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.
Drea Purdy, LMFT is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist who has spent 10 years connecting and working with people to navigate their complex worlds in order that they may live happier lives. Drea believes that the therapeutic relationship contributes significantly to personal growth and insight. Her nuanced multi-disciplinary approach has been and continues to be effective in treating individuals, couples and families who suffer from the use of tools that served a function and may have worked at some point, but are no longer contributing to a positive way of tolerating emotions and/or being in the world today. Drea received her undergraduate degree from Merrimack College in Andover, MA and her master’s degree from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA.
Rebecca R. Velasquez, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a yoga/meditation teacher with over a decade of social work experience and 15 years of yoga and meditation teaching experience. During these years, Rebecca has developed a special approach to helping people by skillfully integrating the fundamentals of social work/psychotherapy with the deep, restorative and reinforcing powers of yoga and meditation. Rebecca received a B.A. with Honors in Sociology from Emory University in 2001, a M.S. from Columbia University’s School of Social Work in 2003 and her LCSW designation in 2012. While pursuing her undergraduate studies at Emory, Rebecca’s love for yoga led her to earn her yoga training certificate in the Anusara tradition from The Yoga Institute Houston in 2001; she is also well-versed in various other styles and traditions of yoga that include Viniyoga, Acroyoga, Bikram, Power Yoga and Restorative Yoga.
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.