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Our Team Members

Learn more about the experience and qualifications of our staff members by reading below. 

LWC Staff

Melissa Lawrence, LPC-CT, NCC, RPT-S™, PMH-C (she/her/hers)

Melissa Lawrence, LPC-CT, NCC, RPT-S™, PMH-C (she/her/hers)

Founder and Owner, Executive Licensed Clinician, Clinical Supervisor

Melissa is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor with the State of Connecticut, National Certified Counselor, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor™, Certified in Perinatal Mental Health, and Certified School Counselor.  She is fully trained in EMDR and actively pursuing her certification.  Her specialty work in attachment therapy adds tremendous value to working with family systems.  Melissa considers herself to be a “parenthood transition navigator,” a “finding myself again” guide, and a fierce “work-life balance supporter.”  You can find Melissa on the PSI Perinatal Mental Health Directory here.

Melissa is passionate about growing the field of child and family psychotherapy: Working through a systemic lens is preferred in each member of the LWC Counseling team under her direct supervision.

Melissa enlists the components of a combination of methods and interventions in treating clients.  Her therapeutic treatment modalities include, but are not limited to, Person- and Child-Centered Therapies, Attachment Therapies, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Perinatal Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy in accordance with the Association for Play Therapy (www.a4pt.org), Sand Tray Therapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Expressive Arts, and others.

“I sincerely believe that treatment is only effective when the willingness and desire to introduce change and embrace growth is present.  Self-compassion and self-efficacy are key to lifelong wellness.  You are not alone.  You deserve a life enriched with overall well-being.”

-Melissa Lawrence

Maureen "Mo" Sand, LMFT-CT (she/her/hers)

Maureen "Mo" Sand, LMFT-CT (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinician

Maureen “Mo” Sand has been a clinician for over twelve years and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with the State of Connecticut.  Maureen graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She specializes in working with children from four to eleven years of age and their families.  Populations of clients’ presenting concerns include experience in counseling ADHD, trauma, anxiety, and depression.  Maureen uses a therapeutic drama approach that involves improvisation, Rehearsals for Growth (RfG).  Maureen is a “Train the Trainer” for the RfG modality.  Additionally, she has been trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS), Theraplay, and Motivational Interviewing.

As a Marriage and Family Therapist, Maureen has a systemic perspective and looks at the clients in the context of their family, society, and culture.  She uses a Metaframeworks approach that utilizes a medley of methods from a variety of Marriage and Family techniques based on the needs of the client and system.  Maureen is known for being empathetic, caring, and non-judgmental.  She is a continual learner and ready to meet the client where they are, accepting them and helping them realize they are enough by just being them.

“I enjoy helping others to be ‘in the moment’ and playful as they engage in their healing journey.  There is a corollary that the more we love and accept ourselves, the better able we are to love and accept others. The more we love and accept others, the better able we are to accept ourselves.”

-Mo Sand

Rachael Kulesza, LPCA-CT (she/her/hers)

Rachael Kulesza, LPCA-CT (she/her/hers)

Associate Licensed Clinician

Rachael Kulesza a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate with the State of Connecticut who has been in the clinical field of counseling children, families, and adults for over ten years.  She is under direct supervision by an experienced and qualified Licensed Professional Counselor as she actively pursues full licensure.  Additionally, Rachael specializes in play therapy using therapeutic play during her counseling sessions with clients.  She is currently enrolled in an accredited Play Therapy program to obtain her Registered Play Therapist credential with the Association for Play Therapy.

Rachael believes that therapy requires collaboration and a systemic approach.  The client’s input is necessary for the most important component of treatment, her therapeutic alliance in her relationships with clients.  She encourages clients to communicate their story in their own way to the best of their ability.  Rachael has extensive experience and expertise in treating neurodivergence and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  She also has the knowledge and skills to navigate and coordinate the care of clients with outside service providers, school institutions, prescribers, and other professionals to treat the client as a whole system.

Rachael’s clinical niche is counseling with children ages three to ten years of age, while utilizing therapeutic play therapy interventions.  She provides parent counseling to minor clients’ caregivers to help support the family system and to increase the parent-child attachment in a secure and safe manner.  Rachael also provides counseling to adolescents and adults and utilizes various modalities such as, but not limited to, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Parent-Child Therapy, Mindfulness, and Brief Therapy.

“I enjoy helping children use play to overcome life stressors and/or traumas and believe in a strong therapeutic alliance to achieve therapeutic success.”

-Rachael Kulesza

Lissa Grossman, LCSW-CT, LCSW-NY (she/her/hers)

Lissa Grossman, LCSW-CT, LCSW-NY (she/her/hers)

Licensed Clinician

Lissa Grossman has been a social worker for over twenty-two years.  She is a fully Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the State of New York and Connecticut and graduated from New York University.  Lissa specializes in working with clients from the ages of eleven to seventeen years old, as well as adults.  She is experienced in treating substance use and maintains her Credential as an Alcohol and Substance Use Counselor (CASAC).  Lissa believes in meeting clients where they are in their journey toward healing.  Lissa has worked in school sectors and collaborated and coordinated the care of clients at the middle school level in particular.  As a trauma-informed therapist, she is an especially seasoned clinician in treating trauma endured as a result of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.   Lissa is systemic and attachment-informed in her treatment in her work with the multi-faceted and -interdisciplinary foster care system.

Lissa is further experienced in working with domestic violence (DV).  She enlists a combination of methods and interventions with this population and treating the client as whole; unbroken, undamaged, and with the potential to maintain their health while learning to thrive rather than survive.  Additionally, her training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Therapy deepens her breadth of knowledge as a clinician.  Lissa’s treatment modalities also include Person- and Child-Centered therapies, Therapeutic Play, Therapy, and Expressive Arts.

Lissa is empathic and compassionate.  She is dedicated to counseling those in need of growth and healing.   She believes in the importance and necessity of working with children and their parents and/or caregivers to secure attachment their attachment and attunement in their relationships.  Treating the parent/caregiver relationship is equally important and necessary to treating the child.

“I believe in a ‘here-and-now’ approach.”

-Lissa Grossman

Mazey Lawrence aka Little Miss Mazey

Mazey Lawrence aka Little Miss Mazey

Certified Therapy Dog

Mazey is a Certified Therapy Dog and has been a part of the LWC Family since the opening of the practice.  She enjoys going for walk-and-talks with clients of all ages, being read to, having her nails painted and getting dressed up, and lounging on the therapeutic hammock and in the sensory room.

Through the use of Canine Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), Mazey is able to help clients navigate socioemotional difficulties, such as learning boundaries, social cues, and limits.  She has been an excellent attribute to treating clients with fears of dogs in particular (and yet never offended if her presence is not invited).

Her strengths as a tolerant, patient, and caring dog lend themselves to maintaining her unconditional love and contributes to her best trait, an amazing (and super soft) listener.