About Us

We are confident that together we can work to help equip you with the necessary tools to help you face and overcome life’s challenges. Whether you’re struggling with relationship and/or social issues, self esteem and confidence, family issues, you don’t have to be alone in this journey. We have the experience to help you achieve your goals, overcome these struggles, and live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

We understand no two individuals are the same, and tailor our sessions together to address challenges unique to you. We will work together to understand the root cause of your struggles and address those issues with long-lasting strategies, helping you get closer to the life you’ve always wanted.

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Clifford LaMotta, LCSW 

My Approach to Helping

Everyone struggles at some point in their life, I have myself. I also believe strongly that your past and present do not define your future.

My strength lies in identifying barriers to success; whether emotional, behavioral, psychosocial, or environmental. Thoughts, feelings, and behavior are always linked; change one and you can change any or all. I will identify with your strengths and skills, strengthen them and empower you to use them, I believe in you when you may not believe in yourself. The solution lies with you, I know how to connect, to lend you my passion and faith in you such that you discover what you are capable of.

I have been an employee, a boss, a parent, a husband, father, and a stepfather. I have overcome barriers with a strong set of values that come through in my practice. A therapist’s interpersonal and social skills connect deeply with a successful clinical therapeutic outcome; these skills are my strength. My approach combines life experience, broad training, and various journeys to bring you the best support possible.

More Info About My Practice

The Compass Counseling Group (CCG) is a counseling practice based out of Ridgefield, CT, composed of licensed clinicians with the experience and capability to serve youth and families. Our mission at CCG is to support clients in navigating the various challenges they will encounter as they walk their unique path through life.

Whether struggling with mental illness, working through a loss, seeking to improve relationships, or looking for support during a life transition, clinicians at CCG have the compassion and experience to help guide clients on their journey.

CCG is able to offer a variety of counseling and coaching services, including but not limited to individual and family sessions, couples counseling, cognitive behavioral based group and individual interventions, career coaching, clinical assessments, and psychiatric medication referrals. Our clinicians at CCG tailor each treatment plan to the individual needs of clients and families and work collaboratively with community providers to best serve our clients.

We believe that our clients have the wisdom and strength to overcome life’s many challenges, though recognize that even the most equipped may need support during difficult times. We are here to help our clients find their internal compass and regain the motivation and clarity needed to “go confidently in the direction of [their] dreams and live the life [they] imagine? Thoreau.

My Therapy Focus

You have to do it yourself, but you don’t have to do it alone.


Belle Lopes, LCSW

I can help you make sense of your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors and work with you on techniques to modify how you think, feel, and react. With a deeper understanding of yourself and new skills to cope with stress, you will discover the strength that was within you all along.

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90 Grove Street Suite 206
Ridgefield, CT 06877

(203) 441-7060

Clifford LaMotta

Belle Lopes

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