Life Coaching and Therapy of West Hartford, CT – Therapy Staff
In addition to Amanda Pasciucco—the main sex therapist and owner of the practice—our West Hartford Staff consists of seven therapists specializing in communication, repairing from betrayal, organizing relationship agreements, and setting you up for more intimate pleasure!
We strive to provide an identity-affirming environment to all.
We are excited to have you consider us in your journey to healing, coaching, and self-discovery!
Robin Naglieri, LCSW
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the field for several years – including with addiction, sexuality, communication, and trauma. One of my favorite things about being a therapist is having the honor of being a part of your story.
Each client brings with them unique experiences, perspectives, and talents to every session, so I believe that you are the expert on you! Together, and through the use of a variety of therapeutic techniques (CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, etc.), we will work to identify where you are in your life, career, relationship, and family, and where you wish to go.
Humor, honest feedback, and gentle guidance will be used to empower you to achieve your goals. I have experience working with adults struggling with depression, substance use, anxiety, relationship issues, mood disorders, shame/guilt, and self-esteem.
I offer an open, non-judgmental space to all, to explore the areas of sexuality, gender identity, and non-traditional relationships. I enjoy working with those who want to learn to balance competing priorities to develop a plan to help you achieve your goals.
A phrase I use often in life, and in therapy, is “everything is figureoutable” (borrowed from author and speaker Marie Forleo). Sometimes we need to get creative in how we look at and overcome obstacles in our lives. I look forward to working with you on finding creative solutions to whatever it is that led you to begin your therapeutic journey.
Chastity Rodriguez, LMFT
“If we were all to sit in a circle and confess our sins, we would laugh at each other for lack of originality.” — Kahlil Gibran
I love this quote. It speaks to the healing power of sharing our secrets and shedding shame. Shame is a stifling energy that I love to help seekers move through. They come in exhausted by the effort it takes to avoid those tender places within and leave recharged, with a solid practice for sitting with those feelings in order to be informed by them versus flooded by them. There is power and healing in being seen and accepted. Once you have freed up the energy you were using to hide, you have the fuel you need to live a life of your choosing.
I provide a safe, compassionate, loving, space for you to unpack your baggage so you can consciously choose that which you want to keep, and lovingly release that which is no longer serving you. I use humor, metaphors and myth, personal stories and deep, active listening to what is said and left unsaid to illuminate the forces keeping you stuck. I trust that you have the answers to move through those stuck spaces and that those answers are temporarily blocked.I guide you through the process of identifying those blocks and dissolving them with love, gratitude and understanding. My goal is for you to leave knowing how to access the wisdom within.
Mike Saraceno, LMFT
Hi, I’m Mike Saraceno. I’m a therapist, but y’all might also call me a detective, a listener, and an old soul. My experience and training as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (I have a Master’s Degree from the University of Saint Joseph), means that I believe that your current challenges make sense given your past, your present, and society’s pressures. I believe that my job is to hear your story, help you figure out how you got to be where you are now, and co-create ways to your desired future.
I enjoy working with individuals, couples, moresomes, and those who are already seeking being honest with themselves and their partners. I know that starting therapy can be intimidating, and that there is always a fear of being shamed for who you are.
My office is a space that is friendly to all, and invites all sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship styles to a relaxing and affirming experience.
Also, as someone who identifies as a cis-man, I understand the pressures and limitations society places on men in expressing emotions and being vulnerable. If you are looking for support in empowering yourself to start a better chapter of your life, contact me today. When I’m not in the office, you can find me on a road trip, at a concert, or waist-deep in a river fly-fishing.
Sarah FitzGerald, LCSW
Hi! I’m Sarah FitzGerald and I am here to connect with you as you go through your journey. If this is your first time looking for a therapist, you are making the right choice (even though it is hard). If you are returning to treatment, you know the value of connecting to supportive professionals during difficult times.
LGBTQIA+ affirming, sex-positive, and open to alternative relationship styles! Connection through storytelling, a touch of humor, and compassion is my go-to style in my sessions with people who come through my (virtual) door.
I’m a Licensed Clinical Social work with my Master’s in Social Work from Binghamton University. Although I have many eclectic skills, historically my strengths are working with teens, young adults, and adult – caregivers specifically.
My interests in different American sub-cultures and lifestyles creates an affirming, safe place to explore your thoughts and feelings. Many of us inhabit more than one sub-culture and discussing these intersectional identities can bring about insight into ourselves and our world!
Nicole Scrivano, LMFT
Hi there! My name is Nicole and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I love this practice and what it means to be a therapist. I have had a variety of experiences working in the field ranging from working with children and adolescents in an agency setting and within the community, to working with adolescents and beyond in this practice. I graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with my Masters in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I also am very influenced by Dr. Brene Brown’s work.
Although I work with a variety of different clinical focuses, my specialities are trauma, relationships, identity, sexuality, and the LGBTQ+ community. I was raised in an Italian family where I learned to love stories around a loud dinner table. It was there I also began to understand value of community and helping others, which has inspired me in my career. For as long as I can remember, I have been committed to supporting others and listening to their stories. In therapy, everyone has their own story, perspective, view, whatever you want to call it… and I work with my clients to learn theirs and explore it. Although, I am trained in a variety of methods, I am committed to utilizing an intersectional, feminist approach to working with all my clients.
I believe that it is vital to the therapeutic process to be mindful of the varying identities that make up and influence people’s stories and empowering people within those stories.
In my free time, you can find me spending time with my wife, friends, family, and my dogs.
Tiffany Torok, LCSW
I find that taking that first step and searching for a therapist can be scary and intimidating. It’s difficult to open up to someone who you feel that you know very little about. I am a no-nonsense therapist who utilizes humor and wit, but will provide honest and sometimes a little confrontational feedback. My aim is to guide individuals in the direction of acceptance and love of self regardless of the “norms” that society has placed upon them. Rather than focusing on “labels” or “diagnoses” that may have been given to you in the past, I focus on the symptoms that are currently causing the most stress in your life and the roots of those symptoms to prevent them from returning in the future.
In 2010, I completed my Bachelors degree in Psychology with a concentration in mental health at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. I then went back to Southern and received my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a poly/ kink friendly therapist who has experience working with many populations. I specialize in substance abuse, anxiety symptoms, pervasive-thought patterns, and depression. I would describe myself as eclectic with a love for music (especially rock) and animals (cats). I am family oriented and enjoy reading and baking in my free time.
Elizabeth Sesto, LPC
I am a licensed professional counselor who has been working in the field since 2010. I have my Master’s Degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Saint Joseph.
I received my certificate in holistic sex therapy and that is where I met Amanda! We were in sexuality courses together for years and learned a ton about the couples and pleasure.
I have experience working with adolescents and adults specifically in the areas of sexuality, sexual orientation, relationship issues, sexual dysfunction, gender identity, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma Recovery and Empowerment (TREM), and motivational interviewing (MI). I also am trained as a Reiki 1 Master and in EMDR for trauma.
I believe that problems arise when there is a disconnect between the mind, body, and spirit. I take a holistic approach to treatment – especially when it comes to sexuality. I incorporate mindfulness strategies along with cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies.
Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist