WHO ARE WE?

Co-founder / Executive Director

Sue Sirlin is a licensed psychotherapist who has been practicing in CT for the past 20+ years. She earned a Bachelors from Northwestern University in Psychology and a Masters from New York University in Counselor Education. She is married, has two children, and resides in Westport, CT.

Sue has a diverse background offering counseling and crisis work to children, teens, and adults. She has counseled individuals and facilitated psychoeducational groups / trainings for numerous community mental health centers including: Family Centers, Jewish Family Service, The Renfrew Center, Sexual Assault Crisis, and many other organizational, school and camp settings.

Sue consults with various NY and CT school systems providing crisis intervention and counseling services as needs arise.

Her specialties include: addressing parenting concerns, treating individuals who suffer from anxiety or depression, addressing academic concerns, and treating high-risk behaviors—such as eating disorders, childhood trauma, sexual assault and substance abuse.

Sue offers workshops that are tailored to kids’ developmental and atypical needs and works closely with both individuals and groups to tailor programs and address relevant, timely concerns. She also counsels adults and college age individuals across all life span concerns.

Co-founder / Clinical Director

Susan headshotSusan Krauss  is a licensed psychotherapist who has worked with children, adults, and families for 15+ years. She earned a Bachelors Degree from Cornell University with a major in Child Development and Family Studies and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She lives in Weston, CT with her husband and two sons.

Susan has worked in various settings counseling children from preschool through high school. She has conducted parenting support groups and developed/facilitated many types of therapeutic groups for children with various needs.

Susan is experienced counseling children struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.

Susan is particularly interested in supporting children who struggle socially, giving them the tools to improve their social functioning. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with school administrators, teachers and parents to formulate behavioral and educational plans for students.

Susan has provided services to public and private mainstream schools, special needs schools, international schools, hospitals, clinics, and for private institutions. Susan also works with adults supporting them through stage-of-life transitions such as going to college, the loss of a loved one, divorce, and empty nest syndrome.

Executive Function Specialist

Stacy O'NeillStacy O’Neill Stacy O’Neill is a certified teacher with over 15 years experience. She earned her Bachelors Degree from The University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a major in Psychology, and her Masters Degree in Elementary Education from John Carroll University, in Ohio. She lives in Weston, CT with her husband and 2 children.

Stacy began her career as a first grade teacher at The Browning School in New York City, and at Hathaway Brown School, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She then taught 5th grade English and History at The Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn. After having her children, Stacy became a tutor for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Stacy is particularly interested in helping children with executive functioning. She provides a practical and nurturing approach to managing disorganized children. Stacy’s mission is to help her students build skills needed for long-term, life-long success. Stacy is also proficient in helping students improve their study and test taking skills. She knows that organized, self-confident students with efficient study habits perform better on tests. Her strategies for before and during exams have helped children who suffer from test anxiety.

Stacy has collaborated closely with school administrators, teachers, and parents to form educational plans for her students. She knows that it is a team effort to get kids back on the right track. Her goal is to help kids reach their full potential.

 


BOOST! Consultants

Consulting Clinical Psychologist

Thomas M. FahyThomas M. Fahy is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for 15 years. Dr. Fahy specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations for children, adolescents and young adults who are having difficulties meeting academic, social or emotional demands. He is particularly focused on supporting children with a range of developmental, behavioral, emotional and learning challenges.

Dr. Fahy completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of Hartford and received his undergraduate degree in Child Development from Tufts University. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient hospital, child guidance clinics and private practice. Dr. Fahy serves as a psychological consultant to local school districts as well as preschool programs. Dr. Fahy also has served the community on the Board of Directors at the Boys and Girls Village in Milford, CT, and on the Alumni Board at the Boys and Girls Club in New Haven, CT. He is a long-time New Haven resident and currently lives in Madison with his wife and children.

Associate Psychotherapist

Heather Toll, Psy DHeather Toll is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice for over 13 years. Dr. Toll earned a BA in Psychology from The American University and earned both her Masters Degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her postdoctoral work at Yale University, and decided to stay and make Connecticut her home.

Dr. Toll has extensive training and has worked in a variety of settings: community mental health, inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, school counseling centers, and both group and independent private practice. She currently sees clients in her own Westport office and as a consultant at Boost.

Dr. Toll sees a variety of clients with a range of diagnoses and treatment goals, and has a special interest in helping people navigate the challenges of parenting, relationships, anxiety, depression, addiction and trauma. She works with couples, families and individuals of all ages, utilizing a warm, nurturing and collaborative approach, tailoring treatment to meet the needs of each client.

Reading Specialist

Lauren FieldLauren Field has both her special education and elementary certifications with over 19 years of teaching experience. She earned her Bachelors Degree from The State University of New York at Buffalo, with a major in Early Childhood Development, and her Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in Fairfield, CT with her husband and 2 children.

Lauren began her career at PS 6 in New York City as a Learning Specialist, 4th grade classroom teacher and a Special Education teacher and manager of a collaborative team teaching program in kindergarten. While working at PS 6, Lauren also served as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College in their Learning Disabilities program. After moving to Connecticut, Lauren worked at The Waterside School in Stamford and Greenwich Academy, in Greenwich, as a Learning & Reading Specialist. Lauren has also been a private Reading Specialist for over 19 years and specializes in conducting comprehensive reading evaluations for children, as well as creating individual remediation programs.

Consulting Speech and Language Pathologist

Tonia 150pxTonia Claye-Lackran is nationally board certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is a Speech and language pathologist who has worked with children and adults for the past 13 years. She earned a Bachelors of Arts from City University of New York – Lehman in Communication Disorders and a Masters from Western Kentucky University in Speech and Language Pathology. After living in Westchester County, and her husband have recently made Norwalk their home.

Tonia has worked in various settings, providing speech therapy to infants, school aged children, and adults. After completing her education Tonia worked for the NYC Department of Education with school aged children and children with mild, moderate, and severe challenges. She currently serves as a consultant to the New York School for the Deaf.

Tonia specializes in the assessment and treatment Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders/Delays with a focus on Literacy, as well as speech/articulation concerns.

Associate Therapist/Group Leader

laura-150pxLaura Silence earned her Master of Arts in School Counseling from Fairfield University, and her undergraduate degree from Colgate University.  She is a National Certified Counselor and is currently working toward her professional license.  Her counseling experience includes working with students of every age on an individual basis, as well as facilitating groups with topics that include: social skills, anger management, and personal motivation.  Laura has worked at both public and independent schools and is currently a middle school counselor.

Laura also has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from American Conservatory Theater.  She brings her years of experience as a theater practitioner and teacher into her work with clients – providing creative approaches to developing and promoting emotional intelligence, self-esteem and social skills in young people.  A native of Westport, Laura currently lives in Fairfield with her husband and two children.

Educational Consultant

pattylauferPatty Laufer graduated summa cum laude from Marymount-Manhattan College (MMC). She earned a Master’s degree in Higher and Adult Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Patty worked in the Admissions and Academic Affairs offices at MMC, and as Director of its English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. Currently she is serving as a member of the Headmaster’s Advisory Committee at a New York City private school. She founded PJL Educational Services in 1993, and has since served as its President. PJL works with students and families providing academic support across all subject areas in addition to test prep for all standardized tests. Patty consults with Boost’s Educational Department informing decisions on program offerings and tutoring matches.