About us

Jean Allbee-Roberson, M.S., LMFT

Jean Allbee-Roberson, M.S., LMFT

Jean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She received her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy from Rhode Island College and her MS in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the Connecticut chapter (CTAMFT). Jean has worked with children, adults, families, and couples for more than 10 years. Jean has experience doing therapy in offices, schools, clients' homes, and in the community. She utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy, including both Behavioral Interventions as well as Cognitive Restructuring), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Solution-Focused Therapy, and other approaches. She has well rounded experience but specializes in adoption and attachment problems, self-injurious behavior (ex: cutting), anxiety disorders, couples therapy, parenting issues, and LGBTQ populations (particularly transgender issues, including helping clients move through their transition with hormones and/or surgery). Jean is committed to giving back to the community and the profession, supervising interns and postgraduates from her clinical training program.

Associates

Joining Jean in her practice are some part-time therapists. Jean trained some of them personally during their graduate internships and continues to supervise their clinical work. As part of the practice, they offer increased flexibility in appointment times and some reduced fees.


Courtney McCall Plourde, M.S, LMFT

Courtney McCall Plourde, M.S, LMFT

Courtney McCall Plourde enjoys working with children, adolescents, families and couples on a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood regulation, behavioral management, trauma, social communication difficulties, and relational difficulties. Courtney is Nationally and State certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), an evidence based treatment model implemented with children and caregivers impacted by trauma. Courtney has worked with children and families in the area for the past four years and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is the primary supervisor, with Jean, of interns in the office from local Marriage and Family Therapy masters programs. Courtney received her B.A in Psychology with a Minor in Classical Studies from the University of Colorado and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Rhode Island chapter (RIAMFT).


Amanda Colletti, M.S.

Amanda Whiffen (Colletti), M.S., LMFT

Amanda Whiffen is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has a passion for working with children, adults and their families. In her work with families, Amanda strives for the family unit to be of a source of comfort, rather than stress. In her work with individuals, Amanda typically utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to aid individuals manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. She is also Nationally and State certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), an evidence based treatment model implemented with children and caregivers impacted by trauma. She is also trained in (MATCH-ADTC) Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct. Amanda received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Providence College. Amanda is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Like Jean and Courtney, she is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and spends most of her work week as the Director of Clinical Services at Child and Family's New London Child Guidance Clinic.


Lisa DeGraff, B.A. MFT Intern

Lisa DeGraff, M.S., LMFT

Lisa received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2011. She received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2014. She is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the Connecticut chapter (CTAMFT). Her experience has been working with children, adults, families, and couples in office- and school-based settings. She has facilitated Active Parenting groups in the community as well as groups for children on topics such as grief.

“I am trained in several treatment modalities, but the approach I use for each client is determined based on goals and presenting issues. I have found that individuals, families, and couples come to therapy with various strengths and my expectation is to deliver a safe, supportive environment to build upon those strengths and create change. Any approach I use incorporates a strength-based, client-centered focus that strives to enrich clients' drive for personal growth and change. I feel privileged to be able to offer my support and commend anyone who reaches out for help with the goal of making life better.”


Mike Alger, M.S., LPC

Mike Alger, M.S., LPC

Mike received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Mitchell College in 2008 and his Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012. Mike went on to receive his license as a Professional Counselor from the state of Connecticut in 2014. Since he began working as a therapist Mike has had much experience and success working with youth and young adults experiencing challenges with anxiety and depression. It is Mike's mission to treat the clients he sees as an individual while helping them out overcome the challenges that they present to him in a manner that highlights and respects that individuality.


Brittany Bonchuk

Brittany Valentine (Bonchuk), MSW, LCSW

Brittany completed her undergraduate social work degree from Central Connecticut State University and her Masters degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 2006. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient, hospital and school-based mental health programs for over 12 years. Brittany specializes in working with children, adolescents and families with varying concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, GLBTQ issues, ADHD, and Autism-Spectrum disorders. She is one of a limited number of clinicians in Connecticut who have been certified at the National level as a provider of TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Brittany was also trained in CFTSI (Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention), a treatment used to help children and families cope with acute trauma reactions. Brittany utilizes a number of evidence-based modalities such as Triple P Positive Parenting, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to promote quality, research-informed care. Brittany believes that the therapeutic relationship between client and clinician sets the precedent for successful treatment, and she enjoys building such rapport with the individuals she works with.


Joselyn Henry

Joselyn Henry B.A., MFT Intern

Joselyn Henry is obtaining her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. She graduated from Sacred Heart University with her Bachelors in Psychology. Joselyn enjoys utilizing the structural therapy approach along with solution focused therapy to help families, children, and individuals. In addition to English, Joselyn speaks Dutch, Papiamento (a language from the Netherland Antilles), and conversational Spanish. Joselyn has a decade of experience as a childcare provider with children of various ages. She loves practicing and competing in track and field, and volleyball.


Natalya Sorlien

Natalya Sorlien B.A., MFT Intern

Natalya Sorlien is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern who enjoys working with families, couples, and individuals. Her educational goals have been concentrated on working with military families and understanding their unique concerns and challenges. She utilizes the therapeutic common factors approach within strategic, emotion focused, structural, narrative and strength-based interventions to generate creativity and the discovery of solutions within a non-judgmental and safe environment.

Natalya graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in Psychology and was awarded membership to the Psi Chi honor society. She further went on to study marriage and family therapy (MFT) at Antioch Seattle University, a program she resigned from in order to conduct a military move overseas. She is completing her M.A. studies at Northcentral University (NCU) specializing in military families. She is also a member of the MFT Delta Kappa society, the vice president of NCU's student advisory board, a member of NCU's diversity committee, and a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) as well as the branch in Connecticut (CTAMFT). She has nearly a decade of experience in working with individuals experiencing housing crisis and life cycle stages/changes. She speaks fluent Russian, Ukrainian and rudimentary Italian.


Jaime Hughes, Office Manager

Jaime has worked in customer service for 15 years. Her friendly, empathetic demeanor has been an asset in retail and healthcare settings, as has her strong work ethic and attention to detail. She is in the office most business days and is available to help with scheduling, referrals, and general questions.

She enjoys country music, playing video games, all things 80's, and ice cold Coca-Cola. She has an unhealthy love for sharks, owls, and albino alligators. Her knowledge of the original Star Wars Trilogy is extensive. She is considered by many to be a Grandmaster Stick Figure Artist.

If 'Organization' was an Olympic Sport, Jaime would win the gold every year. She loves nothing more than to label, organize, and make things pretty and neat. If you got a problem, yo, she'll solve it (or at least find someone who can). She is Jean's right-hand-man and is the grease that keeps the office running smoothly. Alliance Counseling is proud to have her skills as an Office Manager.


Lily Roberson

Lily Roberson, Therapy Dog

Meet Lily! She is a registered therapy dog here at Alliance Counseling, and works closely with Jean Allbee-Roberson when needed. She is obedient, calm and relaxed, sweet-tempered, and exceptional with both children and adults.