About Youth and Family Counseling

The Youth and Family Counseling program offers short and long term counseling for young people (children under 21) and their families. These services are performed by certified and licensed counselors on an out-patient basis, are available on a sliding scale, and are accessible to anyone regardless of ability to pay. Program staff offer extensive assessment services, substance abuse counseling, parenting skills assistance, anger management groups, and community referrals.

Danbury Youth Services is a licensed psychiatric clinic through the Department of Children and Families with a Child Psychiatrist on staff.  DYS accepts HUSKY Insurance and has a sliding scale fee schedule.

Program Objectives

The main goals of the Youth and Family Counseling Program are to enable clients to recognize their issue(s), take the necessary steps to deal with their problem(s), and learn how to manage their mental health on their own. Furthermore, the program assists in identifying clients’ strengths, working from a treatment plan that accentuates these qualities.

DYS counseling sessions not only address the needs of the individual client, but those of his or her family members as well. This directly relates to the agency’s mission in that the program seeks to strengthen the family as a whole. In addition, the program provides its clients with the tools to be productive members of society and to decrease the need for further professional intervention.

Major long term outcomes that the program addresses are (1) clients will have an improved ability to work independently on issues, and attain a desired level of achievement; (2) clients will have continued increased awareness and ownership of their issues and relationships; and (3) clients will have an increase in positive behavior.

Counselor Biographies

Joe Arconti, MS, LPC, Clinical Director, has extensive experience working with youth at all developmental levels as a retired, 36 year veteran teacher/counselor in the Danbury Public School System. Mr. Arconti fully understands and appreciates the Danbury community culture and diversity. He brings this experience into the clinical field while working at DYS.

Dr. Sol Lee, MD, Medical Director is a graduate of the University of Chicago and received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Illinois. She did her General Psychiatry Residency at Harvard University and worked at North-Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital before joining Danbury Hospital as the Director of Child and Adolescent Services.

Marita Repole, ED.D, LPC received her ED.D from Boston University in Developmental Psychology/Education and works as a School Psychologist for Danbury Public Schools. She has over 25 years experience as a school psychologist and specializes in conducting psychological and developmental evaluations and individual and family counseling for ages 5-18. Ms. Repole also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Education/Educational Psychology at Western Connecticut State University.

Jackie Dudas, MS., received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Bridgeport. She integrates cognitive-behavioral therapy into most of her counseling and values the importance of the client/counselor relationship. Jackie works with a variety of clientele, spanning from young children to teenagers and their families.

Liliana Yelin, MS., R.D.N., and C.D.N., received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Ct. State University. Liliana is also a certified dietitian and is bilingual.

Cynthia McGuire, BS, MS., received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Post University. She currently works as a Behavioral Therapist in Newtown, Ct., while seeing clients at DYS in the evenings.

Joseph Dobbins, MSW., received his Master’s in Social Work from Western Ct. State University.  He currently facilitates and supervises several DYS youth programs as well as seeing clients in the evenings.

Rachel Coombs, MS., Counselor Intern in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Candidate.