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Therapists

Susan Allender, PhD

Dr. Allender is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University and went on to gain both her M.S. and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology followed by her PhD at Fielding Graduate University, where she graduated with honors.

Dr. Allender is passionate about her work and has extensive training in a combination of interventions including the addition of neurofeedback in conjunction with therapy to improve health.

Dr. Allender is experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of presenting problems including grief, trauma, mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders, Autism Spectrum diagnoses, developmental disabilities, and adjustment difficulties.

Dr. Allender believes establishing rapport in a trusting therapeutic relationship is essential for growth. She has a psychodynamic orientation to therapy and subscribes to a compassionate and caring approach to working with her clients. She believes that each client is different and that she must meet them where they are while promoting positive development.




Ellen Casale, LMFT

Ellen Casale, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist works at Comprehensive Psychiatric Care Associates (CPC Associates) in Danbury Connecticut and at a private practice in Pound Ridge, New York.

Ellen received her training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy at Four Winds Hospital where she was a member of the hospital’s DBT clinical team for five years. Having completed internships at the Jewish Child Care Association and Green Chimneys Children’s Services, she received a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercy College.
Her post-graduate work was completed at The Minuchin Center for the Family-Structural Family Therapy and Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.

Ellen is a member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and American Family Therapy Academy.




Adam Fisher F., LCSW

Mr. Fisher is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who works with adults and adolescents. He has been working in the field for 25 years .He is available for individual, group, family and couples therapy.

He attended Yeshiva University where he obtained his MSW and has advanced training in individual and group psychotherapy from The Postgraduate Center in New York. He received a second Master's in Bio-Medical Ethics from the CUNY Graduate Center. Currently he is active with Après Coup, a Lacanian psychoanalytic group in NYC.

Mr. Fisher has been an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University teaching Adolescent Clinical Practice. Formerly a Supervisor, Coordinator and Primary Therapist at Bronx Psychiatric Center and Four Winds Hospital and Clinical Director of the Postgraduate Center's Clinic he is now exclusively in private practice. He joined CPC Associates in 2008.

Mr. Fisher works in a very individualized manner with each client to establish a unique treatment plan. Most of the people who come to see him are not only interested in decreasing their symptoms but also in understanding themselves. Mr. Fisher works especially well with people who are struggling with trauma, anxiety, addictions, and sexuality issues. His psychodynamic approach has been of help to people with personality disorders who wish to achieve long lasting change.




Natalie Hoeffel, LCSW

Natalie has years working in the mental health field. She received her masters degree from Fordham University. She has been the director of the Renfrew Center and a program director and state facilitator for the Department of Education. She has been a social worker at Danbury Schools, WERACE, and Even Start programs.

She has also been in private practice as a psychotherapist in Connecticut for over a decade. Her theoretical approach is primarily in psychodynamic and experiential therapies. She works with clients to find a balance, establish adaptive skills, and enhance the quality of their lives.

Natalie is experienced in working with adolescents, adults, couples, in family therapy, and with mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, post-partum depression, life stage transitions, and geriatric populations.


Miranda Jones, LCSW

Miranda Jones received her Master's degree in clinical social work from New York University. She has experience working with child and adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. She has post-master's training in relationships and intimate partner violence, as well as geriatric and end of life issues.

Miranda has been a therapist for CHE Senior Psychological Services serving adult and geriatric populations residing in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living homes. She also worked as a therapist for children and adults at a domestic violence agency. She completed internships at The New York Foundling foster care agency in NYC and Farnam Neighborhood House, a specialized after school program for children and adolescents in New Haven, CT.

Miranda has experience working with individuals who struggle to cope with depression or anxiety, life transitions, significant health/medical diagnoses, dementia, grief/loss, relationships, and trauma.




Susan Nilsen, LCSW, MSW

Susan Nilsen, MSW, LCSW, graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Connecticut and New York.

Having worked in the mental health field for 20 years and as a Social Worker / Psychotherapist for 15 years, Susan has experience working in both in-patient and out-patient psychiatric settings with child and adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations. At CPC Associates, Susan provides individual therapy (mostly for adults ages 18 and up) as well as couples and family therapy, and has a strong background working with people struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and eating disorders. Appealing to individual strengths, her theoretical approach is primarily psychodynamic (insight oriented therapy), along with helping clients develop and utilize more adaptive coping skills.



Abbe Ravens, LCSW

Abbe Ravens has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the City University of New York in 1973 and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University in 1978. She has extensive post-master's training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and substance abuse and dependence.

Ms. Ravens works with patients experiencing mood, personality, anxiety disorders, and alcoholism and addictions. Her work entails helping people to become aware of and understand emotional obstacles so that they can live to their fullest potential.

Ms. Ravens works with adults 18 and over in individual, group, and marital therapy. She is licensed in both New York and Connecticut and accepts most insurances.



Michelle Vincoli, LPC

Michelle Vincoli, Licensed Professional Counselor, received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University.  Michelle worked for 6 years as a Substance Abuse Counselor in multiple outpatient clinics, and at SUNY Purchase College. Additionally, Michelle has provided crisis counseling, education and advocacy to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Child Abuse. Most recently, Michelle served as the Supervisor of the Counseling Department at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education. Michelle is POST-C Certified and has trained law enforcement, hospital personnel, and volunteers on Trauma Informed Response to victims of abuse.

Michelle’s background includes providing therapy to adolescents and adults with: Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, PTSD, Life Transitions, Gender Identity, Sexual Health, and Relationships.

Michelle utilizes a person centered and strength based approach when working with individuals. She draws upon Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic strategies, and Mindfulness based stress reduction. Michelle believes everyone has the capacity to reach their goals. She strives to empower individuals to discover their inner strength through healthy support and motivation.



Philip Wiener, LCSW

Mr. Philip Wiener, LCSW is a psychodynamically trained psychotherapist who received his MSW from Columbia University. He has been a psychotherapist for forty-one (41) years and works with adults, couples, and families. He has advanced training in the treatment of anxiety disorders, the treatment of trauma, grief counseling, treatment of depression, couples therapy, family therapy, short term treatment, and crisis intervention. Philip has extensive experience in running workshops on a wide number of issues including on parenting, single parenting, the blended family, and the treatment of holocaust survivors.

Early in his career, Philip ran a Crisis Intervention Center in Bronx, New York. Subsequently he moved with his family to Connecticut, where he served as Executive Director of two different State Licensed Outpatient Psychiatric Agencies for twenty five (25) years. These experiences offered him the opportunity to supervise and train many other psychotherapists while managing the growth of these multi-service agencies. One result of the preceding is that Philip brings a particular skill set to the challenges faced by employees, managers, and executives in the business world.

Philip is deeply committed to his clients and truly values the strength and courage that it takes for people to reach out for help. His engaging, supportive, skillful, and productive approach to each individual encourages hope and progress in the face of crisis.