Helping adolescents and emerging adults navigate challenges and discover meaning


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Our Mission

To provide quality psychotherapeutic services to adolescents and emerging adults

The work

We have years of experience engaging young men and women in evidence-based counseling. The reason for a person’s engagement can vary as widely as their motivation to manifest the collaboratively identified goals. Anxiety, depression, anger management, substance use, relationship challenges, life transitions, and identity issues are often oversimplified labels of the work because we seek not only to alleviate psychological distress but also to add purpose and direction in what are critical periods in a person’s life.

We are particularly adept at fostering motivation because some of our clients are strongly encouraged to engage in the work by a loved one, and they can be ambivalent or resistant to change.

Our approach

Working with young men and women is complex. While developing a trusting relationship can be among the most challenging tasks, we have been able to do so with a high degree of success. We seek to understand what is affecting a person’s life in more ways than simply being able to list diagnostic symptoms. Further, we understand that these young men and women do not exist in a vacuum, and it is essential to consider the systems in which they live. Depending on the person’s level of comfort, this could mean that we include family members, school personnel, or other important people in their lives. Our relationship-building skill and our holistic and team-oriented philosophy make us unique and effective. We are passionate about our work and humbled by a person’s willingness and ability to challenge themselves, particularly in what can be a tumultuous time.

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Meet the Team

Paul Doolan & Andrea Arruda

We have a thorough understanding of the psychological science and experience in artfully applying psychology’s evidence base to each person. With nearly 30 years of experience between us, we are confident in our ability to provide the psychotherapeutic support needed to allow adolescents and emerging adults to realize their potential.

Psychologists Utilizing Evidence-Based Science

Depending on the nature and goals of the work, we employ evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and exposure therapy. We also often pull concepts and skills from dialectical behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and narrative and existential therapies.

Fairfield County Specialists

We have particular experience with the systemic and cultural influences that shape adolescents and emerging adults in Fairfield County, Connecticut.

A Healthier You

Enhancing a person’s mental health can improve academic and occupational performance, cognitive functioning, social relationships, physical health, and overall well-being. Engaging in therapy is an investment that can affect every part of a person’s life.