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Elayne Smith

Elayne Smith LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist The Center for Connection Healing and Change

Elayne Smith, LMFT and Founder

I created CCHC as a space for clients to deepen their connection to both themselves and their loved ones. I believe that the degree to which we experience our relationships as satisfying and responsive holds great power for our wellbeing.

CCHC was also created as a place that invests in the work of creative and skilled therapists. The Center offers a place for therapists to thrive, grow, and develop their professional identity as relationship-focused therapists.

All CCHC therapists are independent contractors.

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Issues I work with: Communication, emotional intimacy, recurring disagreements, family of origin issues, self-worth, emotional dysregulation, adult attachment, sexual issues, trust, chronic illness, substance use and process addiction, grief, anxiety, and depression.

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Melissa Callahan

Melissa Callahan LMFT-R The Center for Connection Healing and Change


Melissa Callahan, LMFT

My main goal is to support families and couples to identify struggles within their relationships and capitalize on their existing strengths to overcome these issues. This often includes a focus on improving communication and an understanding of what each partner or family member is needing from their important others.

I also focus on facilitating deeper emotional connections and greater responsiveness to one another, particularly in moments of stress or conflict.

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, adolescent families, adoptive families, separated, divorced or blended families, and LGBTQ youth and adults.

Issues I work with: Communication, trust, trauma,  connection and relational strengthening, anxiety, depression, co-parenting and blended family challenges, recurring disagreements, emotional closeness and security, and attachment difficulties. 

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Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith, LMFT

I work with individuals, couples and families to create change where they are experiencing the same old fights over and over, or are having difficulty feeling close and connected. 

I support couples and families get underneath these well-worn patterns to repair the hurts and unmet needs that often keep us doing the same things over and over.

My focus includes working with relationships that are experiencing emotional intimacy issues, recurring disagreements, communication difficulties, or issues with substance use or process addiction.

I also work with trauma, emotional regulation, self-worth, and childhood experiences. I am trained in EMDR, a way of working with the brain and body to heal and process trauma or overwhelming experiences. I believe that we all deserve to feel safe in our own body and the world and offer a map to clients who wish to free themselves from pain, limiting beliefs, or emotional turmoil.

Clients I work with: Individuals, couples, adult families, and LGBTQ adults and couples.

Issues I work with: Couples experiencing; communication issues, emotional conflict or distance, substance use issues, and conflicts over roles and responsibilities. Adults experiencing; anxiety, depression, separation and divorce, low self-worth, stress, substance use and addiction, life transitions, and trauma.

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Betsy Farasey

Betsy Farasey, LPC

My goal is to make counseling a positive and rewarding experience for you and your family. Your child’s success starts with a safe environment. I will meet your child at their level, working with them to build rapport so we can develop an individualized plan to best address their needs and support a reduction of symptoms along with emotional growth.

My approach identifies areas of strength and areas for growth in your child. This begins by gaining a detailed history and understanding of your child’s needs. As a team, we will implement the strategies and tools that work best for your child at home, in school and in the community. 

Clients I work with: Children aged 3-18 and their families, adult individuals, and LGBTQ youth.

Issues I work with: Anxiety, attachment concerns, depression, ADD, ADHD, trauma, OCD, PTSD, reactive attachment disorder, substance use and individuals on the autism spectrum.

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Maureen Flaherty

Maureen Flaherty, LPC

I specialize in the deep, change-worthy work of family of origin issues, reduction of the symptoms of mood disorders, decision making about the future of relationships, the issues of living that are specific to men, and the treatment of substance use issues.

In my seventeen years of practice as an agent of change, I have come to know that many of our emotional and relational difficulties can be connected to the experiences we have growing up in our family. My goal is to help you resolve and heal unfinished business of the past so that you don’t have to keep recreating them in the present.

My style of therapy is targeted, structured and focused on the creation of lasting change. I believe that therapy should help to restructure your experiences so that you see life through a different lens. This new lens allows for continued change, long after therapy has ended.

Much of my clinical experience and expertise has been in working with men. Cultural expectations of men often look to them to be independent, self-sufficient, stoic, problem-solvers, and invulnerable. I support men to explore more effective ways to manage stress, relationships, emotions and problem-solving.

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, groups, and families.

Issues I work with: Anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic illness, emotional dysregulation, family of origin issues, childhood experiences, men’s issues, and adult family relationships. I also work with substance and behavioral dependencies (spending, gambling, internet use, porn and sex).

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Jessica Escobar

Jessica Escobar LMFT-R The Center for Connection Healing and Change

Jessica Escobar, MS, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy

I support couples to feel closer, resolve recurring arguments, heal past hurts, and communicate more openly. I often use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in this work. I also work with couples to explore their sexual life and the ways their relationships as a whole inform this aspect of their life together.

