorders, autism, substance use and personality disorders. She specializes in working with families who are struggling with a variety of difficulties. She has the experience in assisting families with parenting skills and children with challenging behaviors. Tiffany uses many different treatment methods based on a client’s needs. Her main objective is to ensure that she can help foster a supportive, safe and respectful environment in which people can grow and change.
Shannon Nicholson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys working with children, adolescence, and families. She has worked intensively in the home with families as well as in a group home setting. Shannon’s area of expertise is working with children and youth who suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, and conduct disorders. Her goal is to create a trusting relationship with her clients so it allows them to speak openly during sessions in order for them to meet their goals.
Amanda Brown is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a background providing individual, group and family therapy. Amanda has extensive experience working with individuals with a broad range of mental health issues and varying disabilities, including eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and individuals with developmental disabilities. Amanda has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings providing intensive individual and family therapy to children and their families. Amanda also has experience working within the public school system providing interventions for children with challenging behaviors. She specializes in cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and behavior therapy. She is passionate about her work and enjoys implementing creative approaches to address a family’s needs in order to achieve health and wellness.
Audrey Blanchard is an Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with those dealing with a multitude of issues from mental health, substance abuse, anger, parenting, eating disorders to anxiety to be a few. For over the past 15 years she has worked with adults, children and adolescents in both outpatient, intensive outpatient and in home settings. She’s provided individual, group, family and couples therapy utilizing many different therapeutic methods as she knows not one type of therapy works for everyone and every problem. Audrey has extensive experience working with individuals and families with mental health and/or substance abuse issues and understands how greatly these affect the family system.
Dasha Spell is a Licensed Professional Counselor.. She has been in the human service field for over 10 years and comes with a background in various areas. She started her professional career as a in-home clinician and has worked in several environments (school, residential, and office). She is skilled in individual counseling, group facilitation, parent-child therapy, and resourceful when it comes to state & local connections. She is excited to be returning to her first love of in-home services, as she understands that people will engage more when you come to their comfort zone. She has met all the requirements of licensure as a substance abuse counselor. She will be providing services to clients with hours that will include weekends, in order to accommodate for families with busy schedules.
Laura Davis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience in the field. She specializes in working with children and families to address a wide-range of mental health issues along with difficult life transitions. She has experience providing outpatient and intensive in-home services. Laura is a nationally certified TF-CBT therapist, and uses this approach to minimize symptoms of anxiety caused by trauma. She helps provide others with the ability to manage feelings appropriately, and respond to others in a positive way. Her overall purpose is to help individuals and families identify their wants and needs, and supportively guide them toward achieving their treatment goals.
Renee Kochera is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with several years of clinical experience. Her work includes assisting children and families experiencing various mental health related issues and life transitional struggles. Renee has provided treatment to individuals and families through intensive in-home and outpatient services. She has also worked with at-risk adolescents within the school and judicial settings. Renee utilizes approaches and techniques tailored to her clients needs in a supportive, respectful, and healing manner. She has a background in co-parenting practices, couples therapy, and improving parent-child relationships. Renee has helped many families improve their relationships through a supportive and collaborative approach. She strives to help her clients make meaningful changes to their daily lives to help create a life of fulfillment.
Cathy Kelly is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents and adults. She has been working in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Field since 2002. She has experience in working in a variety of settings such as, hospitals, intensive outpatient programs, in home services and an outpatient clinic. In addition, Cathy works with people who suffer from depression, substance abuse, behavioral problems, family conflicts, and anger management difficulties. Most recently, Cathy has held a position working with children and families in crisis.
Vickie Santore is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has 30 years working with individuals and families with multitude of issues from behavioral health, substance abuse, anger, parenting, PTSD and anxiety to mention a few. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents in outpatient settings and in home settings. She’s provided individual, group, family and couples therapy using multiple therapeutic methods as not one type of therapy works for everyone and every problem. Vickie is able to assess a families wants and needs and help them to set the goals.
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.
Rose Rodriguez, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eight years of experience in the mental health field. Rose’s experience includes using individual, couples, family and group therapy methods to empower individuals and family systems to improve their lives and experiences. Rose understands the dynamics of mental health issues, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships as well the impact of environmental and socio cultural factors on people’s lives. Rose believes her role allows her the privilege to connect with individuals and their life journeys, struggles and strengths in order to better understand how she can help facilitate positive change. Whether it is a small step or major changes Rose looks forward to assisting in the process of helping clients enrich their own lives.
Rhonda Panda is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who began her career in 2000 working with people who suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. Rhonda has worked in a variety of settings helping those who have bipolar, trauma, depression, trauma, and anxiety. She has helped individuals, couples and families through a variety of life stressors. Rhonda takes a Cognitive Behavioral Approach to her work by helping people connect their feelings to their thoughts and behaviors. Rhonda believes all people have the ability to help themselves into place of hope and well-being.
Heather Elder, 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.
