Clinical Staff

 

Dr. Cara Powers, LPC

Founder, Clinical Director, Licensed Clinician, PhD, & Clinical Supervisor

 

Dr. Powers is the Founder and Clinical Director of Shoreline Wellness Center, LLC and its affiliated companies Shoreline Wellness Behavioral Health Clinic & Learning Center, LLC and Shoreline Wellness Behavioral Health Outreach, Inc. Dr. Powers specializes in the treatment of adult, child, and adolescent anxiety and phobia disorders (including the treatment of Selective Mutism), blended family, foster and adoptive family, and step-family issues and divorce, as well as adolescent developmental issues. She is currently trained and becoming certified in EMDR. Her vision for creating Shoreline Wellness Center and its affiliated companies is to bring people together suffering from various mental illnesses and to help them heal in a safe, nurturing, and holistic environment, one in which focuses on helping people achieve personal wellness.

 

Dr. Powers utilizes an eclectic approach to her therapeutic treatment but primarily utilizes person centered treatment modalities as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. Dr. Powers' specializes in the treatment of Selective Mutism and conducted extensive research for her dissertation on effective treatment options for children diagnosed with Selective Mutism.

 

Dr. Powers is actively involved in the CT Counseling Association (CCA) and served as a Chair for the Public Relations Committee in 2007-2009, where she received the 2008 President’s Award for her Outstanding Commitment to the Counseling Profession.

 

Dr. Powers also supervises Graduate Counseling students and is a member of CT Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (CACES) . She is also a member of the Adoption Community Network (ACN) and the CT Council on Adoption (CCA). 

Lisa Biagioni, LCSW

Licensed Clinician & Clinical Supervisor

 

Lisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Shoreline Wellness Center and a Clinical Supervisor at Shoreline Wellness Behavioral Health Clinic. She holds a Master in Social Work Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She has a great background working in both the prevention and treatment field. Lisa has worked in a clinical setting with clients of varying ages and cultural backgrounds providing individual and/or group therapy with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In addition, Lisa has collaborated with the local public schools to implement and facilitate early intervention prevention programs for middle school age youth.

 

Lisa's passion is helping people reach their full potential. Everyday life can sometimes be unpredictable. There are times filled with joy and happiness as well as struggles, conflicts, and pain. We can encounter challenges such as relationship issues, illness, parenting difficulties, caring for our aging parents, and stressors at home or at work, that can all interfere with your well being and can leave you feeling confused, anxious, angry, depressed and more. Lisa is dedicated to helping clients work through personal challenging situations. She draws on a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client to encourage and support healthy growth in all stages of their lives.

Nicole Wetmore, LPC

Licensed Clinician & Clinical Supervisor

 

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at Shoreline Wellness Center as well as a Clinical Supervisor at Shoreline Wellness Behavioral Health Clinic. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Nicole’s background includes working with individuals with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health disorders including, but not limited to Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Mood Disorders.  

 

Nicole utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy; however she tends to primarily use a strength-based, person-centered approach as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Nicole believes that with patience, empathy and a healthy therapeutic relationship, one can learn the tools to implement change and thus achieve a more fulfilling and rewarding life experience.

Christine Krom, LPC, ATR-BC

Licensed Clinician

 

Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). She has almost 20 years experience in the mental health field. She has a Masters degree from Albertus Magnus College in counseling and art therapy. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the American Art Therapy Association.


Christine has had extensive experience in the area of counseling patients and families who have had difficulties due to anxiety, depression, trauma, hospice-related illness, bereavement, substance abuse issues in hospital, home-care, hospice and outpatient settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, the elderly and culturally diverse populations. Clinical approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered and other mindfulness therapies.

 

Christine believes that therapy, whether it is the traditional “talk therapy” or art therapy can be empowering in how a person can truly understand and heal oneself in times of confusion, emotional pain, anxiety and depression. She creates a safe, peaceful space where you can begin to reveal and heal your true self. In therapy, your stories, needs, struggles and triumphs are important as you make changes in your life and start your path to wellness.

Cynthia Melendez, LCSW

Licensed Clinician

 

Cynthia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Shoreline Wellness Center, who graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of New Haven in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Social Work from New York University. Cynthia has experience working with children and families through her time with the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Cynthia also has skills in working with complex traumas such as PTSD, sexual assault, and domestic violence in adolescents through her work with Love146, a local non-profit. 

Jessica Mikita, LPC

Licensed Clinician

 

Jessica is a Licensed Professiona Counselor who graduated from the University of New Haven. Jessica has been working in the mental health field over 5 years.

