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Southington, Connecticut

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Hartford, Connecticut

Chris Albini, LPC

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) that 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, but not limited to, are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, as well as incorporating a mindfulness based approach.  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.

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 our lives, 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 evidenced based and trauma informed treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Treatment, 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 skillset 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.

Dave Pecirep, MA (LPC candidate)

I earned my Master’s in Counseling from Central Connecticut State University where I graduated Cum Laude, received the 2016 Graduate Certificate Award for Academic Excellence, and was inducted into Chi Sigma Iota International Counseling Honor Society.  As a clinician, I have spent over two years working within a residential program, intensive outpatient program, and one on one therapy settings with a theoretical orientation in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and addiction. For my undergraduate degree, I attended Roger Williams University and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2007. After two deployments with the 29th Infantry Division in the U.S. Army, I went on to spend three years researching PTSD and traumatic brain injuries (TBI) with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA).  


In addition to academia, I have also had the privilege of studying and volunteering in the international community as well studying mental health in Europe and teaching children in Nepal.


I have experience supporting and empowering children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I am committed to partnering together authentically to help solve and resolve personal, interpersonal, family, career and other mental health changes that impact functioning. I specialize in the areas of anxiety, depression, anger management, stress management, self-image, interpersonal relationships, grief, family conflict, life transitions, crisis intervention, and substance abuse. I utilize an integrative wellness model to diagnose, counsel and implement treatment.  However, my theoretical orientation is based in contemporary psychodynamic therapeutic interventions, solution- focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy in addition to motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based practices.


It is my goal is to provide a positive, motivating, sincere, and genuine counseling experience to all individuals. I seek to learn from the individuals I support and share my own knowledge, skills, tools, and resources. I will work hard to integrate prevention, action, psychoeducation, and advocacy into my practice. My goals also include promoting and supporting linkages to supports beyond counseling that would enhance each persons’ optimal health, wellness, growth, and development. These include healthy living choices such as nutrition, exercise, socialization, recreation, and play. I strive daily to meet the needs and goals of the individuals I have the pleasure of supporting so that they can find a connection, meaning, and fulfillment in their lives.  

Danica Delgado, LCSW

Life is full of joys, challenges, transitions, and opportunities for growth. Often we 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.


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. Empowerment is the cornerstone of my practice. 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. My practice utilizes mindfulness and other mind/body/energy-based therapy modalities to connect brain and body so you can fully process your feelings and experiences. I find cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to have useful strategies for helping us to understand and change how our thinking and behavior are impacting our ability to chart the path we desire for our life. Person-centered therapy also informs my work, as a relationship based on non- judgment and unconditional positive regard supports the inherent potential for growth and wellness we all have within ourselves.


I have worked extensively with survivors of domestic/ sexual violence and other forms of trauma, and the depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress that can arise from difficult life experiences and even every day life. Supporting individuals and families through chronic, acute, and life limiting illness and the adjustments and grief that often accompany those paths has also been an important part of my work. My practice can be helpful to people experiencing physical and mental health issues, transitions, difficult experiences in their past or with their family of origin, role challenges (workplace, parenting, relationships), anxiety, worries and stress, and a variety of other needs. I am trained in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and frequently teach and utilize these strategies in order to enhance well-being in my work with individuals and families.


I would love to meet you and have the opportunity to assist you in finding your best path to wellness and joy.

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 will 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 department 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 am coming to the Cornerstone Counseling Center with 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 one of teamwork and self-determination for on only you can make the commitment and set the path on 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”.  Each child comes with their own unique gifts and challenges.  I hope to share some of my own experiences in the hope that it can help other families.


My unique and year of experience along with my desire to help others have set a path for me to join the Cornerstone Counseling Center.  I look forward to the steps we can take to put you on your path.

Stacie Cull, LCSW

"Don't Look Back, You're Not Going That Way" ~ Going forward we will partner so that I can understand who you are, what experiences you've had and what your strengths are. By using various therapy method, I guide my clients into feeling in control of their futures. Working with individuals, families and groups, I have created a practice that is driven by taking the journey with you to personal development and growth.


I have experience working with adults, children and families facing issues with substance use, trauma and domestic violence (survivors and offenders). Using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), I provide a safe environment for treating trauma and associated issues.

Dominique Shabazz, LCSW

“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined” –Unknown. IT IS POSSIBLE. My approach is a combination of gentle yet firm, supportive yet aggressive; ultimately finding the balance to meet current the needs of my clients and give them what they need to help them grow. My goal is to provide each individual with the tools and strategies to use for a brief time or a life time. Working from a strengths perspective some strategies used include, Dialectical Behavioral Techniques (including mindfulness practices), Solution Focused Therapy and Behavioral Activation.

