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WFC Hosts Guest Speaker, Bill Donaldson for Lecture on Money Coaching on 7/26


Westport Family Counseling hosted a Networking Breakfast and Professional Lecture on Money Coaching on Wednesday July 26th, 2017. WFC was pleased to welcome Bill Donaldson of Donaldson Financial Wellness Network LLC as our Guest Speaker. BILL DONALDSON, CFP, is the founder of Donaldson Financial Wellness Network, LLC. located in Westport, CT. In addition to the Certified Financial Planner designation, Mr. Donaldson is also a Certified Money Coach.

Money Coaching is an entirely new field and paradigm developed by Deborah Price, author and founder of The Money Coaching Institute. People often have unconscious patterns, beliefs and behaviors around money that prevent them from fully experiencing their true potential. Money Coaching assists individuals in identifying and moving beyond these restrictions.

For more information on Money Coaching and the Eight Money Types as well as The Money Type Quiz.

WFC Launches Maternal Mental Health Program


Westport Family Counseling has just launched a Maternal Mental Health Program to support the needs of women in the Fairfield County area.  WFC is pleased to offer this new service and area of specialty.

Westport Family Counseling supports women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and counsels women and couples grieving perinatal loss, or experiencing infertility struggles. Maternal Mental Health refers to the lifespan of reproductive joys and challenges.  We are here to walk alongside your reproductive journey moving towards healing, wellness, and the search for meaning.

Westport Family Counseling’s Maternal Health Therapist, Carolyn Yates LMFT trained intensively at the Seleni Institute in New York, NY and specializes in diagnosing and treating Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, as well as working with women and couples.

For more information about our services, please visit our newly launched webpages:

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Miscarriage, Child Loss and Infertility

WFC Presented at New Canaan Networking for Youth Luncheon on Tuesday 10/25

Carolyn Yates, LMFT of Westport Family Counseling presented at New Canaan High School this past Tuesday 10/25 as part of the triannual Networking for Youth meeting.

Carolyn Yates, LMFT presented on the topic of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). There were 30 attendees present including several school counseling staff members from various schools in New Canaan.

Networking for Youth is an opportunity for youth & family service providers within our community to collaborate for the purpose of systemic growth. The triannual meetings provide a platform for sharing ideas, programs and initiatives, as well as obstacles and solutions.

We strengthen the foundation of our community with the support that we provide together. Networking for Youth is an opportunity to engage with other professionals from various agencies and share visions regarding community growth and positive youth development, as well as learn something new.

WFC Co-Hosted Professional Development Conference last Friday 10/14 in Darien

Westport Family Counseling teamed up with Acadia Healthcare to co-host a Professional Development Conference at the Darien Community Association last Friday 10/14.  Dr. Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons and Yudit Maros, LMFT C.Ht presented on “Progressive Treatment Approaches for the 21st Century.”  The event was a great success and 40 mental health professionals attended and received Continuing Education Credits.

WFC Hosted Cultural Competency Training on Tuesday 10/4/16

Ivette Betancourt, LMFT and Sukriti Kushwaha, LMFT, Ph.D., of TLCCT (Training and Learning for Clinicians) facilitated a Cultural Competency on-site training at Westport Family Counseling on Tuesday October 4th, 2016.  The training was well attended by 13 clinicians who received CEUs and met the new state licensing requirements for Cultural Competency CEUs.  It was a vibrant group of clinicians and sparked thoughtful dialogue about cultural awareness in a clinical setting.


For anyone interested in the training, you can contact TLCCT at:

(860) 716-1790;

433 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT, 06109



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, ‘EMDR’

Nicholas Strouse talks with “One Hour at a Time,” hosted by Mary Woods and Jonathan Routhier about EMDR.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a method by which clinicians are able to interrupt and modify certain types of emotional reactions and thoughts that repeat with the same characteristics and qualities of the original reactions and thoughts. The process involves using bilateral brain activation through eye movement, or auditory or tactile stimulation. During the time the brain is bilaterally activated, the therapist targets the earliest known incidents of the disturbance, and works chronologically forward to “clear” the disturbance and relevant experiences and associations. Bilateral brain stimulation is a naturally occurring process, and research has shown that EMDR is safe and effective in treating a wide range of conditions. EMDR is used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, chronic pain, and substance abuse.

