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 in 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 and warm nature. 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 in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. More recently she received certification in EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) that targets complex trauma in adults. She has a wide range of experience working with depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma in adults. 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. Theresa recognizes the difficulty that comes with wanting to change for the better, and is excited and privileged to be working alongside others who seek self-improvement!

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.

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.

Dr. Tanya Iacono, DSW, LCSW

Tanya Iacono is a licensed clinical social worker with a decade of experience working with adolescents and their families. Tanya graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with her Doctorate in Social Work. She has worked closely with adolescents and their families to understand complex problems and identify the therapeutic needs of the client, their families, and their environment. She specializes in assessing for acute and chronic psychiatric concerns, and can pinpoint how to best proceed with treatment interventions. Tanya has also engaged families in the process of assessing treatment needs that might involve the participation of family members in the intervention process. She has worked closely with adolescents who have diagnoses of PTSD, autism spectrum disorder, significant cognitive and intellectual limitations, depressive mood disorder, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders and other areas of concern that might be a disruption to the clients overall functioning.

In addition to a long career working with the youthful population, including adolescents with behavioral concerns, Tanya has supervised a parenting education program and provided in-home services for families in need of counseling. She is also certified as a divorce mentor, and enjoys working with and supporting parents of children with special needs. For a period of time, she also provided psychiatric assessment and counseling in an acute psychiatric setting for those presenting with significant mental health risk factors.

Outside of her evaluation and counseling roles, Tanya has been teaching at Sacred Heart University for more than 15 years as an adjunct psychology instructor and teaches a field placement course for Master's level social work students in their first year of internship. Tanya has been dedicated to her ongoing growth and development as a professional. She has participated in training's related to validated treatment approaches including DBT, CBT and motivational enhancement/interviewing. Tanya graduated from her doctoral program at Southern Connecticut State University, where she received extensive education in the area of advanced clinical practice. Above all, Tanya is a compassionate, focused, detail-oriented clinician who is a problem solver and thrives on providing specifically tailored treatment to adolescents, their parents, and families, while educating them on mental health and family dynamics and supporting their strengths and needs.

Alison Konow, LCSW

Alison Konow, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Fordham University with a master's degree in clinical social work, and Western Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Alison has worked with a vast population of ages throughout her career, ranging from 5 - 90 years old. She has worked in community mental health for the past two years, where she has gained experience treating trauma, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders as well as the treatment of substance use disorders through both individual psychotherapy as well as facilitating Intensive Outpatient dual-diagnosis groups weekly. Alison has a warm, patient, compassionate approach to therapy and enjoys working with individuals of all ages in order to help them improve their quality of life, relationships with family members and support systems, as well as tap into their own inner strengths and skills.

Alison has also taken on a specific interest in children, families, and parenting work. She has been facilitating the Parenting Education Program (PEP) for the State of Connecticut since obtaining her master's degree, a class mandated to parents in CT that are currently going through the separation or divorce process. Through facilitating this class Alison has gained knowledge on how to best treat both the parents, children, and the family as a unit during times of family transition and changes. Her experience has also included working as a Foster Care Social Worker, and as a mentor to children currently living in foster care homes. During her time in community mental health she also created and implemented a 10-week program for mothers who are currently involved with The Department of Children and Families.

She utilizes cognitive-behavioral techniques designed to reframe negative thinking patterns and provide a different outlook on scenarios, as well as dialectical behavioral therapy through worksheets and activities to provide a more hands on approach to treating mood disorders and promoting change in behavioral patterns. Alison has experience with play therapy for the younger population and takes on a solution-focused and goal-oriented approach to treatment. Alison is dedicated and passionate to bettering the lives of the clients she works with and providing them with consistent support.

Krina Adhikari, LPC

Krina Adhikari, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with experience working with mental health and substance use concerns. Krina received her Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University, after which she continued her career working with adolescents and adults of all ages on issues ranging from addiction, depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, phase of life changes, relationship troubles, and many more. Krina has a passion for working with individuals who want to find ways to make changes in their lives. She lives and works by the quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Krina uses a holistic and strength-based approach in her clinical work and uses a variety of styles from modalities including Myers-Briggs personality assessments, DBT for symptom regulation, and solution focused theory to best address her patients' needs. She particularly enjoys utilizing strategies from cognitive behavioral therapy, to assist patients to re-frame their thoughts, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy to decrease uncomfortable symptoms. Krina sees each patient as an individual and incorporates patients' personality style, culture, beliefs, and goals into each individual treatment plan.

"Life comes with unexpected challenges and how we work through those challenges demonstrates who we are. Seeking help from licensed professionals during these difficult moments can help you learn new ways to grow through the challenge. Taking the time to search and read this information and find a therapist that suits your needs is a great first step in this journey."

