Mary Ellen Ladd, LCSW, CSW-G
Beth Juliano, LCSW
Lisa Kuntz, Ed.D.
Liz Mongillo-Herman, PhD
Kelly Carter-Maynard, LPC
Lily Gill, LMFT
Michelle T. Kinsella, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC
Jelan Agnew, LCSW
Collectively, we have over 125 years experience practicing psychotherapy ...
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 EMDR.
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. 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.
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.
Kelly Carter-Maynard, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling from University of Saint Joseph. She began her clinical career working as an inpatient substance abuse counselor and continued her clinical training and work in intensive outpatient and partial hospital programs. Kelly has worked extensively with children, adolescents, families and adults. She treats individuals with histories of addiction, trauma, depression, anxiety, attention deficit disorders, oppositional and defiant behaviors, relationship conflict and mood disorders. Kelly is trained in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play therapy and Animal Assisted Therapy and offers individual and family therapy.
Lily Gill is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for over ten years. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2003 with a Masters of Arts in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. After a post graduate placement in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, she became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Over the course of her years of practice, she has worked with individuals, couples and families in their homes, in small private agencies, larger health centers and in more intense care settings. Additionally, she has supervised other clinicians and managed a variety of therapeutic programs. Throughout her career, she has worked with a diverse group of clients, facing a wide range of struggles that led each person to work with her during a difficult time in their lives. Her clinical interests include working with couples and families, trauma recovery and families effected by chronic health issues. She is trained in Dramatic Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence based practice for children and adults suffering from PTSD, and Dramatic Therapy.
Michelle T. Kinsella, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC is a nationally Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor and mixed media artist. She has her PhD in Educational Psychology specializing in Counseling Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her MPS in Creative Arts Therapy and Developmental Disabilities from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Michelle’s career as an art psychotherapist and educator began over twenty years ago serving children through adulthood and couples in varying stages of their lives. Her experience spans across diverse settings including inpatient psychiatry, outpatient clinics, substance abuse programs, as well as hospital-based school and residential programs, public school systems, and colleges. Michelle integrates positive psychology, mindfulness and transpersonal art psychotherapy to engage clients in creating a vision of how they would like their life to unfold and slowly proceed in achieving the life they desire. Her training and professional experience in multicultural health allows her to work with a diverse clientele and she specializes in anxiety, trauma/PTSD and grief. Michelle believes in the resilience and creativity of the human spirit and examines how mindfulness is crucial to a positive mindset, happiness and a heightened sense of gratitude. When words are emotionally too heavy or difficult to express, art can become a journey to a place that comforts and honors our process. This experience can help one develop skills that can calm our hearts, center our mind and widen one’s capacity for wisdom. Any artistic act (i.e. drawing, collage, clay work, journaling, storytelling, meditation, visualization, movement and more) can involve the development of an awareness that can help us create our way through and out of suffering. Michelle is grateful to work with each and every one of her clients on their journey to transform their lives and honored to help them achieve an authentic life filled with vitality, good health and meaning.
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.
What We Offer
Areas of Specialty:
~Anxiety and Panic Disorders
~Gay and Lesbian Issues
~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