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Ashley Abesamra, LMHC,BC-DMT, MA
Ashley Abesamra is a licensed mental health clinician and board certified dance/movement therapist and has been working in the mental health field since 2012. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and dance from Middle Tennessee State University and her Master of Arts degree in Expressive Therapy with a specialization in dance/movement therapy and a concentration in mental health counseling from Lesley University. She has worked in a range of settings, including: a behavioral school for students with intellectual disabilities, an adult residential facility, a day treatment program for adults, as an in home based clinician supporting families, and in early childhood programs. Her work has focused on anxiety, parenting support, trauma/PTSD, ADHD, adjustment challenges, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, depression, challenging childhood behaviors, and body image issues. Her philosophy as a clinician is to be present with her clients where they are at, to help them develop self-awareness, and to discover strategies for coping with life's struggles in order to live in balance and with self-compassion. She utilizes a strengths based approach, mindfulness, and humanistic and psychodynamic theories to help her clients access their whole selves. She incorporates dance, natural movement, music, visual art, yoga, guided imagery, journaling, and play elements to help her clients heal and grow.
Susan Andrew, MSW, LICSW (Hopkinton and Newton)
Susan has been a clinical social worker for 15 years and private practice for 10 years. Sue helps her clients contend with stressful life events and transitions, gain perspective on how to make changes and maintain hope during times of uncertainty. Whether you are experiencing relationship difficulties, a job loss, a divorce, parenting challenges or a medical crisis, Sue can teach effective strategies to cope with your current crisis. Her experience working in healthcare has influenced a passion for working with individuals and families dealing with a serious medical issue or long term illness. She helps clients heal after the loss of a loved one through death or divorce. She believes that it is possible with support to move through these painful life events and experience healing and joy in one’s life again.
Stefan Becker, LMHC
Stefan has been a licensed mental health counselor for over 10 years with experience in private practice and community clinic settings. With a foundation in counseling psychology, Stefan integrates a variety of therapeutic tools based on each client's goals. His relational style creates a safe space for people to work through life transitions, grief, anxiety, depression, dependency, relationships, trauma, career or educational goals. Stefan enjoys helping struggling partners identify triggers, repetitive conflicts and barriers to intimacy. His interests in using mindful C.B.T. with expressive writing enables clients to gain perspective of self defeating thoughts and behavior. Stefan specializes in working with people with chronic pain, unseen disabilities, psycho-spiritual matters and men's issues. Stefan continues advanced training in male psychology and passionately works with adolescents, young adults and men who are limited by gender stereotypes of masculinity which promote restricted emotional expression, difficulty with vulnerability, behavior and control issues and unhealthy relationship patterns. Stefan also has advanced training in Internal Family Systems (I.F.S.), commonly known as parts-work, and mind-body tools such as Emotional Freedom Technique (E.F.T.) commonly known as tapping. Stefan's former successful career in media and the television entertainment industry enriches his therapeutic approach working with artists, performers and stressed clients working in these competitive fields.
Marina Dresner, MSW, LICSW (Hopkinton and Newton)
Marina has been a clinical social worker for 14 years. A graduate of Binghamton University and the Simmons College School of Social Work, she has worked primarily in a medical setting with individuals, families and groups. Previously, her work has focused on chronic illness, end of life care, new diagnosis, anticipatory loss, grief and bereavement. Her interests also include helping clients work through anxiety, depression, life choices and transitions, infertility and stress management. Marina believes in a holistic approach with the therapeutic relationship at its center. In creating a safe and non-judgmental space, Marina hopes to support her clients in reaching their goals and becoming their better self.
Gloria Fallon, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Hopkinton and Newton)
Gloria Fallon is a compassionate and seasoned board-certified psychiatric clinical nurse specialist for children and adolescents. She provides psychopharmacology consultation, ongoing med management and therapy for individual children, adolescents and young adults and women.
Ms. Fallon has a strong clinical and academic background from the Yale School of Nursing where she graduated in 2001. She was awarded a Deans' Leadership Scholar Award during her final year at Yale, and completed a Harvard Behavioral Health Fellowship for further training in therapeutic methods and psychopharmacology. Her clinical interests range from anxiety disorders, post-partum depression, adult child issues, cognitive-behavioral therapy, core self-esteem strengthening, and non-complex psychopharmacology management.
