Clinical Staff

 

Dr. Cara Powers, LPC

Founder, Clinical Director, Licensed Clinician, & 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). 

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Anthem

UBH

Cigna

Aetna

Tricare

Healthy CT 

Magellan

Harvard Pilgrim

MultiPlan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Nicole Wetmore, LPC

Assistant Clinical Director, Licensed Clinician, & Clinical Supervisor

 

Nicole is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) at Shoreline Wellness Center as well as our Assistant Clinical Director and 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. Nicole works with adult populations ages 18+.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Anthem

Cigna

Aetna

Tricare

Healthy CT 

Magellan

Harvard Pilgrim

MultiPlan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Jessica Mikita, LPC

Executive Director, Licensed Clinician, Credentialing Coordinator & Clinical Supervisor

 

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

 

Life transitions, relational stressors and worry can begin to consume one’s life and become overwhelming and painful. Jessica has a passion for working with adults, children, and families using an eclectic approach with a heavy focus on person-centered therapy. Jessica’s approach to therapy is personable and warm to facilitate positive change through the client’s strengths and abilities.

 

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.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Anthem

UBH (Center)

Cigna

Aetna

Magellan

MultiPlan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Dr. Michele Bullock, NCC, LPC, BC-TMH

Licensed Clinician, PhD, & Clinical Supervisor

 

Dr. Bullock is a mental health professional with over 25 years of mental health and related experience. She has worked in direct care, hospital and insurance company leadership roles, and also started a private practice. She also teaches psychology at HCC. Dr. Bullock has varied specialties which include, but are not limited to, Anger Management, Anxiety, Depression, Balance in Life and Work, Bipolar Depression, Family Dynamics/Divorce/Separation, and industrial/organizational psychology/workplace challenges. Dr. Bullock believes in a tailored approach to mental health care.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

MultiPlan

UBH (Center)

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Aetna 

Magellan

Christine Krom, LPC, ATR-BC

Licensed Clinician & Clinical Supervisor

 

Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC). She has a Masters degree from Albertus Magnus College in counseling and art therapy, as well as, 20 years experience in the mental health field.

 

Christine has had extensive experience in the area of counseling patients and families who have had difficulties due to anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse issues, hospice-related illness, bereavement, 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.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

MultiPlan

UBH (Center)

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Aetna 

Magellan

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. 

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

MultiPlan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Aetna 

Magellan

Emajae Ricketts, LPC

Licensed Clinician & Compliance Officer

 

Emajae has her license in Professional Counseling and has been working in the field for over three years. 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!

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

MultiPlan

Magellan

Aetna

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Jordan Baronski, LPC, NBCC

Licensed Clinician, Clinical Coordinator, & Billing Specialist

 

Come back later to learn more about Jordan!

 

 

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

MultiPlan

Magellan

Aetna

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Stephanie Perez, LPC

Licensed Clinician

 

Stephanie is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a passion for working with adults, children and families. Stephanie received her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southern Connecticut State University in 2016. Stephanie specializes in crisis intervention and has helped those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts and engaging in self-harming behaviors. Stephanie also has experience in helping those who have suffered trauma, grief and loss, anxiety and depression. Stephanie believes in a strengths-based approach and believes everyone has the tools and ability to get to where they want to be regardless of their past. Stephanie believes therapy should be an open space where individuals and families can express themselves freely and be met with compassion and understanding.

 

During her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors, with friends, family and her dogs. Stephanie loves to travel and finds it important to learn from other cultures.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Magellan

Multiplan

Erica Guzman, LADC, LPC-A

Licensed Clinician

 

Erica is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) through the Connecticut Certification Board. She graduated from University of Bridgeport where she received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Human Services, and a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Erica is an active member of the American Counseling Association where she receives consistent training to advance her clinical diversity.

 

Erica’s background includes working with individuals who have struggled with addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. This includes experience working with those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and other mood disorders. Erica has a passion for utilizing strength-based approaches as well as Person Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, and other Mindfulness therapies including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She has a new and youthful approach to counseling that opens the mind to all possibilities. Erica values the team effort it takes to build a meaningful and transformative therapeutic relationship and takes pride in advocating for her clients and their needs.

 

In Erica’s spare time she enjoys traveling the world, practicing mindfulness, eating yummy foods, and spending time with friends and family. Join her for some fun and productive counseling!

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Anthem

Cigna

Multiplan

Magellan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Soulyma Lahnin-Yaghzar, LADC, MFT

Licensed Clinician

 

Soulyma has a master’s in Marriage and Family therapy and is licensed as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor. For over 13 years, Soulyma has been working with adults both individually and as couples. Soulym has extensive experience helping people regarding life cycle transitions including communication, relationships, marriage, parenting, separation/divorce, grief and loss issues, and substance abuse issues. Her experience also includes treating people who suffer from depression, anxiety and ADD/ADHD to name a few.

