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WHAT LOCAL THERAPISTS HAVE TO SAY
Beth D. Haase
Beth D. Haase
Sharon, MA 02067

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

CBT Insight- Oriented Therapy, solution focused therapy.  Anxiety, relationship issues, substance abuse treatment and couples counseling.  

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

The only way to know if therapy is right for an individual, is to try it and see if one connects with the therapist and their methodology.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy? 

People can learn strategies, skills, better communication techniques, and psychological education on their disorders.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist? 

I tend to be very active with feedback.  I've been told by many clients that I'm easy to talk to.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Many people who have substance abuse problems have underlying mental health issues, i.e., anxiety, depression and use substances to regulate moods and/or to feel normal.

 

 

Beth is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Sharon, MA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (617) 962-1616 or visit resolutiontherapy.net

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Beth D. Haase
450 North Main Street
Sharon, MA 02067
David Joseph Alpert
David Joseph Alpert
Newton , MA

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I utilize my own therapy approach, known as "We-Rhythm Therapy." It is a "fifth-force" 'relational' model of counseling and therapy that includes but transcends the four widely identified and studied forces of counseling and psychotherapy which are:

1-Behaviorism, 2-Psychoanalysis, 3-Humanistic, and 4-Transpersonal.

The "fifth-force" models of counseling and psychotherapy are 'relational' rather than 'individualistic' in nature. So the client and counselor/psychotherapist are seen as an inter-related unit. My 'relational' fifth-force work includes the understandings of spiritual approaches to recovery from addictions, including the self-help fellowship programs, such as A.A., but includes all of the wisdom of all counseling and psychotherapeutic traditions but within the contextual appreciation of the primacy of the immediate relationship between the counselor/psychotherapist and the client.

 

2.  What issues do you specify treatment for?

I treat all human concerns from mental health to addictions.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is not for everybody. Therapy is right for you if you have had a previous positive experience of therapy and are currently in need of further therapy. It is also right for you if you are currently in need of therapy and you are amenable to therapy.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

If you find the right therapist for you, you can expect therapy to transform your life, so that you are on a path towards enlightenment and expression of your essential grace.

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

What is unique about me as a therapist is my 'relational' approach to counseling/psychotherapy and my own life experience which has set me on a path towards enlightenment and expression of my essential grace.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental health and substance abuse are intimately related. The two affect one another deeply. Problems with mental health can lead to substance abuse. Problems with substance abuse can lead to diminished mental health. Addressing substance abuse issues can lead to improved mental health. Addressing mental health issues can lead to diminished substance abuse.

 

 

David is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with private practices in Newton, MA and Arlington, MA. If you are interested in his services, please contact (978) 281-5662 or davidelemental@hotmail.com

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David Joseph Alpert

Newton , MA
Dawn DePasquale of Bell Mental Health Associates
Dawn DePasquale of Bell Mental Health Associates
Swansea, MA 02777

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Our practice utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy. We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, schema therapy, art therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, and supportive therapy. We also utilize reality-based therapy, harm reduction model,  and acceptance and support therapy. The manner of therapy is decided based upon what the patient needs, what the patient's current skill set is, and what the presenting problem is. For an example, if someone presented due to ongoing substance abuse issues, a harm reduction model would be adopted and cognitive behavioral techniques would be employed to create a clear picture of the current level of substance abuse, including triggers, quality and quantity of use, and current coping skills. Depending on what emerges from this, the therapist would begin building positive coping skills, working on changing the environment of substance abuse, and improving self esteem skills while working on any underlying issues that impact the substance abuse.   

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

All of our patients are encouraged to initially see a therapist to find out if the person is a good "fit" for him or her and then to discuss the level of commitment he or she is willing to devote to treatment. The therapist will work with the individual to create a plan that can honor the sense of commitment that the patient is able to provide while allowing the therapist to monitor the patient's progress and to aid in managing the patient's needs. Some patients, for an example, are ready to commit quickly to treatment while others may need more time to "test the waters". Additionally, patients can go through times when they are not able to commit emotionally to therapy because of outside life events. Finally, some patients may want to probe deeper problems that require a stronger support system than the patient currently has in place, and thus the therapist's job is to aid in creating a better support system to allow the patient to move forward in therapy.  

