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Integrative Mental Health


Today your search is over! You are one step closer to feeling more joyful, more peaceful and balanced! There are answers to your problems, and together we can solve them for good!

Have you been wondering why everyone else is happy and you just can’t get there? Do you keep searching for answers but getting nowhere? Do you often feel like you are the only one, and nobody else gets it? Do you ever wonder “what’s this all this for anyway?”

Monica T. Smith
My goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth living. By treating you as a whole — mind, body and soul, we will get to the bottom of what is causing your distress. 50% of solving a problem is identifying the problem to begin with; the other 50% is knowing how to solve it! I will help you both clearly identify the problem AND resolve the problem so you can restore balance and unearth a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

I offer individual, couples and family counseling for depression, anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar, grief/loss, trauma, marital problems, parenting issues and more. I use a number of different therapies including CBT, DBT, EMDR and Mindfulness therapy. In addition, I also offer integrative behavioral health coaching and work with physicians at Tao Center for Vitality to provide integrative mental health solutions. Learn more about Integrative Behavioral Health and sign up for our news letter today! Please refer to the Services Provided page for a complete listing of what is offered.

If you’re looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you’re just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals. Please call (860) 237-4343 or Request an Appointment below for an initial consultation today.


What is Integrative Mental Health?

Integrative mental health is a whole body and mind approach to creating mental wellness. In the current model of healthcare, most practitioners assess and focus on treating just one or two components of health. In the integrative mental healthcare model, together we
Develop a plan to balance you as a whole person – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Help you restore health and vitality by addressing the cause of symptoms, not just treating symptoms.
Utilize the best of science and nature to help you feel your best, naturally!

People are a lot like flowers — each one unique, beautiful, delicate, yet resilient. And flowers, like humans, reproduce through pollen (i.e., sperm cells in humans) and carpels (i.e., egg cells in humans). In order to pollinate, seed, germinate and mature into the spectacular miracles we call flowers, many things need to happen, and do happen on a daily basis for this to occur. But often the do not.

Think of the flowers we get from a florist, that have been hand picked for an arrangement or bouquet. Or flowers from a thriving garden. These plants are fed, watered, given just enough sunlight, pruned, and kept at the right temperature. And it is true, sometimes, beautiful flowers can grow in the most unexpected places, adapting to their environment. But most, when not in the ideal environment, do not thrive, without support of some kind.

So we see this in humans as well. There are many factors that Create Mental Wellness or, just like growing a garden, there are factors that can keep you from thriving. It is important to assess and treat all of the “petals of wellness” including:

  • Brain Health: including neurotransmitter balance, nutrition, toxins
  • Physical Health: including fitness, sleep, hydration, hormonal balance, blood sugar balance, infections, and allergies
  • Genetic History
  • Spirituality: including sense of purpose or meaning, connection to past and future generations and values
  • Current Life Opportunities and Stressors: connection to family, friends and community; relationship stresses; finances; work; school; current successes and failures; and quality of environment
  • Emotional Health: upbringing and development; thinking patterns; self concept; body image; past emotional trauma; and grief/loss

When you are out of balance in any of these key areas, health problems and distress can result. In the integrative mental healthcare model together we can assess and develop a plan to balance you as a whole person — body, mind and soul.


Creating total mental wellness works best when the whole — mind, body and soul — is being addressed. I offer a highly personalized approach with services tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help them attain their goals. These services include:

Individual, Couples and Family Counseling
Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Couples Counseling
Family Counseling
Parenting Support
Grief Counseling
Work and Career issues
Stress Management
Addiction & Recovery
Conflict Resolution
Depending on a client’s needs, various modalities are used, including DBT, CBT, EMDR and Psychotherapeutic Reiki.

Integrative Mental Health Coaching
Neurotransmitter Testing and Consultation
Mental Health Nutrition Consultation and Coaching
Optimal Brain Health Coaching

Life Purpose/Connection to Spirit Workshops


Elise Forbes, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – After earning her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, Elise has since been counseling clients for over thirteen years. Her primary focus is working with adolescents and adults experiencing challenges related to stress, mental health, substance abuse, family violence and family matters. She has gained valuable experience in settings such as residential programs, schools, family service agencies and acute in-patient units—as well through her work on behalf of her clients with the family civil and criminal court systems.

Elise utilizes Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution- oriented Therapy—among other techniques. In each instance, she seeks to find and implement therapeutic approaches and tools that are most effective in meeting each client’s unique needs.

Elise believes that each person possesses the ability to overcome life’s challenges by utilizing their individual strengths and professional support. She seeks to give her clients the comfort of feeling genuinely cared for and safe—without concern for judgement. She establishes a strong working alliance with each, individual client, based on dignity and respect. Above all, Elise considers her clients’ privacy as not merely essential but sacrosanct. Only if requested by her client, and as appropriate to their best interests, Elise may collaborate and engage with schools, the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), mental health providers and other resources—in an effort to resolve her clients’ challenges and meet their personal goals.

Elise believes that quality mental health can only be achieved and/or enhanced through the exploration and establishment of healthy outlets. These may include and range from such diverse pursuits as spirituality, music getting in touch with nature, to improved diet, exercise, and yoga—among others.