Naugatuck Valley Counseling & Medication Management

276 Highland Ave, Suite 2 North

Waterbury, CT 06708


© 2019 by Naugatuck Valley Counseling & Medication Management


Taylor  Samela


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


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


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


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


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


Stacey Recchia is the co founder of NV Counseling and Med Management 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.


Stacey is also the owner of Precision Mental Health Billing, LLC, where she brings an innovative approach to billing for mental health practices throughout the country. 


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. 


Lee Siuzdak is the co founder and clinical director of NV Counseling and Med Management.


She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at
Southern Connecticut State University, her Nursing degree from Quinnipiac
University and her Master’s Degree from Fairfield University’s School of
Nursing. She is the recipient of Quinnipiac University’s School of Nursing
Peer Recognition award and a member of both the International Nursing
Honor Society and the National Jesuit Honor Society. Lee has worked in
both the medical and psychiatric settings. During her career she has worked
in outpatient and clinic settings, hospitals, correctional facilities, addiction
service units and private practice. Lee is a strong advocate of quality patient
mental health services and has fought tirelessly to provide superior care for


In her personal time, Lee enjoys spending time with her husband
and animals. She is an avid swimmer and travels extensively in search of
majestic waters and marine wildlife.

Waleska Castilla


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.

Kristen Birmingham


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.




Drug Addiction

Substance Abuse




Alcohol Abuse


Career Counseling

Coping Skills


Drug Abuse

Dual Diagnosis

Family Conflict


Life Transitions


Self Esteem


Substance Abuse

Women's Issues

Mental Health

Lynda Dunlop


   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. 

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 
Bi Polar 
Weight Loss
Panic Attacks
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.

Eva Tarnawski MS, LMFT 

With over 12 years combined experience as a psychotherapist and certified yoga instructor, I have a unique and deep understanding of the way each of our minds and bodies intersect to form our whole, and complete selves. Whether you are struggling with relationships, divorce, grief/loss, substance use, anxiety, PTSD or just feeling overwhelmed with life’s changes, I want to help you. Together, in therapy we pave the way to you feeling your absolute best...and often even better than before! I really enjoy utilizing, art therapy, relaxation techniques, mindfulness and DBT into my sessions.


 I work with my clients and families to find their strength, voice and joy again - within themselves and within their relationships.  Reaching out for help is such a big step (and often one of the hardest steps), and I'm grateful to be a part of that. Together we will explore the things that are holding you back and move towards the best version of you. I enjoy working with clients of all ages, and backgrounds and look forward to our journey together.  

Elaina Layden


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


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.