OUR TEAM!!

Taylor  Samela

LCSW Lead Clinician 

Taylor Samela  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Reiki Practitioner.

 

Are you looking for an open-minded, supportive, and compassionate therapist? I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience building strong therapeutic relationships with individuals and supporting them in reaching their goals.

 

I am a strength-based and client focused therapist; I strive to empower and provide hope in session. I utilize a variety of techniques and I am trained in various models of evidence based practices, in addition to being a Certified Reiki Practitioner.

 

I support individuals with utilizing effective coping skills to manage anxiety, depression, stress and more. I have extensive experience providing therapeutic treatment to adolescence, adults, couples & families in a variety of settings. I treat mental health, substance use, co-occurring disorders, behavioral issues, relational issues, poor self-esteem, difficulty with emotion regulation, anger management, issues related to transitions, and stress management.

Are you ready to heal? Contact me for further information on how we can work collaboratively to support you in reaching your goals!

Richard Austin

LADC

Richard Austin, LADC, Master's in Education.

 

I work primarily with clients affected by substance use or who are struggling with past or present substance use. I pride myself on being able to offer the compassion, expertise and tools to help you overcome any hurdle in your way. I understand that the core of substance use, is the outlier of something more, often depression, trauma, anxiety , PTSD or grief.

I have worked within Intensive Outpatient centers, conducting group and individual therapy, as well as work with the African Men Recovery (AMIR) project.

I enjoy working with clients that are on parole and probation as well as professional adults and first responders. I want all my clients to know that wherever you are in your recovery, or your loved ones. I am here for you. No matter how long it takes. YOU are worth it. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet you.

Danielle Moraes

LCSW

Danielle Moraes is a tri-lingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

 

I have experience in child, adolescent, adult, family and group treatment. With fluency in Spanish and Portuguese I have had the opportunity to work with diverse populations in the Danbury, Waterbury, New Haven and Bridgeport areas.

I have experience providing therapeutic treatment in a variety of settings including: outpatient, in-home programs, residential treatment facilities, school based programs, and in-patient hospital units. I work with both children and adults dealing with a wide range of anxiety, mood and personality disorders, clients struggling with substance abuse and behavioral difficulties. I also work with children and adults involved in court system through probation and parole, along with  extensive work with DCF involved families.

I have extensive training in trauma treatment ,working with individuals who have been victims or witnesses to different forms of physical, emotional, sexual, domestic and neighborhood violence. I am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy (TFCBT) and am certified as a Circle of Security Parent educator. I currently hold a membership with the National Association of Social Workers through which she was awarded the CT NASW Bilingual Social Worker Award in 2011.

Michael Dutko

 LPC / LADC

Michael Dutko is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

 

I have over 17 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. I specialize in the assessment and treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, ADHD, Behavoiral difficulties and emotional regulation. I am trained in a variety of different models including CBT/EMDR/DBT /CPT Person Centered Approaches, Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Tf-CBT.

 

I work with clients of all ages, including school aged children and clients that are on parole and probation as well as professional adults and military service members. I enjoy thinking "outside of the box", and implement that in my sessions. 

Rhonda Watson Dejesus

LADC / MS / ICAADC

Rhonda is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

 

People come to therapy for a variety of issues, including struggles with transitions, substance abuse, PTSD, anxiety, depression, marriage conflict and challenges at work or school. The first step is to work together to establish what your goals are for therapy. My own life experiences have provided me with a greater ability and understanding of demonstrating unconditional, positive regard passionately.

 

Working together treating, educating and encouraging you to break free from the chains of addiction and prosper into a healthy fulfilling life. Over the past 10 years, I’ve helped people become more successful in all areas of life. I will assist you in overcoming your barriers, establish good life habits, as well as actualizing your full potential. I will customize your treatment plan to meet your recovery goals. I use eclectic therapy methods, including CBT, Solution Focused and Narrative therapy to address the triggers and cravings. I continue daily to empower hope.

 

I am Licensed in Connecticut with 10 years of experience in the mental health & substance abuse field specializing in working with individuals suffering with addiction, depression, anxiety, chronic mental health disorders and legal issues. I am accepting new clients to be seen in the Waterbury office with evening & afternoon appointments.

Stacey Recchia

CMB

Stacey Recchia is the Executive Director and a Certified Medical Biller.

