Deciding to attend therapy is a courageous act that can result in life altering outcomes. Therapy is a process where we work together to find and achieve positive change. I have extensive training and experience in a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, anger management, grief and loss, sexuality and trauma, as well as many others. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, adults, and couples while working in a collaborative manner with families.
As your therapist, I am determined to create a safe, secure, trusting environment providing each individual or couple I work with a place to grow. I believe that in order to become the best versions of ourselves, we have to step out of our comfort zone to maximize our true potential. In a collaborative manner, I strive to assist clients to identify and navigate through life’s challenges.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, I am also a Certified School Counselor (K-12) who works closely with teachers, support staff, parents and outside community resources in order to coordinate services to best meet the needs of each client, as well as assisting with various educational difficulties. I have in-depth experience with college and career planning. My specific training is to help students reach their maximum educational potential by enhancing structure and accountability, while providing new effective study strategies. My commitment is to help families understand their children’s rights within the school system and help to ensure the appropriate plan is put into place for that specific individual.
I use an eclectic counseling approach specific to meeting the needs and strengths of each individual. Some approaches I utilize are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and mindfulness-based techniques. My primary goal is to create a safe, secure environment while helping clients achieve social, emotional, behavioral, and therapeutic goals by empowering each individual client.
Elizabeth Bourquin, LCSW
There may be times in life when we become overwhelmed, and it can be beneficial to have help navigating and learning ways to cope. Therapy offers hope for change, healing, and growth. My approach is supportive, collaborative, and non-judgmental.
I have experience working with children and families who have gone through abuse, trauma, and domestic violence. I also work with the geriatric population and their families coping with issues such as caregiver stress, adjustment to diagnosis, and end of life.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I partner with people as they negotiate depression, anxiety, grief and loss, health concerns, family distress, and life transitions. I have worked in various settings and with different age groups.
I provide a person-centered environment and believe in pulling from various models based on individual needs and goals. I value the importance of a collaborative and strength-based approach to the treatment process.
Ashley DaCosta, LCSW
The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are. Allow yourself to begin your journey towards wellness and generate positive change in your life. I believe that building trust is an essential step to creating a strong therapeutic relationship. It is essential in my practice to personally engage with my clients so treatment can be tailored to their specific needs. My style is compassionate, patient, and supportive, yet direct.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have been practicing social work since 2013 and have experience working in school and outpatient settings. I primarily work with children and adolescents aged 6-18, as well as young adults.
I have extensive experience using evidence-based treatments and am a credentialed Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT). I have treated a variety of children who have suffered from traumatic experiences including sexual and/or physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, grief and loss, and community violence. I am also trained in the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Conduct (MATCH-ADTC) and combine this with other cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy techniques to treat depression and anxiety. Other issues that I treat include gender and sexual identity, low self-esteem and self-image, self-harming behaviors, as well as life transitions.
I’ve found my passion working with children and their families and believe that we are not here just to survive, but instead to thrive. If it’s time to write a new chapter in your story. I welcome any opportunity to help guide that process.
Julia Ecchevaria, LCSW
Bilingual: Spanish Speaking
Life is a journey filled with joys, love, and celebrations. From time to time, however, we all face challenges that we would benefit from discussing with an empathetic and compassionate listener. My role as an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker is to create a warm, safe, and supportive environment for my clients. I assist them as they learn the tools to navigate challenges and cope with difficult experiences, while finding their journey in life.
I work in the greater Hartford area providing services to children, adults, and families experiencing issues with trauma, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, adjustment, and domestic violence. My work with families and children includes providing in-home treatment, both individual and family therapy, as well as case management services to families at risk. I also have experience working with adults with substance use disorders, providing group and individual therapy to assist them in their path to recovery. I offer support and understanding to people from all cultural backgrounds and ethnicities.
My clinical practice derives from a strength-based perspective and a client centered approach. I utilize different evidence-based practices, depending on the needs of each individual client, which include Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques, and Motivational Interviewing techniques. My style is warm, compassionate, collaborative, and non-judgmental. I am dedicated to supporting my clients while they explore their potential and achieve their goals.
Ebony Gadson, MSW Intern
I am currently a second year MSW student with an undergraduate degree in Human Services. I am completing my second of two field placements with Cornerstone Counseling Center, where I have done work as the intake clinician, provided case management services, assisted with program building, and this year will be working with parents to support their children’s treatment at Cornerstone.
