New Directions

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly... What is essential is invisible to the eye." - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The Therapists of New Directions

Juel Reid, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT

Juel Reid, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT

Juel Reid is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 20 years of experience working with families and young adults dealing with depression, substance abuse, and trauma.

Ms. Reid's experience includes individual, family, and couples counseling, structured group therapy programs, student counseling in a university setting, and providing comprehensive career guidance to college students. She has also served to provide a comprehensive therapy regime for parents of juvenile parolees, and acted to assist parents in advocating for their children in the legal system.

Juel Reid provides therapeutic intervention services to young children, adolescents, and adults using an integrative systems approach to individual, family and group modalities. Appreciating diversity, she has devoted significant study to understanding how best to incorporate individual worldviews into effective treatment strategies. However, her greatest therapeutic strength lies in her ability to create an emotionally safe environment in which personal insight and growth can occur. Her experience and background also provide her with exceptional teaching skills, and the ability to generate creativity and enthusiasm among clients and students.


Education:

  • Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Connecticut
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Western Connecticut State University

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - Connecticut
  • Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT)
  • Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist (CMAT)

Professional Memberships:

Juel Reid, LMFT, CSAT, CMAT
Jennifer Brennan-Sousa, LPC, PhD

Jennifer Brennan-Sousa, LPC, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Brennan-Sousa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 10 years experience working with adults, families, adolescents, and children.

Dr. Brennan-Sousa is a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reponse) therapist. Jennifer has worked with those who have trauma as a result of accidents and war. Also, Jennifer has treated phobias, fears, anger, marital infidelities, and bereavement issues with EMDR.

Dr. Brennan-Sousa currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Clinical Psychology Department at Western Connecticut State University and The University of Bridgeport. Her other activities include presenting behavioral and health-related research at national conferences.

Using an eclectic treatment approach, Dr. Brennan-Sousa works with those struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, stress, crisis intervention, family and relationship conflicts, and anger management through individual and group interventions. Also, Dr. Brennan-Sousa works with issues related to trauma, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, and impulse-control disorders in adolescents, adults, and children.

Dr. Brennan-Sousa also volunteers weekly at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding in Brewster, NY. This facility supports and conducts horse back riding lessons for autistic and developmentally disabled children.

Jennifer views the therapeutic process as the ability to grow and change through one's willingness to seek a more positive existence. Therapeutic change is not a 'one size fits all' philosophy and Jennifer will work with each client individually according to their own needs and goals.


Education:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in General Psychology, Capella University
  • Masters of Science with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling, Nova Southeastern University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Central Florida

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Connecticut and Florida
  • EMDR trained counselor

Professional Memberships:

Jennifer Brennan-Sousa, LPC, PhD
Theresa J. Canada, Ed.D., LPC, DCC

Theresa J. Canada, Ed.D., LPC, DCC

Theresa Canada is a Licensed Professional Counselor whose practice focuses on individual counseling, career counseling, and consultation with adolescents and adults.

Dr. Canada currently serves as an Associate Professor in the Education and Educational Psychology Department at Western Connecticut State University. Her other activities include presenting papers and conducting webinars and workshops at national and international conferences.

Theresa's therapeutic approach is eclectic, but her methodology tends to be cognitive behavioral and behavioral therapy. Her areas of specialty include career counseling/consultation, grief/bereavement, multicultural issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and women's/men's issues.


Education:

  • Masters of Arts and Masters of Education, Columbia University, Teachers College
  • Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Education, University of Rochester

Licenses/Certifications:

  • N, K, 1-6 Teacher - New York State
  • School District Administrator - New York State
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Distance Certified Counselor (DCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Connecticut

Professional Memberships:

Theresa J. Canada, Ed.D., LPC, DCC
Michael A. Cubria, LCSW, CASAC

Michael A. Cubria, LCSW, CASAC

Michael A Cubria is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addictions Counselor. Michael has worked in behavioral health for over 12 years. Michael's approach is holistic as Michael believes that the mind, body and spirit work together to form a wholly healthy person. Michael also believes that one approach does not work for all. To that end Michael use techniques from both Eastern and Western traditions, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, strength-based perspective & psychoanalytic.

