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.


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.


bernadette Griffin



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).


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.


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.


Christina Giacobbe



Christina is a licensed clinical social worker and experienced psychotherapist providing treatment to individuals, couples, families, adolescents, co-parents, and groups. She has over 15 years of experience in different sectors of the behavioral health field giving her a rich understanding of the issues with which people are faced in today’s world. Christina believes in helping people to find and capitalize on their own internal strengths and reach their full potential. So often our self-doubts and assumptions about what is or is not possible holds us back from living our best life.  Providing an environment of wellness for yourself becomes essential during stressful times.  Having support and guidance can enrich your experience.  She places a trust in her clients to create their own goals and partner with her in making progress toward them.  Her expertise includes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), stress and crisis management, life coaching, motivational interviewing, attachment based therapy, and practical problem solving.  Her treatment is structurally, strategically, and systemically driven; strength based, short term, and solution focused.  Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut and currently maintains her clinical social work licensure and her school social work certification with the state of Connecticut.





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.


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