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Barbara Stoudmire
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Barbara Stoudmire, PMHNP-BC; APRN

Philosophy of Care

Barbara Stoudmire has always had a love for psychology and nursing. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2008; it was only fitting to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010. In 2019 she combined the love of both disciplines to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Over the past 10 years, Barbara has worked in a variety of settings treating patients at home as well as those in long-term care facilities, performing wound care, IV therapy, and more. As a psychiatric nurse, she has worked on acute stabilization units, dual diagnosis units, and residential treatment facilities. Barbara has worked with patients of all ages and has a unique perception of how medicine and psychology intertwine to affect patients both in a positive and negative way. Additionally, Barbara has been an intricate part of educating Yale Medical Students on recognizing signs of Intimate Partner Violence in patients.

Barbara’s empathy, compassion, and knowledge of the effects of mental illness fuel her drive to work in this field. She has first-hand knowledge of how trauma and abuse can negatively affect one’s mental well-being. As a Domestic Violence Survivor, Barbara understands what it feels like to be unmotivated and saddened to the point of giving up; however, she also knows what it is like to be given hope and renewed strength and guidance through therapy.

Education

Masters of Science in Nursing
University of St Josephs

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Adolescents
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma & PTSD
Christina Cano
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Christina Cano, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care 

Christina Cano is a bilingual board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a passion for patient centered, culturally diverse and holistic care. Christina began her journey into the mental health care field working for Fairfield County’s top Behavioral Health Centers; including Stamford Hospital, Hartford Healthcare and Yale New Haven Hospital, in which she was the charge nurse of several inpatient psychiatric units. Over the years, Christina has had the opportunity to provide treatment for individuals who suffer from a wide variety of acute and chronic mental health illnesses in multiple psychiatric settings amongst long-term care, dual-diagnosis, outpatient, home care, and case management. 

With Christina coming from a family of health care professionals specializing in the field of psychiatry, education and mental health care has always been a great passion of hers. In 2013 she obtained her bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University and through her years of experience at the bedside, she became aware of the immense need for mental health clinicians. Christina also discovered the heavy impact of psychiatric providers in healthcare, which lead her to pursue a master’s degree at Fairfield University as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2018. 

Christina believes in affording her patients with dignity, compassion, and respect by offering coordinated and personalized care, support, or treatment. She takes pride in supporting her patients in recognizing and developing their own strengths and abilities to enable them to live an independent and fulfilling life. Christina emphasizes individuality, independence, privacy, partnership, choice, dignity, respect, rights, equality, and diversity in providing treatment for every individual. This bilingual mental health clinician has experience working with Spanish-speaking patients and is proficient and fluent with providing treatment in this population’s native language. Se habla español!

Education 

Fairfield University
Master's Degree

Specialties

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Depression Disorder
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Addictive Disorder
  • Adolescent Psychiatry 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Conduct/Disruptive Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder/Management
  • Panic Disorders
Dashelle Grant
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Dashelle Grant, LPC

Philosophy of Care 

Oftentimes we find ourselves needing a fresh start, struggling to get out of a rut, or disappointed by certain relationships or life events. During the aftermath we may find that the coping mechanisms that we previously learned just  don’t help get us on track or take us to the success we hope to find. It is my aim to journey with each one of my clients as they find healing from challenging, traumatic and stressful life experiences. 

I have been trained to work with families, adults and children. My goal is to assist and support each of my clients to gain healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can grow in contentment, self-acceptance, peace and joy. During the course of treatment the techniques I often use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Approach, Mindfulness and Art Therapy Techniques.

My education background includes a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University of Virginia Beach. I have a bachelors in Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University of Richmond Virginia. Prior experiences range from providing therapeutic treatment to children diagnosed with Autism, children and families impacted by Domestic Violence and adults suffering with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other mental heath diagnosis. 

