Director of Clinical Services
With extensive expertise as a special educator, and seasoned therapist, I provide clinical oversight for all JFS Clinical Services and Mental Health programs. The JFS philosophy of treatment is very comprehensive, family-centered and specialized for the unique needs of each individual and family. The goal of all JFS behavioral health services is to strengthen and empower people of all ages through counseling and advocacy, enhancing each client’s functioning and quality of life.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7090.
Gurender Sahani, MD
Psychiatrist, Child Clinic
Diagnostic Psychiatric Assessment and medication management for children and adolescents. Treatment is coordinated with ongoing counseling appointments as needed. I am available to see clients from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at JFS. We accept most insurance. You can make an appointment with me by emailing our intake specialist, Shayna Ull, or by calling her at (860) 236-1927 x7262.
Lu Abbatemarco, LCSW
Children & Families, Pre- and Post-Adoption Issues
I bring more than 15 years of experience as a counselor, having worked in the Institute of Living’s extended day treatment program as well as with Casey Family Services in their post-adoption program. Working as a Clinical Coordinator for the State of Connecticut was short lived because I missed the counseling component. I enjoy being a clinician and working with children, it’s a passion for me. If I can’t be invested in what I’m doing at any given moment, it’s not good for the other person involved.” My path to counseling has been somewhat circuitous as I earned a degree in Modern Languages from CCSU. My first job out of college was as a Teacher’s Assistant in Special Education in the Newington Children’s Hospital School. While working closely with the children, I wanted to know more about how to help and become more effective. I subsequently earned my MSW from UConn School of Social Work.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7098.
Svetlana Berlinsky, LCSW
Russian Adult and Senior Counseling
I have been educated in two countries, US and Russia, and have over 30 years of mental health work in these countries. My experience involves working with many different populations and many different issues. My current work at JFS is with both Russian and English speaking clients, working to help people get through life’s changes. My passion is reading and collecting antique lace.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7092.
Lisa Elswit, MSSW, LCSW
Trauma, EMDR, IFS, Anxiety and Depression, Hypnotherapy and Mindfulness, Individual Therapy with Adults
From the basis of a trusting and respectful relationship, I can help you achieve the personal goals you set for yourself. With many years of experience and training in a wide variety of therapies, I have tools to help resolve the pain and conflict from traumas, anxiety, depression and difficult relationships. My style is practical, compassionate and interactive. I appreciate the strength it takes to seek help and take the responsibility for this work seriously. I am certified in EMDR and IFS.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7096.
Heidi Hart, LCSW
Mary Beth Lang, LCSW
Nancy Lichtenberg, LCSW
Individuals, Groups, Couples, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Focus on KIDS, and Parenting Education Program
Nancy Lichtenberg, LCSW, has over twenty-five years working in social service agencies and seventeen years of experience as a psychotherapist with Jewish Family Services. She has provided counseling for a great variety of individuals and couples who have come to her for help with emotional, relationship and family issues. Her style is conversational, collaborative, and direct. Nancy works with all age adults, and she has special training in a clinical model called Internal Family Systems (IFS). Nancy also has a niche at JFS providing co-parenting counseling for divorcing/divorced parents. Nancy teaches the court-mandated class for divorcing parents as well.
Nancy is an activist for members and allies of the LGBTQ community. . She particularly enjoys working with families coming to terms with issues related to sexuality and gender. Nancy has served on the Cultural Wellness Committee at JFS for the past ten years, bringing in speakers to offer critical new insights about a variety of human issues. Please contact Nancy if you think that her expertise and interests would be a good fit for you.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7116.
Jan Mittleman, LCSW
Ann Osoba, LPC
Children, Adolescents and Families, TF-CBT
I have 19 years of experience as a mental health therapist working with children, teens and families. I am a certified trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapist (TF-CBT), which is an evidence-based treatment method proven effective for children, adolescents, and their families experiencing the emotional effects of trauma.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 1.
Colleen Porth, LCSW
Individual and Group Counseling for Young Adults and Older Adults to Enhance Personal Growth, Skill Development and Stress Reduction
A graduate of Rutgers School of Social Work, I have worked with clients on a range of issues including Anxiety, Depression, Codependency and Loss & Bereavement. I use a strength-based approach to counseling that focuses on skill development so that clients can better manage the challenges in their lives. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness strategies are used to empower clients to reach their personal goals.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7139.
Amit Rathi, MD
Jonas Steiner, LCSW
Shayna Ull, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician
I work with children, adolescents, families, individuals with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, and individuals on the Autism spectrum. I am a certified Trama-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy provider (TF-CBT).
I utilize a strength-based therapeutic approach, tailored to the specific needs of each client. With a background in visual arts, I often incorporate elements of expressive art therapy in my work. Forming a positive therapeutic relationship with my clients is of utmost importance to me as I have found it allows for a safe trusting environment for effective treatment to ensue.
Email or call me at (860) 236-1927 ext. 7262.
Kim Whittingham, LPC
Children, Adolescents, and Families
A graduate of the University of Hartford Clinical Psychology Program, I work primarily with children, adolescents, and their families. I have experience working with diverse populations in residential and outpatient settings using a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, and play therapy. As therapists, we have an ability to reach people at this level where we can do so much good, and that has always felt like a calling to me. One of my strengths is that of bringing a bit of humor into the session at the appropriate time, making the atmosphere lighter while being beneficial. I take a non-judgmental approach so clients feel they are people rather than patients. I am available to see clients Tuesday through Friday and Thursday evenings until 8:30. I am also willing to see clients during morning hours before the parent’s workday.
Email me or call (860) 236-1927, extension 7082.