Meet our Staff

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

Ashley Przekopski, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Ashley Przekopski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has experience working with adults seeking help for anxiety, depression and life transitions. She has a masters degree from the University of Connecticut in Social Work. Ashley uses cognitive behavioral, strength based and solution focused techniques to help each individual work towards their goals. Ashley believes in developing a caring and warm relationship to help you work towards achieving your goals. She takes a collaborative approach to therapy to create the best treatment for each individual and help build upon your identified strengths.

Education

University of Connecticut
Masters of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Life transitions
  • Stress management
Christi Ingram
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS Connecticut
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Christi Ingram, LCSW

Christi has experience working with various populations across many settings. However, children and adolescents have composed her caseload for the last decade. Although a majority of her career has taken place in a school environment, she also has experience counseling those suffering from chemical dependency as well as those in an outpatient mental health setting.

Christi has a degree in social work with a concentration in children. She is also a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has facilitated a variety of groups, including Children of Alcoholics groups and groups within an intensive outpatient setting. Christi enjoys incorporating social skills and emotional regulation skills into her work. She listens, offers suggestions to solve problems and believes in working together to address client goals and individual needs.

It is Christi's goal to build rapport with clients and make the therapeutic experience as comfortable as possible. She is available for brief counseling or long term support. No matter the size of the concern, big or small, Christi will work with you to practice the skills to build success in your life.

Christi's specialties include:

  • Children
  • Parental support
  • Support with behavioral challenges
  • Play therapy
  • Individual counseling
  • Developing coping skills to manage feelings and express feelings in an appropriate manner
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

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

Courtney Buchanan, LPC

Courtney strongly believes in a person’s ability to be able to overcome difficult situations that may arise in their lives. She believes that ability comes from self-motivation and guidance using a unified approach by problem solving, gaining insight, and implementing strategies to alleviate symptoms.

Courtney has 15 years of experience and holds a Master's of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from UAlbany. Prior to obtaining her Master's degree, she attended UCONN to double major in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She is currently licensed as an LPC in the state of Connecticut.

She has experience providing group, individual, and family therapy in the community, inpatient hospital, outpatient facility, group home, and residential settings. She has been able to serve diverse populations and has varied experience with people of differing ages, socioeconomic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, and diagnoses. She is passionate about working with individuals struggling with parenting and behavioral needs of their children, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationship concerns, and substance abuse.

She typically uses cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behavioral therapy, and solution focused techniques to assist in mitigating the struggles people are experiencing. Most importantly she uses a collaborative approach as the client is the expert of their lives and her role is to help provide guidance and feedback rather than to dictate and force opinions. She looks forward to meeting you and being a help to you in anyway that she can.

Specialties:

  • Family therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Parenting skills
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance Use/Abuse
  • Sexuality and Gender concerns
  • Life Transitions
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
Susan Cutillo
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Susan Cutillo, LCSW, LADC

Susan Cutillo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Susan earned her MSW in 1992 and has over 28 years of providing counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Susan believes in “meeting the client where he/she is” and working closely with the client to obtain symptom management, happiness, and life goals. Before joining Thriveworks, Susan worked with children and adolescents in the outpatient setting and worked with adults in both the outpatient and hospital settings. Susan has extensive experience assisting clients with life transitions, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, low self-esteem, personal growth, trauma, bipolar disorder, women’s issues, and chronic mental illness. Susan has worked with clients of all ages and in all stages of life and has provided counseling in all modalities; individual, group, couple’s and family. 

Susan's specialties include:

  • Life transitions
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger management
  • Low self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Women’s issues
  • Chronic mental illness
Bernadette Hernandez
Accepting:
  • Anthem
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • 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
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+
Dr.Cecilia Frometa
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem BCBS
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • 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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