Philosophy: I believe we were meant to live fulfilling lives. I am passionate to help clients not simply to survive but to thrive in our busy and hectic world. Slowing down and taking time to heal includes working together to develop mindfulness, self-reflection and healthy routines. There is much to discover when we commit to addressing our pain.
Style: I approach counseling as a partnership where clients can experience self-discovery within a safe and supportive environment. We work together to build the best version of you.
Specialties: I utilize mindfulness and cognitive approaches to assist you in your journey. I work with children as young as 6 and their families, pre-teens, teens, college students, parents.
Lindsey Eanniello, LMSW
Experience: I have interned at schools in Newtown including Hawley Elementary and Newtown High School. In addition to serving the Newtown/Sand Hook community and beyond, I am also a counselor at Green Chimneys, a nonprofit organization helping young people to maximize their full potential by providing residential, educational, clinical and recreational services, in a safe and supportive environment that nurtures connections with their families, the community, animals and nature.
Education: MSW, Foredom University 2018
License: CT LMSW 2022
Philosophy: Effective counseling occurs when people develop the insight to make meaningful changes to their emotional, spiritual, and social functioning. The client/counselor relationship starts by building of trust and respect, which sets the foundation to reach mutually agreed upon treatment goals.
Style: My approach combines elements of Humanistic Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which include empowerment, challenging maladaptive thoughts, and focusing on the here-and-now. Empathy and constructive feedback are offered in support of the client's journey to elevate their health and well-being.
Specialties: Strength Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Center Therapy
Experience: I have worked at community mental health and substance use agencies and colleges providing counseling and guidance for individuals, families, and groups working to overcome mood, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and adjustment disorders.
Education: MA Counseling, NY University 2000
License: CT LPC 2022
Jeff Nettle, LPC
Philosophy: I believe that a person does not need to navigate a challenging time alone. With the help of the right therapist, approach and willingness to explore change we can let go of negative feelings and experience happiness.
Style: I understand the decision to start therapy can be a challenging one. My style is compassionate, warm and empathic. In a non-judgmental, safe environment we can collaborate and set meaningful goals that are suited for your specific needs.
Specialties: Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Multidimensional Family therapy and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy.
Experience: Over 10 years of experience at Ability Beyond providing career counseling to individuals with a wide range of disabilities. Helping their families
navigate a difficult transition period from school to work. Most recent experience is working with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services providing supports to young adults age 18-26 with substance abuse and mental health. Working here is where I developed my knowledge of harm reduction and supporting this specific age range. Helping them with their addiction but also helping them set goals for them to lead a happy life. I found success in running groups to provide a safe space, recognizing trauma, addiction and for peer support.
Education: MA in Clinical Counseling and Human Service, Post University, 2022
License: CT LPC Pending
Philosophy: I am guided by the belief to “Never deprive someone of hope; it may be all they have.” by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Each of my clients is provided a safe and non-judgmental environment where they are cared for and listened to with unconditional positive regard. We work together to create realistic and
achievable goals that seek to improve their lives.
Style: I help clients increase their self-awareness and understanding of relationships with others, implement and improve positive coping skills, and avoid maladaptive and sabotaging behaviors that hinder progress. I am an empathetic, and non-judgmental listener who genuinely cares about and values each client.
Specialties: Child and adolescent counseling, crisis intervention, play therapy, family
counseling, college/career counseling, and education advocacy.
Jamie Steiner, Ed.D./LPCA
Mental Health Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified K-12 School Counselor
Experience: As a counselor for over 20 years, I am well versed in providing individual, family,
and group counseling in schools, and many therapeutic support settings. I am skilled in crisis intervention, conflict resolution, and the treatment of SUD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Conduct Disorders, Personality Disorders, ADHD, TBI, Neurodevelopmental and other Learning Disorders. I utilize various counseling models and techniques to support each client so they can lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Education: Bachelor's and Master’s in Psychology and Counseling, Fordham University; Doctor of Education Leadership, St. John Fisher College 2011
License: CT LPCA 2022; ADAC pending
Other Certification: NY K-12 School Counselor and School District Leader
Philosophy: I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one, focused on helping individuals better understand and resolve their challenges. Positive change occurs when clients feel genuinely valued, supported and safe to explore the things that are preventing them from advancing in their lives.
