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
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
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 Llanes, LPC
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
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
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.
Nathalie Ortiz, MSW, LCSW
Healing is something so beautiful and empowering. In order for people to heal there must be a space created for understanding. Together we will create an environment that will allow healing to take place. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 6 years of experience. I specialize in treating adolescents, adults and older adults facing issues with Anxiety, Depression, Postpartum Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Substance Abuse Issues, and PTSD. I utilize a strength based perspective along with motivational interviewing techniques to address the road blocks or barriers that can make us sometimes feel “stuck”. I will assist you in creating a narrative shift and break those unhealthy patterns while reminding you of the strength you already possess. We all have a beautiful story to tell and I am here to provide that support along your healing journey.
Natalie Rosado, LCSW
Natalie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Connecticut. Natalie received her Bachelor’s from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University. Natalie has over 13 years of experience in a variety of settings and with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions. She has experience working with adolescents, individuals, couples and families using an eclectic and strength based approach tailored to the unique needs of each new client.
Natalie believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their own strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling, happy lives. Natalie provides an environment of compassion and support to help individuals and families overcome obstacles to move forward and thrive.
Emily Markham, LCSW
Emily is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 10 years of experience working to support families and individuals in the community. She is bilingual in Spanish, and she provides treatment and documentation in both English and Spanish. Her specialities are working with adolescents and adults struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as working with people who have experienced trauma. She is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and use this along with traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavior Modification techniques in treatment to help clients achieve their goals. Her approach is flexible according to the needs of each client, and Emily believes in mutual respect in the partnership between client and therapist.
Stephanie Vacek, LMFT
As a marriage and family therapist it is my honor to work with individuals and families to work through hardships and explore ways to not only survive life's trials but to thrive. Many people find themselves seeking therapy during a life transition. Transitions can be extremely challenging, whether it is a change in a relationship, employment, a move or a loss. Navigating a new normal can come with pain and uncertainty. Through our work together I use a variety of techniques and interventions to explore solutions and assist you in developing skills to find joy again.
I bring years of experience working with adults, children, and families. I work from a lens that emphasizes safety and connection. I will partner with you to explore you and your family's needs with empathy and respect
Paula Coppola, LMFT
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.
Jeston Sussman, LCSW
Jeston Sussman received her MSW at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She then joined the Yale Child Study Center as a Clinical Social Work Fellow and later joined the faculty. Jeston currently works as a clinician at The Village for Families and Children in Hartford, CT doing in-home therapy with children and families. Her clinical interests include trauma and family therapy/support with a particular interest in the utilization of art in the construction of therapeutic narrative. Jeston is trained in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and uses a play therapy model to strengthen the child and parent relationship and address trauma and attachment issues.
Caytlin Woodtke, LCSW
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.
Brad Quirk, LCSW
Brad Quirk, LCSW is a clinician who believes that it is his role to help clarify what is impeding oneself from moving forward in life. Helping the client know and believe that there is a way toward a better version of their self is the second step. The third step is developing the right plan, and the fourth step is putting the plan in motion. Brad believes that the best predictor of success is ones will along with a trusting clinical relationship. Brad has been practicing EMDR for 3 years, trained in Minfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Positive Psychology and other Spiritually Competent practices. Brad is a veteran of the U.S. Military and believes that it is an honor to work in the field of self-realization.