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. 

Ellen Miller-Pond, LCSW

Licensed Clinician


Ellen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist who believes that her professional career is a journey to walk with others, build trust and facilitate their strengths, improving the quality and functioning of their own lives. Ellen has a wide range of experience working with children, adolescents and adults and families of all cultures, abilities and challenges. The therapeutic alliance is a gift and the quality of work within this alliance is a reflection of the individual's investment in the process. It is Ellen's belief that the therapist should bring as many skills, techniques and strategies to the process, and allow for the empowerment of the individual/family/group to develop and flourish.


Ellen is a graduate of Sacred Heart University with an accelerated BSW and Southern Connecticut State University with an MSW and specialization in mental health and substance abuse. Ellen had the opportunity to do her graduate school internship at CMHC in New Haven, considered a Yale University fellowship within the DHMAS system.


Ellen's approach to therapy is eclectic, including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Insight Orientated Therapy, Family Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy (symbolic, parallel, and art), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, Strength Based Approach. Spirituality is considered not only as a moral compass, but a private, personal resource/relationship and can be a tremendous asset to therapy, but is clearly, and individual choice.


Ellen has more than 25 years of experience working with CT-based, non-profit agencies, including: The Kennedy Center Inc., Child Guidance Center of Greater Bridgeport, Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA) and Wellmore Inc., in Waterbury. Most recently, she spent a year and a half as a clinician with Roeder & Polanski, Family and Child Associates, a group private practice located in Middletown.


Some of her other interests include guitar, songwriting, poetry, photography, horseback riding, camping, hiking and kayaking. God, family, and friends are most loved and valued!

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.

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. 

Laura Kaul, MA

Master Level Clinician


Laura is a 2018 gradute from the University of New Haven's Master's of Community Psychology program and completed her Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. Laura has been working in the mental health field for over 3 years. She is currently working towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).


Laura is passionate about working with adolescents and adults. Laura's approach is person-centered, strengths-based, and draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. She strives to help people create and maintain meaningful connections in their lives, build self esteem, and reframe negative thought patterns. 


In her free time, Laura loves to spend time outside either hiking or by the lake. She loves to bake, watch horror movies, and explore historical locations around New England. 

Katina Tsitaridis, MA

Master Level Clinician


Katina "Katie" Tsitaridis is a clinician who graduated with her Master's in Community Psychology at the University of New Haven (2018). As she pursues her LPC, Katie is currently completing a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at The University of Saint Joseph. 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, exploring new places, 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. 

Jordan Baronski, MS, NBCC

Master Level Clinician


Come back later to learn more about Jordan!

Emajae Ricketts, MA

Master Level Clinician


Come back later to learn more about Emajae!

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