Geoff Genser, LCSWis a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received his Masters in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Geoff has spent the past 17 years working with adolescents and their families in a variety of settings in towns and communities in and surrounding Boston and Hartford. Geoff has done a lot of work with adolescents and families involved with multiple systems including schools, courts, DCF, state treatment and detention facilities, outpatient and inpatient psychiatric centers. When appropriate, Geoff collaborates with these systems to ensure that the young people he serves are receiving the necessary care and attention. Geoff has focused his practice around engaging young people who often struggle with stressors connected to social difficulties, conflict in family relationships, academic problems, and difficulty regulating their moods and behaviors. He works with adolescents and young adults who often struggle on a regular basis with managing the many stressors that come with moving toward independence in a fast-paced world with often frightening expectations. He supports them in coping with current and past stressors and making decisions that allow them to rise above daily challenges and move toward personal goals in the major domains of their lives. Geoff also provides education and counseling to young people and their families living in the Greater Hartford area, as they face challenges associated with substance abuse. He uses strength-based, motivational counseling to help people identify problems with drugs and alcohol and systematically move toward reduction and cessation. He believes that individuals and families have under-utilized strengths that can move them toward personal change and success. Geoff uses Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Narrative and Solution-Focused Therapy to help clients develop skill-sets to face treatment issues including: depression, anxiety, conduct disorders, personality disorders, ADHD; school difficulties (academic problems and altercations w/peers and teachers), arguing and fighting with family members, substance abuse, sexual identity struggles (GLBT youth and their families); grief and loss, difficulty making and keeping friends, adoption, coping with separation from family, living in foster care, and preparing for independence /self-sufficiency. For more information about Geoff Genser's practice, please visit www.ggclinical.com. EmailGeoff firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daniel Weiner, LPCholds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. He became a Licensed Clinician (LPC) in 1998 and he is a National Board Certified Counselor. Daniel has worked in multiple treatment settings and has specialized in the care of children and adolescents for the past 12 years. Specifically, he was the clinical director of Child Services at Saint Francis Care Behavioral Health in the late 1990’s, which consisted of overseeing the inpatient and partial hospital facilities in Portland, CT. Since leaving Saint Francis, he has focused on the development of a child and adolescent outpatient private practice that provides a variety of different services. In recent years Daniel has developed an extensive interest in, and emphasis on, treating ADHD, High Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome, and other neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric issues which can impact educational, emotional, and behavioral functioning. His emphasis in treatment is on supporting the child or adolescent by educating them on their issues, exploring their difficulties in a constructive manner, and developing strategies to help them improve emotionally, cognitively and behaviorally. He believes, as do many other mental health providers, that most children and adolescents want to be successful, despite their various issues. It is this belief that drives his interventions, which are highly empathic, yet goal directed. It is his ultimate intent to create a setting that provides children, adolescents, and family members the opportunity to gain further insight into their issues and grow in a positive manner.For more information about Dan Weiner's practice, please visit his website at www.dwtherapy.net. Email Dan email@example.com.
OFFICE MANAGER AND INTAKE COORDINATOR
Kristen Sastri is the office manager and intake coordinator here at FRDC. Having served in similar capacities at mental health agencies and insurance companies, Kristen combines her extensive experience with her wonderful and kind personality. Kristen's roles include: verification of benefits, billing, inner office communication, and referral triage and management. We are fortunate to have Kristen be the first contact here at FRDC for all of our clients! To reach Kristen directly, call her at (860) 351-3394, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lauren Cardone, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also serves as the Clinical Supervisor at FRDC. She received her Master’s in Social Work from UConn. Lauren has spent the past 13 years working as a clinician and a clinical supervisor with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families in a variety of settings including both residential and outpatient. Lauren has worked with children and families in multiple systems including DCF, schools, inpatient centers, and court systems. Lauren has extensive experience with working with individuals and families with trauma, attachment, and parenting concerns. Lauren also has experience working with those that have anxiety, depression, ADHD, gender identity concerns, family issues, peer conflict, and social skill concerns. Lauren has worked with both children and young adults with Autism. Lauren works with parents in a nurturing, non-judgmental approach while assisting them in improving their parenting skills. She uses the Circle of Security model and Parent Management Training when working with parents and children to enhance their relationship and attachment with one another. She uses a strength based approach, Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques, Dialectical Behavior Therapy techniques, and play therapy when working with individuals and families. Lauren uses motivational interviewing techniques to assist individuals through the stages of change so they can begin to lead a healthier and happier life style. For more information, please contact Lauren at email@example.com.
