If you are in crisis

 

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, in danger of hurting yourself or others, feeling suicidal, overwhelmed, or in crisis, it's very important that you get immediate help.

 

It is important that you do one of the following immediately:

  • Call your local law enforcement agency: 911

  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room

  • Other important phone numbers:

    • ​National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255 800.273.TALK

    • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800.799.7233 800.799.SAFE

    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800.656.4673 800.656.HOPE

    • Teen Runaway: 800.786.2928

                800.RUNAWAY

  • Infoline: 211

I can give you nothing that has not already its origins within yourself

I can throw open no picture gallery but your own

I can help make your own world visible ~ that is all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Herman Hesse

 

 

 

Clinical services offered

  • Offering compassionate care for children, adolescents and adults

  • Individual, couples and family therapy 

  • Research-based day-long and weekend workshops and retreats

  • Trauma informed care / attachment focused 

  • Specialty services for veterans and their families

  • Pre / perinatal support for depression and anxiety - for mothers and fathers - office and home based

  • Unique support for 1st responders, health-care and social service professionals

  • See bottom of page for more information about our specialty services

 

Payment and fee information

Rates:

Therapy fees are based on session type and length.  Please call Sound Counseling Center so that we can discuss your specific needs.  If we cannot provide the services you need at a rate you can afford, we will be happy to recommend some alternatives for you to consider.

 

Insurance:

Each therapist is credentialed for various health insurance plans.  When you call, we will be happy to match you with a therapist that is in-network for you if that is possible.  

 

If you have out-of-network benefits, your insurance company may reimburse you for our services.  All therapists accept out-of-network payments and can supply you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement.  Please consult with your insurance provider to determine what level of coverage you have.

 

Some questions to ask your insurance carrier:

  • Do I have behavioral health benefits?

  • What is my deductible and has it been met?

  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?

  • What is the co-pay or co-insurance amount for each session?

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

 

Payments are due on the date of service.  Payment is preferred by check however, we do accept major credit cards.  

 

 

Meet our Staff

 

Michelle A. Kenefick, LCSW, SEP - Founder and Director of Sound Counseling Center, LLC

Clinical Consultant, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner / SE Assistant

Individual and Family Therapist, COS-P Facilitator

My journey as a Clinical Social Worker has encompassed 28 years of clinical practice.  I have had the privilege of working with children and families as well as with adults in a variety of different settings.  I have a strong clinical background and expertise working with survivors of trauma.  Additionally, I have extensive experience supporting people struggling with anxiety, depression, substance misuse and with adolescents and families in crisis. 

Much of my work also involves supporting care-givers – many of whom are professionals in the fields of human services, the medical field and first responders.  Caring for people in this capacity can take a toll on how we care for ourselves.  My training and expertise in vicarious trauma offers a unique opportunity to transform the impact of bearing witness to the suffering of others.

My approach can best be described as integrative and holistic.  This means that I rely upon various psycho-therapeutic methods and research based / evidence-based models that are combined to create a personalized approach to our work together.  Some of those techniques include:

  • Somatic Experiencing - a body-based psycho-therapeutic model designed to treat trauma (interpersonal violence, disaster, medical, accidents, etc.)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - paying attention to the relationship between our thoughts and how those thoughts make us feel and behave

  • Humanistic Psychology - a strengths-based approach that focuses on each person's potential while stressing the importance of growth and self-actualization

  • Buddhist Psychology - exploring the role that happiness and equanimity play in psychological health, the cultivation of powerfully beneficial states of mind and body and effective meditative practices and mindfulness techniques

  • Mindfulness training - paying attention moment-by-moment with an attitude of openness, acceptance and non-judgment

 

The philosophy that guides my practice includes the belief that each of us possesses the inner resources to heal and that at our core is a purity that remains untouched despite painful experiences. My study in contemplative practice and spiritual care influences my work and my ability to maintain and hold a compassionate presence as we work together.

 

Some of the areas of care that I offer include: trauma, vicarious traumatization, anxiety, stress management, parent/child conflict, mood disorders, self-injurious behavior, grief and loss, divorce, life transitions and many more.  Additionally, I support families in the process of embryo adoption.

