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About Us

Our Team

Therapy practice serving Connecticut, specializing in anxiety, depression, transitions, and everyday life.

Amber Young

LPC, MS, MA, NCC

Therapy practice serving Connecticut, specializing in anxiety, depression, transitions, and everyday life.

Chelsea Salgado

LPC, M. Ed, NCC

Ashley DeFreitas

LPCA, MS

Our Story

Welcome to Cope & Calm Counseling, a therapy practice specializing in all things anxiety and depression. We were founded in 2021 by Amber Young. This practice is her childhood dream actualized, and you will feel that excitement and passion throughout your work with the group. 

​Here at Cope & Calm, we believe that in order to maintain wellness we must start with creating a practice of resilience. Life will be tricky, we will make mistakes, but we are capable of adapting and growing regardless of our circumstance. In order to achieve this, much of our early work will be reflective while learning to practice self-compassion. Rather than focusing on how we messed up and berating ourselves for human shortcomings, when we can look back at our choices with acceptance and understanding we feel more empowered and capable of making positive change. ​

Our practice specializes in treating a variety of anxiety conditions, including OCD, panic attacks, and social anxieties. If you feel like you could compete for the gold if the Olympics had a “what if” or “worst case scenario” team, we may be a good fit for you. If you find yourself replaying events from the day wondering if you made a mistake or looked awkward, we have you covered. If you always feel like you have to do more but never feel like you fully measure up or like you can truly celebrate your achievements, please give us a call!

Additionally, we help many people struggling with low mood and depression symptoms. We know that some days tending to the most basic tasks can be draining, leaving little time or energy to pursue things that bring you joy or allow you to recharge. We can help you understand how your symptoms have developed and ways to begin managing them more effectively.

Due to our large focus on anxiety and depression, we see a lot of clients with maladaptive or less optimal coping strategies that relate to disordered eating, all or nothing thinking, self harm, substance use or abuse, and a lot of people pleasing tendencies. We want you to understand that all coping is an effort to survive, and there is no space for shame or negative self-talk when it comes to finding a way to survive. We aim to be empathic listeners who won't make you doubt our support or lack of judgment. Give us a call! You do not have to manage all of this on your own.

Therapy practice serving Connecticut, specializing in anxiety, depression, transitions, and everyday life.
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