Pamela Criswell, LMHC

Practice Director

Old habits and fixed thoughts may be preventing you from making decisions or choosing a life-path. Together, we will work to build your confidence, decision making skills, and develop strategies for you to achieve success!

 

With over 20 years of experience, I graduated from Lesley University with a Master in Expressive Therapy with an Art Therapy Specialization. I received post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma studies. I am a Registered Art Therapist and Certified Eat, Breathe Thrive(TM) Instructor.

  • Adults

  • Individuals

  • LGBTQ

  • Eating Disorders

  • Gestalt

  • Mindfulness

  • Relationships

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapies

  • Dance Movement Therapies

  • Family Systems

  • Mindfulness Training

  • Guided Visualization

  • DBT

  • Relationships and Dating

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

Rebecca Dessertine, LICSW

Teletherapy and In-Person

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is today.” - Proverb

 

Taking a step towards helping yourself can be difficult, especially if you have not sought out therapy before. Taking a step towards self-discovery and healing may seem daunting, and even confusing. Therapy is one way to move forward to identify and understand your best self. Perhaps dealing with today’s stress may seem insurmountable, or you may have felt overwhelmed for many years -- moving towards helping yourself and giving yourself the space and permission to explore, forgive, and grow is a human right.

 

I received my Master’s in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work after previously having a long career in a creative industry. I have experience in outpatient, residential, and forensic settings. I have extensive experience with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and trauma.

 

With acceptance and patience, therapy can help you explore and facilitate change in your life. Taking a step towards therapy today is as good as having done so twenty years ago.

 

Adults

Young Adults

Individuals

LGBTQ

Adjustment Issues

Acute Disorders

PTSD and Trauma Disorders

Stress and Anxiety

Depression and Low Mood

Attachment and Family Issues

Relationships

Co-Dependence

 

Psychodynamic Approach

Relational

Insight Oriented

CBT/ DBT

Narrative Therapy

Self-Care / Coping Skills

Pamela Boone, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

Has your life situation changed and you are finding it hard to adjust? Are you feeling lonely, sad, overwhelmed, unable to find enjoyment, having difficulty making friends or just unable to follow through on personal goals?

 

I am a caring, empathetic and committed mental health professional passionate about helping all people. I have extensive experience providing services to clients from diverse backgrounds in community, residential, clinical and forensic settings - serving in administrative and supervisory roles. My approach is to “meet clients where they are” with a goal of empowering them to have the confidence and courage to believe in themselves - realizing that they deserve happiness and a chance live their best life. Everyone is different so I utilize strategies that are a good-fit for each individual client. I am knowledgeable in evidenced-based practices as I seek to achieve positive outcomes in treatment.

 

I received my Master’s from the American International College and a Certificate of Advanced

Graduate Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. I have been a LMHC since 2008.

 

 

Adults

Individuals

LGBTQ

 

Sexual Identity

Trauma

Domestic Violence

Self-Esteem and Self-Image

Women's Issues

Anger

Adjustment Disorders

Anxiety

Depression

 

Humanistic

Psychodynamic

Person-Centered

CBT

DBT

Motivational Interviewing

Louise Binette, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” 
― Carl R. Rogers, A Way of Being

 

As a seasoned integrative psychotherapist, I bring over 20 years of clinical experience and professional trainings to best assist you. My approach is rooted in Mindfulness, CBT, attachment theory, neuroscience and trauma research. I specialize in building resilience after experiences of stress or trauma, and offer EMDR therapy (since 2004) and am a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP). I also offer creative and contemplative approaches that help facilitate self-inquiry and whole-person integration, and am a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), and a yoga & meditation teacher.

 

My therapeutic approach is holistic, collaborative and compassionate, and is creatively tailored to your specific needs. I believe that each individual carries a wisdom and deep healing power within, and see you as a whole person that is full of potential.

Individual

Adult

LGBTQIA

Adjustment/Transitions

Challenges in decision-making

Creative blocks

Anxiety

Depression

Gender expression and identity

Stress

Trauma and PTSD

Eating disorders

Self-esteem

Body image issues

Grief/loss

Relationships and communication skills

Emily Russo, LICSW

Teletherapy Only

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis.

 

Therapy provides an opportunity to focus on oneself to work through difficult, sometimes uncomfortable, periods in life. Therapy also encourages self-reflection as a means of improving various aspects of life, such as self-confidence and personal relationships. I utilize a motivational, individual-centered therapeutic approach to help my clients discover their own resiliency and internal strength. By working collaboratively with clients in a safe, supportive, open environment, we are able to achieve positive change and strengthen coping skills. Through my experience as a clinician, I have also come to believe in the interdependent connection between physical and mental health, and I strive to help clients understand the importance of this correlation to promote an all-around healthier way of life.