 

Soulyma's approach is to "meet my clients where they are" figuratively. She creates a safe, supportive, and compassionate environment for clients to develop the skills and insight needed to work towards their goals and heal. Soulyma believes people have the ability to change but sometimes need help seeing the path. She can help guide you through this process and assist you to move forward to a more fulfilling life!

 

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, competitive running, Zumba, traveling, and spending time with family including her puppy Oreo.

 

Insurances Accepted:

Husky

Cigna

Anthem

Magellan

Aetna

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Mae-Ann Wilner, LCSW

Licensed Clinician

 

Check back later to learn more about Mae-Ann!

 

 

Insurances Accepted:

Medicare

Husky

Anthem

Cigna

Magellan

Claudine Jean-Baptiste, LCSW

Licensed Clinician

 

Claudine is a licensed clinical Social Worker who completed a dual degree in Sociology and Social Work at Eastern Shore Maryland and Salisbury University. She later completed the graduate program in human services at Fordham University. In the past 10+ years, Claudine has worked with young children, adolescents and adults.

 

In her spare time, Claudine enjoys being active by going on hikes (she loves a great view) and walks in her neighborhood park. She enjoys warm weather the most, however, she finds that all of the seasons bring unique beauty and advantages. Claudine is passionate about wellness in all its forms (spiritual, physical, emotional, mental). She enjoys reading self-help books and non-fiction. Community engagement, education, social welfare, and mental health are some of the areas that she desires to actively promote and participate in. 

 

Insurances Accepted:

Medicare

Husky

Anthem

MultiPlan

Beacon Health (Value Options)

Cigna

Stephanie Encarnacion, LMSW

Master Level Clinician, Compliance Officer, & Clinical Supervisor

 

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. 

Kaydian Harrison, LCSW

Clinical Supervisor

 

Kaydian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who specializes in trauma therapy. She is trained in EMDR and utilizes the model to help clients find lasting healing both in their minds and bodies. Kaydian is also certified in the CBT model to assist patients in addressing their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Andrea Ryan, MA, LPC-A

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. 

Sarah Moran, LMSW

Master Level Clinician & Intake Coordinator

 

Come back later to learn more about Sarah!

Samantha Rijos, MS, LPC-A

Master Level Clinician & HR Manager

 

Samantha is a Professional Counselor Associate and Master Level Clinician pursuing her license in Professional Counseling (LPC). Samantha graduated from Post University with her MS in Counseling and Human Services, and has a Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Counseling. Samantha also received her BA in Media Studies from Southern Connecticut State University and enjoys working with clients of all ages on addressing sociocultural issues relating to body image, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Samantha uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and person-centered approaches in session with a focus on unconditional positive regard and empathy. 

 

In her free time, Samantha enjoys baking, movies, listening to podcasts, and running around with her two dogs Max and Maya.

Hannah Milano, M. Ed., LPC-A

Master Level Clinician & Administrative Assistant

 

Hannah completed a B.A. in Psychology, and completed her M.Ed. in Counseling and Psychology, with a concentration in trauma and addictions in August 2020. Hannah utilizes Cognitive Behavioral/Processing Therapy and Mindfulness/Holistic techniques with clients of all age groups.

Muna Bhandari, MS, LPC-A

Master Level Clinician

 

Muna is currently a Professional Counselor Associate pursuing her license to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Muna obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women Studies from the University of Connecticut and her Master’s Degree of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in September 2020. Muna is an active member of the Chi Sigma Iota (International Counseling Honor Society) and the American Counseling Association.

 

Prior to starting graduate school, Muna provided trauma-informed crisis intervention to children and adolescents as a mental health worker at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Muna is passionate about mental health counseling and utilizes clinical approaches of person-centered, strength-based, CBT, and mindfulness therapy. Muna is a local Leo Club volunteer and is passionate about community outreach, social justice, and strengthening cultural competency in her counseling approach.

 

For fun, Muna likes to travel and has lived in Nepal, Saint Maarten, and the United States. Muna is fluent in Nepali and enjoys learning new languages.

Lindsey Metcalfe, LMSW

Master Level Clinician

 

Lindsey is a Licensed Master of Social Work who has been working in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. She obtained her BS in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She then went on to receive a Master’s in Social Work from Quinnipiac University. While living in Pennsylvania, Lindsey worked with adults with acquired brain injury as well and children with behavioral issues. Much of Lindsey’s clinical work has focused on serving children with trauma. As part of her graduate internships, she served as a therapist at a behavioral school and an extended day treatment program. She then worked as an emergency mobile psychiatric clinician for to assist children in crisis in the Greater New Haven Area. Lindsey’s most recent work has been as an outpatient clinician performing individual, group and family counseling. Lindsey utilizes person-centered and strengths-focused approaches to help each client recognize their inherent abilities. Lindsey encourages clients to embrace the power of gratitude and staying in the present moment. Outside of work you can find her enjoying family, animals and sports.

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