Duane Kellogg, Jr.   D.Min

Director/Senior Therapist

Professional Credentials

  • Ordained pastor – Conservative Congregational Christian Conference
  • Clinical member – American Assoc. for Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Fellow – American Association of Pastoral Counselors (inactive)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor – CT

In-network insurance panels: Anthem BC/BS, Aetna, Medicaid (Husky), Oxford, UBH, Connecticare, Tricare, Healthy CT.

(sees clients in Fairfield office – cell phone # 203-450-2665)

I’ve been doing psychotherapy since 1982.  Each person, couple, and family that I’ve seen has been entirely unique, and yet they’ve all shared some common traits as well.  Deep down inside, everyone wants to feel loved, valued, and respected.   When that isn’t the case for whatever reason, symptoms of distress begin to appear. These symptoms may manifest themselves as anxiety, anger, or depression, or they may appear as relational conflicts or issues.

Part of my role is to help people sort this out and find appropriate ways to not only meet their own needs, but also the needs of those around them.  I have found that while I can work successfully with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and worldviews, I am particularly adept at helping Christians reach their goals in therapy.  One of my specialties is marriage counseling where I find that if both parties really want to make their relationship work, with God’s help this can usually happen.

Besides doing psychotherapy, I also have an interest in writing lyrics to Christian songs.   If you’d like to check out my personal website where I feature one of these songs, please click on this link:  http://www.duanekellogg.com

I also like to write screenplays in my spare time.   I’ve written four feature length scripts and numerous shorts.   Two of these shorts have been produced.   They’re both about 10 minutes long.   You can view them for free by going to: http://www.butnowiseemovie.com and



  • Barrington College – B.A. Biblical Studies & Philosophy – 1972
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological  Seminary – M.Div. 1975
  • Fuller Theological Seminary M.A. – Marriage & Family Ministries -1981
  • Andover-Newton Theological School D.Min. – Psychology -1988

Relevant Experience

  • Staff therapist – Renew Counseling Center (Rye, NH) 1/82 – 2/92
  • Private Practice 3/82 – 7/83
  • Director – Counterpoint Mental Health (Kittery, Maine) 8/93 – 6/09
  • Reserve Chaplain, USAF (IMA program) 9/83 – 4/91
  • Chaplain, NH Air National Guard 5/91 – 6/05 (Ret. as Colonel)
  • Pastor, First Christian Church, Kittery Pt., ME 9/98 – 6/09
  • Director/Senior Staff Therapist – Renew Counseling – 7/09 – present


Josie Vega Hinson,  Psy.D

Senior Staff Therapist   

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Psychologist – CT
  • Fluent in Spanish

In-network insurance panels:  Anthem BC/BS, Aetna, Medicaid (Husky), Medicare, Healthy CT.

(sees clients in Fairfield office – cell phone # 203-313-2635)

As a licensed clinical psychologist, I provide assessments, individual and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, as well as couples counseling.  I have extensive experience in treating people who are struggling with general anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, depression, mood swings, and trauma.   I’ve also work with women in particular who are dealing with adjustment disorders and stress.


  • B.A. Univ. of NC – 1982
  • M.A. School of Professional Psychology -1995
  • M.A. Fuller School of Psychology – 1997
  • Psy.D.  Fuller School of Psychology – 2001


Ching-Ching Ruan, Ph.D.

Senior Staff Therapist          

Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – CT
  • Fluent in Mandarin

In-network insurance panels:  Anthem BC/BS, Aetna, Medicaid (Husky)

(Sees clients in Stamford office – cell phone # 203-450-2359)


As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have extensive experience treating children facing mental health issues as a result of abuse and neglect, divorce, domestic violence, truancy, and other sources of trauma.  When I work with children I often utilize play, art, and music to help them express their thoughts and feelings.  I also work with adults who encoutner challenges in their marriages.  I’ve also co-facilitated several groups on issues involving anger management, family violence, and substance abuse recovery.

Please feel free to check out my website at: www.drchingching.com


  •  B.A. Soochow Univerity of Taiwan – 1996
  • M. A. University of Durham, UK,  – 2000
  • M.A. University of Connecticut – 2003
  • Ph.D. University of Connecticut – 2009


Gordon Baker, M.A.

Staff Therapist   

Professional Credentials   

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

In-network insurance panels:  Anthem BC/BS, Medicaid (Husky).

After more than 40 years of marriage, my wife and I are still each other’s hero and best friendMind you, neither of us had the greatest start, so it’s been quite a journey.  I have always cared deeply for the people who find themselves in one of life’s “no outlet” streets, especially when the pain centers around marriage and family relationships.  During years of ministry and missionary experience I have counseled individuals and couples, and led seminars in many different settings.  My worldview is Christian, but I am able to work sensitively with clients from any or no religious background.

Sexuality is at the core of our being, so helping people to become whole sexually is one of my major counseling interests.  Many have been desperately wounded in this special, personal part of their identity.  Others have been misinformed, and rapidly increasing numbers of adults and youth are falling into the trap of pornography and sexual addiction.  Both men and women suffer the painful consequences of these distortions – but through caring therapy, many find a path to restoration.

