33 Court Street, Ste. 4, New Britain, CT 06051


About the Counselor

Elise Nunez, MA, LPC - Licensed Professional Counselor


I have dedicated my career as a Professional Counselor to helping adults, children, adolescents, and families. I earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. I also earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Community Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Services from the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, then proceeded to complete additional certification in Professional Counseling from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut. During this time, I was introduced to the field of human services, and began working as a Case Manager for the Morris Foundation now known as Wellmore Behavioral Health in Waterbury, Connecticut, providing case management and clinical support to clients with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. 

Since receiving my Masters Degree, I have held clinical positions as a Crisis Clinician, IICAPS Clinician and Outpatient Clinician with organizations such as Wellmore Behavioral Health, Family and Children’s Aid, and Catholic Charities. I have gained extensive experience working with people with dual diagnoses, substance abuse, affective disorders, personality disorders and self-harming behaviors.  

I also have Professional Counseling experience working as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the State of Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services, working with clients with disabilities and assisting them with obtaining, maintaining and retaining employment. 

Throughout my career, I have enjoyed and excelled at helping to empower clients to live better more meaningful lives by helping them focus first on inner growth and self-improvement. Through private practice, my goal is to continue this movement of empowerment and self-development by supporting my practice vision of helping people improve the quality of their lives by: "Developing Vibrant Minds for Transformative Lives."

Therapy Supports

Therapy Is Here For You


Vibrant Minds Counseling, LLC focuses on cultivating vibrant minds to live progressive lives. What does this mean? When a person is provided with the right guidance and support, they gain the ability to grow and improve and continue building themselves to be a better person then they could ever imagine. But the work for improvement must first start from within, and will be on ongoing process towards progression.

My goal is to help my clients realize their full potential, beginning with helping them identify who they are and what they would like to achieve for themselves in their lives. Since no two people are the same, therapy will be tailored on a client by client basis to best meet the needs of each client. Whether you are experiencing difficulty with anxiety, depression, substance use or any other issues, I will help you recognize underlying problems, fully realize your strengths and empower you to learn new ways to improve and remove negative thoughts and behaviors so you can see things in a different, healthier way.

My approach is to build an alliance with a client. This means fostering an environment that is client centered, providing a warm and safe environment and also treating my clients in a genuine way with empathy and respect. As my client, you will be expected to participate in your treatment as much as possible, providing feedback to ensure that we are working together towards your treatment goals. I am here to help you! I work with young adults 18+, adults, couples and families.

Therapy Modalities


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT helps you identify the thoughts that cause uncomfortable feelings, which in turn cause unwanted behaviors or responses. Once you have identified these things, you can change them to desirable behaviors and responses.

Motivational Interviewing

This is a way of discussing your concerns that helps you come to conclusions so you can create solutions. It is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting positive behavior change.

Solution-focused Therapy

This therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to solving problems.

Grief Therapy

Understanding the five stages of loss and learning effective coping skills.

Trauma-informed Treatment

Therapists who are trained this way understand the neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma.



We Offer an Array of Different Focus Areas for Individual Counseling, Family Counseling, & Couples Counseling; 

Anger Management


Attention Difficulties (ADHD)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Bipolar Disorder

Depression/Mood Disorders

Parent-Child Relational Issues

Relationship Issues


Stress Management

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Relapse Prevention

Vocational Stress Management

Getting Started

Frequently Asked Questions


The following are  frequently asked questions for first time clients in therapy: 

What’s the difference between talking to my best friend or family and talking to you?

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

How long will it take?

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?

Any questions or concerns will be addressed prior to starting counseling services.

Schedule an Appointment


Verification of Insurance

If you are interested in receiving therapy services, please view the rates, insurance and payments page on this site and contact the office for further assistance.

Complete Client Forms

If you are new to the working with me, client forms will be mailed out to you prior to initial intake appointment. Please be sure to fill out the forms and bring them to your first session. If you prefer to receive and complete the paperwork at the office, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your initial appointment.




Anxiety Disorders Association of America  

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness and Anxiety

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists


Center for Clinical Interventions

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness and Depression

New Client Forms

Please print, review, complete, and sign all new client forms as appropriate for adults clients or child & adolescent clients. While this is a convenient way to expedite your initial appointment paperwork, your understanding is of most importance. 

For new clients 17 years of age and younger both parent or legal guardian signatures are required as possible. At least one parent or legal guardian must accompany the child/adolescent to scheduled appointments.

If you have any questions or concerns, please know that we can address them at any time.  Feel free to reach out prior to or upon your initial visit. 

If you prefer to receive and complete the paperwork at the office, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your initial appointment to do so.

Fees, Insurance and Payments


Send Your Questions

We would like to hear from you!

Please use the form on this page to send a message. You may also call, or email anytime using the information below.

Vibrant Minds Counseling, LLC

33 Court Street, Suite 4, New Britain, CT 06051

(P) 203-519-6900 / (F) 888-980-6893


Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday: By appointment only

Saturday: By appointment only

Sunday: Closed