Welcome to Life Coaching and Therapy (LCAT)! This therapy practice began with Amanda’s imagination in 2013 and has flourished into our current location in West Hartford, CT. In addition to Amanda, the main sex educator of the practice, there are six therapists (some of which are listed below), an amazing indigo-colored waiting room, and tons of parking! Yay! We strive to provide an identity-affirming environment to all. We are excited to have you consider us in your journey to healing and self-discovery.

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Jennifer R. Walker, LMFT

Are you struggling with feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed? Have life stressors or relationship issues increased recently? Sometimes we become so busy with life, we forget to take care of ourselves. If you find yourself having trouble coping or feeling stuck, therapy may be a good option for you. My goal as a therapist is to help you get “unstuck,” work on embracing your strengths and uniqueness, and change patterns that are no longer working for you. I will work collaboratively with you to develop the goals and treatment that best fits you and your individual needs.

I utilize a mindful, nonjudgmental and client centered approach in therapy as I believe that the client/therapist relationship is the foundation for creating positive changes. Areas of focus include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship / family issues. I am trained in EMDR and specialize in LGBTQ+, introverts, and highly sensitive persons.

I base my treatment philosophy around developing your strengths, uniqueness,
authenticity, and your own innate wisdom. I love helping people see their potential, recognize and embrace their strengths and uniqueness, and change patterns that are no longer working for them.

My mission as a therapist is to facilitate a safe and supportive place for all people. Especially, to those of you who have felt different or judged by society; whether you identify as a geek, nerd, or introvert; whether you have been labeled as “awkward” or “strange” or a misfit; whether you are part of the LGBTQ community or other communities that are often not supported by society: I am here to support you and who you truly are. I bring my authentic self to the room and I invite you to do the same.

Stef Harris, LCSW

Greetings and congratulations on your decision to embark on a journey of self exploration, self acceptance, and self love. My name is Stephanie Harris, LCSW. I am a psychotherapist who has dedicated my life to teaming up with people just like you to assist in making you the best person YOU want to be!

My formal training includes a Master’s in Clinical Social work and Bachelor’s in Psychology with a focus on Women’s Studies both from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. I have extensive experience working in a variety of treatment settings (Day Programs, Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, in home) with many populations including but not limited to adolescents, geriatrics, adult, couples, families, and LGBTQ+.

I also utilize my experience for consulting, career-advising, and mentorship for first-generation college students. I am passionate about assisting individuals in navigating pervasive systemic issues that pose economic and psychological social barriers (such as sexism and racism) in their pursuit to self-care, self-sufficiency, and success.

Overall, I enjoy my work and I am always looking for ways to help others identify non-traditional yet effective coping mechanisms that can be therapeutic and foster healing and empowerment! I pride myself in prioritizing the need for an environment of compassion and support to help individuals overcome obstacles to move forward in life and thrive. I believe that one of my biggest assets revolves around having lived experience identifying and healing from the losses, heartaches, unfairness, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and fear that arise from time-to-time in the most beautiful gift called life. I believe in YOU and I KNOW you can be whoever your heart desires! With the appropriate amount of time, encouragement, a sprinkle of my humor, and guidance, we will get there.

Come on in… the water’s fine.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 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. I believe that problems arise when there is a disconnect between the mind, body, and spirit. I take a holistic approach to treatment. I incorporate mindfulness strategies along with cognitive and dialectical behavioral therapies.

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Katie Visone – Welcome Desk and Office Manager

Hi, my name is Kathryn Visone (a.k.a Katie) and I am the Office Manager (And The Welcome Desk) at Life Coaching and Therapy LLC. It is my privilege to be the face of Life Coaching and Therapy, and to be the one to welcome you and assist you in any way that I can. It is my goal to make sure that every person that walks through the door is made to feel welcomed and at ease while waiting for their appointment. You will see me not only at the front desk, but also running around the building working on one project or another.

I have been working for Life Coaching and Therapy since the beginning of this year. I was initially hired to help organize the move to the new location at 944 New Britain Avenue. It was such an incredible and truly wonderful experience working for Life Coaching and Therapy during that short period of time, that I absolutely wanted to stay and become a permanent member of the team!

To give a little background on me, I have lived in Connecticut all my life and am a huge animal lover, especially dogs. A few of my hobbies are photography, organizing, fixing things, working on projects, and running 5ks.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Middlesex Community College with my Associates Degree and I am getting my bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut. I grew up in a very large Italian family with lots of people talking and lots things happening all at once, so needless to say, juggling multiple things at once is my specialty and will certainly come in handy on the job. And speaking of family, another little fun fact, my sister-in-law happens to be Amanda, one of the therapists and the owner here!

It is ultimate hope and top priority to ensure that every person that walks into the Life Coaching and Therapy waiting room is made to feel that they are in a welcoming, safe and judgement-free environment. If there is anything that you may need or questions you may have please do not hesitate to ask, I will be more than happy to help!

 

 

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Amanda Pasciucco, LMFT, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Hi! I’m Amanda Pasciucco. It’s pronounced Pa-shoo-co. I am a marriage and family therapist, a sex therapist, and I am getting my PhD in Clinical Sexology.

Since I was eight years old, I wanted to be a therapist. I was blessed to grow up with a ton of parents and family, traveling back and forth between CT and NY. I remember learning young to value faith and to not live in fear, to work at being a happy and positive person, to be curious and to ask questions when I didn’t understand, and the importance of forgiveness.

When I was a junior at Providence College, I met my mentor and professor, Jim Moorhead. He helped shape me into my future as a sex educator, activist, and therapist. He taught me the importance of pleasure without shame, which was the secret to unlocking my drive and dedication to the field of sexuality and relationships.

For my entire adult life, I have been passionate about helping others along their sexual journey. If you have this certain sense that there MUST be something more… let me be your guide. I know what that something more is. Let’s work together to create that new and amazing life you have dreamt of. I specialize in sensate focus sex therapy, intimacy education, and life coaching.