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!

Danielle Moraes
LCSW Clinical Director

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.

Lauren DePietro


Lauren truly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live their best life. Lauren applies her experience and knowledge to help those with a desire to grow, adjust, change, and evolve into their best self.


Lauren has a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has significant experience working with those that suffer with substance abuse and addiction, and does not believe this disease is hopeless. Lauren is dedicated to working with those who desire change and want to live a better life. Working together, she will help empower you to make better choices and recognize your potential.


In addition, if you have legal issues associated with substance use, Lauren will work collaboratively with probation and parole officers and DCF in the event you are mandated for treatment. She also works with family members and loved ones of substance abusers, who are looking for guidance with co-dependency and/or a better understanding of what their loved one is going through.


Lauren also has experience working with those that suffer with depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can be debilitating and individuals that experience their uncomfortable symptoms, often feel they are battling a hopeless war. There is hope! Lauren is here to listen to all your thoughts, emotions and fears. Together you will work to help manage those symptoms utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a variety of coping skills such as grounding techniques, mindfulness, and guided meditation so you are free to live your best life!


Life will often give us challenges we never expected, or some that we expect, but are never fully prepared for. Lauren works with people that are experiencing difficult change, or situations such as grieving the loss of a loved one. Experiencing the loss of a loved one can be debilitating and feel unbearable. She is passionate about helping people heal and surface from loss, providing a compassionate and understanding environment for you to talk and share your emotions. Other situations you might be experiencing that you are finding it difficult to adjust to are: change in job, living situation, difficulties in your work environment, a break-up in a relationship or issues in a friendship, and a variety of others in this ever-changing world (ie. Covid-19). Perhaps you just need some life coaching in order to make progress in your life and get to a place of greater satisfaction and fulfillment. Lauren truly enjoys her work, and will work with you in a safe, confidential and supportive, and encouraging environment to create change and establish achievable goals in your individual journey towards recovery and wellness.

Waleska Castillo


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.

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

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Darian Coleman


I believe that every human being has the emotional need to be understood and validated. When we feel our emotional needs to be unfulfilled, we are often unable to be our genuine selves making us vulnerable to life stressors, impacting our relationships, and ultimately, preventing us from living a meaningful life.


I offer my clients a judgement-free environment to resolve their unmet needs and genuinely strive towards their personal goals, whether those personal goals are to improve relationships, managing mental health symptoms, or making peace with traumatic memories of the past.  “Things do not change; we change.” I believe in my client’s capacity to make transformative changes that can lead to progressive changes in their lives. I offer my clients a supportive environment where personal changes can be nurtured/encouraged and fostered into their “Ability to Act and Take Health Risk". 

I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY. I have over 15 years of working in many capacities with clients from the ages of 8 to 84 and I’ve worked with a diverse clientele. Clients who struggle with attentional issues, difficulties in developing and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships, anger management, depression, anxiety, ptsd, schizoaffective, Asperger/autism spectrum disorder, alcohol/substance abuse, narcissism, borderline, anti-social behaviors, etc. I’ve had the opportunity of working with couples struggling with infidelity, communication, loss and grief, parenting, domestic violence, financial stress, career and school challenges, acculturation, etc. 

My approach is holistic and eclectic in that I draw from a wide range of approaches. Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, REBT, SFBT, Reality Therapy, with additional integration of Mindfulness and MI.  I believe in looking through the world from my client’s “viewpoint”, as a means of using the best therapeutic approach.  

To just take the first step of considering getting involved in therapy is a powerful thing and I hope you recognize that. Whether you take the next step with me or someone else does not matter, just take it.

Sabrina Donalies


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


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.

Jen Gonzalez-Smith


I have experience working with children as young as 5 (including school settings) and families, adolescents, and adults. I have worked extensively with families involved in the DCF system. I’ve worked with individuals with special needs and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders and PTSD,  both in the home across the State of Connecticut, and within a group home setting, and I hold a certification in TF-CBT. I enjoy being creative and assisting my clients in building coping skills, and I feel very luck to work with each client that I meet. I also enjoy facilitating groups and am a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.


I also have experience working with clients who have been diagnosed with substance use disorder and survivors of sexual assault, first responders and military.  I am a certified victim advocate, and a veteran and I believe that taking care of people who have made this commitment is of upmost importance.


I enjoy giving my clients the space they need to work on the most important issues to them, and thoroughly believe in client-centered, strengths-based treatment. I also believe in allowing my clients the space for them to succeed and accomplish their goals. After all, the client is the expert on their life.  Deciding to come to therapy is a big step for some people, and I recognize that. Come see me when you’re ready.

