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Krista Lawrence

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LMFT
10 years of experience
Warm
Solution oriented
Empowering
Virtual
“Together, we will work on strategies that address the root cause of difficulties. We have what we need inside us. Let’s use curiosity and compassion to ask the hard questions. Those answers are the gateway to resolution. Call me and let’s talk.” I believe there are no broken people. Decisions made during difficult, emotional times are influenced by unsettled parts. Through talk therapy, we can address past hurts in a safe and supportive therapeutic space free of judgment. Doing so will begin the healing process. The focus is to empower your quiet voice within to share your truth with first yourself and then others. The goal is to end historic pain by creating a more pleasant present, which allows you to live your best life.

Next available: Apr 22

Rebecca Comizio

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LPC
11 years of experience
Warm
Intelligent
Authentic
Virtual
Meet Rebecca Comizio: an experienced and caring therapist with a passion for helping others. With over 11 years of experience as a school psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and licensed mental health counselor, Rebecca has supported children, teens, and adults on their journeys. Rebecca Comizio provides a warm and compassionate space for children, adolescents and adults seeking therapy. Her deep belief in the resilience of the human spirit empowers her clients to overcome challenges and thrive. Whether you're seeking support for personal growth, stress management, or navigating life transitions, Rebecca's experience and caring approach make her an excellent choice for your counseling needs. Rebecca holds a B.S. in Education from Central Connecticut State University, an M.A. in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.A. in School Psychology from Iona University. Currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University, she remains committed to learning and growth. As a member and volunteer for the National Association of School Psychologists, Rebecca is dedicated to her profession and community. She is also the co-founder and co-host of the School Psyched Podcast and has co-authored two books, including The Resilience Workbook for Kids (New Harbinger, 2022). Beyond her professional life, Rebecca is a mother of four wonderful adult children and enjoys running and reading extensively in the field of psychology during her free time. Rebecca Comizio provides a warm and compassionate space for adults seeking therapy. Her deep belief in the resilience of the human spirit empowers her clients to overcome challenges and thrive. Whether you're seeking support for personal growth, stress management, or navigating life transitions, Rebecca's experience and caring approach make her an excellent choice for your counseling needs.

Next available: Apr 29

Becky Dawson-Hawley

Becky Dawson-Hawley profile image
LMFT
12 years of experience
Direct
Empowering
Authentic
Virtual
Therapy I feel is a chance to learn and shift patterns in our lives. Relationships are a key part of life but are difficult on many levels and we learn the way that we communicate with other from our experience. Learning and understanding that experience can help us make the changes that we would like to see in life. I believe in having an open space free from judgement were people can explore who they are and learn how to use that to change their lives and their relationships with others. I work with people from all different perspectives and believe that we are the products of our experience and that we can find ways to change the patterns that are not helpful for us. Communication is key in relationships but it is something that we have trouble with but are not always aware of the impact. Learning patterns, identifying the meaning that we put to our experiences and seeing our strengths are ways that allow us to become the person that we want to be without losing who we are.

Next available: Apr 25

Yessica Mclean

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LCSW
2 years of experience
Virtual
In-person
151 New Park Av...
22 mi
Hello, my name is Yessica McLean and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of CT. I have been working in the mental health field for the past 9 yrs in different settings including, in home services, residential treatment, Therapeutic counseling, and outpatient treatment. Currently I’m practicing as a private practice clinician and provide individual and family therapy to people ages 12 and up.

Next available: Apr 15

Elesa Nugent Weaver-Bey

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LCSW
18 years of experience
Virtual
Hi! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in the state of CT. I obtained my Masters Degree from the University of Connecticut and have been in the field since 2006. My work experience includes working with family/family resources, child and adolescents/young adults experiencing anger management, peer conflict, mood disorders, coping skills, familial issues to ensure a stress-free life.

