Our primary goal is to provide 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.

Counseling Services​

Positive Directions is a leading non-profit psychiatric outpatient clinic and facility for the treatment of substance abuse licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health.  Our outstanding reputation reflects nearly 50 years of experience in meeting the needs of the communities we serve.

We provide individual, couples and family counseling in a private and serene setting in downtown Westport.  Our clients benefit from an outstanding team of dedicated licensed clinicians who are empathetic, knowledgeable, and experienced in working with a variety of mental health, substance abuse and problem gambling disorders.

Positive Directions accepts most insurances, including:

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

  • Cigna

  • Golden Rule

  • Harvard Pilgrim

  • HUSKY Health/Medicaid

  • Medicare

  • Oxford Health Plans

  • UMR

  • United Healthcare


Private pay and sliding scale options are available as needed.


Many insurance plans offer out-of-network behavioral health benefits.  Call our office today and we would be happy to help you determine your out-of-network eligibility.

Individual Counseling for Adolescents and Adults
In a one-on-one interaction with a counselor, you are helped to express feelings, examine thoughts and beliefs, reflect on patterns of behavior, and work toward making healthy changes in your life.
Our licensed clinicians specialize in treating:
  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Anxiety
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Couples
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Families
  • Grief
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Issues
  • Problem Gambling
  • Procrastination
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Work and career issues
  • Worry
Couples Counseling


Couples may seek premarital, marital, divorce, or alternative life-style counseling.  Couples may also utilize this service to improve their relationship or their communication with each other.

Family Counseling
The family is a social system with its own structure and communication patterns.  Each family has a unique personality, which is a powerful influence on all of its members.  As a result, all members are affected when one member has a problem.  We work to help families support individuals within the unit, as well as the family as a whole.
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.  We specialize in treatment planning that replaces the gambling with new skills and activities. Treatment can offer a path to change and a healthier lifestyle.


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, depression, bereavement, problem gambling and substance abuse. Call  203.227.7644 for more information.

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.