* Please see the "Supervision and Coaching" tab above for more specifics about my training and experience.

 

 

Caitlin Clancy, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist

 

Caitlin completed her MSW in 2010 from Fordham University.  She works with adults and children.  Her areas of expertise are working with adolescents, parent/child conflict, family therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.Caitlin has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 7 years with children and families with a focus in evidence based practice:  Multi-dimensional Treatment Foster Care and Functional Family Therapy. 

 

Connecting with the right therapist can be challenging.  My approach is compassionate, supportive, and strengths-based.  I strive to build relationships that will enhance our ability to sustain positive change. In a space free of judgment, you can explore the depths of your resilience and work through barriers that might be preventing you from achieving your personal goals. Together we will identify what those goals are, and using techniques such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness training, mental focusing, and structured problem solving, we will work together to overcome obstacles and work through current issues.

 

 

Brittany Finkeldey-Sanchez, LPC

Individual and Family Therapist, COS-P Facilitator

 

Brittany has been practicing in the field of human services for the past 8 years. Her experience includes working with children and adolescents with emotional/behavioral challenges. She has additional experience serving adults with mental health and substance misuse disorders. Brittany has a specialization in Latino mental health and welcomes all people regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. She has experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

 

She enjoys helping individuals build self-esteem and develop awareness through relaxation and mindfulness. Brittany's specialization includes working with individuals/ families who struggle with major mental illness, personality disorders, substance abuse, domestic violence, and trauma. Brittany values the process of therapy and gives special attention to developing a safe space to accomplish therapeutic goals.

 

I believe that having a strong therapeutic relationship allows for your authentic self to feel heard and understood.  I will work in collaboration with you as you regain and create an empowered sense of self through building awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  I believe that people are intrinsically resilient and that the resilience you hold is a key in overcoming life's challenges. 

 

Amy Billings, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist

 

 

Amy completed her MSW in 2008 from University of California, Los Angeles. She has been practicing in the field of human services for the past 8 years. Her experience includes working with children and adolescents with emotional/behavioral challenges and families with complex family conflict. She has experience and training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy. Amy’s specialization includes working with individuals / families who struggle with major mental illness, self-injurious behaviors, trauma, anxiety, and depression. 

 

My goal is to create an environment where each person feels supported on their journey toward positive change.  I believe that everyone is unique, has a special set of strengths and also faces unique challenges.  My approach includes getting to know your strengths in a compassionate and person-centered way.  I believe in collaboration and empowering people to make decisions about their own care and treatment and will work with you as you work toward achieving the goals you establish and as you discover your strengths.

Shanna Reels, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist

 

Shanna received her BA from the University of Connecticut in 2003 specializing in Native American Affairs and her MSW from Columbia University in 2005 with a concentration in children and families. Her work since then has included experiences of providing direct care, creating social programs, supervisory and administrative positions and case management of various health and behavioral health programs. Shanna’s clinical experience includes fostering change with anxiety and mood disorders along with helping children who experience emotional and behavioral challenges. She has additional expertise and experience helping parents strengthen their parenting skills. Some of the modalities she uses include Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Solution Focused therapy.

Shanna believes that everyone has the potential to improve their life toward better functioning and when they are ready to include her in that journey, she is available to serve as a facilitator in that process. She believes in creating a partnership with the individual to meet their goals.

 

 

Anna Johnson, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist

 

 

 

Anna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working with children and families.  Anna's style can best be described as warm, inviting, safe and encouraging.  She believes that by developing a confidential, therapeutic relationship, she can best support you in moving forward in your personal growth to overcome anxiety, depression or in recognizing unhelpful thought patterns that block your ability to change.

Anna specializes in the parent / child connection.  She works primarily with parents of younger children and offers emotional support and behavioral approaches that will strengthen both the child and the family.

