Dr. Tracey has been an individual, couples and family therapist in practice for the past 20 years. In addition to directing the Center for Relationship Healing, she maintains a private practice in Norwich, Connecticut and she operates a satellite office in Glastonbury. She also served as a Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University, the University of Connecticut, Seton Hill University and Alliant International University. She has published extensively in academic journals and is the co-author of three books including Teens Who Hurt: Interventions to Break the Cycle of Adolescent Violence (2005) and Raising Biracial Children (2006). She also is an experienced trainer, consultant, and clinical supervisor, she is licensed as an MFT in three states, and she is an AAMFT Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor. She specializes in working with distressed couples, providing culturally competent, oppression-sensitive approaches to therapy, and working with troubled adolescents and their families.
Jessica has over 23 years of experience as a social worker and as an individual, couple and family therapist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University. She is an experienced forensic interviewer, crisis clinician and couple and family therapist who worked for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families for six years, the Aetna Foundation Children’s Center through St. Francis Hospital for four years, and Wellpath Behavioral Health for Children and Families for five years. She specializes in working with distressed couple relationships, with families with children coping with emotional and behavioral problems, as well as with clients who have past or present struggles with trauma, abuse or addictions.
Theresa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marriage and Family Studies from the University of Hartford and her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Joseph’s College. She has served as an individual, couples and family therapist both in private practice and agency settings including Wellpath Behavioral Health in Waterbury. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger, communication difficulties, intimacy problems, parenting problems and developmental and life cycle challenges. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents and their families.
PATRICIA MANNY, LMFT
Patricia holds a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut, as well as a Master’s degree in Human Services Administration from Antioch New England University. Patricia has worked the East Hartford Department of Youth Services where she provided individual, couples and family therapy, and she specialized in working with troubled adolescents and their families. She also has served as an individual, couple and family therapist at the Cove Center for Grieving Children in Groton and at the Connections Counseling Center in New London. She is experienced in assisting with issues such as divorce, domestic violence, family life cycle transitions, grandparents-as-parents, grief and loss, parenting, trauma, sexual abuse, sexual orientation and step-family adjustments. Patricia is guided by a solid understanding of various models of individual psychotherapy and family systems theory, with an emphasis in Internal Family Systems Therapy. She also is certified at the Basic Level in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy.
KATIE JOHNSON, LCSW
Katie Johnson received her Bachelors degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and her Masters degree in Social Work from New York University. She has worked at Catholic Charities, the Stonington Institute, and for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. With over 8 years of clinical experience, Katie is skilled at working with clients struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence, abuse, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, anger management, and couple and parenting conflicts. In addition to her clinical work, Katie also is a supervisor of Social Work graduate students at St. Joseph’s University in West Hartford, Hartford.
LAURA MOYA, MFT
Laura received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University, earning certificates in Gestalt Therapy and Evidenced Based Practices. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. Laura is fluent in Spanish and has expertise working with multicultural couples and families. Her professional background includes work in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. As a result, she has extensive experience working with individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. Combining her professional background and clinical knowledge, Laura is passionate about creating an inclusive environment for individuals, couples and families from all backgrounds. Her treatment approach fosters healing and empowerment to address presenting problems including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, anger management, communication problems, parent-child conflict, and couples conflict.
ANNE HELLER, LMFT
Anne Heller received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Metro Urban Studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She also earned a Masters in Educational Leadership, Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2011, and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2013 from the University of Connecticut (UConn). Anne is currently working toward her Doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies from UConn. She has worked as a therapist providing individual, couple and family therapy at the Humphrey Clinic in Storrs and the Wheeler Clinic in Plainville. She is experienced treating anxiety, anger, depression, trauma, and strained couple and family relationships. She specializes in working with adolescents and their families to address a wide range of issues with special attention focused on substance abuse treatment and recovery. Anne is a systemically trained therapist who has been trained in use of trauma focused and cognitive behavioral techniques.
Carol has been in practice as an individual, couple and family therapist for the past 14 years. She also serves as the supervisor of the Foster and Adoptive Support Team at United Community and Family Services. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education (1990) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (1992) from the State University of New York (at the Cobleskill and Buffalo campuses respectively). In 2008 she received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University where she also completed a two-year certificate in Gestalt Therapy. With over twenty years of experience as an early childhood educator Carol brings a high level of expertise to her work as a family therapist who is adept at addressing a range of parenting struggles. She also specializes in working with troubled teens and their families, and issues surrounding foster care and adoption. Additionally, Carol is experienced in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma issues, grief and loss, and working with distressed couple relationships.
Melinda Mary Tyler received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her work here at the Center she also works as a Youth and Family Counselor and Early Childhood Coordinator at Old Saybrook Youth Services. Previously she served as the Coordinator of Family Enrichment Services for United Community and Family Services (UCFS), and as a case manager at The Women’s Center of SE Connecticut. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and she is credentialed as a Courageous Parenting Facilitator, as an ASQ-3 (Ages and Stages) & ASQ-SE (Ages and Stages Social and Emotional) Specialist, and as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Counselor.
Melinda utilizes a systemic and holistic approach to treatment that recognizes the importance of relationships and of the mind-body-spirit connection. She is experienced treating a wide range of presenting issues including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, co-occuring disorders, self-esteem issues, communication problems, couples conflict and parent-child conflict. She is especially passionate about working with children of all ages and backgrounds, from pre-K to late teens, and she brings over 20 years of experience to her work with young people, both as a therapist, and through a variety of roles as a Lay Minister.
Sharon has been in practice as a therapist for the past 18 years. She received her Master's degree in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health and Substance Abuse from Southern Connecticut State University. Most recently she served as an Emergency Services Clinician for United Services providing crisis interventions and short-term therapy to adults, children and families. Prior to that she served as a counselor for Haddam Killingworth Youth & Family Services and Middlesex Hospital Center for Behavioral Health where she provided therapy and ran clinical groups for adults and children. As a skilled individual, couple and family therapist, Sharon is experienced at helping distressed couples and families to cope with difficult situations and strained relationships. She also has extensive experience in the treatment of depression, anxiety, pervasive development disorders, substance abuse, trauma issues, and grief and loss.
Amy has more than 18 years of education, training, and experience in the mental health field. Amy earned her Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Connecticut. She worked for three years as Clinical Research Assistant at the UConn Health Center in Farmington, and for the last four years she has worked as an outpatient Clinician for United Community and Family Services (UCFS). Amy also works as as a Volunteer Disaster Responder for the American Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island where she gives crisis therapy for area disaster victims. She has a collaborative approach with clients that empowers her clients to find solutions to their problems. She works with individuals, couples and families from diverse backgrounds to treat a range of presenting problems including but not limited to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, ADHD, parent-child struggles, and a wide range of couples issues.