About Us


Ellington Behavioral Health is a psychiatric group of exceptional professionals providing extraordinary care. We are a unique, highly qualified and experienced mental health team dedicated to providing outstanding care. We focus on promoting the understanding of mental illness and removal of the stigma associated with mental health, along with empowering the patient to advocate for themselves.

Insurances Accepted




Harvard Pilgrim





Value Options


16 Main Street
Ellington, CT 06029

Office Hours

Monday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Dr. Erum Shahab, M.D, Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Dr. Shahab received her medical degree from the Universidad Tecnologica de Santiago, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. She completed her psychiatry residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y., where she also served as the chief resident in her fourth year. She received the distinguished award of “Resident Teacher of the Year” from Cornell during her third year of residency. Following her graduation from Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, she joined Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y. Prior to joining Saint Francis, Dr. Shahab was on the staff of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, Yonkers, N.Y., and at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, N.Y. She has served as a captain in the United State Air Force Medical Corps and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, and the American Academy of Women Psychiatrists. Although Dr. Shahab’s works with the addiction population, forensic population, adolescents, adults as well as the geriatric population. Dr. Shahab has been in private practice since 2008 serving the Ellington area and local communities. She was the first private provider east of the River to provide an innovative treatment for depression named Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Urdu and Hindi.


beverly j. smith, lcsw

Beverly J. Smith is a Licensed and Certified Social Worker who has been practicing therapy for over 40 years in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient as well as Assisted Living.  She obtained her Master's of Social Work in 1994 from University of Connecticut.  Her work has been with adults in the fields of mental health and substance abuse including but not exclusively the elderly and client with HIV.  She has lead groups in Anger Management, Relapse Prevention, Coping with Change and Divorcing Parents.  Beverly has doen post graduate study in Body Centered Psychotherapy enabling her to work with the whole person.  Her strongest skill is empathy; making it easy for her clients to share their concerns.