Katie Nash, LCSW is a therapist and co-founder of Newtown Family Therapy. As a therapist she is passionate about empowering you to gain insight into the road blocks that have been preventing you from moving forward and feeling whole. Her practice was born out of a desire to connect to a community in need of healing and to offer more than today’s world of managed care and short term therapy allows. A compassionate and empathetic therapist, Katie’s diverse background, both personally and professionally, allows her to develop a unique approach to helping people—she matches effective clinical interventions with a humanistic and grounded approach. Prior to co-founding Newtown Family Therapy, Katie was the Clinical Coordinator at the Recovery Network of Programs, New Prospects in Bridgeport, CT. She received her bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and her master’s degree in Social Work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.
Karlie Spader is a recent graduate from the University of Bridgeport, receiving an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During her undergraduate career, she took an animal behavior course which led her to learn about the LGBTQ community and how at times this population struggles with mental health. Her explorations on this topic helped her discover counseling and motivated her to pursue a degree in counseling to learn more about mental health issues and to be a provider to those who need help.
In 2015, Karlie began an internship with True Colors, Inc. located in Hartford, CT. Her time at True Colors introduced her to people of all walks of life. She currently facilitates a LGBTQ youth group in Bridgeport, CT for True Colors on the first Friday of every month.
Karlie gained her clinical experience at the Connecticut Psychiatric and Wellness Center located in Woodbridge, CT. While working on her internship hours, Karlie found her love of working with youth and adolescents.
Karlie’s passion in life is to encourage individuals to discover their worth and what is meaningful to them.
Elena Cela, LPC, is a psychotherapist serving children, adolescents, young adults, and adults. Elena completed her Graduate Counseling degree in 2015 at the University of Bridgeport and is currently working on acquiring her doctorates in Counseling Psychology. Elena has experience treating concerns related to trauma, anxiety, depression, body image, interpersonal issues, grief, self-esteem, behavioral issues, and more.
Elena gained experience by working at LifeBridge Community Services for the last five years where she has gotten the opportunity to work with diverse populations. Last year Elena received training at the University of Hartford Counseling and Psychology Services where she worked with college students who presented with various mental health concerns. During the summer she completed training at Empowered Wellness Camp where she worked one on one with clients and ran CBT and body image groups. Elena is currently completing training at Wesleyan University where she continues to work with client’s individually and in group settings.
Elena utilizes of client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused therapy, but works to adapt approaches best fit for the client. Elena’s passion is to help empower clients to identify their natural strengths and supports to work through their personal, professional, and therapeutic goals.
Penny Tavar, LMSW, is a psychotherapist serving children, individuals, couples and families. Penny completed her Graduate MSW degree in 1997 and Post Graduate studies in Play Therapy and Adolescent Therapy in 1999 at Fordham University. Penny also continues extensive Post Graduate Training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, one of the Premier Institutions for Couples and Family Therapy.
Penny Utilizes a Systemic-Relational Therapeutic Approach which embodies a collection of Ideas, Disciplines, Techniques and Practices designed to be effective in treating presenting issues and challenges presented by physical and mental illness, developmental difficulties in childhood, and relational trauma.
Fostering change, strengthening and clarifying relationships between couples, and family members and empowering individuals to envision and create positive change and growth is the desired goal and mission of this therapeutic journey.
Cindy Hould, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 18 years experience. She earned a Masters degree from the University of Connecticut and a BS in Human Development with a concentration in Family Studies from the University of Maine. She is an Approved Supervisor and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Cindy is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Cindy is also a Complicated Grief Informed therapist.
Cindy’s previous experience included serving as an EAP consultant for the McGraw Hill publishing company in New York City following the terrorist attack on 9/11. She gained experience working with clients who witnessed the attack with their co-workers. Cindy supervised an intensive outpatient program in the psychiatric department at Yale New Haven Hospital’s St. Raphael Campus. She has treated patients with anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, depression and complicated grief. Cindy was a Department of Defense contractor as a Military and Family Life Consultant working with Veterans and their families during deployment and providing support in their reintegration into civilian life. She mastered the delicate balance of providing treatment while maintaining confidentiality to preserve their military careers. She continues to provide clinical support to a CT National Guard medical unit during their monthly drills in Danbury. For the past two years, she was part of the Clifford Beers Clinic Newtown Recovery Team.
Cindy enjoys working with individuals, couples and families who are motivated, honest, open-minded and have a good sense of humor. She believes therapy is like the proverb, “Give a man to fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” She sees her role as providing clients with the skills to empower them to manage their life. Nothing gives her more pleasure than seeing a client move onto the next chapter in their life having grown and matured from the previous challenging chapter.