Liz Fisher, MSW, LCSW
Liz is a licensed clinical social worker who brings warmth and energy to her work with a diverse group of children, adolescents and adults. Liz is a member of International Honor Societies in both Social Sciences and Psychology, earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her Master of Social Work from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. The compassion and enthusiasm Liz brings to each session empowers individuals, couples and families to work through life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, grief and loss, and substance abuse. Liz believes that effective therapy is grounded in a trusting and collaborative relationship. Tapping into each individual’s inherent strengths as the foundation for change, Liz encourages insight and self-care as an ongoing part of growth and healing.
Steve Ioanilli, LMHC (Hopkinton and Newton)
Steve welcomes each of his clients in a warm, non-judgmental manner and invites them to collaborate on a path of healing and self-discovery. He takes a strength-based approach to therapy, drawing from positive psychology, mindfulness-based approaches, CBT, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to tailor his approach to each client’s specific concerns, preferences, and goals. Steve’s areas of expertise include anxiety and stress reduction, depression, trauma, grief and loss, relationships, and work or school performance. Since getting his Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling, Steve has worked as a director of a residential treatment home, as a clinician in community mental health settings, and as an in-home therapist. He has a long standing interest in the ancient traditions from which modern-day mindfulness springs, and is a long-term student and practitioner of meditation in the Yogic, Vipassana, and Zen traditions.
Caitlin Jones, LMHC
Caitlin is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a graduate of Lesley University. Caitlin has experience in many different therapeutic settings, including schools and universities, addiction/recovery centers, wellness centers and outpatient facilities. She is integrative in her approach to treatment, using CBT, DBT, person centered therapy, mindfulness cognitive therapy and art therapy in the treatment process. She considers herself to be a holistic and multicultural therapist, who works with clients to promote empowerment, social justice and wellness. Her background in theatre coupled with her time living abroad in Madrid, Spain have helped to shape her narrative and to inform her therapeutic approach.Caitlin believes that our capacity for recovery and healing is tremendous. If we sit with someone and we truly listen, then they can feel heard. If we have empathy and we do not judge, then they can feel safe. If we support clients when they falter, then we can help clients learn to steady the fall. Caitlin’s hope is that by creating a safe space, where we foster the belief in our own value and our positive self-regard, she can help clients to navigate their life journey.
Haven Fyfe-Kiernan, MSW, LICSW, Owner of The Wellness Room
Haven has been practicing social work for over 20 years. Her background includes medical and hospital social work in Boston hospitals as well as private practice. Haven’s specialties include anxiety management, loss and bereavement, spousal loss, prenatal and postpartum support, postpartum depression and parenting support. Haven feels honored to have spent the past 20 years working with clients who have trusted her to guide them through the challenges of their lives. The Wellness Room is the culmination of her dream of offering a warm and nurturing space to support the emotional needs and wellness of her clients.
Deborah Lincoln,MSW, LICSW
Deborah has been a clinical social worker for 17 years. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Simmons College School of Social Work. She has worked in both group and private practice, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Currently working with adolescents and adults and helping them with struggles such as anxiety, depression, self harm, parenting, chronic pain, fertility among others. She utilizes treatments such as CBT, DBT, mindfulness and strength based therapies. She is very focused on the mind body connection, and giving clients a safe, non judgmental and comfortable environment to help them reach their goals.
Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RN,PMHNP-BC
Carol Anne Marchetti, PhD, RN, is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a Clinical Associate Professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College and serves as a psychiatric consultant for the Massachusetts Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. She earned her BS degrees from UMass Boston, and an
MS and PhD degree from Boston College. She completed a behavioral health fellowship at Harvard Vanguard in Wellesley, and for more than 15 years she was a nurse at Tufts Medical Center where she cared for children, adolescents, and families in a variety of in-patient and outpatient settings. Carol specializes in the treatment of depression,
anxiety, and OCD among adults, and believes it is critical to collaborate with patients to build a strong therapeutic relationship, and identify interventions that will best meet the patients' treatment goals. She adopts a holistic approach that is primarily rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, psychopharmacological, and trauma-informed principles.
Stacey McEnerney, LMHC
In over 20 years of clinical experience, Stacey has had the honor of witnessing the transformative power of individual therapy in her clients’ lives. Since graduating in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Counseling from Seattle University, Stacey has worked in mental health agencies and public schools using play and art therapy to support children and adolescents in achieving their goals. Stacey has advanced training in many forms of play therapy and specializes in addressing traumatic stress, school behavior issues, adjustment problems, anxiety and other mood disorders. Stacey teaches play therapy to other clinicians and provides supervision to professionals working with children. Research has shown play and art to be developmentally appropriate and effective methods for supporting change in children and adolescents. Stacey uses the healing powers inherent in play to help kids and teens explore and express their thoughts and emotions, feel supported and understood and find new ways of being in their worlds.
