Our Mission is to promote healing and facilitate wholeness through integrative therapy using a healthy alliance between mind and body

Dayne Bachmann



Dayne is the founder of Twin Peaks Counseling, LLC. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a gender therapist, Dayne hopes to be a part in empowering, encouraging, and supporting transgender and gender non-conforming individuals through education and shared experience. Dayne seeks to foster an atmosphere where clients can discover who they are and be comfortable with themselves. Dayne’s tailored approach focuses on the specific needs of each individual client’s journey toward positive self-growth. Dayne holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and currently maintains his clinical social work licensure in the state of Connecticut.


Samantha Bassett



Samantha is a master's level clinician and dynamic therapist who works with adolescents, adults, couples and families struggling to navigate life's challenges. Samantha has worked for 15 years in the field of psychology.  She offers a blend of Cognitive Behavioral and Expressive Arts Therapy to explore pathways to positive change.  Her approach is down to earth, warm and empathetic.  Samantha creates a safe space for all clients to learn more about themselves and their next right steps.  She offers creative outlets for expression beyond words, like movement, art and drama and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.


Danielle Capozziello



Danielle has been in the field of social work for 18 years, obtaining her MSW in 2006 from Southern CT State University.  She is an eclectic, ambitious and clinically diverse psychotherapist.  She has worked  in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, intensive outpatient and outpatient.  She has a positive outlook, and specializes in brief, solution-focused treatment.  "I want people to learn to heal, set obtainable goals, accept themselves, and thrive. Diagnosis do to define people, but having a understanding of symptomology is crucial to being able to live your best life. Let's get started."

Kristen Ezzo



Kristen believes through collaborative efforts, skills can be mastered to lead healthier, happier lives.  Specializing in areas of childhood trauma and grief, she maintains her certification as a Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) therapist and offers families individualized parent-guidance so caregivers may better support their children and adolescents.  Kristen has additionally worked with adult populations to increase interpersonal-relationships and stability in their lives.  Kristen holds a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy from Southern Connecticut State University and currently maintains her marriage and family therapy licensure in the state of Connecticut.


Dawnmarie Hunter



Dawnmarie has been working with elders and families for more than sixteen years. Dawnmarie's areas of expertise include, but are not limited to interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety and end of life issues. Dawnmarie is a medical social worker working across the life span with families struggling with issues around debilitating medical issues. Dawnmarie works together with individuals and families to discover the issues that are standing in the way of having deeper, more meaningful relationships. Dawnmarie holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University and currently maintains her Clinical Social Work licensure in the State of Connecticut.


Julie Penry


Julie began her career path as an elementary school teacher keeping third grade children excited to learn new skills to help them grow and succeed. After teaching, her career blossomed in many directions. She has worked as an addictions counselor and prevention educator at an outpatient treatment facility in our area. Through this experience, she was asked to compile a 32-week self-esteem program to be used in  schools as a drug prevention curriculum. where she  taught all 3rd and 5th grade classes in the Lower Naugatuck Valley and earned Prevention Specialist status.  Julie also worked as Director of the Youth Service Bureau for the City of Shelton for over 18 years. In addition, she helped make positive changes in the juvenile justice system while serving on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee for the State of CT.  She has been recognized by TEAM, Parent Child Resource Center and the State of CT for  giving back to our community. Julie currently works as a Parent Educator for Parent Child Resource Center. Using Circle of Security or Triple P, she teaches parents new skills to help them succeed and enjoy their children. She also developed self-esteem curriculum for women and holds self-esteem groups for women at Twin Peaks Counseling.


Salvatore capetta



The most rewarding therapy sessions occur with clients who are motivated to make progress towards the goals they set. Salvatore strongly believes that the therapeutic relationship between the therapist and the client is of utmost importance to the client meeting their goals. He strives to build a trusting, supportive, and safe relationship with each of  his clients. Salvatore believes everyone has their own unique story to tell. and enjoys  hearing that story and helping people overcome the issues that can surface over a lifetime. He works with adults and adolescents in his therapy practice with a wide array of issues. He specializes in  mental health disorders (specifically but not limited to anxiety and mood disorders), emotional issues (relationship problems, grief), and addiction issues, drugs, alcohol, drug/alcohol assessments. He also works with couples, which may have a struggle in their relationship or just want to make it stronger.


Brian Essenter



Brian is the owner of MM Consult CT. Brian is here to answer questions regarding the benefits of medical marijuana. He is also able to guide patients through the difficult process of navigating Connecticut’s Medical Marijuana program. This can include suggested dosing and delivery methods appropriate for the patients intended results. Brian was the Dispensary Manager at one of the busiest dispensaries in CT for nearly three (3) years. He is also a registered pharmacist and worked 16 years for one of the largest national retail pharmacy chains in MA, NV and CT.





Teresa is Board Certified in Family Practice and has been in practice for over 20 years. As a family practitioner, Teresa  is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a diverse number of medical conditions.

Due to the exceptional safety profile of medical cannabis and low-risk of abuse or dependency, she strongly believes in its naturally therapeutic effects in treating (or at least alleviating) a broad range of ailments and illnesses. Teresa will take the time to understand your concerns and answer all your questions regarding the cannabis program. She is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and the Association of Cannabis Specialists.


Soffia jonsdottir



Soffia received her MSW from Southern CT State University in 1990. and is actively licensed to practice clinical social work in the State of Connecticut. The eldest of thirteen, she has worked most of her life in the field of Human Services and, for the last 20 years, as a psychotherapist.  Soffia has worked in a variety of settings, including home care (in and out-patient), schools and private office settings. She has extensive  experience working with the elderly and those who are younger. who present with a variety of issues. This experience includes coping with medical and end-of-life issues, crisis, loss, trauma and adjustment issues and the  emotional discomfort these places can create, including depression and anxiety. Soffia seeks to continually grow and learn effective ways to address the presenting emotional / psychic pain of those she serves.


bernadette Valenzano



Bernadette is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor and was raised in Fairfield, CT. She received her Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lynn University.  Additionally, Bernadette completed a Pastoral Counseling program at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Bernadette has a wide range of experience treating mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, grief, relational problems, problem sexual behaviors, and substance abuse, and has worked in inpatient mental health facilities, partial hospitalization programs, community IOP and outpatient programs and schools. Bernadette endorses an integrative approach to psychotherapy and strongly believes in individualizing therapy to each client’s needs. Bernadette is a Professional Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA).


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