Youth Services is committed to developing a counseling relationship based on mutual respect, and to creating a warm and trusting environment in which to facilitate the counseling process. Youth and families are active participants in the process and work as a team with the therapist in working towards their goals.

Therapy Sessions

A marriage and family therapist is employed by the town to assist Ellington’s youth and family with many life issues and concerns. All services are confidential.


Our counseling services are based on a sliding fee scale.

Common Issues
Our counseling services can help with the following issues:
  • Alcohol and drug concerns
  • Anger/aggression
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Divorce and separation
  • Illness or death of family/friends
  • Parent-child communication
  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Relationship issues
  • School issues
  • Sibling arguing/fighting
  • Social skills
Support Groups
Support groups may be offered after school, in the evening and during the school day. Youth Services works with the schools to offer programs for students during recess and/or class time.

Ellington Youth Services offers a wide range of groups throughout the year. Topics covered include:
  • Divorce
  • Grief/loss
  • Peer pressure
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social skills
Scheduling an Appointment
If you're interested in counseling, please email Diane Lasher-Penti, LMFT or call 860-870-3130 to schedule an appointment.