When we go through traumatic experiences in our lives, they can be disruptive and impact who we are, how we function, and our overall quality of life. As a combat veteran who served our country for eight years, it is my passion and goal to collaborate with veterans on a journey towards healing. I can personally relate to some of the struggles and barriers our veterans face in navigating civilian life after service. After I graduate, I seek to provide veterans with a safe and environment and will work towards equipping them with the tools needed for healthy coping and handling life stressors and triggers.
Jenna Harma, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have worked in the mental health field for many years. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and their families. My clinical experience includes working with youth ages 5 through 17 in a variety of outpatient, crisis stabilization, and short and long-term residential treatment settings. I have experience treating clients with an assortment of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges including anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, adjustment disorders, mood disorders, and parent-child relationship issues.
I am currently in training to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) with the Association for Play Therapy. I am a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and an active leader with the Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA), serving in many different roles over the last 15 years.
I work closely with collateral providers, schools, and community agencies including the Department of Children and Families and Juvenile Probation to facilitate addressing clients’ needs in all areas. My approach is prescriptive to the client’s presenting problem and identified goals, meeting children where they are in order to form a safe and comfortable therapeutic alliance. I have a strengths-based style of treatment, utilizing child-centered, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral, and play therapy techniques to best support my clients.
Theresa Nicholson MS, LADC
As a Master-level clinician with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a License as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, I have been a leader in the Greater Hartford Community for over 25 years. I use my strong teamwork approach and ability to help facilitate change to assist the individuals and families I have the privilege to counsel.
Throughout my career I have worked with several state departments including the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Developmental Services. I truly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to live their best life.
I bring with me to Cornerstone Counseling Center a desire to take all that I have experienced in my career to assist those with a desire to grow, change, adapt and evolve into their best self. My style is characterized by teamwork and self-determination, for only you can make the commitment and set the path to becoming the best you.
As the mother of five adoptive children, I find that being a parent is the “hardest job I have ever loved to do”. Children come with their own unique gifts and challenges, and I hope to share some of my own experiences in the hope that it can help other families.
My unique experiences along with my desire to help others have set a path that led me to Cornerstone Counseling Center. I look forward to the steps we can take to help you find your path.
Angela Stachowiak, LPC
Creating a therapeutic alliance where individuals and families are safe to explore the challenges in their lives is the foundation of effective therapy. I offer an authentic, non-judgmental, direct, and empathetic treatment approach that facilitates growth. Together we can explore underlying core belief systems and patterns of thinking that contribute to disruption in your life, and learn healthier and more effective ways of coping that lead to positive change.
I am a humanistic and strengths based provider and possess a strong background in evidence based and trauma informed treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Positive Psychology. I like to incorporate psychoeducation where appropriate so that individuals can gain a genuine understanding of the issues they face and learn how to validate their experiences. I also favor skill building and creative interventions that foster the development of resiliency and growth.
I specialize in the treatment of complex trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and personality disorders, and also have a strong skill set in exploring challenges relating to gender and sexual identity, grief and loss, spirituality, life transitions, and interpersonal relationships. I also have extensive experience providing stress and anger management, and encourage overall wellness through holistic and self-care practices including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and exploring a spiritual connection. My primary goal is to provide the right balance of support and guidance that empowers individuals, couples, and families to cultivate meaning, practice wellness, and find contentment in their lives.
Myriah Sipperly, LPC
Life can be challenging at times and things can get messy or become difficult to navigate, but I believe that each individual is capable of success when they are armed with the right tools and strategies. They can develop the necessary skills to counteract negative thinking and work through the barriers that may arise. In working with the individual, I am able to develop an approach specific to their needs and reflective of their strengths. I am committed to creating a safe environment that supports the individual in achieving their goals and ultimately empowering them to move forward.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I focus on supporting individuals when they are struggling with life’s roadblocks and are not sure where to turn. I develop a therapeutic alliance with individuals and meet them where they are at both mentally and emotionally. I use an eclectic therapeutic approach and build a rapport with my clients through empathy, active listening skills, and understanding to help them move past potential barriers and reach their success.
I have extensive training and clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, and the effects of trauma. I also have a focus on behavioral services and emotional regulation support for individuals who are in crisis.
