COUNSELING

 

Our primary goal is to provide information, counseling, support and resources to people involved with alcohol, drugs and other destructive behaviors and motivate them to become mentally and emotionally healthy and to accept treatment when necessary.

OUR CLINICAL TEAM

BOB VIETRO, MS, LADC, NCGC- Clinical Director

Since 1988, Bob has worked in the treatment and study of addictions in both residential and outpatient settings. His primary work has been in treating the behaviors of substance use and pathological gambling. The focus of his treatment approach is to initiate the skills and strategies needed to establish abstinence. He and his clients explore, identify and address the emotional and situational factors contributing to the individual’s stage on the addiction spectrum. Bob has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling and Addictions. He is a CT state licensed alcohol and drug counselor (LADC) and a nationally certified gambling Counselor (NCGC). He also has extensive experience in planning and facilitating family interventions and has been trained and certified as an interventionist by the Johnson Institute.

 

NICOLE MERLO-WHITE, MA, LMFT- Counselor

Nicole is a Connecticut and New York state licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole has over twelve years of experience working in a clinical setting. This experience encompasses residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment as well as individual and group child, adolescent, adult and marital counseling. Nicole utilizes the following intervention approaches: providing a safe environment in which to share; therapeutic relationship building; active listening; and reflective responding to help support individual and family growth and change.

 

Individuals, Couples, Families

Licensed professional counselors provide assessment, evaluations, and therapy for mental illness, substance misuse, problem gambling and other addictive/destructive behaviors

Problem Gambling Treatment

Recreational gambling can develop into an abusive pattern of behavior and an addiction that can destroy the gambler and their family's well-being and financial security. Bob Vietro, MS,LADC, ICGC II specializes in treatment planning that replaces the gambling with new skills and activities. Treatment can offer a path to change and a healthier lifestyle.

Telephone Advisory Service

Our free telephone advisory service is meant to allow you to inquire about mental health options and services in a discreet and confidential manner. For many of the hundreds of callers we respond to, it is their first step on the road to recovery.)

Interventions

In a structured process, families work together to plan an effective and loving confrontation with the addicted individual. The goal is for the individual to acknowledge the need for treatment. The process establishes a caring and supportive environment for the ill individual and strengthens family connections.,

Employee Assistance Program

We contract with employers to provide confidential counseling services at no cost to the employee. EAP helps the employee cope with personal problems that affect job performance. Problems may include marital and family conflicts, anxiety, stress, bereavement and substance abuse. Call  203.227.7644 for more information.

Office Hours

Our office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Address

420 Post Road West Westport, CT 06880

Contact

(203) 227-7644

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