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Co-Founder of Enlightenment Counseling Center

Jenny Alzate LPC-Is a Hispanic integrative psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working in the human services field. Jenny’s experience included managing clinical teams in EMPS, and MDFT as well as being an MST clinician. Jenny has been in private practice as an individual provider for over 8 years and uses CBT, inner child trauma work, and mind-body medicine as her clinical interventions.  Jenny has trained with famous integrative psychiatrist James Gordon MD. Jenny believes that true healing can occur naturally, by caring for the body  by learning how to eat right and move daily,  healing the emotional scars by utilizing imagery , hypnosis, and guided inner child trauma work to help client rewrite their story, and learning techniques to manage stress . The ultimate focus is helping client, love and fully accept themselves.  She believes in changing belief systems and assisting the client to reconnect with their own internal guiding tool called intuition. So that each person eventually becomes their own therapist .Jenny combines Eastern and Western philosophy when working with her clients. Jenny practices yoga and meditation and is an avid runner, and is mother to a 5 yr. old beautiful little boy. She looks forward to continue providing quality integrative clinical services while supervising this clinical team.



Co-Founder of Enlightenment Counseling Center

Nicole M. Archer, LPC is a clinical psychotherapist of West Indian heritage. Her clinical training started with MST- Multisystemic Therapy where she was a clinical and supervisor for 10 years. Nicole has been in private practice for the past 5 years as an individual provider and considers herself  and "Eclectic psychotherapist" using various treatment modalities and techniques to work with her clients. She is trained in DBT, CBT, and MI amongst other... and uses these treatments to support her clients in identifying and working through their true treatment concerns. Nicole believes that we are each responsible for our therapeutic journey as it takes work, an open mind, acceptance and belief in yourself to make the progress one hopes to achieve during this process. With her background in leading and supporting clinicians through their work in bettering the lives of clients, she looks forward to working with the practitioners of the Enlightenment Counseling Center to better the lives of the surrounding communities.


Paulette Studley, LMFT

ECC Clinican

Paulette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with adults and adolescents in the Greater Hartford area for over eight years. Her specialties include working with families to identify and heal inter-generational patterns of trauma and helping adolescents and pre-teens navigate the often-bumpy journey from puberty to launching.

Paulette has a passion form working with couples, challenging them to improve  communication and to invite intimacy, passion, and security back into their relationship. She is trained in Cognitive-Behavioral, Structural, and Strategic Family Therapy and also utilizes Internal Family Systems and Imago Therapy techniques. Paulette believes that true healing ultimately comes from within and that the therapist should be a trusted guide and witness to this uniquely personal process.


Bonnie Musumeci, LPC

ECC Clinican

Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you having a hard time letting go of whatever it is that's holding you back and preventing your from living life to the fullest? Are your relationships growing more difficult and stressful? Life can be challenging and it may be difficult to identify how to make changes.


Bonnie's goal is to empower her clients by working with them to identify skills and make positive changes in their lives. She can help you explore the irrational thoughts, patterns, emotions and behaviors that are preventing you from being happy and bring balance back into your life. Working together and redirecting negative though patterns will help you relax, focus, and increase your energy. She will encourage and support you throughout the healing process so that you can live the life you always wanted. She uses a warm and compassionate approach that is tailored to meet the needs of the individual or couple she working with. She provides a safe and supportive environment in order to facilitate the capacity for real change.

Bonnie is a licensed professional counselor with experience working with individuals and couples that are struggling with various issues to include depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and relational problems. Her treatment modalities include motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered, substance abuse/addictions, and are solution focused.


Amy Romano, LCSW

ECC Clinican

Licensed Clinical Social Worker using psychodynamic approach combined with several trauma informed models. I help individuals make connections to their past and help them see how it exists in their present lives. I believe that our past experiences, especially painful one, have the tendency to get stored or stuck within us. Although these experiences have shaped us, they can also create negative thoughts and feelings that can be accompanied by patterns of behaviors that subconsciously fulfill the negative. I believe in the power of the mind. I believe in vulnerability as a method of healing and building connection with one another. I am hoping to help guide as many as I can towards healing, happiness, and human connectedness, all of which we all deserve.

I welcome all who are ready to begin the journey towards healing. As an EMDR clinician I am able to help heal trauma, and then integrate CBT to help change the way your brain thinks.


Elena Bourgoing, LCSW

ECC Clinican

Elena Bourgoing is a licensed clinical social worker offering strength based, cognitive behavioral therapy to adolescents and families. She has worked as a Behavioral Health provider for 8+ years. Her primary treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and she is also trained in Dialectic Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. A few areas of treatment that she addresses include; anxiety, depression, ADHD, and parenting support.


Caytlin Cobb, LCSW

ECC Clinican

I truly believe that although asking for help can be challenging it is life changing. When you are ready to start practicing self-acceptance, understanding, and self-love you find that you can move mountains. I am a licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults facing emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues. I have 8 years of experience working with people facing depression & anxiety related to a variety of life stressors such as trauma, divorce, relationship issues, bullying, grief/loss, unemployment, medical conditions, and more. My approach is client centered and strengths based geared towards managing every day stressors as well as unexpected life challenges. I specialize in treating children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, ADHD, & trauma. I also use a systems approach to include caregivers into treatment with the goal of healing the family as a whole not just the child.


