Our Therapists

Bio headshot for Stephanie Cuomo, Trauma Therapist & Relationship Counselor | May You Find Peace LLC | Middlebury, CT 06762 | Watertown, CT 06795Stephanie L. Cuomo, LMFT

Stephanie graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an experienced Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who works with individuals of all ages.

Stephanie is certified in Gestalt therapy, and works with trauma, anxiety, depression, and relationship and family conflict. In particular, Stephanie works with individuals who are experiencing stress in their lives, including life transitions, and students and adults who are experiencing anxiety due to perfectionism or high expectations of themselves. She has a talent for helping individuals to reduce the stress in their lives, as well as helping them to cope with the unpleasant symptoms of feeling overworked, stressed, and overwhelmed. Stephanie can help you if you are feeling stuck or "trapped" within your current circumstance or symptoms, while providing a supportive listening ear and practical solutions.

Stephanie is warm and empathetic. She uses a humanistic approach, and works in collaboration with the client by using mindfulness strategies, somatic experiencing, and person-centered therapy to get to the heart of a person's struggles and help them realize their full potential.


Bio headshot for Dr Karin Sidman-Croghan, Clinical Psychologist | May You Find Peace LLC | Middlebury, CT 06762 | Watertown, CT 06795

Dr. Karin L. Sidman-Croghan, PsyD, LPC

Dr. Karin Sidman-Croghan graduated with her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology, and a Master's Degree from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois in Geronotological Counseling.

Karin works with teenagers through older adults, including seniors, and helps them to manage life transitions, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and illness, and substance abuse. Karin also has a degree in nursing, which helps her to have a great understanding of her clients' struggles from a medical perspective as well as a mental health perspective. During therapy sessions, she displays a great balance of humor and understanding. She provides unconditional support for her clients while encouraging them to engage in healthy coping skills, boundaries, and self-empowerment and growth.

Karin utilizes an integrative approach, including CBT, ACT, Adlerian, and Person-Centered Therapy in order to focus on the collaborative effort in sessions, with the goal of helping clients to find peace and positive, forward movement in their lives.

Karin believes in utilizing multiple disciplines, including art, movement, mindfulness and laughter, in order to help the client heal and grow while enjoying the therapeutic process. She is warm, kind, and fun, and enjoys making therapeutic sessions something clients look forward to.

Theresa Pennachio, LMFT

Theresa holds a Master's Degree Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University, where she became certified in Gestalt Therapy (a form of trauma therapy.) She works with individuals of all ages, couples, and families. In particular, children and adolescents love to work with Theresa due to her relatable, warm nature, and parents enjoy receiving coaching from Theresa in regards to ways they can connect to their children, manage behaviors, and understand their children's behaviors and emotions.

Theresa is certified Motivational Interviewing, SMART Recovery (substance-use based treatment), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. She has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum and cognitive-related disorders using behavioral modification techniques and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). Theresa has further experience working with children ages 3-18 who struggle with ADHD and conduct-related disorders, anxiety, substance use, trauma, and depression. Theresa also has years of experience working with couples on marital and co-parenting issues, and with families struggling to find common ground.

Theresa has a firm belief that therapy should be catered to the individual, not the other way around. Theresa's style is person/family/couple-centered, collaborative, and transparent, to foster the most effective and safest space for potential change to begin. Theresa utilizes cognitive restructuring, psychotherapy, solution-focused, and brief strategic techniques to assist clients with overcoming challenges that prevent them from living a meaningful and fulfilling life. Theresa also incorporates movies, music, entertainment, and humor to emphasize the importance of developing effective and sustainable strategies for clients to utilize outside of the therapy office.

Jamie Livingston, LPC

Jamie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Community Counseling from University of Saint Joseph. She has worked with a diverse range of populations in different settings including Intensive outpatient and Intensive In-home therapy, child and adolescent psychiatric services, group homes, and community health settings. Jamie brings an array of skills related to family dynamics, women's issues, substance abuse, mindfulness and life skills training. Jamie is warm, accepting, non-judgmental, and provides a calm, safe space for clients to process their feelings and improve their communication skills and behaviors. Due to her vast experience working with individuals of all ages, Jamie is able to help her clients better understand their emotions, behaviors, and relationships in their life, opening up the door for healthy communication and understanding.

