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. There are now six therapists, 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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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.

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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Jennifer R. Walker, LMFT
I have always valued people who were considered different, unusual, strange or odd. Perhaps because I myself am “strange and unusual” (yes, I quoted BeetleJuice). I often felt like I did not fit in with the general crowd in various aspects, culturally as well as socially. I am a true introvert and a HSP (highly-sensitive person) and remember countless of times in my life where people would insist that I smile more, talk more, socialize more, as well as being told to “toughen up,” “don’t cry,” and “get thicker skin.”

Over time I have learned to embrace these qualities as my strengths. I am quiet
because I truly listen to people. I am sensitive because I feel very deeply. The more I have embraced my authentic self, the more successful I have become, and the more genuine connections I have built.

My mission as a therapist is to facilitate a safe and supportive place for people who have always felt different or judged by society to truly be themselves. Whether you identify as a geek, nerd, or introvert; whether you have been labeled as “awkward,” “strange,” or even 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.

I base my treatment philosophy around developing your strengths, uniqueness,
authenticity, and your own innate wisdom. Going against what society expects of you can often be isolating and painful. I love helping people see their potential, recognize and embrace their strengths and uniqueness, and change patterns that are no longer working for them. I specialize in working with depression, anxiety, stress and relationship conflict. I am also trained in EMDR therapy which is often helpful for individuals who have experienced trauma. I look forward to working with you!

Michael 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.

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 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. 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.

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Katie Visone

Hi, I’m Katie Visone and I am the Office Manager at Life Coaching and Therapy LLC. It is my privilege to be the face of Life Coaching and Therapy, and the one to that will welcome you and assist you in any way 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 at the front desk or running around the building.
I am relatively new to the company, I was initially hired to help organize the move to 944 New Britain Avenue. It was the wonderful experience while working for the company in this short period of time that made me want to stay on permanently. And a little fun fact I am also Amanda’s sister-in-law!
To give a little background on me, I lived in Connecticut all my life and am a huge animal lover especially dogs. A few of my hobbies are photography, organizing, doing project around the building, and running 5ks.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Middlesex Community College with my Associates Degree, and I have completed 6 semesters towards my bachelor’s degree at the University of Connecticut. I grew up in a very large Italian family, with lots of people talking and things happening all at once, so needless to say, juggling multiple things at once is my specialty.