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    Christina Bierwirth, LPC; Psychotherapist/Co-Owner

    Christina is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years experience in the mental health field. Christina is EMDR certified and passionate about helping her clients move forward from difficult life experiences and heal from trauma. As a mom, she has developed a passion for working with women and the perinatal population. She recognizes the support that expectant and new moms need and has a special interest in birth trauma. Her vision for Women’s Wellness is a center to provide access to care and wellness services in one collaborative space. Christina’s style is warm and compassionate, she recognizes the courage it takes to ask for help and strives to create a safe space for healing.

    Meagan Scott, LCSW; Psychotherapist/Co-Owner

    Meagan Scott, LCSW is a psychotherapist, life coach and provides consulting services.  She specializes in working with young adults, struggling with anxiety.   Her approach is solution focused while supporting her clients in the process of positive change.  Meagan focuses on the strategies that work best for the individual.  She specializes in mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.   Meagan is particularly passionate about supporting women through the transitions of motherhood.

    Desiree Caporaso, LCSW

    People seek therapeutic support for several reasons, regardless of what brings you here, it is my hope to provide you with a space that is warm, welcoming, and safe. My approach is first and foremost, to meet you where you are, to learn your intentions and to respond in a way that is nonjudgmental, reflective, and supportive. I am strengths based and solution focused.

    I am passionate about helping individuals in the perinatal and postpartum periods of life, as well as navigating challenges in parenting, anxiety, and depression. My years of collaborative work in the community means I can help navigate accessing resources and I have expertise in navigating the judicial and child welfare systems.

    You do not have to live with your thoughts and struggles alone, I believe in helping others see the worth and value in themselves.

    Noelle Zeller, LCSW; Psychotherapist

    Noelle is a licensed clinical social worker.  She has been working with individuals, families and couples for over twelve years.  Noelle has worked in hospitals, outpatient and long term care settings.  She specializes in treating anxiety and depression, but also likes to focus on helping families learn to communicate better. Noelle’s approach is kind, non judgmental and compassionate.  Through her undergraduate studies, Noelle minored in Women’s Studies.  Noelle really has a heart for women related issues. Especially post partum moms that struggle with anxiety, depression and parenting issues.  Noelle believes in the power of a “mom” community to help build stronger relationships with other moms.

    Karen Dusenbury, LPC; Psychotherapist

    Each of us encounters challenges in life that at times feel too difficult to face alone. As an experienced therapist, with warmth, compassion, empathy and respect, I help clients navigate through these times. Whether you are facing a difficult life transition, dealing with loss, having conflict in your relationship(s), experiencing depression or anxiety, or simply not living the life you want to live, I provide a supportive and safe space where difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences can be explored.I see therapy as a collaborative, dynamic, and individualized process. I believe deeply in the power of the therapeutic relationship to provide strength and healing to clients. My therapeutic style is interactive and supportive and draws on an integrative blend of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness techniques.Together we can uncover the issues contributing to your feeling stuck or in distress. In the process, you will gain greater insight into these issues and develop the skills needed to feel better, make positive changes and move forward in your life.

    Colleen Leone, LPC; Psychotherapist

    As an individual counselor, I am here to provide one on one support and guidance to help you live a happier, healthier life. I have experience helping clients with a wide range of issues and am particularly passionate about addressing women’s issues including returning to work postpartum, finding a balance between family, career, school, or personal time, work stress, self-esteem issues, and transitioning to different life stages. Self-care is so important to all of us and counseling is just one way you can begin to show some love to yourself. My therapeutic approach is rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy. Many times, our issues are less about the events that happen in our lives and more about how we perceive these events or how we perceive our level of control over these events. Through mindfulness practices and cognitive restructuring, we can tackle many of life’s problems together. I would be honored to join you in your journey of personal growth and change.

    Helena Clark, LPC; Psychotherapist

    I am a very excited to help you meet your goals! As a therapist specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, and perinatal mental health, I can offer you a safe and supportive environment in which to build insight and heal. I provide therapy for adolescents, and adults utilizing evidence-based therapy practices and a strengths-based approach. I will help you to learn skills to manage stressors, life changes, and relationships. Let’s get you started on the path to holistic wellness!