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

During the initial intake, all patients are asked what they want to get out of therapy, whether it be cessation of symptoms, improvement in interpersonal relationships, or even achieving a greater peace in his or her own life. Sometimes a patient doesn't know what they want, they simply know what they don't want in their lives anymore.  It is then the therapist's job to develop a plan to begin working immediately on these goals. Throughout therapy, the therapist will check in with the patient to make certain that the goal is being met and to make any alterations necessary should the goal change.  

 

4. What is unique about the therapists at Bell Mental Health Associates?

Our therapists strive to do our best for our patients every day. We are human. We make mistakes. We get tired, we have good days and bad. But we wear whatever hat a patient may need, whether it be a cheerleader, a nurturer, a reality-tester, a sympathetic listener, or a drill sergeant. We try to be as well-rounded as possible, and if a patient needs a new type of treatment, we will refer them to a specialist or research the issue ourselves to try to improve the situation. We are always learning and working to stay up-to-date on new clinical approaches, increase our clinical skill set, and improve our competencies to give our patients the best treatment possible. Our practice environment is meant to make a patient comfortable; the rooms look like living rooms and we have one of the only waiting rooms where patients will talk freely and joke with each other as well as staff members. We are committed to creating a calming, safe environment to allow our patients the best chance to get better. Some of our patients complain that the rooms are too comfortable and that the spa-like music puts them to sleep, but most state they feel comfortable here and enjoy the experience.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Substance abuse is typically a poor solution to a much bigger problem. It is very typical that there is a co-occurring mental health issue when experiencing substance abuse issues. It is short-sighted to attempt to treat one without the other. When treating substance abuse issues, we work with out patients to understand how substance abuse is used within the individual's own life to manage difficult feelings or situations and we encourage them to understand that creating an environment of self acceptance will be much more productive than engaging in a cycle of shame and blame that will likely only lead to ongoing substance abuse issues. We work with our patients to love the life they live on their own terms, regardless of what problems they may have.

 

 

Dawn is a Licensed Mental Health Instructor and Clinical Director of Bell Mental Health Associates in Swansea, MA. If you are interested in the services of Bell Mental Health Associates, please contact (508) 536-8088 or visit bellmentalhealth.com

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Dawn DePasquale of Bell Mental Health Associates
1162 G.A.R Highway, Suite 4
Swansea, MA 02777
Dr. Charles Hogan
Dr. Charles Hogan
Needham, MA 02492

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I draw from the history of training I've received. Most frequently I call upon cognitive behavioral approaches, systems theory to explain and address couple and family interactions, as well as insight oriented therapy for those  who  demonstrate the capacity to take advantage of it.  The major concerns include anxiety which can foster depression, anger as the result of poor impulse control, substance abuse which generates an inability to manage frustrations, a sense of helplessness when people have lost sight of any form of control in life.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is right for anybody if the goals are clear and the behavioral measures for success are properly constructed.  People then have the information available that can encourage them about movement occurring.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

What one can expect to be gained is the increase of accomplishment.  A stronger sense of accomplishment leads to completions and greater self esteem. Greater self esteem reduces the place of self doubt.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

What distinguishes me is a strong intellect accompanied by an empathy for the pain that people do endure.  I come with the formal academic and training requirements in place. However, my background has varied with exposure to street gangs, with military service, and with the influence of religious traing as well.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

If a person's view of the world has been compromised and they find life painful to live, substance abuse becomes a method to get away. The only problem is that e.g. with alcohol, it becomes the perfect solution for the problem it creates.

Dr. Charles Hogan operates in both Needham and Canton, Massachusetts. If you are interested in contacting Dr. Hogan about his service, please call (781) 218-7149.

