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Vanessa Wilson, MA, LMFT (she/her)

Executive Director

Vanessa joined Positive Directions in July of 2021 eager to continue her work in the nonprofit sector.  In the ten years prior, Vanessa worked for YWCA Greenwich, Domestic Abuse Services, most recently as Manager of Operations overseeing delivery of high-quality programs and services to victim-survivors of domestic violence.  Vanessa managed a team of professional counselors through trauma-informed leadership and served as interim director for the agency.  She participated in several leadership groups including a multi-disciplinary team for child abuse and sexual assault, the CAN (Coordinated Access Network) Leadership team, and the Greenwich domestic violence working group.  Vanessa is known for her collaborative approach, ability to foster positive relationships with community stakeholders, and focus on strategic growth.

Vanessa obtained her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fairfield University in 2012 and shortly thereafter became licensed and opened a private practice in Darien, CT.  Using a variety of family systems therapy models, Vanessa treated individuals, couples and families with a myriad of clinical concerns.  Vanessa brings her clinical background in mental health and organizational leadership experience to Positive Directions and looks forward to furthering the agency’s mission and vision.

When Vanessa is not at work, you will likely find her suiting up for a softball game, snowboarding in the Berkshires, or spending time with her husband and two daughters.

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