Jamie has a holistic focus, understanding that each person has many aspects that interact which make up the whole of who they are. She uses Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Gestalt therapy concepts to bring clients' awareness to the present moment and help create mindful change utilizing their strengths. She remains focused on the individual needs of each client served, helping individuals grow in potential through empowerment, practicing healthy skills, and starting exactly where the client is so that true growth can take place.

Veronica Ross, LPC

Veronica is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Veronica believes each of her clients have within them the ability to reach their full potential, whether that is to improve their relationships, parenting skills, career, or to change habits or maladaptive coping behaviors that are no longer serving them, such as substance abuse or feelings of anger, anxiety, depression, or school difficulties and behavioral health challenges.

Veronica is a bi-lingual (Spanish speaking) therapist who offers a collaborative approach to treatment. She is able to pull from various therapeutic modalities to best fit her clients' individual needs. Her goal as a therapist is to empower her clients and the families she works with so they may accomplish and maintain optimal mental health and wellness throughout their lifetime. Veronica believes you are the expert on yourself, and she is here to walk your path with you as you learn strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges in order to live your best life. Veronica works with clients of all ages, from children experiencing challenges at school, to parents, families' experiences changes and problems with communication, to individuals looking to improve their symptoms and behaviors. Veronica offers appointments within our two Middlebury locations, as well as in-home therapy.

Elise House, LCSW

Elise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Denver with a Masters degree in Social Work focusing on Family Systems, and Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing. She has worked with school-aged children, particularly adolescents, for the duration of her career, and loves assisting them in finding their voice, identity and independence while navigating the expectations and needs of their parents, schools, and communities. Elise works with clients of all ages, and using a warm, safe environment, assists clients to identify their strengths, goals, and abilities to cope with and overcome their symptoms and discomforts.

Elise's previous experience includes school-based counseling as well as working with child and adolescent Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services. Through this work, she is well-versed in high risk assessments including the threshold for higher levels of care, however, she is excited to resume the practice of longer-term support, and has experience with anxiety, depression, self-injurious behavior, grief, the spectrum of sexual and gender identities, and social and familial conflict.

Elise looks forward to assisting people of all ages and backgrounds in navigating life transitions as well as in the overall quest for clarity and self-awareness. Through an eclectic approach including existential, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioral techniques, Elise hopes to provide the safety and insight you need to identify subversive patterns of thought and behavior and move toward a more functional, confident approach to life.

Michelle Rumery, LCSW

Michelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from UCONN with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and her Master's degree in Social Work from Springfield College. Michelle has vast experience in trauma care for children and adolescents, including a certification in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as experience using exposure therapy, play therapy, solution focused theory, and mindfulness and grounding exercises for children and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, ADHD, and OCD.

Michelle enjoys working with children and their families using positive communication, play therapy, art, and self expression to help children feel more grounded, confident, and safe expressing themselves and their feelings. Michelle has a gentle, kind nature and takes the time to understand each child's unique self-expression of their symptoms and strengths.

Throughout her time as a therapist, Michelle has worked within various realms, including work within the school system, as well as at extended day treatment programs, focusing on implementing coping skills and social skills for children who struggle with behavioral or emotional stressors. Using a more warm, nurturing approach, Michelle focuses on building positive and trusting relationships with her clients and their family members, while working at the client's pace to meet the client where they are, making sure they feel involved and heard during their treatment.

Colleen Armitage, LCSW

Colleen graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Master's degree in Social Work. She is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals of all ages. Colleen has worked with a diverse range of populations in a variety of settings including inpatient, outpatient, intensive outpatient programs, and residential settings. She has extensive experience working with adolescents and adults in individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy. She uses EMDR, trauma therapy, and mindfulness- based practices to assist clients in coping with and overcoming symptoms that are interrupting their daily lives.

Colleen uses a warm, strategic, organized approach to identifying each patients' individual need to break through barriers to healing. She specializes in working with individuals with substance use disorders, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD. She utilizes evidenced-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Colleen is intensively-trained and holds a certification in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Additionally, she is an EMDR trained therapist and has in-depth training in Psychodrama and Relational Trauma Repair.

Colleen utilizes a strengths-based and person-centered approach to treatment recognizing that each individual has resources within themselves which, when fostered, will help them meet their treatment goals. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and works closely with clients to help them feel empowered to make changes in their lives.

Watertown, CT 06795

2030 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury, CT 06762


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