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Dr. Charles Hogan
20 Chestnut Street Suite 7
Needham, MA 02492
Dr. Lynda Warwick
Dr. Lynda Warwick
Lowell, MA 01852

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use a mix of cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and relational approaches to help people identify problematic patterns in their lives, learn to treat themselves and others in healthier ways, and how to focus on making a good life for themselves and their loved ones. I don't do early substance abuse recovery due to my limited office hours, and I don't see people right out of the hospital or who are otherwise in very intense need. Although I have experience with all kinds of major mental illness, trauma, and substance abuse disorders, a good client for me is someone who can comfortably manage between weekly sessions, because I only have two days of office time available and am not available by phone. I don't see couples, families, or people under 21, and I am only in-network for Blue Cross. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If someone has been trying to fix problems in their life and they or someone else has run out of patience with their efforts, a caring professional eye can often help them get on the right track. I notice that people usually start with counseling, which figuring out how to address specific problems in their lives or specific mood problems, and may then move on to therapy, which is looking at the deeper patterns that cause repeated problems. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I hope that people will leave therapy being kinder to themselves and other people, being more clear about what they want and how to get there, having better self-management skills, and know what brings them joy and how to find it. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist? 

I don't know that it's unique, but I am curious about people, caring, non-judgmental even about things that people find extremely embarrassing, and I'm experienced and smart enough that I can usually figure out what's wrong and how to fix it. I also have a good sense of humor! I especially enjoy working with people with non-traditional lifestyles, sexuality or religions, although of course I see plenty of "mainstream" people too. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

They interact all the time--substances may relieve emotional pain, but then can cause their own painful problems that stress people out, make anxiety, depression and anger worse, and then people use more to find relief from the pain.  You have to treat them both together.  I don't necessarily think abstinence is always necessary for everyone, or that 12-step programs are the only way to recover--though clearly they are essential for some people. 

Anyone interested in working with me should carefully read my website, which will help you determine whether I might be the right therapist for you. "Match" is extremely important, and I find that the website is a pretty good screening tool so I usually get people that are a good fit for me and that I can help. Also, contacting me by e-mail is vastly better than calling me!

 

 

Lynda is a Psychologist with private practices in Lowell, MA and in Chelmsford, MA at 6 Courthouse Lane, Entrance A. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at lynda@lyndawarwick.com or (978) 452-3711 x4

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Dr. Lynda Warwick
77 East Merrimack St., #23
Lowell, MA 01852
Elena Rozzi Pellegrino of Right Turn
Elena Rozzi Pellegrino of Right Turn
Arlington , MA 02474

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use many, but mostly CBT and mindfulness/relaxation techniques. I work with most issues, but primarily symptoms of depression and anxiety that usually co-exist with substance abuse.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

A consolation with a therapist can help to see if it is appropriate. The individual might want to explore various forms of treatment - Step-programs, Group support, Individual therapy etc.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Insight, awareness of triggers, learning healthier coping mechanisms.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am very active. I ask lots of questions and challenge my clients. I give them "homework" or rather things to observe or think about in between sessions. Most of the work is done in between sessions, not just during a session.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I have never seen someone with a substance abuse issue that doesn't have some type of mental health concern, even if it is an adjustment disorder.

 

 

Elena is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at Right Turn, a treatment center located in Arlington, MA that offers innovative outpatient treatment and transitional housing for addiction. If you are interested in her services or those of Right Turn, please contact (781) 646-3800 or visit www.right-turn.org

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Elena Rozzi Pellegrino of Right Turn
299 Broadway (Arlington Center)
Arlington , MA 02474
Frank Wotton of Living Water Counseling Center
Frank Wotton of Living Water Counseling Center
Holyoke, MA 01040

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

Living Water Counseling Center, Inc. (LWCC) reflects a collaborative holistic treatment model that was designed over 2 years of planning by a 12 member committee of mental health and addictions experts. Physicians, counselors, nurses, clergy and community organizers with like minded values and various skills to treat these co-occurring disorders agree that addiction and mental illness fractures individuals and their families.  The Holistic model utilizes many approaches with one main objective: Helping individuals and families who are marginalized or suffering to develop and maintain balance of mind, body and spirit. The "whole" person attends to these primary dimensions of one's self to maintain a peaceful natural lifestyle. 

