Lisa J. Adams, MA, LMFT, LADC-

    I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist and a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I have a treatment approach that empowers clients and their families affected by drugs and alcohol dependency with the tools necessary to achieve sustained recovery. I also work with clients on a variety of areas that include depression, anxiety, family and relationship issues, personal development and life transitions. I am committed to helping others move from distressed to healthy functioning and healing change. I have an integrative treatment approach, tailored to meet each client’s needs, applying solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, structural and holistic therapeutic strategies to help clients overcome difficulties, move toward problem resolution and improve their quality of life.

    My areas of focus include working with individuals, couples and families, domestic violence, trauma issues and substance dependency challenges. My educational background includes a Drug Alcohol Recovery Counselor degree from Gateway Community College;  a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Art in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Southern Connecticut State University. I also serve as a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). 

Malwina Grzadko, MA, LMFT-

      I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who is guided by the belief that clients are the experts of their lives. My role as a therapist is to help people discover and re-write the maladaptive narratives that prevent them from reaching their full potential. I am grounded in the use of collaborative, strengths-based approaches that draw from various models such as cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, and narrative therapy, to help people accomplish their goals and live a fulfilling and meaningful life. You will also find that I am a strong advocate for the practice of mindfulness in every day life, which allows us to stay focused on the here and now.
      My clinical experience includes working with a diverse population, ranging from small children to senior adults. I have helped empower individuals, families, and couples to overcome challenges including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and domestic violence. As a graduate from Southern Connecticut State University, I am a certified Gestalt therapist and am currently in the process of becoming certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. 


Margaret LaPointe, MFT, LMFT-

    Being a licensed marriage and family therapist, I believe in a systemic approach when working with all clients, everything and everyone are connected. I am grounded in structural theory and use DBT and CBT interventions to increase mindfulness and to bring awareness to maladaptive thought patterns and behaviors. I believe each client has the ability to overcome struggles and together we can find a way to work towards a happier and healthier life. 
    My background is predominantly working with acute children and adolescent clients with their families. I have experience working with clients at risk for hospitalization, out of home placement or at risk for detention. In addition to working with struggling youth, I facilitated supervision of mentors in the community, supervised visitations and parent education.  I have worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and a variety of psychiatric struggles. Through my experience using creative techniques I support clients to become aware of undiscovered abilities to make change in their lives towards the direction where they want to be.

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Melissa C. Perkins, MS, LPC-

    As a licensed professional counselor I have experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and families that have been affected by domestic violence and trauma, as well as other life issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, divorce and behavior modification. I believe in supporting my clients as they tap into their inner strengths to overcome life’s obstacles.

    Therapeutic techniques vary depending on each client’s individual needs, however cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused therapy are the models that I embrace frequently to guide clients as they move forward towards their transformations. My formal education includes a Masters and Sixth Year Degree in School Counseling from the University of Hartford. I  hold certifications in school counseling and art education K-12, as well as specialized training as a Domestic Violence Counselor through the CCADV. 

Caroline R. Marasco, LCSW-
    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a strong background in working with children/adolescents and their families to address various presenting issues including, but not limited to: anxiety, depression, difficulties with communication, trauma, and school issues. I have worked in various settings including residential programs, community/home based services and outpatient clinics.
    I am certified in Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which allows me to support children/adolescents with decreasing symptoms and responses to traumas that may have occurred in their lives. I am also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which involves supporting clients in identifying and changing patterns of behavior that are not helpful. This approach works towards helping people increase their emotional and

cognitive regulation by learning about the triggers that lead to reactive states and helping to assess which coping skills to apply in those moments.
    My goal is to help clients and families to identify and address the presenting issues that are making it difficult to function at a level that allows them to live the life they want. I believe in looking at a person as a whole, taking into account all areas of their life that might impact their current presentation. I support clients by using their strengths in the therapeutic process to work towards change and growth and supply them with the tools needed to address and change the presenting problem. I pull from various treatment models and like to make sure that you, as the client, are in the driver’s seat of your
own treatment.

Linda S. Luongo, MA, LMFT-

      I am a licensed marriage and family therapist with a special interest in helping adults, adolescents, couples and families heal from abuse, addiction and trauma. My role as a therapist is to help clients achieve a sense of wellness and inner peace by empowering them to identify and access their personal strengths, skills, and support networks. As your therapist, I will not “tell you what to do” as you have the power to change. Instead, I will be your partner and guide to move from “problem talk” to “solution talk”. I use a variety of therapeutic methods including structural, strategic, cognitive-behavioral, emotionally-focused, solutions-focused, and narrative models. I have extensive background in facilitating support groups where individuals can heal in a safe and nurturing environment, tapping into the strengths of others in the room.
        No matter what “diagnosis” you have been identified with (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, etc.), I can help you move away from focusing on your problems and symptoms. I believe that the primary focus of therapy is to build a new concept of living focused on maintaining a positive support network to help you move forward. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy, both from Fairfield University. I serve as a Clinical Fellow in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I have received specialized training as a domestic violence counselor from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV).Type your paragraph here.

Chrystal D'Aquila, MA, LPC
    Helping others has been a lifelong passion of mine, and ultimately drew me to this profession and continues to guide me. I received my Master’s in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven, and have a special interest in how different systems (community,school, work…) impact how we function. I believe that learning and self-exploration is a lifelong process, and I bring this into my personal life and to my work with clients. As a Licensed Professional Counselor I take a strength-based, integrative approach in working with my clients, drawing on various therapeutic models to best fit the needs of my clients. I strongly believe that my clients are the experts in their lives and my job is to support and empower them through their journey of healing and recovery. I have an array of experience, including working with survivors of trauma, substance use and addiction related issues, adolescent development, anxiety, and depression.

    My background includes extensive experience in multi-systemic therapy, working with
adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system, and their families. I have specialized training in a variety of Solution-Focused modalities, including DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Behavioral, and Cognitive models. I am also trained as a Domestic Violence Counselor and am currently working on certification in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Along side that, I'm pursuing my licensure as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. I am also an adjunct instructor of Psychology at Gateway Community College, Middlesex Community College, and the University of New Haven. In my capacity as an instructor and a therapist I place a heavy emphasis on staying up to date on current psychological research and perspectives to best serve my clients and students.

 Gilytza Montanez, MA, LMFT-

      I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, fluent in Spanish, with a strong back ground in trauma work. I have worked with individuals from all backgrounds, ages and different walks of life. I work with clients in all forms of therapy; individual, family, parent-child dyad, couples, and co-parenting. I have a lot of experience working with the Latino population. My work with this population has included but is not limited to, helping newly arrived families cope with adjustment issues, loss, and trauma.I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  I utilize various interventions from both models in therapy with clients. I use mindfulness techniques to increase client self-awareness and behavioral interventions to alter maladaptive ways of coping. I consider myself a ‘systemic’ therapist, meaning I consider all systems or parts of an individual’s life in therapy; work, relationships, home, school, and culture, to name a few.

    Our behaviors and thoughts are influenced by our environment as well as our biological nature. It’s important for my clients to understand this process to gain insight into the challenges and distress they experience. My goal as a therapist is to help clients achieve the life they strive to obtain by overcoming the barriers that stand in their way. My role is to teach new forms of coping by utilizing a nurturing and strength-based approach. I am a strong believer that all individuals can ‘bounce back’ from life’s hardships if they’re given support, compassion and patience.  

Inner Strength Counseling provides exceptional mental health counseling services to adults, adolescents and children. Our mission is to empower and support our clients to achieve their personal goals.