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2009 and went on to complete my Masters degree in Social Work in 2012. I have been a School Social Worker in both the public and private sector for the last 6 years. I have a passion for working with children, from pre-school age through adolescence. I consider these years the most vital times of their lives. With the proper support I believe each child will be able to take full advantage of their endless potential. Albeit my passion for working with children, my education and experience make me qualified psychotherapist for the treatment of a variety of needs. I have been employed within hospital networks working both Inpatient Crisis and Intensive Outpatient with adults and adolescents on their behavioral/mental health needs including anxiety, depression, and various types of trauma. I have extensive experience in settings working with survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking survivors and facilitating groups for individuals with substance abuse disorders.

Allisia Dariah, LPC

For some people therapy can seem rather anxiety provoking as people often believe that something may be wrong with them if they choose to go to therapy; but I believe it is important to take a look at therapy from a different perspective highlighting rather what has happened to a person that affects who they are as an individual presently and the individual seeking out the support that they need to live out their full potential. My passion has always been to encourage and uplift people in order for them to feel confident that they can achieve their ultimate goals without feeling a sense of judgement. My goal in therapy is to work with each individual on developing positive insight in their lives and creating healthy coping strategies to be able to manage the daily stressors of life. 


I graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. I moved on to obtain my Masters Degree in clinical mental health counseling from Bay Path University in 2016. I have 7+ years experience working with children and adolescents who may be struggling with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety, depression, anger management, oppositional behaviors, and trauma. I have clinical experience working within schools, extended day treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs, and outpatient clinics. In addition to working with children and adolescents, I have experience working with parents on being able to implement appropriate behavioral management strategies and families learning effective communication skills to foster a positive environment within the home. Not only do I have experience working with children and adolescents, but I also have a strong clinical background working with young adults who are dealing with life changes and transitions (i.e. college, careers, relationships, family planning) and working with them to be able to navigate and problem solve through the challenges that they may face. In addition to my work experience with the various populations, I am certified in TF-CBT (trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy) and have experience implementing this trauma model with children, adolescents, and young adults.


I like to describe my approach as being very eclectic pulling from different theoretical backgrounds and incorporating this approach into treatment to meet every client where they feel most comfortable. To me, it is important that each person that walks through the door know and understand that their presenting issue does not define who they are; but rather can help them to grow and become a better version of themselves.

Mark Field, MS (LPC Candidate)

Whether big or small, life presents challenges that we all need to overcome.  Through genuine connection and collaboration, I help clients gain the tools and skills necessary to overcome those challenges.  Employing such tools as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Counseling, and Person-Centered Counseling, we work together to identify issues, create goals, explore possible solutions, create action steps, and monitor our progress.  Ultimately, this is the goal of therapy:  To identify room for improvement, whether big or small, and make possible change in our lives. 


I have experience working with individuals as they cope with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, sexuality and trauma, as well as many other issues.  With a Master’s Degree in Counseling and over 5 years experience as a Certified School Counselor (K-12), I have worked with a wide range of individuals and together we have tackled a wide range of issues.  I am extremely well-versed in school-based issues:  adolescent peer relationships, behavioral issues, learning difficulties, depression and anxiety, coping strategies, motivational strategies, special education, and 504 accommodations, as well as college and career planning. 


As your therapist, I am actively engaged in creating a safe, non-judgmental environment with a foundation in trust and unconditional positive regard.  I meet clients where they are, identify their strengths, and work from there to empower and encourage positive change.

Nicole Tedone, LPC

For some it may be an easy quick decision to begin the therapy journey, while for others it might be a challenging choice. I am a licensed professional counselor who is passionate about working with adolescents, teens and young adults deal with anxiety, depression, substance use, anger management, low self-esteem and everyday struggles. My genuine style approach helps to create a safe environment that allows us to explore therapeutic issues. In counseling I utilize many different evidence based practices that include – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Treatment and Positive Psychology.


As every individual is different, I use different techniques, along with talk therapy, that will allow you to be more in tune with your emotions and recognize all your personal strengths and improve quality of life. I feel it is most important to focus on strengths as this will allow you to focus on healthy and positive coping skills, improve self-esteem, and achieve emotional comfort.

I graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelors in Sociology in 2013 and moved on to obtain my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bay Path University in 2016. I have 4 + years working with adolescents and young adults who may find themselves struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management, substance use, and oppositional behaviors. I have clinical experience working in school settings, outpatient offices, residential facilities and with in-home services. In addition to working with adolescents and young adults, I also have experience working with parents on positive communication and positive strategies to create a safe and supportive home for the individual.  

Elizabeth Bourquin, LCSW

There are times in our life when we become overwhelmed with life events. During these times we may need some help to navigate through these difficult times and learn 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 have experience working with the geriatric population and their families coping with issues such as caregiver stress, adjustment to diagnosis, and end of life.