Next available: Apr 16

Kristen Connor

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LCSW
8 years of experience
Virtual
Welcome!! So happy to have you here. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 8 years of experience treating a variety of populations and age ranges. I work primarily with adults, young adults and adolescents experiencing a range of diagnoses and challenges including Bipolar disorder, ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, adjustment disorder, trauma, grief, familial conflict, and various life transitions. I also have experience working with the LGBTQ+ population, as well as with couples and family psychotherapy, parent support and guidance, and academic consultation. Let’s start tackling the stressors and challenges you’re facing together as a team. Together we can problem solve and help you reach your personal goals. No more doing it alone! Grab a tea, a snack, a heated blanket, your pet, a fidget, and whatever you prefer to feel cozy for our virtual sessions from the comfort of your own home. All are welcome!

Next available: Apr 15

Janet Gueli

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LCSW
15 years of experience
Virtual
Hi! I'm Janet, an LCSW licensed in CT with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families. I also have a M.Ed. in elementary education and have taught in classrooms from Pre-K to Grade 8 in CT and NY. My passion has always been working with children, adolescents, and their families. In addition to offering virtual therapy, I work as a school clinician at a therapeutic high school that serves adolescents with extensive psychiatric histories. Some of my clients are residential and some of my clients live at home and commute to my school. In the past, I have worked in a domestic violence shelter and outreach center outside of Boston, the CT Birth to Three program, and intensive in home psychiatric programs in CT. Additionally, I have experience working in the foster care systems in CT and NY.

Next available: Apr 14

Andrea Payo

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LCSW
6 years of experience
Virtual
Hello! I'm a bilingual -English/Spanish- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) practicing in Connecticut, holding a Master's degree from Fordham University and over seven years of experience. My specialization lies in aiding individuals navigating challenges such as depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. During our sessions, you will have the opportunity to freely express yourself through verbal exchanges. I will attentively listen, offering insights and suggestions to help you comprehend the challenges you are facing, understand the reasons behind your feelings and behaviors, and discover new, adaptive strategies to overcome obstacles.

Next available: Apr 15

Dr. Jose Valentin, PhD, LPC.

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LPC
15 years of experience
Intelligent
Solution oriented
Authentic
Virtual
I am a Fully Bilingual (English/Spanish) Outpatient Provider with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PhD) and an active Licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Connecticut. I have worked various clinical roles with special focus in Mental Health and Counseling services since 2012 under direct supervision with Licensed Professional Clinical Psychologist. I obtained my doctorate (PhD) in 2017 and have been trained in extensive clinical experience within the modalities of Individual, Family, Group and Couples Psychotherapy interventions applied within various clinical approaches such as that of: Psychoanalytical, Psychodynamic, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multimodal, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Narrative, Expressive psychotherapies, Motivational interviewing, Existential/ Humanistic psychotherapeutic approaches considering a holistic analysis to help address various psychological triggers, behavioral responses and distress that the client may go through. I have had vast experience and training in psychological testing: Psychoeducational, Neuropsychological and Personality Assessment to help provide diagnostic clarity towards other clinicians of the current mental health conditions that are present. In addition I have worked with emphasis in Health Psychology and Clinical Psychological interventions to offer support in managing crisis interventions, minimize the effects of Trauma and Childhood Trauma with clients whom have diagnosis of PTSD as other mental health conditions such as Psychosis, Schizophrenia, Addiction, Bipolar, Depression/Anxiety and behavioral problems. I work along with the client to establish collaborative clinical goals that can help the client to identify their short term to long term goals to help address the psychological need of the diverse populations of children, teenagers, adults, veterans and geriatric populations.

Next available: Apr 19

Jennifer Vazquez

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Jennifer Vazquez profile image
LCSW
10 years of experience
Intelligent
Humorous
Solution oriented
Virtual
Hello there! My name is Jennifer and I am a bilingual-Spanish speaking, licensed clinical social worker. I have been working in the mental health field for 10+ years. I obtained my master's degree from Fordham University in clinical social work and my undergraduate work focused on social work, with a minor in psychology. I love working with individuals who are looking to improve their lives and feel better from a holistic approach. Life can be difficult to manage and it's easy to feel lost and isolated in your journey. I am honored to be part of your journey and provide you with the space to navigate it.

