Therapist Directory

A note to parents:

The purpose of the Adoption Community Network (ACN) Therapist Directory is to identify local clinicians who indicate special training to work with adoptive families. Those listed below have completed the “Provider Application for Inclusion in the Adoption Community Network’s Directory of Therapy Providers.” The ACN does not endorse the resources listed nor any of the external links provided on this site. It is not responsible for accuracy or completeness of information.

Parents should carefully choose a therapist based on the individual needs of their family. For additional information, please refer to the following factsheet provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway:

A note to therapists:

If you would like to be considered for inclusion in this directory, please download the application. If you are currently listed and your description needs to be updated, please email us at adoption@uchc.edu. If you are interested in learning more about clinical issues in adoption, visit the Training for Adoption Competency (TAC) page for information on the certificate program offered by the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Southern Connecticut State University.

Luciano Abbatemarco, LCSW

Clinical Associates of Greater Hartford, LLC *Spanish & Italian Speaking

68 South Main Street

West Hartford, CT 06107

860-716-0792

Insurance: Out of network benefits

Sliding Scale: Yes, please call for info

Over 15 years of clinical experience working with children with histories of trauma.   Working with adopted and foster children for over 10 years.  Clinically trained at Yale Child Study specializing in early childhood development.  Psychodynamically trained and CBT & DBT informed.  Offers individual family and group therapy.   Works closely with local child psychiatrist and APRN. 

Attachment Institute of New England, Inc.

Joe Lyons, Psy.D., Megan Kirby, Psy.D., Suzanne Allen, Ph.D., Kenneth Frohock, LMHC, LRC

21 Cedar Street, 2nd Floor

Worcester, MA 01609

508-799-2663

Website: www.attachmentnewengland.com

Insurance: Possible single case agreement, depending on insurance company

Sliding Scale: N

Specializes in treating children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Therapy sessions are two hours long typically with two clinicians. Course of treatment tends to be 14 sessions. Members of the Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACh). Local and national trainers/presenters.

Virginia P Ayres, LPC, LADC, SCPG

Darien Psychotherapy

30 Old Kings Highway South, 2nd Floor

Darien, CT 06820   

203-326-1469

Website: http://www.darienpsychotherapy.com/

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Please call for details

Over 7 years experience in private practice working with foster and adoptive families.  Completed the University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate program.  Expert in dealing with trauma and loss and fear-based reaction from a love-based approach such as that described in Beyond Consequences by Heather Forbes.

Karen Caffrey, LPC

639 Park Road

West Hartford, CT 06107

860-313-0039   

Website: www.karencaffrey.com

Insurance: Out of network benefits

Sliding Scale: Limited, please call for info

Over 20 years experience working with adult adoptees, birth mothers and adoptive parents. Presenter to professional and public groups on adoption related issues.  Member of the CT Council on Adoption and the American Adoption Congress.  Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. 

Carol Campell, LMFT           

Peace of MInd

18 Oneco Street

Norwich, CT    

860-984-3190

Email: amethysheart22@yahoo.com

Insurance: Husky and most other insurances   

Sliding Scale: Varies, please call for information

Over 7 years experience working in private practice with foster and adoptive families.  Completed the University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate program.   Works collaboratively with other providers to ensure child and family receive comprehensive care.  Carol not only offers clinical expertise to her clients, she also has the advantage of having personal experience as she is a foster and adoptive parent. 

 

Constance Catrone, LCSW

1 Bradley Road

Woodbridge, CT 06525

203-795-1118

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, call for others

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 25 years experience working with adoptive and foster families, as well as birth families. A 3 to 4 session assessment is completed to determine goals, structured and frequency of treatment. Extensive experience working with childhood trauma, grief and loss. Completed several trainings with Beverly James, Dan Hughes, and Bessel Van der Kolk. Assisted in the development of a local agency's post adoption program. Available to advocate within the school system and to participate in treatment provider meetings on behalf of client families.

Jama R. Colegrove, MS, LMFT

High Ground Counseling

163 B Main Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

860-881-5333

Insurance: Husky, Cigna, Anthem, Aetna, UBH, call for others

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 12 years experience working with foster and adoptive families.  Extensive work with traumatized children in sub acute setting for 10 years.  Available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client and to attend treatment provider meetings.

