Mary Ellen Ladd, LCSW, CSW-G
Beth Juliano, LCSW
Lisa Kuntz, Ed.D.
Liz Mongillo-Herman, PhD
Jelan Agnew, LCSW
Liz Feder, LMFT
We at WCP believe that the weaving together of self, family, and cultural influences into the therapeutic process is essential to healing and change. We use the client-therapist relationship as a primary vehicle for helping clients focus on their lives.
Our clinicians draw from psychodynamic theories, body-oriented Gestalt therapy, Control-Mastery, systems theory, and cognitive therapies and we specialize in treating those suffering the effects of trauma, with both psychotherapy and DBT.
We provide services geared towards the needs of children and offer therapy accessible to deaf &
hearing-impaired clients in American Sign Language. We embrace the LGBTQ community and are strongly committed to providing affirming treatment.
WCP offers training and consultation to professionals and organizations.
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MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Mary Ellen Ladd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined WCP in 2002 and has been a partner since 2015. A graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work, Mary Ellen works with adult clients of all ages and ethnicities and with the LGBTQ population. She has specialty certification from NASW as a Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G) and worked with geriatric residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She recognizes the unique needs of the aging population which can often be complicated by declining health, increased need for medication, multiple losses and being caregivers to other adults. She accepts most insurance including Medicare and Husky. She is a Dementia Friends Champion and is available to offer information sessions in the community to raise awareness about Dementia. Mary Ellen is also available for clinical supervision to licensed clinicians seeking additional support and to therapists working toward a license.
Beth Juliano is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who joined WCP in 2006 and has been a partner since 2016. She is a graduate of New York University School of Social Work, practicing in the field of Social Work for over 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings and with many different populations, including domestic violence, sexual assault, complex trauma in children and major mental illness in residential, outpatient and hospital settings. Beth shares the philosophy of WCP that the weaving together of self, family and cultural influences into the therapeutic process is essential to healing and change. She frames her clinical work with client-therapist relationship as a primary vehicle for helping clients focus on their lives, while drawing from psychodynamic theories, body-oriented Gestalt therapy, and cognitive therapies. Beth provides counseling services to individuals, couples and children. She takes most insurances including Medicare and Husky.
Dr. Lisa Kuntz is a licensed Psychologist and nationally and state certified School Psychologist, who is trained in Multimodal Behavior Therapy. Fluent in American Sign Language (ASL), Dr. Lisa specializes in the assessment and treatment of persons with a variety of disabilities including deafness and hearing loss. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctor (BCBA-D), Dr. Lisa infuses cognitive and behavioral techniques in her therapy. Dr. Lisa is also an Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Saint Joseph. She has extensive experience working with the court system and protective services when persons with deafness and hearing loss are involved. As of January 2019, Dr. Lisa added Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider to her list of credentials. She is excited to begin working with patients to help them use nutrition, supplements, exercise, movement and other integrative medicine approaches to feel better and stay healthy.
Liz Mongillo-Herman, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma and dissociation. Prior to joining the practice at WCP, she worked at the Victims of Violence Program and at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center in MA. She takes a trauma-informed, integrative approach to therapy that draws from skills-based (CBT, DBT), relational and narrative modalities. Her work is guided by feminist ecological, social justice, and empowerment frameworks which understand distress as deeply intertwined with systemic inequalities and oppression, and which recognize that individual behavior and experiences cannot be understood without taking into account the larger contexts in which an individual is situated.
Jelan Agnew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the field of social work for over 13 years. She started working with at risk youth in North Philadelphia, while completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and African American Studies at Temple University. After graduation, she worked in Harlem and the Bronx coordinating mental health services for adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. She returned to Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, to complete an Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree. Working primarily with Hartford youth, her experience includes MDFT In-home therapy, work in residential and group homes, work in an alternative high school, a 28 day rehab program and almost 5 years at the Institute of Living at Hartford hospital. During her time at the Institute of Living (IOL), Jelan worked in the Extended Day Treatment Program providing group, family and individual therapy to Hartford youth of color. In addition, at the IOL, she worked in the Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Intensive Outpatient Program, providing DBT groups, family and individual therapy to adults with Borderline Personality Disorder. Jelan has advanced DBT training, which she completed with the noted Dr. Charlie Swenson. During her time in the field, she has worked with clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, mood disorder, behavioral disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), attachment issues, substance abuse issues, borderline personality disorder etc… In addition, she provided supervision to MSW peers, seeking their clinical licensure. In the last year, she started a private practice called "Nalej of Self." Nalej of Self provides individual, family and group therapy, as well as Mindfulness/ Meditation Workshops for various agencies in Connecticut, Atlanta and New York City. While working at Nalej of Self, she participated in the Basic Latina podcast and participated in a community conversation on 94.3FM to address issues that impact communities of color and mental health. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, teaching “Intro to Social Work”. Jelan enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults. She loves the reciprocal energy of working with such amazing folks. “It doesn’t feel like work”, she is often known to say after a day working with her clients.
Liz Feder is a Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist with close to 20 years of experience. She has worked at several outpatient community health centers and residential treatment facilities for adolescents. Supporting adolescents as they transition to young adulthood remains a passion for her. Liz enjoys working with families, couples and adults as well. She is trained in structural and strategic family therapies and maintains a strength-based and solution-focused approach.
Areas of Specialty:
~Anxiety and Panic Disorders
~Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
~Grief and Loss
~Inner Child Work
- For Children
Several of our clinicians have special training and experience in the treatment of children with mental health or emotional concerns. We can help your child deal with everyday problems at
school and at home.
- Evaluation & Testing
provided may be helpful in qualifying persons for special education or disability services.
- Therapeutic Approach
~Control Mastery Theory