Meet the Team
Specialties: Adults and teens with anxiety and depression. Adults who have experienced trauma, specifically sexual assault and intimate partner violence, foster care and adoption, grief and loss, and adjustment to illness.
Katie has a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Master's Degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University. Katie has worked as a program manager and therapist for families who have been impacted by intimate partner violence. She also has experience working with foster parents and children, adults adjusting to a newly diagnosed illness, and individuals who have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. Katie believes in the power of therapy in healing and utilizes a variety of treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. She believes that therapy should not be a one size fits all approach and will work to provide the intervention that best fits your needs.
Specialties: Providing therapeutic services to children and their families, navigating school issues, anxiety, depression and trauma. Candyce has a Master's Degree in Psychology and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Professional Counseling at Central Connecticut State University. Prior to completing her Masters Degree she earned a B.A. in Psychology at Central Connecticut State University. Candyce specializes in providing therapeutic services to children and their families. Her particular areas of interest include multicultural counseling, depression, anxiety, stress management, relationship challenges, parent-adolescent dynamics, trauma, grief and loss. As a LPC she has a variety of experience providing expressive art, laughter yoga, REBT, Personal Centered Therapy, EFT, and Career Counseling. Candyce is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for individuals and families who are struggling to find a greater sense of peace and joy.
Dr. Lynn Kratzer
Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist
Specialties: Children and teens with emotional/behavioral/developmental challenges and trauma. Adults with transitions, anxiety, and depression. Lynn has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in Montreal. For the past sixteen years, she has worked in a therapeutic school setting with children and adolescents to address their trauma and emotional/behavioral issues. When working with children and teens, Lynn focuses on improving self-regulation, relationships and functioning at both school and home. She assists caregivers and families to help them understand and respond to behaviors that, on the surface, appear confusing, frustrating or unpredictable. With individuals of all ages, a strengths based and collaborative approach is used to help clients acquire skills and to increase their understanding of challenges. Treatment can include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, trauma informed practices, attachment theory, parent training, and solution focused therapy. Lynn's approach recognizes the relationship between brain, mind and body, family and cultural factors, lifespan developmental issues and the importance of promoting hope and empowerment.
Specialties: Children and teens with anxiety and depression, personal growth, self-exploration, self-esteem, ADHD and navigating school-based issues.
Jessica earned a B.A. in Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. She then pursued her Master's Degree in Counseling, with a specialization in School Counseling and Child Welfare from the University of Saint Joseph. She holds a certificate in Clinical Supervision from USJ and is a Certified Professional School Counselor. She also holds her LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) in addition to her school certification. For the past 17 years, Jessica has worked in the CT public school system supporting and encouraging children and families to change negative and self-destructive behaviors and increase emotional and social well-being. She believes in the interconnectedness of a person’s mind, body and spirit, and utilizes this holistic approach in her work with children and teens. She has special interests and training in mindfulness, youth empowerment (especially young girls), anxiety, depression, school-based issues, self-esteem, and stress management. Jessica is compassionate, open-minded and non-judgemental. She creates an environment where individuals can express themselves without feeling trapped by conventional measures. She believes in the power of creative expression to enhance life and discover individual strengths. Believing that laughter is truly the best medicine, she makes therapy fun.
Specialties: Children & adults with anxiety, depression. trauma.
Tracy holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University with Certificate in Violence Against Women and Children. She has provided a range of trauma-focused services to diverse client populations and incorporates principles of attachment, developmental trauma, and family systems into her work. She utilizes a strengths-based, person-centered approach that seeks to understand each client from his or her own lived experience and perspective. Tracy has worked with young children under 6 and their caregivers to improve relationships, address behavioral concerns, and support the healthy processing of traumatic events through Play Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She has also worked with teens and adults experiencing low self-esteem, codependency, anxiety, depression, family conflict, issues related to histories of childhood abuse, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. She welcomes everyone to her practice.
Specialties: Adults with anxiety and depression.
Emily has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor's degree from Temple University. For six years, Emily worked with adolescents in the school system in alternative programs specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, ADHD, school avoidance, IDD, conduct disorder and crisis intervention. values the importance of not only supporting the adolescent but also strengthening the family unit. She helps families navigate the school system so the process is not so overwhelming. Her approach includes
CBT and suppoortive solution-focused treatment to gain a sense of strength in their own journey to healing.
Specialties: Adults and teens with anxiety, depression, or ADHD.
Sarah provides support for individuals, children, and families navigating career related issues, pregnancy and postpartum related challenges, parenting, family conflict, attachment issues, and school related issues. Individuals who have experienced trauma specifically related to foster care and adoption, grief and loss and major life transitions. Sarah attended Fordham University where she obtained a master's degree in Social Work. Sarah worked in an agency setting providing services to children and families for 9 years. Here she worked as a clinician and later as a Program Director working with first time mothers and fathers supporting them through the joys and challenges of raising a child and providing supportive counseling to foster and pre-adoptive families. Sarah's counseling style is warm, empathetic, and collaborative with a goal of creating the trusting therapeutic relationship and a space where a person is comfortable, connected, respected, and empowered. She believes in a strength-based approach utilizing a variety of modalities based off the needs of each individual, including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Circle of Security, Play Therapy, Inner Child work, Attachment, Regulation and Competency for Caregivers and Motivational Interviewing. Sarah believes every person deserves to be heard and can create change and growth with the right support and tools in their toolbox.
Sonja Hanson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Communications. She has worked in marketing for 7 years before becoming CTPN's Office Manager. She lives in Minnesota where she enjoys boating, hiking and time with family. Sonja is excited to be a part of the CTPN team because it's a growing business that takes pride in improving people's lives and their future.