Jessica Welt, PsyD

Dr. Welt is the CEO & Clinical Director of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut (CGC) and joined Community Health Center Inc.’s leadership team when CGC became an affiliate in January 2020. She continues to provide administrative and clinical leadership to CGC’s programs that provide mental and behavioral health services to children, adolescents and families in Lower Fairfield County.  Dr. Welt is also a clinical supervisor in the APA Accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship program, specializing in training interns and staff in risk assessment and crisis management, grief, trauma-informed care and group psychotherapy.

For over 16 years, Dr. Welt’s career has focused on crisis intervention and the treatment of trauma, beginning as FEMA Crisis Counselor in New Jersey providing in-home therapy for children and families impacted by the events at the World Trade Center on 9/11.  She has since been trained in several trauma specific evidenced based models of treatment, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC). Prior to her work with CGC, Dr. Welt worked as a staff psychologist in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, school based mental health and college counseling centers, and in private practice, conducting diagnostic assessments and providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of mental health problems and families experiencing significant challenges.

Dr. Welt graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Child Development and earned her doctoral degree from The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is a licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York.