The Bridge Family Center has been in our region supporting youth and families for nearly 50 years. As the overall impact of our organization has broadened, so too has our counseling work. We now offer clinics in the centers of West Hartford, Avon, and Rockville; we support adults as well as children, teens, couples, and families; we have a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor on staff; and many of our clinicians have specialized expertise in LGBTQ care. We invite you to meet our talented, dedicated team, and we look forward to supporting you and your loved ones.
Pat is the Bridge Family Center’s Director of Youth and Family Services, a position she has held since 1998. She was named Youth Services Administrator of the Year by the Connecticut Youth Services Association for her strong leadership and dedication to young people. In her role, she oversees the West Hartford Youth Service Bureau, Community Counseling for Elders Program, and counseling clinics in West Hartford, Avon, and Rockville. She also founded and continues to run the West Hartford Community Network, an important collaborative effort among professionals in the community who work with youth and families. Throughout all her work, Pat’s number one priority is to develop a strong team that offers compassionate, competent, and respectful services to clients and members of the community.
Prior to joining the Bridge, Pat worked with youth and families in various capacities, including a domestic violence shelter, emergency shelter for youth, grassroots neighborhood centers, a child guidance clinic, and juvenile justice outreach. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, being in nature, watching sporting events, decorating, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends.
Pat earned a Master of Social Work from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from St. Joseph College.
Martin is the Clinical Director for Youth & Family Services, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and has more than 15 years of experience working with children, families and adults in a variety of settings, including: outpatient counseling, residential care, therapeutic group home care and therapeutic foster care. Martin has advanced training in the areas of complex trauma and attachment. He currently monitors all aspects of clinical counseling services, assesses nearly all incoming clients to the program, develops each client’s initial treatment plan, and oversees the counseling center’s internship program. When he isn’t working, Martin is an avid surfer, nature lover, and a dedicated father and husband.
Martin earned a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz.
Dr. Mubbashar is the Medical Director for the Bridge Family Center's licensed Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. He is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and conducts medication evaluations and follow-ups for Bridge therapy clients. Dr. Mubbashar brings an incredible depth of clinical experience to his role. He is engaged in practicing child, adolescent and adult psychiatry and holds a special interest and expertise in advanced psychopharmacology.
Dr. Mubbashar graduated from the residency-training program in Adult Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and completed his advanced fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center. Additionally, Dr. Mubbashar completed his fellowship in Psychopharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine and West Haven's Veteran's Affairs Hospital. He also holds a faculty position as clinical instructor at the Yale School of Medicine, where he teaches an advanced psycho-pharmacology course. He has been the recipient of multiple awards and medals during his academic career, including: the Ira R. Levine Award and the President's Gold Medal from the Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Mubbashar has published his clinical research in multiple indexed journals including clinical trials and also presented his original research work at several international conferences, including the Society for Neuroscience's annual meetings. He is an active member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Michelle is the Clinical Site Supervisor for Bridge East, our Rockville clinic. She has spent nearly 20 years working to provide support, treatment, and connection with children and families facing social injustices. She has been trained in Aggression Replacement Training and Risking Connections, and has extensive training and experience with complex trauma and attachment, understanding and treating ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and trauma-informed yoga.
“A goal for most families is to be able to build natural supports for when clinical treatment is complete; therefore, my engagement with the broader community is something I value, since it can be an additional assist for families working to improve continuation of success outside of our therapeutic process.”
Michelle earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Art degree in Early Childhood Education and Human and Family Development from Lesley University. She is currently a board member for the Vernon Community Network; an active member of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), and the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Kate is the Clinical Site Supervisor for Bridge West, our Avon clinic, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is trained in Aggression Replacement Training, My Life My Choice. Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Risking Connections. She supports a wide range of clients from children and families, to couples and individual adults, who are struggling with depression, anxiety, anger management, ADHD, grief, and trauma. Her clinic work is further informed by the many years she worked in residential capacities serving boys ages 9-18 and girls ages 12-18.
“I seek to provide clients with an empathetic, compassionate, and respectful experience utilizing a variety of modalities including cognitive behavioral, relational, strength-based, trauma informed and structural family therapy.”
Kate earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.
Pete is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He does direct client care and also serves as a trainer and resource for our team for substance-related issues. Pete has a broad range of experience and has had valuable experience coordinating care with every level that the State of Connecticut has to offer, often working closely with state and federal agencies to help clients reach goals and self-actualize. He began his career working as a General Assistance Intensive Case Manager to help people break the cycle of using drugs and with recovery support. He then moved on to work in the Adult Risk Reduction Center, with individuals involved in the criminal justice system to help them make lifestyle adjustments to decrease the recidivism rate.
Through Project Safe, Pete supported families who were either in the process of having their children removed due to substance use, or the children were already removed, and he was engaged as a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Hartford Dispensary, where he was part of the clinical/ mental health support team for those who were involved with medically assisted treatment (methadone).
“I have always been drawn to and fascinated by the human condition. The feeling of helping someone achieve a goal lights me up inside. Over the years, clients have written me letters and sent pictures of themselves with their children after reuniting and flourishing with them. The smiles and the kind words provide warm feelings and reassurance that I have the best job in the world. Helping people is what I was meant to do.”
