About us


Jean Allbee-Roberson, M.S., LMFT

Jean Allbee-Roberson, M.S., LMFT

Jean is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She received her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Philosophy from Rhode Island College and her MS in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the Connecticut chapter (CTAMFT). Jean has worked with children, adults, families, and couples for more than 10 years. Jean has experience doing therapy in offices, schools, clients' homes, and in the community. She utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy, including both Behavioral Interventions as well as Cognitive Restructuring), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Solution-Focused Therapy, and other approaches. She has well rounded experience but specializes in adoption and attachment problems, self-injurious behavior (ex: cutting), anxiety disorders, couples therapy, parenting issues, and LGBTQ populations (particularly transgender issues, including helping clients move through their transition with hormones and/or surgery). Jean is committed to giving back to the community and the profession, supervising interns and postgraduates from local and online training programs.


Mike Alger, M.S., LPC

Mike Alger, M.S., LPC

Mike received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Mitchell College in 2008 and his Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2012. Mike went on to receive his license as a Professional Counselor from the state of Connecticut in 2014. Since he began working as a therapist Mike has had much experience and success working with youth and young adults experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, and other issues. He works equally well with males and females, aged 8 years and older. It is Mike's mission to treat the clients he sees as individuals, while helping them overcome the challenges that they present with in a manner that highlights and respects that individuality.


Brittany Bonchuk

Brittany Valentine (Bonchuk), MSW, LCSW

Brittany completed her undergraduate social work degree from Central Connecticut State University and her Masters degree in social work from the University of Connecticut in 2006. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient, hospital and school-based mental health programs for over 12 years. Brittany specializes in working with children, adolescents and families with varying concerns including mood disorders, anxiety, depression, GLBTQ issues, ADHD, and Autism-Spectrum disorders. She is one of a limited number of clinicians in Connecticut who have been certified at the National level as a provider of TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). Brittany was also trained in CFTSI (Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention), a treatment used to help children and families cope with acute trauma reactions. Brittany utilizes a number of evidence-based modalities such as Triple P Positive Parenting, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to promote quality, research-informed care. Brittany believes that the therapeutic relationship between client and clinician sets the precedent for successful treatment, and she enjoys building such rapport with the individuals she works with.


Lisa DeGraff, M.S., LMFT

Lisa DeGraff, M.S., LMFT

Lisa received her B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2011. She received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island in 2014. She is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and the Connecticut chapter (CTAMFT). Her experience has been working with children, adults, families, and couples in office- and school-based settings. She has facilitated Active Parenting groups in the community as well as groups for children on topics such as grief.

“I am trained in several treatment modalities, but the approach I use for each client is determined based on goals and presenting issues. I have found that individuals, families, and couples come to therapy with various strengths and my expectation is to deliver a safe, supportive environment to build upon those strengths and create change. Any approach I use incorporates a strength-based, client-centered focus that strives to enrich clients' drive for personal growth and change. I feel privileged to be able to offer my support and commend anyone who reaches out for help with the goal of making life better.”


Chrys Perkins, M.A., LMFT

Chrys Perkins, M.A., LMFT

Chrys received her Bachelor’s in English (Writing & Editing), Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies from Pace University in New York City. She obtained her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018 from Northcentral University and is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). She is also a member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy).

Chrys has worked with clients of all ages, and enjoys working with both individuals and couples. She encourages the inclusion of family members, caregivers, and significant others in the therapeutic process. She has experience and a passion for assisting those who struggle with ADHD, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, and Personality Disorders, as well as marital/relationship stressors, time management, organization challenges, school/performance related concerns, life transformations, emotion/mood regulation and development, sexual dysfunctions, and LGBTQ.

Chrys primarily utilizes Narrative Therapy and believes that each person is the author to their own story. She feels that it is possible for people to change their reaction to events in their story with personalized tools that assist in crafting a preferred outcome. She respectfully acknowledges where her clients are currently at, helps them unfold & address their concerns and desires, and collaboratively construct ways to achieve their future story. Chrys also includes integrative therapeutic techniques, holistic approaches, homeopathic perspectives, and fosters well-researched informed care.


