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A Brighter Future...
"What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself."
Hecato, Greek Philosopher
Cynthia Trapani Matthew, Practice Director Cynthia is a licensed psychologist with clinical and organizational specialties. She has provided counseling and psychotherapy to adults and couples for over 20 years. Her approach is interpersonal and strength-oriented. She believes that every individual is unique and solutions can be found by accessing and developing inner wisdom. Cynthia has advanced clinical training in cognitive behavioral therapy, marriage and family therapy, alcohol and addictions counseling, and mind-body psychology. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University (2005), an M.A. in Organizational Psychology, an M.S. in Counseling (1985), and a B.A. in Psychology (1978). Cynthia is a former Director of Employee Assistance Programs and has held academic appointments in counselor education at Fairfield University and University of Bridgeport and research appointments at Yale University and Wesleyan University.
Tony Augustine, Addictions Specialist
Tony is a licensed addictions counselor with an extensive background treating persons suffering from problems with alcohol, drugs and other addictions. He draws on a breadth of experience and employs a uniquely individualized, person-centered approach to counseling and psychotherapy. Tony holds Professional Competency status in the treatment of Co-occurring Disorders from the Connecticut Certification Board. He has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Spirituality as they relate to addictions counseling. Tony earned a Masters degree in Psychology from Cambridge College, a second Masters degree in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from St. Bonaventure University and the Washington Theological Union, and a Bachelors degree in Education from the Catholic University of America. He worked previously as senior case-manager and counselor for the Vietnam Veterans of America in conjunction with the Veterans Administration in New Haven. He currently practices on two multi-disciplinary treatment teams for the State of Connecticut at the Southeastern Mental Health Authority in Norwich.
Leah Russack-Baker, Addictions Specialist Leah has practiced as a clinical therapist in the areas of substance abuse and behavioral health for over 20 years. She works with adolescents, adults and families specializing in substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and addiction, trauma, and gender specific treatment for both men and women. She has expertise in treating first responders, health care providers, as well as active and retired military and their family members. Her approach is strength-based and client-centered helping clients achieve healthy life balance to realize their potential and improve the quality of their lives. Leah maintains her own personal life balance as a Black Belt in Muay Tai and through continuous learning and serving others.
Leah received a BA in Psychology from University of Connecticut, MA in Community Psychology from the University of New Haven, and Ed.D. in Clinical Services from Nova Southeastern University. She is a licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has extensive treatment experience in hospital settings in Connecticut. Leah currently serves as a strategic experience advisor for Backus and Windham hospital helping to improve the patient and family experience.
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