Women-owned and operated since 1989
Mary Ellen Ladd, LCSW, CSW-G
Beth Juliano, LCSW
Lisa Kuntz, Ed.D.
Liz Mongillo-Herman, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Houghton, Psy.D.
Cynthia Nichols, LCSW
Kathryn L. Henderson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Since our founding in 1989, the Women’s Center for Psychotherapy has been dedicated to providing psychotherapy and consultation with a feminist, humanist perspective. Our clinicians are dedicated to the highest standards of training and expertise.
At WCP believe that the weaving together of self, family, and cultural influences into the therapeutic process is essential to healing and change. We use the client-therapist relationship as a primary vehicle for helping clients focus on their lives.
Our clinicians draw from psychodynamic theories, body-oriented Gestalt therapy, Control-Mastery, systems theory, and cognitive therapies and we specialize in treating those suffering the effects of trauma, with both psychotherapy and EMDR.
We provide services to people of all ages and genders, families, and couples. We offer therapy to deaf & hearing-impaired clients in American Sign Language. We embrace the LGBTQ community and are strongly committed to providing affirming treatment.
WCP offers training and consultation to professionals and organizations.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined WCP in 2002, Mary Ellen has been a partner since 2015. A graduate of Hartford College for Women, Drew University and Columbia University School of Social Work, Mary Ellen works with adult clients of all ages and ethnicities and with the LGBTQ+ population. She has specialty certification from NASW as a Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G) and worked with geriatric residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She recognizes the unique needs of the aging population which can often be complicated by declining health, increased need for medication, multiple losses and being caregivers to other adults. She accepts most insurance including Medicare and Husky. She is a Dementia Friends Champion and is available to offer free, one hour information sessions in the community to raise awareness about Dementia. Mary Ellen is also available for clinical supervision to licensed clinicians seeking additional support and to therapists working toward a license.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined WCP in 2006, Beth has been a partner since 2016. She is a graduate of New York University School of Social Work, practicing in the field of Social Work for over 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings and with many different populations, including domestic violence, sexual assault, complex trauma in children and major mental illness in residential, outpatient and hospital settings. Beth shares the philosophy of WCP that the weaving together of self, family and cultural influences into the therapeutic process is essential to healing and change. She frames her clinical work with client-therapist relationship as a primary vehicle for helping clients focus on their lives, while drawing from psychodynamic theories, body-oriented Gestalt therapy, and cognitive therapies. Beth provides counseling services to individuals, couples and children. She takes most insurances including Medicare and Husky.
Dr Lisa is a Licensed Psychologist and nationally and state certified School Psychologist who is trained in Multimodal Behavior Therapy. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), Dr. Lisa specializes in the assessment and treatment of persons with a variety of disabilities including deafness and hearing loss. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D), Dr. Lisa infuses cognitive and behavioral techniques in her therapy. Dr. Lisa is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Saint Joseph. She has extensive experience working with the court system and protective services when persons with deafness and hearing loss are involved. As of January 2019, Dr. Lisa added Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider to her list of credentials. She is excited to begin working with patients to help them use nutrition, supplements, exercise, movement and other integrative medicine approaches to feel better and stay healthy.
Liz is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Prior to joining the practice at WCP, she worked at the Victims of Violence Program and at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in MA. She takes a trauma-informed, integrative approach to therapy that draws from skills-based (CBT, DBT), relational and narrative modalities. Her work is guided by feminist ecological, social justice, and empowerment frameworks which understand distress as deeply intertwined with systemic inequalities and oppression, and which recognize that individual behavior and experiences cannot be understood without taking into account the larger contexts in which an individual is situated.
Cynthia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who recently returned to Connecticut after residing in Boston for several years following completion of her MSW at UConn School of Social Work. While in Boston, Cynthia worked as a clinical social worker offering dual diagnosis therapy and group counseling in outpatient and inpatient treatment settings, including methadone maintenance, inpatient detoxification, and outpatient Suboxone and Vivitrol treatment. Cynthia aims to treat through supportive self-help and strength based approaches incorporating elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing into her therapy. Cynthia has facilitated early mother’s parenting groups as well as Seeking Safety groups (a curriculum for PTSD and substance use disorders) and is passionate about supporting women through life transitions, relationships, and trauma. Along with being an LCSW, she is also a Licensed School Social Worker in the states of Massachusetts and Connecticut as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. In addition to working at WCP, Cynthia is pursuing her PhD at UConn School of Social Work. She is available to work with adults age 18 and older.
Kathryn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC) with 14 years of experience as a clinician and counselor educator. Dr. Henderson specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families, and is an ally and advocate with the LGBTQIA+ community. Trained in play therapy and trauma-informed approaches, she works with kids experiencing a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, behavior management issues, abuse, and life transitions. She appreciates supporting parents and caregivers and offers parenting consultation. Dr. Henderson also works with adults who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and grief and loss. Prior to joining the WCP practice, she was a college professor teaching and supervising graduate students and has clinical experience in both outpatient and school-based settings. Dr. Henderson is available for clinical supervision for counselors seeking licensure and for professionals seeking consultation.
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