Meet our Counselors

Courtney Sutphin-Hebdon, LCSW

In my years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have come to understand that the relationship of therapy can and should look very different from person to person. My experience has enabled me to tailor my approach to fit individual needs, from adolescents and emerging adults to parenting to seniors, at some point we all have a need for support as we tackle life's obstacles.

I believe strongly that mental wellness is critical to overall health and well-being, and that we can not separate physical and mental health. Becoming mired in life's problems is exhausting and can be debilitating, and as a therapist my job is to help you move through whatever you are facing. I take a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating cognitive therapy, mindfulness skills, and motivational interviewing skills into this process.

With experience in multiple settings including adolescent residential treatment, higher education, community mental health, and inpatient psychiatry, I am well-qualified to work with most populations.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abusive relationships
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Addiction
  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Parenting
  • Chronic health concerns
  • Women's issues

I look forward to working with you, supporting your choices, and assisting in your growth. I believe that everything is figure-out-able and that together, we can do hard things!


Mia Mickenberg

Mia Mickenberg, LPC

"I believe that "one life is a world." I hope you'll let me into the world you live in, and to help you thrive and grow in both your world and the world at large. I believe that counseling is not a one size fits all process - everyone is different and their counseling process will differ as well. I provide a safe space to explore life experiences and help you to identify and learn new solutions and coping skills to life’s challenges. Through the ebbs and flows of life we can hit hard times. My goal is to help you through these times. It can get better, and counseling can help.

I use a holistic and integrative approach to counseling, because as people we are not just our minds or physical selves but a combination of the two. I draw from various theories and techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Reality, Solution-Focused, mindfulness and motivational interviewing, as well as incorporating the creative arts. My time working in various settings, including schools, homes, a college counseling center and a substance abuse prevention center has equipped me to work with diverse populations and many different issues. I enjoy working with and have a great deal of experience in counseling youth, adolescents and adults. Whether you're struggling, or want to work towards thriving and being the best version of YOU, I'd love to join you on your path.

My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  • Adolescents
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA
  • LGBTQIA - adolescents
  • Substance Abuse
  • ADHD Counseling

Alicia Jantzi

Alicia Jantzi, LPC, ATR-BC

*Alicia will start seeing clients January 14th.*

The environments we find ourselves in on a daily basis are not always the most supportive of mental well-being or growth. The daily demands and stressors of life can weigh heavily on the soul, leaving little time for self-care. This is true for all ages, as we cope with the pressures of work/school, all while learning to navigate the world, relationships, and the big and small transitions that shape who we become. All of this can be overwhelming for one person to navigate alone. My goal as a counselor is to help you develop strategies to explore the waters of life with confidence, based on your already present strengths and unique qualities.

As a Board-Certified Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor, I am trained in the benefits of utilizing art-making and viewing as a tool in therapy, in conjunction with therapy practices such as CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy), Person-Centered approaches, and Mindfulness. I have worked for the past four years in the school setting counseling and teaching behavioral, social, and emotional management skills to children as young as 5. My experience also includes working extensively with youth and adolescents, as well as adults.

I believe that no one should have to go through the challenges of life alone. Let me walk with you, your child, or your teen, on this journey you have been brave enough to start.

My areas of specialization include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Trauma disorders
  • Stress management
  • School-age children
  • Adolescents/teens
  • Art Therapy
  • Anger management
  • Bullying

Ian Esmay

I have been working in the field of counseling for over ten years in a variety of settings. I have come to learn that counseling can benefit anyone and help everyone find their true self. It isn’t about being perfect, just the best version of yourself.

My role as your therapist is to provide non-judgmental support in a safe space where you can explore your genuine feelings and individuality. I am willing to work with anyone, but my primary focus is adults struggling with emotional issues. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, seeking safety, and many others. The main focus being to assist people in living a healthy life in their own way.

Although I have a wide variety of experiences, I believe each person is unique and the benefit from counseling comes from a solid relationship. I am always willing to be a positive and empathetic voice in your life if you are ready for it. I look forward to meeting you!

My areas of specialties include:

  • Addiction concerns
  • Adolescents
  • Adults of all ages
  • Anxiety, including Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • Co-Dependency
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ and Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Men's Issues
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Relationships

Johanna Jones, LPC

Life can begin to feel out of control. You can run out of energy, out of good ideas – or maybe someone else is trying to make decisions for you. But it really can get better, and perhaps I can help. In my work with substance-abuse recovery, severe mental illness and getting through tough times, I’ve had two decades of experience counseling people with challenging issues.

