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


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:




Peer pressure



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.