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, 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 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.
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 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.
LPC / LMT
Waleska is a bilingual
( Spanish) Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters in Human Services. She is also a ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) therapist.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Substance Abuse Disorder
Complex Regional Pain
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, 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.
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.
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 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
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
Depending on what your needs are, I can offer medication,
psychotherapy, or a combination of both.
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.
FNP - BC
Tri lingual ( Spanish , Portuguese )
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.
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.
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.
By seeking help, you are demonstrating that you have courage, strength and hope, even if you're not feeling that way now. In a safe and supportive environment, my approach is warm, compassionate, nonjudgmental and infused with a sense of humor.
I strive to help people live through their pain and get to a place where they can love themselves and be freer to absorb love from others.I use a holistic approach, (heart, mind, body and spirit), with a goal towards integration, transformation, healing and change. I will help you to understand patterns of thinking and behavior by cultivating awareness and acceptance.
During my twenty five plus years of experience, I have worked with a diverse population of all ages. I have worked extensively in a multitude of clinical environments, including private practice, outpatient clinics, general and state hospital inpatient psychiatric units, emergency departments, community mental health centers and a cancer center.
Work with adults ages 18 to elderly and couples
Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality, Career, Schizophrenia, Cancer, Depression, Divorce, Emotional Disturbance, Grief and Loss, Infidelity, Life Transitions, Relational Issues, Self-Esteem, Spirituality, Substance Misuse, Trauma
Acceptance and Commitment, Attachment based, Body centered Gestalt, CBT, DBT, Emotionally Focused, Humanistic, Interpersonal, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths based and Trauma-focused.
Amy M. Mourabit
MS , LPC
Bachelor’s Degree of Science In Psychology; Master’s Degree of Science in Counseling Psychology; and Sixth Year Certificate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Hartford located in West Hartford, CT.
I have a 18 year experience working in the mental health/substance abuse fields working as a Licensed Professional Counselor with populations throughout the life span of childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and geriatric populations. I have thorough knowledge of how to assess, diagnosis, and make recommendations for level of care due to my intricate experience working at inpatient hospital settings, partial-hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient behavioral health settings that are located in culturally diverse locations such as: Hartford, CT; Middletown, CT; and New Britain, CT.
Have you ever come to the realization that what you are doing is not working to help you to cope with life problems? You are not alone. This is a common problem that many people experience, but they do not know where or how to seek guidance and support. Look no further. I can help you walk through your life’s journey knowing that you will have hope that things can change, learning how to cope with negative emotions and feelings, and having an overall optimistic view about life.
I am trained in using therapeutic techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing Skills, Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered Techniques, Conflict Resolution Techniques, Healthy Assertive Communication Skills, and Learning to Set Healthy Boundaries for clients to learn how to accept diagnosis, deal with symptoms, learn to deal with triggers for symptoms related to: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, PTSD, Substance Abuse Issues, Co-Occurring Disorders, Relationship Problems, Stress Management Issues, Anger Management Issues, Mood Disorders, Low Self-Esteem Issues, Personality Disorders especially Borderline Personality Disorder, and learning to overall cope with major changes in life.
I like to work with my clients to normalize the process of therapy without dealing with stigma or stereotypes related to mental health/substance abuse treatment. In some point in life, everyone has at least one episode of depression and/or anxiety that they deal with in coping with major changes in life. I am here to work with you in accepting where you are at in the treatment process and help you to know that things will get better over time. It will take some hard work, determination, and readiness to change but it will be worth it in the end.
Shoshana Klayman LCSW
I have a deep-rooted commitment to helping individuals from diverse backgrounds, backed by professional expertise in a variety of settings. But I also believe that clients are the experts on their own lives.
I have worked with clients of all ages, from as young as three to late adulthood, in outpatient therapy settings; methadone clinics; intensive outpatient programs; inpatient psychiatric units, and in-home crisis intervention. One thing remains constant: the focus of therapy should be based on what YOU wish to work on.
