Behavioral health providers


Jason Kersten, LCSW

Jason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Behavioral Health Coordinator at Community Health and Wellness.  He specializes in working with adolescents, men, and women that are currently struggling with depression, life transitions, communication issues, grief/loss and anxiety. He also works with clients that have been through traumatic experiences and have a difficult time finding a new path in the midst of that trauma. He also works with the teens of our community in the school setting.

He utilizes multiple therapeutic theories in sessions including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.  This is to help meet clients where they are at, identify their objectives for treatment and transform their lives into a life that they are looking to attain.  The supportive environment created hopefully gives the client an opportunity to find a path and goals that they want, and to assist them in getting there. Jason joined Community Health & Wellness Center in September of 2015. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University.



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Dr. Gengyun Wen, MD, PhD

Dr. Wen received his medical degree at Chinese Army Medical University, Chongqing, China. He completed residency training through Elmhurst Hospital Center/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. In addition, Dr. Wen received his Ph.D. through the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, China. He subsequently came to U.S. on an O-1 visa (individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics) to pursue medical research. Dr. Wen completed his Postdoctoral Research training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.  Prior to joining to CHWC, Dr. Wen was a staff psychiatrist at Natchaug Hospital in Connecticut. Dr. Wen also has his own private practice in psychiatry and addiction medicine.  Dr. Wen authored over 30 peer reviewed publications on bio-medicine at prestigious academic journals.

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David Sperling, MD

Dr. Sperling received a B.S. in Pharmacy from SUNY Buffalo in 1965, and an M.D. from Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL in 1974.  Residency training was at the Institute of Living in Hartford, CT.  He is a Board Certified in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has practiced psychiatry for more than 40 years. During that time he worked initially for 20 years in private practice in Hartford,  followed by more than 20 years in outpatient psychiatry clinics at Mt.Sinai/St. Francis Hospitals, Danbury Hospital, BH Care, all of which he served as Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, and DMHAS Waterbury as a Principal Psychiatrist.

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Martha “Martie” Boyer, LCSW

Martie Boyer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Intake Coordinator for CHWC.  An experienced clinician, she provides individual, couples, and group therapy.  Over the course of her career, Martie has worked on a wide range of issues, including trauma, domestic violence, substance use, anxiety, and depression. A kind and caring therapist, she uses a strength-based and holistic approach that focuses on body, mind and spirit to support health and well-being.

Martie received an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Hartford and an M.S.W. from Smith College School of Social Work, Northampton, MA.

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John Renzulli, LCSW

John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in family dynamics, adolescent treatment, and individual adult psychotherapy.  A graduate of Fordham University, he has clinical experience in hospital-based outpatient services at Housatonic Adolescent Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital Emergency Services Department.  Licensed and certified in the state of Connecticut, John has over 25 years of clinical practice specializing in the treatment of trauma, sexual violence, compulsive disorders, and sex offenders. 

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Jaclyn “Jacki” E. Alessio, LCSW

Jacki is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Integrated Clinician at Community Health and Wellness Center. Her primary role is to assist clients and providers in bridging Primary Care services to the Behavioral Health Care Department. During brief assessments, Jacki helps patients and their families determine if counseling, group therapies, recovery services and/or psychiatric care would be beneficial to their circumstances. She specializes in working with patients who identify within the LGBTQ community, who’ve been formally incarcerated, members of the armed forces, and client families involved in Department of Children & Families care. Jacki is MSW graduate of the UConn School of Social Work.

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Katherine “Katie” Merrill, LCSW

Katie has a Master degree from Fordham University in social work and a Bachelor degree from Western Connecticut State University in social work.  She worked for many years in a residential treatment facility where she learned about the power of relationship and community in the healing process.  Katie has experience working with trauma, personality disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.  She served in a private practice the last few years where she had the opportunity to work in cooperation with local schools. Katie enjoys working with teenagers as well as adults and children. Her approach is to try to meet people where they are at and to assist them to understand themselves and their perceptions through relationships.  Katie uses talk therapy, solution focus, CBT, and for children and sometimes teens she works through art and play.

In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and walking with her dog Mia.

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Shannon McGrane, LMSW

Shannon is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received her bachelor’s in social work from Western New England University, Springfield, MA, and her master’s in social work from University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, CT. She is experienced with group therapy, individual therapy, and family therapy, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, strengths-based therapy, motivational interviewing, and talk therapy.

Shannon has experience with adolescents in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services.  She has worked with adolescents with suicidal thoughts/behaviors, depression, anxiety, trauma, transgender, gender identity issues, self-esteem/body image, relationship/boundaries, substance use, adolescents in out of home placements, and on probation. She also has worked with adults in a respite care setting struggling with family dynamics, relationships, housing, employment, substance use, and mental health

Shannon sees patients onsite at Community Health and Wellness Center’s Torrington office, and with middle school students one day a week at Torrington Middle School.  


Dr. Atkins

Charles Atkins, MD

Charles Atkins, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and author. He attended medical school at Emory University and completed his internship and psychiatric residency at Yale, where he continues to serve on their volunteer faculty. Dr. Atkins has been a regional medical director for the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) and has been the behavioral health medical director for Waterbury Hospital and Community Mental Health Affiliates in New Britain. He has authored current textbooks on opioid use disorders, and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, and plain-speak books on Bipolar Disorder and Alzheimer’s. He writes fiction (thrillers and murder mysteries) under his own name and urban fantasy as Caleb James.

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Nicole Collin, LMSW

Nicole Collin is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Community Health and Wellness. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at the University of New Hampshire and her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. During her final year at UConn, she interned at CHWC where she provided individual therapy as well as co-facilitated our first Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) women’s group. She has experience working with elementary-age children with behavioral issues, self-esteem issues, PTSD and suicidal thoughts/behaviors. She also has worked with adults living with anxiety, depression, substance use, and trauma.

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FISH of Torrington
332 South Main Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Sullivan Senior Center
88 East Albert Street, Torrington, CT 06790

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160 Main Street, Winsted, CT 06098

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220 Prospect Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Torrington Middle School
200 Middle School Road, Torrington, CT 06790 

Oliver Wolcott Technical School
75 Oliver Street, Torrington, CT 06790