Meet Our Therapists

Alaina Andersen

Specialty: Eating Disorders

Alaina Andersen graduated from Lynchburg College with her Masters degree. Her background consists of previous employment at the Renfrew Center for eating disorders, and a not for profit community agency prior to going into private practice. Alaina works primarily with individuals, concentrating on young adults and adolescents. Her specialty training consists of depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, as well as eating disorders and recovery. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 502, or at alaina@completecounselinggroup.com

Amanda Trinidad

Specialty: Depression, LGBTQ issues, adolescents and families
Born and raised in Bronx, NY, Amanda received her BA in Criminology/Criminal Justice from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY in 2010, and later went on to complete her masters in mental health counseling at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY in 2014. She is licensed in CT as a licensed professional counselor. She has experience in partial hospitalization at Four Winds Hospital as an MHC for children and adolescents ages 6-18 for about 2 years and became very familiar with implementation of DBT. She is currently working in an outpatient facility, Child and Family Guidance Center, in Bridgeport as an individual and family therapist, as well as for our group. She specializes in children, adolescents, and young adults experiencing depression and conduct disorder. She is also well versed in working with a diverse population and has experience providing services for the LGBTQ community in regard to self acceptance, coming out, or any other issues that are of any concern to anyone apart of the LGBTQ community. She has the ability to connect well with youth that engage in risky behaviors and have difficulty with relating to others at school, at home, or in the community. Her approach is person-centered with a combination of DBT, CBT, and Gestalt therapy that can be tailored to each client’s need. Her goal is to help her clients cope with everyday life and hardships, recognize any issues that may be hindering one’s progress, and helping each client understand one’s self more than they did before engaging in therapy.

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 508, or at amanda@completecounselinggroup.com

Bernadette Griffen

Specialty: Sexual disorders and addiction.
Bernadette is a Licensed Professional Counselor and was raised in Fairfield, CT. She graduated from Lynn University with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Services in 2011, and her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Applied Psychology in 2014. Bernadette also completed a Pastoral Counseling program in the Spring of 2015 at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT. Bernadette currently works for a non-profit agency working with adult males treating problem sexual behaviors and has been in that role since 2014. She also works with students on an as-needed basis in the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Bridgeport. In addition to that, she facilitates trainings on Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention. Bernadette has previous experience working in inpatient mental health/substance abuse facilities, partial hospitalization programs, and schools. She has experience working with adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and mood disorders. Her approach is client-centered, empathetic, non-judgmental, genuine and solution focused. Bernadette is a Professional Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 505, or at bernadette@completecounselinggroup.com

Kali Fortuna

Specialty:  Anxiety and addiction

Raised in Fairfield, Connecticut, Kali received her undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI., with degrees in Psychology and Legal Studies; and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She has been working in the mental health and substance abuse field since 2012, but has been interested in psychology since she was a child. She started off her career in an agency setting before moving to private practice. She currently holds a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC) credential as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential, both through the Department of Public Health in Connecticut, and a National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. Kali works with adolescents and adults with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and mood disorders.

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 501, or at kali@completecounselinggroup.com

Kate Dressel

Specialty: Anxiety, depression, trauma, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Kate Dressel is a licensed professional counselor with a degree in psychology and a masters in clinical mental health counseling. Specializing in CBT with anxiety, depression and trauma, Kate finds solutions and empowering tools for clients to support growth towards therapeutic or personal goals. Putting the therapeutic relationship first, Kate strives to provide compassion and assistance through unconditional support, free from judgement. Kate graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013 and has since worked in an array of settings from non-profit mental health offices, municipal social services, private offices and neurofeedback practices. Kate is certified in neurotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy and often utilizes creative strategies and team work with clients to find a path towards therapeutic success.

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 507, or at kate@completecounselinggroup.com

Lauren Hickson

Specialty: Depression and life transitions

Lauren received her undergraduate and masters degrees from Marist College in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. She started her career in community health agencies in 2009 and integrated into private practice in 2015. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of CT and holds a National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential. She currently works with individuals and couples age 16 and older. She has a wide range of experience with depression, anxiety, grief, relational problems, major mental illness, and co-occurring conditions like chronic medical problems or substance abuse. She believes it’s important to be integrative and individualizes therapy to each client’s need. Lauren can offer her empathy, support, and integrative style that will help empower you and develop the coping skills needed to move towards your desired goals.

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 504, or at lauren@completecounselinggroup.com

Stefania Maiorana

Specialty: children and adolescents.
Stefania always knew she wanted to work with children and adolescents; she found the brain and how we develop to be so interesting and she always thought of herself as a “helper.” She graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a human services concentration. Immediately after, she secured a job in a sub-acute residential setting for children ages 7-14 where she was able to apply much of what she had learned in the classroom at QU into real life. She decided in order to understand mental health better, she needed to learn more about development, so after a year she took on a job working as an associate preschool teacher where she helped the head teacher with developing weekly age appropriate developmental lesson plans and goals for the young children using the “world at their fingertips” curriculum. It was at this point that she was ready to head back into the classroom as a student, and enrolled at the University of Bridgeport where she graduated with a master’s degree in counseling in 2010. Shortly after graduation she was hired as an IICAPS clinician at an agency in lower Fairfield County. In this role, she used individual, family and parent sessions to help clients and families overcome obstacles putting them at risk of things like hospitalization. She collaborated closely with providers in the communities and school to ensure clients were getting a wrap-around of services to become successful. After 4.5 years in that role and having become licensed, she moved into the outpatient area of an agency where she has worked full time since 2010. She is currently working towards becoming a registered play therapist, expanding her skill set to utilize different interventions as all clients have different needs.

Please contact her at 203-309-6052, ext 503, or at stefania@completecounselinggroup.com