Kevin Holtzman, Psy.D.
Dr. Holtzman is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Psy.D.
from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a graduate
of the University of Illinois where he earned a B.S. in psychology. He
completed his pre-doctoral internship at Yale University School of Medicine.
Also at Yale, Dr. Holtzman completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship
as part of a training grant he was awarded by the National Institute of
Dr. Holtzman has had extensive training in DBT and
CBT and is fluent in the use of both therapies. He has been intensively
trained in DBT by an organization headed by the developer of DBT, Marsha
Linehan, Ph.D. He has particular expertise in using DBT and CBT in the
treatment of anxiety and eating disorders, depression, alcohol and drug
use, and borderline personality disorder. At Yale, Dr. Holtzman co-led
two clinical trials that looked at the effectiveness of DBT compared to
other “talk therapies.” He has given several talks and trainings
on DBT and CBT. Dr. Holtzman continues to provide supervision in both
therapies. In addition, he is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale
University School of Medicine.
Alison H. Emel, Ph.D.
Dr. Emel is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her graduate
work at the New School for Social Research in New York City where she
earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a M.A. in General Psychology
with a concentration in mental health and substance abuse counseling.
She also received her B.A. in Psychology from Southern Methodist University
in Dallas, TX. Dr. Emel completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral
fellowship at the Center for Intensive Treatment of Personality Disorders
at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City
where she was trained in DBT. She was then hired by the hospital as a
Supervising Psychologist to develop a specialized and individualized DBT
program for difficult to engage patients. She is particularly skilled
in the treatment of personality disorders, especially borderline personality
disorder, as well as the treatment of depression, anxiety, eating disorders,
anger management and substance abuse. Dr. Emel is a Westport native who
has returned to Fairfield County.
Alisa G. Crossfield, Ph.D.
Dr. Crossfield is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia. While at Temple, Dr. Crossfield was awarded a Faculty Commendation for Excellence based on research activities. She co-authored several articles on the development of depression and conducted research on the developmental origins of eating disorders. Dr. Crossfield completed her pre-doctoral internship in Philadelphia at Friends Hospital where she received specialized training in working with adolescents and eating disorders. She then completed her post-doctoral training in a private practice in Bucks County Pennsylvania, working with individuals across the lifespan. In addition to private practice, Dr. Crossfield held an adjunct faculty appointment at Rider University in New Jersey. Dr. Crossfield integrates a Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavioral approach to treatment. She specializes in working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and self-injury in both adults and adolescents.
Kristie Hartman Calvillo, LCSW
Ms. Calvillo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed her graduate work at Columbia University School of Social Work. Following graduation, Ms. Calvillo worked at Weston United Transitional Living Community providing therapeutic services to adults with serious psychiatric illnesses. Ms. Calvillo was then awarded two post-graduate fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine, where she first began her work in DBT with adults. After completing the two fellowships, Ms. Calvillo worked as a therapist at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospitalís (YPH) Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program where she led the reimplementation of a DBT track in the program. After leaving YPH, Ms. Calvillo returned to Yale University, School of Medicineís Cedarhurst School, a therapeutic school for adolescents with psychiatric illnesses. While at Cedarhurst, in addition to providing clinical services, Ms. Calvillo supervised social work fellows and led DBT groups for both students and parents. Prior to joining the Dialectical and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Ms. Calvillo was at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT where she served as a primary therapist and assisted in the development and implementation of a residential DBT program for adolescents. Ms. Calvillo specializes in using DBT with adults and adolescents in the treatment of a broad range of concerns, including depression, anxiety, school phobia and borderline personality disorder.
Margaret Horton, LCSW
Ms. Horton is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned a BA in English from Colgate University and is a graduate of Columbia, where she earned a Masters in Social Work. Following graduation, Ms. Horton worked for the International Rescue Committee, managing projects to provide services to refugee women and youth. She began her work as a therapist working for Operation Hope, providing clinical case management services to individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric disorders. She then went on to the Center for Women and Families, where she helped to create a clinical services program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Horton worked for a number of years at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT where she served as a primary therapist and skills training group leader in both the DBT and Dual Diagnosis residential programs. She also developed and managed the Women's Intensive Outpatient Program and provided clinical supervision to masters level social work students and newly graduated social workers seeking clinical licensure. She has presented to NASW-CT and other community organizations on incorporating mindfulness into clinical practice. Ms. Horton specializes in using CBT and DBT to help adolescents and adults with a broad range of issues, including depression and anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, in particular borderline personality disorder, and substance use.
Denise Laframboise, Ph.D.
Dr. Laframboise is a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed an Sc.B. with honors in psychology at Brown University and received her M.S. and Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Psychology. Her pre-doctoral internship was completed at the University of Vermont working in a partial hospital program that utilized Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She then completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship in the Yale University Department of Psychology, at the Yale Center for Eating and Weight Disorders. On completing her post-doctoral training she worked as a full-time faculty member for eight years in the Department of Psychology at The University of Hartford. While at the University of Hartford, Dr. Laframboise was a core faculty member in the Clinical Practices in Psychology Master's program, mentoring graduate students and teaching psychotherapy, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Professional Issues, and supervision of Master's level trainees in their practicum placements. Her undergraduate teaching focused on Theories of Psychotherapy, Stress and Stress Management and Positive Psychology, and her research focused on body image and eating disorders.
Dr. Laframboise has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral approaches. She is intensively trained in DBT, and has training with other mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. Her practice focuses on treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, and Substance Abuse.
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