Education 

South University of Virginia Beach
Masters in Clinical Mental Health 

Specialties

  • Children and Adults 
  • Families 
  • Domestic Violence 
  • Children with Autism
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • PTSD
Dorothy Washington
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Dorothy Washington, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Dorothy Washington is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Lifespan) and Masters and Doctorate prepared nurse in the state of Connecticut who has 20 years’ experience working with individuals with depression, anxiety, and many other Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses.  Dorothy completed her Masters in Nursing (MSN) at Sacred Heart University, then went on to obtain her Doctorate of Nursing (DNP) at Chamberlain University, and eventually obtained her certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.  Dorothy is a Board Certified PMHNP by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Dorothy’s approach is a collaborative, patient focused evidenced based approach, with an empathetic awareness of the patient needs which includes maintaining patient’s confidentiality, dignity, and respect. Dorothy’s overall approach is to work with the patient to help them live what they consider to be there best life.

Dorothy will seek to maintain a collaborative, caring, trusting and professional rapport with you in order to meet your emotional, and mental health needs so that you can live your life with the feeling of normalcy that you deserve.

Education

Sacred Heart University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
Dr.Chidinma Gubor
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Dr. Chidinma Gubor, DNP,APRN,PHMNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Chidinma Gubor is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner based in Connecticut. Broadly-trained with a general neuropsychiatry background, she addresses depressive disorders, anxiety-based disorders, trauma-based disorders, ADHD, women’s issues, life transitions and an array of mental health challenges. Her framework of treatment is centered on a biopsychosocial and holistic perspective. Clinically prepared to serve clients across every age and demographic, she specializes in working with professionals, healthcare providers and students. 

Chidinma’s services include evaluation, diagnosis, education and treatment utilizing evidence-based, contemporary clinical approaches to address an array of mental health challenges. She specifically employs psychopharmacological interventions to alleviate symptoms, behavioral management strategies to support ongoing stabilization, and supportive psychotherapy in conjunction with medication management.

Chidinma prioritizes a collaborative clinical approach, with the firm belief that progress in managing mental health challenges can be achieved through mutual-commitment of both client and provider. Through compassionate engagement and understanding, defined individualized treatment goals, careful selection  of appropriate evidence-based treatment approaches and consistent monitoring and evaluation to measure progress towards positive changes. 

Education

Fairfield University
Doctorate of Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety-based disorders
  • Trauma-based disorders
  • ADHD
  • Women’s issues
  • Life transitions

 

Furne Carrier-Valentine
Accepting:
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Furne Carrier-Valentine, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

I have been a Registered Nurse for 15 years and in psychiatry for 13 of those years, serving young people who have experienced trauma, including neglect, physical, and/or sexual abuse, and as a result, may suffer from associated symptoms.

As a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and very soon, doctorally prepared, my specialties include the treatment of childhood trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and ADHD in adolescents, young adults, and older adults. I provide mental health exams, treatment of uncomplicated episodic mental health issues, continuing care for persons with stable chronic mental health conditions, minimizing the need for frequent hospitalizations. I also enjoy an alternative, holistic approach to pharmacology.

Through a trauma sensitive and client centered approach, I look at psychiatry through non-judgmental, existential and holistic lens, always connecting the mind and the body. My goal is to work alongside you, helping you to meet your personal goals to wellness in whatever way it looks like to you. I have a warm and informal approach. I listen with compassion, kindness and respect. I hope you will allow me to guide you to a better understanding of your own strengths and abilities, leading to your fulfilling life.

Education

University of Saint Joseph
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • ADHD
  • Coping Skills
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Trauma and PTSD
George Ramos
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

George Ramos, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

George Ramos is a board certified Psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner in the state of Connecticut with a great passion for holistic and patient centered care. He completed his bachelor’s in arts at the College of the Holy Cross and transitioned to the nursing field where he completed his degrees in nursing from Gateway Community College and Western Governor’s University. He wrapped up his education at Eastern Kentucky University where he received his psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner degree. Over the past four years, George has worked as registered nurse both in the hospital setting at Yale New Haven Hospital as well as a rehabilitation center. Through his years of experience at the bedside, George has become more aware of the great need for mental health professionals in the health care system. George loves to learn about people and is genuinely motivated to help people with their mental health needs.

George uses collaborative, solution focused, and evidence-based research to medication management while maintaining flexibility, patience, and professionalism that is necessary to best meet the needs to every unique individual.

George believes that patients are an integral part of the treatment team, and he makes sure that each of his patients are given the education and resources needed to make the best possible decisions in their care.

