About Our Team

Dr. Gabrielle

DNP, PMHNP, PMHCNS-BC, RN, BS

Gabrielle is an Assistant Clinical Professor and the Coordinator for the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at UMASS Amherst. A Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse (APPN) with over 17 years of experience in mental health nursing, Gabrielle is also a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Consultant, and Doctorate prepared APPN whom works primarily with adults providing medication management and individual therapy. Gabrielle holds a Masters and Bachelors Degree in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a post Masters in Nursing Practice, and Doctorate Degree of Nursing Practice in Integrative Health from Regis College in Weston, Ma. Gabrielle consults and provides training to hospitals, colleges, and organizations on a variety of topics including suicide awareness, team building, restraint reduction, mental health, telemental health, and cultural awareness.     

Leah

MSW LICSW

Leah joins the practice with over 25 years in the field of social work.  In the past 13 years, she has worked in an acute care setting with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses.  She specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, Bipolar and eating disorders.  Leah utilizes goal centered treatment, and assists the client in the process of obtaining better coping skills  in order to better function on a day to day basis, as well as build better relationships with those around them. Leah received her BA in 1984 and her MSW in 1991, both from Boston College. She has worked in Boston and the surrounding areas, in varied areas which include the home, clinics, inpatient psychiatry and long term care facilities. Her strength is in working with the adult population, working on building a trusting and therapeutic relationship utilizing client centered approach. She is currently available to see clients on Saturdays, and will provide evening appointments as time allows.

 

Beth

PMHNP, BC, RN, BS

Beth is a board certified PMHNP who strives to provide holistic, patient-centered care to a diverse population of individuals across the lifespan.  Beth possesses a BS in Psychology from 
Springfield College, an AD in Nursing from Massbay Community College and a MS in Nursing from Northeastern University.  She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with a variety of physical, developmental and behavioral disorders as well as adults with mental health disorders.  In order to provide thorough and accurate assessment, evaluation and treatment, Beth places significant emphasis on the formation of a positive therapeutic relationship.  Combining evidence based practice with an individual’s specific needs and values, allows for a truly authentic treatment plan to be established. “With patience and dedication of all participants, the healing of the spirit, mind and body is a journey that is worthwhile and well within your reach.”

 

Christina

LICSW

Christina’s training and experience includes helping people heal from the emotional wounds of trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, major mental illness, living with chronic or terminal illness, and chronic stress. She offers an opportunity in counseling to seek new ways of understanding oneself, coping with life’s stressors and building healthy relationships with others. Christina values the strengths of all individuals and attempts to integrate them into the therapeutic process. Christina received a BA from Fairfield University in 1991 and a Master of Social Work from Boston College in 1996. She has worked in Boston and the surrounding communities since 1996 providing counseling to individuals and families, case management services, crisis intervention, and advocacy for vulnerable populations. Additionally, Christina acts as supervisor for our In-Home Therapy program offered to stabilize youth, with MBHP insurance, at risk of being removed from the home.

Alice

LICSW

Alice is a bilingual (English & Russian speaking) psychotherapist, who works with the adult population, and specializes in treatment of Trauma (including Dissociative disorders) and Addictions. In addition, she works with a wide range of mental disorders and symptoms, such as Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety, Phobias, Adjustment disorders, Personality disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD). Alice utilizes creative, holistic and most importantly, individually tailored approaches for each client, such as: CBT, DBT-based approach, EFT, client centered therapy and EMDR-based Gentle Reprocessing (level II certification), bilateral brain stimulation. She is straightforward, yet tactful and non judgmental; she’s respectful of client wishes, however will give you honest and straightforward feedback, to (safely) push you to achieve your therapeutic goals.

Elaine

M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.

Elaine is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over twenty years of experience in working with individuals, couples, and families, who seek help with a wide variety and myriad of life’s presenting problems.

    Elaine completed her Masters Degree in Social Work through Boston University’s Graduate School of Social Work.  She also specializes and received additional advanced post masters training in marital and family systems in holding a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Training Degree within community mental health services through Northeastern University’s clinical psychology graduate prgram.
    Elaine is an eclectic cognitive behavioral general systemic therapist with long-standing professional affiliation and membership in the National Association of Social Workers.
    Elaine’s areas of clinicial interest include adult life transitional issues, women’s issues, assisting marital partners wishing to achieve deeper intimacy and greater satisfaction within their couple’s relationship, and in providing services to a general mental health client population seeking help with depression and anxiety, bipolar and affective disorders and dual diagnosis issues.
    Elaine is an experienced clinician, able to both rapidly engage in providing compassion and empathy to clients in intervening quickly around presenting problems towards providing desired symptom relief, transformational change and the fostering of personal growth issues.

