About the Connecticut Resource Group|
Meet the members of CRG...
Sidney Horowitz, Ph.D.
Dr. Sidney S Horowitz received a B.A. (Psychology) from Binghamton University, a M.S. (Social Research) from Hunter College, and a Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the Ohio State University. Over the past 30+ years, he has been involved in working with children, adolescents, and adults in various capacities. He has worked as the Director of Psychological Services for the Waterbury regional Department of Pediatrics (for St. Mary's Hospital and Waterbury Hospital), chaired a child protection team, consulted to private industry and state agencies, and serves as a Special Master for high conflict divorce cases at the Connecticut Regional Family Trial Docket. He has served on the curriculum planning committee, and as a lecturer/trainer, for the State of Connecticut Judicial Department’s GAL / AMC training programs.
Dr. Horowitz has provided training for attorneys, family relations counselors and Connecticut Supreme Court Judges in areas related to Family Welfare. Dr. Horowitz has provided forensic evaluation and testimony in civil and criminal matters, and has been involved in the assessment, treatment and diagnosis of children, adolescents and adults.
Dr. Horowitz was a member of the clinical faculty in psychiatry at the Yale University School of medicine for 18 years and also served as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of medicine.
Dr. Horowitz is a founding partner of Connecticut Resource Group, LLC. He is a member if the American Psychological Association, The Connecticut Psychological Association (having received the 2009 award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology), the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, The National Academy of Neuropsychologists and the National Register of Health Care Providers. He is a Diplomate of the Board of American Board of Forensic Examiners as a Forensic Examiner with a Specialty in Clinical Psychology. He is a trained divorce mediator and collaborative divorce professional and has recently served three years as co-president of the Connecticut Council for Non-Adversarial Divorce.
Howard Krieger, Ph.D.
Howard M. Krieger, Ph.D. is a Psychologist licensed by the State of Connecticut. Dr. Krieger received his Ph.D. from American University in 1977. He received his post-doctoral training at the Yale University School of Medicine and has engaged in independent practice since licensure in 1979.
Dr. Krieger is a founding partner of Connecticut Resource Group, LLC. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Connecticut Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychologists, the Connecticut Council on Divorce Mediation and Collaborative Practice and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Examiners as a Forensic Examiner with a specialty in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Krieger has served as a Special Master at the Regional Family Trial Docket since its inception. He serves as an instructor for the State of Connecticut Judicial Department and has trained judges, attorneys, family relations officers, Adult and Child probation officers and supervisory staff. He has served as an instructor at the Judicial Department’s Guardian Ad Litem/Attorney for the Minor Child Training Academy since its inception. He has made numerous presentations and done training on a local, state and national level. Dr. Krieger is a trained divorce mediator and Collaborative Divorce practitioner. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Council on Nonadversarial Divorce and has served on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Krieger’s areas of practice interest include psychotherapy, assessment and consultation/teaching. His interests are applied to intellectual, personality and neuropsychological assessment, school related consultation and assessment, developmental disabilities and high conflict divorce. In the high conflict divorce area, Dr. Krieger has experience as a custody evaluator, mediator and collaborative professional. He also provides Parenting Coordination services and has testified in many of Connecticut’s family courts. Dr. Krieger has also provided expert witness testimony in civil, criminal and probate courts on psychological matters.
Leonard Goldstein, Psy.D.
Dr. Leonard Goldstein received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University/New England Graduate School, and his Masters in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University. He interned at the West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center with a focus on inpatient, outpatient, and brief treatment modalities with military personnel and their families.
Dr. Goldstein has practiced in the Greater Waterbury area for over 40 years. He was on staff in the Department of Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury Connecticut from 1971 until 1991, and was the Assistant Director for outpatient psychiatric services. During that time he developed the hospital’s first inpatient group psychotherapy program as well as a training model for staff. In the early 1980s Dr. Goldstein created what was then only the second outpatient treatment program for non-incarcerated sex offenders in the state, and helped to establish a state-wide network of sex offender treatment clinicians devoted to the clinical care of offenders and the education of the Judiciary.
More recently Dr. Goldstein has been active in moving psychology into the realm of primary care. Over the past fifteen years he has been one of the pioneers in establishing a program of on-site psychological services in the offices of primary care medical groups in Connecticut. These programs have been highly successful and enthusiastically received by patients and physicians alike.
