Meet the Staff

Maysa Akbar

Dr.Maysa Akbar, Ph.D. / Executive Director of Integrated Wellness Group (IWG) 



Dr. Akbar is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrated Wellness Group (IWG), a highly diverse psychotherapy practice dedicated to supporting children, adults, and families on their unique journey towards mental health and wellness. Dr. Akbar established IWG in the heart of New Haven in 2008 because she has a passion for providing individualized, comprehensive, and culturally sensitive mental health care to underserved urban populations. As a Licensed Psychologist for over ten years, Dr. Akbar has successfully worked with countless individuals and families of all ages and walks of life. She provides a safe and supportive environment where you can identify, understand, and work through the obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your fullest potential. Dr. Akbar offers a highly personalized approach to therapy that she tailors to meet each client’s unique and specific needs. Her clients describe her as “dedicated and caring”, “deeply compassionate”, and “extremely knowledgeable”. Dr. Akbar obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University, where she specialized in clinical child and pediatric psychology. She has extensive training and experience working with a wide range of mental health concerns and is especially gifted in the domain of early childhood development. She spent many years working and consulting with CT child guidance clinics and Early Head Start programs. She also has comprehensive experience in transdisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and assessments, parent education, consultation, supervision, and training. Additionally, Dr. Akbar provides motivational coaching, leadership development, and trainings on organizational growth and strategy to both small and large businesses around the nation. In addition to her clinical work at IWG, Dr. Akbar is also an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center where she advances research in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has published numerous manuscripts focused on racial identity/socialization, and the effectiveness of psychotherapy in the underserved communities. Most recently, Dr. Akbar has published her research on the relationship between Autism, executive functioning and language. What is her passion outside of work? “Spending quality time with my family; achieving personal wellness; and recently the culinary arts”.

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Dr. Kaity R. Hutchinson, Psy.D / Associate Director of Clinical Services 



Dr. Hutchinson obtained her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. She joined the staff at Integrated Wellness Group in February 2014, and currently provides both testing and assessment services, as well as therapy. She also works at our affiliated pediatric offices as an embedded clinician. She has experience working in partial-hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, university counseling centers, crisis intervention services, and in outpatient clinics. She has helped clients cope with a variety of issues, from temporary life transitions to severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Hutchinson specializes in the area of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She currently serves as a co-chair for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) special interest group for the Academy of Eating Disorders. Additionally, she is in consultation for the use of Family-Based Therapy (FBT/Maudsley Method) for the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Kyisha Velazquez, M.S / Associate Director of Community Programs and Operations



Kyisha received her Masters of Science degree in Psychology from Walden University in 2014. She is a dedicated lifelong resident of New Haven who has previously worked with numerous organizations whose work exemplifies her passion for youth accountability, parental and youth rights and educational advancement for all. Kyisha is a certified Restorative Justice trainer, a certified Results Based Accountability trainer, an Elm City Fellow 2010-2011 Alumna with the Annie E Casey Foundation, and a CLP Fellow 2014-2015 with the William Graustein Memorial Fund. Recently, she completed the GNEMSDC advanced leadership program (GALP), and her volunteer service includes work with the NAACP youth council, the City of New Haven Youth Commission, Citywide Youth Coalition and Board Chair for Project Youth Court. In addition to overseeing community programs at IWG such as Early Childhood Department and the VETTS™ program, Kyisha provides mental health counseling to individuals, couples and families at our New Haven and Branford locations. Kyisha has gained experience working with preschool programs, as well as performing a variety of developmental assessments. Kyisha’s experience includes completing child-specific behavioral assessments, as well as coaching program staff in implementing restorative practice strategies and behavioral management recommendations. Currently she is a Clinical Psychology PhD graduate student at Walden University with an expected graduation date of 2017. She currently coordinates and provides direct services to community partners across the state, and continues to be an advocate for justice.

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Erica Holahan, LMSW / Clinician



Dr. Hutchinson obtained her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford’s Graduate Institute of Professional Psychology. She joined the staff at Integrated Wellness Group in February 2014, and currently provides both testing and assessment services, as well as therapy. She also works at our affiliated pediatric offices as an embedded clinician. She has experience working in partial-hospital programs, intensive outpatient programs, university counseling centers, crisis intervention services, and in outpatient clinics. She has helped clients cope with a variety of issues, from temporary life transitions to severe and persistent mental illness. Dr. Hutchinson specializes in the area of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). She currently serves as a co-chair for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) special interest group for the Academy of Eating Disorders. Additionally, she is in consultation for the use of Family-Based Therapy (FBT/Maudsley Method) for the treatment of anorexia nervosa.

Cecilia Rowland, Ed.D. / Licensed Psychologist  



ecilia Rowland Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist and the Director of Integrated Health Services at IWG charged with developing and overseeing outpatient treatment for children and adults in Patient Centered Medical Homes as well as developing and overseeing the delivery of EAP services. Dr. Rowland has also been providing supervision to staff clinicians and mental health interns for many years. In addition to her administrative duties and supervisory duties, Dr. Rowland also provides direct service to children, adults and families. Her interests are in attachment, the integration of mental and behavioral health services in Patient Centered Medical Homes, MATCH –ADTC ( an evidenced-based intervention for the treatments of anxiety, depression, trauma and conduct for children), family therapy, parenting, addiction recovery and supervision issues. She has presented numerous trainings to both mental health professionals and parents and has published about supervisory issues in home-based treatment. Prior to coming to IWG, Dr. Rowland was Program Coordinator for the Intensive In-home Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (IICAPS) at the Yale Child Study Center for 15 years. In her role as Program Coordinator at IICAPS, she also oversaw an IICAPS intervention for youth involved with the Juvenile Justice system. While at Yale, Dr. Rowland also provided supervision to staff and trainees both in In-home Services and in the Child Study Center’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. Dr. Rowland continues as Voluntary Clinical Faculty at the Yale Child Study Center where she supervises psychology doctoral fellows in the area of outpatient psychotherapy. She received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Anne de Guzman, LMFT / Clinician 



Anne de Guzman, LMFT received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Connecticut State University in Psychology, and her Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy at Southern Connecticut State University. Her specialties couples and families. Anne also enjoy working with late adolescents, adults, and seniors and specializes in diagnoses such as adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, gender identity, sexual issues, and PTSD.

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