Paula Coppola, LMFT

ECC Clinican

Paula is a passionate therapist who believes that there is power within our adversities, and unique stories. She is licensed in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has years of experience working with families, as well as individuals of all age groups. Her first calling to the mental health field was in 2008; she began volunteering as a crisis counselor for sexual assault survivors. She was inspired by the resilience of these individuals, and driven to help give language to their truth. From here, Paula then started providing therapeutic services  to teens, and adolescents living within underserved communities in school, outpatient, and group home settings.


Paula has experience using creative approaches to help guide individuals in their discovery of the Self. She’s used modalities ranging from Internal Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, Action Methods, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and other methods to guide individuals in accessing their truth. She believes that each of us has a unique story that should be heard, nurtured, accepted, and embraced.


Leanne Des Rosiers, LPC

ECC Clinican

I am a professional counselor who believes in using an integrative approach to happiness, health, and wellness. I utilize a strengths-based perspective while incorporating aspects of cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing to help clients identify and meet their goals. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults to address anxiety, depression, life transitions, substance use, and family conflict.


My goal is for clients to feel empowered and connected with their lives to cultivate meaning and purpose!


Laura Bertand,LPC

ECC Clinican

My name is Laura Bertrand and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) ’. I am an eclectic counselor, who often weaves cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and dialectical behavior therapy, using a person-centered approach. What this looks like is the ability to manage life’s stressors with compassion and strength-based skills to help achieve one’s goals. Are you struggling to make changes, hard on yourself, feeling uninspired, lack purpose or direction, experiencing low energy, or have rigid thinking? We will develop your personal goals and continuously work collaboratively through exploring your personal experience. My goal for you is that you take the skills and therapeutic relationship out of the office and into your world. The skills taught will strengthen the aspects in your life that cause stress because they have been ignored. We will honor all of your experiences and feelings, and encourage gratitude for this life we have been given. I believe therapy is a journey, and we create a safe place to explore beliefs, feelings, and experiences. I am a certified yoga teacher and qualified to teach MBSR (currently awaiting certification). I am also in process of receiving an advanced certification in traumatic stress. I value mind body practices such as meditation, breathwork, yoga, writing, poetry, art, whatever there is a calling for and you are open to try. 



JaNae Schneider,LPC

ECC Clinican

JaNae Schneider is a licensed clinical social worker with over 5 years of experience in crisis setting. JaNae has worked extensively with clients facing unplanned life challenges, anxiety, and depression. She believes that everyone deserves a chance to live a happy and fulfilling life, and uses evidence-based techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing to help her clients achieve their goals. JaNae is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for her clients to explore their feelings and work through their challenges. She is passionate about helping her clients build the skills and confidence they need to overcome obstacles and live their best lives. 

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Amanda Shifreen

ECC Clinican

Take a breath in.  Exhale slowly and feel your feet supported by the Earth beneath them. Notice the impact of this one breath in your body- celebrate this moment of peace. Riding the waves of this human experience can at times be challenging, and call for support from an external resource. It is in this calling, I welcome you to delve into therapy. Stepping into an unknown therapeutic relationship can evoke many feelings, and as I invite you into this space, your feet are on the ground and your breaths pace our work. In our time together, my intention is to guide us in a mind-body-soul approach through the therapeutic process.  I embody compassion, genuineness, authenticity and vibrant energy that will allow our relationship to grow.  In my clinical work, I use a narrative therapy framework in session to engage clients in the telling and re-writing of their stories.  This may be to work on a specific challenge, identify life themes, or understand a life’s journey. I will also invite you to utilize yoga, meditation and breathwork in session to support the regulation of the nervous system and maintain a safe space for our work. I am here to remind you that everything you need is already within you.  I invite you to join me as we uncover strengths and skills that allow contentment, joy and peace to find you everyday.


Omally Martinez, LCSW

ECC Clinican

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker using trauma-informed therapeutic models with a strengths-based approach in both English and Spanish. I have extensive experience utilizing behavioral modification treatment models with youth and adults who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also treat children and adults struggling with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. I am passionate about working with LGBTQ+ populations to foster self-acceptance, gender identity euphoria and increased self-esteem. My approach includes a systems lens to provide family members with a deeper understanding of the client’s diagnosis, as well as to nurture full-family healing and compassion. I firmly believe that every person—regardless of race, ethnicity, religious background, gender identity or sexual orientation—deserves to have someone who will sit in the discomfort with them and guide their way

through to self-actualization, one small victory at a time.

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Enitzaida Rodriguez, LCSW

ECC Clinican

Enitzaida Rodriguez, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with high school and college students. With a diverse professional background as a retired Juvenile Probation Officer, former School Social Worker, and Adjunct Professor, she brings a wealth of experience to her practice.


Enitzaida is a trauma-informed art workshop facilitator, empowering individuals to utilize art as a means of self-expression, creativity, and healing. She maintains an inclusive and welcoming practice and her therapeutic approach focuses on empowering individuals to embrace their authentic selves and unlock their creative potential. By integrating diverse artistic and therapeutic modalities, she enhances a client-centered and strength-based approach, fostering personal growth and healing. 

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