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 Maureen Tranquilli, LCSW to provide counseling services and Gabrielle Gershoni, B.A. as a neurofeedback technician.
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.
Taking the time to learn about and listen to others is something I have always enjoyed doing. Understanding that struggles, difficulties and conflict can cause life to feel imbalanced. I find it very rewarding to help people to see their strengths, to set realistic goals and reach them through the therapeutic process. I believe that I can help bring more calm, well-being and balance back into the lives of those I work with.
When not at the center or at the high school where I work during the day, you will most likely find me at one of many fields watching my sons play the sports that they love. I also enjoy kickboxing, watching movies and walking my dog.
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.
"The love in your heart wasn't put there to stay, love isn't love 'til you give it away" - Oscar Hammerstein
I have dedicated my life to helping others navigate their way through life's challenges. To recognize their strengths, empower themselves, and to grow by using the therapeutic process. It is important for me to be there for others, to walk beside them on their journey, and to support their personal growth. The integration of mind and body is so essential and can be such a great tool in creating coping skills and resources for healing.
When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, camping, taking walks, going to the beach, and singing.
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.