Our Team

Katrina Ranmal, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

Katrina is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. She graduated from Albertus Magnus College with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Art Therapy. Katrina has worked in an array of continuum of care settings including; intensive residential treatment, group home, outpatient as well as school and community based settings. Katrina has experience working with children, adolescents and adults utilizing trauma focused, cognitive behavioral and strength based treatment. Katrina meets each client where they are at and believes the best care and progression in treatment occurs when the client feels safe and comfortable within the therapeutic space. Learning to cope with everyday stressors is intensified immensely when emotional disturbances in life are involved. Katrina will assist in identifying unhealthy patterns and establishing effective means to live a more fulfilled life.

Specializes in working with:
  • Children who are dealing with anxiety and difficulty regulating their emotions
  • People who are having difficulties communicating in relationships
  • Individuals coping with grief and loss
  • Young adults managing transitions and societal expectations

Cristina Martins-Sikorsky, MSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cristina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Connecticut. She graduated from Springfield College with her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 2008 and completed her Master of Social Work degree in 2009. In 2019, she attended Sacred Heart University, attaining her Intermediate Administrator Certification in Education. Cristina has worked in a variety of mental health settings including Yale Child Study Center Intensive In-Home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Services, Yale School of Medicine Child Study Center Outpatient Clinic, and practice groups in Sandy Hook and Wallingford, CT.

Cristina has worked as a school social worker and as a Social and Emotional Learning coach for a public school system for nine years. Cristina has had significant experience with Special Education, PPT process, and advocacy for people belonging to traditionally vulnerable groups like children and those with disabilities. Cristina’s role as a Social and Emotional Coach is to develop improved school climate and culture while targeting increased ability to possess emotional recognition, reflection, self-management skills, responsible decision-making skills, and establish and maintain positive relationships.

Cristina has experience working with children, families, and young adults, utilizing strength-based coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, parent management training, solution-focused therapy, family therapy, and child-centered play therapy. Cristina believes that self-care and prevention allows you time for discovery, renewal, self-reflection, healing, love, and an opportunity to be the best version of yourself. Times can be overwhelming and fast-paced,  it is incredibly important for Cristina's clients to feel safe and comfortable throughout their therapeutic journey. She will work alongside you throughout the marathon called life.

Specializes in working with:
  • Children who are dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and difficulty regulating their emotions
  • Children/adolescents who are dealing with self-esteem, self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship challenges
  • Mindfulness Meditation practices
  • Children and families dealing with divorces
  • People who are struggling with communication challenges in relationships
  • Young adults who are launching and coping with various societal expectations and stressors
  • People coping with grief and loss
  • Parent support around educational advocacy for students 4-21 years of age

Rachel Burton, MA

Licensed Professional Counselor

Rachel  is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Connecticut and a registered dance/movement therapist (R-DMT), board eligible, with the Dance/Movement Therapy Certification Board (DMTCB). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a minor in psychology from The University of Alabama and her Master of Arts in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Antioch University New England. Rachel has experience providing services for clients in various settings including inpatient hospitalization, short-term residential treatment, PHP and IOP, schools, and outpatient treatment. In addition, Rachel has training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Rachel meets each client where they are at and encourages clients to develop and strengthen resources in their bodies to support their mental health. She enjoys working with all ages and provider group sessions as well as individual sessions. Rachel uses mindfulness, breath work, progressive muscle relaxation, and Thich Nhat Hanh's mindful movements. This helps people learn and practice practical strategies for feeling physically and mentally relaxed, decreasing stress, increasing body awareness, and strengthening the mind-body connection. Rachel also helps children develop spatial awareness, self-regulation strategies, affect awareness and regulation, and empathy by incorporating dance, music, drama, and play.

Margaret Sala, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Insomnia Treatment

Dr. Margaret Sala is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Connecticut. She graduated with honors in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She completed her psychology internship at the Connecticut VA Healthcare System, where she received extensive training in the treatment of insomnia. In addition to seeing patients on a part-time basis, she holds an Assistant Professor position at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University.

Specializes in insomnia treatment:

Dr. Sala's approach is cognitive behavioral and also incorporates mindfulness meditation, as research has shown that this is by far the most effective approach in treating insomnia. Dr. Sala will work with you to help you set a sleep schedule, adjust habits that may contribute to your insomnia (e.g., lack of exercise, inappropriately timed exercise, caffeine overuse), help you reframe and/or disengage from unhelpful thoughts about sleep, help you relax and decrease arousal when attempting to go to sleep, and help you come up with strategies on what you can do in the middle of the night when you can't sleep.

Noah Bluestone, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Specializing in Insomnia Treatment

Noah Bluestone Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist licensed in Connecticut and New York.  He specializes in providing empirically supported, cognitive behavioral treatments to reduce distress and improve quality of life. 