Pete earned a master’s degree is Health and Human Services from Central Connecticut State University. He is a licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and is sitting for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam in June. He is a member of the American Counseling Society and during his educational years, was a member of both the XSI counseling honor society and the Golden Key honor society.
Regan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and whether working with individuals, couples, or families, her focus is on assisting clients to get in touch with the innate strengths and resilient capacities that reside inside themselves, but may feel inaccessible. Her approach is grounded in helping her clients feel safe and supported to enhance the relationships in their lives. Regan has a particular interest in how neuroscience continues to demonstrate an inborn survival instinct to keep caregivers and loved ones close by. Regan strives to facilitate a client’s sense of self-compassion and compassion for others as he or she navigates the challenges and stressors of daily life.
Regan received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of St Joseph and was trained as a Speech Pathologist and Audiologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. She practiced at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Hospitals, Cape Town, South Africa. She is certified in Circle of Security Parenting, is a founding member of the Attachment Network of Connecticut, and is currently enrolled in the Post-Traumatic Stress Studies Certification Program through the Justice Resource Institute in Boston.
Jon is a Youth Counselor and directs the West Hartford Teen Center. He works closely with the West Hartford Public Schools to offer positive youth development groups and mentoring, and he also supports kids at the Hillcrest Area Neighborhood Community Center. Jon began his career as a member of the Los Angeles Corp of Teach for America and went on to serve as a Secondary English Teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He supervised the Army CYS Middle School and Teen Program and began a life path of mentoring and working with at-risk teens.
“Working with youth has been a life-long endeavor; I was drawn to mentoring through teaching. My general philosophy with teens is that you have to give respect to get respect, and you have to lead by example.” When Jon isn’t working, he can be found on the ice playing hockey, playing video games, cooking, baking, and brewing.
Jon earned a Bachelor of Art in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, and attended London Metropolitan University as part of a study abroad program. He also conducted Secondary Education work at University of California Los Angeles.
Joanna is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been working with children, teens, and adults for over 20 years. Joanna has experience connecting with youth and families in a variety of learning environments to support them as they develop self-awareness, increase positive relationships, and experience greater joy. Throughout her life, Joanna’s passion for studying mindfulness and yoga has informed and inspired her work with families and the wider community. Over the last few years, in addition to seeing clients, Joanna has presented widely to students, teachers, and parents on the benefits of mindfulness to help cultivate greater calm, focus and effectiveness. Whether with an individual, family or school, Joanna loves to create an open, compassionate space in which we can appreciate our own value, truly understand each other, heal, and bring out the best in each other.
Joanna earned a Master in Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University, and a Bachelor of Art in Religion/Religious Studies from New York University.
Diana is a Marriage and Family Therapist working with individuals, couples, and families, and welcomes people of all ages, ethnicities, orientations, and identities. She is experienced in treating depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral challenges, anger, stress, adjusting to life transitions, relationship difficulties (including non-monogamous relationships), self-esteem, and the coming-out process (including LGBTQ psychoeducation to families). She is also qualified to write letters of recommendation for gender affirming medical interventions.
“It is an honor to bear witness to the experiences of my clients, and I am respectful in maintaining a gracious, non-judgmental, and genuine connection. My work is creative, compassionate, and curious. I have been engaged with the queer community, both professionally and personally, for over ten years, which has enabled me to have first-hand knowledge of many issues that can impact LGBTQ individuals. I have extensive training in issues of gender and sexuality and attended relevant workshops at Harvard Medical School, UCONN School of Social Work, True Colors, and the Institute of Sexuality Education and Enlightenment. In a previous life, I was the cinema coordinator at Real Art Ways for 8 years and continue to have a foot firmly planted in the local arts community. In my spare time, I enjoy knitting, traveling, and training in both Muay Thai kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I find joy in hot chocolate, my cat, long hikes, and gold shoes.”
Diana earned a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and PFLAG Connecticut. She has been trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral and holds a level 1 certification in Internal Family Systems therapy.
Mike is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in family dynamics, parent-child relationships, trauma, and LGBTQ identity and received specialized training in trauma – and gender-informed care, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). He has spent the past several years working with at-risk youth and their families to reduce the impact of high-risk behaviors – such as self-injury, suicidal ideation, and substance use – on their everyday lives. He practices attachment-informed family therapy to empower individuals and their families to make lasting changes to navigate their lives healthfully. He is an Eagle Scout, so in his spare time, he can be found in the outdoors: hiking, participating in timber-sports, or waist-deep in a river fly-fishing.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, double-majoring in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Saint Joseph.
Kelly is a Marriage and Family Therapist. She also works closely with the West Hartford Public Schools to offer in-school counseling, positive youth development groups, and mentoring. Kelly began her career as part of Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services (IICAPS), and has had deep engagement with the pre-school age group. Her current focus of care is on helping girls and women learn how to love themselves from the inside out and empower them to move through the challenges of life with internal strength. She has worked with a variety of populations over the years and utilizes multiple modalities when working with individual clients and families.
Kelly earned her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. She is in the process of earning her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a certified Embody Love Moment Facilitator, as well as a certified yoga instructor.