Clinical Staff

Megan Klein

Megan Klein

APRN, MS, CS

Megan Klein, APRN, MS, CS is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She has worked in nursing for 34 years, including as a nurse manager for children and adolescents in an inpatient setting, and as an office-based APRN for 20 years.   

Her practice has included clients of all ages, primarily in eastern Connecticut, and before joining CPC, she worked most recently with a geriatric population in the Glastonbury area.  She works closely with families, and is sensitive to the need to integrate existing supports to maximize the client’s ability to benefit from treatment.

Sharif Okasha

Sharif Okasha

PsyD

Dr. Sharif Okasha is a graduate from the California School of Professional Psychology where he earned his doctorate in clinical psychology. As an undergraduate, he earned a B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.  He has been providing therapeutic and assessment services for the past 14 years, and joined CPC in September of 2014. He is an experienced play therapist, and has worked successfully with many children in this modality.  With teens and adults, he works primarily from a psychodynamic model, which focuses on developing self awareness and understanding of one’s emotional life as a means for greater satisfaction in relationships.

Kathleen Hustek

Kathleen Hustek

LCSW, JD

Kathleen Hustek, LCSW, JD, received her graduate degrees from Columbia University and The University of  CT. Kathleen has practiced clinical social work in medical, residential and outpatient settings for the past 25 years as a therapist and as a clinical supervisor. She has both interest and experience in working with those struggling with symptoms of PTSD and is trained in ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy). She is also trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). ​Kathleen is now studying to complete  credentials for an LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor). She especially enjoys working with women’s issues, and assisting those who identify as LGBTQ+ to navigate personal issues and social stressors. Kathleen practices out of both our Old Saybrook and Norwich sites.

Lynn McCaffery

Lynn McCaffery

LCSW

Lynn holds an MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College and has practiced Clinical Social Work in medical and psychiatric settings for over 25 years.   New to CPC  she works with adults and shares a mature understanding of the impact of illness on one’s life.   Lynn uses a psychodynamic and developmental approach to guide patients in coping with life’s transitions and psychiatric illness.  She is accepting new patients in Old Saybrook.

Jeanine Dalessio Vaughn

Jeanine Dalessio Vaughn

LMFT

Jeanine Vaughn, LMFT, earned her master’s degree from The University of Connecticut’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Jeanine utilizes a client-centered and strength-based approach including cognitive behavioral techniques and various family therapy techniques to empower change in clients. Jeanine believes therapy as a journey to self-love, acceptance, understanding, and connectivity. She fosters growth and change through various coping strategies, interventions, and discussions to work towards success.

 “It’s okay to be exhausted, overwhelmed, and at your capacity. You want to feel better, but struggle to find the motivation, words, or energy to begin. You may feel disconnected from those around you, or even yourself. You may be looking to heal, make lifestyle changes, or you’re seeking a safe space to share the stressors of your life. I believe therapy is a journey to self-love, acceptance, understanding, and connectivity. Together, we will create obtainable goals of growth and change through various coping strategies, interventions, and discussions to work toward success. I work with adults through various strength-based approaches. I work with you to gain a better insight to break cycles of negative thinking and behaviors to encourage change. Together, we will reconnect you with your best self.”

 

Renee Lacadie

Renee Lacadie

MS, APRN

Renee Lacadie, MS, APRN, AGPCNP-BC is certified by the ANCC as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She has completed a Post-Masters Certification program to become a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Renee has worked in healthcare for 15+ years in both inpatient and outpatient care experiences. She works with individuals ages 13 and older.  Her primary focus has been working with adults, older adults, and their families. She works closely with clients to plan an effective and individualized treatment plan. 

Emily Baldovin

Emily Baldovin

LPC, LMHC, NCC

Emily Baldovin; LPC, LMHC, NCC, earned her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling from St. John’s University and is licensed in both NY and CT. She specializes in individual therapy with adolescents and teens, and the family work that follows. She has work experience with substance use disorders, severe mental health disorders, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Her approach is client centered and she utilizes CBT, with a trauma-informed foundation. Emily utilizes mindfulness practices, art therapy, and grounding techniques to help clients increase coping mechanisms. Emily believes in creating a space where clients feel comfortable to be themselves, free of judgement and conditions, and are motivated to create a better quality of life for themselves.

