Debbie Winter, LPC
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.
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.
Milissa Flores, LADC
HS-BCP, AADC, CCJP, ADS
Philosophy: "For change to happen you have to believe." I am devoted to helping my client's aspire to finding balance in their lives for their mental, emotional, and spiritual well being.
Style: To allow my clients to feel comfortable and supported, I balance my direct approach with humor, professionalism, empathy and team work.
Specialties: I work with families, pediatrics, adolescents and adults using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Experience: For the past 8 years, I have worked with children, teens and adults who have day-to-day struggles with communication and expressing themselves. My experience allows me to bring a well rounded approach to help support clients with anxiety, depression, anger and complex relationships.
Education: MS in Human Services 2008, Post University Waterbury
License: CT LADC 2013
Certifications: AADC, CCJP, HS-BCP, and ADS
Marilyn McCarthy, LCSW
Philosophy: Without realizing it we often ignore internal strengths that prevent us from obtaining peace and balance in our busy lives. I believe peace and balance can be achieved through a therapeutic relationship with a counselor who promotes honest and open communication. Counseling sessions can be a supportive environment where deep concerns and challenges are discussed freely and solutions discovered.
Style: My clients describe me as open, genuine, caring and interactive.
Specialties: Substance recovery and stress management. Young adults to older adults. Couples and families.
Experience: For more than 20 years I have worked with adults who battle self-defeating behaviors. I also work with couples and families who struggle to recover from the destructive effects of substance dependency. I have witnessed many clients improve their choices and restore trust within their families which motivates me to remain hopeful for all clients.
Education: MSW, Fordham University 1998
License: CT LCSW 2001
Candace Maisel, LCSW
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
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 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.
Specialties: Adolescents, Families, Trauma & Crisis Intervention using Dialectical Behavior Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement
Desensitization & Reprocessing).
Experience: For the past 4 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); EMDRIA Certified Therapist, which has afforded me the opportunity to be a proud volunteer of Fairfield County's Trauma Response Team.
Victor Pittman, LMFT
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.
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