Education

Eastern Kentucky University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • ADHD
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Life transitions
Jennifer Hichar
Accepting:
  • BCBS of CT
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Jennifer Hichar, PMHNP

Jennifer Hichar is a board-certified Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) who is trained across the lifespan. She is dedicated to providing patient-centered, evidence-based care within a holistic approach to treatment. Before working as a PMHNP, Jennifer was a registered nurse at Yale Health Center’s COVID-19 Resource Line. She has extensive experience providing quality care to patients within the telehealth model.

In 2017, Jennifer graduated Cum Laude from Occidental College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During 2018 & 2019, she studied to become a registered nurse at Yale School of Nursing’s GEPN program. Jennifer went on to pursue her Master of Science in Nursing at Yale School of Nursing, and graduated in 2021 as a board-certified PMHNP. In addition to treating patients at Thriveworks, Jennifer provides care at Yale School of Medicine’s outpatient psychiatric clinic.

Jennifer believes in the importance of listening to patients and respecting their unique experiences. It is her mission to provide non-judgmental care delivered with respect and empathy.

Education

Yale School of Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Kate Hanselman
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Compsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Have you been having a hard time lately? You don’t have to struggle alone. The first step toward feeling better can be challenging, so let’s take it together. It’s okay to need a little extra help!

Kate Hanselman specializes in working with healthcare workers, educators, and those in the helping professions, though she serves all ages and demographics. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, she will meet you where you are, and together you will decide on a plan that fits your needs.

Kate prioritizes a collaborative approach and offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that you are the expert on your own life. In addition to medication management, she provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of your distress.

Kate is a board-certified PMHNP and received a Master’s in Nursing (PMHNP) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London. With over a decade of experience in mental health as a nurse, a first responder in New York, and a health professions educator, Kate has a unique familiarity with the challenges particular to these roles. Especially now, with the pandemic increasing stressors and diminishing opportunities for coping, everyone needs and deserves a little extra help. That includes you. Come on by and let’s talk.

Education

King’s College London
Master’s in Science

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD
  • Insomnia/sleep issues
  • Coping skills
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Transgender
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+
Linette Renee Wilson
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • First Health
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Tufts
Self Pay Rate: $99

Linette Renee Wilson, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Linette Wilson is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received  her B.S. in Criminal Justice and continued on to receive her M.S. with a  specialization on MFT. She has over 17 years experience in the mental  health field working in both an inpatient mental health setting and also a  private practice. Her desire to have a more personal connection with  clients is what contributed in the decision of continuing the pursuit of one  on one client focus.

Linette has always had a desire to uplift those who thought being stuck  had to be a permanent destination. Her objective is to assist clients in  restructuring their mindset to allow them to experience the freedom of life.  She is passionate about supporting clients in living life authentically,  liberating themselves, and letting go of the internalized struggles that  potentially affect other meaningful relationships in their lives.  

With the collaboration of the minds, Linette believes a different outlook to  overcoming obstacles can be formed. She provides a safe space free of  judgement to allow clients to disclose whatever issue they thought could  hold them back. Linette will help guide you on path to an enlightening and  newfound perspective of life.  

Education

Mercy College
M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Individual therapy 
  • Couples therapy 
  • Pre-marital counseling 
  • Marriage counseling
Mekessia Richards-Carby
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-up

Mekessia Richards-Carby, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Mekessia is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APRN) who is dedicated to treating mental illnesses  and relieving mental distress through an integrative and holistic approach. She works in partnership to help each client attain their individualized goals.

Recognizing that treating psychiatric illnesses requires a comprehensive approach, Mekessia focuses on the bio-social model of care. Mekessia prescribes medication to treat a variety of mental disorders in a judicious manner and with careful consideration of the patient as a whole. She is experienced in treating Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Trauma, psychosis, Eating disorders, ADHD and substance abuse as well as other conditions.

Mekessia is an experienced clinician who carries with her, the insight into the challenges and stressors that many of her patients experience. Mekessia offers compassionate care and is dedicated to helping patient live their healthiest lives. 

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing 

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
Willa Flax
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Humana
Self Pay Rate: $99

Willa Flax, LPC

Philosophy of Care 

Willa Flax is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Connecticut and is a National Certified  Counselor. She has over seven years of experience working with adolescents as a school counselor and a director of guidance throughout the eastern seaboard. Her experience has been with those aged 18-30 somethings seeking support with depression, anxiety, and life  transitions. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from New York University and her Master of Science in Counselor Education from the City University of New York's Queens College. Willa is currently a doctoral candidate through the University of Southern California studying K-12 Educational Leadership with an emphasis on equity and diversity. 