Primary needs are first attended to with family, community, health care, and case management resources assisted by LWCC staff. Clinical approaches used are commonly; CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Theories, Reality Theory, Case Management, Recovery Coaching, group therapies, etc. We encourage traditional community based self-help fellowships as well as collaboration with Medically Assisted Treatment providers and the more advanced contemporary approaches, i.e., Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), which is a Rapid Recovery therapy technique effective for most emotional or behavioral problems. All treatment approaches are Evidence Based.

Our most common focus in addiction and co-occurring mental health is the recent epidemic of opiate dependence. Suboxone is the most widely used method offered by certified physicians and specialty clinics with approximately 4000 persons being prescribed in Western Mass. alone, nearly double that of methadone, the traditional harm reduction method to stabilize opiate users. Just 5 years ago there were only about 200 people  on Suboxone in the region. All those receiving Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol ( a non opiate based treatment with higher success rates) are required to receive counseling while seeing the providers. 

LWCC has been developed to specialize in the unique components of such counseling. Educating patients on the changes of brain functioning and emotional / behavioral outcomes with which to contend. There are always mental health complexities that these patients face and a clinician that can best succeed with them is one trained and certified in both addictions and mental health. LWCC trains any new staff extensively with those certified in both with extensive experience.

Despite the primary counseling targeting opiate / heroin addiction we serve all addiction and compulsive behavioral problems and mental health problems, including those in need of psychiatric medications treatment.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

When a person is having difficulty coping with stress or changes or is simply unsatisfied, depressed, worried and needs outside, unbiased professional guidance they should consider psychotherapy, also referred to as counseling or personal coaching.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The benefits of therapy can vary depending on one's motivation for improved change.  Most therapists are in the field for the satisfaction of making a difference and being a resource to help someone learn about themselves and overcome / manage personal challenges that they struggle to do so themselves.

It would not be an ever expanding occupation if people are more and more open to seeking therapy. 

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

What makes me unique as a therapist is pretty much described in my development in my private practice since 2008 and spearheading, and succeeding in opening a Massachusetts Department of Public Health licensed mental health agency with a broad range of unique and very needed specialized out-patient treatment.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

There is a strong correlation between addiction and mental illness in that both are usually linked when there is an addiction and dual expertise is best suited for treatment.  However, mental health problems without addiction is not usually as complex yet professional help is beneficial.

In closing I wish to summarize LWCC and my private consulting practice "mission"..."To counsel, coach & advocate for individuals & families facing emotional stress, using holistic, evidence based treatment models"  

 

 
 
Frank is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and the Director of Living Water Counseling, located in Holyoke, MA. If you are interested in his services, please contact (413) 315-3194, www.lwcc94@gmail.com, or visit livingwatercounselingcenter.webs.com/
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Frank Wotton of Living Water Counseling Center
94 Suffolk St.
Holyoke, MA 01040
Janet Miller Wiseman
Janet Miller Wiseman
Lexington, MA 02420

