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Counselors, Therapists and Life Coaches in Hartford, CT

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James Fox
Self Pay Rate: $99

James Fox, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

James Fox is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in anxiety, depression, mood disorders, personality disorders, couples counseling, substance use, and trauma. He believes that everyone has the ability to assess and significantly improve their lives and mental health. However, sometimes it takes an objective third party to help guide you through these changes. It is his job to help you find ways to improve your life situation. While James cannot heal you, he can help you heal yourself and/or find the right support to achieve this goal.

James completed his Master's of Social Work at the University of Albany. He takes a holistic approach to providing care as all people are different and what works for one may not work for another. You will explore with James what will work for you, and then he will support you in getting it started and help you assess your progress along the way. James does not believe in therapy for life. So he will focus on and assist you in meeting your individual needs, and if you feel it is not working, then he will help you find another therapist who can guide you.

"I am no better or worse than you.  We are two equal people trying to make our way through the 'bumps in the road' that life throws at us," says James. "I have found that the majority of issues people are dealing with are due to feeling disempowered, feeling they have no control, and this leads to distortions of the reality of their situation, which can cause mental health issues. Together we will work toward discovering what you can do today to take control and make your tomorrow better."

Education

University at Albany
Master's of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship/Marriage Counseling
  • Substance use
  • Trauma
Richard Saxton
Self Pay Rate: $99

Richard Saxton, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Richard Saxton is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 27 years of providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples, and families seeking help for anxiety; oppositional behavior; self-esteem; depression; trauma, and anger management. He is a retired veteran and understands the unique counseling needs of service members and their families. Richard earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Duke University, and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Howard University. 

Richard believes that each client is unique and provides client centered therapy based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT); Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness to develop skills and strategies that will meet each person’s needs.

Richard believes that therapy is a journey of discovery. Each client has innate skills and abilities which can be discovered, sharpened, and used as part of an effective treatment plan. Richard will teach clients how to use their skills, while building additional strategies, and techniques, which will help address their therapeutic needs.

Education

Howard University
M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Oppositional Behavior
  • Self-esteem/self-image
  • Stress
  • Trauma 
  • Veteran’s Affairs
Christina Cano
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
Dorothy Washington
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 (PMHNP-BC) who has 20 years of experience treating depression, anxiety, and many other severe and persistent mental illnesses in individuals across the lifespan.

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 PMHNP at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Dorothy is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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

Education

Sacred Heart University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
Furne Carrier-Valentine
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake $149: Follow-ups

Furne Carrier-Valentine, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Furne Carrier-Valentine is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) with over 15 years of clinical experience providing care for clients of all ages who are suffering from the effects of trauma, childhood neglect, physical and sexual abuse, grief, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and many other conditions.

Furne earned her Master's degree in Nursing from the University of Saint Joseph. She's able to provide mental health exams, treatment of uncomplicated episodic mental health issues, personalized care for persons with stable chronic mental health conditions, and can help minimize the need for frequent hospitalizations, too. She also enjoys utilizing an alternative, holistic approach to pharmacology. Through a trauma-sensitive and client-centered approach, Furne can look at psychiatry through a non-judgmental, existential, and holistic lens, helping to connect the patient's mind and body.

Furne's goal is to work alongside you, helping you to meet your personal goals. She has a warm and informal approach to psychiatric care and will listen with compassion, kindness, and respect. She hopes that you'll allow her to assist and guide you to a better understanding of your own strengths and abilities, leading to a more fulfilling life. Furne is aware that we can’t always help what cards we're dealt in life, but she knows that psychiatric care can be of great assistance in times of need.

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
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 (PMHNP-BC) with a great passion for holistic and patient-centered care. Over the past 4 years, George has worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) both in the hospital setting at Yale New Haven Hospital as well as in 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 completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 PMHNP. 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 loves to learn about people and is genuinely motivated to help people with their mental health needs. He 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
Ismaila Musah
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ismaila Musah, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Ismaila Musah is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, behavioral issues, family issues, anger management, and trauma. He has extensive experience working with children as well as experience working with adolescents, adults, and families in different settings such as outpatient, community setting, and residential.

Ismaila believes in creating an open, safe, and judgment-free environment with clients and is multiculturally competent as well. His therapeutic approach includes cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, solution-focused, and also an eclectic approach based on the needs of his clients.

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Behavioral issues 
  • Family issues 
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more.

Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing 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, she is particularly passionate about working with health care workers, educators, and those in the helping professions. She 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.

As a PMHNP, Kate prioritizes a collaborative, creative approach. She offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that each person is the expert on their own life. Kate provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of distress. You do not have to struggle alone. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, Kate will meet you where you are, and together you’ll decide on a plan that fits your needs.

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+
Kate Hanselman
Self Pay Rate: $199: Intake
$149: Follow-up

Kate Hanselman, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Kate Hanselman is a Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with over 10 years of professional experience working with adults and seniors who are dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, transgender issues, grief, sexual orientation issues, trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, anger issues, dysfunctional relationships, ADHD, behavioral issues, women’s issues, and more.

Kate earned a Master’s degree in Nursing 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, she is particularly passionate about working with health care workers, educators, and those in the helping professions. She 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.

As a PMHNP, Kate prioritizes a collaborative, creative approach. She offers honed clinical expertise, a dynamic set of tools including medication and therapy, and a firm belief that each person is the expert on their own life. Kate provides thorough, holistic care by using CBT, trauma-informed, solution-focused, and mindful approaches to better understand and target the root causes of distress. You do not have to struggle alone. Whether you’re looking for support with an ongoing issue, or this is your first time seeking help, Kate will meet you where you are, and together you’ll decide on a plan that fits your needs.

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+

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