Clinical Staff

 

Dr. Cara Powers, LPC, PhD

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). 

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+.

Jessica Mikita, LPC

Executive Director, Licensed Clinician, & 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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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!

Jordan Baronski, LPC, NBCC

Clinical Coordinator & Licensed Clinician

 

Come back later to learn more about Jordan!

Kayla Toole, LPC-A

Licensed Clinician

 

Kayla is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate pursuing her licensure in mental health counseling (LPC). Kayla graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice/criminology from University of Rhode Island in 2015. She then worked with children phasing out of DCF in care in a group home in Newport, Rhode Island. Kayla received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University in December 2018.

 

Kayla has been working in the field for five years with a variety of populations including children in DCF care with severe emotional and behavioral problems, special needs children in public school and with people who are recently released from incarceration and are reintegrating into society. Kayla's approach is solution focused, person-centered, and draws from Cognitive Behavioral approaches. Kayla is passionate about helping others and focuses on building strong relationships with her clients. In her free time Kayla enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with her cat, Luna, friends, and family.

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.

Erica Guzman, LADC, LPC-A, CAC

Licensed Clinician

 

Erica is currently a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate pursuing her license to become 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!

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.

Lauren DePietro, LADC

Licensed Clinician

 

Lauren truly believes that everyone should have the opportunity to live their best life. Lauren applies her experience and knowledge to help those with a desire to grow, adjust, change, and evolve into their best self.

 

Lauren has a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She has significant experience working with those that suffer with substance abuse and addiction, and does not believe this disease is hopeless. Lauren is dedicated to working with those who desire change and want to live a better life. Working together, she will help empower you to make better choices and recognize your potential.

 

In addition, if you have legal issues associated with substance use, Lauren will work collaboratively with probation and parole officers and DCF in the event you are mandated for treatment. She also works with family members and loved ones of substance abusers, who are looking for guidance with co-dependency and/or a better understanding of what their loved one is going through.

 

Lauren also has experience working with those that suffer with depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety can be debilitating and individuals that experience their uncomfortable symptoms, often feel they are battling a hopeless war. There is hope! Lauren is here to listen to all your thoughts, emotions and fears. Together you will work to help manage those symptoms utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a variety of coping skills such as grounding techniques, mindfulness, and guided meditation so you are free to live your best life!

 

Life will often give us challenges we never expected, or some that we expect, but are never fully prepared for. Lauren works with people that are experiencing difficult change, or situations such as grieving the loss of a loved one. Experiencing the loss of a loved one can be debilitating and feel unbearable. She is passionate about helping people heal and surface from loss, providing a compassionate and understanding environment for you to talk and share your emotions. Other situations you might be experiencing that you are finding it difficult to adjust to are: change in job, living situation, difficulties in your work environment, a break-up in a relationship or issues in a friendship, and a variety of others in this ever-changing world (ie. Covid-19). Perhaps you just need some life coaching in order to make progress in your life and get to a place of greater satisfaction and fulfillment. Lauren truly enjoys her work, and will work with you in a safe, confidential and supportive, and encouraging environment to create change and establish achievable goals in your individual journey towards recovery and wellness.

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. 

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 y to I 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.

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. 

Sarah Moran, MSW

Master Level Clinician & Intake Coordinator

 

Come back later to learn more about Sarah!

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. 

Samantha Rijos, MS

Master Level Clinician & HR Manager

 

Samantha is a Master Level Clinician who graduated from Post University with her MS in Counseling and Human Services. 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, and depression. 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, listening to podcasts, and running around with her two dogs Max and Maya.

Hannah Milano, M. Ed.

Master Level Clinician

 

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

Master Level Clinician

 

Come back later to learn more about Muna!

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