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Psychiatric Associates of Southern Connecticut is a leader in psychopharmacological consultation and treatment. Our practice serves individuals, couples, and groups using a mixture of psychopharmacologypsychotherapy and cutting edge therapies for patients across the spectrum of psychiatric disorders.

Serena-Lynn Brown, M.D., Ph.D.


Dr. Serena-Lynn Brown is an internationally recognized M.D., Ph.D. with more than twenty years of experience as a clinical psychopharmacologist. A significant component of her practice includes diagnostic evaluations and second opinion assessments, working collaboratively with individual non-M.D. psychotherapists in treating patients, including providing Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. She has considerable experience with developing effective medication/treatment regimens for treatment-refractory patients living in the tri-state area and beyond.

Robert H. Klein, Ph.D.


Robert H. Klein, Ph.D., is an accomplished, internationally recognized clinical psychologist who provides highly experienced, skilled, compassionate assessment and treatment. As a clinical faculty member at the Yale University School of Medicine, he has held a variety of clinical positions, including directing inpatient, outpatient, outpatient partial hospitalization, and education and training programs. He is a widely respected speaker, clinical supervisor, and co-editor/author, whose publications include nearly 100 scientific articles, book chapters and seven books. He has won many awards and honors, most recently including the 2020 Social Responsibility Award from the International Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health.

Dr. Klein’s areas of specialization include individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, with expertise in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, self-esteem, infidelity and relationship issues. As the past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, he volunteers his expertise in disaster outreach/intervention and mental health supervision on an international level.

Candace Maisel, LCSW


“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free” – Michelangelo. With the right support and guidance, I believe each individual has the capacity to live a rich, full life, free of the emotional and psychological burdens that may hinder our pursuit of happiness and personal fulfillment. Together, in a comfortable, nonjudgmental atmosphere, we can identify and empower the strengths already within to create a meaningful, fulfilling change. I invite each client to engage in an integrative, holistic experience where all aspects of your well-being are valued and incorporated into our process. I appreciate the power of humor to facilitate interpersonal connections and honor the resilience of the human spirit. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, my specialties include adolescents, adults, trauma & crisis intervention using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing), and Brainspotting. For the past 8 years I have worked in a variety of residential settings and private practices with adolescents, adults, and families struggling to cope with trauma, depression, anxiety, school avoidance, social phobias, disordered eating, and self-destructive behaviors.

Education & Experience:
MSW & Dual Certificate Disaster Mental Health & Trauma Studies, Tulane University BSW Sacred Heart University

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations:
Fairfield County’s Trauma Response Team Certified Clinical Trauma Professional IATP

Charlene Chiang Hillman, M.S.W.


Charlene Chiang Hillman is an M.S.W. and a licensed, clinical social worker. She has had a private practice in psychotherapy for thirty-five years in Connecticut. As a child development specialist, she also serves as the mental health consultant to area nursery schools.

Ms. Chiang Hillman earned her Bachelors Degree from Trinity College and her Masters of Social Work from Smith College. She has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), mindfulness based psychotherapy, and somatic healing. Her areas of specialty include individual adult and adolescent psychotherapy with expertise in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, and developmental issues.

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