She brings to our group, a dynamic background. She has worked for many years at top counseling agencies in Connecticut and the Midwest maintaining all daily activities and developing significant relationships in the local community. She prides herself on listening and embracing the needs of not only the community and its needs, but her peers alike. Her personality is magnetic, and her ability to multi task and connect with the clients is unparalleled.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her five children and husband and resides in Litchfield County. You can often find her cheering on the sidelines of her children’s sporting events or enjoying the ocean. She believes the connection to the ocean has such a significant impact on our mental health. 

Waleska Castilla

LPC / LMT

Waleska is a bilingual

( Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Human Services. 

 

I work with children, adolescents, young adults, adult individuals, families & couples. I am passionate about helping individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, substance use, autism and schizophrenia as well as individuals that are experiencing grief & loss and trauma.

 

I have taken time to learn ways to help families who are struggling with a variety of difficulties and hardships and taken a special interest in families who need assistance developing parenting skills or who have children with challenging behaviors. 

 

One of my goals is to always adapt and utilize different treatment methods that correspond to the client’s particular needs. I strive to establish a safe, supportive and respectful environment in which people can grow and change. 

 

I have worked in the mental health field for several years and love having the opportunity to lend a helping hand, be available to listen, and to have an open heart to understand each person’s uniqueness regardless of age, gender or race. I am passionate about empowerment; this is done by helping others to become stronger and more confident, especially when it involves controlling and claiming their lives and rights.

Lynda Dunlop

MSN, APRN, PMHNP -BC

   A lifetime of experience in both academic and clinical settings has made me an expert in assessing appropriate levels of care for individuals. An R.N. since 1976 - and holder of a bachelor’s degree in nursing as well as master’s degrees in nursing and gerontology – I have spent more than 40 years providing psychiatric services in outpatient, inpatient and emergency settings.

 

I offer evaluation and treatment for adults, and because I believe seeking treatment is the first step toward healing and self-care, I aim to provide a collaborative experience when determining whether medication can be helpful in managing your overall health.

 

With a focus on educating individuals about mental-health issues including depression, mood disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorders, substance abuse and schizophrenia, my goal is to allow individuals to manage their symptoms more consistently, and to be an effective advocate for those in my care. The process is one of understanding, anticipating and reacting in a way that allows one to feel more comfortable with their own being.

 

I look forward to meeting you and becoming part of your journey toward healing. 

Kristen Birmingham

MS / MFT / LADC

Kristen is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor and Marriage & Family Therapist

 

Kristen has over 20 years experience working with adolescence and adults who are struggling with or have been affected by addiction issues. She believes in building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients and is there to support the addict and the family system that addiction impacts. Her top priority is the well-being of her clients, and she provides the highest quality of therapeutic care. Her experience working in outpatient mental health and addiction treatment settings includes therapeutic approaches to assist clients in healing and making positive changes in their lives. Every client is different, and there is no single therapy to help everyone, therefore she takes the time to listen to your story and provide client-centered, motivation focused therapy in order to help her clients heal and move forward in their lives.  Her clients will be met with empathy and compassion throughout the therapy process.  Her goal is for her clients to complete the therapeutic process with a sense of relief from their struggles and learn new skills for living a resilient, healthy and satisfying life.  This is your life and your treatment.

 

Specialties

Alcoholism

Drug Addiction

Substance Abuse

 

Issues

Addiction

Alcohol Abuse

Anxiety

Career Counseling

Coping Skills

Divorce

Drug Abuse

Dual Diagnosis

Family Conflict

Grief

Life Transitions

Parenting

Self Esteem

Stress

Substance Abuse

Women's Issues

Mental Health

Patrick Brew FNP-BC

Clinical Trial Investigator

Tri lingual ( Spanish , Portuguese ) 

Board certified family nurse practitioner with over ten years of experience in medicine and clinical research.    

MAT / Suboxone Maintenance Treatment 

He has special interest in the following medical conditions:

Internal Medicine
Substance Abuse Disorder 
Depression 
Bi Polar 
Weight Loss
Anxiety
Panic Attacks
PTSD
Complex Regional Pain
Clinical Trials


In addition he is a DOT (Department of Transportation) Certified Practitioner for those patients needing medical examination for commercial driving. He also enjoys providing motivational counseling to those patients. Hobbies include martial arts, fitness, and traveling.

