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.
You are stronger than you think. Everything you need to get unstuck and heal is already inside of you. Not so sure about that? I will meet you right where you are with compassion and a fresh perspective, and challenge you to expand your awareness and ability. Living your fullest life takes hard work; especially when you realize there’s more to it than being carefree and independent. I want to help you work through your life struggles like relationships, trauma, career satisfaction, and the general uneasiness that inevitably surfaces when we start wondering about the direction our life is taking and how we can maximize our potential in the world.
I have 20 plus years of experience working with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, life adjustments, ADHD, autism, grief, trauma, social issues, parent coaching, mood disorders, self-esteem, academic issues. I have experience working with a range of ages and stages of life.
There is no cure-all for healing and breaking through stuck spots on this journey of life. Let’s sort out what troubles you in healthy ways by exploring your individual experience and uncovering your unique strengths. My goal is to empower you to find your best path through this life as you heal from past hurts and search for meaning, purpose, and direction.
I want you to feel as comfortable and safe as if you’re talking to your closest confidant while receiving a healthy dose of professional objectivity, insight, perspective, and support. If you are interested in improving your mental state and quality of life to feel more present, more grounded, and more stable then I will likely be a good fit for you!
When I’m not in session, I recharge at the beach as often as possible. I also love to travel, garden and read a great book. My husband, our two boys, and our sweet dog, Peyton, keep me light-hearted and playful and remind to laugh and find joy in every single day.