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 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. Joanne is not currently accepting any new clients.
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
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.
Tom has been a New York and Connecticut state Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the past 37 years. His clinical specialties are working with groups, individuals, and families. His clinical areas of expertise include addictions, substance abuse, eating disorders, and marital issues. Tom also holds a certificate in clinical hypnosis for the treatment of pain management, smoking cessation, and Peak Performance Training for athletes and performance artists.
MA, LPC, REAT, APCE Psychotherapist
Marion Williams is a Licensed Professional Counselor in The State of Connecticut. She graduated from Fordham University with a Masters in Pastoral Counseling in 2015 and from General Seminary with a Masters in Theology in 2010, is a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist with the International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists and an ACPE Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapist.
Having worked in variety of facilities from addiction treatment to psychiatric and community outreach settings her client centered focus is on helping people to find meaning and purpose and includes when helpful, introducing CBT, clinical meditation and expressive arts in an individual or group setting to foster insight and integration.
Sue is a dedicated and compassionate therapist who can encourage and guide you through life’s challenges to help bring you more peace, clarity, and happiness. Starting something new takes bravery, strength and courage. You will be welcomed into a safe and comfortable environment. We are all human, and we all go through difficult times. An individualized, strengths-based approach to therapy is utilized to help you live a healthy, balanced life.
Sue is dedicated to the field social work and helping people feel heard, safe, and supported. She graduated from Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work in 1997, and attained a License in Alcohol and Drug Counseling in 2001. She worked in addictions for many years, and upon her families move to Connecticut, began working in clinical forensic social work with people with severe mental illnesses and addictions. She has maintained a private clientele and taught in various capacities in the field.
Areas of Interest: teens, adults, first responders, special needs parenting, mood and anxiety disorders, self-esteem, personal growth, life transitions, recovery
Your history is not your destiny.
Carolyn is an LCSW with experience in long term care, addiction recovery and community mental health settings. She graduated with her masters in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University in 2013.
Carolyn is a certified trauma therapist with special interests in functional nutrition, end of life issues, and treatment of depression.
Carolyn's previous work as a licensed massage therapist continues to inform her Mind-Body and strengths based approach to therapy with clients of all ages. She works with children, teens, and adults in individual, couples, group and family counseling.
Jill Chaus Carnes
Jill is an LCSW with over 35 years of experience in the mental health field, having worked in a variety of settings, with children, young adults, adults and seniors. Her areas of expertise are in developing coping strategies that will decrease anxiety and depression, build self esteem, and improve parenting skills. She has worked with a varied population including individuals with learning disabilities, autism and their families and promotes a balanced life through improved sleep, increased exercise and balancing work and home life. She has extensive experience providing individual, group and family counseling through private practice, Danbury Hospital psychiatric unit, group homes for intellectually disabled adults and in nursing home settings.
Jill is a genuine and caring person who uses a direct and supportive approach with individuals to assist them in reaching their goals by increasing their mindfulness, exploring barriers to change, correcting faulty beliefs systems that impede growth and offers different perspectives while respecting the pace at which each person progresses. She helps individuals be heard, by recognizing the importance of their own feelings and supports effective communication.
Jill graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Masters in Counseling in 1989 and from Fordham University with a Masters in Social Work in 1996.
Judith Mueller is a graduate from Adelphi University of Social Work and holds a license as a Clinical Social Worker. She has a broad range of experience working within a multidisciplinary team in multiple settings such as Residential, Intensive Outpatient, Therapeutic Shelter, Community and Home Based settings, a Special Education Boarding School and Outpatient clinics. Ms. Mueller has provided services to children, adolescents, young adults and adults into their golden years and maintains her responsibility to continue her education towards cultural competency and knowledge of ongoing social Issues. As such, Ms. Mueller considers herself to be a lifelong student.
Her areas of expertise include the treatment and amelioration of cognitive, somatic and emotional symptoms associated with Anxiety Disorders including PTSD and what is kown as Complex Or Developmental Trauma, Mood Disorders, ADHD and Learning Disorders, stage of life changes, Substance Use Disorders and SUD in the family.
Ms Mueller describes herself as a relational therapist who strives to provide a safe, emotional environment where one can embrace their authentic self and tap into their own inner wisdom. Modalities and interventions commonly used by Ms.Mueller include CBT, DBT, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Jungian Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy, Narrative Therapy and use of metaphor, Psychodrama, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.