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Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or unhappy?

Sometimes the stresses and challenges of life can be more than you can handle alone; speaking to a therapist can help. Whether you are depressed or anxious, grieving over a loss, unhappy in your marriage or career, or just need someone to talk to, JFS is here for you. For 41 years, JFS of Greenwich has helped individuals address life’s difficulties through a wide range of counseling and support options.

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If you are facing a challenging life-cycle event, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, serious illness, dealing with aging parents, etc., it can be helpful to share your experience with others going through the same thing. JFS of Greenwich provides professionally facilitated therapeutic groups. Groups are formed as needs arise.

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Katie Cervantes, LMSW

Psychotherapist, Community & Refugee Mental Health Specialist

Katie received her bachelor’s in human development and Family Sciences from the University of Connecticut and received her master’s in clinical social work from Sacred Heart University. She utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques while maintaining a trauma informed lens. Katie also provides bilingual therapy in Spanish.

Mikala Coppolella, LMHC

Psychotherapist

A graduate of Fairfield University’s Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Mikala has had experience working with a broad group of individuals ranging from ages six to seventy. Mikala has experience working with severe and persistent mental illness such as bipolar, as well as depression, anxiety, trauma disorders, attention deficit disorders, among other diagnoses. She is also specialized in working with individuals with eating disorders and has worked with adolescents and young adults struggling with eating disorders in residential, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care.

Mikala utilizes interventions from multiple evidence-based treatments such as Family Based Treatment, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy. Mikala believes in working with each client to find a treatment modality that works for them specifically.

Jessica Greenwald, LCSW

Psychotherapist / School based Rippowam Middle School

Jessica is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Jessica has been seeing individuals across all ages and stages at JFS of Greenwich since 2021 utilizing a variety of evidence-based modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy to support and empower her clients. Jessica always maintains a trauma-informed lens and strengths-based perspective when working with clients.

Melanie Vollono, LMFT

Psychotherapist and Adolescent Clinical Coordinator

Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University and a master’s degree from Iona College where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her clinical training, Melanie worked for a broad range of community-based services and gained experience in a range of therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT, ERP, and Family Based Therapy (Also known as the Maudsley Method.)

Melanie has 7 years of clinical eating disorder experience and is passionate about treating OCD and specific phobias, anxiety, mood disorders, and school refusal. Melanie is trained in the SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) model and offers parent-training sessions to alleviate childhood anxious symptoms.

Paula Winicur, LAMFT

Psychotherapist

Following a successful career as a creative director, Paula earned her master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy at Mercy University. She believes in the power of creating transformative partnerships with her clients, helping them tap into their inner strength to recognize and change unwanted patterns and areas of stuckness. Her clinical focus is on systemically navigating life’s challenges, specifically issues surrounding relationships, divorce, and co-parenting.

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Jamie Albert, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Jamie is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She has worked in community based mental health, schools, and private practice. Jamie uses a variety of therapeutic techniques such as internal family systems (IFS), psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness to tailor to her client’s individual needs.

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Ruthanne Birnbaum, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Ruthanne has over 30 years’ experience, with a Master of Social Science degree from Bryn Mawr University, and both a master and bachelor degree in Education from Lesley University. She is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, certified in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, and in Psychotherapy.

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Michelle Chiappa, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Michele is a graduate of Fordham University School of Social Work. She has extensive experience with dual diagnosis clients and those living with chronic mental illness. She worked at Pathways as a social worker and as the Director of the Fellowship Day Program.

She places great emphasis on linking clients with community connections, and therapeutic and educational groups to promote recovery and self-advocacy.

Christina Cipollaro, LMHC

Psychotherapist

Christina is a licensed mental health counselor who earned her degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT) and dual-diagnosis specialist, who works with people in New York State and Connecticut.  She worked at Westchester County Department of Corrections where she specified in helping adolescents and adults with psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Also, specializes in helping people through transitions including adolescence, adulthood, parenting, and other significant experiences.

Her approach combines Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Psychodynamic techniques, complemented by mindfulness and, anxiety-harm -reduction methods.

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Mitchell Cole, LAMHC

Psychotherapist

After retiring in 2017 from a 40-year career for a management consulting and firm, Mitch found a second career and earned an MA degree in Applied Psychology from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development. Mitch interned at Calvary Hospital as a grief counselor, and worked at a facility treating co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders. Mitch has worked with adults and adolescents suffering from anxiety, depression, and personality disorders.

