women-owned and operated since 1989
since our founding in 1989, the womenâs 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 we 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.
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 motherâs 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) âwith 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.
katie arnone is a licensed masters social worker who is passionate about providing individualized care to women and children. katie completed her masters in social work and masters in women and gender studies at southern connecticut state university. taking an eclectic approach to care, she draws her techniques from an array of areas while providing a safe, non-judgmental, therapeutic space. her work is guided by understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. katie aims to support women facing life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma. when working with children, katie fosters a creative means to connect with children and support parents in navigating mental health and behavioral management issues. katie has worked in a variety of settings including adult substance use treatment and methadone maintenance, child outpatient, and school-based settings. katie utilizes the therapeutic space as a way to create understanding and empowerment to promote healing and change.
michaela is a licensed master social worker who recently joined wcp. she obtained her msw from the university of saint joseph. in addition to working at wcp, michaela works at the veteranâs administration providing essential services to our veterans, including psychotherapy, help connecting with mental health/substance use treatment, and providing case management services to veterans who are homeless. michaela also provides group therapy at an inpatient psychiatric hospital for clients with mental health and substance use disorders. michaela works with children, adolescents and adults, which allows her to engage in various evidence based practices with a focus on anxiety, depression, mood disorder, ptsd, and domestic violence. michaela has experience running individual and group therapy sessions using cbt, dbt, person-centered therapy and motivational interviewing with diverse populations including clients in jail diversion programs, survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and with clients in need of anger management. she accepts aetna, cigna and husky insurance.
jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist who obtained her ms mft at central connecticut
state university with a concentration in internal family system (ifs) and action methods. her
undergrad degree was obtained in psychology with a minor in studio arts at eastern connecticut state
university. since receiving her graduate degree 10 years ago, jennifer has completed levels one and
two in ifs with additional training in play therapy. she specializes in utilizing many forms of expressive
arts including play therapy techniques with experience serving families and individuals ages 3 to 92. jennifer also worked as a play and family therapist within a school based health center. she has an
eclectic array of modalities including visualization techniques, externalization of parts, psychodrama and
art activities to enhance personal growth. jennifer has extensive experience with anxiety and depressive
disorders along with stages of life changes and spirituality. she is currently accepting adult clients for telehealth. in the future, she will be accepting in-person visits, in addition to accepting clients for play therapy which must involve the family. she currently accepts husky, cigna, and optum insurance.
michelle is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated with her master's degree from university of connecticut in 2019. michelle has been working with children in one way or another for most of her career. her experience started with babysitting and nannying then continued with therapeutic mentoring, intensive in-home treatment for children and families, and school based outpatient clinical treatment. michelle is passionate about her work with children and families and believes that speaking openly about struggles in the home can result in healthy communication towards problem solving. michelle has experience working with clients who present with anxiety, depression, trauma, life stressors and transitions, and disordered eating habits. michelle bases her practice off of feminist, cognitive, exposure, and empowerment perspectives. mainly, she works with the client to meet their needs and believes that the work done in the therapy office is a collaborative effort between the clinician and the client. michelle is a proud supporter of lgbtqia+ rights and the black lives matter movement.
tara is a licensed master social worker who graduated from uconn school of social work in
2020. tara enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. she works
with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, familial challenges, and life
transitions. tara supports children and their families with behavioral challenges, school
problems and guidance to parents. she has experience working in a residential group home,
elementary schools and an outpatient clinic. she works from a systemic, collaborative,
strength-based approach that is mindful of cultural, ethnic and economic concerns. tara uses
mindfulness, motivational interviewing, cognitive and dialectical behavioral techniques in
session. when working with children, she uses play-based and expressive art techniques. her
person-centered style incorporates compassion, humor, and curiosity; she is focused on
building a genuine working relationship. taraâs approach to therapy is to create a safe,
supportive environment where clients can address their mental health needs without
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