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 her clinical training program.
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 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 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 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. She is currently working toward becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and her work is supervised by both Courtney and Jean. 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.
Amanda Whiffen is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has a passion for working with children, adults and their families. In her work with families, Amanda strives for the family unit to be of a source of comfort, rather than stress. In her work with individuals, Amanda typically utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to aid individuals manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. She is also 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. She is also trained in (MATCH-ADTC) Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma or Conduct. Amanda received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Rhode Island and her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Providence College. Amanda is a member of the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Like Jean and Courtney, she is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and spends most of her work week as the Director of Clinical Services at Child and Family's New London Child Guidance Clinic.
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 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.
Jessa is our awesome, blonde bombshell office assistant. She absolutely LOVES CATS (alas, she only has three) and is an avid Sims player. She's a proud Navy wife and mother of four wonderful children. Jessa has been working in the medical field for seven years, and is currently a student at the University of Phoenix where she received her Associate's Degree. She is now working hard on getting her Bachelor's Degree in Human Service Management and is clearly brilliant with a GPA of 3.8. Oh, and she makes Tie Blankets on the side! She plans to go on to receive a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and her long term goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling and generally just making the world a better place. We hope all of you get the gift of hearing her voice when she takes your information to become a new client or to see her sparkling blue diamond eyes while she cleans the office.
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.