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Coastal Connecticut Counseling Opens Office In Fairfield

First Selectman Michael Tetreau, left, and Economic Development Director Mark Barnhart, right, congratulate Alyssa Kolesar, owner of Coastal Connecticut Counseling in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau does the honors at the ribbon-cutting for Coastal Connecticut Counseling. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Coastal Connecticut Counseling officially opened its doors Friday when First Selectman Michael Tetra stopped by to show his support for small business in town.

“Small businesses are really key to the economy,” he said after cutting a red ribbon to kick off the grand opening. “They are a more critical component of the health of the economy than almost any other measure.”

The Coastal Connecticut Counseling offices, at 49 John St., in the town’s Southport neighborhood, offer a variety of services, said new owner Alyssa Kolesar, a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Her team of therapists, social workers, professional counselors and psychologists works collaboratively with both children and adults in individual sessions. She hopes to offer group options as well.

Clients are offered help with a variety of issues, including abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, life transitions, marriage/relationship challenges, phobias, depression, stress and learning disabilities.

Team members who offer couples therapy are trained to work in a non-biased manner, promoting the couple as a team, while advocating for each person’s individuality and specific needs.

Family therapy emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in overall psychological health. Insights gained during family sessions help clients understand the origins of issues, how other perceive them and how to create healthier patterns.

“We’re helping people feel better about their lives, helping them move through and be more at peace,” said Kolesar, an Easton resident.

Coastal Connecticut Counseling was called New Learning Therapy Center until April 1, when Kolesar took over for a retiring owner.

“We kind of wanted to put our own stamp on it,” she said.

The whole staff at Coastal Connecticut Counseling works part time and tailors sessions to clients’ schedules. Some work in the mornings before traditional business hours, while other sessions go on at night.

For more information or to schedule a visit, call or 203-307-3030 or visit the website,

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