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.
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.
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.
Kim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for our Community Counseling for Elders program. Her focus is on supporting adult and geriatric populations who are suffering with chronic illness, disability, grief, and loss.
Kim has over 20 years of experience working with seniors and their families, and her background includes time spent in medical and hospice social work, as well as bereavement coordination and counseling.
“The most rewarding part of my job is that I am allowed into my client's inner world to assist in transforming self-talk from ‘I can't. I am not good enough. I am not capable enough.’ to ‘I can and I will make positive personal changes regardless of my physical, mental, emotional or spiritual limitations/issues.’”
Kim earned both a master’s degree in Social Work and Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Caitlin is a Community Therapist who works with children, teens, young adults, and adults experiencing a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, and difficulties adapting to changes associated with major life transitions. In addition to seeing clients in the outpatient clinic, she works closely with the West Hartford Public Schools to offer positive youth development groups and school-based counseling. Caitlin utilizes a strength-based therapeutic approach as a way to create empowerment so that clients can better manage the challenges in their lives and reach their personal goals.
Caitlin earned a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College.
Kristin is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works out of Bridge East, our Rockville clinic. She brings over ten years of experience working within Connecticut’s public school system to her clinical work.
“My great passion is working to support children, teens, adults, couples and families who are struggling with life stressors, including but not limited to, grief, depression, anxiety, ADHD, anger management, youth empowerment, and self-esteem. My goal is to help my clients discover healthier perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships in all areas of their lives. I know that no single approach is the right fit for every individual, so I am careful to respect that and incorporate many different modalities to meet my clients where they are. I find integrating creativity and all mediums of art, music and play therapy to be effective in supplementing my strength-based therapeutic approach. In alignment with this, I believe my engagement in the community and surrounding areas is greatly beneficial to my clients.”
Kristin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Saint Joseph.