Jacqueline Alexander, MA, LPC, NCC

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Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Saint Joseph. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Connecticut. She also holds national certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Jackie is a recipient of the Francis Braceland Award for excellence in counseling.

 

While Jackie treats individuals with various diagnoses she specializes in working with individuals who are on the autism spectrum. She works from the premise that each person is a totally unique individual and that her role is to facilitate their growth in therapy. Through attentive listening, active goal setting and consistent feedback, Jackie encourages her clients to work towards their goals.

 

Jackie especially enjoys facilitating social skills groups and life skills groups for children, adolescents, and young adults. Her role as the facilitator is to build comfort, structure and safety within the group setting so that connections and growth can occur. In creating such a dynamic, skills can be more easily internalized and transferred from the group setting to daily life.

 

Dorian Fenczak, MA

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Dorian received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Connecticut and recently earned his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford. Dorian has a special interest in treating anxiety disorders and in teaching clients how to utilize mindfulness techniques to reduce stress. Additionally, Dorian has an interest in sports psychology and in working with young athletes. Dorian's easy-going, genuine, yet direct manner helps clients to feel readily understood and at ease. His approach in working with individuals of all ages is collaborative and considers the many different factors that comprise an individual's family dynamic and personal experience.

 

Jennifer Haggerty, MA, LPC, NCC

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Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Manhattanville College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Saint Joseph. She is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Connecticut and holds national certification through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

 

Jennifer has extensive experience working with children with special needs. She has worked in the West Hartford Public Schools, at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center School, and at the Gengras Center. Jen connects easily with children and adolescents, and also provides family therapy. Her compassionate approach coupled with her astute observational skills allows her to build a solid rapport with clients while establishing clear goals and treating their unique needs. Jen specializes in working with individuals on the autism spectrum as well as with individuals with high anxiety.

 

Jen specializes in working with children and families and meets people wherever they are on their personal journeys so that appropriate goals can be established through the therapeutic process.

 

Non-Clinical Staff

SUE MacPherson, MEd

A retired teacher, Sue is a vital part of the social pragmatic groups. With her creativity and warmth, Sue shares intriguing crafts with the younger groups and enjoys engaging older group members in conversations that might appeal to history buffs, scientists, or politicians. Always the nurturer, Sue bakes goodies for every group's snack each week, and makes sure that every group member receives a celebration on his/her birthday. Never one to avoid a challenge, Sue is a constant on the summer retreat each year, managing the arts and crafts program and joining in the full range of activities while also managing to oversee a large part of the life skills program.

 

JAKE, Program Assistant

Jake has been a program assistant in social pragmatic groups and in the summer retreat program for the past six years. A talented artist, Jake is eager to share his talents with clients while working in the arts and crafts program and during activity time in groups. Jake is the webmaster for the practice's website and continually generates new ideas to showcase the practice.