I am experienced in working with military couples and families and appreciate the unique strengths and challenges that these families possess.

I also work with children using Play Therapy, a therapy technique that supports children to express their thoughts and feelings when they may not have the verbal language to share them.

I offer therapy services in both English and Spanish.

Clients I work with: Couples, individuals, children aged 3 to 8 and their families, and LGBTQ youth, couples and families. I offer all services in both English and Spanish.

Issues I work with: Emotional intimacy, recurring disagreements, relationship hurts, trust, infidelity, multicultural issues, sexual issues, and communication.

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Katrina Taschman

Katrina Taschman

Katrina Taschman, MS, Resident in Marriage and Family Therapy

I work with clients of all ages to develop more confidence, clear past trauma, release unhealthy habits, and move past relationship blocks. 

When working with individuals, I focus on identifying patterns, resolving internal conflicts and helping clients trust and heal themselves. Though you can’t change painful experiences from the past, you can let go of negative emotions and beliefs associated with those experiences.

When working with couples and families, the relationship becomes my client. I help each member identify and repair underlying feelings that get in the way of their connection. I teach them to catch their unhelpful patterns of relating, and support them in developing new ways of interacting that foster compassion and understanding.

I offer therapy services in both English and Spanish.

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, children, teens and their families, and LGBTQ youth, adults and couples.

Issues I work with: Grief and loss, life transitions, low self-worth, difficulties with trust and connection, anxiety, depression, communication, addictive behavioral patterns, sexual and childhood trauma, cultural issues, conflicts in parent-teen relationships, and blended families 

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Elaine Kramer

Elaine Kramer, MA, Ph.D. Resident in Professional Counseling

My work is focused on the creation of deep self-acceptance, compassion and healing. I believe that what we tell ourselves, about our self and the world around us, holds great power. Self-talk shapes the way our brain functions, our emotions, self-worth, and behavior.

I will help you to confront and change any damaging or limiting beliefs and find ways to live with greater safety, security and respect for your authentic self. Where there are core conflicts that keep you stuck in old patterns or emotional pain, I work alongside you as a journey-mate to resolve them. I aim to offer a respectful holding space as you allow pain or difficult experiences to emerge.

When talk therapy is no longer enough, I specialize in Guided Affective Imagery, a gentle and yet powerful process that allows issues beneath the surface to float up in imagery form or symbolic representation. I work with you to safely confront, process and resolve these issues at their core.

Clients I work with: Adult individuals, couples, adolescents and groups.

Issues I work with: Depression, anxiety, family of origin issues, emotional intimacy, life purpose or identity, trauma, PTSD, chronic pain, dis-ease, grief, end of life, perinatal mental health, and substance use/addiction.

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Jennifer Brown Guiney

Jennifer Guiney Infant Family and Attachment Specialist The Center for Connection Healing and Change

Jennifer Brown Guiney, CEIM, IMH-E® (II), Infant Family Support Specialist

I support families to feel bonded to their baby and empowered to meet their needs. I help caregivers get to know their precious little one from the inside out by exploring their strengths and vulnerabilities, and deciphering the uniquely individual ways they communicate delight, discomfort and need for connection.

I also offer emotional support to families as they navigate the joys and challenges of caring for a new baby, especially if their infant is fussy or having trouble with eating and sleeping.

Clients I work with: Infants and their parents and/or caregivers, teen parents, parents, and LGBTQ adults, couples and families.

Issues I work with: Infant-family bonding; baby body language, signals and cues; birth experiences; the joys and challenges of new parenthood.

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Jeffrey Kaminski

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Jeffrey Kaminski, MS, C-IAYT, Yoga Therapist

I wholeheartedly believe in the transformative process of yoga. The opportunities and challenges we meet through life cultivate and define our journey toward self-discovery. Each step of this journey reveals and strengthens a better-understood iteration of Self.

Evidence-informed practices are the foundation of our collaborative work. Together we explore how to use breathing techniques, mindful movement, and meditation/visualization to manage the negative impacts that certain life experiences may have on our body, mind, and breath.

I specialize in working with Anxiety Disorders, which often underlie the conditions and associated symptoms with which we live, and which frequently shadow so many individuals across all walks of life. Our work together establishes grounding and centering to reconnect to your sense of safety, and to empower you on your path toward wellness and self-advocacy.

Clients I work with: Children, teens, adults, couples, families, and groups, and LGBTQ youth, adults, couples and families.

Issues I work with: Anxiety, cancer and stroke survivors, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, mild cognitive disorders, pre-and post-natal wellbeing, negative self-talk, Parkinson’s Disease, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress management (for both client and caregivers), and, exploring how the above issues and conditions manifest in the mind, breath, body, posture, gait, energy levels, and daily life.

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