Taylor Tacinelli, LMFT
It is my passion to work with individuals and families as they experience life’s joys, challenges, and transitions. I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment in which we can work toward their goals and reach their fullest potential. I create a space where we work collaboratively to help guide and support their journey of growth and change.
I earned my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have had experience in various settings such in schools, in-home services, and outpatient clinics. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I work with individuals, couples, and families, helping with issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship challenges, life transitions, and overall stress. My approach to therapy is systemic and I utilize strength and evidenced-based techniques including Solution-Focused, Structural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy and other strategies to help my clients achieve their goals.
Kim Torres-Bacon, LMFT
Bilingual: Spanish Speaking
Life is a journey that can present us with both opportunities and challenges. Often we do our very best to find the most fulfilling path on our journey. But life doesn’t come with a map and sometimes we can get lost or stuck. Whether this is your first time seeking therapy or you have sought it before, you are taking steps toward finding the path that you want to take on your journey in life. While that might seem daunting, it is incredibly brave and courageous.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has experience working with children, adolescents, and families who have a variety of mental health concerns, ranging from PTSD, anxiety, depression, family relational problems, parenting concerns, ADHD, and attachment and mood disorders. I have experience working with multiple evidence-based models such as TF-CBT and MATCH. I am a Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) rostered clinician, which has given me experience in working with infant and early childhood mental health. I have previous experience working in outpatient clinics and in-home services.
It is my goal to create a safe and supportive atmosphere. I use a compassionate, relational, and collaborative approach to meet the client and family where they are on their path toward healing. I utilize strength based and use self-reflection strategies to assist clients and families in achieving their goals. I would be honored to support you on your journey.
Tracy L. Zagata, LCSW
When it comes to therapy, one size does not fit all. I believe that the client is the center of therapy (not the therapist) and, as such, is the one who determines the direction of therapy. My role is to act as a guide or facilitator on an individual’s journey of self-exploration as he/she moves toward resolving the blocks to personal growth. My concept of the therapeutic process is relationship-centered rather than theory/technique-centered. Healing is a collaborative endeavor which requires honest communication without judgment. The qualities I strive to embrace in my practice include mutual respect, authenticity, genuineness, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and cultural awareness.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I work with individuals helping to resolve issues surrounding depression, anxiety, grief and loss, caregiver stress, illness (chronic and terminal), and life transitions. I have worked in hospice for a number of years supporting individuals and family members, who have struggled with many of the above issues.
Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and situations, I draw from a variety of methods, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, strengths-based perspective, psychoeducation, and solution-focused therapy, to create a tailored approach for each individual and situation. My demeanor is calm, warm, open, encouraging, and direct. I combine experience, education, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.
Jessica Boland, LMFT
Clinical Development Director
I believe that people are their own best resource for finding strength and understanding their past to improve and heal their present. My role as a therapist is to hold the space and assist you, the client, in accessing your full potential in a realistic, meaningful way.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I approach therapy with a systemic view. The most challenging and painful aspects of life do not exist only at the individual level, but also in relationships, interactions, social patterns, and dynamics. I work with individuals and families from all different backgrounds and strive to create a space that feels personal and reflective of their needs. I specialize in depression, anxiety, struggles related to life transitions, loss, relationship issues, low self-esteem, body dysmorphia, and disordered eating. As a clinician, I am trauma-informed, strength-focused, and supportive. I am a certified Gestalt therapist and am trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as DBT skills.
Daniel Carini, LCSW
I got my first taste of mental health work before graduating college. Taking on the role of a therapeutic mentor for struggling teens, as well as a Head Start volunteer, I was employed in a number of helping roles as I found my career path in therapeutic service. Doing two years in AmeriCorps, I spent a year each working with underprivileged youth in Hartford and Washington DC broadening my foundation of experience.
I found my vocation for therapy spending eight and a half years as first an IICAPS mental health worker and later as a therapist. Working as the therapist for adolescent group homes, an addiction counselor, a clinical supervisor for an EMPS/211 team, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have experience with LGBTQA supportive care.
I have a broad range of experience utilizing traditional talk therapy, working with struggling families to achieve better communication and support. Addiction, trauma, and long term interpersonal conflict have been the most common types of issues I have experience with in my career, with DBT and CBT modalities and person-centered treatment.
