Wellspring Counseling Services Hires New Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Interns

Wellspring Counseling Services recently welcomed several Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy Interns to our staff in Middlebury and Bethlehem. Kdiana Diakhate, George Rehkamp, Beverly Thornton, and Abigail D. Wolff have joined Wellspring as interns assisting clients with emotional and psychological issues such as interpersonal relationships, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, stress and adjustment issues, school problems of adjustment and performance, attachment disorders, trauma, and loss.

Kdiana Dikhate, a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, will complete her MFT from Southern Connecticut State University in August 2016. She has worked as a Parent Educator at the Family Resource Center in the Hamden Public School system for the past seven years. She also works with the Hamden School Readiness program in their Family Relations and Finance Departments. Kdiana is a Clinic Liaison for Southern Connecticut State University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She earned a BA in Psychology from the University of New Haven with a concentration in Clinical and Community Psychology. Born in St. Lucia, Kdiana now calls Hamden, Connecticut, her hometown.

George Rehkamp, a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern, is in the Masters program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of Bridgeport, with a projected graduation date in August 2016. He holds a BS in Psychology, from the University of Bridgeport and an Associates in Drug and Alcohol Counseling from Naugatuck Valley Community College. George has worked as a Milieu Counselor since he began with Wellspring in 2007. He resides in Bethlehem, Connecticut, and is a member of the American Counseling Association and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Beverly Thornton, a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, is pursuing her MFT at Southern Connecticut State University and holds an MBA from Western New England University and a BS in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University. She studied at the Hartford Family Institute’s Professional Training Program to enhance her skills and has also trained at Coaches Training Institute. Beverly is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working as a life coach since 2013, after a career in accounting and business management. Beverly resides in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Abigail D. Wolff, a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, is pursuing her MFT, specializing in Research and Gestalt Therapy, at Southern Connecticut State University. Previously she earned her MA in Psychology with a specialization in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from University of the Rockies and her BA in Psychology from Taylor University. During her studies Abigail was granted an independent study to research the systematic symptoms behind anorexia nervosa. Abigail, who resides in Easton, Connecticut, can often be found volunteering with the Emmaus Partnership.

The interns, along with our team of experienced clinicians, are available to provide outpatient services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Wellspring Counseling Services accepts HUSKY and Medicaid. Many insurance carriers reimburse Wellspring as an in-network provider and sliding scale is available. To learn more, please call 203-758-2296.


NASET Names the Arch Bridge School at Wellspring as a School of Excellence – Highest Honor Among Private Special Education Programs

The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring, a leader in therapeutic education, has been honored as a 2015-2016 National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) School of Excellence.


Bestowed upon only a few select qualified licensed schools in the state of Connecticut, the School of Excellence award is NASET’s highest level of recognition and is presented to schools that meet rigorous professional criteria and have demonstrated exceptional dedication, commitment and achievement in the field of special education.


“The Arch Bridge School works to provide the highest level of academic support to students suffering severe emotional and educational issues,” said Ralph Scafariello, Director of Education at The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring. “It is an honor to be selected as a School of Excellence, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff members. This distinction comes at an exciting time as we are completing the addition of a new Arts and Athletics Center on campus, which will allow us to even better serve the students in our care.”


The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring serves children in grades 1-12 and has earned multiple commendations from the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education. The school offers academics and college preparatory courses, allowing students to meet their unique academic objectives while in our day school or residential treatment programs. The Arch Bridge School has a long history of success in serving youth with emotional and psychological issues along with learning vulnerabilities.


At Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School youth develop the skills and resources they need to return to a public school setting, return to home, or enroll in college. For more information about Wellspring and The Arch Bridge School, visit www.wellspring.org.



The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to rendering all possible support and assistance to those preparing for or teaching in the field of special education. NASET was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas.

The mission of The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is to render all possible support and assistance to professionals who teach children with special needs. NASET seeks to promote standards of excellence and innovation in special education research, practice, and policy in order to foster exceptional teaching for exceptional children. Learn more at www.naset.org.