Jennifer Landolt, APRN

Jennifer Landolt, APRN, is a prescribing psychiatric nurse practitioner who graduated from New York University. She spent the first 11 yrs of her psychiatric practitioner career working at Bellevue Hospital in NYC. During her time in NYC, Jennifer worked on a depression care team for adults, which focused on psychiatric and addiction patient support, allowing a collaborative environment where psychiatric clinicians and primary care physicians could work together to assess and treat patients in a multi-cultural, collaborative, patient centered environment.

Jennifer continues to enjoy working in a collaborative environment, seeing the patient as a whole person and consulting with other treating providers to ensure thorough care. She enjoys working with patients across the life span, including young adults, adults, and the geriatric population. Within our private practice, Jennifer is currently treating clients with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and ADHD, and conducting ADHD assessments for adults. She brings a vast amount of experience with her, including the work she has completed within various environments - inpatient hospitals, outpatient offices, group homes, nursing homes and in-home care.

Accustomed to treating many unique cases, Jennifer takes a great interest in her patients, and sees every client as an opportunity to help someone. She assesses clients based on their biology, psychology, and social influences. Jennifer enjoys taking time to listen to a patient's story, history, and current physical health, with the goal of working with the patient to gain relief from symptoms. Jennifer aims to provide psychoeducation to clients so they may learn about their symptoms and ways they can actively reduce distress and create coping skills, in order to live a healthy, well-rounded life.

*At this time, APRN's are only available for referrals for evaluations or medication management through our licensed therapists within the practice. If you are interested in engaging with one of our APRN's, you must first book an evaluation and ongoing therapeutic treatment with one of our licensed therapists.

Belinda Lovell, APRN

Belinda Lovell, APRN, is a Board Certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who graduated from Hunter College with a Master's of Science in Nursing. Prior to pursuing her studies in psychiatric nursing, Belinda developed a strong base knowledge of pharmacology with a background working as a pharmacy technician for many years.

Throughout her nursing career, she has provided care to diverse populations from adolescents to geriatrics, particularly in underserved areas, and specializes in treatment for a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Belinda currently specializes in the treatment of adolescents (12 and older), adults, and geriatric patients.

Through her clinical experiences, Belinda has had great opportunity to work in various healthcare settings including inpatient, outpatient, supportive housing, home care, emergency acute care and partial hospitalization programs.

She enjoys providing a holistic care approach that utilizes multimodal therapeutic modalities, such as CBT, that are developmentally and culturally appropriate to the clients she treats. She truly believes in individualizing treatment tailored to the needs and lifestyles of her clients. Belinda is patient, kind, and thorough. She believes in holistic, well rounded care including the care of clients' physical health, in order for clients to obtain their mental health goals and overall well being.

*At this time, APRN's are only available for referrals for evaluations or medication management through our licensed therapists within the practice. If you are interested in engaging with one of our APRN's, you must first book an evaluation and ongoing therapeutic treatment with one of our licensed therapists.

Samantha Ferris, LCSW

Samantha Ferris, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

She received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Delaware State University and earned her Master's degree in Social Work with a focus in Trauma-Informed Care at Widener University.

Ms. Ferris has worked closely with individuals of all ages experiencing chronic illness, terminal illness, and issues related to grief and loss, both individually with clients and with families. She has previous experience working within hospice care. In addition to her experience with grief and chronic illness, Samantha enjoys working with clients who are experiencing life changes or hardships including (but not limited to) trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, and family dynamics/conflicts. Samantha enjoys using CBT, mindfulness, and solution-focused theory to help clients with uncomfortable symptoms in the moment, so they may then take the skills they have practiced and learned within their sessions and apply them in daily life when feeling distressed. Samantha appreciates the amount of bravery it takes to approach therapy and holds gentle, safe space for her clients to process their emotions, while also adding humor and practical skills during the session to help clients work through heavy feelings.

Samantha believes that every person is unique, special, and important. She believes every person can heal in their own way and in their own time with the right skills in place. It is her goal to help her clients overcome the obstacles life has laid out for them, improve their self-esteem, and to help them live the best and happiest life they can.

Jennifer McHugh, LCSW

Jennifer McHugh, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with experience working with children, adolescents, and families. Jennifer received her Master's degree in Social Work from New York University and her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Sacred Heart University.

Jennifer is passionate about helping children, families, and caregivers by using a strengths -based, family systems, trauma focused approach to individual behaviors and symptoms as well as family miscommunication. Jennifer uses a humanistic approach to assist clients to identify barriers to feeling fulfilled, as well as their personal goals, to tailor a treatment plan that is adaptable to their needs based on past history, current symptoms, cultural beliefs, and mental and physical health.

Jennifer has experience working with clients with diverse backgrounds, and works with clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief and loss using CBT, mindfulness practices, and motivational interviewing. She has specialized training and certification in Circle of Security, Women and Children's Trauma, Gender Identity, and Crisis Intervention.

Jennifer truly enjoys working with children and adolescents individually, as well as with their families and caregivers, to create a safe space to allow conversation and personal growth for clients to lead their ideal life. Jennifer believes treating clients through the lens of trauma, loss, grief, and anxiety, using mindfulness and a humanistic approach, allows clients to feel safe and heard, leading to healing and a greater understanding of themselves, thus improving their own self-esteem and their relationships with others.

