Dr. Moore graduated with his doctorate in psychology from Lehigh University and has spent over 10 years in the role of assistant director or director of behavioral health at residential and day treatment facilities. He has expertise in a range of mental health disorders and has extensive experience with clients identified with dual diagnoses. Prior to his director positions Dr. Moore worked as a psychologist at a residential treatment facility, adjunct professor of psychology, and published work on impulse control disorders. In addition, Dr. Moore has worked as a private practice psychologist in New York and Connecticut.
Dr. Gharaibeh (pronounced Ga-Rye-Bay) has been with BlueSky Behavioral Health since March 2013. He has held a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-General Psychiatry since 2002. Dr. Gharaibeh graduated from the School of Medicine at Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1990, graduated in General Psychiatry from New York Medical College, Westchester Medical Center in 1996, and finished a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Harvard University’s program of Psychiatry and the Law in 1997. He has been an attending psychiatrist at the Institute of Living in Hartford from 1999-2004; Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona from 2004-2006; Principal Psychiatrist at the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, State of Connecticut 2006-2009; attending psychiatrist at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals ; and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, New York Medical College and University of Vermont, from 2009-2013.
Ms. DelGrosso is a Connecticut and New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working with a diversified client base. Her experience includes clients with Borderline Personality Disorder and other personality disorders, psychotic disorders, as well as a range of mood disorders. Ms. DelGrosso specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.
Mr. DeLetis has held the position of Director of Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy for 17 years. Mr. DeLetis is a nationally and internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He is the creator of ERP Therapy and co-author of Kill the Craving, the ERP guidebook for professionals and their clients who want a new and innovate way to deal with addiction. Mr. DeLetis has been utilizing and refining this process for 17 years to help residential and outpatient clients fight and overcome their addictions. He has developed training seminars, in-service training, and full ERP kits for counselors, psychologist, and doctors to learn this exciting new approach to substance abuse treatment. Mr. DeLetis has been employed in the criminal justice field, as a probation officer, and as a mental health worker.
Chhanda Som is the Program Director of the Enhanced Treatment Program at BlueSky Behavioral Health. Born and raised in Danbury, Conn., she attended the University of Connecticut where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a research concentration and a minor in Neuroscience in 2011. During her time there she worked in the child developmental lab doing research that focused on language acquisition in children with autism, and the clinical psychology lab which looked at the effectiveness of brief stress management techniques. Upon graduation, she moved to Boston, Mass., where she gained experience in the mental health field working at Franciscan’s Hospital for Children as a Residential Counselor in the Community Based Acute Treatment Unit. In 2013 she returned to Danbury where she began working at BlueSky. After a short time, she began supervising the evening team and earned a Life Coach Certification from the Life Coach Institute of Orange County.
Katherine “Kate” Connolly, a Connecticut native, earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Connecticut where she majored in Allied Health Sciences. During her time there Kate also became certified as an EMT-B and gained experience in the medical field by providing immediate care for college athletes injured during various high-risk sporting events both on and off campus. Aside from a background in emergency medicine, Kate’s studies highlighted genetics, psychology, and research methods of health care systems. Before graduating from UCONN in 2013 Kate was selected to attend an “alternative” Spring Break trip to Baltimore which centered around public health issues – thus sparking her passion in mental illness, early education and harm reduction in regards to substance abuse. Shortly after moving to the Danbury area Kate’s desire to work in the mental health field led her to find BlueSky Behavioral Health in November 2015 where she began working full-time as a life coach on the evening shift. Less than nine months later, Kate swiftly moved to the role of Evening Shift Supervisor and as of June 2017, Kate has held the position of Deputy Director of BlueSky’s Enhanced Treatment Program working alongside the Program Director.
Elizabeth Heffernan runs BlueSky's Morning Program for all new clients, and has been with BlueSky since 2013 as a Life Coach. She is currently attending Central Connecticut State University for a Master's in Licensed Professional Counseling in Mental Health, and holds a Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in Political Science from Western Connecticut State University. Elizabeth has worked in the human service field for over 10 years, and has won the 2013 Provider of the Year for excellent service in the Western Connecticut Mental Health Network. She has held positions as a Residential Case Manager at the Mental Health Association of Connecticut, and as a Case Manager with The Connection Inc., reuniting families in the DCF system. Elizabeth is the proud mother of a beautiful high school aged daughter, and enjoys skiing, reading, and Historical European Martial Arts with a focus in German longsword.
