Michelle Adelman M.S.Ed., L.P.C.

“Those who fail to make choices when they have the opportunity are not necessarily backing away from the choices. They may simply not recognize that a choice does exist.” - Gordon P. Miller

I have been a licensed, practicing therapist for over 20 years, holding an M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. I provide evidence-based individual, couple and family therapy, as well as co-parent counseling, when couples are restructuring their relationship due to separation or divorce. My clients work with me 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.

In addition to drawing on a range of clinical experiences, I have Family Mediation and Collaborative Practice Training which enables me to assist and coach clients as they move through an array of challenging relationship transitions.

I am Certified by the CT Judicial Branch as a Family Matters Guardian Ad Litem, and have received training in Parent Coordination at the University of Baltimore Law School Center for Families and Children. As co-founder of Changing Families LLC, I deliver the CT Judicial Branch-approved and mandated Parenting Education Program. I am a professional member of the American Counseling Association, a practitioner member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND), and also hold practitioner status in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international association of judges, lawyers and mental health professionals focused on meeting the needs of children in custody situations.

I graduated from the University of Miami, with an M.S. Ed. in Counseling Psychology, and have been licensed since 1991. In 1999, I completed the Florida Clinical Supervision Process and Practice Training. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work in a number of different settings, with a variety of populations, using various modalities. At Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami, for example, I received training in Family Systems Therapy and delivered both clinical and supervisory services to clients. At The Renfrew Center, a residential facility that treats women with many issues including sexual trauma and eating disorders, I was a member of an interdisciplinary treatment team, which provided individual, family and group therapy to adolescents and adults. I also have experience leading groups within adolescent and adult out-patient, in-patient and partial hospitalization programs. In addition, I have had a great deal of experience working as part of a treatment team, providing individual and group therapy in a substance-abuse rehabilitation center. Most recently, I was part of a group practice in Greenwich, CT. Today, my practice is located in Fairfield, CT.


Rabbi Andrew P. Hechtman, MS MFT, LMFT

is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with children and families in a variety of settings including as a middle-school teacher, curriculum specialist, as an informal educator and as a congregational rabbi.

His work is entirely focused on helping kids by helping their parents during and after divorce. His psychotherapy practice is limited to matters of Couples, Adults, Adolescents and the myriad of relationship issues surrounding divorce.

A practitioner member of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce (CCND), he is a member its Professional Development Committee. He holds practitioner status in the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), an international organization of judges, lawyers and mental health professionals focused on meeting the needs of children in custody situations, as well as certification by the CT Judicial Branch as a Family Matters Guardian Ad Litem (child advocate). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Andy has received advanced training in High Conflict Parent Coordination at the University of Baltimore Law School Center for Families and Children and regularly gives back to the community doing pro-bono custody mediations for low-income families in the FIT program at the Children’s Law Center in Hartford.

Having earned a Rabbinical degree (6 years post graduate,) I now use my MFT therapeutic training in focusing my efforts to help kids by supporting them and their parents before, during and after divorce.

My philosophy is simple. “Divorce doesn’t tear families and their children apart. Conflict does.” So come in and let’s talk about how I can help you promote peace in your family by learning better communication and parenting skills."

  • 1.
    Authored

    "Educating in the Face of Stress and Crisis - building resiliency skills in children"


  • 2.
    Lectures

    "Children and Divorce" to Family Sections of the GBBA and Lower Ffld County Bar Assn.

  • 3.
    Featured Speaker State-wide

    meeting CT Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce, "Parent Coordination - what it is and is not".