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.
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 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 Whiffen (Colletti) 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. 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) and the Rhode Island chapter (RIAMFT). 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 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 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.
A. Nichole DeMartinis, M.A, has been working with individuals and families for over four years. She received her Masters of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University in New York City and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is currently working towards her second masters in the Marriage and Family Therapy Masters of Science program at the University of Rhode Island. Nichole has worked with children and adolescents and their families on concerns such as ADHD, anxiety, depression, self-injury, parent-child communication, and substance abuse in office-, home-, and community-based settings. In her clinical work, she aims to assist in decreasing symptoms and increasing positive communication between family members.
Brittany Bonchuk 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 10 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 recently 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.
Ursula Moreshead has been a social worker for over 20 years in a variety of settings, including child protection, adult prison settings and juvenile detention. She has several years of experience in providing trauma-focused therapy, including TARGET, TREM and CBITS to adults and children. Ursula has extensive experience in working with families with a focus on parenting skills and communication techniques. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and stages who present with complex mental health needs. Ursula graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. In 2009, she earned her LCSW and since then she has been providing direct clinical work with adults and children, both individually and in group settings.
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.
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.