Lindsey Eanniello, MSW
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.
Experience: I am a master's level social worker and have interned at schools in Newtown including Hawley Elementary and Newtown High School. Currently I am 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 pending
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.
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
Jeff Nettle, BA, MA
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 a 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 pending
Jamie Steiner, Ed.D./LPCA
Mental Health Counselor
Substance Abuse Counselor
Certified K-12 School Counselor
School District Leader
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 deserve a safe and non-judgmental setting where they will be cared for and listened to with unconditional positive regard. We will work together to develop and facilitate realistic and achievable goals to improve and empower daily functioning, relationships, and life in general
Style: Everyone has their own way of looking at the world. I help clients increase their self-awareness and understanding of relationships with others, to fortify positive relationships and coping skills, and to avoid maladaptive and sabotaging behaviors that hinder progress. I work in conjunction with clients and families to set realistic and achievable goals. I am an empathetic, and non-judgmental listener who genuinely cares about and values each client.
Specialties: Child and Adolescent counseling, Crisis Intervention and Management, Play Therapy, Family Counseling, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, College and Career Counseling, and Education Advocacy
Experience: As a counselor for over 20 years, I am well versed in providing individual and group counseling in schools, colleges, therapeutic support settings, and hospitals with adults, children, adolescents, and families. 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 many counseling models and techniques to support each client so they can lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Education: MSEd in Counseling and Personnel Services from Fordham University 2002, Doctor of Education from St. John Fisher College 2011
License: NY Mental Health Counselor- Limited Permit, NY Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Trainee
CT LPCA 2022; ADAC pending
Certification: NY K-12 School Counselor and School District Leader
Candace Maisel, LCSW
EMDRIA Certified Therapist
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
Brainspotting Certified Practitioner
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.
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.