Willa understands the ever-changing challenges adolescents, young adults, and adults face that  have the potential to create tensions within their lives. To remove these barriers, she believes counseling is a vital and integral component of the process. In her practice, Willa utilizes a Humanistic and Person-Centered approach to counseling. She incorporates elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). 

Willa believes in an individualized and collaborative approach to therapy. Through the incorporation of genuineness, transparency, and a little bit of humor, an authentic and trusting  atmosphere can be forged. Willa wants every client to feel like themselves in an environment where they can be open and honest while receiving the support needed to meet and exceed  their goals.

Education

City University of New York's Queens College
Master of Counselor Education

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Behaviroal Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness-Based  Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Lisa Iwanowski
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
Pending:
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lisa Iwanowski, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Lisa Iwanowski, LCSW has over 30 years of experience helping individuals and families improve their lives and overcome challenges.  Lisa’s approach is characterized by acceptance and respect for clients and their life experiences.  She is deeply interested in people’s stories and their views of the current situations or challenges they face when they enter into therapy.  Lisa enjoys working with children and teens using talk therapy and creative activities such as art and play during sessions.  She also has extensive experience working with families.  Lisa believes each family member has equal value and an important story to tell about family dynamics, successes and conflicts. Her experience has shown her that this way of meeting with families builds trust easily and lays the groundwork for improving family relationships.  Lisa enjoys working with children with special needs, families made through adoptions, children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma, and with couples and families experiences conflict or challenges.  She has extensive experience advocating with schools and improving school-family communications.

Education and Licensure

  • LCSW
  • MSW

Specialties

  • Trauma
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Special Education and Special Needs
  • Family Therapy
  • Adolescent behavioral issues
  • Anxiety and Depression, children through adults
Hannah Schacht
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Hannah Schacht, LCSW

Hannah Schacht, LCSW has a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University, and obtained her Masters in Social Work from Stony Brook University. She began her clinical work at an outpatient clinic with JBFCS in the Bronx in 2016, where she was able to work with adults and teens with anxiety, depression, and  bipolar Disorder. Since 2019, she has been working with The Supportive Care to provide therapy to residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Hannah also has experience working with adults and children with Autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Hannah is passionate about providing effective support, working to understand the unique perspective of each individual. She focuses on identifying their strengths that can help achieve their goals.

Hannah's specialties include:

  • Autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Aging
  • Traumatic brain injury/acquired disabilities
  • Postpartum
  • Adolescent counseling
Joseph Seele
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Joseph Seele, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Joseph Seele is a Licensed Professional Counselor with thirty years experience. Joe has a comprehensive understanding of mental health and substance abuse systems of care. HE received his BA from ECSU and received his MS in community mental health, specializing in clinical psychology with adults, from Trinity College of Vermont. Joseph is a Cognitive Behavioral based therapist. It is Joe's firm belief that through the use of best practice models and solution focused approaches, positive outcomes will be achieved. Strengths based perspectives allow for all talents and skills of the individual to be part of the solution. Joe's a firm believer that the key to success is a strong therapeutic relationship. He utilizes a holistic approach in developing strategies that best address client needs.

Education

Trinity College of Vermont
Master's in Community Mental Health

Specialties

  • Substance abuse issues
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Couples issues/relationships
Bernadette Hernandez
Accepting:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Bernadette Hernandez, LPC

Bernadette Hernandez is Licensed Professional Counselor with over two years of experience doing intensive in home therapy for children and adolescents which focused on individuals who were suffering with anxiety, depression, mood disturbances, self-esteem, peer relationships, behavioral issues, family conflict, and stress, while providing support to the families as well. Bernadette graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in Mental Health, and also continued her education to receive a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Bernadette utilizes a collaboration of cognitive behavioral, solution focused, relational, strength based, and mindfulness based techniques to guide individuals to recognize their stressors, expand their perspective, collaboratively identify solutions, all while increasing the client’s feelings of self worth.

