Access to quality mental health
care in New Milford,CT is our mission

Catherine Vlasto,LCSW

Grief is a sneaky condition. It comes in and out of our minds and bodies like the waves in the ocean. One moment you think you are managing your life and even find yourself experiencing joy, the next moment you feel guilty for feeling happy. You may feel crushed by the weight of grief, not knowing who you are anymore without your loved one in your life. Learning to adjust to loss and figuring out how to live life again in a meaningful way may be what you are looking for in grief counseling. Understanding what you are going through is part of the grief journey and can be a source of relief and part of why you seek out support. Grief needs to be witnessed because you can’t heal what you can’t feel.

The process of exploration of the inner life that includes emotions, thoughts and perspectives that shape one’s journey, can be challenged by life’s circumstances, stages, and events. My holistic approach to mental wellness includes developing inner strengths, examining areas of pain, concern, and distress, easing into new patterns of thinking and engaging with the self and others. Self-examination is not an easy path for most of us, as we are confronted with what may not be serving us well. It takes determination, self-compassion, and support from others to develop coping skills that make an impact in the way one views themselves and is deeper connected with others. I would feel fortunate to be on your support team.

Over the years, my primary training and focus have been in the areas of critical illness, caregiver issues, end of life and hospice care, as well as bereavement. While assisting people who are near the end of their lives’ journey, I have gained an intentional appreciation for life and for the significance of relationships and bonds that make us human. Working in hospice care will always be one of my life’s greatest gifts. I bring my Christian faith to add to the development and nourishment of the soul with those who share it and want to engage in the process of attending to the interior spiritual life to enhance their overall wellbeing.

I graduated with a degree in Psychology from Queens College in New York and went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in clinical practice from New York University in New York City. In my time of rest, I find inspiration and enjoyment in nature, hiking and photographing the Northwest corner.

I look forward to meeting you!

Catherine Vlasto, LCSW




Meet Our Team Members

Chris Rancourt,LCSW

Chris Rancourt, LMSW

Co-Founder and Director


Rebecca Wade-Rancourt, LCSW

Co-Founder and Clinical Director

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