I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University and have several years of clinical experience working with a diverse range of clients. I specialize in working with individuals – from young adults to the elderly – experiencing anxiety, depression, grief/loss, adjustment issues, and chronic health issues.

  • Individuals

  • Adults

  • LGBTQ

 

  • Relationships

  • Trauma/ PTSD

  • Academic and Work Stress

  • Adjustment and Attachment Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Life Transitions

  • Loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic Illness/Health Issues

  • Mindfulness

  • Motivational Interviews

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Person-Centered

  • Positive Psychology

  • Strength Based

  • Existential

Sarah DeCelles, LICSW

Teletherapy Only

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light” - Brene Brown. 

 

Many of us experience moments that challenge our thoughts, emotions and spirit. I believe that despite these challenges, the human spirit is resilient and adaptive. I aim to hold a liberated space with you to explore these moments, to nurture vulnerable parts and to foster healing and balance. In this therapeutic space, we will work towards your goals in partnership together. I will draw upon clinical techniques stemming from mindfulness, mind-body connection, trauma-informed practices and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

 

After earning a Master of Social Work and Certificate in Urban Leadership from Simmons College, I have worked with adults in outpatient and medical settings. My clinical background primarily includes providing counseling to adults and families who have been impacted by community, interpersonal and sexual violence as well as complex grief and loss. In addition to serving adults suffering from anxiety, depression and complex medical illnesses. My most recent work has been specializing in perinatal mental health, pregnancy loss and concerns surrounding women's reproductive health.

  • Adults

  • LGBTQ

  • Individuals

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Self Esteem

  • Sexual Violence and other Trauma

  • Reproductive Health

  • Women's Issues

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life transitions

  • CBT

  • Mindfulness

  • Humanist

Britta Baghestani, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

I am dedicated to assisting you find your voice and inner strengths. My work follows the humanistic perspective where everyone has an inherent ability to realize their fullest potential. Along the way, I want to empower you to believe in learning from experience and to use challenges as opportunities to grow.

 

My therapeutic methods are integrative and holistic, taking into account the inseparable mind-body connection as well as the interdependence between you and your environment. Through mindfulness practice, you will be able to
identify internal thought and behavior patterns.


After completing my master's in Clinical Psychology in Germany, I came to the United States. There, I received a certificate in Holistic Health as well as a master's in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University with a specialty in Dance/Movement Therapy and Mental
Health Counseling.

 

  • Adults

  • Individuals

  • Couples

  • LGBTQ

 

  • Eating Disorders

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions

  • Gender Identity and Transgender

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Stress Management

  • Relationships and Dating

  • Self-esteem

 

  • Art Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • (CBT) Cognitive Behavior Therapy

  • (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Family Systems

  • Relational

Barbara Hershey, LICSW

Teletherapy and In-Person

At some point, we all experience difficulties and unpleasant emotions in life.

 

I help clients to learn how to cope with family changes, life transitions, loss, school and work stressors and help develop meaningful relationships through exploring relationship patterns. To meet the individual needs of each client, I empower them to gain self-awareness of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. 

 

Together, we identify their personal strengths, practice mindfulness, and develop coping strategies that can be utilized daily.

I graduated from Yeshiva University with my masters in Social Work. As a licensed clinician in NYC for 20 years, I worked in various settings with teens and adults in both the psychiatric inpatient, outpatient clinical and school-based programs.

 

My main modality is cognitive behavioral therapy and supportive counseling. My style is insight-oriented and collaborative. I help you gain insight into your life and choices in order to make positive changes to live your life to its fullest.

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Individuals

  • LGBTQ

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Self Esteem

  • School/Work Issues

  • Life transitions

  • Person Centered

  • Humanistic

  • Psychodynamic

Jeffrey Pesaturo, LMHC

Teletherapy and In-Person

Change can be difficult but progress is impossible without it. Whether you are looking to address an immediate barrier in your life or work through something that has been challenging you for sometime, change is possible.

 

Through the development of a supportive, collaborative, therapeutic relationship we will work together to determine where you are at. Together we will identify your specific strengths and establish goals to help achieve the progress you desire.

 

I believe in a person centered, dialogue based approach to therapy. We will work at your pace to overcome whatever challenge you may be facing.

I specialize in working with adolescents and adults who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression or having difficulty adjusting to any one of life's many transitions. I have worked professionally in the field of Mental Health for over six years in a variety of settings and circumstances.

