Nurturers



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.  

 

Noelle Zeller, LCSW; Psychotherapist

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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.

Senja Foster, LMFT; Psychotherapist

In my clinical experience, I’ve had the tremendous honor to work with individuals, couples, and families of all ages, backgrounds, faiths, and social groups, who seek to heal, grow, succeed, and strengthen their relationships; and, be authentic to themselves and those around them.  I’m a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with experience working in the areas of: anxiety, depression, trauma, boundaries, family relationships, sex and sexuality, attachment and bonding, body image, grief, and loss; and, identifying and resolving how the past may be unconsciously impacting day-to-day life.   I work with women who are experiencing depression and anxiety related to infertility, pregnancy loss, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum depression.

Working collaboratively, I offer feedback from both a practical and emotional perspective: I care about your story and what you have to say.  I believe the therapeutic relationship is foundational in helping to effect change.  From a place of empathy, non-judgement and support, I help clients understand the beliefs and behaviors that maintain the difficulties they’re feeling as well as how to create greater emotional awareness, increased self-confidence, as well as a capacity for building intimacy, meaning, and pleasure in life. I believe in the resiliency, bravery, and creativity of every person. As a therapist, I get to see these qualities in my clients every day and I feel both humbled and grateful to be a therapist. My work is grounded in the knowledge that for all of us, our place in our families, culture, and society deeply shapes and informs both the challenges we face as well as the inner strength we acquire.

Esther Serkin-Morgan, LCSW; Psychotherapist

I love helping people to find their potential.  Experienced in many treatment modalities, strengths based therapy is what I am passionate about.  This allows my clients to find their own strength which helps them grow.  If you want to work on yourself and allow the process to work, I am the therapist for you.

I utilize a variety of techniques, creativity and theories to help my clients achieve their respective goals. I am also trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing).  My clients are amazed with the outcome. I am truly passionate for with trauma and helping women through their life transitions. We live in a hard world, as woman especially, this helps to make it more adaptable. I would love the opportunity to help you gain access to therapy, in order to help you achieve your intended purpose. I look forward to meeting you.

Melissa Mitri, MS, RD; Registered Dietitian-Nutrionist

Melissa is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist with over 11 years of experience working with clients.  Melissa specializes in helping women, particularly moms who are chronic dieters and struggle with emotional eating, helping them to move away from restrictive habits that lead to vicious yo-yo weight cycles. Melissa’s counseling philosophy is judgment-free.  She incorporates practical strategies as well as creating mindful and intuitive eating habits in her sessions.  She helps her clients by first determining the root cause of their eating habits, then addressing proper nutrition in order to create sustainable change. 

Melissa’s program offers individualized nutritional guidance as well as weekly accountability and support.  Melissa knows that it’s not always a matter of knowing how to change habits, but the act of consistently doing them that can be the biggest challenge.  That accountability is what her clients love the most about working with her. 

Melissa also is a proud mama of 2 toddler boys, Alex and Nicholas and so she understands the unique struggles and desires of moms.
Find out more about Melissa and her services here https://melissamitri.com/services/.

Cheryl Kalb, LMT; Massage Therapist

Cedar and Sage Wellness offers intuitive, high quality bodywork. My Signature Massage is an integrative blend of modalities like Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Structural Balancing to name a few. I customize each session to meet your specific needs. My focus is to help reduce discomfort and stress while increasing function for a pain-free, happier you. You will leave my office with the tools needed to put you in the driver’s seat on your road to Wellness.

I also specialize in Prenatal MOMassage during and after pregnancy is essential for a happier, healthier Mom and Baby. After all, making a human is hard work! Let me help to reduce any discomfort or stress your changing body may be experiencing all while helping to replenish your energy levels.

Find out more about Cheryl and her services here   http://Cedarandsagetime.as.me

Jeannie Stevens Labate; Yoga Instructor

Jeannie has been teaching Yoga since 2001. Her classes are geared toward creating a safe, warm and healing environment.  Jeannie’s teaching comes from a background in a few types of yoga, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin, Childrens, Senior Citizens and Chair Yoga.  Jeannie has the unique ability to teach a multi-level class whether you are new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner.  Her mantra is “Yoga is hear to heal you not hurt you”  Just listen to your body and breath.

 

Dominique O’Connell; Yoga Instructor

Dominique began her yoga journey 20 years ago practicing Baptiste yoga in Boston and Brooklyn. After returning to her hometown, New Haven, in 2008, she continued practicing Power Yoga but also began to experience and enjoy a variety of vinyasa classes, especially classes that focused on the importance of mobility and body awareness, slower and deeper flows, and attention to alignment and injury prevention. As a mother of two, runner, and cyclist, Dominique was drawn to yoga’s grounding ability through mind/body connection—finding the calm in this sometimes chaotic life. Her prenatal and postnatal classes focus on nurturing the mother, supporting the body’s specific needs as relates to perinatal health and well being, and fostering a connectedness between mom and baby. Dominique believes that movement and mindfulness allows moms to tap into their intuition and strength as they journey through pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Dominique completed her 200 hr teacher training with 108 Monkeys in New Haven under the amazing guidance of Peg Oliveira, Elizabeth Lowe and Courtney Bauer. She graciously honors her teachers and their commitment to yoga service.

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.

Michelle Pagliarella, Yoga Instructor

Possessing a nomadic nature and infectious sense of humor, Michelle Pagliarella has been practicing yoga for 20 years.  Living bi-coastal for decades, she has experienced fully a multitude of cultures as well as developed a keen sixth sense throughout her travels.. Drawing sensitivity from past challenges, she’s able to tap into intuitively what her students want at any given time. Truly a rare gift, Michelle doesn’t take the yogic path lightly.

Knowing that yoga is a marriage between body and mind/spirit, Michelle expresses this union in a Vinyasa flow that encapsulates softness and strength. Her philosophy is that you need to be soft in order to be strong; echoing the ancient saying “you need to be like bamboo, firmly rooted, yet flexible”. Students have expressed that watching Michelle teach is like watching an underwater dance. Her belief is that the linking of breath with movement, as in traditional Vinyasa flow, allows the student to tap into their own wellspring of creativity and power. It is from this place where Michelle’s strength as a teacher becomes apparent. She has the unique, disarming quality that commands trust from her devotees, while remaining a fierce companion to her students in their exploration of untapped potential.

A Registered E-200-hour and 300-hour (yoga therapy) Yoga Teacher, along with 1500 hours of teaching, Michelle has trained with many Eastern healers in Seattle, Portland (OR), San Francisco, Providence, RI, NYC and CT. She is also a 100-hour Certified Meditation Teacher, a Reiki 2 Practitioner, has a B.S in psychology, lives a cruelty-free lifestyle, is an accomplished vegan chef and is Buddhist.

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 post party 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.
 

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 info@womenswellnessct.com or call us at 203.951.9949.