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I use a combined therapy approach based upon each client's goals and needs: Solution-focused, families-of-origin, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, or mediation for couples, relationships, all kinds of pairs. If not relationship issues, some of the issues people bring are life and career transitions, grief and loss, substance abuse in the family, mood disorders such as depression, bi-polar manic depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, complications of attention deficit and many more.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Usually people have been thinking about needing someone in their corner, someone to bounce issues off from, and wondering who that might be. The psychotherapist/mediator will do an assessment with you finding out your own goals and capacity and motivation to work on them. The client herself, or himself, should then have greater insight as to whether the conversation resonates enough for him or her at that point in time to make a commitment to therapy. It’s not for sissies. It actually involves real work and homework.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I would hope that the person seeking therapy or mediation would achieve his or her OWN goals, whether they are limited to a specific issue or issues or broader issues such as gaining improved self-esteem, motivation, a more richly textured and balanced life, being able to achieve looking beyond one's own concerns to give back to others.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Unique to my work is the development of new treatment models such as DECISION MAKING MEDIATION or THERAPY. Not many years ago, we had only marriage counseling and couples therapy or consultation for business partners, all who knew that their partnerships would continue, but needed work on communication, finances, intimacy, parenting, or running the enterprise. There has been a significant lack of a forum where people may hold diametrically opposite views at the same time, specifically, wanting to strengthen the partnership if possible, and if not possible, to determine the best future direction for them, their partner, their family or their business. My first book "Mediation Therapy: Short-Term Decision Making for Couples and Families in Crisis" and the second "Decision-Making for Relationships in Conflict" started developing the DECISION MAKING approach. My new book, almost finished "7 Visual Steps to Highly Effective Negotiation" additionally helps couples make sane, carefully thought out decisions, resolve conflicts, problems and important issues.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

People with substance abuse issues need to be referred to substance abuse specialists such as Bob Montgomery in Woburn. Often enough, while people are undertaking marriage counseling/mediation, couples therapy /mediation, decision making mediation or individual therapy, they uncover that they were raised in families where substance abuse was rampant. Although not everyone choses a support or a spiritual community, some of these family members chose to go to Adult Children of Alcoholics, Al-Anon, and Al-a-Teen meetings. Many find compassionate communities who, in addition to their therapy, here, turn their lives around in the most remarkable of ways.

 

 

Janet is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Family and Divorce Mediator with a private practice in Lexington, MA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (781) 861-9847 

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Janet Miller Wiseman
138 Lowell St.
Lexington, MA 02420
Jesse A. Rieber
Jesse A. Rieber
New Bedford , MA 02740

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for? 

My therapy approaches include cognitive therapy, existential therapy, EMDR, Mindfulness and object relations. Some approaches are obvious such as EMDR and Trauma. At other times I must sit with the client to decide which approach would be best suited to their needs in any particular session. Moreover, as treatment progresses and new material presents itself, a change in approach is often appropriate.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I assume this question is directed at the client. People enter therapy when the defense mechanisms they have been using (and we all have defense mechanisms) no longer work. With respect to the therapy in which they are engaged, clients will give a reflection to the therapist as to whether things are working and, as a therapist I will ask if they feel lie things are working.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I ask exactly what their goals are in seeing me and target those goals. Often however, in addition to their initially stated goals, other things emerge which they then wish to have addressed. In general, a client should emerge from therapy feeling that they are better equipped to manage their functioning in the world.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I can only offer my perspective about that which makes me unique, my different clients may offer different responses to this question. In my life I have studied in many different fields and worked at many different jobs from digging ditches to being a consultant to the Federal Government of Canada. As a result, with rare exceptions, I have some common shared experience with my clients. As a therapist, I have seen at this point, thousands of clients of all races, educational levels and socio-economic classes. Because of both my life experience and experience as a therapist, while empathetic with my clients and their lives, there is nothing presented by clients which "shocks" me. Finally, most of my clients will tell you I have a very different and unique view of life and the human condition.

 

5.  What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

I believe that substance abuse is a secondary diagnosis to mental health. I believe there are essentially two classes of addict.  The first are persons with a chronic mental illness - bipolar disorder would be an example. People who are bipolar tend to use specific street drugs to manage their bipolar symptoms. The second group of people who use drugs are people who have PTSD, anxiety, depression etc. These people use substances in order not to feel. Most addiction programs focus nearly entirely on getting people to stop using substances with little or inadequate attention to the underlying cause of their use.  This, in my estimation, is the reason for the high relapse statistics we see with people who have addictions.

