Dr. Julie K. Jones, Ph.D., LPC
In my professional practice and life, I believe in and live a holistic approach to healing. I have personally experienced the benefits of therapy that addresses mind, body and spirit in my own relationships and personal life. I recognize and work on the causes behind my struggles and issues, developing solutions, understanding and healing the causes of my uncertainties and pain rather than focusing on obstacles. As a therapist, I’ve also witnessed the profound impact a holistic approach can have on individuals, for couples and within family systems as a whole.
My aim is to help you see that you are not broken. Our natural state is that of oneness. You are always whole, you are unbreakable. When we remove the judgment of our experiences, we grow and evolve. We are no longer resistant to our experiences. Life can begin to flow. Self-acceptance is a vital part of the therapeutic process. When we fully accept ourselves, we naturally start taking better care of ourselves and appreciate and honor our gifts, talents and abilities.
I will use a variety of approaches in our sessions in order to understand and treat the root causes, not just the symptoms, of your issues. I prefer cognitive-behavioral, strength-based and relational therapy techniques that are designed to address you as a whole person. I believe that this deeper exploration and understanding allows for meaningful and sustainable healing and growth.
I enjoy working with teens and adults and specialize in depression and mood disorders, anxiety, grief and bereavement, chronic pain/illness, perinatal/postpartum mood disorders, difficult life transitions and those navigating complex relationships, non-monogamy and intimacy challenges.
Dr. Julie K. Jones earned her Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of the Components of Care program with Postpartum Support International. She has additional training in mindfulness meditation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, neuroscience, integrative health and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is a founding member and board member of the Connecticut Chapter of Postpartum Support International. Dr. Jones is also a member of the American Counseling Association, Connecticut Counseling Association and the Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
I find that taking that first step and searching for a therapist can be scary and intimidating. It’s difficult to open up to someone who you feel that you know very little about. I would describe myself as eclectic with a love for music (especially Rock) and animals (cats). I am family oriented and enjoy reading and baking in my free time. I am a no-nonsense therapist who utilizes humor and wit, but will provide honest and sometimes a little confrontational feedback.
In my professional and personal life, I believe that wellness as well as change work are based on the relationship that you have with yourself and the relationship you have with your environment. Everyone is capable of change and I can help by establishing a welcoming and nonjudgmental relationship in which you feel comfortable expressing feelings and ideas.
My aim is to guide individuals in the direction of acceptance and love of self regardless of the “norms” that society has placed upon them. Many of the individuals I have worked with have struggled with symptoms of Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Addictions. Rather than focusing on “labels” or “diagnoses” that may have been given to you in the past, I focus on the symptoms that are currently causing the most stress in your life and the roots of those symptoms to prevent them from returning in the future. I do this by meeting the individual where they are at, thinking “outside the box,” and using a variety of therapies and techniques including but not limited to, Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Exposure Therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.
Tiffany earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut. She interned at Yale University and has experience working with individuals and couples, as well as running Anger Management and Motivational Groups. Tiffany is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut and is an experienced therapist with Exposure Therapy and Crisis Intervention.
Sarah Hewitt, LMFT
My experience in professional practice has been with individuals, couples and families from culturally diverse backgrounds, If you are looking for a space to explore internal struggles that are making you feel “stuck”, we can work together to identify how to move forward in a positive way. I believe that if we are able to increase our understanding and compassion for ourselves we can live a life that is more productive, meaningful and peaceful. Through self-kindness, common humanity and mindfulness we are able to change the behaviors that are making us feel unhappy.
I find that we all function best when we can trust, live with good intention and are able to give ourselves permission to feel. Without these abilities, we find ourselves battling anxiety, depression, anger, conflict and resentment. Allow me to help you find the best version of you! And in times where life is beyond our control, I am here in times of loss, change and challenge.
Sarah Hewitt earned her MFT from Central Connecticut State University. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and experienced with care coordination, community outreach, crisis destabilization and working within an integrated health care model.
Kristen Charpentier, LCSW
I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and congratulate you on this journey of self-growth. After all, that is truly what therapy is about. It is my belief that therapy allows us the opportunity to process and reflect through the different seasons of life. And what a healthy thing this is! Please feel empowered for just beginning this process and imagine what the world would be like if everybody embraced healthy self-discovery! Unfortunately, we live in such a high-pressured, fast-paced and instant-gratification society. Although therapy may be viewed as counter-cultural, I am here to encourage you to stand firm in taking care of yourself and beginning this growth process. Whether you are a parent, spouse, partner, student, friend, or employee, you cannot ‘pour from an empty cup!’ We have to allow ourselves permission to take care of us first and to remember that self-care is not selfish!
Using a strengths-based perspective, I help empower my clients to solve issues they are faced with, while also embracing and fully accepting themselves. Cultivating a warm, welcoming atmosphere with a relational approach, it is my sincere hope that you find this a safe space to allow the change process to begin. Utilizing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice, motivational interviewing, in addition to other supportive approaches, my aim is to find the right fit for you on this journey towards your authentic self.
“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.”
– Brene Brown
Kristen Charpentier, LCSW earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in in Social Work from the Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. She has additional training in working with Mindfulness, Transgender Youth, Self-Injurious Behaviors and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Additionally, she is an experienced therapist with Crisis Intervention and Adolescence. Kristen is a member of National Association of Social Work, International Association for Social Work with Groups and American Clinical Social Work Association.
Melissa “Lisa” D. Persaud, Psy.D.
Change is an empowering, challenging, sometimes painful, and amazing process. As a psychologist, I believe that the most important aspect of change is to find the right people and tools to aid you in your journey. Everyone wants to live a happy, productive, and fulfilling life, with positive and supportive relationships. However, at times we get stuck repeating old patterns or feelings, as if we can’t find our way.
As a psychologist, my job is to help those with whom I work, identify problematic patterns and work together to create new, more helpful ways of thinking and behaving in order to achieve their goals. It is my goal as a therapist, to create a warm, supportive, non-judgmental space where we can explore the past and create the future you desire.
In our sessions, I use variety of approaches to create a unique plan to help you achieve your goals. I prefer using cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, relational, and dialectical behavioral strategies. I believe in building on your existing strengths and skills to help you move toward your desired life. I enjoy working with teens and adults and specialize in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-harm behaviors, as well as those who are experiencing challenging life transitions.
Dr. Melissa “Lisa” D. Persaud earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and adults via individual, family, group, and couples therapy. Dr. Persaud has additional training in mindfulness and has earned certifications in Brief Strategic Family Therapy, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Connecticut and is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Please call (860) 258-6060 EXT 9 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how I can be helpful to you.