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with my Master’s in Agency Counseling from Rhode Island College and my Sixth Year Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. I have a wealth of experience both in community-based and clinic-based mental health settings.

    I really work with each individual to create a plan to assist you in working towards your best self. In our supportive and accepting therapeutic relationship, I will provide you with the tools, insight, and self-awareness you will need to lead a more fulfilling and functional life.

    Tracy Southworth, LCSW; Psychotherapist

    Tracy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working with individuals and families for over 20 years. Tracy has worked in hospitals and community agencies. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression (including postpartum depression) and substance use. She has a kind, non-judgmental and empathetic approach. Providing a supportive therapeutic style.
    Tracy believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realizing their potential. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, Tracy draws from a variety of methods to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation.

    Kimberly Kapinos, LCSW,Psychotherapist

    Life can provide various transitions and challenges and often women can struggle in finding the support to navigate these difficult moments. As a therapist, I provide a nurturing and supportive environment to help gain insight, enhance self-awareness and learn strategies to effectively cope with these various life stressors. I strive to create individualized care focused on achieving your specific goals in treatment utilizing various evidence-based practices as well as strength based approach. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about helping women who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and perinatal mental health. My experience of working with adolescents and adults in community-based and clinic-based mental health settings has provided me with a vast array of knowledge to assist in creating personalized care for each individual. It is my hope to support you through this journey towards growth.

    Caitlin Blair, LCSW,Psychotherapist

    Caitlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for supporting women navigating difficult life transitions, particularly those which involve experiencing new or chronic medical challenges as a patient or as a caregiver. She specializes in the treatment of grief, anxiety, and depression. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings and through her experiences being a part of various multidisciplinary teams has come to cherish the opportunity to support healthcare professionals, especially working mothers, in managing stress and finding a healthy work-life balance. Her approach is interactive and compassionate, utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques to create a client-centered plan for wellness. She aims to provide a safe space for healing through exploration, skill-building and insight development.

    Tori Santamauro, LMSW, Psychotherapist

    Tori Santamauro, LMSW attended Southern Connecticut State University for both her undergraduate BSW degree and Masters degree in Social Work. She has been the Director of Social Work at Evergreen Woods Senior Living Community in the skilled nursing unit and currently works as a school social worker.

    Tori has experience from her undergraduate field placement in skilled nursing facilities, as well as her graduate field placement in Yale New Haven Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit working with new mothers, couples, and families.

    Tori has experience in working with clients with anxiety, depression, co-occurring disorders, and mood disorders. Victoria uses a holistic and strengths-based approach to foster an inclusive environment while working with the individual to promote their well-being.


    Olivia D’Amicis, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapist

    As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my goal is to support individuals, couples and families navigate the uncertainties of life with compassion, confidence, humor and acceptance. My clinical experience includes working with a variety of challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and stress.
    Some approaches that I like to draw from in my practice include IFS, Narrative, Solution Focused and Experiential techniques.
    The goal of my therapy is to help facilitate change by giving people a safe and supportive environment to recognize and gently adjust self-defeating beliefs and unhealthy patterns that prevent them from experiencing the health they deserve.

    Keyra Scovill, MA, LPCA, NCC

    A major part of healing is feeling safe to self-reflect and become aware of the different parts of us we have shut off from our awareness, whether this be through shutting down, numbing out or running away. We all have parts that handle stress and fear in maladaptive ways, whether we overeat, use substances, or engage in patterns of reactivity that leave us wishing we had taken a different approach.

    I incorporate yoga and mindfulness with healing strategies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Internal Family Systems to help you begin to process and uncover the areas that might be activated when under stress to help you build clarity, confidence, and self-love.

    I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University.

    Additionally, I have experience utilizing trauma informed care, such as mindfulness and yoga, with various communities, including the LGBQTIA+ community, teens, and adolescents, as well as those experiencing PTSD and/or complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, self-harm, and suicidal ideation.