My own bumpy road to learning who I was and what I wanted made me eager to help others who were struggling, too. My solid educational background in evidence-based therapy has given me tools I can share. These come from many sources, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Reality Therapy, to name a few - proven interventions for beating addiction, increasing motivation, and living life on your own terms.

My focus is adults, and I have a special place in my heart for LGBTQ populations, the mentally ill and those who identify with Asperger’s Syndrome. Things can get pretty bad, and support can make a difference; sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box alone.

Give me a chance to walk beside you for a while, and help transform the life you have into the life you want.

My areas of specialty include but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Borderline Disorder
  • Co-dependency
  • Chronic illness/disability/pain
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBTQ
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma

Sarah Hill, LCSW

My objective in working with clients is to explore and encourage regular practices of self improvement exercises in order for clients to become the most effective version of themselves. I firmly believe we must objectively look at ourselves and ask if we are the person we want to be and if not, learn how to be. I have been successful in emotional and mental rehabilitation with a variety of populations and ages over the past 5 years of post-graduate experience.

With a wealth of personal and professional experiences, I strive to assess my clients to create appropriate individual treatment plans with achievable and measurable goals. I utilize my range of knowlegde on the human experience to provide education, guidance, and reflection to aid clients in better understanding themselves and working towards positive changes.

My specialities include:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • trauma
  • self harming behavior
  • eating disorders
  • domestic violence
  • personality disorders
  • general life coaching

I utilize several modalities, including but not limited to CBT, solution focused therapy, gestalt therapy, and mindfulness. I am flexible with my practice in order to best meet the needs of each individual client. I look forward to meeting you and helping you "Thrive!"


Victor J. Fischer, LCSW

With nearly three decades of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, I am devoted to helping my clients – children, adolescents, adults, parents, and families – learn to cope with, manage, and overcome the problems in living that each of us encounters as we travel across the lifespan.

I believe in and respect your ability as a person to learn, to grow, and to thrive. My job, as your therapist, is to provide an emotionally safe space and supportive relationship within which you will feel encouraged to understand old patterns, resolve old issues, and most important learn new, more positive ways of dealing with negative emotions, difficulties in relationships, and other problems in living that interfere with our experiencing peace of mind, satisfaction, and contentment in our daily lives.

Whether we walk this path together only briefly or for a longer time, my commitment to you will always be to respect your choices, to facilitate your self-determination and healing, and to offer the very best of my experience, skills, and seasoned judgment in support of you, and your goals.

Trained at NIH, Yale, and Johns Hopkins, I provide comprehensive outpatient assessment, diagnostic, and psychotherapeutic services for a wide variety of problems in living to clients across the lifespan including children and adolescents, adults, families, and groups.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Problems experienced by children and adolescents aged 4 to 20 and their parents.

In addition, I have considerable experience with:

  • Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities including ADHD, intellectual and learning disabilities, and other non-autism spectrum disorders
  • Assisting patients experiencing both chronic and acute medical and health issues including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes
  • Providing critical incident stress debriefing services to first responders and others who have experienced traumatic events

Thomas Bufano, LPC

Many of my clients have told me that I am the first counselor that they felt both comfortable with and were helped by. I am warm, intuitive and effective in my approach with my clients and their concerns.

In our sessions, we'll identify triggers that are causing you distress, then we'll work together to help you develop skills and learn techniques to manage your anxieties, fears, etc. I will strive to develop your ability to cope with whatever is causing you distress; Then we'll find ways for you to manage this with positive behavioral methods. We'll also work towards gaining insight into any underlying causes of problematic behaviors.

You'll find that my approach is one of empathy, reflective listening, communication, critical thinking, and often mindfulness instruction. I'll employ active and reflective listening, teach you strategies for dealing with problems, and assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, making changes, and more.

I look forward to helping you on your journey towards a life where you are able to thrive.

  • abandonment,
  • adjustment disorder,
  • affective disorder
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • behavioral therapy
  • bipolar, borderline
  • co-dependency
  • couples therapy
  • depression
  • dialectic behavioral therapy
  • divorce
  • dual diagnosis
  • EMDR
  • family therapy
  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • grief/loss/bereavement
  • individual therapy
  • mood disorders
  • parenting issues
  • panic disorders
  • PTSD
  • stress management
  • trauma

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