Rick Dable, LPC, LADC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Torrington and New Milford
Richard Dable is a native of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree in vocal performance and music therapy from Arizona State University. He later went on to complete his master’s degree in Community Counseling at Western Connecticut State University. Richard has worked in a variety of treatment settings. He has experience working with both adults and adolescents in a psychiatric hospital setting, and in outpatient services providing services for individuals with substance abuse and mental health co-occurring conditions.
Prior to joining MCCA, Richard worked as the Clinical Director of Residential Service at a local substance abuse and behavioral health agency in Connecticut. He has extensive group therapy experience, and he is comfortable utilizing a variety of group therapy approaches, and has specialized in the use of experiential and adventure-based approaches. In addition to his clinical work, he enjoys facilitating clinical training for individuals seeking certification and licensure in the field of counseling. His hobbies include playing the piano, singing, gardening, cooking and walking his 105 pounds. German Shepherd, Cyrus.
Natalie DuMont, MS, LPC, MSIOP
Program Director, Residential Services at McDonough House
Natalie brings a wealth of both clinical and management experience to her role as Director of McDonough House. She has spent more than 12 years on the management side of addiction treatment and served as the Director of Outpatient Psychiatry at Griffin Hospital. In addition to Natalie’s management experience, she has worked as as a consultant and educator in clinical supervision, leadership, as well as organizational change and development.
Natalie has had a successful career as a psychotherapist, with over 15 years of experience in the field of psychiatry. She has attained a high level of expertise in edge evidence-based therapies for the treatment of mental health and addictions. Natalie enjoys running, playing tennis and having studied over 25 years as a classical dancer, she brings vitality and dedication to her work. Natalie lives in Connecticut with her husband and her two sons.
Father John Kreta, CAC, CSSD
Facility Director, Trinity Glen
John began studying addiction while in Seminary in Alaska in 1983, and continued after transferring to New York. After Seminary he attended and completed the Alcoholism Training course of study at the National Council on Alcoholism in White Plains New York. John obtained his CAC from Alaska in 1987, and moved to CT where he worked as a Family Counselor and then Primary counselor at Eagle Hill in Newtown, CT. In July of 1988, John joined the Trinity Glen staff as a counselor, being promoted to Clinical Manager in 1989 and then Facility Director in 1991. John received his Specialty Certificate of Competency in Co-Occurring Disorders in 2008.
John worked with DMHAS in developing the Ct. Placement Criteria for this level of care for the State of Ct., as well as serving on the Board of Directors, and clinical committees for the local Coalition against Substance Abuse. He has also worked to provide housing opportunities for Substance Abusing Adults in the Danbury Area through the PILOTS program.
Ray Muszynski, MS, LADC, LPC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Derby
Ray brings extensive experience to his role as our Derby Outpatient Clinic Director. With over 30 years experience in behavioral health with a primary focus on substance use treatment, he has managed outpatient and residential programs for some of Connecticut’s largest providers.
Ray has overseen programs in multiple locations throughout central and southwestern parts of the state, including Adolescent & Adult Outpatient & Intensive Outpatient programs, Older Adults Treatment & Outreach, Latino Outreach, Prison Re-Entry Case Management & Treatment, and 28-Day Residential Treatment. He has also been involved in several research projects including Rapid HIV Testing in Outpatient Treatment Settings, and Motivational Interviewing Supervision (MIA Step). Ray is trained as an EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) for clients dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. Ray received his Master’s Degree from Southern CT State University with an emphasis on community mental health. Ray has been a guest lecturer at the University of CT, local schools and community organizations, and has taught on the college level at Central CT State University.
Scott Nelson, MSW, LCSW, ICGC-II
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Waterbury
Scott brings a great deal of experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health disorders to our Waterbury Outpatient Clinic. He has worked in this location for five years and feels a special connection to the staff and the clients they serve.
Scott started his career with MCCA in 2010 as a counselor in our Problem Gambling Services and Waterbury Outpatient Program, and most recently served as the Program Manager of the Problem Gambling Services for the agency. He also served as Program Director of the Better Choice Program at The Connection Inc.
Recognized as a leader in the field of problem gambling and integration of awareness of gambling issues to existing treatment programs, Scott has presented on several gambling related topics at many local and regional events, including the 2015 National Conference on Problem Gambling.
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Scott also holds an International Certification in Gambling Counseling. He received his Master in Social Work from the UCONN School of Social Work and his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Hamilton College. Scott enjoys playing golf, cooking and coaching his young children in youth sports.
Steve Palma, MS, LPC
Program Director, Outpatient Services in New Haven
Prior to stepping into the role of Program Director of New Haven, Steve was a Clinician IV for the Men’s Intensive Outpatient Program and the Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Before joining the MCCA team, Steve was a Clinician for Rushford and FSW of Bridgeport. His diverse managerial experience includes Production and Creative Manager at Condé Nast Publishing, as well as Operations Director in Construction Contracting.
Steve received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University, his Bachelors in Psychology from Albertus Magnus College, and an Associates in Business Management from St. John’s University. Steve’s education and experience make him an ideal candidate to lead the staff in our busy New Haven Outpatient clinic.
Vitor Pittman, LMFT
Program Director, Outpatient Services in Bridgeport
Victor joined MCCA in July 2013 and now serves as the Program Director in our Bridgeport outpatient clinic. Previously, Victor led the service expansion throughout the Greater Naugatuck Valley and New Haven region, and is looking forward to expanding services to those in need in Bridgeport. Services in the outpatient clinics are designed to promote health and wellness for adults faced with several life stressors. His teams include licensed professionals who specialize in assessment and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues.
Victor obtained his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles which prepared him to serve as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has served as a community-based mental health provider for the past 25 years. His service in healthcare has included leadership roles in California, Wisconsin, and Connecticut. Specifically, Victor has worked with children and teens experiencing self-destructive and under performance behaviors. Finding that many of his young clients have dealt with ineffective fathering, he has also dedicated himself to assisting men in enhancing their roles within their households. Victor is always amazed to witness the powerful changes in men who better understand their own worth and impact on others. One of his favorite quotes is from Frederick Douglass, who said: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” Victor is committed to helping both the building up of children and the repair of broken men.
Peter T. Pizzillo, BA Psychology
Program Director, Sobering Center, Sunrise Terrace, Recovery Support Services/Region V Case Management, and Vet House
Peter began as a volunteer at the Sobering Center before officially starting his career with MCCA in March of 2000; being hired on as a Substance Disorder Technician and working his way up the ranks. He has continued to work in the mental health field since 2006, gaining invaluable experience working with this very challenging population.
Prior to entering the field, Peter lived in Manhattan and worked in a family owned produce brokerage business in the South Bronx where he gained valuable business competencies that serve him well in managing multiple residential programs and case management. Peter received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Boston University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running and working out.
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