Over the past 8 years Michael has specialized in working with Men who struggle with anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma. In addition Michael is a Field Instructor for Fordham University and supervises MSW clinical graduate students.

Michael is bilingual and offers psychotherapy in Spanish.

Soy bilingüe y ofrezco psicoterapia en Español.


Education:

  • Masters of Arts in Clinical Social Work, Fordham University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Herbert Lehman College
  • Attended Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (2014-2016)

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Clinical Social Worker - New York State and Connecticut
  • Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)

Professional Memberships:

Michael A. Cubria, LCSW, CASAC
Jeanne Bielawa, MA, LPC, M.S. ED

Jeanne Bielawa, MA, LPC, M.S. ED

Jeanne Bielawa is an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, trauma, anger management, and difficult life transitions.

Jeanne personally invests in her clients and provides them with the highest quality therapy that is focused on lasting positive change. Whether you are looking for short-term therapy to help you through a challenging situation, or if you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, she will provide practical skills to help you both right now and in the future.

Jeanne's therapy is tailored to meet the specific needs of her clients. Through the use of proven techniques and a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, Jeanne's clients discover balance and can achieve new levels of satisfaction in their lives. Her vision is to help you find your truth, power, hope and strength so you can fully realize the life you deserve.

Flexible scheduling, including evening and weekend appointments, is available.


Education:

  • Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Fairfield University
  • Masters of Science in Education, Western Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education, Hofstra University

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Professional Teaching Certificate: Pre-K through Grade 6

Professional Memberships:

Jeanne Bielawa, MA, LPC, M.S. ED
Jackie Dudas, MS, NCC, LPC

Jackie Dudas, MS, NCC, LPC

Jackie Dudas is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 8 years of experience working with a variety of clientele in the area including children, adolescents, and their families.

Jackie has worked with individuals dealing with issues such as anxiety and stress, depression, divorce, anger management control, self esteem, and relationship/family struggles. She utilizes an integrative approach in her work and applies different strategies and techniques from various therapeutic modalities.

Jackie values the therapeutic relationship. She feels that building a trusting relationship is the most important part of the counseling process. Jackie works with each of her clients based on their individual needs. She believes in the effectiveness of empowerment- that each client has the power within him or herself to work on and resolve their personal obstacles.


Education:

  • LPC Graduate Courses, Western Connecticut State University
  • Masters of Science in Community Counseling, University of Bridgeport
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Central Connecticut State University

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Connecticut
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Memberships:

Jackie Dudas, MS, NCC, LPC
Rachel Coombs, M.S., NCC

Rachel Coombs, M.S., NCC

Rachel is a National Certified Counselor with 3 years experience working with adults, children and families.

Rachel implements an integrated approach to counseling, involving Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused and Reality Therapy. She believes in recognizing and utilizing the strengths of an individual or family and incorporating those qualities into the therapeutic process for healing, empowerment and goal achievement.


Education:

  • Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Western Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, SUNY New Paltz

Licenses/Certifications:

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)

Professional Memberships:

Rachel Coombs, M.S., NCC
Soribel Martinez, MSW, LCSW, MA, MBA

Soribel Martinez, MSW, LCSW, MA, MBA

Soribel Martinez is a Bilingual, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of experience working in the mental health field. She has provided therapeutic services in a variety of settings including school, in-home, outpatient, and crisis intervention services. Currently she is a Certified School Social Worker in the Waterbury Public System.

Ms. Martinez has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in ADHD, behavioral issues,stress management, anger management, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, and trauma. She also works well adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual abuse and other emotional difficulties.

Her therapeutic approach is strength based. She empowers her clients to take action and join her in the therapeutic journey to make positive change in their lives. She utilizes a variety of research based modalities and approaches to meet ther clients needs. Meeting her clients where they are and establishing a non-judgemental therapeutic relationship is what is most important to her.

Soribel provee todos sus servicios también en Español.


Education:

  • Masters in Clinical Social Work University of Southern California
  • Master of Arts, Psychology, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Post University
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Post University

Licenses/Certifications:

Professional Memberships:

Soribel Martinez, MSW, LCSW, MA, MBA
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