Through cognitive behavioral techniques and grounding methods, I can guide you to address your struggles with Major Depression, Suicidality, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Personality Disorders and Addiction/Substance Use Disorders. I offer individual, couples, and family counseling, depending on the need.
My main therapeutic goal is to create a safe environment, free of judgment and pressure. Once we find ourselves in a comfortable space, the healing process may begin. I would be honored to learn more about your journey.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and cooking.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 year of experience and a passion for helping others. My work has focused on helping individuals struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues, and I have worked in a variety of settings ranging from, in-home care and transitional living programs to outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. Likewise, I have worked with folks all along the lifespan, and with individuals, families and couples.
My approach to treatment is from an integrated, holistic, and trauma-informed place, which means that I take the time to appreciate all the things that people are bringing to therapy, including their strengths and accomplishments, as well as the areas in which they would like to focus on and improve. Additionally, I understand that trauma can profoundly impact a person’s ability to function in the world, and I make sure to account for this in my work with clients. My work with clients is collaborative and client-centered, this means that I believe you are the expert in you, and your experiences and contributions are vitally important to therapy.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship can serve as a vehicle for positive change and should model healthy connection and trust that will then empower clients in their path towards healing. I specialize in treating individuals with, substance abuse, mood disorders and trauma; additionally, I have pursued specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), to provide evidenced based and specialized therapy for those struggling with trauma. I am also experienced in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, problems in relationships, emotional regulation, grief, life transitions and stress management. It is important to me that I practice from an evidenced based perspective, meaning that I keep up on the latest research and pick interventions that have scientific support behind them.
I want you to feel seen, heard and supported. I will help you build understanding of self and gain the insight and tools needed to manage your emotional struggles more effectively. We can decide together what is needed to help you move forward.
Welcome! This may be your first time looking into treatment, or you may have experienced therapy before. My goal as a therapist is to provide a safe, non judgmental environment, to discover solutions to any challenges you may be facing in order to make life more fulfilling. My focus will be to help you to foster healthy relationships and communication within yourself, in your personal life, or with your family. Whether you are looking for coping skills to manage your life challenges, a need to identify negative behavior patterns within yourself or a relationship, learn ways to recover from addiction, or need a safe place and someone to talk to, I will work directly with you to achieve any goal.
Specialty areas of my practice are addiction, co-occurring disorders, working with family members who experience the affects of addiction, codependency, marital problems, individuals, family, and couples therapy. I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past 2 years. During that time, I have provided in- home and clinic-based therapy, and have experience providing individual, family, group therapy as well as intensive outpatient services. I have utilized treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and am trained as a Circle of Security Facilitator. In all experiences, I hone in on each individual session to ensure you feel empowered in treatment.
I offer a therapeutic approach where we collaboratively achieve your goals taking into account the expertise you bring. Through our work together we can embark on a journey towards healing and change.
Karen Cooper Tripp
APRN, FNP, NP-C
Karen has been working for the past few years as a provider in the inner city of Waterbury, CT managing and maintaining a school based health center in one of the public high and middle schools. Her pediatric experience consists working independently at the School Based Health Center in one of the public schools in the area.
Working with a diverse population from 5-19 years of age. Karen’s adult experience has been in a clinic which consists of seeing patients ranging from 19-80 years of age , she also has experience working in a program that supports the recently incarcerated population obtain mental health support.
She specializes in the management of dual diagnosed psychiatric conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress and ADD/ADHD.
I have over 17 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. I have worked in outpatient clinics, psychiatric hospitals, school-based programs, children's group homes and in-home programs. I've also worked as a mental health consultant.
I specialize in the treatment of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, children's behavioral difficulties, life transitions and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.
I utilize cognitive behavioral and trauma informed techniques to assist my clients in achieving stability and reaching their goals. I am passionate about providing culturally empowering and culturally sensitive treatment.
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.