Meet our Providers

James Fox
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

James Fox, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

I believe 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 my job to help you find ways to improve your life situation.  I cannot heal you, but I can help you heal yourself and/or find the right support to achieve this goal.  

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.  I take a holistic approach to providing care as all people are different and what works for one may not work for another.  We will explore what will work for you, and then I will support you in getting it started and help you assess your progress along the way.  I do not believe in therapy for life.  So I will focus and assist you in meeting your individual needs, and if you feel it is not working, then I will help you find another therapist that can guide you.

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
Willa Flax
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
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 Science in Counselor Education

Specialties

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

Eva Tarnawski, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Eva Tarnawski is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist in the state of Connecticut who has 10 years experience partnering with adolescents, teenagers, adults, and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and family issues. She completed her Master’s Degree at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.

Eva utilizes collaborative, cognitive behavioral, narrative, mindfulness, and insight-based approaches to therapy always maintaining creativity, flexibility, and remaining focused on therapeutic solutions centered on her clients. 

Eva seeks to establish a caring and warm relationship in order to help build your strengths and resilience. She is committed to helping fulfill your goals in living an authentic and meaningful life that you deserve and desire.

Education

University of Saint Joseph
MA

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • PTSD and C-PTSD 
  • LGBTQ issues 
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life changes and transitions
Ismaila Musah
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ismaila Musah, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Ismaila Musah is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has extensive experience working with children. He has a broad base of counseling experience with; children, adolescents, adults, and families in different settings such as outpatient, community setting, and residential. He believes in creating an open, safe, and judgement free environment with clients clients; and is multiculturally competent as well. 

My therapeutic approach include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Solution Focused, and also an Eclectic Approach based on the needs of her clients.

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Behavioral issues 
  • Family issues 
  • Anger Management
  • Trauma
Jessica Spar
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $119

Jessica Spar, LPC

Life can send you on a whirlwind of emotions and struggles that feel out of your control. Seeking counseling can be nerve wracking and difficult. Jessica helps individuals take back control of their lives. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Certified School Counselor in the State of Connecticut who brings over 20 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, young adults and their families.

Jessica helps individuals with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, as well as trauma and stressor related disorders. Jessica also advocates for children, adolescents, and their family members by accessing appropriate academic supports through the 504 or IEP PPT process. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Assumption College

Jessica incorporates evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Trauma Focused Therapy which creates opportunities for client growth while tailoring counseling to meet each individual’s needs. Jessica strives to assist clients in identifying and enhancing their strengths, setting and achieving their goals, and improving their overall well-being. She offers a safe, warm and welcoming environment that promotes healing and growth.

Jessica's specialties:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Mari Hogan
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Mari Hogan, LCSW

Are you experiencing a life transition that has been difficult to cope with? Have your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors become confusing to you? We all have behaviors and coping skills that likely served a purpose in the past, but are no longer useful when we experience difficult emotions and life stressors. Mari can work with you to develop personal growth, which will lead to a greater sense of well-being. Whether your goal is to achieve more balance in your life, or need support through significant life events, Mari takes a collaborative approach to therapy, in which the client and therapist work together to formulate the best treatment approach to suit each individual.

Mari has been a licensed clinical social worker for over 13 years, with a special focus on women’s issues from teens to adults of all ages. This includes, but is not limited to, all stages of pregnancy, pregnancy loss, adolescent development and building safe personal boundaries. In addition, Mari assists women and couples with various relationship issues.

Life presents us with many difficulties--some of which we can manage on our own, or with the support of friends and family. However, sometimes we need more help to sort out our challenges and troubles. Mari believes we all have the internal resources and resiliency to get through tough times, and she will help you find that within yourself. Mari creates a friendly, client-centered atmosphere, and values building a positive rapport with her clients. Mari welcomes clients who are looking for either short or long term treatment. Reaching out for help isn’t easy, but it’s the first step in reducing your suffering and moving towards a stronger sense of self and healing.

Mari's Specialties:

  • Relationship issues
  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Adoption
  • Stress Management
  • Life Coaching
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+

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