Denise Boras, APRN

Andrea Shaker

LPC

Andrea Shaker, LPC, earned her master’s degree in Community Psychology concentration in Forensic Psychology at the University of New Haven. She specializes in family therapy, couples, and individual therapy (ages 9 and up). Her approach is client-centered and she utilizes cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family therapy techniques. Andrea is passionate about creating a holistic, nonjudgmental, and comfortable healing environment for clients to grow in a safe environment. She is trained in multidimensional family therapy and CBT. Andrea enjoys working with individuals coping with symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, and self-esteem. She also enjoys working with families and couples to help build healthier relationships.

 
Laura Palmese

Laura Palmese

Psy.D.

Dr. Laura Palmese obtained her doctorate from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Clinical Psychology. Her post-doctoral training focused on treating Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and she is VA-trained in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for military populations. More recently, she has worked with older adults struggling with issues such as grief/loss, chronic pain, terminal illness, cognitive decline, and major life transitions. Dr. Palmese has over 13 years of experience in conducting a full range of clinical services. She works exclusively with ages 18+ and operates from a Cognitive-Behavioral perspective although is flexible depending on individual needs

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Shelly Foster

APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC

Shelly has been in nursing for over 13 years earning her RN from Goodwin University and her psychiatric degree from the University of New Hampshire. She is dually board certified in family practice and psychiatry. She has a strong practice background in integrated care combining primary care and psychiatry utilizing a holistic approach to treatment. She works with individuals ranging in age from 17 years old through adult with varying diagnosis. She is an empathetic, non-judgmental provider and utilizes evidence based treatment to ensure excellent outcomes for her clients.

Amanda Vallario

Amanda Vallario

LPC

Amanda is a Masters level Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Nationally Certified Counselor. She received her graduate degree from Albertus Magnus College. Amanda specializes in working with individuals struggling with grief, loss, and other major life transitions. She also has experience working with service members and their families. Amanda utilizes an integrated approach to treatment which includes psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and creative expression. She is currently offering in-person and telehealth sessions.

Ryan Lieberman, MD

Ryan Lieberman

MD, Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Medical Director

Dr. Ryan Lieberman is an adult and adolescent psychiatrist who has been in practice for the past 16 years primarily in the CT and NY area. Dr. Lieberman is a graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine and Yale/New Haven Hospital Psychiatric Residency program. Prior to moving to CT, Dr. Lieberman spent four years in the Philadelphia area earning his BA in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Lieberman has extensive experience in both the psychopharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of a variety of psychiatric illnesses, as well as more specialized experience working with the LGBTQ population.

Michelle Stallworth, LPC

Michelle Stallworth

LPC

Michelle received her master’s degree and LPC from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been practicing for 28 years and has experience with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Michelle draws upon cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), with experience in treating anxiety, depression, trauma related issues, autism spectrum, and general life adjustment issues. Through CBT, clients develop strategies to cope with and overcome life’s challenges. By gaining increased self-awareness, Michelle believes that clients are empowered to not only identify negative patterns, but also to stop them from reoccurring so individuals can achieve their goals.  

When combined with a client-centered and solution-focused approach, Michelle works to help individuals recognize and capitalize on their strengths to foster meaningful, lasting change in a safe, judgement-free setting. 

Kyle Sutherland, LPC

Kyle Sutherland

LPC

Kyle is a Licensed Professional Counselor empowering individuals to navigate life’s challenges with clarity and resilience. With a foundation in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), he helps clients identify and reframe negative thought patterns, leading to positive changes in behavior and emotional well-being.

Kyle’s approach is collaborative and tailored to meet your unique needs, whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship issues. Through compassionate listening and evidence-based techniques, he strives to create a supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgment.

Utilizing CBT, person centered and strength based approaches Kyle works with clients to uncover the root causes of client difficulties and develop practical strategies to overcome them. By learning to challenge unhelpful beliefs and develop healthier coping skills, clients can gain the tools necessary to thrive in both personal and professional life.

Kyle believes in the inherent strength and resilience within each individual, and is committed to guiding clients towards a happier, more fulfilling life.

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