Susan Engel, LCSW

30 Tower Lane, 4th Floor

Avon, CT 06001

860-269-3104

Insurance: All, including Husky

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 12 years experience working with foster and adoptive families.  Completed the University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate program.  Active practice that serves foster/adoptive families.  Available to advocate with the school system on behalf of client families and to attend treatment provider meetings.  Collaborates with a number of psychiatrists and other professionals in the field to make appropriate referrals.  Extensive training in Complex Trauma, PTSD, Grief and Loss, Attachment and other clinical adoption issues. 

Catherine M Finkeldey, MS, NCC, LPC

59 Old Post Road H4

Clinton, CT 06413

860-532-0557 or 860-227-7137

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, Aetna, Tri-Care, MHN

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 15 years experience working with foster/adoptive families.  Completed University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate Program.  Available to advocate within school system on behalf of client and has extensive training in Trauma Focused CBT and PTSD.  APRN and Psychiatrist on staff in practice.

Lisa Greenleaf, Greenleaf Therapeutic Practice, LLC

214 Amity Road

Woodbridge, CT 06525

203-980-0511

Insurance: Husky, Oxford

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Certificate in Gestalt Therapy, Certified in Levels 1 and 2 EMDR, and Level 1 in Internal Family Systems. Training in several modalities of play therapy and extensive training in art which is sometimes incorporated into therapy. Member of CT Council on Adoption and the CT Adoption Community Network.

Family Affirmation Center for Treatment, LLC

Kathi Legare, LCSW

281 Hartford Turnpike, Suite 201

Vernon, CT 06066

860-896-5331

Website: www.factct.net

Insurance: Husky, Anthem Blue Cross, Cigna Out of Network

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 20 years experience working with foster, adoptive and kinship families. Follows a team model and strengths-based approach, using multi sensory tools to help kids tell and understand their own stories. Offers a monthly support group for adoptive parents and on occasion groups for adopted children. Trained/certified in Risking Connections trauma informed treatment model, Member of CT Council on Adoption and the CT Adoption Community Network. Available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client families and to attend treatment provider meetings. Local and national Trainer/Presenter on adoption related topics.

Jill M. Hanson, Psy.D., LMFT

13 Mountain Briar

Burlington, CT 06013

860-673-8848

Insurance: Anthem

Sliding Scale: N

Twenty-five years experience working with adoptive families. Local and national Trainer/Presenter on adoption related topics. Author of “The Trauma and Attachment Guide for Adolescents,” which integrates attachment based and trauma informed treatment approaches into a manual for adolescents to use with a professional helper.

Sarah Katrulya, LCSW

CT Counselors

107 Church Hill Road

Sandy Hook, CT 06482

203-270-9888

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, Cigna

Sliding Scale: Yes, call for details

Completed University of Connecticut’s Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master’s Certificate program. DBT and EMDR Certified.  Available to advocate within school system on behalf of client and on a case by case basis in-home therapy may be available.  APRN's on staff and affiliations with psychiatrist in the area. 

Paul Kozodoy, MSW, LCSW

451 State Street, Suite A #4

North Haven, CT 06473

203-530-2053

Insurance: Husky, TRICARE, Cigna, Anthem, MHN

Sliding Scale: N

Over forty years of professional experience and over 15 years experience working with foster and adopted families.  Received extensive training on, Reactive Attachment Disorder, the effects on trauma on children, and the impact of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect on children.  Collaborates with schools, pediatricians and other community providers.  Free consultation session. 

Carissa Lloyd MS, LMFT

Where Peace Grows LLC

380 South Center Street

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

860-692-2887

Insurance: Husky, Others Pending

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Six years of agency experience working with adoptive families in a variety of settings (i.e., in-home, outpatient, school). Works within a systems perspective which includes the entire family system. Utilizes an adoption and trauma-informed method of practice and subscribes to the teachings of Heather Forbes. Completed University of Connecticut’s Post Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Issues in Adoption. Available to advocate within the school system and participate in provider meetings on behalf of client families. Member of the CT Adoption Community Network.

Anne F. Malave, Ph.D

24 Main Street, Suite A

Millerton, New York 12546

518-789-0016

Insurance: Medicare, Aetna and CDPHP

Sliding Scale: $50-$195, Call for further information

Over 15 years experience working with adoptive families.  Experience working with birth families, open adoption issues, grief and loss issues, multiracial families formed through adoption and trauma.  Dr. Malave also provides psychological evaluations for prospective adoptive families and third party reproduction participants.  Dr. Malave speaks and writes about adoption, infertility, and third-party reproduction on a regular basis. 

