Dr. Barbara L. Hughes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in CT and VA and Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in VA with her Doctorate in Education in Counseling from The College of William and Mary. She has over 32 years of experience in the mental health field working with diverse clinical populations. She currently specializes in working with children, adolescence, and young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NVLD) along with coexisting anxiety, depression, and social deficits. She incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness, with other theories to meet client needs in a supportive, therapeutic, interpersonal, and educative style to help the person grow and develop in a happy, healthy, well balanced manner. She has private practice offices in Middletown and Essex, CT. In addition, she works with individual students on location at Franklin Academy, a private residential program for students with NVLD and ASD. She is co-founder with Robin Fox of the “Acting Social: Using Improv to Improve Social Synchronicity”© program having provided social cognitive improv groups, professional development conferences, consultations, trainings, and workshops. Barbara is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the American Counseling Association, Connecticut Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.