About Us

Cynthia L. Sarris, LCSW

Psychotherapist & Certified Yoga Instructor

Cynthia L. Sarris, LCSW (the owner of psychotherapy and yoga center) is a psychotherapist and a certified yoga instructor and has been practicing since 1991. She dreamed of having her own practice and a place where she could provide other therapists an opportunity to go into private practice.  She had that opportunity all those years ago and is now paying it forward.   She then focused  on how dynamic it would be to incorporate her love for yoga into her practice to offer clients other alternatives to heal.  Now, massage therapy has been added  to the practice. She feels once again that she is  offering yet another alternative for clients to improve their lives.

Cynthia has 31 years experience as a therapist beginning at a agency for abused children and then working for a psychiatrist in private practice.  She became certified in Yoga in 2007 but has been practicing yoga since 1995. It has become apparent that combining the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the meditative, spiritual and total wellness that Yoga offers made a lot of sense. Currently, she specializes in divorce by running two groups for divorced women at the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford. She also specializes in anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression, gender issues and generalized women’s issues relating to self-esteem and empowerment. Cynthia’s experience as a yoga instructor offers her clients a welcoming, calm environment in order to effectively deal with their issues.

Dana Pelliccio, LPC, NCC


Dana M. Pelliccio, LPC , NCC is a psychotherapist  with 9 years experience. Prior to joining the practice over 6 years ago, she provided outpatient counseling services to children, adolescents and adults in both university and community agency settings. Dana’s specialties include anxiety disorders, depression, adolescent issues, family communication, eating disorders, body image issues and cognitive behavioral therapy. Above all, Dana believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important component in helping clients heal. After meeting with Dana, her clients feel a special bond with her that allows them to work through difficult issues.

Andrea Basel, LCSW


Andrea C. Basel, LCSW is a therapist who joined the practice over a year ago. She has had at least 3 years experience working with children and families with the Yale Child Study Center and with Guilford Youth and Family Services. She currently provides outpatient therapy to adults, children, and couples who are dealing with grief, depression and other mental health issues. Andrea’s focus is on helping clients through life’s stages and working with families on improving communication.  When meeting with Andrea her clients feel a warmth that translates into an effective and strong therapeutic relationship.

Caitlin Pytli, LMT

Licensed Massage Therapist

Caitlin Pytlik, LMT is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue massage, relaxation and sports massages. She has over two years experience with the Center.  Her experience also includes Reiki and reflexology. Caitlin graduated top in her class with perfect attendance. Caitlin has a soft gentle voice and combined with the comfort of the massage room, her clients immediately relax. Caitlin works fulltime for Whelen Engineering in Deep River, Ct.

Ingrid O’Donnell, RN, BSN, LMT, MMP

Licensed Massage Therapist

Ingrid O’Donnell, RN, BSN, LMT, MMP is a licensed Massage therapist.  She started her practice with her RN and BSN.  Ingrid with all her experience has developed a deep understanding of the human condition with the physical, mental and emotional. Ingrid has been a LMT since 2014, she specializes in deep tissue, Swedish, trigger point therapy, cranio-sacral, myofascial release, reflexology and hot stone. Ingrid loves to learn and is currently working on her certification as a medical massage practitioner. She specializes in Infant massage to parents in a group class as well as a one-to-one setting. The benefits of MMP is that it can be Physician referred. It  focuses on specific medical diagnosis and may be covered by insurance. Ingrid looks forward to working with each unique client to meet their needs. Ingrid’s experience with an array of modalities makes for a unique and therapeutic experience.

Joni Friedman

Joni Friedman is a registered occupational therapist and certified yoga instructor of Integrative Yoga Therapy since 1999.  Joni is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of body/mind/spirit wellness practices through movement, mindfulness and breath. She offers gentle, meditative yoga classes teaching classical postures and breathing techniques to improve flexibility, strength, concentration and balance.  Joni creates a safe environment with an attitude of self-acceptance in order to awaken the body and quiet the mind.  Joni has been working with adults in physical rehabilitation since 2009.  She lives in Killingworth with her husband Kevin and dog/companion Cinnamon.

Aly King

Aly King is a newly-minted yoga teacher who trained at Body Karma Studio and gained her Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in August 2019.  Aly has been refining her yoga practice for 10 years, and ultimately came to focus more thoroughly on the physical, spiritual, and emotional benefits of her practice over the last 3 years.  Practicing yoga regularly with Cindy over the past 3 years has been one of the highlights of Aly’s yoga career, and helped to inspire her to become a yoga teacher! Yoga is not only one of her passions, but it fits into her daily life of delivering health and wellness to others, as she works as a Physician Assistant.  When she is both teaching and deepening her own practice, Aly enjoys Restorative and Gentle Flow Yoga most, and is continually looking to substitute for other teachers.  Off the mat, you can find her hiking, biking, walking, and traveling with her canine-companion, Reilly.