 

 

Jesse is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in New Bedford, MA. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (508) 999-3290 or jarieber@aol.com

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Jesse A. Rieber
106 Spring Street, Suite 115
New Bedford , MA 02740
Kimberly Schmidt Bevans
Kimberly Schmidt Bevans
Brookline, MA 02446

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I work with adolescents and adults on challenges including emotional regulation, stress, trauma, depression, anxiety, changing patterns, life transitions, and emerging adulthood, substance abuse and relationship issues. I  conduct therapy based in my belief in a client-centered approached where healing happens in the context of the therapeutic relationship. Within the therapeutic relationship I draw from other approaches as needed: expressive therapy, body-based therapy, dance/movement therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and motivational interviewing. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy starts with a desire to change and an openness to allow a skilled practitioner to be part of the tender journey of change. In wondering if therapy is right for you it is important to ask if you have a desire to make change, and then you must find a therapist you are comfortable with. Within that relationship you can further evaluate how ready you are to commit to a process of change in therapy. Knowing if therapy is right for you is a personal question based on individual experience.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Therapy can support you to improve your mood, decrease their anxiety, find more pleasure and meaning in your life, strengthen your relationships, build healthier relationships and establish healthy boundaries, build coping skills, process trauma, work through stuck patterns and life transitions, increase energy, feel more comfortable in one's own skin. The list goes on!

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

As a therapist I literally bring my whole self to the session: as a trained dance/movement therapist I use not only my intellectual mind but also attune to my clients with my body. This means I listen to what my clients say, pick up on the emotional tone of my clients, and also incorporate what I feel and notice from their body language. In turn, I can guide my clients to use their body to reach their goals in addition to addressing their thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Bringing the body into therapy allows all aspects of a person to be included in the therapeutic process, making it more complete.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

In my experience substance abuse is inextricably linked to mental health. The breeding ground for substance abuse is wanting to numb and not feel, to not be present in one's experience. Not being present is a part of all mental health issues including depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress. 

 
 
 
Kimberly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist with a private practice in Brookline, MA. If you are interested in her services, please contact (617) 651-0996 or visit kimberlyschmidtbevans.com
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Kimberly Schmidt Bevans
1093 Beacon Street, Suite 404
Brookline, MA 02446
Lindsay Brady
Lindsay Brady
Framingham, MA 01702

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize many evidence based approaches in my work with individuals including, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Cognitive Restructuring for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and FBT (Family Based-Treatment) for Eating Disorders. In addition to trauma and eating disorders, I also work with individuals struggling with symptoms of depression. anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Anger management.

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is about feeling heard, and supported. If a person does not feel validated, and empowered in their efforts to make change, then they will have more difficulty finding ways to feel confident in their efforts. Feeling comfortable, and safe in a therapeutic session is essential.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Validation, and hope that things can get better. Even if the individual has lost hope, the practitioner can hold the hope for them until they are able to see it once again.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

My main objective is to offer compassionate support to insure that my clients feel validated, and empowered in their efforts to create change. I strive to allow my empathy and compassion shine through in each session.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Co-morbidity is often so high in the work I do, and I find it common that many of the individuals that I serve are working through a variety of issues at once, making it challenging to focus, and feel hopeful. This is a big part of what I offer as a practitioner...an opportunity to prioritize goal setting, and action steps towards healing.

 
 
 
 
Lindsay is a Licensed  Independent Clinical Social Worker at Brady Therapeutic and Associates in Framingham, MA. If you are interested in her services, please contact (508) 887-6424
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Lindsay Brady
873 Concord Street
Framingham, MA 01702
Mark Green M.D.
Mark Green M.D.
Belmont , MA 02478

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

CBT, DBT, mentalization, relational therapies, relapse prevention, psychopharmacology, suboxone, family therapy, vocational therapies. We treat full range of addictive and psychiatric disorders. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If things aren't going well, help is often needed. Therapy can help in many ways: reducing symptoms, managing better, seeing things clearer. The type of therapy must be tuned to the patient’s preferences and goals. 