Danica Delgado, LCSW
Program Development Director
Life is full of joys, challenges, transitions, and opportunities for growth. We may find that there are times in our journey when we can benefit from someone walking alongside us and helping us to meet the challenges we are facing. As a therapist, it is my privilege to accompany and partner with individuals and families as they navigate the ups and downs of their own path. Therapy can be an opportunity to bring the road we find we are actually walking into closer alignment with our true, intuitive path, creating greater resonance and fulfillment in life.
My approach to counseling draws from several traditions. With a social work background, I believe in caring for the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—in an integrated and supportive way. Therapy is a partnership where you bring the expertise on your own experience and I bring knowledge, strategies, and tools to help work through the challenges you’ve identified. With clients, I utilize mindfulness, somatic work, CBT and DBT strategies, EFT, and Yoga and meditation in a truly embodied therapy that connects brain and body so you can fully process your feelings and experiences. I have studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), trained and certified in Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), hold Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) designations, and am a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher.
My practice can be helpful to people experiencing physical and mental health concerns, post-trauma symptoms, transitions, difficult experiences in their past or with their family of origin, and a variety of other challenges. I have worked extensively with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and other forms of trauma, and engage in trauma-informed care. I also support individuals and families through chronic, acute, and life limiting illness. Together, we can address the stress, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress that can arise from difficult life experiences, and even everyday life. I believe that a client/ therapist relationship based on authenticity, non-judgment, and positive regard supports the inherent potential for growth and wellness we all have within ourselves. I would love to meet you and have the opportunity to assist you in finding your best path to wellness and joy.
Monique Edwards, LCSW
My journey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker has been both personally and professionally rewarding. I received an undergraduate degree from the University of West Indies in Jamaica and I majored in Political Science. At that time, I wanted to make a change in the lives of others and wanted to do it on a societal level. I then recognized that if I wanted to make a change in the lives of others I would have to start on an individual level, so I decided to pursue a Masters in Social Work. I have a wide range of experience working with individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD, as well as those that struggle parenting issues with emotional, physical, and sexual abuse.
My counseling style is warm and friendly and I believe in meeting people where they are in their life. I use a trauma-informed approach, which aids individuals in identifying stressors and often begins the healing process. I enjoy working with teenagers and children as well as helping parents to develop the skills they need to support their children.
“It’s not about being perfect, it’s about effort. Once you exercise that effort that is where change occurs and your transformation begins” (Author Unknown).
Agatha Giliberto, APRN
Bilingual: Polish Speaking
As Cornerstone Counseling Center’s APRN, I provide medication management for our clients. My clinical experience includes working on various floors at Hartford Hospital including a medicine-teaching floor with mostly adult patients. After earning my masters degree, I gained experience working with patients ages 18 months and up in an urgent care setting. Currently, I also practice in an outpatient adult cardiology setting. This wide range of work history has provided me with the insight and skills necessary to offer safe and emphatic care for my patients.
In my practice I combine detailed assessments, evidence-based medication management, and supportive psychotherapy. I work in partnership with each patient and their Cornerstone therapist to help better manage stress and remove barriers to reach life goals.
I conduct initial evaluations and provide ongoing medication management along with supportive therapy in partnership with our therapists for:
· General Anxiety Disorder
Emily Kahnke's, LMFT
For some, the decision to come to therapy can be difficult. We often ask ourselves, “Am I doing the right thing?”, “ What are those ‘things’ that I need to do in order to be successful or satisfied or even happy with my life?” “What will others think of me if they know I am in therapy?” I chose to become a therapist in order to help my clients find answers to questions like these. To be very honest, every single one of us questions ourselves and the decisions we make throughout life. I would be honored to help you navigate and explore the things that might be holding you back, questioning, or preventing you from positive growth.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with ample experience working with children and adolescents, particularly within the school system. I collaborate with teachers, school administrators, and medical and community providers. I enjoy working with parents and guardians and hope to provide the best approach to therapy for the entire family system. I also provide individual and couples therapy to assist my clients struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, co-parenting concerns, relationships, and transitions.
I am committed to providing a safe space for each and every one of my clients and look forward to making therapy a positive and helpful experience. In my therapeutic approach, I utilize practices from solution focused, emotionally focused, narrative, and structural therapies in order to empower my clients to achieve the goals that they have chosen for themselves.
