Pathways To Wellness Associates, LLC
Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Services
Laura Barbieri, LMHC
I received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College Graduate School with a concentration in Child and Family Psychotherapy. I am a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor’s Association I have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor for the past 10 years. I have experience working in residential settings, community mental health clinics, as well as outreach rehabilitation services. I have worked with individuals and families to help them overcome obstacles, identify goals, and find success in their achievements.
I work with all populations and all age groups and I am skilled in evidence-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I have experience working with trauma survivors, and people working to overcome substance use, anxiety, depression and self-injurious behaviors.
Richard Breault, LICSW
I have been working in the human services field over the past 35 years in a multitude of roles in a variety of settings. For the past 21 years I have been employed by the MA Department of Mental Health: most recently as the Central MA Area Director of Child and Adolescent Services. Prior to that, I functioned as the Director of Community Education, with a primary focus on anti-stigma education about mental illness with the general public.
I have engaged children and adolescents, families, couples, and essentially people of all ages in various forms of therapy. Early in my career, I was employed by as a clinician in an emergency/diagnostic, residential program for teens, and some years later as the program supervisor for a therapeutic after school program. In 1990 I was hired as the program director for the purpose of developing and managing a psychiatric day treatment program for youth.
Throughout my career as a manager and developer of psychiatric programming and therapeutic systems of care, I continued to devote time to providing treatment directly to adults and youth. I have always believed that you can’t be an effective manager of a behavioral health service system if you don’t know the people you are trying to serve. And in order to really know them, you have to work directly with them.
My treatment philosophy centers on helping a person (s) identify their strengths and join with them in developing a treatment plan that is built around those strength. The treatment is guided by the individual’s or family’s goals and preferences. It is the role of the therapist to help the individual or family build on their strengths often by developing new skills and strategies that are essential to achieving their goals. With families and couples, much of the work is focused on relationships and issues with communication. Many of the difficulties and challenges we all face as human beings are related to the relationships we develop with each other, and more specifically, how we communicate what we think and feel to each other. My primary treatment approach is based on Family Systems Theory and Strategic Family Therapy. In cases that involve trauma, I employ a trauma informed approach to treatment, and when indicated, include more specific treatment modalities like cognitive behavioral or dialectical behavioral therapy.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with an MSW degree from Boston College and a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and minors in history and education from UMass Amherst.
Darcy Woods, LMHC
With approximately fifteen years of experience, I have provided counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient settings, DYS and DCF residential treatment programs, and private practice. I have experience working with a wide variety of clinical concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, and parent/child relationship stress . I enjoy working alongside and with people to help them identify their strengths, coping tools, and resiliency that they already have within. Treatment modalities that I use best are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and play therapy with children.
I obtained my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University in 2005, and obtained licensure in the state of Massachusetts as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in 2010. I completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies at the Trauma Center at JRI in 2012.
Jennifer Bruinsma, LMHC
I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and also a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. I have experience as a crisis clinician, an in-home therapist and in working with military families. I enjoy working with children, adolescents and families in order to support and help them overcome challenges, and guide them toward reaching their goals while providing a safe, therapeutic space for them. I have experience providing counseling services and decreasing symptoms for a wide variety of diagnoses including depression, anxiety, autism, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, attachment disorders, adjustment disorders and all aspects of trauma.
Meghan Foucher, LICSW
I have over ten years of experiences providing therapy for adolescents, adults and families. I have worked in various settings including outpatient, school-based, and DYS residential treatment programs. Although I draw from a wide range of clinical techniques and experiences, my therapeutic philosophy remains the same. I believe that everyone has the ability to make change in their lives, and that we each have the internal wisdom to guide us on our journey. Through authentic and compassionate engagement, I support clients by helping them evaluate helpful and unhelpful patterns, while providing clients with tools to create healthier skills and strategies to meet their goals.
I received my Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons School of Social Work in 2005 and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the state of Massachusetts. I am board certified through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and have been trained in evidence-based practices including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Family Systems Therapy as well as Collaborative Problem Solving, mind-body work, and Reiki II.
Diana MacLaughlin, LMHC
Diana McLaughlin, LMHC graduated with her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University in 2002. She has extensive experience working with children, adults, facilitating groups, and family counseling. Diana has over 15 years of experiences working in various settings: specialized foster home programs, Family Stabilization, school settings, and mental health clinics. For the past five years she has worked in a school setting as a school adjustment counselor, working very closely with her students, parents, and outside providers in order to better support the students and family as a whole. She has knowledge and the skill set of working with a wide range of mental health diagnosis, such as Depression, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. In treatment, Diana focuses on assisting her clients in identifying their current obstacles in life, and by working together, developing goals and a course of treatment.