Robin Gutman

LPC

Robin Gutman, LPC, offers counseling services to individuals and couples, utilizing an eclectic approach that is personally tailored to each client.

 

As a trauma trained clinician, Robin assists clients in effectively addressing affective, cognitive and behavioral problems commonly associated with trauma. Often people are not aware of the long reaching effect that trauma has and the way that it can impact their present.

 

Robin enjoys helping clients enhance their sense of self worth, establishing healthy boundaries and healthy relationships. Robin’s view of therapy is strength based; She believes that her clients are their own best resource and that therapy is most effective when a client is open to recognizing issues.

Sabrina Donalies

LMHC, LPC

Certified Brain Health Coach

For over a decade, Sabrina has been passionate about the psychology of resilience. She truly enjoys supporting and empowering others on their journey to mental wellness. As a result of surviving cancer when Sabrina was in high school, she devoted her life to finding what makes us humans resilient enough to overcome adversity such as chronic illness, stress, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and trauma. 

 

Sabrina enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples and families and has a special interest in parenting skills. Subsequently Sabrina studied traditional and alternative healing approaches, including mindfulness practices, biofeedback, strength-focused interventions, as well as nature-based and animal-assisted therapy. Sabrina’s two undergraduate degrees in Medical Laboratory Science and Health Care Management were completed at a university in Germany, where she grew up. After relocating to the US, Sabrina earned her masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the City University of New York.

Elaina Layden

LPC

My journey in the mental health field started 10 years ago. As a therapist specializing in trauma, I can help you in exploring your needs and feelings that have negatively impacted your lives. I have worked with children, adults, and adolescents in the community I bring  extensive experience in helping clients explore negative thoughts, triggers to their anxiety and depression, and helping them to understand the impact trauma has had on their lives. I can help you to identify the barriers to achieving the goals you would like to accomplish. I utilize treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, ABA Therapy among other treatment modalities that allow you to explore your relationships, family history, and other factors that impact your life.

 

While you are in the driver seat, allow me to help you navigate your past to gain a better understanding of its impact on your life. 

 

I have a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Post University and a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis from Western CT State University. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate in Psychology from California Southern University.

I have experience providing individual, family, and group therapy as well as intensive outpatient services. I have provided in- home therapy and clinic-based therapy over the last 6 years. I am passionate about providing you the space you need to be heard and validated. I hope to help you understand that you can accomplish your life goals. I strive to help clients challenge their negative beliefs and self-doubt to help them gain self-acceptance and empowerment in their life.

Dorian Sacaza

LPC

Dorian Sacaza is a bilingual (Spanish,English) Licensed Professional Counselor.

Do you find yourself struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-
esteem, or managing your children? Does it seem like things are sometimes out of

control, or you don’t find joy in everyday life? Do you find yourself stuck in the same
relationship patterns?


I have over 13 years of experience providing counseling services to children
adolescents and families dealing with trauma, relationship issues, depressive thoughts, anxiety and everyday life struggles. I teach my clients effective coping skills to manage depression and anxiety symptoms. I also have experience teaching parenting skills and educational advocacy.
I have great knowledge of resources in the Greater Waterbury and surrounding areas to tailor the best plan for each client.

 

My approach to therapy is solution focused by creating a partnership in a safe
supportive non -judgmental environment.
I want you to know, you are not alone in your journey. I will help you every step of the way.

Martha Jean Stewart

MS, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Martha is a board certified APRN in Mental Health and in Family Medicine.

 

I work with children, adolescents and adults I have a passion for working with my
patients to help them to conquer symptoms related to anxiety disorders (such as
panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD), mood disorders (such as
depression), ADHD, and eating disorders (for example binge eating and
bulimia).

 

Depending on what your needs are, I can offer medication,
psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
 

Nic'Cole Lambert Tailhou

MSN, APRN, AGNP

Nic'Cole is a board-certified Adult Primary Care Gerontology Nurse Practitioner who holds a Master of Science in Nursing, as well as a BA in psychology.

 

She has over a decade of experience in providing care to patients in acute and chronic care settings, including a hospital and a healthcare nonprofit.

 

As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Nic'Cole helps clients manage co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression and substance use disorders.

 

In her free time, Nic'Cole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and cooking.