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Hopefully transformation. At least lowered distress and improved coping and connection to others.  

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

Collaborative, respectful, intelligent, flexible. People will know why I am advocating one or another approach but be free to make their choice knowing I will stick with them as the see the results. 

 

5.What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? 

They co-evolve together, markedly increasing incidence and severity of each other and must be treated together.  

 

Additional summary:

Treatment has to feel personal to be effective. At Psychgarden, we customize care to a person’s readiness, goals and preferences. We listen, carefully, because while we have the experience and evidence-based practices, people are the experts on what they want. They know what’s worked and what hasn't. We need to meet them where they’re at.

We don’t draw distinct boundaries between psychiatric and addiction issues. They emerge together and need to be treated together. People are often just trying to deal with the mess and pain of life. There is often trauma, shame, helplessness and co-occurring disorders. Thorough diagnosis is needed; and therapies should be compassionate and deep so as to facilitate a full, rich life. Nevertheless addiction, once established, is a habit: understanding is not enough. So, therapies also need to be motivational, behavioral and pharmacological.

The pathway people take to us is complicated, and recovery is too. Some people change fast; most more gradually. We’ll be there for them throughout the journey. We focus on health, hope and empowerment rather than abstinence alone. 

 

 

Mark is a Licensed Psychiatrist specializing in addiction at Psychgarden in Belmont, MA. If you are interested in his services or those of Psychgarden, please contact (857) 598-2808 or visit www.psychgarden.com

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90 Concord Ave
Belmont , MA 02478
Maureen Mann
Maureen Mann
Framingham, MA 01702

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?  

My approach to therapy is from a strengths-based perspective. I seek to awaken in people the understanding that healing is an internal process of integrating mind, body, and spirit. My practice incorporates the modalities of counseling, reiki, energy healing, and spiritual coaching.  

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them? 

If someone is feeling a calling to improve their life, I believe that therapy is right for them. Finding a therapist with whom they feel a connection is very important piece in the process of having the courage to take the next step. When going through a challenging time, being in therapy offers support, perspective, and encouragement to help you reach your goals at your own pace.  

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy? 

Counseling allows you the opportunity to enhance your life by:

  • learning and adopting healthy coping strategies to life’s inevitable stressors
  • feel greater self-acceptance, peace, and fulfillment
  • identify and work towards personal goals
  • understand your thoughts, feelings, and responses to people and situations

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I offer a unique blend of counseling, energy medicine, and spiritual coaching in my practice. Counseling conducted in conjunction with energy work facilitates healing at a deeper level. The energy work gently brings underlying emotional and physical blockages to the surface to be cleared, allowing a freer and quicker path to greater clarity and peace.

I have learned that in order for children and adults to be successful, they need to feel emotionally healthy and supported. Providing that support to those I work with on their healing journey is both my passion and a privilege. 

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Because the connection between mind, body, and spirit is so intertwined, whenever there is imbalance in our energetic system it is displayed through our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Mental health and substance abuse can be coping strategies for dealing with a sense of being overwhelmed, and responding to the belief that one is not enough. Often substance abuse, or any addictive behaviors, are masking a belief in a lack of internal power. The addictions become a desperate plea to manage the strong feelings that come from that belief. 

 
 
 
Maureen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Energy Medicine Practioner, Angelic Life Coach, and Reiki Master at Mind Body Connect, located in Framingham, MA. If you are interested in her services, please contact her at (508) 738-0111, maureen@mindbodyconnect.net, or visit mindbodyconnect.net 
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Maureen Mann
858 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01702
Ryan Mullins
Ryan Mullins
Weymouth, MA 02188

1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on looking at a persons thoughts and perspectives, and highlighting how they are contributing to psychological problems, and how they can help create change to bring a client relief from these problems. EMDR endeavors to reprocess painful experiences from the past, to change the lessons learned from them, and thereby create a better present.