The Arch Bridge School at Wellspring Celebrates Nine Graduates in Class of 2015

Summer is a time for celebration at Wellspring’s Arch Bridge School. On June 24 this year, nine students in the senior class graduated from high school and participated in a heartwarming ceremony in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

The graduation day format includes opportunities for staff and students to share their experiences at Arch Bridge School and Wellspring. Susan Schoenbach, Arch Bridge School’s founder and former Director of Education, was the keynote speaker. While congratulating and honoring the students and their families, she related the story of Arch Bridge School’s transformation over 25 years from a tutorial program to a fully accredited, highly respected private school, now acclaimed as a “School of Excellence” by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).

A unique and touching element of the commencement ceremonies every year is that each graduating senior is invited to speak. Their stories – delivered through lots of laughter and many tears – are heartfelt, inspirational, and overflowing with gratitude.

Many of the students’ stories illustrated the difficulties and obstacles they faced before finding Arch Bridge School, and they  expressed gratitude for the support they found there that put them on the road to healing and success. Several students stated that they would not be alive today if it weren’t for Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School.

One graduate shared, “Remember that no one was born into this world to be alone. You always have someone there to help, no matter how desperate the situation. You are not alone – especially not here [at Wellspring].”

Another declared, “Wellspring helped save my life, but most importantly, it made me realize that my life was worth living.”

Schools where some of the graduates were accepted into college include Fairfield University, Lincoln Tech, Lyndon State University, Naugatuck Community College, Northwest Community College, Norwalk Community College, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, and Western Connecticut State University.

Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School Builds New Dodds Family Arts & Athletics Center

Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School is constructing a new Arts & Athletics building, officially named The Dodds Family Center, that will include elementary school classrooms on its main campus in Bethlehem, Connecticut.


“I am deeply touched by the generous outpouring of our board, staff, alumni, friends, and family in making this vision a reality,” said Co-founder, Phyllis Beauvais, Ph.D.  “A special thanks to Isabella Dodds, whose extraordinary generosity not only contributed a major gift for our new building, but also gave a founding gift for the newly launched Wellspring Endowment Fund – and gave us our much-needed tractor Izzie to boot!  In acknowledgement of her gifts and in honor of her family’s history of philanthropy, the new Arts and Athletics building will be named The Dodds Family Center. ”


Wellspring is more than two-thirds of the way to our goal of raising $1,500,000 to complete this much needed project. The Arch Bridge School was one of the few schools in Connecticut without an indoor recreational space and their Elementary School classrooms were previously held in a temporary trailer. The Arch Bridge School is a Private Special Education School serving up to 51 children in grades 1 -12, accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and approved by the States of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.


Wellspring has been providing services and solutions for individuals struggling with emotional, educational and family issues for 38 years. The Arch Bridge School is nearing its 25th anniversary of providing education, including college preparation, to students for grades 1-12. Last year they served over thirty Connecticut school districts.


The addition of the new Dodds Family Center is an invaluable upgrade to Wellspring’s campus and will help them better serve students, clients and families locally and throughout the region. It will also allow an enhanced experience for those they serve with performing arts, along with physical exercise and recreation, which are integral pieces to the healing process. The new space will also aid Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School’s training and support for local school districts, health care providers, parents and families. Wellspring and the Arch Bridge School has consulted with and trained more than a dozen local school districts through their SEEDS (Special Education Enhancement and Development Series) program in partnership with the Connecticut Community Foundation.


“This new construction will truly be a center on our campus and meet so many needs for the young people and families we serve,” CEO Dan Murray, Psy.D. said. “We hope to finish construction early this summer and to begin using the building and classrooms this fall.” We also remind folks that we are a not for profit organization and they can make a tax deductible contribution to help support this great project!”


The new 7,400 square foot building, built by Burlington Construction of Torrington, Connecticut has a barn-like design, fitting in with the rural architecture on campus and includes:

  • An Indoor Recreational Center for large groups, performances, special events, trainings, and sports
  • A multi-use room for conferences, art exhibits and dining space for day students
  • A fully equipped Exercise Room
  • Classrooms for the Elementary School students
  • Office space for teachers
  • A Group Room and support spaces


Director of Education at the Arch Bridge School, Ralph Scafariello shared, “The entire school community is eagerly looking forward to the opening of the Arts and Athletic Center as it will provide many options for our staff and students. We are extremely grateful to all those who have donated to make this happen and give our students a first class facility.”


Please visit www.wellspring.org to donate today! Donations can also be given by phone at 203-266-8000 or mailing a check to:


Attention: Building Fund

21 Arch Bridge Road

Bethlehem, CT 06751


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