Dr. Goldstein is one of the founding partners of the Connecticut Resource Group where he has been practicing for the past twenty years. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, in health-related emotional issues, in combat and non-combat related PTSD, and individual, couple and group psychotherapy with adolescents and adults. He has also been active in teaching at the Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology--the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology--at the University of Hartford, and as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.
Eric Margolies, Psy.D.
Dr. Eric Margolies received his B.A. in Psychology from Muhlenberg College and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. He interned at Norristown State Hospital (Norristown, Pennsylvania), a psychiatric inpatient state hospital for adult, geriatric, and forensic patients suffering from chronic and severe mental illness. He has worked at the UCONN Health Center inpatient unit and has worked at Waterbury Hospital in the emergency room, crisis center, and geropsychiatry department. He also has worked as the Assistant to the Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of Connecticut’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).
Dr. Margolies has been in private practice at the Connecticut Resource Group, LLC since 2000. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, mood disorders, treatment of military and veterans, combat and non-combat related PTSD, couples issues, loss/grief, and issues pertaining to aging/gerontology. Dr. Margolies provides individual, couples, group, and family psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, and the elderly. He also conducts psychological evaluations to determine if individuals meet the psychological criteria to undergo bariatric surgery. In past years, Dr. Margolies has provided on-site consultation and psychological services to patients in a primary care setting/general internal medicine practice and also has served as the consulting psychologist for an opiate addiction program.
Dr. Margolies is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Connecticut Psychological Association, and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.
Michaela Kauffmann, Psy.D.
Dr. Kauffmann has felt an interest in helping others and sought experiences in the helping professions since early adulthood. She believes that there needs to be balance in the interrelationship of mind, body, spirit, person and environment for wellness and mental health to be maintained. Fostering an understanding about the workings of the mind and about helping others,
Dr. Kauffmann graduated from the University of Hartford School of Professional Psychology, trained at the Yale University School of Medicine, Waterbury Hospital, and worked subsequently at Gaylord Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, South Shore Mental Health and the Connecticut Resource Group. Using a variety of techniques including cognitive behavioral, insight oriented, educational and supportive strategies, Dr. Kauffmann provides services to individuals, families and couples. Conditions addressed include mood symptoms, anxiety, pain, trauma, grief and loss issues, stress and pain management, life stage issues, health changes, personal and interpersonal concerns. Therapy is a collaborative and individualized process with the goal of fostering coping and communication strategies, and understanding self and others toward increased balance and wellness.
Lauren Ayr, Ph.D.
Dr. Lauren Ayr grew up in Connecticut and then attended Providence College, where she received her B.S. in Biology. She attended the Ohio State University for her doctoral work, where she completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in child development. She completed her predoctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Prior to joining Connecticut Resource Group, she completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital Boston, specializing in pediatric neuropsychology. As a neuropsychologist, she is interested in how the brain develops and the relationship between the brain and behavior. She conducts comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents and young adults with brain disorders, from complex learning issues to medical conditions such as epilepsy (seizure disorder) or traumatic brain injuries. The goal of these evaluations is to fully assess each child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses to help parents, physicians, and teachers understand how each child learns, why the child may be experiencing certain emotional or behavioral problems, and what interventions may be helpful to maximize development.
Dr. Ayr joined Connecticut Resource Group in 2009. In addition to providing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, she also provides individual and family counseling for children, adolescents, and young adults for a variety of concerns including attentional issues, behavioral disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and childhood adjustment to divorce. She also specializes in the care of children and adolescents with health care issues, focusing on adjustment to the diagnosis, medication adherence, and maximizing quality of life.
Chris Fletcher, Ph.D.
Dr. Chris Fletcher earned his B.A. (Psychology) from Duke University and his Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Michigan. He then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital. During this fellowship he provided clinical services on the mood and personality disorder inpatient unit. He then spent the next 5 years working at Harbor Health Services, Inc., a community mental health center that provides mental health treatment to underserved populations.
While at Harbor Health Services, Dr. Fletcher ran a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program intended to help individuals struggling with emotion regulation difficulties and unhealthy behaviors. Likewise, he revised and ran a Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program to help individuals struggling with substance use and mental health difficulties. In his capacity as Senior Clinician, he also facilitated staff trainings on working effectively with substance use disorders.
Dr. Fletcher joined Connecticut Resource Group, LLC in 2009. Currently, he provides individual therapy for adults and adolescents, as well as couples therapy. He specializes in relationship issues, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. He runs a Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group intended to help people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder, and mood/anxiety disorders that interfere with effective living and healthy behaviors.