The Rev. Dr. Stephen J. Brewer, Ph.D., LMFT, our Center's Executive Director and senior counselor, has been an ordained minister since 1981, and is a 20 year experienced Connecticut licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT), an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Clinical Fellow and a former AAMFT Clinical Supervisor. He also was a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). He specializes in assisting adults, couples and stressed families with adolescent children, and treating those suffering from anxiety, depression, or in spiritual crises.

He is a 1974 graduate of the US Naval Academy (BS), the Logos Bible College and Graduate School (M.T.S./M.Div.), and the University of Connecticut, School of Family Studies (MA, Ph.D.).  Dr. Brewer is a proud U.S. Navy Submarine Service veteran (1974-1980). He pastored an evangelical church in the 1980's and has more recently served at two Anglican churches, as a Bible preacher and teacher. He has worked at a mobile psychiatric emergency response service, in an inpatient mental health facility, at a Family Services agency, and in a private practice in Mystic, Connecticut. Since 1990, he has also been a part-time Adjunct Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and the Undergraduate Student Counselor, at the Groton Avery Point branch of the University of Connecticut.  He is a published researcher in marital commitment and in spiritual development over the life span. A father of two married adult children, and a grandfather of seven, he and his wife Nancy (married 39 years in June 2013), live in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. 

Dr. Brewer:

  • Charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (
  • Adheres to the AACC Code of Ethics (click here).
  • Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (
  • AAMFT Clinical Member Page (click here).
  • UCONN Avery Point Adjunct Professor Page (click here).

Maggie Conley, MA, our newest professional staff counselor, is a 1997 graduate of Penn State University (BA) and a 2001 graduate of the Seattle School of Theology (MA, Counseling Psychology). Her graduate studies had a focus on women's issues (counseling sexual abuse survivors) and a secondary emphasis on couples, marriage and family therapy. Her work experience has included  working with at-risk youth (dealing with depression, anger and suicide risk) and their parents. On a personal note, she is a talented photographer (a much sought after Wedding photographer, featured in Connecticut Weddings Magazine), devoted wife to Norm and homeschooling mother of their four children, and a former NCAA Division 1 Penn State Lacrosse player.

At the Center, Maggie will provide counseling to children, women, couples and families. She can be contacted directly to set up an appointment for counseling at or at (860) 857-7136.