Meet Our


Pathways To Wellness Associates, LLC
Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Services 
Shelley Ashton-Briggs, LMHC, LPC Owner

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.

Shelley Ashton-Briggs, LMHC, LPC Owner

Darcy Woods, LMHC

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 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 anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, trauma, and parent/child relationship stress. I enjoy working to help guide people to help them identify their strengths, coping tools, and resiliency that they already have within to facilitate change they are seeking.  My approach is varied, and I enjoy using and teaching CBT and DBT techniques. 


Lindsey Carreiro, LCSW

I graduated from Boston University with a Masters Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts and I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I have experience working with substance use, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders and depressive disorders. I incorporate a variety of treatment methods into my practice such as, interpersonal therapy, behavior modification, and solution-focused therapy. 


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.

Shelley Ashton-Briggs, LMHC, LPC Owner

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. 


Courtney Neustadt, LICSW

As a therapist, I believe every person is unique, and that their treatment should be tailored to fit their specific needs and circumstances. Having been trained in many different therapeutic techniques, including trauma therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), strength-based and numerous others, I have developed the ability to provide individualized therapy for every person. I will work with people to find their strengths, help them grow, and change patterns in their daily life. In my years of experience, I have worked with numerous diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. I am highly passionate about the LGBTQ+ community, healing from traumatic experiences, and creating a safe, welcoming environment for every person I work with.

I earned my bachelors of arts in psychology from SUNY Oswego, and my masters degree in social work from Binghamton University in 2017. I have been working in the mental health field since 2011 in various settings from community outpatient, family therapy, to running support groups and college counseling. 

Jennifer Lynch

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.


Kelley 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.



Melinda Hillock, LICSW

My clinical perspective is to work collaboratively with adults, and young adults to foster growth, empowerment, and to identify and implement healing techniques. My focal areas of interest include depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, Veteran’s issues, addiction disorders, coping with illness most especially cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, LGBQT issues, homelessness and inadequate housing, and geriatric issues.

In addition, I have worked with couples over the past 10 years focusing on improvement of communication patterns, fostering and nurturing healthy relationships.  Working as an instructor at the First Offender Driver Alcohol Education Program at the former Henry Willis Center has afforded me the opportunity to combine substance use treatment with psychoeducation material to foster growth and recovery with those individuals experiencing substance use disorders.


     I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work from the University of CT and a post-master’s graduate certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies from Boston University School of Social Work. My undergraduate experience was at Clark University where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology.


    With twenty-five years practicing as a clinical social worker and thirteen years prior experience as a case manager with the geriatric population, I look forward to working with individuals and couples to maximize strengths. Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy , Trauma Focused therapy, Harm Reduction techniques are incorporated in treatment.


Mindy Lawrence, LMHC


I received my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from American International College in 2001. Previous to this I received my BA in psychology from Salve Regina University. I have been working in the mental health field since 1998 and have been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2003. I have worked in a variety of settings serving children, adolescents, as well as adults. Such settings include outpatient clinics, residential treatment programs, inpatient mental health, emergency services in the ER conducting level of care evaluations, and school based services. Over the years I have worked with and gained experience with many diagnoses including but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. My approach to working with clients is best described as eclectic and I draw from various techniques that best fit the client in their unique experience. I believe in meeting each client where they are at. I strive to provide a nonjudgmental safe, and therapeutic environment for each client to feel free to express themselves.


Haidee Machado, LCSW

(Bio coming soon)

Shelley Ashton-Briggs, LMHC, LPC Owner

Courtney Jacobson​, Office Manager


                                                                   Jennifer Trites, LMHC

With over 18 years of providing counseling services and 15 years as a licensed clinician, I have had the fortune of working with many wonderful people. I started my career, prior to graduate school, working with children in many aspects of care including daycare, pre-k, as a nanny and in a therapeutic residential home for children ages 5-13. After receiving my Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University I have had the opportunity to work in many areas of mental health including outreach/home visiting, community mental health, trauma assessments, crisis and stabilization and in traditional outpatient settings. Over the past 6 years I have enjoyed gaining experience working with adults, young adults, teens and children focus on decreasing symptoms of anxiety and depression and how to gain the most out of life while developing and reaching personal goals. My approach is about connecting with my clients in order to discover and unleash the power that is in us all to enhance lives. I have been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Trauma Informed Care and Collaborative Problem Solving. Having the opportunity to be part of my client's life journeys is something I am truly grateful for as a professional and as a human being.


                                                                    Tanya Farrar, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. I have been in the mental health field since 2015, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a Master’s of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Beginning my career in community mental health, I believe that our society is only as strong as our most vulnerable members and seek to help and empower those who would like to improve their lives by taking on the important work of therapy. I have worked with individuals and families on the journey to mental well-being, with most of my work focusing on family systems theory to help people through life’s challenges. I now use that experience in working with individuals ranging in age from 7 to 60 years in pursuing peace, self-compassion, and ultimately, happiness. I have experience in treating anxiety, depression, self-esteem and body image issues, emerging adulthood adjustments, family problems, grief, trauma, and many other challenges. I am confident that we can see hope on the other side, together. 


Mary Ritchie, LICSW

After working with adolescences and their families for over nine years I’ve gained skills to support them both at home, at school and in the community. Having a variety of roles working in a residential setting, crisis response and community based settings I’ve learned a great deal about system navigation, competency building skills and helping clients reach their full potential in all life domains. I like to work with adolescents and transition aged adults to feel comfortable within themselves and their world, gain new perspectives, support transitions and build up skills to use for many of life’s daily challenges. Working collaboratively we can find a style that would meet your needs and help you to get where you’d like to be at this time in your life. Some areas of focus could be mindfulness, solution focused, humanistic and trauma informed. 

I graduated from UMass Amherst for my undergrad degree in Sociology before working in a residential program. Then I graduated with my masters in social work from Simmons University in 2018 and am an active member of the NASW. Since then Ive kept up with current trainings and am an active Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). I focus on social justice issues with clients and agencies and regularly work to better the community both within and outside of my various work roles.