 

Jessica has a passion for working with adults, children, and families using an eclectic approach with a heavy focus on person-centered therapy.

 

Aside from working in the field, Jessica enjoys attending workshops, seminars, and community events supporting an array of mental health causes. Jessica believes that mental health awareness is important because it contributes to a person's daily living and functioning.

Judy Hennessy, LCSW

Licensed Clinician

 

Judy has provided services to divers populations and has experience in both inpatient and outpatient mental health agencies. She is well trained in family dynamics, healthy relationships, and has certification in Choice Theory/Reality Therapy. Judy also has CBT and DBT training. As a certified instructor, Judy has also taught drug and alcohol classes for the state of Kentucky. In addition, Judy has completed EMDR training and has crisis team experience.

 

Judy would describe herself as a self-starter, collabortive, and enjoys working with a team. She believes that building relationships of trust and safety with client is the foundation for positive therapeutic work in order to assist with clients in achieving their idenfied goals.

Kimberly Conley, LPC

Licensed Clinician

 

Kimberly graduated with her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2012 from Souther Connecticut State University. Kim is a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) and is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Kim is a person-centered, stength based therapist who utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and tradtional talk t herapy. Kim is a playful and creative therapist that knows how to reach into the world of a struggling child, teen, or young adult. Kim has 7 years successfully working with adolescents in inidivudual, family, and group counseling with various diagnoses. 

 

In Kim's spare time, she love to spend time with her dog, Meena, read books, and eat rocky road ice cream. 

Jordan Baronski, MS, NBCC

Master Level Clinician

 

Come back later to learn more about Jordan!

Emajae Ricketts, MA

Master Level Clinician

Emajae has her license in Professional Counseling, and has been working in the field for over three years now. Emajae obtained her Bachelor's at Villanova University, and her Master's at the University of New Haven. Emajae has immense passion and energy for the mental health counseling field, and enjoys assisting clientele of all ages. Emajae's approach is person-centered, strengths-based, and draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. During her free time, Emajae loves to spend time with friends, family, and her pup!

Stephanie Encarnacion, LMSW

Master Level Clinician

 

Stephanie is currently an LMSW pursuing her license to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University where she studied social work. Stephanie is passionate about helping individuals who are struggling to find fulfillment in their lives, by using a variety of techniques and approaches. Stephanie takes a particular interest in working with adolescents, providing care that is informed, collaboritive, and compassionate. 

Katina Tsitaridis, MA

Master Level Clinician

 

Katina "Katie" is a clinician who graduated with her Master's in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven, and acquired additional credits at the University of Saint Joseph's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in her pursuit for Licensed Professional Counseling.  Katie also received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminology at Central CT State University, and is a great advocate for restorative justice and empowering today's youth.

 

Katie has extended experience working with children, young adults, and families from diverse communities in both recreational and clinical mental health domains.  Katie's approach is person-centered, strengths-based, and draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods.

 

Katie is an active and energetic clinician who believes that enthusiasm and authenticity contributes to positive relationship building. Katie aims to help every individual recognize their worth and challenge them to be the best and healthiest they can be. Katie is proficient in Spanish, and enjoys strengthening her cultural competence in multidimensional ways.


In her leisure Katie loves going to the gym, reading, and eating chocolate.

Andrea Ryan, MA

Master Level Clinician

 

Andrea Ryan graduated with her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University (NU) in 2019. Previously she received her Master's in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and earlier she completed her Bachelor of Science (Honors) from Queen's University in Canada. Prior to attending NU, Andrea worked for four years in underserved public schools delivering a trauma-informed educational program to children and teens. For the last 18 months Andrea has been counseling children and adults in a community mental health setting. Andrea has lived in Canada, England, and the United States.

 

Andrea approaches counseling from a psychodynamic, person-centered point of view, borrowing tools from theories such as CBT, Gestalt, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Choice and EMDR, while infusing all with feminism and multicultural theories. She is passionate about social justice and multicultural counseling. Clinical interests include transgender client issues, trauma and selective mutism. 

 

For fun and recreation Andrea enjoys walking with her dogs in nature, reading, writing, cooking, traveling, tennis and spending time with her husband and four children. 

Kenneth Rando, LMSW

Master Level Clinician

 

Ken is a May 2017 graduate from the Master of Social Work program at Southern Connecticut State University. Ken has had a long-time interest in the brain and mental health, having studied psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, in the late 1990s. From 2003-2015 he performed neuroimaging research at Yale University, and published several papers on brain structure and substance use disorders. Ken is well-versed in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for anxiety and mood disorders. He has a growing interest in body-mind interactions and their implications for the treatment of trauma. 

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