Shavonne Dash, LCSW

Shavonne Dash, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from Fordham University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work. Shavonne also attended Central Connecticut State University and graduated with a bachelors degree in social work with a minor in sociology.

Through her work with a wide range of clients, ranging from young adults, adults, and seniors, she is committed to helping people overcome symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as addictions. Shavonne has experience working with veterans, individuals experiencing significant life changes, parents who are needing guidance, and individuals seeking a healthier lifestyle and deeper connection with themselves. She believes there are circumstances that can effect anyone in their lifetime, and due to the immense stress of unfortunate circumstances, individuals might turn to unhealthy habits or experience anxiety or depression as a result of what they are going through. Shavonne believes healing is a collaborative journey that requires compassion and creativity, while assisting those she works with to clarify their goals for treatment. She draws on a variety of methods to create a tailored approach to each individual in her care, including motivational interviewing, solution focused theory, harm reduction practices, problem solving, and using strength perspectives. She also enjoys incorporating holistic techniques into her work with clients, such as deep breathing meditation, and educating her clients on mindfulness based relaxation techniques to align mind, body, and spirit. Shavonne also holds a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a focus on substance use, which can be helpful to assist clients to modify thoughts and behaviors, as well as better understand their thoughts and behaviors, in order to reach their goals and a healthier mind and body. Shavonne enjoys engaging in psycho-education with clients to help them to better understand how their thoughts might inform their behaviors, and how they can break through patterns that are uncomfortable and distressing.

As a therapist, Shavonne is warm, patient, engaging, encouraging and direct. With a combination of experience, education, a sense of humor and creativity, she creates a safe space to be vulnerable. Shavonne strives to support individuals in living fulfilling, happy lives, especially during difficult times.


Ayan Dirir, LPC

Ayan Dirir, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor in Connecticut who attended Boston University for a BA in Psychology, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology for her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Ayan has over 8 years of experience as a mental health therapist, working with adults from all backgrounds.

Ayan is a Certified Grief Counselor, certified in CBT therapy, and is also certified in Gottman Therapy, Level 1, which is a form of therapy that is for couples to learn ways to engage in healthier communication and connection, as well as understand one another. Ayan enjoys engaging with patients who are feeling stuck or overwhelmed in their personal or professional life, or not sure in which direction their life is heading. She using CBT therapy, as well as mindfulness, empathy, and warm reflection to help clients who feel they are experiencing excessive worry, especially worries about the future. Ayan has experience working with couples who are experiencing difficulty within their relationship, or parents who feel they are experiencing difficulty understanding and connecting with their children, or feeling stress or conflict within these relationships.

Ayan wants her clients to know that no matter what you they struggling with, she is there to provide unconditional support using a non-judgmental and collaborative approach. She feels it is important to work together as a team with her clients, to help them adjust the way they think and feel about themselves and how they interpret the world around them to help the become a better version of themselves. Ayan is great at motivating her clients to see a positive future and to believe that they have better days ahead, and with open communication they can achieve a more peaceful life where they not only better understand themselves, but those around them as well.

Ayan enjoys engaging with her clients to fully understand them and get to know them and their strengths, fears, concerns, and goals so they may emerge with strength and hope for the future. In her spare time, Ayan loves to cook, travel, and learn about new cultures.


Lisa Hoffman, LPC

Lisa Hoffman, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Connecticut. Lisa graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from University of Pittsburgh where she double majored in sociology.Lisa has experience working with a wide range of clients, but especially enjoys working with teenagers and young adults with difficulties such depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, relationship stress, and other challenges that are disruptive to daily life. Lisa has worked in a therapeutic group home for the last three years where she has worked closely with adolescents and their families through both individual and group therapy. She also has several years of experience treating suicidal ideation and self-injurious behaviors and is skilled in crisis assessment and management. Lisa is certified in DBT, and utilizes this evidence-based treatment, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, from a person-centered approach, adapting the science of therapy to each individual, knowing not every coping skill will work for every person. Lisa feels it's important individuals feel comfortable with their treatment plan and feel it is useful and accessible in daily life. When working with clients, she also enjoys utilizing mindfulness techniques, as well as encouraging creativity through art and play. Lisa believes that each client is unique and important, and it is her goal to help each client decrease their symptoms and live the best and happiest version of their own life.

In addition to DBT, Lisa is also a certified PeaceLove Creator, which is a program that promotes mental wellness by using creativity and expression to inspire, heal, and communicate. She believes everyone deserves a safe space to share their emotions and vulnerability, where they can create fearlessly and honestly without judgement. Lisa also feels it is important to celebrate clients progress and empower them to create positive and healthy change in their lives.

Lisa wants her clients to know that she knows how overwhelming it can be to seek help. She believes that asking for help shows courage and strength, and she is dedicated to helping each client reduce their distress, reach their goals, and feel better. Healthy change is possible and you deserve to feel better, secure, safe, and at peace.

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