I primarily treat mood. My specialties are Trauma, Bereavement, and HBTQ (Homosexual, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning) issues. I also treat anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders, just to name a few. 

 

2. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

If a person is struggling with an issue in their life, like depression, anxiety, or having difficulty letting go of the past, and they are ready to make a change in their life but do no know how, then therapy is good option for that person.

 

3. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

The answer to this question depends on the client. Therapists work to help clients achieve change, but what that change looks like is for the client to decide. It is the client who sets the goals for treatment.

 

4. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I am trained in EMDR by the Trauma and Child Trauma Institute, and have worked in many different mental health settings, including inpatient adult, residential child and adolescent, outpatient, and crisis. I bring all of this experience into the session with me, to make sure that my clients are receiving the best care that I can give.

 

5. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Mental Health and Substance Abuse can often share a cause in an individuals life. Alternatively, one may cause the other. This is not to say that everyone who has a mental health diagnosis uses substances, or that everyone with a substance abuse problem can be diagnosed with a mental health problem (other than substance abuse). However, I have often found that my clients who abuse substances have done so to cover feelings, or as a way to try to cope. I have also encountered many who become depressed and/or anxious when they realize that they cannot control their substance abuse any longer.

 
 
 
Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a private practice in Weymouth, MA. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at (781) 901-1377
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Ryan Mullins
210 Winter St
Weymouth, MA 02188
Shel Miller Ph.D.
Shel Miller Ph.D.
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1. What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

  • Gestalt/mindfulness, which combines Cognitive and Behavioral in the present moment.
  • Bowen family systems which brings in an appreciation for knowing better your significant others over a number of generations and that patterning of relationships that you may be emulating.
  • Psychodynamics in relationships to help individuals and couples and parents understand their default coping mechanisms.
  • Various mind body approaches..most of which emphasize self awareness, self control, empathy, forgiveness and learning to offer loving kindness to oneself and others via meditation.

 

2. What issues do you specify treatment for?

Just about any issue, from addictions to marital conflicts, to getting through life transitions and losses; in particular I enjoy helping men and women who have been expert at blowing up their relationships and suddenly realizing it is time to grow up and become a better offer to another loving person. And I enjoy helping women and men empower themselves rather than continue to put up with bad behavior from their partners.

 

3. How does one know if therapy is right for them?

They are on the same page re planned goals with their therapist and they feel they are learning and can be vulnerable, transparent and asks questions to their therapist, whom they hopefully view as non judgmental. The timing has to be right before one is willing to commit, as does the chemistry with the therapist and his/her flexibility.

 

4. What can one expect to gain from therapy?

  • New tools for relating
  • Insight and confidence
  • an Education of the emotions
  • a Movement from seeking external emotional support towards better use of internal support
  • a gradual development of a stronger, more even keeled, sense of Self and acceptance of self
  • Learning to expand one's range of feelings and ability to express them with equanimity i.e. without excess intensity, without being a drama queen or drama king.
  • Daring greatly more often; taking risks and
  • Integrating thinking (values) with feelings

 

5. What is unique about you as a therapist?

I really care, persist, and find something to appreciate in my clients as I focus on helping them see what is strong in their self, rather than feeling stuck in what's wrong.

And I have years of experience working with a large diversity of clients as well as great experiences as a husband and parent.

 

6. What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe we all need to commit to personal fitness and well being.

I see substance abusing as a way to distance both from oneself and from others. One needs to dare to be vulnerable and accepting of one's feelings and ones' self. Substance abuse and other addictions are not recipes for physical or mental well being...it is very difficult to find the right space with another being. The other's comfort with a certain need for space or distance may be very different.  So I see maturity as a process that involves improving or accepting one's relationships both in one's family of origin and with current lovers. It is not simply a matter of finding "mental health" as an individual or island. So I avoid the traditional diagnostic labels of individuals.

 

 

Shel is a Psychologist specializing in relationships with a private practice in Massachusetts. If you are interested in his services, please contact him at  (617) 731-9174 or Shel@ShelMiller.com

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