Counseling Affiliates Clinical Director and principal clinician is Dr. Jack Thaw, PhD. He is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years experience. Trained at the University of Connecticut Dept. of Clinical Psychology and the University of Chicago School of Medicine, Dr. Thaw’s clinical specialties include relationship therapy, anxiety and depressive issues, trauma, stress and anger problems, and helping people overcome adversity and hardship to develop meaningful lives and well being.
Dr. Thaw has authored numerous scientific and professional papers and is the senior author of Developing Responsive Human Services, an internationally praised book on conducting organization change and relationships. He is a former lecturer and visiting assistant professor in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Connecticut. He was also a 1981 co-recipient of the prestigious Meltzer Award for Consulting Psychology from the American Psychological Association and was a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Teenage Drinking and Driving. His work has been featured on television and radio in past years.
Most importantly, Dr. Thaw’s dedication to his patients is well known and present and former patients often refer others to him.
Mr. Martinez has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist since 1986 and acquired a second license in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC) in 2008 for the treatment of co-occurring disorders. He has worked in several of Connecticut’s best hospitals and healthcare organizations and is currently in a private practice with Counseling Affiliates, Inc., Glastonbury CT. He initially trained to treat children with behavioral disorders and later specialized in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT and DBT) with a focus on helping clients recover from depression, anxiety and other symptoms cause by traumatic life events and setbacks. “I will begin with where the client is and provide psycho-education and therapy, coaching and support for effective coping and problem solving strategies to overcome problems and barriers to achieve a more balanced, satisfying and productive life”.
Elli is a therapist who has a wide variety of experience over the past 7 years in outpatient therapeutics and drug and alcohol treatment settings. He is a Social Worker, drug and alcohol counsellor, with specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). He has been trained in using EMDR for the treatment of not only the effects of trauma but also in the treatment of anxiety and depression and other life stressful events.
EMDR can be used to treat all kinds of life challenges by addressing core beliefs which we all hold on unconscious level and may hinder our lives.
Before pursuing this work, he was a business owner and accountant. He emigrated from Israel in 1988. He received his BA in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude from UCONN, his MSW from Springfield University and his EMDR training from Roy Kissling, EMDRIA approved. Elli has a passion for diagnosis and treatment of all kinds of disorders and thinks “out of the box” to bring the latest therapeutic techniques to your care. He will help you dissect the trauma or the troubling issue, which has brought you to where you are today, and he will help you see a future without the burden of the past.
Elli is fluent in English and Hebrew.