Lisa A. Mazzeo, LCSW, BCD

1088 Black Rock Turnpike

Fairfield, CT 06825

203-334-8822

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 15 years of past employment experience working with agencies that supported foster and adoptive families. Completed several trainings with Dan Hughes.

William J. Metzger, LCSW

451 Stillson Road

Fairfield, CT 06824

203-330-9695

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

20 years experience working with foster and adoptive families. Trained in using the Theraplay model and completed training in Family Centered Practice with Bryan Post and Eric Guy. Member of the National Association of Social Workers, CT Council on Adoption, and the CT Adoption Community Network. Available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client families and to attend treatment provider meetings.

David M Meyers, LCSW

1095 Main Street

Branford, CT 06405

203-260-0647

Insurance: None, Out of Network Provider

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 15 years experience working with foster and adoptive families. Extensive knowledge of early childhood development with former experience as a preschool teacher and therapeutic preschool clinical director. Advanced training certificate in family therapy and ongoing training in trauma. Specializes in evaluations and treatment for sexual and physical abuse. Available to advocate within the school system and participate in treatment meetings on behalf of client families.

Allison Moy-Wozarik, LCSW

88 South Main Street South, Suite A205

Southbury, CT 06488

203-262-8150

Website: www.allisonmoylcsw.vpweb.com

Email: allisonmoylcsw@att.net

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, Oxford/UBH, Medicare, Medicaid

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Five years experience working with foster and adoptive families in various settings (i.e., in-home through IICAPS, Extended Day Treatment, Therapeutic Group Home). Utilizes an adoption and trauma-informed method of practice. Completed University of Connecticut’s Post Master’s Certificate Program in Clinical Issues in Adoption. Available to advocate within the school system and participate in provider meetings on behalf of client families

James E. Pollowitz, LMFT

2514 Boston Post Road, Suite 8C

Guilford, CT 06437

860-539-4088

Website: www.pollowitztherapy.com

Insurance: Husky, All Major Insurances

Sliding Scale: No

Over 12 years experience working with foster and adoptive families. Works within a systems perspective which includes the entire family system. A focus of practice has been working with adolescent and adult adoptees who are contemplating a search or who have completed a search for their birth families. Experience also includes working with the LGBT Community regarding adoption issues. Completed the University of Connecticut’s Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Masters Certificate Program. Available to advocate within the school system and to participate in treatment provider meetings on behalf of client families.

Stephanie Raia, LCSW

76 Elm Street, Suite 201

New Canaan, CT 06840

203-921-5305

Website: www.stephanieraialcsw.com

Insurance: Husky, Aetna and Anthem

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Experienced clinician who works with foster and adoptive families using a trauma-focused lens. Completed Post Masters Certificate in Clinical Issues in Adoption. Extensive experience working with children and teens with challenging behaviors. Additional training with Heather Forbes: Beyond Consequences, Classroom, Collaborative Problem Solving with Ross Greene and Parent Management Training at Yale Conduct Clinic. Prior experience as School Social Worker enhances her ability to advocate for children in schools and the community. Member Adoption Community Network CT., and NASW.

Nancy Randall, Psy. D

East Lyme Psychological Associates

29 Chesterfield Road

East Lyme, CT 06333

860-739-6974

Website: www.eastlymepsych.com   

Insurance: Husky and Anthem.  Call for others

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 20 year of clinical experience working with foster and adoptive families.  Although Nancy is part of a larger practice with adoption competent therapists, she primarily does psychological evaluations.  Psychological evaluations can be beneficial to those seeking to start therapy, or as a adjunct to therapy to more precisely target specific issues.  Completed Post Masters Certificate Program in Clinical Issues in Adoption.  Member of American Psychological Association, CT Psychology Associate, Society of Personality Assessment, Rainbow Adoptions, Inc. - Board of Directors, and CT Council on Adoption.

Laura Renfro, LMFT, LLC

1100 New Britain Avenue, Suite 207

West Hartford, CT

860-493-1467

Website: www.laurarenfro.com

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Experience working with foster and adoptive families since 1989. Participated in the direct work with a family undergoing intensive attachment therapy. Has assisted families who have open adoption agreements with the maintenance and negotiation of relationships for all involved. Available to advocate within the school system on behalf client families. Member of the CT Adoption Community Network.

