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Stephen Ciucci, LPC


My name is Stephen Ciucci, and by God’s grace I'm very blessed to be a Christian Counselor.  I began a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior at age 16.  From that point I wanted to be involved in the Lord’s work but being a baby Christian I wasn’t sure how that would play out.  When entering college I was unsure on what direction to go in, with a little guidance from my mother I decided to major in Human Development and Family Relations at UCONN.  Once I had graduated in 1992, I obtained a position with St. Vincent DePaul Society working as a Residential Counselor with individuals with psychiatric disabilities in a residential support program.  After several years of employment I decided to work on my Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from CCSU.  I have found that doing my internship at Waterbury Hospital Crisis Unit was very beneficial for my growth as a counselor.  After several years of part time schooling I finally graduated in 2001 with my MS.  At the time I had been promoted to a supervisory position at SVDP working as a Rehabilitation Specialist which involved running various groups.  I also began serving as an elder at Waterbury Christian Fellowship.  Eventually, I then got promoted as the SVDP Program Coordinator and was in charge of supervising all the direct line staff and overseeing the day to day operation of the supervised apartment and residential support programs.  Though this was a challenging and rewarding position, I felt the Lord was calling me to be a Christian Counselor.

    Once I became licensed as an Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), I pursued professional guidance and mentoring from someone who already was well established in the field.  I contacted David Meiners LPC who has been practicing Christian Counseling for over 20 years.  He had agreed to mentor me for about a year.  He helped me work through my doubts and insecurities.  One statement that he made that still resonates in my mind was, “Your job as a counselor is to point your clients to the Counselor.”  One day during church I overheard a rather new saint at the fellowship share with another person that she worked at a Christian Counseling Center.  After talking to her about the center and explaining my situation to her, I felt it was a clear sign from God that He was opening a door for me.  I began counseling at Christian Counseling and Family Life Center on July of 2009 doing only pro-bono work.  I then started working on becoming credentialed through various insurance companies.  Once I was credentialed, I was able to start getting paid per session at the CCFLC.  The experience I was able to obtain at CCFLC was great.  However, I felt that the Lord placed on my heart to open up a practice in the Waterbury area.  I was able to find an office and get everything in place in order to bill from there.  The birth of CC of GW began on November 2010.  Things didn’t go smoothly, there was a leak in the roof that flooded the office in January of 2011 and delayed things for months.  Finally, the first client of CC of GW made an appt and was seen in June of 2011. Over the years the Lord has blessed His practice with a beautiful office right on Rt 69 in Prospect.  The Lord has also added more counselors to our team.  In 2023, we decided to change our name to "THE GOOD SHEPHERD CHRISTIAN COUNSELING."  

"I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep."  John 10:14,15

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