Read more about Nicholas Strouse.

The Participant Observer is a WFC GROUP production. It was recorded at the WFC Group studios, in Westport CT. Post-production is by Justin Gibbs, at the Rayhound Production Company studio.


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Causeway Collaborative

Nicholas Strouse talks with Vince Benevento, John Lieberman and Joel Singer.. three men who have formed a team to help young men who may have lost their way.

Over the course of the podcast, they explore a crisis that many young men are facing, the inability to find an identity as a man, and an inertia that has stalled the ability to locate meaning and purpose. In this frank discussion, the Causeway Collaborative Team looks at the precarious combination of feeling pressure to “become something” that–when mixed with “aimlessness”–creates a vulnerability to use or abuse drugs, or to become derailed in other ways. Drawing on personal experience, and professional training, Vince, John, and Joel talk shop about finding a way to instill confidence, motivation and build passion for young men to take the reins of their own lives.

Whether taking them to job interviews or shooting baskets… Vince, Joel, and John teach these wayward young men to share, accept help, and learn to depend on the Causeway Team to ultimately help them reach their potential.

Read more about Causeway Collaborative.

The Participant Observer is a WFC GROUP production. It was recorded at the WFC Group studios, in Westport CT. Post-production is by Justin Gibbs, at the Rayhound Production Company studio.


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WFC is Hosting Network Breakfast and Presentation on, “Pharmacogenomic Testing: Moving Psychiatry into the 21st Century”

Westport Family Counseling is hosting a Networking Breakfast and Presentation on, “Pharmacogenomic Testing: Moving Psychiatry into the 21st Century,” on Thursday February 18th, 2016 from 8:30-10am.  Dr. Vatsal Thakkar will be our guest presenter on this topic.

Dr. Thakkar will speak about the fact that the state of the art in psychiatry for the last 50 years has been an evaluation by interview, followed by an educated guess regarding need for medication and then deciding among the 100+ various psychotropic medications available for clinical use.  Now, the field of psychiatry is taking a quantum leap forward: a simple DNA test done by a mouth swab can be used to run anywhere from one to 18 different psychiatry-based genomic tests to create a physiological and treatment landscape on the patient sitting in the clinician’s office.

This presentation will be facilitated by Dr. Vatsal Thakkar M.D.

Vatsal G. Thakkar, M.D. Is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine.  He has held positions at both Vanderbilt Medical Center and NYU in the areas of med student & resident teaching, professional wellness/EAP, and clinical research on major depression, addictions, and adult ADHD.  In 2013, he published a feature article in the New York Times titled, “Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit,” about the hidden scourge of sleep dysfunction in the psychiatric population.  He currently practices full time in Westport, Connecticut.

Click here to register for the event.

Danny Conroy

Nicholas Strouse speaks with Danny Conroy, Founder of AIM House (Action Intention Merge). After admitting to “never growing up,” himself, Danny takes up as ‘spokesman’ for the Millennial Generation. In his winning way, Danny mixes fact and anecdote to create a deeper understanding about Millennials… and casts a light on how Millennials may have made their mark, quietly… by inadvertently starting a counter-culture movement, in which they have chosen meaning over financial stature. Happily using himself as an example, Danny talks about ways we are forced to recognize and adapt to the needs of this population. Whether parenting with more openness and flexibility or actively engaging in a fair appraisal of digital communication, Danny makes it clear that–when it comes to Millennials–there is more than meets the eye.

Read more about Danny Conroy.

The Participant Observer is a WFC GROUP production. It was recorded at the WFC Group studios, in Westport CT. Post-production is by Justin Gibbs, at the Rayhound Production Company studio.


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