Meet our Providers

 

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

Azaria Drakeford, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Azaria Drakeford is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut who has several years of experience partnering with young adults and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, trauma and relationship issues. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State University and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport.

Azaria utilizes relational, collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple.  Azaria also brings experience specifically applying Christian/ Biblical principles to client’s stated needs and goals, for those who are seeking a spiritual perspective.

Azaria seeks to establish a warm, compassionate, “down to earth” relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths.  She believes in taking a holistic approach to promote mental health and overall wellbeing.  Azaria would like to collaborate with you and support you in living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

University of Bridgeport
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Christian/Faith-Based Counseling
  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues

 

Christina Cano
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Christina Cano, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Christina Cano is a 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. 

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:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • 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
Dr.Chidinma Gubor
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: 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

 

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

Elsa Reyes, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Elsa Reyes is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Connecticut who has many years of experience partnering with adolescents, teens and young adults, couples and families seeking help with anxiety, depression, substance use, anger management, low self-esteem and everyday struggles. She completed her Bachelor in Social Work from Central Connecticut State University and received her Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut.

Elsa utilizes relational, collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple. 

Elsa seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire. Her genuine style approach helps to create a safe environment that allows exploration in therapeutic issues.

Education

University of Connecticut
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues 
  • Substance Use
  • School issues
George Ramos
Accepting:
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: 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
Lauren Bishop
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lauren Bishop, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Lauren Bishop is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Connecticut who has experience partnering with adults, individually and in group format, seeking help with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger management, and addiction recovery. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Criminology, with a strong focus on victim studies, from University of Missouri and received her Master of Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavior, Dialectical Behavior, Motivational Interviewing, Strengths-based, and Solution Focused therapies and works collaboratively with clients to determine and address each individual’s unique need.

Lauren would like to build a warm and supportive relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and deserve.

Education

Edinboro University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Anger Management
  • Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention
  • Criminal Thinking
Mekessia Richards-Carby
Accepting:
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: 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
Jeffrey Harris
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jeffrey Harris, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Jeffrey Harris is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut with a wealth of knowledge connecting with adolescents, adults and couples seeking help with depression, anxiety, life transitions, and relationship issues. Jeffrey completed his Bachelor of Science from SUNY Oneonta in New York and received his Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Bridgeport.

Jeffrey takes a client centered strength-based approach to meet the needs of each client. Utilizing cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to Jeffrey’s therapeutic style has supported him in connecting with every unique individual. He is creative, caring, flexible and works to collaborate with each of his clients towards client meeting their treatment goals.

Education

University of Bridgeport
Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Men’s issues
  • LGBTQIA+ 
  • Substance Abuse

 

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: $150: Intake
$100: 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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