Therapists and Counselors
Kathleen Degen, MD ,is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and licensed to practice
medicine in Connecticut. She completed her speciality training (Residency) at Bronx
Psychiatric Center and Montefiore Hospital in Psychiatry, and fellowship in
Psychosomatic Medicine and Liaison Psychiatry.  She has been in the private practice
of psychiatry in New York City and Branford, CT and worked as hospital medical staff
and at  agencies devoted to individualized care . She currently specializes in
medication evaluation, medication management and short term, focal psychotherapy
with medication management. Dr. Degen works well with a multidisciplinary group to
provide services to adults 16-60 years old who are able to keep outpatient
appointments at our lovely agency in Madison, CT and who  struggle with anxiety and
depression related difficulties. The emphasis is on collaborative, patient centered care
to optimize each person's goals and potential with careful evaluation and follow-up.
Creativity is a special interest. Dr. Degen is the author of chapters in books,
professional articles and a co-authored a book.
She enjoys being on or near the water, music, gardening and reading. Going to the
gym is good too.

Claudette Hauck M.S.W, L.C.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker-received her
MSW from Fordham University and completed an internship at Yale New Haven
Hospital. As a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer, Claudette presents when trauma and
emergencies occur.  Ms. Hauck is also a certified sexual assault and crisis counselor,
accordingly, she is available for people experiencing  anxiety or depression, domestic
abuse, and issues of grief and loss. Ms Hauck is trained in Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy. She is a founding member of Divorce Solutions of Ct. She is a Certified
Substance Abuse Counselor. Ms. Hauck is trained in Collaborative Divorce, and is
certified as a Parent Coordinator working with parents and issues of divorce. She takes
an active role as a coach in matters such as self improvement, career counseling, and
relationship issues, anger management, communication skills. She is a member of the
National Association of Social Workers.

Laura Kasprow, M.S.W, L.C.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Ms Kasprow
graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
Following graduation she worked in the human services field for five years before
returning to school to pursue a graduate degree.In 1987 she received her MSW form
Indiana State University with a concentration in mental health. She has been in practice
for nineteen years. As both a Certified School Social Worker, and a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker, Laura's approaches are Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy. Strategies and interventions are developed together to achieve
both short and long term goals. While Laura's focus of practice is counseling children
and adolescents, she also works with couples and families. Ms Kasprow is a member of
the National Association of Social Workers.

W. Dean Pfeifer, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist-Dr. Pfeifer received a PhD
from Purdue University, and completed a postdoctoral clinical internship at Norwich
Hospital. His experiences are diverse, include working for the State of Connecticut, and
private groups. ;Dr. Pfeifer currently focuses on the treatment of adults, couples and
families. He provides treatment in Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy. One niche of his private practice focuses on alternative forms of
conflict resolution. He works as a trained Mediator to assist in the resolution of matters
such as divorce, business, and interpersonal impasse. He is also a mental health
specialist trained in Collaborative Divorce, and is an associate in the professional
practice pod Divorce Solutions of Connecticut. Dr. Pfeifer assists separating or
divorcing parents as a certified Parent Coordinator. Dr. Pfeifer assists parents in the
drafting, and implementation of parenting plans. He is a member of the American
Psychological Association.

Sheila Robbins, M.S.W. L.C.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker- Ms Robbins
graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a masters
degree in social work with a concentration in family therapy. Sheila has been a licensed
therapist for over ten years. Her experience includes counseling children and
adolescents, as well as adults and families. Her practice interventions include Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy, and working within the Brief Solution Focused Model. Sheila also
provides coaching services to those who are experiencing transition such as divorce or
separation, blending of families, conflict resolution, family restructuring, parenting
support, and issues around grief and loss. She is an active member of the
Association of Social Workers.

Jane Cavanaugh, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.,Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Ms.
Cavanaugh received her MSW from the University of Michigan and participated in post
masters training at Yale Child Study Center. Ms. Cavanaugh has been in practice for
over twenty-five years with diverse experiences in child welfare, mental health and
educational settings. As both a Certified School Social Worker and Licensed Clinical
Social Worker, Jane focus of practice is counseling children and adolescents using
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solutions Focused Therapy. Jane also works with
adults and couples and provides coaching services for those dealing with issues
related to separation, divorce, blending families, restructuring families, parenting, loss
and grief. Ms. Cavanaugh is a member of the National Association for Social Workers.
Information contained on this website is educational/informational in nature, and does not take the place of a professional medical
assessment. Consult with medical professionals for diagnosis and treatment. No patient/professional relationship is established
by viewing the website.                                                                           Copyright 2005-2015 Coastal Counseling Associates, LLC
Coastal Counseling Associates LLC, accepts major insurance plans offered in the shoreline communities
of Madison, Clinton, Old Saybrook, Essex, Guilford, Branford, Killingworth and throughout Connecticut
All the therapists at Coastal Counseling Associates who provide clinical services are:
  • Licensed by the State of Connecticut and serve towns on the shoreline-
     Madison, Guilford, Clinton, Branford, Old Saybrook, Essex, Killingworth
     and many other communities in Connecticut
  • Offer many years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, families
    and children
  • Encourage clients to measure quality and effectiveness of their sessions
  • Provide a client-centered approach to therapy
  • Participate in good standing in their individual professional trade groups
Right for you. Right for now.
Coastal Counseling
Associates, LLC
149 Durham Road
Suite 31
Madison, CT 06443
203-245-1956 phone
203-245-6710 fax