She is also available to offer Christian-based counseling.  In this capacity, Anna views the importance of faith as the primary agent of change.  Anna can support you in using your faith as one tool in healing painful experiences and in the transformation of shame and self-judgment.

 

 

Elyse Denorfia, LCSW

Individual and Family Therapist, COS-P Facilitator

Elyse is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years of experience working with children and families in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.  She provides therapy on a wide range of topics including depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, self-esteem, parent/child attachment challenges, relationship difficulty, adoption and foster care, behavioral challenges and social skills.  Elyse utilizes therapeutic techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), pre/perinatal support for depression and anxiety and is a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.

 

My goal is to create a safe and nurturing environment to ensure that everyone feels supported in their efforts to grow and connect with their strengths.  I will work with you to customize our work together and provide you with the best care and support possible.

David P Kenefick, LMSW

Individual and Family Therapist

David completed the Master's in Social Work program at the University of St. Joseph in 2017.  He is licensed as a Master level Social Worker (LMSW) and is working toward clinical licensure.  David has experience working with children and families in crisis, with couples, and with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, substance related challenges as well as impulse / conduct disorders and trauma.

David views the therapeutic process through a relational approach that incorporates attachment theory and a psycho-dynamic framework.  This perspective allows each person / family the freedom and opportunity to explore how thoughts, emotions and the body-mind connection impacts themselves and those around them.  By building a greater understanding of the ways in which patterns influence us, we gain the ability to affect real and meaningful change.

David is registered as a Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) facilitator and runs multiple groups for parents.  COS supports parents seeking to improve the relationship with their children and in increasing their effectiveness in parenting.  He is also trained in the Gottman method for Couples Therapy - a skill based approach to improving your relationship and learning to resolve conflict.

Finnegan Kenefick, AAT - Registered with Pet Partners

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Finnegan is an 9 lbs mixed breed dog (Toy Poodle and a long-haired Chihuahua).  He was born on October 29, 2012 and came home on December 23rd.  Since then he has accompanied Michelle to work on an almost daily basis.  Finnegan and Michelle are a Registered Animal Therapy Team through Pet Partners®.  Although Finnegan is considered "hypo-allergenic" we cannot guarantee that you will not be allergic to him.  Please let us know if you have any concerns.  AAT is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning.

 

Although Finnegan is present during most of Michelle's sessions, AAT is never offered as a stand-alone intervention.  Finnegan's "therapeutic" role is simply to be present in the room.

 

Finnegan enjoys chasing balls, playing tug of war with his favorite toys, belly rubs and meditation as seen here in this photo.  

 

 

 

 

 


 

Somatic Experiencing

 

Excellence in Trauma Resolution

 

 

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a body-oriented method of working through symptoms associated with trauma.  Developed by Dr. Peter Levine, SE allows for the re-negotiatiation and healing of both shock and developmental trauma.

 

The SE approch releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.  Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict.

 

SE is an approach that gently guides people to develop increased tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.  SE interventions reset the nervous system, supports restoration of inner balance and enhances resilience to stress.

 

For more information, visit traumahealing.org

Proud Member of Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Specialized Support for

Pregnancy and Motherhood

 

A New Perinatal Mental Health Service

 

1 out of 6 mothers experience perinatal depression often paired with symptoms of anxiety. Utilizing a blended and holistic therapeutic approach, we work to alleviate and reduce those symptoms.

 

Early support and intervention is critical for the well being of both mother and child. Because we recognize this, we are committed to offering counseling sessions on an individual and / or group basis in our offices in Essex or Middletown and can also be made available to you in the comfort of your home.

 

Common symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety include:

  • Excessive crying

  • Feeling numb

  • Feeling little or no attachment to the baby

  • No interest in things that used to offer pleasure

  • No energy

  • Feelings of failure

  • Feeling overwhelmed by the smallest tasks

  • Hopelessness

  • Insomnia

  • Excessive sleeping

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Change in appetite

  • Excessive worry

  • Inability to calm oneself

  • Fear of being alone with the infant

  • ... and many others

 

Home based services are available in select communities in Middlesex and New London counties.  Please call for more information. 

 

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