About Us

About Us

Apple Valley Behavioral Health, LLC is a private counseling practice located on South Main Street (Route 10) in Southington, CT. Easily accessible from I-84 and major commuting points, AVBH is easy to find while maintaining a private and comfortable atmosphere.  We offer rear parking and entry into an inviting waiting area that includes refreshments.

AVBH is comprised of licensed clinical staff with extensive backgrounds and experiences in the fields of psychology, counseling, and education. Our clinicians are passionate and have dedicated their lives to helping those in need. All of our therapists are trained in leading evidenced-based interventions designed to reduce distress and enhance the social, emotional, and behavioral health and wellness of others. Our therapists understand that each counseling experience is unique and should be tailored to the specific needs of the individual, couple, or family system seeking support.

Meet Our Staff:

Tim Dowling is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified School Counselor, and co-owner of Apple Valley Behavioral Health.  With over ten years of experience in the field of psychology, Tim has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, schools, and private settings. He has extensive training and experience in a wide range of issues including social, emotional, behavioral, psychological, and educational difficulties. Tim understands that in today’s world children, adolescents, adults, and families are faced with a variety of complex issues that can make life extremely difficult. Armed with a sense of passion and genuineness, Tim strives to establish a welcoming and supportive environment where clients can process concerns and work to explore solutions. He believes in an eclectic counseling philosophy that allows for versatility, individualizing every counseling experience according to the strengths and needs of the individual. His experiences in school counseling and addictions therapy also provide him with specialized interventions designed to promote school-based success and to treat issues related to drug, alcohol or technology abuse.

Joanne Etter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified School Counselor and co-owner of Apple Valley Behavioral Health. She brings 30+ years of successful experience counseling children, adolescents and families, to the private practice setting. Joanne has assisted countless children, adolescents and adults in achieving their emotional, behavioral, educational, social and career goals. She offers a safe and supportive environment in which to explore and meet your health and wellness goals. Joanne utilizes a variety of treatment options, which allows for flexibility and individual choices. She provides individual, group and family counseling for all age groups. Joanne’s extensive experiences as a School Counselor provides her with the expertise to support and assist families in navigating the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) and 504 process in order to ensure that each child receives the appropriate services that they are entitled to. She is goal-oriented and solution focused. Her strengths lie in empowering clients to create structured plans and set attainable goals. AVBH’s motto “support when you need it most” encompasses Joanne’s mission. Regardless of what brings you to seek support, Joanne will be there to support you in taking the steps necessary to accomplish the changes you would like to achieve.

Ashley Favreau is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in education. Ashley brings to private practice her expertise working as a behavioral therapist with special needs children. Ashley also has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families in home and school settings. She is well rounded in a variety of therapeutic approaches such as; trauma focused, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused, which creates opportunities for client growth while tailoring counseling to meet each individual’s needs. Ashley strives to assist clients in identifying and enhancing their strengths, setting and achieving their goals, and improving their overall well-being. She provides a warm and welcoming environment where clients can feel comfortable addressing areas of need while working towards success.

Katie Claywell is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background as an Art Therapist. She has been trained as a mental health clinician in traditional talk therapy and also art therapy, allowing a client to express themselves in a variety of ways. If a person is struggling emotionally, Katie offers genuine guidance through conversation and/or creative expression. It is her goal to see a client’s happiness and peace restored through self-discovery and self-expression. The approach Katie uses is person-centered and humanistic, while utilizing cognitive-behavioral techniques. Focusing on a person’s strengths, rather than weaknesses, Katie provides a safe environment to support clients through each life challenge. Katie has helped many people through her empathetic listening and problem solving.

Marcie Danton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in counseling children, adolescents, and dual diagnosis adults. She has experience providing individual and group counseling in educational, outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospital programs. Marcie uses a client-centered and strengths-based approach to connect with each person she works with as she knows everyone has their own unique challenges and life journeys to process through. She incorporates evidence-based practices such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Marcie advocates for children, adolescents, and their family members by accessing appropriate academic supports through the 504 or PPT process.  Marcie provides a warm environment for health and healing.

Jennifer Courchesne is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including; a group home, an outpatient clinic, home-based services and a child and adolescent inpatient unit at a psychiatric hospital.  She has been in the field for over 20 years and has additional experience in other settings such as; residential facilities, Extended Day Treatment (EDT), and an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). She has experience working with diverse cultures and individuals with a wide range of diagnoses.  As part of her current work, Jennifer provides individual, family, and group therapy and has the ability to do couples therapy as well. She works with clients to create individualized treatment plans that focus on their needs and work to incorporate their strengths. Jennifer has assisted many individuals and families in achieving their emotional, behavioral, social, and relational goals. Jennifer works with all systems by collaborating with other providers, agencies, and schools to improve and strengthen an individual’s overall functioning, well-being, and goals.  In Jennifer’s work with children, adolescents, and families she strongly believes in using a trauma informed approach. Jennifer has been trained in Risking Connection and the Restorative Approach. She is also a certified MATCH-ADTC clinician (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct). Jennifer is working towards being certified in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy). In addition, she has experience doing DBT therapy and has worked with parents on learning new effective parenting techniques and building on the strengths they already possess.