Specializes in insomnia treatment:

Dr. Bluestone has extensive experience treating individuals suffering from many types of behavioral sleep disorders, and works with them to improve sleep, be more alert, and feel more rested in their daily life. He is dedicated to providing expert clinical care to each client, and specializes in teaching  patients the most advanced tools psychological science has to offer to help improve sleep. 

Nicole Ferri, RD, CD-N, CEDRD

Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist

Nicole is a Registered Dietitian in the state of Connecticut who truly enjoys educating and guiding individuals through their nutrition journey. Nicole graduated from Keene State College, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science- Nutrition and a Minor in Psychology. She then completed a dietetic internship at the Cleveland Clinic where she provided intensive nutrition therapy to numerous acute patient populations. After completing her internship, Nicole became licensed and worked at a residential eating disorder treatment program for children and adolescents as well as at her own nutrition practice. For many years, she worked with clients struggling with both disordered eating habits as well as a variety of mental health issues. Nicole has effectively helped hundreds of clients learn to properly fuel their bodies as well as foster appropriate attitudes and behaviors around food. She takes an individualized, non-diet, and integrative approach to help clients achieve lasting success. She is non-judgmental, compassionate, and sensitive to the variety of issues that can affect a person’s nutrition status.

Specializes in working with:
  • Non-diet, science-based nutrition interventions for optimizing health
  • Adolescent and young adult nutrition needs, ages 10-26
  • Disordered eating patterns and eating disorders
  • Mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and OCD and their effects on eating habits
  • Disease management and prevention (ex: diabetes, GI issues, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc)

Melinda Alcosser

Educational Coach and Academic Tutor

A graduate of Antioch College, Melinda’s teaching career began in 1987 at The Music and Art Center for the Humanities, University of Bridgeport, where she taught students with various developmental and physical challenges. She earned her preK-12 Connecticut Teaching Certification through the Yale University Teacher Preparation Program and MS in Environmental Education from Southern Connecticut State University, along with additional state certification in Elementary Education.

Melinda taught in New Haven at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet Middle School, Cooperative Arts High School, and Cold Spring School. She went on to teach middle school at Wightwood School on the shoreline. In 2009, she co-founded the groundbreaking independent school, Connecticut Experiential Learning Center in Branford, CT.

Melinda holds a Level One Trainer Certification from The University of Rhode Island’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. While there she was a student of Reverend Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation, an element of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s process of peace-driven societal change.

She is also a world music percussionist - teaching drumming and other music from around the world to students of all ages. Melinda is the mother of two daughters who study, travel, and who, like their mother, pursue their own aspirations and dreams.

Maria Mortali

Educational Coach and Academic Tutor

With over thirty years of individual tutoring, small group facilitating, and classroom leadership at Wightwood School and Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, Maria possess a broad and truly unique set of qualifications. Her scope of educational expertise encompasses Grammar, Reading, Writing, Algebra, Geometry, Spanish language instruction, U.S. History, and Physics. This gives her a depth of understanding, paired with an ability to synthesize and impart that is hard to find in education today.

A lifelong learner and serial entrepreneur, Maria studied at Purdue University, followed by successful ventures in restaurant management, small business accounting, as a professional cook, caterer, and literary editor. Her passion to teach and share led her to open a daycare business, engage as a private academic tutor for students from elementary age through college, and in 2009 co-found Connecticut Experiential Learning Center. Maria is a Branford “lifer” who co-raised two sons, both of whom have inherited her entrepreneurial spirit and who now operate their own successful businesses in the greater New Haven area.

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Michelle Reynolds, PhD

Founder and Owner

Dr. Reynolds is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Connecticut. She graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University and has worked in a range of mental health settings, including group practices in Wallingford and Glastonbury. She is the founder of  the LifeCatalyst: Therapy and Coaching practice and has a passion for helping people integrate healthy lifestyle choices across all aspects of life using a holistic model to help patients flourish. Some specialized areas of interest include: Creating a meaningful life, Putting values into action and Living your best life. Dr. Reynolds is a member of the American Psychological Association and Connecticut Psychological Association.

Specializes in working with:
  • People who are struggling with acute or chronic health difficulties
  • Professionals dealing with high levels of stress or burnout
  • Gifted and talented individuals
  • Parents trying to create a more peaceful and cohesive family life

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Christine Reynolds

Practice Manager

Christine earned her Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with minors in Psychology, Sociology and Medical Anthropology from Southern CT State University and has been working in the mental health field for over 20 years. Through her experience of being the first point of contact for clients seeking guidance in therapy or coaching, she knows that this is the first bold step in asking for help. Christine uses her active listening skills and compassion to create a welcoming atmosphere to set each client at ease and make sure they are understood. Whether you are at the start or in the middle of your journey to wellness, Christine will help you with any questions or concerns and make sure you are placed with the right clinician.
In her free time, Christine enjoys reading books about health and nutrition, cooking vegan food, traveling to find the best vegan restaurants in the state of Connecticut and exploring natural spaces with her husband and two sons.