Caley Schwartz, Ph.D.

Caley Schwartz Psychological Services, LLC

137 Ethan Allen Highway

Ridgefield, CT 06877

203-464-9053

Website: www.psychologistconnecticut.com

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Completed the Post Master's Certificate Program in Clinical Issues in Adoption at UConn.  Member of the American Psychological Association and Member of CT Psychological Association.  Experience working young children through young adulthood.  Helps parents and adoptees understand the difference between typical development and adoption related issues.  Informs parents where adoption and history might be impacting a child. 

Virginia Shiller, Ph.D.

147 Bishop Street

New Haven, CT 06511

203-776-3681

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, United Healthcare, Value Options, Magellan, Cigna

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

In practice for 25 years with more than 15 years experience working with foster and adoptive families. Participated in therapist discussion group through Casey Family Services for several years. Received training from Daniel Hughes and has since modified approach based on theory, research, and consultation. Received training in family therapy. Extensive reading on trauma and author of a case study of an adopted child with a history of trauma, published in Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. Available to advocate within the school system and participate in treatment meetings on behalf of client families. Clinical Instructor, Yale Child Study Center, Fellow, Connecticut Psychological Association.

Kim Shepardson Watson, LCSW

East Lyme Psychological Associates

29 Chesterfield Road

East Lyme, CT 06333

860-739-6974

Website: www.eastlymepsych.com

Insurance: Husky and many others

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Over 18 years experience working with foster/adoptive families.  Completed University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate Program.  Available to advocate within school system on behalf of client and certified in Infant Mental Health level IV.  Member of the National Associate of Social Work, CT Association of Infant Mental Health and CT Council on Adoption.  APRN and Psychiatrist on staff in practice.

Stokes Counseling Services

Michael Stokes, LPC

35 Porter Ave, Suite 2A

Naugatuck, CT 06770

203-729-0341

Website: www.stokescounseling.com

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, Aetna, Cigna, Magellan, UBH, MHN

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Michael is part of a larger practice with many other clinician with many of whom have worked with foster/adoptive families for many years.  Michael has extensive experience working with the LGBT youth, adults and families.  Michael has many years of experience working with children and families who have complex symptoms such as depression, anxiety, family conflict, oppositional behaviors, and other disorders that may impact functioning.  In addition to his time with clients, Michael engages in workshops and teaching in the field of psychology and counseling. 

Touched by Adoption, LLC

Susan Baron, LCSW

12 Peaceful Lane

Westport, CT 06880

203-502-1629

Website: www.touchedbyadoption.net

Insurance: None

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Works exclusively with adoptive families and birth families. Experience supporting adoptees who have found or been found by birth families through social media. Offers several groups throughout the year for parents, children and teens. Work is usually short-term and cognitively and behaviorally based. Extensive psychoeducation is provided around normative adoption development and challenges that families face. Available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client families. Trainer/Presenter on adoption related topics. Member of CT Council on Adoption and the CT Adoption Community Network.

Michael Westfall, LCSW

243 E Center Street

Manchester, CT 06040

860-212-8923

Website: www.michaelwestfall.com

Insurance: Husky, Anthem, Cigna, Aetna, MHH

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Works from relationship based models; participated in intensive attachment therapy training. Experience working with children with out of control behaviors, through Mobile Crisis work and as a clinician on an inpatient psychiatric unit for children. Available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client families. Work has also included six years as a tutor in a self contained classroom for children receiving special education.

Melanie Winkler, LPC

85 Felt Road, Suite 605

South Windsor, CT 06074

860-783-5841

Email: MelanieWinklerLPC@gmail.com

Insurance: Husky A, B and D for children under age 21, Anthem & Cigna

Sliding Scale: Call for further information

Melanie has been in private practice for almost 10 years.  She has a degree in Art Therapy and is a Licensed Professional Counselor.  Melanie has extensive experience working with foster and adopted persons and completed the University of Connecticut's Clinical Issues in Adoption Post Master's Certificate Program. She is available to advocate within the school system on behalf of client families. Melanie is a member of Connecticut Counseling Association and the Connecticut Council on Adoption.