Licensed Professional Counselor / Certified School Psychologist
Michael Crane, a certified school psychologist and licensed counselor, formed Crane Counseling Group, LLC in 2016 after practicing privately and independently in Orange, CT since 2012. After four years of an increasingly busy practice, Michael decided to expand options for children, families, couples, and working professionals because the needs of the community have intensified.
Michael began practicing privately as a counselor and school psychologist after working in various public and private schools in the State of Connecticut for eight years. He has greatly enjoyed working to improve outcomes of individuals with a wide range of presenting problems at all levels of the developmental continuum. Michael is licensed in the State of Connecticut as a Licensed Professional Counselor and is a Certified School Psychologist in Connecticut. He holds a Master of Arts and 6th Year professional certificate in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education. He received his Bachelor’s degree with a focus on psychology from Central Connecticut State University. He also holds a certificate of education administration from University of Bridgeport. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
He continues to practice full time at a public high school in Connecticut as a school psychologist and is involved with various school and district improvement initiatives in addition to doing a great deal of counseling, assessment, and consultation. Michael has experience working with individuals of all ages with social, emotional, behavioral and adjustment difficulties. His specializations include anxiety and depression with adolescents, couples counseling, and men’s issues. His therapeutic orientation is generally cognitive and behavioral in nature.
Licensed Professional Counselor / Nationally Certified Counselor
Erica Forselius, LPC joins Crane Counseling Group with a background as a school counselor working in public schools in the State of Connecticut for 7 years. She earned a Bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters degree in counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. At Yale Psychiatry, Erica conducted research and supported intervention focusing on substance abuse and sleep. Her expertise is across a wide-array of topics, including adolescent anxiety and depression, co-parenting counseling, managing stress and adolescent self-esteem, effective communication within families, crisis/trauma, anger management, children of divorce, behavioral management, LGBQT, and grief counseling. Her counseling orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and Solution-Focused Therapy to help clients feel empowered and guide them to a successful and happy life.
Psychoeducational assessment conducted in schools is primarily used to determine whether or not an individual is eligible for special education. Unlike assessment conducted through school based teams, psychological assessment conducted privately provides clinical diagnoses which can make a student eligible for an accommodation plan or Section 504, and helps to inform school based teams regarding eligibility for services available through the school. Assessment in this area can also be used as part of an application process to private schools, eligibility for accommodations at the post-secondary or university level, or eligibility for services available through the State, like the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services or the Department of Developmental Services.View More on Assessment →