    My certifications include Trauma Informed Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Reiki.

    Marion Williams, LPC, NCC


    Marion Williams is a board certified counselor and expressive arts therapist with 25 years of experience working with people in a variety of settings. She has training in pastoral and mental health counseling and mindfulness to reduce anxiety, manage stress and develop coping skills. She enjoys helping people utilize their own inner resources to heal.

    In my work in addictions treatment, hospitals, group practices, and psychiatric settings, I have found a common denominator in people is that connection, meaning, and hope are positive motivators for a healthy life.

    Each client is unique. I specialize in helping people learn to manage stress, reduce anxiety, set and reach goals, and access their strengths. Sessions are structured, and include talk therapy with occasional homework and, when helpful, breathwork, meditation, and psycho-education. Progress involves a reduction in symptoms and the successful meeting of goals in the client’s life.

    To keep myself current, I engage in ongoing clinical supervision and training.

    Throughout my life I have found that creativity, meaning, and hope appear as signposts of wellbeing . My compassion for the human condition underpins my clinical perspective.”

    Virginia Eastman, LPC


    As a Licensed Professional Counselor it is my goal to help others discover the solutions and strategies that they feel will work best to solve problems and lead to a more balanced life. As well as having a passion for supporting moms and families, I am also passionate about LGBTQIA issues and assisting those struggling with substance use. I enjoy using humor, analogies and relating issues from everyday life to pop culture references that are meaningful for the individual I am working with.

    While working with moms and families, I have used cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and a strengths based systemic approach to assist in creating meaningful change. I have experience in family communication issues, parenting skills, substance use, negative self-talk, anxiety, depression and trauma.

    Not all those who wander are lost, but sometimes taking time to talk about the journey can help us find direction.

    Cassandra Dessureau-O’Hara


    Cassandra Dessureau-O’Hara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Bridgeport and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Sacred Heart University. Cassandra has a range of experience in outpatient settings, working with adults, adolescents, the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as couples and families. Cassandra views the therapeutic relationship as the most essential part of the healing process for clients. Cassandra creates an environment that is safe and welcoming by using a humanistic approach. Cassandra has experience working with anxiety, depression, personality disorders, perinatal and post-partum care, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD, and relationship issues. Cassandra encompasses a wide range of therapeutic modalities, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Cassandra is a board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors, is a member of the American Counseling Association and Connecticut Counseling Association.


    Alice Malachowski, LMFT


    Alice is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals, couples, and families. She has over 25 years of experience working with people impacted by Domestic/Interpersonal Violence, Substance Abuse, DCF involvement, trauma, poverty and general psychosocial stressors. She believes in a multi-modality approach, including recognizing the connection between emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual stress on a person. A belief that all individuals and families strive towards betterment, and that all individuals deserve their struggles to be seen and heard guides her in working with the people she is privileged to help.


    Valerie Gutman, LMSW

    Licensed Master Social Worker

    Valerie comes to Women’s Wellness with a wealth of experience from her previous work in corporate healthcare and medical education. Her passion for health and wellness lead her to transition to a career in mental health five years ago. She believes in treating the whole person, mind and body. Valerie utilizes a strength-based approach incorporating CBT, narrative techniques and positive psychology in her work. She seeks to help clients find meaning in their current life situations in order to address problems and create a better future. Her skills include being able to provide empathy and compassion while empowering clients to help themselves. Valerie believes that offering clients a safe, relaxed and supportive environment is a crucial part of the therapeutic process. She is passionate about helping individuals in the perinatal and postpartum periods of life, as well as navigating challenges in parenting, anxiety, depression and life transitions.

    Collaborate with us!

    Women’s Wellness, LLC is seeking clinicians with experience with or interest in maternal mental health to collaborate with our team.   If you or know someone who is interested in working with a supportive group, please contact us. Clinicians must be licensed in the state of Connecticut. For more information, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 203.951.9949.


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