Meet The Staff

Meet the Staff

Each individual is unique, with different needs. Whether your burden is financial or familial, grief or anxiety, or anything in between, the Stamford Counseling Center can help. In fact, few of us can cope with modern life without some sort of help. The therapy process takes time, but progress often begins immediately.

Call us to to schedule an appointment to meet with one of our therapists to discuss your needs and to customize a treatment program that is right for you. We can bill directly to your insurance company. We work with them all, including State Insurance and Medicaid. Most importantly for low-income families, we have a sliding fee scale supported by grants and donations. We turn no one away.

All discussions are personal and confidential. Scheduling is sensitive to your availability and needs. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 AM to 9 PM and Saturdays 9 AM to 3PM.

Gary Stanek, MS, MA, LMFT

Executive Director
Gary has served as Executive Director of the Stamford Counseling Center since 2009. In addition to his administration of a busy mental health center with 12 therapists on staff, he works with children, adolescents, couples and families, and runs workshops on sexual abuse recovery, stepfamily issues, anger management and parent empowerment.

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Karen Mazarin-Stanek, MA, LMFT

Clinical Director
Karen Mazarin-Stanek is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor who enjoys working with couples, individuals and families using an eclectic systemic approach. Karen is trained in transgenerational, structural, strategic and solution focused approaches to family therapy.

Mary Kowalewski

Business Manager
Mary has been the Administrative Assistant/Business Manger for the Stamford Counseling Center since 2002. She is pleased to assist the Administration and professional staff in its Mission. Mary has over 40 years working in healthcare as a Medical Technologist in the Clinical Laboratory.

Jessica Kaplan, MS, LMFT

Staff Therapist
Jessica Kaplan is a Marriage and Family Therapist with fifteen years of experience working with children, individuals, couples and families in both private, group and school settings. Jessica worked for eight years in the Miami Beach, FL public school system, with it’s emotionally handicapped student population and their families.

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Enid Norris, MS, LMFT

Staff Therapist
Enid is a Connecticut-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Her practice is based on providing compassionate care in a reliable environment where individuals, couples and families can safely address personal and relational issues.

Katie Roach, MA, LPC

Staff Therapist
Katie is a licensed professional counselor and pastoral psychotherapist. She chose to be educated and trained in both the psychological and spiritual dimensions of health and wholeness because of her belief that seeking meaning in what we experience leads us to a deeper understanding of ourselves, our relationship with others, and our connection to the world.

Libby Stofik, MA, LMFT

Staff Therapist
Libby's passion is working with current Military members and Veterans, couples, families and children. She also specializes in addressing traumas and/or traumatic events, healing relationships and strengthening the emotional connection between partners, and parents and their children.

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Krzystof Chin, MA, MFT

Adjunct Staff
In addition to treating obstacles such as anxiety, depression, suicidality, family/parenting distress, and couple satisfaction, I also work with individuals addressing issues of social location, oppression and internalized oppression in treatment with populations of color.

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Brittani Ulloa, MA, MFT

Adjunct Staff
As a Marriage and Family therapist, I believe that my clients have the capacity to create long lasting change. I pay close attention to patterns, and look to understand a person’s full story before examining the “issue” that’s bringing the client into therapy. My theoretical perspective includes various approaches to therapy, allowing me to determine the best fit for my client.

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Rosi Jewell, MA

Adjunct Staff
My style is best described as supportive, warm and direct. My work is based on a non-pathologizing framework and focuses on relationships and healthy boundaries between yourself and others. I support my clients to reconnect with their innate strengths and resilience, making healing and change possible. For those that share a Christian faith, we can integrate those spiritual beliefs into our work, which can be instrumental in the healing process.

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Valerie Mondesir, BSW

Adjunct Staff
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I use systemic thinking to help people change their patterns of interaction to experience new ways of communication within their relationships. I am committed to supporting those working towards discovering their inner strength. My goal is to provide an environment where you feel safe to share your story, embrace imperfections, and reclaim dreams, through nurturing the strength, confidence, and skills you need.

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Nicole Karwashan, BA

Intern
I have a particular interest in working with families to help resolve conflicts, as conflicts often lead to symptoms like depression, anxiety and many others within you or your family members. As your therapist my goal is to honor your pace, your circumstances and move with you at your pace to help create desired change.

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Jeri Kriskey, BA

Intern
I enjoy working with diverse backgrounds and intend to practice objective listening without judgment. I have a strong background working with children and adolescents who have ADHD, Anxiety, Anger Management, Depression, and Emotional Regulation challenges.

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Rachel Leslie, MA

Intern
As an advanced Graduate Student, I have been working with clients in a clinical setting since June of 2017. I have experience working with families, individuals, couples and children dealing with divorce, parenting, depression, and anxiety. I am a direct and compassionate therapist, who often highlights client strengths. I believe problems exist in our patterns of interactions with those around us, rather than being the result of something inside of us.

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