Jack Ryan, LPC, LADC
I believe that every person contains within them the strength they need to begin leading a better life. Sometimes we need a professional to help us recognize the roots of the counterproductive thinking and behavior that get in the way of our goals. As an EMDR therapist I am well qualified to help you undo years of negative programming, improve your relationships, and your overall sense of well-being.
I have close to two decades of experience working with people who struggle with addictions and substance abuse, PTSD and other trauma related conditions, anxiety, depression, and mood instability.
Together we can work to unlock hidden resources and activate your potential. I also teach coping skills that you can begin to apply immediately. Contact me to set up an appointment.
Making the decision to start counseling is a big step that takes courage. To me it is necessary you are met with the utmost sensitivity and understanding. As Office Coordinator I am happy to assist you at the very start of your journey to self-improvement. My role is not just talking with you but really listening to your needs in order to find the clinician who is the absolute best fit for you.
I am delighted to use my background in communications to both streamline operations between our multiple locations and assist those seeking growth. Life is often overwhelming. My mission is to make the process of finding counseling as easy, quick and comforting as possible with organization and friendly service. Please reach out, I look forward to hearing from you!
Katrice Stephens, MSW Student Intern
Katrice Stephens is a third-year student at Springfield College School of Social Work, where she will graduate in May 2021. Katrice is completing her second field placement with Cornerstone, following a successful first field placement during the last school year. In addition to completing her Master’s program, Katrice works for an Insurance company reviewing mental health claims. Prior to that she was in a public-school setting working with inner city youth. Katrice has a passion for working with children under the age of 12 because she believes that she can connect with them; she too was one of those children who needed assistance with expressing herself. After graduation Katrice plans to become a licensed Clinical Social Worker in a school setting. During her field placement, Katrice will be engaging in both clinical and program development work.
Kate Tansley, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who provides mindful and effective support to individuals who have potentially hit roadblocks and feel as if they're not sure where to turn next. I utilize active listening skills, interpersonal connection, and understanding to meet you where you're at both mentally and emotionally.
I have extensive training and clinical experience with anxiety, depression, and multiple levels of trauma. I also specialize in grief counseling, behavioral services, and emotional regulation support. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with effectively managing day-to-day tasks and regulating their emotions due to current life stressors, past trauma, anxiety, or depression.
Using empowering and self-confidence building counseling strategies, I develop an approach specific to meeting the needs and strengths of each individual. I am committed to creating a safe, secure environment while helping achieve social, emotional, behavioral, and therapeutic goals by empowering each individual client.
Lauramarie Vita, LPC
Taking the step to seek out a therapist can often be an overwhelming task. It's sometimes difficult to know what type of clinician will best suit you and help you on your journey towards meeting your needs and reaching your goals. As your therapist, I work to provide each client with a safe and inviting environment where you can feel comfortable opening up and working collaboratively to address the concerns that brought you in. With acceptance and validation, I strive to create a non-judgmental space where growth and hopefulness can occur.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor I have experience working with a wide variety of clients in different settings and with different needs. I provide individual and couples therapy services to assist clients with many difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, life transitions and adjustments, relationships, and more. Through a combination of treatment approaches and holistic views, I will work to find what best suits your therapeutic needs. My goal is to create a trusting and comfortable relationship with each client, and use that as the foundation for growth. By partnering with you, I can help you discover true healing and begin to move forward.
Courtney Wolf, LPC
My passion has always been to work with individuals to increase their overall happiness, build upon their strengths, and encourage them to never give up on their goals and dreams. Life can come with many challenges and roadblocks on the path to our success and satisfaction. As your therapist, it is my goal to work in collaboration with you to facilitate growth and empowerment, while providing you with support and direction.
With my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I have worked with all age groups and in various settings including in-home services, schools, colleges, outpatient clinics, and group homes. I have significant experience working with children who struggle with behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, Autism, and aggression. I have clinical experience working with families, adults struggling with substance use, and facilitating intensive outpatient groups.
I use an eclectic and well-rounded approach to counseling in order to work with each client in a way that fits their needs. My goal is to help individuals reach their fullest potential, while providing a safe and non-judgmental environment in which they feel comfortable creating a positive change. Some evidence-based practices I utilize in counseling include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Person-Centered Counseling.