Michael Probert, LCSW joined the FAM Program in June, 2016 with 16 years of experience in Human Services. He received a BA in psychology from CCSU in 2001, received his MSW from Springfield College in 2004, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2005. His experience includes 4 years at Wheeler Clinic as a member of their Emergency Services Program where he assessed and treated people experiencing psychiatric crisis and/or contemplating suicide. In addition, prior to joining the FAM Program, Michael worked as a Clinical Social Worker for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services where he provided individual and group psychotherapy in the Young Adult Services unit. He has given trainings on Risk Assessment, Suicide Prevention, as well as provided trainings on the practical application of mindfulness and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) in the treatment setting.
Michael specializes in treating ADHD, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Men’s Issues, and PTSD. In addition, he has had a variety of experience treating children, teenagers, and adults suffering from anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, relationship problems, problems with substance abuse, autism, and people in crisis who feel hopeless and helpless. He believes that asking for help is a tremendously courageous act requiring great strength and that the therapist’s role is to help people discover how to access and use the inner strength we all possess. The therapist helps the person empower themself and by doing so become capable of achieving their life’s goals and dreams. Michael thoroughly enjoys providing in-home treatment and believes strongly that treating a person in the comfort of their own home greatly enhances the effectiveness of treatment.
Andrea Dellacorte is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years’ experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. Andrea specializes in issues including ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, those on the autism spectrum, and working through transitions that occur through the life span. Andrea also has experience in leading a social skills group and a sibling relational group with youths as well as an advocacy group for parents. Andrea is certified in the State of Connecticut to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to work through traumas including grief and loss. Andrea believes in building on one’s strengths and enhancing communication among family members by utilizing a multitude of therapeutic approaches to best meet the family’s needs.
Olushola (Ola) Olabisi is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with several years of clinical experience with adolescence, and families. She has worked with children and families doing in-home therapy for a number of years. Ola’s area of expertise is working with children and youth who suffer from anxiety, executive functioning, ADHD, depression, anxiety, substance use and mood disorders. Ola practices a family systems approach by improving parent-child relationships. It is through this method she has helped many families improve their relationships through a collaborative approach.
Sylvadra Ellis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in the Mental Health field for several years, providing therapy both in-home and in congregate care settings. She specializes in working with children, adolescents, parents and families experiencing various difficulties, such as stress, anxiety, trauma and inter-relational conflicts. Sylvadra believes family relationships play significant roles in our lives and she is passionate about helping others to strengthen and further develop those relationships.
Sylvadra’s approach is solution-focused and person-centered, as she strives to develop a safe environment for her clients to share their experiences and drive their own restorative processes. It is Sylvadra’s firm belief that a successful therapeutic process begins with trust, just like any other relationship; and when trust is present, successful collaborations can occur.
Mandy Hayes is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field since 2010. Mandy received a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut followed by a Masters of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. Mandy has experience with all ages and populations from her time working in an Outpatient Clinic, substance abuse prevention college counseling programs, residential group homes for adolescents and residential homes for the homeless population. Mandy utilizes a combination of Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy suited to each individuals needs via a strength based approach. Mandy has a strong passion for working with individuals suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ADHD and anger management. Mandy enjoys working with individuals to help them attain their goals while learning how to effectively manage any mental health symptoms.
Cari Ciccarella is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with children and families with complex trauma. She has worked with individuals with various mental health issues in foster care and adoption, outpatient, in-home and school settings. Cari is trauma focused and has a strength based approach to her therapy. Specialized training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Attachment Theory are the foundation of her practice. However, not one approach fits all and therefore, Cari has additional trainings and experience with several other modalities. Cari’s primary interest is to help individuals and their families identify and strengthen their own ability to help themselves, leading to the shifts in perspective that allows for greater understanding of our self and promotes true, permanent healing.
Lisa Nichols is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in the mental health field for over 13 years. She has experience in working with sexual assault, domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Lisa also has experience in working with developmental and intellectual disabilities, AIDS/HIV and other major medical disorders, cooccurring disorders and substance use. Lisa has worked with children, young adults, adults and older adults, with experience in group, family and individual therapy. Lisa has provided treatment in inpatient, residential, clinical group, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and in-home services. Lisa utilizes a wide variety of clinical skills and treatment modalities and finds it essential to be an eclectic therapist. Lisa is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
Marcyanna (Marcy) Carlone is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 20 years working with victims and survivors of sexual assault. Marcy has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults through individual counseling, group therapy, and family work. She has worked for The Greater New Britain Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program; the Alzheimer’s Association; New Britain Sexual Assault Crisis Services; and, the Connecticut Sexual Assault Services. Marcy left the non-profit world to become a State of Connecticut Adult Probation Officer for 10 years; then, worked for the Office of Victim Services for 3 years before leaving the State to return to the non-profit sector. Marcy was last employed by Community Mental Health Affiliates as a Program Coordinator overseeing a program designed to provide therapeutic services to victims of crime. She has experience collaborating with a multitude of non-profit and State agencies; schools; and, legal organizations. Marcy has a passion for working with victims/survivors of sexual assault; trauma, crisis intervention and management; and, self-injurious behaviors. She has experience with Borderline Personality Disorder; and, utilizes a variety of humanistic and reality-based therapeutic modalities to engage clients. Marcy believes that every individual, at every age, deserves to live free of the effects of trauma; with an understanding that through “doing the work” that change is possible and life becomes manageable. She stands firm to what she was once told by a mentor, that “the only way out is through.”
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.