Adolescents / Teenagers 

Adults

Individuals

LGBTQ

Depression

Anxiety

Teen Developmental Issues

 

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Person-Centered

Strength-Based 

Kate Schiffman, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

It can be difficult navigating the many challenges life throws at you, and it is easy to get stuck in a negative cycle of thinking, feeling and behaving. Together, we will focus on what is right with you and not on what is wrong with you in order to help you benefit from hardships, identify solutions, increase your happiness and find a better sense of well-being and purpose.

 

Through a gentle, direct, collaborative approach, heavily influenced by Person-Centered Therapy, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral framework and humor, we will work together to help you gain insight, become less entangled in your negative thought patterns and behaviors, realize and reach your full potential and work toward living your most fulfilling life possible.

 

I earned a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College and a Certificate in Expressive Therapy from Lesley University. Additionally, I have specialized training from McLean Hospital at the OCD Institute (OCDI) in using CBT (Exposure Therapy) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 

 

Adults

Individuals

LGBTQ

 

OCD

Mood Disorders

Depression

Anxiety (Social Anxiety)

Self-Esteem

Stress Management

Work/School

Crisis Intervention

Relationships and Dating

Women’s Issues

 

CBT (Exposure Therapy)

DBT

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Positive Psychology

Solution-Focused (Brief) Therapy

Strengths-Based Therapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Expressive Therapy (Visual Art and Music Therapy)

Coping Skills

Ana Dos Santos, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

Life can throw of off balance sometimes, and we need a little help restore our equilibrium. By combining extensive clinical experience and creative techniques, I offer individualized psychotherapy and art therapy to address personal life challenges.

 

I hold a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University and have over 15 years of clinical experience, working with teens and adults in outpatient and residential settings.

 

My therapeutic style is approachable, creative, person-centered and collaborative. I offer a comfortable, supportive, non-judgemental and safe environment to help you feel at ease.

 

Together, we will work to utilize your strengths and build strategies to help you overcome obstacles and achieve personal goals.

Adults

Teens

Individuals

LGBTQ

Art Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Culturally Sensitive

Dialectical (DBT)

Expressive Arts

Motivational Interviewing

Person-Centered

Positive Psychology


Relationships

Cultural Adjustment

Life Transitions

Women's Issues

Anxiety

Depression

Academic and Work Stress

Grief

Dan Halloran, LICSW

Teletherapy Only

With the ever-expanding responsibilities of living and working, it can be easy to fall into a pattern of going through the motions and merely surviving, rather than thriving.

 

We will collaborate to identify and express your individual needs, and work together to leverage your unique strengths and perspectives into development and fulfillment. 

I graduated from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 2015 and have been providing outpatient counseling and therapy since that time. I have experience with both young and older adults, older teens, and couples.

 

I mainly use CBT and my approach is also informed by family systems, psychodynamic theory, and elements of narrative therapy.

 

I will provide you with a judgment-free and supportive environment to develop your strengths on the path to personal growth. 

 

  • Adults

  • Teens

  • Autism Spectrum

  • LGBTQ

 

  • CBT

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness

  • Person-centered

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anger and Stress Management

  • Frustration Tolerance

  • Compulsive Behavior

  • Relationships

  • Trauma / PTSD

  • Loss

Athena Weggler, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

Life can be filled of wonderful things and also many stressors. Sometimes it can be hard to take time for yourself when the demands of others are in the forefront of your life.

 

I hold a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a holistic specialization  from Lesley University, I understand the connection between the mind and body and how stress can take a toll on our physical and mental health.

 

Therapy is a time to focus on yourself and learn coping skills to manage the stress of daily life. I look forward to going on this journey of self exploration with you.

 

Adults 

Individuals

LGBTQ

 

Mindfulness 

Motivational interviewing 

CBT

DBT

Contemplative practices 

Person- centered

 

Chronic health conditions 

Coping skills 

Stress management 

Anxiety

Depression

Bipolar 

Relationships and dating 

Family conflict

College issues 

Life transitions 

Self-esteem

Nicole Ferretti, LMHC

Teletherapy an In-Person

Life is forever changing; the only constant is change. Managing change can be overwhelming, and it can be challenging to be the best you possible within that change. Sometimes, you need support around those challenges you are going through.

 

In our work together, we will explore these changes and everything that comes with them to make you more confident in your ever-evolving world. In safe, warm, and work a judgment free pace.

I earned my master in mental health counseling and art therapy in 2015 from Lesley University. Since graduation, I have worked in multiple different types of settings with very diverse populations. I believe that for therapy to help, the therapist and client must develop a trusting relationship. 

 

  • Adults

  • Individuals

  • LGBTQ

 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions

  • Gender Identity and Transgender

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Stress Management

  • Relationships and Dating

  • Self-esteem

 

  • Art Therapy

  • Expressive Arts Therapy

  • Psychodynamic

  • (CBT) Cognitive Behavior Therapy

  • (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy

  • Family Systems

  • Relational

Marjorie Thomsen, LICSW

Teletherapy Only

Psychologist Carl Rogers said, “In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?”