Next available: Apr 15

Alexandra Dash

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LCSW
4 years of experience
Solution oriented
Authentic
Warm
Virtual
Hi there! My name is Alexandra, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), licensed in the state of CT, with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. I have over 7 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in a variety of settings. Including specialized experience focused on working with survivors of domestic violence as well as Veteran and military populations. I currently offer individual therapy, focused on helping clients navigate feelings of anxiety, depression or overwhelm, challenging relationships, life transitions or other ongoing stressors, as well as working through traumatic experiences. I have a particular focus on helping people cope with the emotional and psychological effects of difficult or traumatic events. I am committed to providing compassionate and effective therapy, in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgemental space. My goal is to support my clients in developing greater self-understanding and growth, supporting change, and fostering healing. My approach to therapy is holistic, strengths-based, and trauma-informed; providing supportive talk therapy while drawing on various therapeutic modalities as appropriate. My approach centers around meeting clients where they are, utilizing a collaborative approach to identify areas of need and developing insight. We will take time to develop achievable goals for therapy and the future; together we will work toward building the skills and strategies to realize those goals. I work collaboratively with my clients to identify and further develop their strengths and resources; developing coping and problem-solving skills that will enable them to successfully navigate and manage their symptoms and live a full and meaningful life. If you are struggling with the effects of stress, depressed mood, anxiety, or trauma, or just want to be able to talk to someone in a supportive and nonjudgmental space - I encourage you to reach out for help, you do not have to face these challenges alone. Life is often full of an incredible mix of significant positives and profound challenges, often these challenges are filled with anxiety, overwhelm, or distress, that can at times, feel impossible to navigate. My goal is to help and support you while you learn to navigate these challenges and work toward healing, happiness, and growth. Please remember, as you are taking this step to connect with a therapist, while it may not have been the easiest of decisions to come to, the decision to seek help is a sign of profound strength, never one of weakness. You deserve to feel happy and well.

Next available: Apr 23

Lisa Tonnessen

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LPC
24 years of experience
Virtual
Hello, I am Dr Lisa Tonnessen. I have been working as a Counseling Psychologist in Connecticut for over 20 years. I am warm, empathetic, gentle and supportive in my approach to helping individuals. I describe myself as open minded and accepting. The goal of treatment is to empower the client with the confidence and skills to help manage and express emotions. I am open to working with teens and adults with issues re: depression, anxiety, life transitions and adjustments.

Next available: Apr 26

Patricia Cunningham

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LPC
17 years of experience
Authentic
Warm
Empowering
Virtual
Hi, I'm Trish Do you ever feel like you are your own worst enemy? Or perhaps that you will never have the life you want and have dreamed of living? Reaching out for therapy takes both courage and humility, and I am honored to join you on your journey. We all have blind spots and often fail to give ourselves credit for the strengths and qualities that our uniquely ours. As a therapist, I will promise to help bring out your best, so that you can make the changes needed to welcome joy into your life. I bring a ton of life experience to my practice, having faced the challenges of establishing careers- yes, more than one- raising a family of four children and maintaining a very, very, very long marriage. I have lived in eight states and six countries, and count several different nationalities among my family members. My early career was in the business world, including a Fortune 10 company as a human resources manager and recruiter. I transitioned into non-profit leadership and have sat on several boards of directors. I gain a sense of meaning by accompanying you on your life journey, especially during challenging times. My greatest satisfaction is to help you to remove the obstacles that are keeping you from the joy of living and loving.

