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Therapists


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.



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.



Deirdre Scott, LCSW

Deirdre Scott is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of therapeutic experience. Her educational background includes a BA from Marymount Manhattan College in Sociology, and a Masters Degree from New York University in Social Work. Prior to joining CPC in 2004, Deirdre worked at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital.

Deirdre uses Cognitive & Dialectical Behavioral therapies, but understands the importance of psychodynamic intervention, as well. These therapies are used for the treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder both with individuals and couples.

Within a population of 18 years and older adults, including couples, her mission is to empower her patients to focus on their strengths and accomplishments. Helping the patient to recognize long standing negative patterns is essential so that they may replace these patterns with behaviors that represent what and where they want to be in life.

Most problems are representative of patterns that have developed over time, and through insight, awareness, and ultimately change; can be corrected to produce a more healthy and cohesive ego-centered existence.



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.