Krystal Antoniuk received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marist College and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Justice Studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire. Through her course of studies she gained experience interning in a county jail and an outpatient psychiatric mental health clinic where she facilitated groups focusing on self-esteem, anxiety management and DBT skills. Prior to coming to BlueSky Krystal was working as a therapist at an outpatient substance abuse treatment facility in Danbury, Conn., where she worked primarily with clients involved in the criminal justice system. During her time there she facilitated the Intensive Outpatient Program, REBT problem-solving groups and women’s recovery groups. Krystal has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, PTSD, chronic/severe mental illness and criminal justice system involved clients.
Donna Gleissner is licensed in Connecticut as a Professional Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as being Nationally Certified as a Board Certified Counselor. Born and raised in the Danbury, Conn., area she earned her BA in Psychology and a Masters in Counseling from Western Connecticut State University. She has been working in the field of mental health and substance abuse for many years in a variety of settings from residential to outpatient. She worked a a children’s facilitator for bereavement support groups for children who had a parent die and has facilitated NAMI Family to Family Educational Program. Trained through the ISSD (Institute for the Study of Study of Trauma and Dissociation) she has specialized training working with clients with chronic trauma and dissociative disorders. She has a diversified work experience working with those with substance abuse issues, anxiety, chronic mental illness and depression.
Linda Padroff is a Connecticut and New York Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is also credentialed as a Certified Addiction Specialist through the American Academy of Health Care Providers; she also holds a Specialty Certificate of Competence in Substance abuse through the State of Connecticut. Ms. Padroff has experience working with individuals with a full range of mood disorders, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, and with individuals with PTSD and DID. Additionally, Ms. Padroff has organized several family conferences on the treatment of Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Substance Abuse. Ms. Padroff was instrumental in integrating Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into the overall program at BlueSky Behavioral Health and has experience facilitating psychoeducational groups, group therapy, and providing supervision to therapists seeking licensure.
Floren is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker in New York and Connecticut. Floren earned a Masters of Social Work from SCSU in 2013, interning at a nursing home, family service agency and Yale New Haven Hospital. She co-facilitated a caregiver support group for families struggling with end of life care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Her previous employment includes working as an ACT team family social worker at Queens Hospital Center and as a Methadone Counselor at Connecticut Counseling Center. She also volunteered for several years at Ann’s Place, a cancer support center in Danbury, Conn. Floren co-facilitated a young adult cancer survivor support group. Floren has experience with elder care, chronic illness, pain, substance use, severe psychiatric disorders and mental health issues. She spent a decade as a volunteer firefighter and is Firefighter 1 certified. Her hobbies include cooking, hiking, photography, and reading, and giving back to the community. Floren is a passionate social worker, believing in a person centered approach to therapy.
Jacqueline Sherling received her Master’s degree in clinical social work and urban leadership from Simmons College and her undergraduate degree in philosophy from Skidmore College. She specializes in helping clients gain insights and make connections, understand their internal dialog and core beliefs, and strengthen their sense of efficacy by empowering them with tools and skills to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She understands that individuals are part of other systems and has brought families together for therapy to assist in working towards these goals. Jacqueline facilitates the self-esteem, family relationship, anxiety skills, and DBT skills groups. Prior to coming to BlueSky Jacqueline was a supervisor at a domestic violence shelter, ran an Intensive Outpatient Program, and worked in a private practice.
Dr. Grady is a clinical psychologist in a private practice in New York City and Westchester, New York. He sees a cross section of patients with psychiatric, interpersonal, and substance abuse issues. He is part of the Personality Studies Institute in New York City, headed by Dr. Otto Kernberg, and supervises trainees on Transference Focused Psychotherapy. He is a graduate of Hunter College and received his doctorate from the Graduate Center of the City of New York. Before opening a private practice, he worked in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Room at Bellevue/NYU Medical Center.
Cooper is a registered therapy dog who loves his job. He was rescued by his handler, Jaime, over two years ago and loves meeting new people and both giving and receiving love. Cooper is a total mush and will spend time with anyone willing to spend time with him.
Cooper lives with his baby brother, whom he thinks is just the best when food falls from the highchair. After a hard day of work, Cooper loves to relax with a swim in the pool and a nap in the sun.