I also have experience in helping clients with specific challenges of: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, family distress, and individuals and youth in needing support with 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.

Agatha Giliberto, APRN

Bilingual: Polish speaking

My employment history includes seven years of experience working on various floors at Hartford Hospital including a medicine-teaching floor with mostly adult patients. Post masters experience includes working with patients ages 18 months and up in an urgent care setting as well as currently practicing in an outpatient adult cardiology setting. This has provided me with the insight and skills necessary to provide 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 current therapists and patients to help guide patients to better manage stress and remove barriers to reach life goals.

Specialties: Initial evaluations and ongoing medication management along with supportive therapy guided by our therapist for:

· General Anxiety Disorder

· Depression


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.

I graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I then went on to obtain my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. I have experience working with all age groups, and have worked in various settings including in-home services, schools, college settings, outpatient clinics, and group homes. I have over 5 years experience working with children who struggle with behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma, and aggression. I have experience providing behavior therapy for children diagnosed with Autism, as well as experience working with families. I have clinical experience working with adults struggling with substance use, and facilitating intensive outpatient groups.

I use an eclectic approach to counseling in order to fit the needs of the individual and work with them utilizing a well-rounded approach. My goal is to work with individuals to help them reach their fullest potential, while providing a safe and non-judgmental environment they feel comfortable in to create 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.

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 take that first step towards wellness and to begin to 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 each person to tailor treatment to address specific needs. I am compassionate and patient, yet direct and offer support in any way that I can.


I first received a B.A. in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University in 2011 and later, a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut in 2014. I have been practicing clinical 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, among others. 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. It’s time to write a new chapter in your story and I welcome any opportunity to help guide that process.

Monique Edwards, LCSW

I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 7 years of experience in the mental health field. The journey 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 macro 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. I decided to pursue a Masters in Social Work at Springfield College, Massachusetts and I then obtained an independent license as a clinical social worker. I have a wide range of experience working with individuals diagnosed with depression, anxiety, ADHD, parenting issues as well as those that struggle 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 individual in identifying stressors which often times begin 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).

Sara Karar, LCSW

Bilingual : Arabic 


As a therapist, I find immense joy and reward in seeing individuals thrive, overcome their fears and worries, and find their hidden strengths. I believe in helping clients find their inner power to elicit long-lasting positive changes in their lives. 


Over the past four years, I have worked with clients struggling with a variety of substance abuse and mental health issues including early recovery, relapse prevention, Medication-Assisted Treatment, anxiety, depression, anger and impulse-control issues, domestic violence, stress management, and bipolar disorders. 


I especially have a passion for helping clients gain control over their substance use as opposed to being controlled by it. The process of recovery comes with many milestones of victory as well as moments of feeling overwhelmed and uncertainties. I enjoy being able to share these many different victories and struggles with my clients and using them as learning experiences to further develop. 


My goal is to help you achieve YOUR goals by becoming a strong, healthy, empowered, and resilient individual. I want to help you build a toolbox of healthy skills you can use to tackle your personal struggles. I look forward to joining you in improving your well-being and becoming the best version of yourself! 

Gayle Daskal, LCSW

Gayle Daskal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut with extensive experience in child, adolescent, adult and family psychotherapy. Gayle specializes in the assessment and treatment of child and adult Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Personality Disorders, and behavioral difficulties. Gayle provides counseling services as well as parental support by utilizing a strengths-based method to treatment. Gayle has completed comprehensive, specialized trainings in infant mental health, trauma, and adoption. She has also completed the intensive Circle of Security training and is a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator (COS-P). Gayle has completed the intensive full implementation-level training for the evidence-based model called Child-Parent Psychotherapy, which promotes attachment-based parenting and infant/child mental health. Gayle is a certified hypnosis practitioner. She was accepted to participate in the next cohort for advanced training in adoption with the Connecticut Adoption Assistance Program. Gayle holds a membership with the National Association of Social Workers.

Kate Tansley, LPC

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 clinical experience working with children and adults who struggle with effectively managing their day-to-day tasks and regulating their emotions related to current life stressors, past trauma or underlying symptoms of anxiety and/or depression.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who can provide mindful and effective support to individuals who have potentially hit road blocks and feel as if they're not sure where to turn next.  I provide active listening skills, personable qualities and a level of understanding to meet you where you're at both mentally and emotionally.  I use an empowering and self-confidence building counseling approach specific to meeting the needs and strengths of each individual. I am determined to help create a safe, secure environment while helping achieve social, emotional, behavioral and therapeutic goals by empowering each individual client.

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 gets 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 can also teach you coping skills that you can begin to apply immediately.  Contact me to set up an appointment.  

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