Diana feels extremely honored to join the team at Pathways To Wellness and looks forward to assisting her clients in achieving their goals.
Colleen O'Shea, LMHC
I have 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families. I started my career working at a DYS setting as a residential care worker and as a clinician. I wrote court evaluations and needed to be ready to respond to crisis intervention at a moment’s notice. I moved on to working in the school system about 15 years ago, and have worked in a variety of behavior programs for trauma reactive children, written assessments, and coordinated with community providers to help provide stabilization. I’ve also worked in the general education setting and helped put proactive strategies in place for students so that they could be more successful in school.
I like to consider my style to be able to find and work with strengths a person has and build them up using multi-modality treatment methods. Some of the clinical concerns I’ve worked with include ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma reactive, Asperger’s Syndrome and Developmental Delays. I use a variety of treatment methods like Systems Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral, and Behavior Modification. Most of my work has centered on trauma issues that relate to the child and/or family – in most cases I work with both to ensure healing can begin to grow and be nourished.
I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Social Work from Westfield State College. Most recently, I earned a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Special Education from Assumption College.
Jennifer Lynch, LMHC
I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Child and Family Therapy. I also graduated with a Master's of Education in Autism and Applied Behavioral Analysis. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. I have experience as a crisis clinician and in residential treatment centers. I have experience providing treatment for a wide array of diagnoses that include depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, ADHD, adjustment disorders and mood disorders.
Kimberly Mahlert, LMHC
I have been providing clinical services for ten years, primarily with adolescents and adults in both outpatient and residential settings. I was most recently the Clinical Director of an acute crisis stabilization center and spent several years prior to that working with individuals with complex trauma and developmental disabilities in long-term settings. My clinical experience includes mood disorders, addictions, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, and complex trauma.
I specialize in treating depression and anxiety through use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and treating substance-related addictions disorders through Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention. My other clinical focus is treating symptoms of complex trauma through use of the ARC (Attachment-Regulation-Competency) Model. ARC identifies and addresses important childhood skills and competencies which are routinely shown to have been impacted by traumatic stress and disruptions in attachment. I also have many years’ experience facilitating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups with adolescents.
I am a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor’s Association and have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts since 2012. I received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in 2009 with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut. In addition, I completed the Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center of JRI in 2015.
Kelly Hendricken, LICSW
Life is a constant state of transition and at times, we can struggle to adapt and roll with what life is handing us. Maybe your struggling to maintain balance in your life, working on strengthening a relationship, or your on a journey to find purpose and passion. Many that suffer with anxiety, depression, or emotional distress benefit from a safe, confidential, and non-judgmental space to break through ineffective patterns of behavior and thinking that limits our success.
I utilize a collaborative approach with my clients to promote healing, self regulation techniques, and stimulate personal growth and goal attainment. You’ll increase your confidence, performance, and ability to manage stress in your life, by fostering motivation and resiliency. I facilitate individual, family and couples therapy modalities to transform and shift ways of thinking and behaving. I am a multicultural psychotherapist who practices CBT, DBT, Trauma Informed care, Psychoeducation, Systems Focused family work, and other forms of evidenced based practices. My experience with adolescents and families enables me to assist parents in increasing effective communication, managing challenging behaviors and emotions, and gaining support and useful resources.
I received my Bachelors degree in Psychology and Sociology from Boston College. I graduated from Columbia University with my Master’s in Social Work with a Clinical focus, with a minor in Children and Families. I’m licensed in Massachusetts as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 20+ years experience working with age 12-70. I have held positions in both NYC and Worcester, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, acute and long term treatment settings. I’ve collaborated with DMH, DCF, and DYS treatment programs for adolescents and adults. I am also a member of National Association of Social Workers.
Alma Millona, LMHC
I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College and Advanced Graduate Studies from Assumption College with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family Therapy. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2009, and also a member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association.
I strive to create a safe, compassionate, intelligent and collaborative therapeutic environment in which clients are free to explore their experiences, perspectives, personal identities, deeper level of meanings of their interpretations, through which they develop insight, find healing, improve interpersonal effectiveness and experience personal growth and empowerment. I respect and value the diversity of each client, focus on their unique social cultural context and through interactive, warm style with a focus on trust and openness I attain to build therapeutic relationship.
My focal areas of interests include anxiety and depression, relationship challenges, social development, family dynamic, mindful living, and cultivating self-compassion. I draw from various theoretical perspectives relational, psychodynamic, developmental-contextual, and I incorporate evidence-based approaches, cognitive techniques and mindfulness into individualized treatment.
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Courtney Jacobson, Office Manager
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