Next available: Apr 15

Janet Guthrie

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Janet Guthrie profile image
LCSW
8 years of experience
Warm
Empowering
Solution oriented
Virtual
Greetings! Are you feeling overwhelmed by day- to day issues? Are you struggling in your relationships, or having difficulties communicating with others? Do you just need a safe space to vent? These are all normal daily occurrences. This may be where you'll begin in therapy. However, the goal is to increase coping skills and decrease adverse symptoms as time progresses. My goal is to connect with you and truly understand your needs and goals. Expect an environment free of judgment where you can speak freely and show up as your authentic self. My approach is person-centered while utilizing appropriate evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I help support young adults, individuals, and couples that may be dealing with a range of challenges in their lives related to trauma, anxiety, and depression. Let's work together to identify solutions that can improve functioning and increase life satisfaction.

Next available: Apr 25

Heather Bohn

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PhD
10 years of experience
Open-minded
Empowering
Virtual
Are you interested in seeking therapy but you just feel so scared and overwhelmed? Maybe your problems just are not big enough? Or maybe your problems are too big? You don't know where to start. Life is stressful, and we are living in hard times. Sometimes we feel alone and like things are out of control, but I am here to help. It is totally normal to seek support. I can offer nonjudgmental support, strategies to help you cope and grow, short-term goals for growth, and flexibility to your individual needs. HI, I am Heather. Nice to meet you. I am a Licensed Psychologist, and I am also certified as a School Psychologist. I received my PhD from Fordham University. I have worked in multiple states with children, adolescents, and adults in private practice, community mental health, residential treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals, forensic settings, and schools. I am currently working at a public elementary school during the day. I previously provided therapy and conducted evaluations at a private practice and agency in CT and PA. I work with regular people just going through day-to-day challenges and seeking support. I also have worked with high-conflict parents in the process of pre- and post-decree Custody disputes in Domestic Relations Court in OH. I am in the process of pursuing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy certification and have completed STAR trainings for working with Veterans. I completed an American Psychological Association accredited internship in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and have assisted with developing behavioral interventions for parents and teachers. I am also skilled in making diagnoses and conducting evaluations. I offer a wide range of experiences and a broad and flexible approach to treatment. I have worked with individuals from 3 to over 60-years-old with a wide range of diagnoses, including Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. I have also worked with people with diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. I can work with you on anger management techniques, anxiety coping strategies, strategies for managing depression and stress, behavioral management strategies, and psychoeducation about diagnoses. If you prefer, we can just talk and gain some insight and self-awareness. I will try to understand, and I know that coming to therapy is not easy. I am here for you and you are not alone.

Next available: May 8

Hannah Lerner

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LCSW
2 years of experience
Solution oriented
Open-minded
Humorous
Virtual
As a dedicated and licensed social worker, I hold a Master of Social Work degree with a clinical concentration in health/mental health from Temple University. With licenses as an LCSW in Pennsylvania and an LICSW in Massachusetts, my extensive experience in diverse healthcare settings positions me as an expert in providing comprehensive support to individuals and families facing mental health challenges. Specializing in crisis intervention and stress reduction, I bring additional skills in building coping mechanisms, facilitating problem-solving, and enhancing distress tolerance, contributing to a holistic approach to therapy. Rooted in a solid educational background and a strong commitment to mental health, I am well-equipped to deliver personalized and effective support to clients on their mental health journey.

Next available: Apr 14

Seniel Lucien

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LCSW
30 years of experience
Authentic
Direct
Virtual
I am a licensed clinical social worker and certified psychanalyst with certified CBT training as well and a Ph.D in an allied field. I had taught at UCLA, USC, and Antioch Universities and I was asked to try to give and develop a college program at the California Institution for Women, at the time, the only facility for female felons in the state. Shortly, I realized I needed clinical training and went back to school specializing in children and families. Later I moved to NYC to attend The Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, an affiliate of New York University. I did one training for adults (5 years) and 3 of the 4 years for the child and adolescent track. I have worked in clinics as well as private practice in both New York and CT. I hope I may be of service.

Next available: Apr 16

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