Faye

Billing Specialist

Faye has over 15 years’ experience billing in the mental health field.  Being familiar with the policies of the major insurance companies, she is responsible for verifying eligibility and benefits and submitting and tracking claims.  She also keeps track of authorizations and submits requests for additional sessions when needed. Faye has a BA in Psychology from Westfield State College and a MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work.

Dr. Shannon

Psychologist and PsyD

” I aim to offer a supportive, non-judgemental environment and assist my clients with the struggles that interfere with their day to day functioning. I truly love working with a variety of clients in helping to facilitate growth and change.”
In practice for over 5 years, Shannon primarily utilizes insight-oriented therapy with cognitive-behavioral techniques to work with clients on the goals that bring them into treatment. Her expertise is concentrated on psychological, neuropsychological and personality assessment issues across one’s lifespan. In individual treatment therapy with adults aged 18 and over, her goal is to help clients gain better coping skills and to improve their overall sense of well-being and hope.
If she does not take your insurance, she can certainly provide reduced fees and payment plans to help assist you with  your therapeutic needs.

Leigh

LMHC

Leigh attended Boston College for undergrad with a double major in Education and Psychology, and went on to obtain her Master’s there in Developmental Psychology. While working, Leigh went back for a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology ultimately to pursue a License in Mental Health Counseling. Throughout Leigh’s career as a therapist she has worked with a range of families and areas of the field, including working in psychiatric facilities with mental illness, substance abuse and dual diagnosis, working at a DYS placement (a locked juvenile facility for males age 12-21), and most recently, for the past four years, has worked doing intensive in-home therapy with individuals and families involved with the Department of Children and Families.  Leigh specializes in working with children and adolescents and uses a variety of modalities, always eager to develop a unique plan that is effective for each individual client.

 

Sarah

PMHNP, RN

As a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Sarah feels privileged to provide holistic psychiatric evaluation and medication management to individuals across the lifespan. Obtaining Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Nursing from Curry College and her Master’s Degree in Nursing from Regis College Sarah has concurrently pursued opportunities in diverse settings at the intersections of healthcare, human services, and education. This rich accumulation of experience has provided the eclectic foundation for her current psychiatric practice. Working from a theoretical framework grounded in positive psychology, interpersonal theory, and person-centered care Sarah suffuses the therapeutic relationship with a unique blend of authenticity, empathy, and creativity. Her integrative approach to mental health care involves the judicious use of evidence-based psychopharmacology as it compliments therapy and aids in the mobilization of each client’s inherent ability to change, grow, and heal.

Sylvia

MEd and LMHC

“Symptoms stemming from stress, depression, anxiety and trauma can change the course of life and make it very difficult to cope with daily responsibilities. I work closely with my clients to help them enhance their quality of life and achieve personal goals.”
With over 10 years in the field, Sylvia is a licensed psychotherapist who works in the mental health field. Because problems in relationships and difficulty parenting a child can often be overwhelming too, it is important to seek help and treat symptoms that impair your ability to enjoy life and be able to live it fully. Sylvia is a bilingual therapist offering sessions in both English and Portuguese. She has many years of experience working with multicultural communities by providing support and treatment of mental illnesses.
She offers appointments Monday through Fridays from 8 am to 6 pm with some Saturday availabilities too.

Jennifer

LHMC

Jennifer is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with experience with working with children, adolescents and adults. She has expertise with working trauma, addiction and recovery, anxiety, depression, and suicide prevention. Jenn uses a variety of different approaches that are effective in moving towards change such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, DBT-based skills as well as Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy. Jenn has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents as they deal with depression, anxiety, losses or any other difficult they may have. Jenn has worked with children for many years and is knowledgable of their needs and the services that are available for them. Everyone has the strength to address their struggles and create deeper meaning in their lives.

Eugenia “Jen”

PMHNP

As a board-certified Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), Eugenia provides medication evaluations and management to individuals age 17 and older. Eugenia strives to provide client-centered and holistic care to every client in a warm and welcoming environment. Eugenia graduated with Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, and later received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Nursing from Regis College. She looks forward to hearing your story and exploring what options might best fit your needs.

Taylor

Executive Assistant

Taylor assists Dr. Abelard, the practice director, with a myriad of projects which keep the practice growing and running smoothly. Additionally, she acts as a resource to the office admins if any issues arise.

Debbie

Office Manager/Intake Coordinator

Debbie oversees the administration of the reception office. She assists with a variety of tasks, such as: conducting intakes, managing the reception office and coordinating in-home therapy services.

Arielle

Office Assistant II

Arielle works in the reception office managing the reception window. She works with the providers and patients to ensure successful communication, scheduling, and coordination of care. Her main goal is making the patients feel welcomed and supporting the rest of the office staff.

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