Joselyn Henry-Holzthum MS MFT-A

Joselyn Henry-Holzthum MS MFT-A

Joselyn Henry-Holzthum obtained her bachelors degree in psychology from Sacred Heart University. She earned her master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Northcentral University. Joselyn currently holds her associate marriage and family therapy license and is working toward full licensure under the supervision of Courtney. She is also a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Joselyn has worked with clients of various ages, and enjoys working with individuals as well as couples. Joselyn has experience working with youth in intensive home based services as well as substance abuse with adults and young adults. She has worked with clients experiencing anxiety, ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, autism and every day stress.

Joselyn believes in working to find the strengths that each individual or family has to create meaningful change in their lives. She believes that even the smallest change can have positive effects. Joselyn utilizes a solution focused approach to collaborate with the client in the development of goals and how to achieve them.


Shayla Linder B.A. MFT Intern

Shayla Linder B.A. MFT Intern

Shayla received her B.A. in Liberal Arts with minors in Mathematics, Ancient Greek, & Latin from Utah State University in 2012. She is completing her master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy through Liberty University and is supervised by Jean. Shayla has a variety of interests including playing bass guitar, singing, reading, and spending time outdoors. She also loves all things coffee and before pursuing her master’s degree she worked as a barista and assistant manager at a coffee shop in North Carolina. She is interested in working from a holistic perspective – engaging mind, body, & spirit, and looks forward to developing her theoretical framework under Jean’s supervision.


Anku Kumar, M.B.A. MFT Intern

Anku received her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Finance. She is currently completing her second Master’s degree in Marriage and Family therapy through Touro University and is supervised by Jean. Anku incorporates a solution focused approach which utilizes positive psychology principles and practices and helps clients by constructing solutions rather than focusing on problems. She is also a member of the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy). In her free time, Anku likes to read, travel and spend time with her dog, Rosco.


Courtney McCall Plourde, M.S, LMFT

Courtney McCall Plourde, M.S, LMFT

Courtney McCall Plourde enjoys working with children, adolescents, families and couples on a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood regulation, behavioral management, trauma, social communication difficulties, and relational difficulties. Courtney is Nationally and State certified in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), an evidence based treatment model implemented with children and caregivers impacted by trauma. Courtney has worked with children and families in the area for the past 7 years and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is the primary supervisor of interns in the office from local Marriage and Family Therapy masters programs. Courtney received her B.A in Psychology with a Minor in Classical Studies from the University of Colorado and her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Rhode Island chapter (RIAMFT).


Jaime Hughes, Office Manager

Jaime Hughes, Office Manager

Jaime has worked in customer service for 15 years. Her friendly, empathetic demeanor has been an asset in retail and healthcare settings, as has her strong work ethic and attention to detail. She is in the office most business days and is available to help with scheduling, referrals, and general questions.

She enjoys country music, playing video games, all things 80's, and ice cold Coca-Cola. She has an unhealthy love for sharks, owls, and albino alligators. Her knowledge of the original Star Wars Trilogy is extensive. She is considered by many to be a Grandmaster Stick Figure Artist.

If 'Organization' was an Olympic Sport, Jaime would win the gold every year. She loves nothing more than to label, organize, and make things pretty and neat. If you got a problem, yo, she'll solve it (or at least find someone who can). She is Jean's right-hand-man and is the grease that keeps the office running smoothly. Alliance Counseling is proud to have her skills as an Office Manager.


Lily Roberson

Lily Roberson, Therapy Dog

Meet Lily! She is a registered therapy dog here at Alliance Counseling, and works closely with Jean Allbee-Roberson when needed. She is obedient, calm and relaxed, sweet-tempered, and exceptional with both children and adults.


Henry Roberson

Henry Roberson, Therapy Dog Trainee

Meet Henry! At about 40 lbs, he is a bit of a little guy but with a big personality. He is in training to follow in his big sister's foot prints and become a registered therapy dog. Henry has the most loving, friendly personality and wants nothing more than to see who is in the waiting room when he arrives at the office (Lily's first priority is her daily dental treat...). He is still working on his jumping and controlling his desire to give everyone all the kisses. He just gets so excited to see people and he's a bit of a shortie, so he jumps to get closer to you. Be prepared for an enthusiastic greeting! Henry also works closely with Jean Allbee-Roberson and her clients have said he is "so cute!", "such a good boy", and gives "epic" snuggles. He loves and does well with all people, big and small.