Eric Frenette is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in School Counseling.  He has experience working with clients of all ages and backgrounds. He specializes in general anxiety, school-related issues, relationship conflicts, and bereavement or grief counseling.  Eric’s goal in counseling is to work with clients through person-centered therapy that employs cognitive behavioral techniques. He provides guidance and direction through conversations and reflection in order to assist clients in making sense of and organizing their emotions, reactions, and goals.  In a safe and nurturing environment, he works together with clients to provide a path forward that relies on one’s strengths while also improving on one’s weaknesses.

Timothy Kearns is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in counseling children and adolescents in a variety of settings including; public schools, residential facilities and an outpatient clinic. He has extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced; trauma, school-related issues, crisis, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Generalized Anxiety and Depression. Tim’s goal, when working with clients, is to incorporate multiple treatment approaches, including; trauma focused, strength focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy. This allows individuals the flexibility to develop and reach their goals in a variety of ways. Additionally, Tim’s experience working within school systems assists in providing additional support to children, adolescents and families in regards to the PPT and 504 process.

Evan LeClair is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with adults, children, and families in a variety of settings. Evan uses a client centered, strengths based approach to help clients overcome their own unique challenges. Evan has experience working with individuals going through a variety of life stressors such as Trauma, Domestic Violence, and Housing issues. Evan understands that often times mental health and experiences in the environment go hand in hand. Evan believes people are the experts in their own lives, and wants to help others find that path that works for them.

 

Valerie Dahlmeyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with children, adolescents, families, adults and young adults in various treatment settings. Valerie has experience providing treatment to individuals, families and groups in intensive settings including residential treatment programs, intensive community treatment programs, in-home and outpatient settings. Valerie has extensive practice working with individuals of all ages in the areas of: trauma, attachment, crisis management, depression, anxiety, and circumstances surrounding life changes. Valerie utilizes a multifaceted, person centered approach in therapy, pulling from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Attachment-Based and Trauma Informed Therapy. Valerie understands that each individual seeking therapy is unique in their needs and strives to provide a warm and comfortable environment, meeting individuals where they are at in their journey through life and empowering them to be in control of their treatment.

Rosanna Ventura is a Licensed Professional Counselor with extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults. Rosanna has worked in a variety of settings including: residential, juvenile detention, schools, hospitals, and in-home. Rosanna uses a strength-based, client centered approach, allowing for sessions to be focused on an individual’s unique needs. She provides goal-directed treatment, utilizing a variety of evidence-based practices. She strives to provide a warm, welcoming, and judgment free space as she helps individuals identify and navigate obstacles that often cause distress, anxiety, feelings of depression, and a variety of other symptoms. Rosanna’s main priority is to empower individuals to set meaningful goals and to take action to achieve those goals.

Brandy Kennerson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified EMDR therapist with a deep passion for helping individuals identify ways to improve their quality of life. Her experience has provided her with an advantage to see and understand the unique perspectives of diverse populations. Brandy’s work has included treatment of trauma, complex trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, individuals suffering from chronic illnesses, and death and dying. She believes treatment is a journey that begins with developing the inner resources needed to tolerate and manage emotions. Through these building blocks individuals can regain control of their lives and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Brandy’s role as a therapist is one of guidance and providing the tools necessary so that positive change can occur.

Suzanne Andreyev is an Licensed Professional Counselor with over 30 years’ experience and an extensive background in counseling both adolescents and adults with diverse cultural backgrounds.  She has experience in working with a variety of populations in both individual and group settings. Her past experiences include working with individuals in the substance abuse field, with incarcerated individuals and others involved in the criminal justice system, as well as intensive work in military communities.  She is particularly adept at working with those experiencing anxiety and depression, as well as helping clients to navigate life transitions. 

Suzanne’s practice style is focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is supportive, goal oriented and problem solving. She uses motivational strategies and incorporates gentle humor in helping clients to determine the changes they would like to see in their lives and to help them to break down the barriers to their own success.

Lindsay Matera is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in treating children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups. Lindsay has worked in a variety of settings, including a therapeutic group home, outpatient clinics, and intensive and partial hospital programs. Lindsay has extensive experience working with individuals in the areas of trauma, crisis management, generalized anxiety, depression, and attachment. Lindsay incorporates multiple treatment approaches to best meet each client’s needs, including Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She provides a safe and non-judgmental environment using an empathic and person-centered approach to help clients focus on meeting their emotional, behavioral, and social needs. She will work together with you to identify effective coping skills and personal strengths. She will help you identify triggers, develop skills to increase control in your life, and achieve goals. Lindsay’s main focus is to help individuals make positive change by increasing their sense of empowerment and overall quality of life.

