We accept the following insurance plans:
Aetna, Anthem, Beech Street, Blue Cross/BlueShield, Cigna, ConnectiCare, EmblemHealth, Empire Blue Cross, EAP plans, G.H.I., Harvard Pilgrim, Health Net Federal/Tricare, Husky/Medicaid, Magellan, Magnacare, Multiplan, Military One Source, Optum, Oxford, PHCS, United Healthcare, Value Options
Sliding scale options are also available to those without insurance or wishing to pay out of pocket.
Hours of Operation
Acting Clinical Director
Danielle brings over a decade of experience to the Women's Counseling Center. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Master's degree in social work, Danielle also holds two state licenses - one in social work and the other as a substance abuse specialist. Danielle works with a variety of populations, most notably preteens, teens, and adults. She works largely with individuals struggling with addiction, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety, as well as various life stage changes. She collaborates extensively with schools, doctors, hospitals, attorneys, parents, and families. Danielle is also an employee assistance provider for local police and fire departments in addition to Danbury Hospital and a number of private insurance panels. She attends meetings in various school systems as a collaborative partner between teachers, students, and parents, and has also worked as an expert witness. Danielle has lived in the Fairfield County area for a majority of her life and is well acquainted with local resources and personalities. She utilizes a strength perspective when working with clients and strongly believes that establishing a safe and empathic relationship with her clients is the key to an individual's success and progress.
MA, MS, MAC, LPC
Counseling Associates was founded by Sue Gostanian in 1992. Prior, she had professional counseling experience working in the Brookfield school system as a crisis counselor and special education team leader, Danbury Personal Counseling as a staff therapist and group facilitator, and the Fairfield School system as an educator and counselor between 1987 and 1992 after receiving her MA in counseling at Fairfield University. Her areas of specialization include crisis intervention, personal growth issues, relationships and marital counseling, eating disorders, addiction recovery, and group therapy. Sue accepts clients on a very limited basis.
LPC, NCC, CCMHC
Joanne is a nationally certified, state licensed professional counselor. Her clinical practice provides confidential and affordable counseling services for adults in individual, couple, and group formats, as well as consultation services in both private and community-based settings.
Emily is an LCSW with several years of experience in the mental health field. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2014. She has worked with individuals of all ages in a variety of settings, including a residential group home, an inpatient rehab facility, an outpatient behavioral health clinic, and community based work. Her primary focus however has been working with adults in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. She has experience providing individual and group therapy. Emily utilizes a strengths-based and holistic perspective and a collaborative approach when working with clients. Emily is flexible with treatment modalities, based on client preferences, but often utilizes CBT in the form of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She also incorporates elements of DBT and positive psychology. Emily has a down to earth and gentle yet direct style. She views her role as that of creating a safe space for clients to explore and be their authentic selves as well as motivating and empowering clients to effectively address and overcome life’s challenges.
Areas of Interest: mood disorders/anxiety/social anxiety/self-esteem/personality disorders/communication/coping skills/trauma/personal growth issues/mindfulness/addiction recovery/relationships/anger management
MS, NCC, LPC
Jeanne M. Demko received her Master of Science in Counselor Education from Western Connecticut State University. She is licensed as a professional counselor and holds a 068 certification in school counseling. Jeanne is also a nationally certified counselor. Jeanne has worked in private practice for 5 years and residential treatment programs for more than 24 years. Her professional experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, and groups in schools, residential, and outpatient behavioral health settings. In residential treatment programs, Jeanne has counseled adults diagnosed with severe psychiatric disorders and adolescents with emotional challenges. Jeanne has worked as a grade level counselor as well as a crisis counselor in a public high school. In this setting, she developed and facilitated groups with adolescents that covered topics such as communication skills, improving self-esteem, bullying, anger management, and assertiveness skills. In private practice, Jeanne enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has a strong belief in the use of positive psychology and emphasizes the identification and utilization of individual and family strengths and attributes through counseling. Counseling tends to stay present and solution-focused with some exploration of family origin. Jeanne has a strong background in Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, and Existential therapies. Jeanne's areas of expertise are adolescent issues, women's issues and empowerment, anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and couples counseling. Jeanne is not currently accepting any new clients.
Erik Derouin is an experienced clinician who obtained his Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, and then earned his Master of Social Work with a clinical concentration from Fordham University in 2002. Since then, Erik has worked in a variety of nonprofit, outpatient, in-home, school, community, residential, multidisciplinary team, and public service settings to help children, youth, young adults, parents, families, and other groups cope with and recover from significant life challenges they may face with regards to mental health, substance abuse, family communication, social justice, and legal/forensic concerns.
Erik believes in identifying and utilizing strengths and natural resources available to the people he works with to help motivate and empower clients to move towards their own unique life path. At times, a more strategic use of other professionals or systems involved in a client's treatment is needed and Erik is happy to work in collaboration with and provide consultation to, these professionals when appropriate in order to help the client achieve their overall goals and objectives. Erik has completed EMDRIA approved EMDR training.
Laura is an LCSW with experience working in several clinical settings with children and families. She obtained her masters in clinical social work with a focus on Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities from Columbia University. Laura is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy. She utilizes a strength-based approach in combination with other treatment modalities and specializes in children and adolescents, family counseling, and trauma.
Annette Braun, LPC
Annette is an LPC with several years of clinical mental health experience who works with clients of any age group to help gain insight, work through traumas, and treat mood disorders and personality disorders. She utilizes the client’s own strengths and abilities to set achievable goals towards improving health and recognizing triggers or habits that are preventing progress. Using techniques such as CBT, DBT, client-centered therapy, individual, couples therapy, and group/family therapy, children and adolescents, as well as those in need of coping skills and brief solution-focused therapy are welcome.
With published research in psychopathology and the impact of personality disorders on families, as well as years in urban-based agencies, she has experience in a multitude of different, and multicultural backgrounds for both men and women. Annette graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a BA in Psychology in 2011 and received her MS with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health from the University of Bridgeport in 2014.
Areas of interest: Depression, anxiety, student issues, coping skills, Bipolar disorder, Sexual issues and traumas, parenting problems, anger issues, time and planning management, sports psychology, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who enjoys helping others reach their goals of happiness and wellbeing. She graduated with Masters in Social Work from New York University before beginning her work in clinical practice with clients of all ages.
Lauren knows how challenging and overwhelming it can be when you or your child are going through a difficult time. She utilizes a range of treatment approaches, such as mindfulness and CBT. Lauren's practice is grounded in a strengths based perspective, meaning she sees all individuals as unique and builds off of their strengths to effect change and help them reach the peace they are seeking.
Lauren has significant experience working with individuals who have experienced trauma, as well as anxiety, mood disorders, self esteem issues, adolescent issues, school based challenges, executive functioning skills, and prenatal/perinatal mental wellbeing.