Andrew
Andrew

ANDREW MATUSIAK, MSW LCSW, OWNER & CEO

– Andrew Matusiak, MSW LCSW, Owner and CEO

Andrew Matusiak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a graduate degree from Fordham University in clinical social work, and an undergraduate degree in psychology. With over ten years of contributing to the human services industry, he has worked in management and direct care roles in group homes, skilled nursing facilities, as a school social worker, private consultation, and as a contracted therapist. In his career, he has participated in the opening of three successful behavioral programs, ranging from a day program for developmentally disabled adults, a court diversion program for adolescents, and a dynamic geriatric-psych program.

In current practice, Andrew focuses on a “bottom up” and “top down” approach to counseling; supporting clients with different mindfulness, breathing, and grounding approaches that reduce anxiety overtime. A more traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach is also utilized when a client is struggling with breaking free from a cycle of negative thinking. Andrew is also a certified ART therapist which specializes in treating anxiety, phobias, and trauma disorders. Clients that are treated by Andrew, and this holistic approach, often have more sustainable outcomes as the whole person has been treated.

By the coping methods taught in therapy, Andrew believes that clients can be brought to their full agency; leading to a compassionate, self-directed, and organized perspective, allobwing for emotional and mental freedom.

Melissa
Melissa Clinical Supervisor
MELISSA HURLEY, MSW LCSW

Melissa Hurley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over ten years of working in the field of human services. She graduated with my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2006 from Southern Connecticut State University’s Advanced Standing program and has been licensed in the state of Connecticut since 2009. During her time in the field, she has had many opportunities that have granted her the tools and knowledge that allow her to support clients in diverse ways, and to meet them where they are at.  Some of these experiences include working with Children, Adolescents and Families in In-Home Therapy models. She has also worked in educational settings, as a Psychiatric Clinician, a Medical Social Worker for children/adolescents and adults, and provided end of life support to clients and families while working in hospice. She has a particular strength in working with children through a variety of treatment options, including play and art therapy. She has a reputation for helping parents to improve parenting strategies and for providing couples therapy with the use of evidence-based psychotherapy techniques to set goals and make progress.

Melissa uses a personalized approach to help clients learn to cope with life circumstances. She is committed to creating a caring, accepting, and non-judgmental environment in which you will feel understood, valued, and safe. She specializes in working with child and adolescent populations, psychiatric assessments, couples/family therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Bereavement/Grief Therapy, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy.

Skylar
Skylar

SKYLAR SANDEL, LPC

Skylar Sandel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has spent the past ten years serving individuals, children, and families in various capacities within the human service field. For the past four years she has worked as a crisis intervention clinician working with children and families in the school, community, home, and hospital setting. She takes a responsive client-focused approach to treating trauma exposure allowing her to establish strong therapeutic alliances with clients in their most vulnerable moments.

Prior to entering the crisis field Skylar worked with at risk youth, survivors of domestic violence and families in transitional periods. Skylar is highly adaptive and tailors her therapeutic approach to best meet the needs of the client. Her approach encourages healthy boundary setting while simultaneously identifying individual strengths and positive coping skills.

Steve
Steve

STEPHEN HURLEY, MS, LPC

Stephen Hurley is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years of experience in Human Services. He has worked with people of all ages in educational settings, crisis work, residential programs, outpatient therapy and in managerial roles. During this time, he has acted as an advocate for parents and children while providing direct care and consultation to best meet their needs. He takes a proactive, strengths-based approach to help others manage their anxiety, depression, trauma, family and interpersonal relationships. Steve often employs cognitive behavioral and mindfulness strategies with a non-judgemental approach to further develop confidence and self esteem, so that individuals he works with can better self advocate.

Cathy
Cathy
CATHY BRUNETTI, LMFT

Cathy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years of working in the field of human services spending the last 11 years working with families in crisis in the Torrington, Waterbury and Danbury areas. For 3 years she worked with women and children who have experienced family violence, educating and leading groups promoting healthy relationships. Cathy also holds a degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Cathy’s focus is on strengthening the family unit by meeting with individuals and sometimes whole families. Family therapy emphasizes each family member’s unique and important role in the family, improving relationships and building a strong supportive family unit. Assisting you to achieve these goals at your own pace can bring positive change in relationship interactions.

Cathy uses a creative approach to develop a plan that will yield positive results in your life and your family. Therapy can be just traditional talk therapy, or it can include creative activities such as games, drawing, painting and crafting. Don’t hesitate to call so we can begin to establish the path that is right for you and your family.

Ed
Ed

ED BACIGALUPO, MSW LCSW

Ed Bacigalupo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of contributing to the human services industry. He finds it a distinct honor and pleasure to now be collaborating with Challenging Minds LLC to bring highly innovative and ethical Mental Health Care to the Greater Torrington community. He is a graduate of both the SUNY New Paltz and Albany Psychology and Social Work programs respectively and has extensive experience in managed care, administrative and direct care roles in both the public and private sector. In his career, Ed has taken great pride in his strengths-based and humanistic perspectives; treating his clientele with respect and dignity, along with encouraging each individual to achieve their true potential in life.

Amy
Amy

As a dancer, student of life, R-D/MT, and RYT, Amy Motson is continually investigating the mind and body from a holistic perspective in work with groups and individuals. She uses movement, dialogue, and music to support connection to self and others in creative and communicative ways with a wide spectrum of populations.

Amy has over 20 years of dance training in a variety of dance forms such as classical ballet, Graham and Limon techniques, improvisation, and Gaga Movement language and holds a BFA in Dance Performance from the Hartt School of Music. Spent spent several years in NYC working closely with the acclaimed Dance for PD program at the Mark Morris Dance Group, which offers dance classes for people in the Parkinson’s community. Inspired by the restorative power of dance, she went on to earn her MFA in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Dance/ Movement Therapy from Lesley University where she did her thesis research on individualized Dance/Movement Therapy for people with Parkinson’s.

She is currently on staff at The Devereux Glenholme School, a therapeutic boarding school for students with diverse emotional and behavioral needs, where she has developed Glenholme’s first Dance/Movement Therapy program.  Amy is excited to continue her work with adolescents, the Parkinson’s population, as well as other individuals who are seeking to strengthen their mind-body connection.

Heather
Heather

HEATHER ALLEN

Heather Allen is a Certified Professional Coder. She completed the Medical Coding and Billing certificate program through Eastern Connecticut State University’s continuing education department in early 2021. Shortly after she became nationally certified through the American Academy of Professional Coders.

She remains dedicated to staying current with the constantly evolving coding and billing guidelines through webinars, workshops, and conferences.