Nicole McNeil, MSW, LICSW
Nicole is thrilled to be practicing in her native city of Newton, serving clients who are seeking new perspectives for life’s challenges. Using a blend of person-first therapy and motivational interviewing, complemented by Cognitive Behavioral Techniques, mindfulness, and psychodynamic theory, Nicole has been helping people make changes in the context of a positive therapeutic relationship for almost ten years. She has helped clients navigate pain and problems caused by trauma, addiction, and major mental health issues while helping them embrace the best versions of themselves. Nicole believes in addressing genetics and environmental factors to address issues such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues. Nicole received her BA at the University of New Hampshire in psychology and Spanish. After a semester abroad in Spain, she returned home to attend Boston College’s Graduate School of Social Work. She has worked in hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, NGOs, and substance abuse treatment centers. Nicole has served as an adjunct professor in Endicott College’s psychology department. Currently, she is enrolled in William James College’s PsyD program in Organizational Development & Leadership Psychology with a concentration in non-profit management. Her boyfriend and two chihuahuas are the lights of her life and, when she isn’t working, she’s developing new recipes for her cooking blog or planning her next adventure!
Robert Metzger, PMHNP, RN
Robert is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He graduated from Regis College with Master’s Degree of Nursing. He has experience as a RN and NP in the outpatient and inpatient settings. Robert believes in utilizing multiple modalities such as mindfulness to not only address a client's psycho-pharmacological needs but also their therapeutic needs. He emphasizes empathic listening, compassionate communication, and building a trusting relationship in order to tailor a unique treatment plan for each client. Robert’s core principles are derived from a perspective that wellness can be achieved by harnessing clients' strengths, incorporating their supports, determining their environmental triggers, and utilizing psychopharmacology holistically.
Alee Miller, MSW, LICSW, Assistant Clinical Supervisor (Hopkinton and Newton)
Alee has been a clinical social worker for almost 10 years and has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, schools, and outpatient clinics. A graduate from The School of Social Work at Simmons College, Alee helps clients from youth through adulthood find the confidence and strength that lies within them and bring it to the surface. Through humor, a commitment to a strong therapeutic relationship, warmth, and compassion, Alee works alongside her clients to alleviate the strain of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship difficulties, coming of age stressors, pregnancy/post-partum, LGBT issues, parenting issues and grief and loss. Alee feels it is a privilege to be allowed into people’s lives at challenging moments and help them build the skills and confidence to live more enjoyable lives.
Emily Newmann, MSW, LICSW
Emily Newmann, MSW, LICSW, has been working in the field for over 20 years with many diverse populations. She has worked in agency settings, schools, home-based crisis work and private practice. She has taught at Boston University and lead national trainings and workshops. Currently, her practice is focused on couples, families, parent guidance, and grief work with adults and groups. As a parent herself, she knows how challenging raising children can be, especially when the family unit is having a difficult time. She helps families and couples find new ways to problem solve as well as helping people feel more confident in their parenting skills so they can parent with their best intentions throughout life’s challenges. Emily also has a deep understanding of grief and loss and is able to sit with clients who are mourning a loved one. She helps people feel more ease and comfort as they put their life back together in a different way than ever imagined.
Emily is an artist. She uses expressive arts in her work with clients when a client is open to it. In Emily's work with clients, she uses narrative therapy and mindfulness techniques to help clients discover new ways of living their lives that are more in line with their hopes, desires, and ways they wish to be in this world. She believes people have their unique story to tell, and her job is to help them recognize the parts of their story that are helpful and those that get in the way of where they want to be.
Thanh Nguyen, LICSW
Thanh believes a trusting and meaningful connection between client and therapist is essential for successful therapy. Her therapeutic approach is warm, non-judgmental, and highly attuned. She provides a safe space for people to gain insights into underlying issues and to process painful experiences from the past and present. Thanh practices holistically, viewing each client through a lens of intrinsic wholeness and helps them gain awareness of the interrelatedness between their thoughts, emotions, physical experiences, and spiritual understandings. She collaborates with clients to identify areas of strengths and struggles, allowing clients to develop skills to address self-defeating patterns and create healthier ways of being. She also emphasizes cultivating self-care and self-compassion during this process. Thanh helps adults and young adults work through trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, shame, relationship issues, and life transitions. Her therapeutic orientation is grounded in psychodynamic and attachment theories and integrates CBT, narrative therapy, principles of interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness-based approaches. Thanh earned her B.A. from the University of California, Davis in 2003. After working for several educational non-profits and children’s charities, she went on to earn her M.S.W. from Boston College School of Social Work in 2015. She has since worked in various mental health settings, including at a psychiatric hospital, a partial hospitalization program, a day treatment center, and in outpatient mental health clinics. Thanh considers it an honor to support clients in their journey toward rediscovering a sense of clarity, balance, and joy, and learning to trust in themselves and their ability to live with purpose and authenticity.
