Natacha Kerelejza, LCSW
Natacha works as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Connecticut. Upon completing a Sociology Bachelors of Science degree at the University of Connecticut, she began working in her community to support individuals with childhood trauma and families impacted by intimate partner violence. This experience led to an appreciation for the strength of the human spirit and concern for systems that perpetuate trauma. Influenced by this work, she completed a Master’s of Science degree from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2004 and was licensed to practice clinical social work in 2007 (006421).
In 2017, life circumstances led Natacha to open a private practice. The effect of mindfulness practices and neuroscience research prompted her to become an EMDRIA Certified EMDR therapist and Approved Consultant. These roles have been informed by a twenty year history of program management, supervision, and training in local and state programs that serve victims of crime, as well as individuals who have experienced trauma. It is an honor to provide EMDR consultation to a developing community of clinical providers and to be amongst a talented team of consultants and trainers.
Hope Payson, LCSW, LADC
Hope is a licensed clinical social worker, alcohol and drug counselor and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma. She has over 30 years of experience working with community mental health organizations in a variety of capacities: . She was the Clinical Director for EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs for seven years and remains a volunteer. She currently coordinates a group private practice in Winsted, CT. Hope provides conference presentations and educational opportunities to clinicians working in private and community settings. She also the co-producer of the award winning documentary “Uprooting Addiction: Healing from the Group Up”.