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TEAM CTHC

We are an integrative practice of psychotherapists, APRN’s and recovery coaches dedicated to guiding, inspiring, and empowering individuals to live authentic, happy, and healthy life. From navigating personal and professional roadblocks, to achieving optimal health and wellness, our interdisciplinary team provides innovative support and guidance centered on the whole person.

 

Our team works collaboratively if the need arises to address the needs of the entire family system.  Should multiple members need services, CTHC is here to provide a safe supportive space to address each individual as need.  

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Jennifer Barba

Founder of CT Healing Center

Jennifer Barba diverse background and extensive experience in the field make her a highly respected professional in the world of adolescent and adult psychiatry. She is committed to helping children and families through their unique challenges, while providing them with techniques and strategies to move toward mental wellness.  With over 25 years of experience she is a trusted expert in her field. She holds specialized training in trauma-informed treatment, addiction treatment, forensics, DBT and CBT allowing her to provide the best possible care to her patients.

 

Jennifer graduated from the Simmons University School for Social Work with an MSW. She is the founder of Connecticut Healing Center and has been in private practice for 24 years, providing comprehensive diagnostic assessment, individual, family, and group psychotherapy, focusing on anxiety, depression, treatment for ADD/ADHD, trauma, psychosis, mood disorders, addiction and advocacy and support for individuals across the spectrum.

 

Jennifer was a member of the Hospital of Saint Raphael and Yale New Haven Hospital Psychiatry Department serving as the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service overseeing the overall clinical and administrative operations of the service line, including all inpatient and ambulatory psychiatry programs.

 

Jennifer's passion for helping those struggling with addiction has led her to start multiple projects in the addiction and recovery space including the Keystone House sober living homes. In honor of her brother, who died in 2016, she founded Matt’s Homestead, which serves to provide support and essential resources for those in early recovery.

CLINICIANS

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Alexandra Anderson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Alexandra graduated with her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University and is additionally employed by the Stamford Hospital Social Work department where she promotes integrity, respect, and compassion in the Maternal-Child Health and Emergency Department Units.

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Robyn Bilotta

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Robyn is a LCSW who comes to CT Healing Center with over 20 years of experience in the field of social work. Robyn has significant training in DBT, assessment, risk management and individual and family therapy. She was the Lead Clinician at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital on the Transitional Aged Youth Unit. Specialty areas include depression, anxiety, transition from adolescence to young adulthood.

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Theresa Brown

MSW, LCSW

Terri Brown, has a Master's degree
in Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has been a License Clinical Social Worker for over 10 years. Terri utilizes a multidimensional approach to therapy, exploring each individual's biological, psychological, social and spiritual needs. She supports others in building self-worth, improving communication in
their relationships and reaching their goals.

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Kristen Cheffer

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Kristen specializes in the young adult and adolescent populations, using a strengths-based, holistic approach. She has experience with the LGBTQ population, as well as with early intervention services. Kristen believes emotions and life outcomes can improve once negative thinking patterns and thought distortions are addressed during treatment.

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Susan Cutillo

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Susan Cutillo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Susan has provided over 30 years counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She 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.

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Kathryn Kennedy

Licensed Professional Counselor

Kathryn is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a strong passion for helping others. She is dedicated to supporting, educating, and motivating her clients. In her practice Kathryn has focused on children, adolescents and young adults with a wide variety of diagnoses.

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Thomas Murphy

Staff Licensed Clinician

For over 25 years Tom has provided clinical social work services to adults, children and families. In his career, Tom has worked in both non-profit agency and private practice settings. Tom is an active member of the National Association of Social Work and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. Tom specializes in the areas of substance abuse, adoption, foster care and LGBTQI issues.

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Gina Petrucci

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gina Petrucci has been a lead clinician at Yale Psychiatric Hospital and the Hospital of St Raphael for the past 18 years. She’s also been in private practice for 15 years and has a passion for working with more complex patient populations. She has extensive DBT training and specializes in social work with adolescents and young adults.

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Mary Ann Starks

APRN

Maryann graduated from the Yale School of Nursing in 1984. Since then she’s worked in the Veteran's Administration and maintained a Private practice. She has enjoyed many years of working with people struggling with Bipolar Disorder/Major Depression/PTSD/Anxiety Disorders.

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Cameron Bakhtiar

Recovery Coach

Cameron is the Director of Keystone House Recovery Homes and services as the Vice President of Matt's Homestead. Cameron is an experienced recovery coach serving individuals and families.

Agnes Barba

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Agnes graduated from UConn School for Social Work and was employed at the oncology center at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. During this tenure she was active in the cancer care community and received national recognition as Oncology Social Worker of the Year by AOSW.

Lauren Berko

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

As a licensed clinical social worker, I provide individual and family therapy for children, teens, and adults. I approach treatment from a solution-focused and strengths-based perspective with tailored therapeutic interventions to meet your individual needs. I believe that by building a strong therapeutic relationship, we can be successful in accomplishing your goals. 

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Christina Cano

APRN

Christina Cano is a bilingual 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.

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Jacquelyn Courtmanche

Academic Consultant

Jacquelyn provides academic consultation to all individuals including consultation and assistance with IEP, PPT and assessibility recommendations.

Rachel Jones

Staff Licensed Clinician

Rachel has been a licensed clinical social work for over 10 years. She works with individuals who are trying to cope with anxiety, depression and trauma; primarily with adults and adolescents transitioning into adulthood. She is experienced with trauma and EMDR.

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Kevin Munley

Licensed Professional Counselor 

Kevin has spent his career working with clients who have co-occurring disorders, simultaneously assisting them in treating both their substance use and their mental health issues. He is passionate about healing trauma and will often utilize EMDR for those who are suffering from past traumas in their present lives. Engaged and patient, Kevin strives to help clients identify their own goals and work toward their path of self-improvement.

Leslie Parker

Clinical Director, LCSW

Leslie Parker holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She has provided social work services in a variety of settings including emergency shelters for children and teens, public and private schools, inpatient psychiatric hospitals and outpatient therapy clinics. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing guitar and swimming.

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Cynthia Smith

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cynthia chose Social Work as a way of continuing her passion for helping people. She uses a psychodynamic, strengths based, solutions focused approach to helping people gain insight into motivation and behavior,  as well as, implementing CBT and DBT techniques to guide the problem solving and change process.

Seth Stevens

Clinical Psychologist III

Seth is a licensed psychologist practicing for the last 23 years.  He has worked in  the public schools as well as privately with individuals of all ages. Seth specializes in anxiety, negotiating relationships, GLBTQ related concerns, and self-acceptance.  Seth will lead you on journey of growth and healing.

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Alyssa Burns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Alyssa is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 10 years of experience. She tries to meet clients where they are at and provide a safe and supportive environment while they are working on becoming better versions of themselves. I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults that are impacted by depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues and major life adjustments (such as death, career changes, and education transitions).

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Attorney Michael Dolan

Legal Representation

Part of the healing process is to address the matters that create stress in your life. At CTHC, we help our patients address issues to include outstanding legal matters. We often direct clients to outside agencies to aid our patients. Attorney Michael Dolan is one of the compassionate legal experts who is readily available to assist CTHC patients.

ADMINISTRATION

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Donna Ricci

Billing Manager

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Maria Renaldi

office
Manager

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