Bernadette creates a safe therapeutic space where one can feel heard, understood, and supported while working to navigate through life’s issues. During events of high stress, anxiety, and uncertainty, Bernadette’s approach is warm and caring, as she encourages open communication, collaboration, and participation in a safe and supportive environment.

Bernadette’s specialties:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Behavioral issues
  • Life transitions
  • Family conflict
  • Anger management
Juliette Zuckerman
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Cigna
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Juliette Zuckerman, LMFT

Juliette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, meaning she is trained to view problems in a relational and interconnected way. Her goal is to provide an environment where clients feel seen, cared for and acknowledged. Using a therapeutic style that is collaborative and strength-based, Juliette works with the belief that every client is an expert on their own lives but may need help in identifying and actualizing their strengths.

With a background in several inpatient clinical settings, Juliette has hands on experience assisting countless men and women reclaim their lives after battling addiction and co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. In addition, she educated and assisted family members on how to best support their loved ones, focusing on healing and connection.

From Juliette... “Working with my clients enriches my life tremendously. I truly love the work that I do, helping people realize their goals. I look forward to connecting with you.”

Juliette can be most helpful with:

  • Parenting and family life-cycle transitions
  • Co-parenting/ divorce
  • Blended/Stepfamily support
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self-esteem/ Personal growth
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Support for families involving substance abuse/addiction
  • Helping individuals strengthen recovery after addiction
Shirley Gedney-Rubel
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Shirley Gedney-Rubel, LPC

Shirley Gedney-Rubel is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. Shirley has about 10 years of experience assisting adults with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence, eating disorders, life transitions, and women’s issues. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of Bridgeport.

Shirley utilizes a variety of strategies and techniques in a trauma-informed, client-centered approach. She believes each client will benefit from therapy that is tailored to their individual needs. Some of the techniques she uses include mindfulness-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and solution-focused therapy.

Shirley seeks to offer you a warm, supportive, and collaborative therapeutic relationship that will assist you to build upon your strengths, achieve your goals, and live your best life.

Shirley’s Specialties:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety & OCD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • Women’s Issues
Kate Hanselman
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Have you been having a hard time lately? You don’t have to struggle alone. The first step toward feeling better can be challenging, so let’s take it together. It’s okay to need a little extra help!

Kate Hanselman specializes in working with healthcare workers, educators, and those in the helping professions, though she serves all ages and demographics. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, she will meet you where you are, and together you will decide on a plan that fits your needs.

Kate prioritizes a collaborative approach and offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that you are the expert on your own life. In addition to medication management, she provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of your distress.

Kate is a board-certified PMHNP and received a Master’s in Nursing (PMHNP) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Science from King’s College London. With over a decade of experience in mental health as a nurse, a first responder in New York, and a health professions educator, Kate has a unique familiarity with the challenges particular to these roles. Especially now, with the pandemic increasing stressors and diminishing opportunities for coping, everyone needs and deserves a little extra help. That includes you. Come on by and let’s talk.

Education

King’s College London
Master’s in Science

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions
  • Grief & Loss
  • OCD
  • Insomnia/sleep issues
  • Coping skills
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Medication Management
  • School Issues
  • Transgender
  • Parenting
  • LGBTQ+
Dr.Cecilia Frometa
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • First Health
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Dr. Cecilia Frometa, Ph.D

Dr. Cecilia Frometa is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a core faculty member within the Psychology Section at the Child Study Center and teaches several courses including Family Therapy and Cultural Diversity. Dr. Frometa additionally leads state-wide training coordination for a child and family centered psychiatric model developed at Yale.

She has been in the mental health field for over 20 years and has extensive therapy, teaching, program development and public policy experience. Her work has been published in several issue briefs. She has been a key note speaker, expert panelist and presenter at several national and state-wide mental health forums focused on a wide-ranging mental health topics. She has been trained in various evidence-based ‘gold standard’ treatment approaches.

Dr. Frometa obtained her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at Harvard Medical School/Department of Medical Affairs with a clinical focus on trauma related disorders. She additionally completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. She was a Merck Scholar during her doctorate dissertation work and received a presidential fellow award for her master’s work.

Treatment specialties include:

  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy/Relationship-oriented work
  • Depression with/without anxiety
  • Psychotic spectrum disorders
  • Anxiety related disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Parent Skill Support
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Vocational/educational stressors
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