Style: I help my clients identify their needs and work toward their goals using a person-centered approach. I build trust through balancing a caring, supportive style with honesty and candor. My clinical approach is both holistic and integrative, utilizing CBT, DBT, Behavioral Modification techniques, interpersonal skills training and psycho-education on wellness.
Specialties: Adolescents, teens, families and adult counseling. I specialize in treating ADHD and co-occurring disorders such as ODD, anxiety and depression.
Debbie Winter, LPC
Experience: Over the last several years, I worked as a clinician for an intensive in-home psychiatric program for children and teens. This researched-based program allowed me to grow as a counselor, granting me the opportunity to work intimately with clients through a family systems approach. I work with children and adults who struggle with relationships, depression, anxiety, anger management, self-esteem issues, substance abuse and ADHD. I also focus on children who face learning challenges, social skills deficits, trauma history, and instability in the home.
Education: MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Bridgeport 2015
License: CT LPC 2018
Certification: Certified trainer for CHADD's seminar on parenting children with ADHD, and working in a public school system's special education department.
Philosophy: “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” – Michelangelo. With the right support and guidance, I believe each individual has the capacity to live a rich, full life, free of the emotional and psychological burdens that may hinder our pursuit of happiness and personal fulfillment. Together, in a comfortable, nonjudgmental atmosphere, we can identify and empower the strengths already within to create a meaningful, fulfilling change.
Style: I specialize in trauma work using the neuroscience-based approaches of EMDR and Brainspotting. These methods can serve as a catalyst for healing if you're feeling stuck in treatment or struggling to heal a psychological wound. I ask all new clients to work with a primary therapist and see me for adjunct trauma work as a secondary therapist.
I invite each client to engage in an integrative, holistic experience where all aspects of your well-being are valued and incorporated into our process. I appreciate the power of humor to facilitate interpersonal connections and honor the resilience of the human spirit.
Candace Maisel, LCSW
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Brainspotting Certified Practitioner
Specialties: Adolescents, Families, Trauma & Crisis Intervention using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Brainspotting and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Experience: For the past 9 years I have worked in a variety of residential settings with adolescents, adults, and families struggling to cope with trauma, depression, anxiety, school avoidance, social phobias, disordered eating, and self-destructive behaviors.
Education: MSW Tulane University New Orleans 2015
License: CT LCSW 2018
Certification: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP); Disaster Mental Health & Trauma Studies Certification (Tulane University); Brainspotting Certified Therapist; EMDRIA Certified Therapist, which has afforded me the opportunity to be a proud volunteer of Fairfield County's Trauma Response Team.
Philosophy: A counselor partners with you and your family during difficult times in life. I believe true and lasting change is possible when clients work together with me on shared goals. In many years of counseling children/teens, I found many have dealt with ineffective fathering. So, I've dedicated myself to assisting men enhance their roles within their households. I am amazed to witness the powerful changes in men who better understand their own worth and impact on others. I also assist couples to better understand that many of their misunderstandings and behavioral patterns are gender specific.
Style: I bring a unique balance of professionalism, humor, empathic listening and strategic interventions that allow my clients to feel comfortable while they examine important and sometimes upsetting issues.
Victor Pittman, LMFT
Specialties: Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
Experience: I have worked with children and teens experiencing self-destructive and underperformance behaviors for 25 years.
My Trauma-Informed Care training allows me to better inform clients as to why they struggle with anxiety, perfectionism and complex relationships.
Education: MA in Clinical Psychology 1995, Antioch University Los Angeles, 1995
License: WI LMFT 2002; CT LMFT 2011