Jennifer welcomes working with out of pocket clients on a sliding scale.

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.

Keri Jakubowski


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.

Karen Fahey


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


Treatment modalities:


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


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


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.

Lexi Holmes


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. 


Jacenya Quinones


Jacenya is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport. 

My clinical experience has been in both outpatient and in home settings working with a wide range of clients in the greater Waterbury area. I have experience with children, adolescents and adults of all ages, who present with a variety of mental health disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Conduct Disorders, Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders. I have also worked with children and adults involved in the court system and have experience working with families who have DCF involvement.

In addition to my clinical experience, I have also worked in the Waterbury public school system assisting children who receive special education and have experience working with family service agencies that provide in home services to individuals with Autism and other developmental challenges. 

I am well versed in CBT and Solution Focused treatment and provide culturally competent and trauma informed care to all my clients. My therapeutic approach is tailored to the need of each individual client and focuses on forming a collaborative relationship to foster change. 


Mordy Lyss


I have an eclectic approach towards therapy but identified early on in my career that I am always client-centered and strength-based. I believe every single person has the capacity to not only survive and "make it through" adversity but to thrive in life as well. I believe the key lies within each persons' desire to grow, change, and flourish with their innate unique strengths, talents, and personality. I have worked with at-risk youth in a professional capacity for several years, including internships in adolescent partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient and residential drug rehabilitation programs. I also worked in-home with adolescents and their families working to help mend hurt pasts, create a healthier present, and work towards an even better and brighter future for themselves and their families. In addition to evidence-based training, I have years of casual volunteer experience with at-risk youth as well. My passion to help others is my drive, but my experience in watching others truly help themselves is my inspiration. If you want something better, then I will work with you to help you find the better that's already within you, and help you discover all you need is all you are, and all you are is truly amazing.

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Vivian Mercado

LMFT (Bilingual-Spanish)

Vivian Mercado Is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She uses an integrative therapeutic approach to help clients achieve their goals. She is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.


I believe in providing a safe, supportive, and positive space to help clients reach their full potential.


I have over nine years’ experience working with children, adolescents and adults.  I provide individual, couples and family therapy for people suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, grief, parenting support, couples in conflict looking to improve the relationship.

Pamela Felder-Fox


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.

Natacha M. Jackson 


I am a Licensed Drugs and Alcohol Counselor. I currently hold a Master’s  degree In Psychology and certifications in DBT and TFCBT. 


My background consists of providing treatments in individual, family and group psychotherapy with adults, children and adolescents.  I have experience working and helping individuals with all types of cultural backgrounds. I am looking forward to working with you as I consider myself well versed in many psychotherapy techniques.  My areas of therapy focus on providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), for individuals who are experiencing mood dysregulation, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorders.


In addition, I also provide services to individuals  who are suffering from severe trauma; I am confident that with my  background and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  (TFCBT,) I can help you cope effectively with life difficulties. In addition to my specific training areas, other set of skills includes  communication skills,  anger management skills, problem solving skills, relapse prevention skills and improving family relationship dynamics. I am looking forward to  working with you.

Zia Onorato


I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in CT and a Licensed Master Social Worker in NY. I have over ten years of experience working in a range of settings with diverse populations. I work from a client-centered approach, which focuses on the client’s specific needs during each session. In my clinical practice, I specialize in individuals suffering from mental health and addiction related issues. 


I have worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, a woman’s correctional facility, and outpatient eating disorder and addiction treatment facilities. I have experience working with veterans, the LGBTQ community, adolescents, and the elderly population. The majority of my work has been with individuals struggling with mental health and co-occurring issues including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse disorders. 


I believe in confidence building with clients and focus on a strengths based approach in finding solutions to life’s difficulties. In addition, I utilize a humanistic approach in finding unconditional positive regard for each client I work with, demonstrating acceptance for who they are as a human being. 


I respect the unique qualities each person brings to a session and work to deliver the best method of support to meet their needs. This includes integrating modalities of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, and Motivational Interviewing into my practice.


In addition to working with clients, I encourage collaboration with family members to educate and coach them on how to fully support their loved one during times of difficulties.


I want to acknowledge clients who are having trouble processing current events and want to give them a safe space vocalizing their unique experience during these trying times. 


Ultimately, my main goal in working with clients is to raise their self-esteem, foster positive coping skills, and be a support for those who are seeking help. Connection is the beginning of healing. 

Julia Savio


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. 


Alexandra Mercado

MA, LPCA (Bilingual - Spanish)

I am a Licensed Drugs and Alcohol Counselor. I currently hold a Master’s  degree In Psychology and certifications in DBT and TFCBT. 