Please check out my personal website: www.gordonmbaker.com


  • University of Canterbury, New Zealand – B.S Psychology -1968
  • Univ. of Canterbury, New Zealand – B.A. Math & Education – 1971
  • New Zealand Dept. of Education – Diploma in Teaching – 1971
  • Australian Institute of Family Counseling – Advanced Diploma – 2005
  • Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA – M.A. Human Relations – 2008
  • Richmont Grad. Univ., Atlanta, GA – M.A. Marriage & Family Therapy, Sex Therapy Track – 2010

Relevant Experience

  • Therapist – Renew Counseling Assoc. – 1/2010 to present
  • Intern, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA – 5/09 – 4/10
  • Intern, Hope Counseling Center, Richmont Grad. Univ. 8/09 – 4/10
  • Counselor, Co-director, Kona Comm. Counseling, HI, 1/91 – 6/92
  • Teacher, Middle and High School, 1969 -71; 1988-89
  • Foster parent to at-risk youth – 1979-1987

(sees clients in W. Hartford office – cell phone # 860-881-1948)

Melissa Elek, LCSW

Professional Credentials                                        Melissa Elek

Licensed Clinical Social Worker – CT

In-network insurance panels: Anthem BC/BS, Medicaid (Husky), Healthy CT

(Sees clients in W. Hartford office.  Cell phone # 860-602-8044)

I believe no one is beyond God’s redemptive power. Crisis is often an unwelcomed door to life transformation. I believe true change occurs when we know who God is and who we are in Him. Having this security opens us to whatever changes may be necessary in our lives.  Over the past nine years, I’ve walked alongside those coping with major life change, loss, and relationship difficulties. I am experienced in addressing trauma, depression, bipolar, and many anxiety disorders. I enjoy working with people wrestling with guilt, perfectionism, and spiritual struggles. I also have experience working with couples and families to help them come together and find common ground.

My approach is to be honest, empathic, and collaborative. We can work together to identify faulty belief patterns, relationship patterns, or behaviors that may be keeping you back from where you want to be in your life. I have experience in a number of treatment approaches and have been influenced by the work of Larry Crabb, believing that intimacy with God is key. Therapy can be challenging work, but rewarding.  Without truth we do not grow. Grace empowers us in the midst of our trials to have hope in order to change.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about therapy.


* Masters of Social Work – University of Connecticut 2003

* Bachelors of Social Work – Western New England University 2002

Relevant Experience

* Adult Outpatient Clinician- Individual, group, and family therapy – Intercommunity, Inc. 2007- Present


Lynette Hector, M.S.

Staff Therapist 

 Professional Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – NY
  • Certified – PREPARE/ENRICH

In-network insurance panels:   Aetna

(sees clients in NY office – cell phone # 718-877-3722)


After receiving my training in marriage and family therapy, I’ve had considerable experience as a social worker  in the Bronx for the past three years.  There I provided direct services including intake assessments, home visits to ensure the safety of children, and implemented behavioral modification plans with schools to help students reduce hyperactivity and achieve greater focus.   In the course of my six years working in the mental health field, I have helped numerous children and families affected by a variety of socio-economic issues including ADHD, bi-polar disorder, bereavement, couple relationships, and parent-child relationships.  I am also certified to provide pre-marital counseling using the PREPARE/ENRICH program.


  • B.S. Social Work & B.A Religion – Atlantic Union College, 1998
  • M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy – Loma Linda Univ. -2004

Relevant Experience

  • Leake & Watts Services, Bronx, NY – Social Worker – 2007 -2010
  • NY Assoc. of Marriage  & Family Therapy – Intern – 2005-2006
  • Silverlake Youth Services – Intern Therapist – 2002 -2004
  • Loma Linda Univ. Med. Cntr. – Therapist/Chaplain -2003-2004
  • NY Foundling/Project Basement – Social Worker – 1998-2000


Katherine Bothos, Psy.Dkatherinebothos

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 7 years of private practice experience, however, I have been treating clients for over 15 years.  Presenting problems that I work with include depression, stress, anxiety, psychiatric symptom management, trauma issues, domestic violence, assertiveness training, substance abuse issues, conflict resolution skills, eating disorders, life transitions and anger-management.  Almost all clients I have conducted psychotherapy with carried a diagnosis of a personality disorder. The majority of my clinical experience consists of working with the chronically mentally ill.  My specialty is working with women who have endured trauma.  My experience, primarily, is working with adults.

I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit and God’s grace.  I address a person’s needs in a compassionate manner as well as providing a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment that allows for personal growth.  My approach is insight and growth-oriented where I highlight a collaborative therapeutic relationship and advise clients to take an active role in their treatment.  I consider myself an eclectic psychotherapist who is client-centered and utilize a psychodynamic viewpoint in case conceptualization.

I graduated from the Alliant International University in Fresno, CA with a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) degree in 2001; completed my pre-doctoral internship at Hutchings Psychiatric Center and Madison County Mental Health in Syracuse, NY in 2000 as well as postdoctoral internship at Yale School of Medicine for two years from 2001-2003 where I specialized in treating the co-occurring disorders population.  I also hold a Master of Arts degree from the University of New Haven in Community Clinical Psychology.  My training consists of treatment of emotional disorders utilizing different modalities individual, couple therapy, marriage counseling and family psychotherapy.  I also have provided clinical supervision, consultation as well as crisis intervention.

Sees clients in our Fairfield office:   203-808-6100