 

My clinical approach is to provide a therapeutic connection that helps clients acknowledge, bear, and put into perspective all the struggles, messiness, small delights, bliss and everything in between that we experience as part of the human condition. Therapy is an opportunity to delve into that quarrel with the self. It also creates a time and place for healing and growth and the chance to discover where that can lead. I relish developing a collaborative, working relationship with people to help them move toward living life with deeper meaning and purpose.

 

I earned a master’s in Social Work from the Catholic University of America’s School of Social Service and have been licensed to practice since 1997. Through Mass Poetry and Lesley University, I am certified to teach poetry and have served as a school’s poet in residence. As a therapist and writer/teacher of poetry, I sometimes use this medium as another way to help clients understand themselves better or to live more confidently with uncertainty. If you need a haiku today, here is one from Billy Collins that I like in the way it captures a sense of loneliness:

 

Mid-winter evening,

alone at the sushi bar—

just me and this eel.

 

Adults

Elders

LGBTQ

Multicultural

Immigrants/Refugees

 

Aging

Anxiety

Coping Skills

Depression

Divorce

Family Conflict

Grief

Infertility

Life Transitions

Loss

Parenting

Peer and Intimate Relationships

Sex/Sexuality

Trauma and PTSD

Constance Lum, LICSW

Teletherapy Only

My perspective on therapy is one that fosters individual’s strengths and resiliency, by honoring the individual’s background and experience within a holistic approach.  I support the whole person through relationships, career, spirituality, culture, health and wellness.  My therapeutic process addresses your specific personal life challenges by examining your circumstances and discovering your obstacles. Together, we will develop a course of action to meet your needs. My goal is to help you learn how to make choices that create an authentic and long-lasting change.

I have been in practice for over 15 years in various healthcare industries, urban public schools, and mental health agencies.  I hold degrees from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master in Clinical Social Work from Boston University.  Additional training includes a certification in Integrative Health Coaching.

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Elderly

  • Individual

  • LGBTQ

  • Coaching

  • Life's Transitions

  • Personal Wellness: integration of food and nutrition for optimal health

  • Mindfulness

  • Work-Life Balance

  • Self-Care

  • Cultural Diversity

  • Adjustment and Attachment Issues

  • Depression

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • CBT

Cassandra Xanthos, LICSW

Teletherapy and In-Person

Together, we will work to identify your inner strengths and resources that will aid you in self-discovery and growth.

 

I utilize mindfulness and motivational interviewing approaches to further a client's journey towards positive change. My therapeutic approach is rooted in a relational framework and the belief that all healing takes place in the context of relationships.

 

I focus on creating a trusting client-therapist relationship by providing a safe, supportive and encouraging space to help facilitate self-discovery and enduring change.

 

I prefer a warm, supportive, and empathetic approach to guide our work in a collaborative environment.

 

Treatment is client centered and grounded in a strengths-based perspective with a deep appreciation for people's natural resilience.

  • Couples

  • Individuals

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • LGBTQ

  • Mindfulness

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Strength-Based Therapy

  • Relational Framework

  • CBT

  • Stress Management

  • Self Development

  • Life Transition

  • Mindfulness

  • Confidence

  • Grief

  • Relationships

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • School Issues

  • Stress

Brendan Clarke, LMHC

Teletherapy Only

To change or not to change?  One of the most frustratingly human experiences in life is wanting to make a change for the better only to find yourself repeating the same ineffective patterns and mistakes.  This is where counseling can come into play.  By understanding your own motivations and the internal barriers getting in the way of change, you can develop new strategies to better know yourself and develop tools to handle the challenges and stressors of life.

My practice is client-centered, strength-based, motivational, and grounded in cognitive behavioral ideas.  I graduated with a Masters of Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College and have ten years experience working with adults, families, teens, and children in outpatient, home-based, residential, and military settings.  I have treated clients coping with such issues as depression, anxiety, addiction, and trauma as well as everything from major mental illness to general stress throughout the lifespan.  I believe that positive change is always possible and that even though we can’t always see it, hope never dies.

 

Individuals

Adults

Military

LGBTQ

Client Centered

CBT

Cognitive Processing Therapy (trauma)

Mindfulness

Solution-Focused

Motivational Interviewing

 

Depression

Eating Disorders

Anxiety

Trauma

Military issues

Family stress

Work and school

Adjustment issues

Relationships and dating

Grief and loss

Self-esteem

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TCA Counseling Group  |  262 Beacon Street  |  Suite 3  |  Boston MA 02116
617-861-0370