Sarah Rudman, Practice Manager
Sarah graduated from Wheelock in 2013 with a bachelor of science in counseling psychology and two minors in music and education. After graduating college, she worked for Anika Therapeutics doing administrative work. Employee event planning and starting a wellness program for employees, were two tasks Sarah enjoyed the most. Wanting to do more wellness focused work, Sarah started searching and found The Wellness Room. Sarah is in charge of new patient intakes, scheduling, continuing education, event planning and general administrative coordination. Sarah loves doing Kripalu yoga in her spare time, and hopes to get an advanced degree in healthcare management and leaderership over the next couple of years.
Rachel Segall, MSW, LICSW
Rachel has been a clinical social worker for 20+ years and formerly taught Abnormal Psychology at MassBay Community College. She has worked in a variety of settings with a diverse group of clients – from people in an inpatient hospital setting to adolescents in a group home to individuals and couples in a private practice office. She addresses life transitions, family conflicts, anxiety, depression and a variety of relationship issues. She specializes in couples therapy as well as issues around IVF/Surrogacy. She is empathetic and nonjudgemental and helps people see their strengths so they can meet their personal goals. Rachel feels privileged that people allow her into their lives to help them navigate through difficult times.
Caroline Souza, Office Coordinator
Caroline is an artist with years of experience in customer service and making clients happy. She has learned how to listen to a clients needs in her time as an artist doing commissioned work, in marketing and event planning. At The Wellness Room, Caroline wanted to take these skills to a place where she felt she could really help people. With an education in theater and costume design, Caroline knows how important expression and care of one's self can be. She wanted to bring these skills to The Wellness Room as a strong believer of it's mission to help those in need of a little self care. In the future she dreams of being an animator, wanting to create the cartoons and movies that continue to inspire her in life even now, but in the meantime she's having fun dressing up as them first!"
Kate Tetuan, LICSW
Kate brings compassion and creative energy to each interaction she has with her clients. Her 10 years of clinical experience both as a hospice social worker as well as her current position in the Boston Public Schools allows for a wide range of experience in her work. While Kate’s main focus has been supporting young people who have experienced loss, she also has experience with trauma-informed work, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and play therapy. She enjoys learning about her clients and is thoughtful about each person’s strengths and needs. Kate believes that each person has all of the tools they need and often just need some support and guidance around how to reach the next steps of their journey. Kate received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Baylor University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College. She currently works with clients ranging in age from 4 – 22.
Carla Gerber-Weintraub, LICSW
After a half century of life experience, Carla gathered the courage to embark upon her social work career. She achieved a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Salem State College and a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. Carla’s first clinical work was in a domestic violence agency where she facilitated support groups for women victims in crisis. For seven years, Carla worked in outpatient community mental health centers treating clients whose lives were trodden with pain and hardships. She learned that sometimes adults with untreated early childhood trauma may exhibit symptoms of chronic illness, dissociation, addiction, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, chronic PTSD, and conflicted interpersonal relationships. She also learned that by patiently building a safe and trusting therapeutic space, unhealthy patterns of behavior can be identified, healed, and changed. Changes during the therapeutic process are achieved by using an eclectic menu of attachment theory, family systems, relational theory, and trauma theory, all of which are couched in a psychodynamic approach.
Kara Rendzia Williams, LICSW, Clinical Supervisor
Kara approaches her work as a therapist with humor and warmth. She has been practicing clinical social work since 2006 when she graduated with her masters in social work from Boston College. Kara has worked in various settings including schools with children of all ages, community mental health centers, nursing homes and outpatient clinics. Kara helps clients, from young teens to adults, who are working through transitions in their lives, relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, trauma, parenting stress and loss. Kara enjoys helping clients to examine patterns of coping in their lives and to build new, positive and healthy coping skills. Kara believes that a good therapeutic relationship is built on trust, empathy and compassion and she is passionate about supporting her clients on their path to healing and self discovery She feels as though it is a privilege to be a social worker and to walk alongside people through their pain, sadness and times of transition.