Our Staff

George H. Davis, Ph.D.

Dr. Davis is Clinical Director, Center for Dialectical and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies and has been on the faculty of the Yale Medical School since 1975. He has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapies as well as in psychodynamic treatment. He has been conducting DBT therapy with individuals and in groups since 1995 and has been a trainer with Marsha Linehan's national organization, Behavioral Tech. He has worked with the full spectrum of psychological disorders in adults and adolescents in multiple settings including hospitals, a child and adolescent residential treatment facility and in multiple outpatient settings including college counseling centers. He served as Clinical Director of Lynwood, and Living Free, substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents and adults. He has provided program development consultation to multiple state agencies and schools and has conducted DBT workshops nationally. He holds a Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders from the American Psychological Association. A licensed psychologist, he received his M.S., M. Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is a Fellow and Past President of the CT Psychological Association. 

Jaak Rakfeldt, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Rakfeldt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with abundant clinical experience in various contexts with adolescents, adults, families and couples. He is Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale University Medical School. He also serves as a clinical consultant and conducts seminars and colloquia at various community mental health agencies. Dr. Rakfeldt has over forty publications, primarily dealing with mental health and substance use issues. In addition, he has presented at over ninety regional, national, and international conferences primarily in the areas of mental health and substance abuse. Dr. Rakfeldt has advanced certification and/or training in multiple cognitive behavioral therapies including Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as training in Jungian Depth Psychology. A core component of Dr. Rakfeldt’s clinical practice often involves the use of Mindfulness techniques which involve clearing and centering exercises based on Eastern Contemplative Practices.

Linda Vono, LCSW

Ms. Vono is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters in Social Work from Florida State University and completed a Post-Graduate Fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition, she has specialized post graduate training in Family Therapy from the Family Institute of Cambridge as well as extensive training in group therapy and psychodrama. Ms. Vono has worked with the full spectrum of psychological disorders in adults and adolescents in multiple settings including hospitals and outpatient. She has served as a Clinical Director in a community mental health center and has directed a variety of Intensive Outpatient Programs including Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Dual Diagnosis and Substance Abuse.

Katharine C. Bernstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Bernstein has many years of experience working with all ages with a special focus on adolescents and families.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals, community mental health centers, and school-based mental health centers.  She has experience in CBT, DBT, and Trauma-Focused CBT, an evidence-based treatment for young people who have experienced trauma.  Dr. Bernstein also has experience with adolescent substance use disorders, particularly those that co-occur with other mental health problems.  Dr. Bernstein received an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from St. John's University.  She is currently completing her training as a psychology fellow at CDCBT.  Dr. Bernstein is fluent in Spanish and welcomes Spanish-speaking clients.

Deborah Everhart, Ph.D.

Deborah Everhart is a licensed psychologist. 

Dr. Everhart conducts Career Assessments. For more information, please email her at deverhart144@gmail.com