Ms. Litwin NP, specializes in adult mental health and substance abuse. After earning her bachelors degree in nursing from the University of Connecticut, Ms.Litwin decided to focus her skills in psychiatry at the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. During the 10 years spent working at the IOL, Ms. Litwin gained experience in acute care psychiatric management of patients with substance abuse, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, mood and anxiety disorders. Obtaining her masters in nursing from Yale University, Ms. Litwin developed advanced skills in adult psychiatry and is a board certified adult psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Ms. Litwin brings with her over 25 years of knowledge in the psychiatric/substance abuse field practicing in a variety of settings including outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient. Other areas of practice include program development and adjunct faculty member teaching at Yale School of Nursing and St. Joseph University School of Nursing. Obtaining her certification in addictions from the International Nurses Society on Addiction, Ms. Litwin, NP brings her expertise to Oceanside Recovery, LLC, and is eager to help those in the community.
Doreen Thibadeau, LCSW
Doreen Thibadeau comes to Oceanside Recovery after 15 years of counseling experience, following prior careers as an elementary school teacher and as a secretary for the Counseling Center and later for the President's Office at a community college. She brings life experiences as an individual, spouse, and parent. Doreen graduated with honors from Springfield College School of Social Work with a Masters Degree in Social Work. Previously, as a young mother, she earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern CT State College. As an undergraduate, Doreen majored in Psychology, earning her Bachelor's of Arts Degree from the College of New Rochelle. Doreen is pleased to join Oceanside Recovery as a Behavioral Health Counselor, with an interest in working with persons struggling to address life's challenges in a healthy way. Her experience includes work with a diverse population who may be dealing with grief and loss, anxiety, ADHD, mood disorders, as well as clients or loved ones dealing with the efforts of recovery from addiction. She uses diverse modes of therapy, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She brings warmth, experience, training, humor, and caring to her work each day. On first meeting you can expect an atmosphere of acceptance and beginning exploration of issues bringing you to treatment.
Adam Russo, LPC
Adam Russo is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Adam has a degree in Professional Counseling-Mental Health from Central CT State University, spending roughly 8.5 years being educated and supervised in the behavioral health arena. In total, Adam has over 20 years experience as either an educator, instructor, and mental health worker. Adam also spent seven total years in the United States Navy both active duty and ready reserves and had the rare honor of being a recipient of an Admiral's Citation. After receiving his honorable discharge, he received his Associates degree from Middlesex Community College and Bachelors Degree from Charter Oak State College in Criminal Justice; receiving the Sergeant Dingwall State Award for Academic Excellence (an award NOT given out annually in the state). Adam had extensive crisis intervention experience as a Shift Coordinator for a Residential Treatment Facility for serious juvenile offenders. He completed his three semester graduate internship experience at the Rocky Hill Veterans' Home at both their immediate care and former substance rehabilitation programs. Adam also worked as a Lead Counselor for a leading outpatient counseling center for mostly mandated clients and then as an Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS Yale Program for children that may be at risk for inpatient hospitalization) Clinician for a leading child psychotherapy provider. Most recently Adam has worked as a counselor at a nearby hospital in their adult acute psychiatric inpatient department helping individuals with acute psychiatric challenges.
Margaret Cornell, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Margaret (Peg) Cornell is a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner specializing in the care of adults with mental health and substance use issues. She is a graduate of the University of St. Joseph and has practiced in inpatient and outpatient settings in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on treatment of mood disorders, substance use and the impact of medical conditions on mental health. She believes in the importance of educating patients regarding their conditions and treatment so that they can fully participate as partners in care. She has extensive experience in mental health administration and program development with the CT Department of Mental health and Addiction Services.
Jordan Roberts, LMFT
Jordan Roberts is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Jordan has a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University and has spent over five years working in the behavioral health field. She brings expertise in working with families, young adults, and children. Jordan has worked in a variety of settings including an outpatient treatment facility in Fairfield, CT where she treated an assortment of client needs such as substance rehabilitation, grief counseling, couples therapy, and anxiety disorders. Following her outpatient experience she focused on working with at risk youth and their families in a Multidimensional Family Therapy in-home treatment program. Most recently Jordan has been working as a Lead Clinician at both male and female therapeutic group homes utilizing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Jordan practices individual, couple, and family therapy.
Tracy Freeman, Office Manager
Tracy moved to the area from the Midwest, where she managed a gastroenterology practice on Chicagoland's north shore. Originally from New York, she earned her degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University as one of a select group of Cornell Tradition Fellows. Tracy is a very spiritual person who enjoys the outdoors, reading, meditating and trying different kinds of foods, but what brings her the most joy in life is being of service to other people.
Jacqueline Kelsey, Recovery Health Coach & Yoga Instructor
Jackie is a person in Recovery & currently works as a Yoga Recovery Health Coach where her lived experience with childhood trauma surrounded by addiction and alcoholism will serve to aid and advocate for individual and family healing. Her work encompasses guidance, support and empowerment of persons in recovery to develop and sustain a strong foundation through creation of community, healthy coping skills & self care for relapse prevention. Jackie has certifications in Integrative Nutrition, Recovery Coach (through CCAR), Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs LivFree), Chair Yoga, & Y12SR (Yoga 12 step Recovery). Jackie is currently working on additional continuing education in Nutritional Hormone health and a Yoga Therapist certification from Kripalu. Jackie has a great passion for the recovery community. She vehemently believes that we all deserve & will find a good life. Oceanside Recovery is very grateful Jackie has joined our team!
Cindee LaPorte, CMA
Cindee comes to Oceanside Recovery to offer her services as a certified medical assistant. She graduated from Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute. Cindee has worked with people with developmental disabilities for over 12 years. She enjoys working with and helping people achieve the best quality of life regardless of their circumstances. Cindee is from California and moved here to New England 16 years ago. One thing that she likes about New England is the change of seasons, which Spring and Autumn are her favorites.