TCA Counseling Group  |  262 Beacon Street  |  Suite 3  |  Boston MA 02116
(857) 233-2189

Pam 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

Dan Halloran, LICSW

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

  • Couples

 

  • CBT

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Mindfulness

  • Person-centered

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anger and Stress Management

  • Frustration Tolerance

  • Compulsive Behavior

  • Relationships

  • Trauma / PTSD

  • Loss

Marjorie Thomsen, LICSW

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

Kate Schiffman, LMHC

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

 

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

Tyler Twombly, LMHC

Sometimes, life can feel like it's spinning too fast, and you just need a moment to sort things out. Having someone who can help you organize your thoughts, feelings and priorities can help you regain control. I provide a compassionate and validating therapeutic environment while establishing a clear set of objectives allowing you to track, quantify, and celebrate your achievements as you progress.

I earned my Masters in Counseling from Salem State University and I specialize in treating anxiety, depression, and issues related to relationships, family dynamics, and life transitions. My approach is solidly grounded in evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based techniques for achieving stress reduction and increased personal insight.

 

Teens

Adults

LGBTQ

 

 

CBT

DBT

Mindfulness

Person-centered

Self-Esteem

Anxiety

Depression

Relationships

Anger and Stress Management

Barbara Hershey, LICSW

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

  • LGBQ

  • Individuals

 

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationships

  • Self Esteem

  • School/Work Issues

  • Life transitions

Emily Eldar, LMHC

Life presents a consistent ebb and flow of challenges and it is up to us whether we define these as opportunities for growth or become stranded in our pain, unable to move forward. We sometimes forget the love and beauty we are capable of generating and accepting into in our lives. Through the work done in therapy we are able to better ourselves and in turn our relationships and our lives.

I specialize in working with adult individuals and couples, including clients who are LGBTQ or practice non-traditional relationship models, who are seeking to change their lives through evolving the way they think and communicate. My clinical expertise draws from a person-centered and mind-body approach with a focus on CBT, DBT, narrative and existential therapy, mindfulness, relationship counseling, and art therapy. If you are seeking to improve your relationships, process life transitions, or develop insight and coping skills in managing mood disorders and anxiety or trauma, I will create a safe space for you to explore and learn. I look forward to guiding you toward a greater sense of self-understanding and empowerment as well as aiding you in identifying and achieving your goals through a collaborative therapeutic process.

  • Relationships & Sexuality

  • Alternative Lifestyles and Sexuality

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief

  • Stress Management

  • Self-Esteem

 

  • CBT

  • DBT

  • Mindfulness

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Art Therapy

  • Holistic

  • Existential

Ana dos Santos, LMHC

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

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

Constance Lum, LICSW

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

  • 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

Britta Baghestani, LMHC

I'm dedicated to assisting you find your voice and inner strengths. My work follows the humanistic perspective where everyone has an in inherent ability to realize their fullest potential. I want to empower you to believe in learning from your experiences 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. Sessions will be solution focused, centering attention on maximizing your potential versus fixing a problem. Through mindfulness practice, you will be able to identify internal thought and behavior patterns. Changes in those patterns will result in changes in your external experiences.

 

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

 

Individuals

Couples

Teens

Adults

LGBTQ

 

Mindfulness

Family Systems

Solution Focused

Dance/Movement Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy

Gestalt

DBT & CBT

Guided Imagery

Humanistic/Client Centered

Psychodynamic

 

Eating Disorders

Body Image

Self-Esteem

Anxiety

Depression

Trauma

Relationships

Life Transitions

Taylor Lombard, LMHC

Therapy can help us heal, grow, as well as recognize and access inner resources and strengths. I work from a strength-based and mindfulness approach to build upon a client’s resiliency to promote positive and lasting change. By fostering a therapeutic relationship based in empathy and non-judgment, I create a supportive and safe environment for development of insight and growth. We will work together starting where you are at, not where you think you should be or where others expect you to be.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University and am a Registered-Dance/Movement Therapist. My approach is eclectic and collaborative as I utilize both talk therapy and expressive therapy techniques to integrate mind, body, and spirit.​

 

Individuals

Children (age 8+)

Teens

Adults

LGBTQ

 

Mindfulness

DBT

CBT

Dance/Movement Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy

Strength-Based

Trauma-Informed

 

Eating Disorders

Self-Esteem

Anxiety

Depression

Trauma

Grief

Relationships

Anger and Stress Management

Cassandra Xanthos, LICSW

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 use 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

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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