My background consists of providing treatments in individual, family and group psychotherapy with adults, children and adolescents.  I have experience working and helping individuals with all types of cultural backgrounds. I am looking forward to working with you as I consider myself well versed in many psychotherapy techniques.  My areas of therapy focus on providing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), for individuals who are experiencing mood dysregulation, Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorders.


In addition, I also provide services to individuals  who are suffering from severe trauma; I am confident that with my  background and certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  (TFCBT,) I can help you cope effectively with life difficulties. In addition to my specific training areas, other set of skills includes  communication skills,  anger management skills, problem solving skills, relapse prevention skills and improving family relationship dynamics. I am looking forward to  working with you.

Alexandra welcomes working with out of pocket clients on a sliding scale.

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Yajahira Mendez Johnson

LPC (Bilingual - Spanish)

As a licensed professional, my credentials include a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Post University, a double major Bachelors of Arts degree in both   Sociology and Psychology, and an Associates's degree in Criminal Justice.


    I am a bilingual , goal-oriented professional who aims to personalize each and every one of my client’s therapeutic experiences. Thus far, I have collaborated with a wide range of clientele of all ages and am comfortable working in a variety of settings including outpatient therapy, in-home services, mobile crisis intervention and many more. 

     I have multiple specialty areas including but not limited to: abuse, addiction, codependency, trauma, behavioral needs and co-occurring disorders. I utilize treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, solution focused brief therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. In addition, I have also trained as a circle of security facilitator in both Spanish and English. As an outpatient counselor, my main focus is to utilize all my training and professional experience to provide you with safe opportunities to discover your strengths in a way that’s personal and effective to you and your needs. 

Dr. Ellen M. Galat

Psychologist, PsyD

Dr. Galat is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford, Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology (GIPP). Dr. Galat completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Middlesex Hospital where she provided a continuum of psychological services and case management to children, adolescents, and adults (ages 8-65 years) with emotional and behavioral difficulties in foster care, outpatient, and school settings which included diagnostic assessment, evidenced based treatment and intervention.

Dr. Galat is also a licensed school psychologist in Massachusetts. In the area of assessment, she conducted triennial evaluations to determine special education eligibility. She also conducted personality and psychological assessments and worked in conjunction with school administrators, teachers, social services, residential staff, foster care agencies, and protective services.

Areas of clinical practice include utilizing evidenced based treatment, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics who are struggling with depressive and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, grief, anger, and emotional distress. While pursuing healing, wellness, emotional well-being and attaining maximum potential.

Taylor Linsmeier


Taylor is a Licensed Master’s Level Clinical Social Worker. Taylor has experience working with people with varying mental health challenges, substance use, family of origin difficulties, trauma, and abuse. She is well versed in the process of DCF involvement, the mental health system, and care coordination. Taylor is a culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and LGBTQ+ allied practitioner. She is available to support individuals, families, and couples with enriching their relationships, strengthening their self-esteem, and becoming free from negative patterns. Taylor believes everyone deserves to live a joyful and fulfilling life and would be honored to be a part of the journey to healing with you. 


“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals” - Pema Chödrön

David Eppner


I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Master Level Clinical Social Worker, and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in CT. I am open to working with adults and adolescents. 

I have over 10 years’ experience working with adults and adolescents, within a variety of settings, including in-home, telehealth, and outpatient clinics, with my focus being on treating co-occurring disorders, substance and alcohol use disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, personality disorders, trauma, grief and loss.  I am clinically trained in CBT, DBT, TF-CBT, RBT, MST, MI and MET.  My approach is strength based, client focused, and humanistic.  I enjoy thinking of creative approaches and utilizing a variety of different skills to help my clients. My goal is to assist the client, you, in developing healthy coping skills, while building a strong therapeutic relationship.  I have worked with people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, male, female, non-binary, various sexual orientations, young and old, and I have always taken the approach that each person is unique; their issues are real, and I want to not only help them, but truly hear them and their stories.  

I am a graduate of Tulane University (BS Psychology) Argosy University (MA, Forensic Psychology) and Louisiana State University (Master of Social Work), as well as completing post graduate courses in Assessment and Testing and Evaluation with Southern Connecticut State University.  I live with my wife, two Siberian cats in the greater Hartford area, and I enjoy cooking (I’ve had 5 recipes published), traveling, museums, the theater, reading, skiing, golfing, and daily walks during the winter, and 25-30 mile bike rides during the summer, and am an avid sports fan (Yankees, Rangers, Knicks, Giants, Pats, and Saints).