Wellspring Counseling Services to Host Second Offering of New Parenting Group

The Angry and Defiant Child: A Group for Parents Who Have Tried EVERYTHING

Wellspring Counseling Services is excited to offer a second series of the new parenting group for families in the greater Waterbury area. ‘The Angry and Defiant Child: A Group for Parents Who Have Tried EVERYTHING’ will take place at Wellspring’s Outpatient Offices on Straits Turnpike in Middlebury this winter.

Join Wellspring therapists Kathy Dowling, LMFT and Heather LaVallee for this family-centered approach to parenting children with challenging behaviors. Facilitated video discussion and workbooks, along with interactive group support, will guide participants in learning to respond rather than react to their children.

This 9-week series will begin on February 7 and take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The cost of the 9-week series is $80 per family (sliding fee scale available). Babysitting subsidies are also available. Space is limited.

To register or learn more, please call 203-758-2296.

This group has been funded, in part, by the Healthy Communities Fund of the Connecticut Community Foundation. Participation in this group is limited to residents of: Beacon Falls, Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Cheshire, Goshen, Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, Naugatuck, New Milford, Oxford, Prospect, Roxbury, Southbury, Thomaston, Warren, Washington, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury.

About Connecticut Community Foundation

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation is a philanthropic foundation created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills. While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to administer charitable and scholarship funds. Learn more at www.conncf.org.

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.


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