Arlene Halstead

FNP, APRN

I am an experienced and empathic nurse practitioner that treats my patients with respect and dignity. I am very comfortable working with patients with dual diagnosis, intellectual disabilities, anxiety, depression, bipolar and ADHD. I work with adolescents and adults and have worked as a nurse practitioner for the last 10 years. 

Unlike traditional mental health, which focuses on only the problems or deficits which dominates the treatment decision making, I focus on patient strengths, empowerment and choices which are needed to enhance the patient’s quality of life. 

 

The work I do is based on my relationship with my patients. I invite you to meet with me and we can decide if we can work together to bring about symptom relief and increased sense of well-being. 

Tulie Brew

FNP - BC

I believe psychological support is crucial to improving all aspects of one’s life. I am an advocate for mental health treatment. I believe education is paramount to reduce the social stigma around mental illnesses that permeates our culture and prevents people from seeking care. 

I have over 10 years of experience working in medicine and am a board-certified family nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry and completed my medical degree in Cuba. I am dedicated to improving the mental stability of the patients I serve. I treat a variety of mental illnesses in adults. Using an empathetic approach, I address the needs of patients with anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD and mood disorders.

 

In my down time I enjoy reading, hiking and traveling throughout the world. 

Keri Jakubowski

LPC

As a trained clinical therapist with years of practice and supervision, my approach has a Person Centered focus based on an individual‘s unique characteristics, goals and principles. I can help people effectively manage difficulties in life and most mental health issues. I firmly believe that everyone is able to change if they want to change. We all go through times during life when we feel stuck or not sure of what we want and that’s okay.  With the proper guidance and support therapy can help you make the changes you want to make, or face any challenges you face and empower you to make what you want of yourself and your life. I have extensive knowledge and skills in working with individuals and families dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, relationship problems and addiction. My goal is to provide an environment that is non-judge mental and interactive. I want you to achieve the changes and growth you deserve and desire.

Lynne Severance

MSN APRN PMHNP-BC

I’ve had a passion as far back as I can remember for helping others to become the best they can be. Starting in psychiatric nursing with my Bachelor’s in Nursing in 1974, I went on to receive my Master’s in Nursing in 2018. Mental Health has changed dramatically over the years yet has also stayed the same. The process involves the use of various forms of psychotherapy, complimentary approaches and/or medications to help ease your suffering and your struggles. Through this process, you can find your unique path to a fulfilling life. Over the years, I have worked with individuals facing a variety of life’s challenges on their path to healing and wholeness. I’ve experience with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, Bipolar Disorder and SMI amongst others.

 

  Additionally, I’m comfortable exploring spiritual growth and concerns. I have a Master’s in Divinity with 25 years of experience as a UMC pastor. This role involved counseling and spiritual guidance. There are ways to work with you without any particular religious bias. Through a Chaplaincy training program I came to understand the different ways people experience their spiritual selves.  I’ve also had training in Gestalt Pastoral Care which melds Spiritual healing and psychotherapy.

 

We will utilize a combination of approaches in your treatment depending on your comfort level, goals and struggles. This is a mutual endeavor. Through the process of therapy and medications you can find hope to move forward in your life and find a path that utilizes all your gifts and promises.

Bonnie Weihrauch

CMA

Bonnie is our intake coordinator and medical assistant. She has worked in the medical field with direct patient care for several years. 

 

She understands that when someone calls any of our offices, that’s often one of the most courageous things they have done. They are welcomed with positive energy, compassion, listening and understanding. She holds them in a non judgmental light. Bonnie prides herself on coupling the client with the provider who will be the best fit for their needs. 

 

In her spare time she loves adventuring in the woods with her family and enjoys the beauty of nature. She believes the human mind has so much resiliency , and that each of us are beautiful souls. 

Caitlyn Bouchard

Financial Manager

Caitlyn earned her Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies, from the University of Hartford.  She has worked as a paralegal, financial manager and office manager for law firms in Connecticut over the last 17 years.  Her organizational skills and knowledge she has gained working in law firms, has allowed her to become one of the best in her field.  At NVCAMM, she is responsible for handling the day-to-day activities concerning accounts receivable, maintaining client ledgers, preparing and distributing payroll, preparing weekly and monthly financial reports for the business, as well as balancing bank statements. 

 

When she is not working, Caitlyn enjoys spending time with her husband and children, taking summer vacations on Cape Cod and New Hampshire, the smell of the ocean air and photographing children and families.

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