Multidimensional Family Therapy

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NOTE: Currently seeking Masters-level, licensed or license-eligible clinicians to work in our MDFT program. Click here to apply.

Program contacts:

  • MDFT New Britain - Kati White, LCSW, 860.716.1520 (phone), 
  • MDFT New Haven - Ashley Doheny, LCSW, 203.464.5867 (phone),
  • MDFT Waterbury - Samantha D'Auria, LCSW, 860.422.3715 (phone),

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) is an innovative and evidence-based intensive in-home program for youth ages 9-18 presenting with substance abuse issues, oppositional behaviors and family conflict. The MDFT team provides clinical interventions and strategies coupled with connecting the youth to services in the community, collaborating with internal and external providers, as well as addressing educational needs. The MDFT team works with the youth and families for approximately four to six months.

Our Program

  • Helps youth understand the connections between drug use, criminal behavior and mental health
  • Helps youth to acquire skills that enhance positive peer relations, healthy self-esteem, connection to school and community activities, increased autonomy and an emotional connection to family members
  • Increases parent and family member engagement by:
    • Helping families to learn and apply skills that improve the relationship with their child or sibling
    • Increase parental knowledge of successful parenting practices
    • Improving day-to-day and intimate communication
    • MDFT also offers crisis intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


74 East Street
Plainville, CT 06062

458 Grand Avenue
New Haven, CT 06513

326 Highland Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06708

Towns Served

MDFT New Britain

Avon, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Meriden, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Plymouth, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Southington, Terryville, Wallingford, Wethersfield

MDFT New Haven

Ansonia, Bethany, Branford, Derby, East Haven, Hamden, Madison, Milford, North Branford, New Haven, North Haven, Northford, Orange, Seymour, Guilford, Shelton, West Haven, Woodbridge

MDFT Waterbury

Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, Barkhamsted, Bethlehem, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Goshen, Hartland, Harwinton, Kent, Litchfield, Morris, New Hartford, Norfolk, North Canaan, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Watertown, and Winchester, Beacon Falls, Cheshire, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Wolcott , Woodbury, Watertown, Bethel, Brookfield, Bridgewater, Roxbury

Funding Sources

Connecticut Department of Children and Families, and the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division



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