Meet the Brains behind the Center for NeuroPotential
Our clinicians are therapists in Branford, CT
In 2008, Deb applied for a counseling job at a Neurology Medical Practice and was interviewed by their senior Neuropsychologist, Amy. Deb got the job, and the rest is history. They instantly connected and began a professional relationship, personal friendship, and commitment to discovering the potential in every client they work with. Amy is a self-proclaimed “brain geek” while Deb is a mindfulness and trauma expert. Together, they are the brains behind the Center for Neuropotential.
After founding the Center for NeuroPotential, Amy and Deb quickly realized that their services were in high demand. They were excited to add additional clinicians as well as neurofeedback technicians!
People come to me because they feel that somehow their brain just isn’t working the way it’s supposed to. I love putting the pieces together for clients to help them see the bigger picture. Knowledge is power, and with that knowledge we can collaborate to form an individualized treatment plan. A cornerstone for helping others reach their potential is through the use of neurofeedback, and I am proud to be a board-certified neurofeedback provider.
When not in the office, you likely will find me out for a run, reading a book, or searching on Pinterest for the next recipe I want to try. My two little girls keep me laughing every day, and help me appreciate the silliness in life.
I love listening to people’s stories and supporting the healing process of reassembling pieces that no longer fit well. My role is as a guide, supporting healing from trauma and difficult life events.
As a Trauma Specialist, I served as the Newtown Clinical Recovery Leader following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.
In my free-time, you are likely to find me walking in nature, playing with my nieces and nephews or practicing yoga. I devote myself to being centered and finding time to laugh, to breathe, to move and for quiet reflection to foster brain health and well-being.
Meeting, working with and gaining understanding of new clients is my passion. I am dedicated to offering each client an attentive, compassionate approach that allows them to reach their full potential.
Using my strong experience with children, teens and adults, I enjoy exploring how our emotional and physically health is interconnected.
Together, as we set healthy, realistic goals my hope is that all clients start to heal, feel empowered and grow from the therapeutic process.
When I am not in the office, you can typically find me spending time with my two children or reading my latest find. Running and practicing yoga are some of my favorite hobbies to help keep me centered and mindful.
My goal as a therapist is to help my clients get to the bottom of whatever is causing them discomfort so that they can find lasting relief and personal growth.
I began to work in the mental health field shortly after leaving military service. I came to understand how much pain and suffering we all carried and realized that even when it may not seem like it, we have the ability to get through it.
Outside of the office, I stay committed to my personal development by practicing meditation, yoga, and self-discipline. When I am relaxing, I enjoy photography, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends.
It’s a privilege and honor to be on the journey of healing with my clients. Helping to resolve traumatic experiences allows people to accomplish a greater balance in their lives. I assist individuals, couples, and families in uncovering their true selves, becoming more powerful, and permitting themselves to be vulnerable in order to experience openness, connection, and love.
While working at the Yale University Child Study Center researching the impacts of drugs and poverty on children, I graduated from the Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program at Southern Connecticut State University with the intention of helping not only individuals but interconnected systems, such as couples and families.
Over the years, I have gained a multicultural understanding while practicing therapy both in Europe and the US and remain aware of how unique human experiences are. In my free time, I enjoy reading science, biology, and philosophy. On daily walks, I marvel at nature in its complexity and adaptability which restores and regenerates my body and psyche.
A Lifestyle of Wellbeing: People often say they “just-want-to-be-happy,” but … what does that mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean for you? Because happiness is not a ‘thing’ we get – but rather is something one gets to experience as more an ebb/flow – we are constantly able to make choices about how/when/if we experience it. Happiness is something you get to define (and RE-define) as your own, and therapy is here to help you dig into it more deeply so it can be sustainable. Combining neuroscience and mindful therapeutic technique, we get to build and widen pathways to what is personally medicinal for you. And, like anything built, the process is cumulative. The process is work – it’s good work – and it’s worth it.
My studies began with graduate work in Depth Psychology, and have widened to include my training in EMDR, yoga, meditation, and MBSR. My passion for this work is vast, and continues to expand. It has informed what I now call a Lifestyle of Wellbeing, and I love taking it with me into the kitchen for yummy cooking ventures, into quiet time spent in nature, and into deep talks and silly times spent with loved ones.