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Tangie R. McDougald, LPC NCC
Chief Executive Officer and Clinical Director
Tangie attended the University of Hartford where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology. She went on to receive her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of St. Joseph College. After completing graduate school Tangie worked for a nonprofit organization where she obtained certification as a Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. Lead by her passion to bridge the gap of inequalities in mental healthcare, in 1997 she founded Community Matters, LLC. A group practice that serviced both children and adults. Based on the needs of the community Tangie has since pivoted her group practice to focus primarily on adults. She went on to form Community Matters Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children in 2020 with a mission to focus primarily on the impact that trauma has on children. Tangie is a best selling author, award winning business leader, life member of the NAACP and sorority member of Theta Alpha Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Incorporated. Tangie describes her quest to change the stigma surrounding BIPOC and mental health as PERSONAL. In addition to running her mental health clinics, Tangie serves as a counselor, coach, and consultant to other inspiring clinician's who are looking to start, grow or expand their clinical practices.
She can be reached at her website; www.IAmTangie.com
IG @ IAmTangie_Lpc
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Dr. Amit Rathi
Dr. Rathi specializes in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He graduated from medical school in India (Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi), after which he pursued General/Adult psychiatry training at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, followed by Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship in Washington D.C., at the George Washington University/ Children’s National Medical Center. He has a fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychoanalysis from the Baltimore Washington Institute of Psychoanalysis, and has participated in clinical research and trials. His journey through clinical psychiatry has provided him with greater understanding and specific training in treating children and adults struggling with chronic medical and psychiatric illnesses, anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, gender dysphoria, autism spectrum and eating/ feeding disorders. His areas of special interests are school based care and cross-cultural psychiatry. He has significant experience in working with first and second generation immigrant families who are struggling with acculturation and mental health issues.
In Connecticut, he worked at Day Kimball Hospital, in Putnam, CT, where he treated patients from diverse backgrounds and age groups. He later joined a group practice in Farmington, where he worked with patients in long-term care facilities.
Dr. Rathi has formal training in meditation, and he is a great believer in the benefits of meditation and yoga. If appropriate, he tries to incorporate these techniques in management of his patients, in order to provide the patients with internal tools of controlling stress and their emotions, and to live a fulfilling life.
He is fluent in English, Hindi and Urdu.
Dr. Rathi is a Clinical Instructor at University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he participates in the Psychiatry Residency training.
Dr. Rathi is ABPN Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
I have been working with children and families for over 10 years creating and developing safe spaces for effectively communicating positive and negative emotions through talk therapy. It is not always easy to have uncomfortable conversations and I am here to help navigate those conversations in a respectful and clear manner. My goal is to help build functional toolboxes that will help repair fractured emotions so you are able to live a healthy lifestyle.
I specialize in Person-centered therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I enjoy both models and use them simultaneously for best outcomes. I have experience in working with problem sexual behaviors (perpetrator and victim), domestic violence, re-unification, depression, anxiety, family disturbances, severe mental health disorders and addiction.
I am passionate about encouraging others and guiding each person toward their own healthy path. I am a spiritual person and I believe that understanding is necessary for growth and healing. I look forward to working with you while we develop effective communication skills that will last a lifetime! Remember self-care happens when you understand self!
I understand, children need to learn skills to manage their emotions in a healthy way. As a clinician with over 7 years experience working with children I know the importance of teaching them coping skills, that can help them face their fears, calm themselves down, and cheer themselves up.
My goal in treatment is to promote positive development, through the use of psychoeducation, role plays, empowerment, and many more clinical intervention strategies. I have experience working with children with depression, trauma, peer issues, oppositional defiance, anxiety, low self-esteem, and suicidal ideations.
Dr. Haley Scott
Dr. Haley Scott specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. She holds a Master’s degree in Psychological Studies from Cambridge College, as well as a Doctorate degree in counseling and supervision from American International College.
With over sixteen years of experience in mental health and prevention based services, she is a passionate advocate for child and family health and well-being, racial equality and bringing high quality prevention and trauma informed solutions to help families facing maternal and paternal depression, childhood trauma, loss, transition, adolescent feeding disorders and overall family functioning.
She has training in a variety of best practice models for children and families such as Triple P Parenting Program, Certified Circle of Security therapist, Yale Parenting Center (Everyday Parenting, Kazdin Parent Management certification) and Postpartum Support International (Perinatal Mood and Anxiety certification). She is also trained and experienced in using a strength-based client and family focused approach with a variety of treatment techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family Based Therapy (FBT) and Solution Focused Therapy.
Ms. Shanti Lipscomb is an Adjunct Instructor at Manchester Community College. Ms. Lipscomb holds her Bachelors in Arts from the University of Connecticut in Sociology. She also holds her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bay Path University. Ms. Lipscomb holds extensive experience within the Human Services and Mental Health Field, and in the Early Childhood Education sector. She has worked and provided clinical treatment to young children and their families and has branched out in working with adults and couples within the last 3years. She has held positions as a Case Manager with Connecticut Junior Republic, has worked as Multisystemic Clinician with NAFI, and has worked within the Private Practice sector at Phoenix Professional Services, and Courage Counseling Center. Ms. Lipscomb has a passion for helping and providing support to families and individuals within the Greater Hartford Community.
I am passionate about working with the youth and aiding them in becoming productive citizens. My life experiences has humbled me to invest in my community. Having to figure out life on my own, I was able to find my way through religion and spirituality.
I have experience working with adults, children, the judicial system, and schools. I use a person-centered and trauma-focused approach while engaging clients interactively.
Therapy can be of great value to you. In a caring supportive relationship, I will teach you coping strategies to help you avoid repeating the same mistakes and instead move to a place where you have the power and control to change how you think, feel and behave.
I use a Psychodynamic framework of understanding (how the past impacts us today in negative ways) combined with CBT techniques focused on changing negative thinking patterns into more helpful thoughts which can lead to positive feelings and positive changes allowing you to feel empowered. The goal of therapy is for you to feel content with your life.
Collaboratively we will work together, as I provide a safe, trusting, confidential, and therapeutic environment allowing you to be the expert of your life and myself acting as your guide helping you to reach your full potential. The first step in changing your life is asking for help, and that can be the small victory you need in the start towards change.
The feelings of failure, shame, and guilt can easily creep up in take over any successes we have accomplished. We sometimes struggle to find our footing after. Let me help you get back to a place of self-fulfillment.
Over the years, I have successfully helped survivors of Domestic Violence, Depression, Anxiety, Family Disturbances, Problem Sexualized Behaviors, and other mental health disorders by providing a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Using integrated evidenced based modalities clients have experienced positive breakthroughs.
I understand seeking help is not an easy process. I welcome you a comforting conversation that will begin your healing process.