Alyssa Axelrod  is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background working with children, adolescents and adults. She has provided assessment, individual psychotherapy, in-home treatment, group treatment and intensive outpatient treatment. Alyssa utilizes a variety of treatment modalities encompassing; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Goal Oriented Treatment, Strength-based approach and Person Centered Therapy. Alyssa offers non-judgmental support in a calm environment. Alyssa employs non-traditional therapy methods, such as utilizing the outdoors as well as engaging in activities and playing games. She knows every person is unique and may benefit from a different approach or activity; she is working towards becoming a registered Pet Partners team, which will allow her dog Marley to be added to her list of treatment options. Alyssa has experience working within the child welfare system, as well as, adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse challenges. Alyssa’s goal as a clinician is to provide a welcoming environment to assist with identifying strengths, challenges, goal setting, development of coping skills, self-care, relationship boundaries and thought patterns. 

Kerry Holland is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Kerry has experience in both individual and family therapy.  She has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient and residential facilities. Kerry comes from a client-centered, strength-based approach.  She understands that each individual and family have unique needs and therefore utilizes what she learns about each client to determine the techniques that would prove most effective in creating the desired outcome.  Kerry incorporates multiple modalities in her practice including; Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy as well as Mindfulness Techniques.  Kerry has experience working with those who experience symptoms of; anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioral issues and trauma. She also has a passion for working with individuals and families needing assistance navigating through life transitions such as; divorce, empty nest, life after high school or college graduation, job loss, and grief. Kerry’s goal as a clinician is to provide a safe space that promotes healing and allows individuals to identify ways to optimize their success in meeting  their goals.

Cynthia Petronio-Vazquez is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor with just under 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field. She has worked in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient and in-home services; supporting youth, adolescents and adults. She has also worked with children on the autism spectrum as an ABA therapist utilizing discrete trials. In addition, Cynthia has significant experience in system development, network management and quality management, ensuring best practices are utilized, all available resources are identified and high quality care is provided to her clients.  She is a strength-based and recovery-oriented therapist who uses evidence-based practices and taps into a wide array of tools to meet the unique needs of each client.  Cynthia provides a warm, caring and safe space, empowering her clients to move towards healing, personal growth and recovery.  

Shelbi Nadeau is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with experience working with a diverse population of children, adolescents, and families. Shelbi has worked in a variety of settings including Extended Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, schools, and hospital settings. Shelbi utilizes a strength-based and client-centered approach to accommodate to the specific needs of her clients and highlight upon their strengths. Shelbi strives to provide a welcoming, non judgemental space where clients can feel comfortable and safe to work on achieving goals or conquering challenging obstacles one step at a time. Shelbi has over 3 years of experience working with clients navigating distress caused by anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, conduct, and many other symptoms that may cause distress. Shelbi believes in taking a collaborative approach and reaches out to providers, schools, and any other supports in place to improve the client’s overall well-being in all areas. Shelbi also emphasizes the importance of creativity and self-care by incorporating meditation, mindfulness, music, and art into her sessions.

Sara Hahn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with children, adolescents, and families. She has experience providing individual and group counseling in various settings including; intensive in-home treatment, an outpatient clinic, a clinical day school, and a public school district. Sara meets her clients where they are in their own unique journey and utilizes strengths-based and client-focused approaches to empower each client she works with. In her work, she pulls from evidenced based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Sara has experience working with clients experiencing a range of challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, adjustment disorders, crisis management, and school related issues. She strives to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for her clients to promote positive growth and help them recognize their own strengths to reach their personal goals.

Zack Etter is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) with a background in Sport and Performance Psychology. Zack has provided comprehensive assessment and therapy for individuals and groups in a variety of settings including inpatient, intensive outpatient, community, and in schools. Zack uses a needs-based approach, tailoring services based on the client’s strengths and weaknesses, and can provide treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. Services typically aim to identify harmful thoughts and beliefs that negatively impact functioning and work to replace them with more helpful, adaptive perspectives. Zack has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment to change, identity, sexuality, and addiction. Zack helps clients alleviate symptoms to improve enjoyment and functioning in important areas of life such as work, school, home, relationships, hobbies, and pursuing goals. Zack will help you develop skills to improve emotional regulation, resilience, confidence, communication, and balance, which leads to a higher quality of life and achievement. 

Morgan McGaughey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with a background providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in various treatment settings including residential facilities, partial hospitalization programs, outpatient settings, schools, hospitals, and various community settings. Morgan has experience working with individuals with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders, as well as experience with crisis intervention and management. She utilizes an empathetic, strengths-based approach to provide a judgment-free space in order to address client concerns. Morgan utilizes a variety of treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Strengths-Based Therapy to tailor treatment to client’s specific needs.