Christopher Holley, LCSWis a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Chris received his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Gettysburg College. Chris has been working full time as a school social worker at the Gengras Center at St. Joseph's College for over 13 years and specializes in working with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities and other special needs. He has many years of experience providing individual, family and group therapy with young people of all ages and developmental levels. Chris provided clinical services in several educational settings as well as Wheeler Clinic Extended Day Treatment for adolescents and their families. Chris also has experience providing substance abuse counseling to dually diagnosed individuals. When needed, Chris collaborates with a variety of systems including the Department of Children and Families, public and clinical day schools, hospitals, therapeutic foster care providers, and other community resources. Chris has experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, aggression, impulsivity, self-esteem, social skills, self-injury, psychosis, oppositionality, grief and loss, and foster care/adoption. Chris utilizes a variety of treatment approaches including play therapy, expressive therapies, groupwork, and cognitive behavioral therapy. He believes that therapy is a collaborative process involving the whole family in addition to their community supports. Chris has a very welcoming down to earth approach with those he serves. For more information, please contact Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org. Stephanie Carter, LCSWis a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Stephanie has more than 15 years of experience working with children as both a social worker and art teacher. Her clinical experience covers more than 9 years working with children, adolescents, adults and their families in multiple settings including a therapeutic group home, intensive outpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs, and emergency departments providing crisis evaluations for very young children through adults. Regardless of setting, Stephanie’s practice with clients is at its core based in respect and collaboration. She provides a supportive and nonjudgmental environment in which to help clients identify and understand problems. Through helping clients to connect with and build upon their strengths, Stephanie is able to help her clients address challenges through shifts in perspectives, patterns and behaviors so that they can function and feel better. Stephanie has experience working with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, impulsivity, aggression and oppositionality, and difficulties with social skills. In order to best meet clients’ individual needs, Stephanie draws from multiple treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness practices, the Risking Connection trauma framework and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, Stephanie has had extensive training and certification in the delivery of mindfulness techniques for children and adolescents. For more information, please contact Stephanie email@example.com.
Lori DeVito, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified School Social Worker for the State of Connecticut. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from Springfield College and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Central Connecticut State University. Lori has spent her career working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings. Before becoming a school social worker, she was the Program Director for a residential treatment facility in Litchfield CT for adolescent females involved in the juvenile justice system. She was instrumental in facilitating program growth from a rigid behavioral model to a more individualized treatment modality. Since leaving North American Family Institute, she has been working in public education, specifically the last 10 years as the district social worker for Canton Public Schools. Lori has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ADHD, anxiety, family issues, peer conflicts, social skill difficulties, school refusal/avoidance and learning disabilities. Lori provides supportive counseling while being solution focused and goal directed. She works collaboratively with students and their families to help navigate the educational system and to provide additional resources when appropriate to best address challenging issues. Lori promotes family strengths and assists families to set up positive structures to support their children’s education and well-being. For more information, please contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle DiCorpo, LMFT earned her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Human and Family Development from Lesley University. She is an active member of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She has spent over 15 years working to provide support and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in a variety of settings, including residential placements, juvenile detention centers, schools, and outpatient services. Michelle regularly uses Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Social Thinking strategies to support "tweens", adolescents, and young adults struggling with a variety of challenges. These challenges include social anxiety, executive functioning deficits, social skill deficits, grief and loss, ADHD, complex family dynamics, struggles with sexual identity (LGBT and their families), adoption and attachment, and recovery from trauma. She has been trained in Aggression Replacement Training, as well as Risking Connections and has extensive education and treatment experience related to complex trauma and attachment. Michelle has done a great deal of work with young people and families affected by adoption and has valuable experience working with young people struggling with Reactive Attachment Disorder. Michelle often focuses on the idea that everyone in life experiences "waves". Sometimes, out of nowhere, a wave may knock us down, and while we may never really stop waves from coming, we can learn how to "surf" them. Learning to surf allows us to have some personal power in uncontrollable situations. For more information, please contact Michelle at email@example.com.
Voula Coss, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from the University of Hartford. Having provided services in a variety of mental health settings for the past 13 years, Voula has developed a multitude of skills and approaches in her treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Specifically, her primary expertise is in treating issues associated with trauma and attachment, as well as complex challenges within the family system. Voula also has extensive experience working with children of adoption, crisis intervention, anxiety, and depression. Voula brings a compassionate, confident and organized approach to her clients in order to ultimately develop healthier thinking and emotional functioning. She is fluent in the Greek language and has extensive experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and cultures. The combination of these skills, in addition to her strong foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows Voula to make the therapeutic process both comforting and highly productive. For more information, please contact Voula at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nikki Rafala, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She also holds a Master’s Degree from the University Of Hartford and she received her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. Nikki has worked with youth and adults in a variety of settings, which include, outpatient substance abuse programs, emergency departments, child protection services, as well as public schools. Nikki has extensive training and experience in crisis intervention, addictions recovery, trauma, depression, and LGBT sexual identity. Additionally, she has specialized training in restorative justice for individuals and the community, which has allowed her to provide interventions in the most challenging of circumstances. Nikki specializes in working with clients from ages 8 through young adulthood and provides her range of effective and evidence-based therapeutic tools through a non-judgmental lens. Her ability to connect with clients and families is essential when targeting the most challenging of emotional and behavioral struggles. For more information, please contact Nikki at email@example.com.