Leslie Coplin

Psychotherapist

Leslie Coplin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who employs warmth and humor to create a supportive and collaborative therapeutic alliance with adults and adolescents. Leslie helps clients identify their own goals and access insight and untapped internal resources to develop strategies to feel better and create change. She received her B.S. in Communications from Emerson College and Master of Social Work from Fordham University. She is a CT State Certified Domestic Violence Advocate and Trainer with extensive experience educating young people, adults, service providers, and other professionals on components of healthy relationships and how to recognize and safely support individuals experiencing unhealthy or abusive ones.

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Amy Dorsey, DSW, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Amy has a Doctorate of Social Work with a concentration is Advanced Clinical Practice from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University where she graduated with honors.

Amy is trained and certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has focused on treating adults and adolescents who have experienced a specific trauma. She has training in several other types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Processing. She also treats and other mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Helen M. Garinger, Ph.D., L.P.C., L.M.H.C., N.B.C.C.

Psychotherapist

Dr. Garinger earned a Doctorate in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She received an Ed.M. from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education in Human Development and Psychology in the Risk and Prevention Program. She earned a Master’s Degree from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University in Art History. She received REBT training at the Albert Ellis Institute in NY and CBT training at the Beck Institute in PA.

Dr. Garinger taught Art K-8, which gave her a unique insight to developmental stages as she observed numerous students mature. As a university professor, she trained graduate students to become mental health professionals. She brings her combined experiences to her clinical practice as a telehealth therapist and utilizes an eclectic approach. Dr. Garinger emphasizes cognitive/rational therapy with humanistic theory, and utilizes expressive arts.

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Florence Griffin, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Florence has over 25 years of experience and holds a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, with a second master’s degree in business administration. She has extensive experience of post-graduate training with adults and aging populations.

Florence is solution focused and assists her clients through exploration and an integrative approach using multiple therapeutic modalities.

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Joan Jacobs, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Joan has a Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a Masters degree in Education from Columbia University. Her fellowship was completed at the Columbia University Child Study Center where she did research on early diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Joan works with children, adults and seniors, to develop appropriate coping strategies to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety and other conditions often brought on by life transitions.

She often uses a combination of psychodynamic psychotherapy and CBT and other short term focused therapies. She is a licensed yoga instructor versed in mediation techniques and breath work.

Cynthia King, MHC

Psychotherapist

Cynthia obtained her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University and is working towards state licensure. She currently works with children, adults, and seniors to develop coping strategies to relieve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other conditions often brought on by life transitions. Cynthia resonates with a person-centered therapeutic approach and has a genuine positive regard for all her clients. She integrates traditional therapies with modern brain-based treatment, attachment theory, and somatic work.

Mariana Martins, LMSW

Psychotherapist / School Based Dolan Middle School

Mariana received a master’s degree in social work with honors distinction from Sacred Heart University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Connecticut State University. She has experience working with children and adolescents ages 3-18 and their families in community and school settings, and can offer services in Portuguese and Spanish. She specializes in crisis intervention, trauma, anxiety, depression, school problems and family conflict. Mariana utilizes a strength based and client focused approach with a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Psychodynamic Therapy. Mariana believes that all of her clients can overcome their challenges and meet their therapy goals.

Clarena McBeth, LPC, LMHC

Psychotherapist

Clarena received her BA degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Fairfield University and then pursued her master’s degree from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in Mental Health Counseling. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 14 years of experience treating adolescents and adults in New York City and in Greenwich.

Jonathan Neuhaus, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Jonathan is a licensed master of social work who earned his master’s degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Jonathan is a rostered Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) clinician having worked extensively with children and families utilizing play therapy. Jonathan also has experience working with middle school age students and their families both within and outside of the school setting.

Jonathan believes in the power of human connection as the foundation for transformative, person-centered work in a therapeutic setting. Jonathan seeks to engage adults, young people, and their families to help them navigate, and better understand, the emotional and behavioral challenges they face. Jonathan believes that the capacity for emotional, spiritual, and psychological growth lies within each of us.

Tara Pine, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Tara received her Masters in Social Work from New York University. She has experience working with children, adolescents, the family unit and adults in a variety of different settings such as a community based organization, school environments and private practice. Tara is certified in Trauma focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (tf-cbt), an intervention that helps children manage symptoms of trauma. Tara incorporates the mind-body connection in her work with clients, using meditation, movement and art to help clients feel grounded and safe in their bodies.

Corina Restrepo, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Corina received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut and Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. Corina enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. She specializes in crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, school problems, trauma and family conflict. Corina uses an individualized strength based approach with a combination of Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing. Corina offers services in English and Spanish.

