Guest Presenters

Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC | 203-948-0938
Kelley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who provides individual and couples sychotherapy in her private practice in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where she specializes in relationships. Kelley has a calling to help those going through difficult times, especially those considering, going through or dealing with post-divorce recovery. Everything Kelley does reflects a positive psychology mindset, where the belief is that you can change thinking and behaviors through mindfulness, compassion, nutrition and wellness, movement and perseverance. She has trained in the following models: AASECT Sex Therapy advanced training, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy Models, and was the first therapist in CT to incorporate Discernment Counseling in her practice. She is also a Board Certified Coach.

Kelley is committed to improving the lives of her clients and the community by providing positive, strength-based, research-driven approaches that work! Her background is diverse, with a MS in Counseling and an MS in Education. In addition to being in private practice, Kelley’s has presented on issues regarding: relationship & mental health issues to the Connecticut Counseling Association, to divorce support groups, and to undergraduate and graduate teachers in the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Western Connecticut State University. She has worked formerly for Danbury Youth Services as a Youth and Family Counselor and developed the concept and co-curated the, “Preventing Lethal Violence in Schools” conference that took place at Post University, in May 2015, which brought mental health, education and law enforcement together.  She is also a member of the Legislative Committee, Connecticut Counseling Association.

Michelle Adelman / 203.683.8288

Michelle Adelman has been a licensed, practicing therapist for over 25 years, holding an M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, providing individual, couple and family therapy. These services focus on many dimensions of healing. Sometimes the healing is within an individual, due to past family trauma, and often the healing is required in order to successfully move forward in a relationship.

In addition, Michelle uses her trainings in many aspects of divorce, including mediation, collaborative divorce, high conflict parenting coordination, and as a family matters GAL to offer co-parent counseling, and Parenting Coordination. This work can be done before, during and after restructuring a relationship due to separation or divorce. This is a very goal-oriented process, empowered by working through a therapeutic lens, as couples learn to shift from conflicting partners to successful co-parents.

Michelle’s clients work with her on a variety of personal goals, many of which involves critical life transitions: to develop their best selves, to become a better intimate partner or parent, or to enhance connections and communication within their family, school, community or workplace.