Counseling

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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 over 35 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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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.

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Jennifer Coassin, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and has a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She became a licensed clinical social worker while working in the inpatient units at Yale Psychiatric Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut, where she specialized in working with young adults dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

She blends traditional therapy approaches with modern wellness techniques to help clients establish goals and overcome obstacles to achieve them.

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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.

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Amy Dorsey, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Amy has a Master of Social Work from Fordham University where she graduated with honors. She is currently working toward a Doctorate of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University with a concentration in Advanced Clinical Practice.

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.

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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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Desmond Hamilton, LMFT

Psychotherapist

Desmond earned his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at Iona College and a B.S. in Behavioral Science from Concordia College. Desmond is passionate about working with couples, children, and families. His work experience in the social services field started as a Child Protective Specialist for The Administration for Children Services (ACS).

He gained extensive experience in crisis intervention, family systems, and family dynamics. He is well-versed in helping clients overcome childhood trauma, family conflict, marriage difficulties, depression, anxiety, anger, mood disorders, and other mental health issues.

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Joan Jacob, LCSW

Psychologist

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.

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Jiliian Levy, LSCW

Psychotherapist

Jillian is a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters in Social Work from NYU. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in many mental health settings including a community mental health clinic, a substance abuse treatment facility, a Continuing Day Treatment Program, an inpatient psychiatric hospital, and a high school. Jillian employs a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness practices.

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Jessica Richards, LCSW

Psychotherapist

With 15 years of experience, Jessica holds a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from Temple University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University. Jessica is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has extensive experience working with individuals and families who are dealing with issues of depression, anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, personality disorders, substance use, adoption, reunification, and trauma.

She supports attachment-based parenting as well as behavioral-based parenting. Additionally, she has experience facilitating social skills trainings and psycho-educational groups, as well as providing crisis intervention and behavior modification interventions.

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Dr. Holly Schiff, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Schiff earned her Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University, her Master of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University, and a Master of Science in School-Community Psychology and an Advanced Certificate in School-Community Psychology from Hofstra University.

She has worked at Silver Hill Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and Rockland Psychiatric Center. Dr. Schiff conducts individual therapy, family therapy, parent guidance, and group therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT. Her expertise also includes administering and analyzing neuropsychological evaluations and psychoeducational assessments.

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Dr. IIana Sherman, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Sherman works primarily with individuals and couples 18 years of age and older, focusing on such challenges as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, trauma, and challenges around everyday life stressors. She uses an integrative approach drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and somatic theories.

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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.

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Elizabeth Trojanowski, LCSW

Psychologist

With 10 years of experience, Elizabeth earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Her clinical care specialties include the treatment of depression, anxiety, dual diagnosis disorders, substance use disorders, eating and body image issues and the treatment of trauma.

She uses an evidence-based approach, drawing from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Strength-Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

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Debra Turkat, LCSW

Psychotherapist

Debra is a graduate of Barnard College (BA Economics,) New York University (MBA Marketing,) and University of Houston (MSW.)
After a corporate business career, Debra switched gears and obtained a Master’s in Social Work

Debra worked at Fort Belvoir’s Traumatic Brain Injury Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center providing psychotherapy to caregivers and patients with traumatic brain injuries. She founded The Geriatric Therapy and Support Center, providing counseling to seniors and their family members and caregivers.

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Melaine Vollono, LMFT

Psychotherapist

Melanie earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University and a master’s degree in marital and family therapy 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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Family Based Therapy (Also known as the Maudsley Method.)

She has a special interest in the treatment of eating disorders, and has been working as a primary adolescent eating disorder therapist at Walden Behavioral Care for the past two years.

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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.

Paula Winicur, MFT

Intern

Following a successful career as a creative director, Paula is earning her master’s in Marriage & Family Therapy at Mercy College. 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.

Meg Marciano, MSW

Intern

Meg (she/her) enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. Meg uses a client-centered, holistic approach in her practice focusing on Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked in the financial, legal and medical world that brings an empathetic life experience perspective with cultural considerations when working with clients. Meg has an undergrad degree from Kenyon College and is completing her final year of Master in Social Work at Sacred Heart University

Kathleen Cervantes, MSW Bi-lingual

Intern

Katie Cervantes received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a graduate student at Sacred Heart University pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work and has an interest in working with adolescent populations.

Sonia Tembeck, MSW

Intern

Sonia earned her Bachelors degree in Psychology with a concentration in Development from SUNY Purchase. She has taught at several preschools in the area and has volunteered for the Greenwich PTA, La Leche League International and the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Social Work from Fordham University. While Sonia has worked with a diverse population of clients, including the developmentally and intellectually disabled at Abilis in Greenwich, she hopes to focus her work on Generational Studies. Other areas of interest include anxiety/depression, trauma, bereavement and end of life care.

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JFS of Greenwich accepts most major insurance plans including:

Medicare, Husky, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem, Optum (Oxford, UHC, Connecticare).