Kate Schacter, LMFT

Psychotherapist

Kate Schacter is a licensed marriage and family therapist and earned her Master’s degree from Fairfield University. She has experience working with individuals, couples and families ranging in age and treating a variety of issues related to relationships, communication, self-confidence, and stress management. She also specializes in career counseling, grief and loss, divorce and recovery from emotional abuse. Kate helps clients identify goals, explore patterns and opportunities for change, and develop skills to better understand their emotions, improve relationships, and successfully navigate difficult life transitions.

Jessica Siegel, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago.  She works with adolescents and adults, supporting the individual, couple and/or family.  Jessica uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to support her client’s goals and objectives.  More specifically, she uses Supportive Psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, and EMDR Therapy. Her philosophy is that no matter how deep the pain or complex the problem, you have within you the wisdom, and strength to heal, grow and flourish. Together, she will work with you to increase your self-awareness/esteem, rebuild your relationships, and enhance coping skills to improve your quality of life.

Amy Singer MSW LCSW

Psychotherapist

Amy Graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology from the State University of New York and obtained her master’s in social work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has been practicing for over 40 years and has a holistic approach based on the individual needs of her clients. Amy uses a variety of methods including systems, poly-vagal, mindfulness, cognitive/ behavioral, and creative restructuring.  She believes the therapeutic process should help the client imagine their positive future and create it.

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Jocelyn Walls, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Jocelyn graduated from NYU Silver School of Social Work with a Masters of Social Work and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of oncology counseling, supporting patients and families through the trajectory of illness.

She has worked at the cancer centers at Mount Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and most recently at Yale New Haven Health – Greenwich Hospital Campus. Jocelyn’s research has focused on clinical interventions for chronic cancer patients and self-care for oncology clinicians.

Deb Wilson, LMSW

Psychotherapist / School based Turn of River Middle School

As a middle school educator in a diverse public school system for 30 years, Debra has extensive experience working with adolescents and their families.  A desire to serve her community in a broader capacity drove Debra to pursue an MSW from Sacred Heart University. She embraces a strengths-based, collaborative approach to her work with adolescents, infusing evidence-based strategies such as CBT, DBT, EFT, and MI to assist with anxiety, depression, grief, emotional regulation, and social skills.

Maggie Young, DSW, LADC

Psychotherapist

Maggie Young has been working in the behavioral health field for more than 25 years.  Maggie is dually qualified as a clinician and as an administrator. Maggie has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and is a Licensed Alcohol Drug Counselor (LADC).

Maggie currently serves as board president on the CT Community for Addiction and Recovery (CCAR), board member of Mid Fairfield Aids Project (MFAP), Malta House as well as National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence/Westchester (NCADD).

Maddie English, MSW Candidate

Clinical Intern

Maddie is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University. Before joining JFS Greenwich, Maddie graduated from Bucknell University with her bachelor’s degree and she also holds her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification.

Maddie has years of experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings to support them and their developmental and emotional growth. She uses an integrative approach, emphasizing the importance of the mind-body connection when working with all her clients.

Anita Raman, MSW Candidate

Clinical Intern

After a 10-year career in project management for a civil engineering consulting company, Anita transitioned to social work and is currently a full-time student at Fordham University earning her MSW. Anita’s experience as an intern has exposed her to a wide variety of populations including adults with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, as well as adolescents suffering from depression and anxiety. She utilizes a strengths-based approach integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy applications.

Victoria Robledo, MFT Candidate

Clinical Intern

Victoria joins JFS Greenwich with over a decade of expertise in the mental health field in Argentina. Currently enrolled in the final semesters of her Marriage and Family Therapy master’s program at Mercy University, she has joined JFS Greenwich as a Bilingual Advanced Clinical Intern. Her experience encompasses working with adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families.

Victoria is committed to a strength-based approach, applying therapeutic modalities such as CBT, DBT, positive psychology, and a systems perspective. She has been dedicated to empowering individuals and families and will continue to do so as she helps her clients navigate their life cycles and challenges.

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Kathleen Treacy, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Kathleen graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work and has over 20 years of experience as a mental health counselor. She is experienced in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and family systems theory.

Angela Wilson, APRN

Psychotherapist

Angela has been trained to work with families to improve communication and resolve conflicts using a Bowen Family Systems model that she was trained in during her time at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela graduated from Boston University with a BSN and went to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to study child and family psychiatric nursing. She later pursued a MA in Elementary Education at the University of San Francisco to complement her experiences in mental health. She is also certified as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist by ANCC.

Angela Wilson is a licensed psychotherapist psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience working with families, adults and children in outpatient and inpatient settings. She enjoys working with all age groups and using different modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy CBT, and problem solving (CPS) talk therapy to address most mental health issues.

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