After completing her Master's degree in Psychology at Pepperdine University, Amy Brown began working to help individuals and families find healing and hope. Ms. Brown came to Resilience with extensive experience managing various eating disorder programs as well as behavioral health facilities. Under Ms. Brown's leadership, Resilience's substance abuse and mental health programs have flourished and Ms. Brown now oversees numerous mental health and substance abuse programs throughout southern Connecticut. Ms. Brown feels very deeply about the contribution she is making to improve the quality of life for adolescents and their families. One of the things that attracted Ms. Brown to Resilience was the shared commitment to providing the best quality of care to each patient and his or her family.
Nichomi Higgins is the Program Director and Primary therapist at Resilience La Habra. Generally speaking, Nichomiâs education and experience working in both eating disorder treatment, community counseling and domestic violence and abuse has been an integral part of her work as a marriage and family therapist. As a result she considers herself to be an attentive, culturally sensitive and empathic clinician, who is dedicated to considering all of the biopsychosocial factors that may impact a client and familyâs emotional and interpersonal wellbeing. Nichomi is truly passionate about her work and believes that despite its challenges, recovery is possible.
Nichomi earned her Master of Science degree in family therapy from Mercer Universityâs School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and considers herself a Georgia peach at heart! Her professional areas of interests include: eating disorder treatment and the process of achieving recovery, identity negotiation/development, grief and loss, family communication patterns as well as struggles concerning faith and spirituality.
Eleanor Cronley is a licensed Social Worker who obtained her degree from Columbia University. She received training at The Renfrew Center of NY, where she began to quickly realize she had a gift and a calling. In her 15 years of practice she has worked with adolescent girls, young women, mothers and wives from an empowering and feministic psycho dynamic approach. Eleanor has worked with girls and women in all stages of their Eating Disorders. Additionally, Eleanor has worked with a dual diagnosis adolescent population in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Eleanor has worked in private practice, served as a consultant and clinician at various facilities including The Renfrew Center, Columbus Park Collaborative and Silver Hill Hospital. Eleanor also trained under the tutelage of Rosalind Wiseman, the founder and author of “Queen Bees and Wannabees” the book that inspired the major motion picture Mean Girls. She has been a guest speaker in schools and has served as a liaison between schools and counseling centers. Individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy as well as therapeutic meal companionship are all areas in which Eleanor assists in the healing process.
Amanda Aromatici is a Marriage and Family Therapist who obtained her MFT Degree from Southern Connecticut State University, graduating in the top percentile of her class. Amanda has experience working in both private and public clinical service programs with children, adolescents, and families. From the New Haven Public School system, to the New Haven Children's Probate Court, to private outpatient programs, Amanda has collaborated with a variety of clients and colleagues. Amanda prides herself in being a systemic thinker and working with a client-centered mentality in empathetic and creative ways. She specializes in DBT, Mindfulness strategies, Art Therapy work, and always practices with her clients’ best interests at heart. Amanda is originally from Milan, Italy and fluent in Italian and English. In her free time you can find Amanda outdoors with her therapy dog, Mae, teaching painting classes, or nestled in the corner of a bookstore with a cup of tea.
Jennifer Perez graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelor's degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Upon graduation, Jennifer was selected as a 2015 corps member for Teach for America serving for two years as a sixth grade teacher in her hometown. Jennifer worked with fellow teachers, students, parents, community leaders, and local politicians to push for educational equity and to increase student access and opportunity in her community. Jennifer joined Resilience as an overnight counselor and later an Education Liaison before taking on the role of Facility Manager. Jennifer has a passion for social justice and enjoys listening to music, comedy, and traveling.