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."
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.
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.
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.
This therapy is a goal-directed collaborative approach to solving problems.
Understanding the five stages of loss and learning effective coping skills.
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;
Attention Difficulties (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Parent-Child Relational Issues
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Vocational Stress Management
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.
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
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.
Inital intake, individual, couples and family sessions.
90 minutes per intake
45-60 minute individual sessions
45-60 minute couples sessions
45-60 minute family sessions
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim (Optum)
United Healthcare (Optum)
Some insurance plans may require that you get prior authorization before starting therapy. Please check with your insurance company regarding your benefits and coverage.
Many insurance plans have a copayment or co-insurance that is due by you at the time of visit. Please check with your insurance company regarding your copayment for therapy services. I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment. Sliding fee scale will be provided on a client by client basis.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!
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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
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