Andy Abbott, PhD, LCPC
Andy holds his PhD in Psychology. He has been working in the mental health profession for the past 12 years. He is also an adjunct professor for both Southern Maine Community College and Capella University. Andy currently has his own private practice in Portland. His passion and research interest center in existential psychology.
Jennifer Bella, LCSW
Jennifer has over 20 years of counseling experience in both New Hampshire and Maine and currently maintains a private practice in North Conway. She has extensive experience working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered clients including a variety of group work.
Dana Bontatibus, LCPC, LMFT
Dana has provided clinical services in Connecticut and crisis services in Maine. He currently serves as the supervisor of Sweetser's Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit and Supported Housing program.
Rick Bouchard, LCSW
Rick is a clinical social worker and a Stage II training candidate at the C.G. Jung Institute - Boston. His diploma thesis, in progress, is related to the use of tarot in Jungian analysis. He has been in private practice in Portland, Maine since 1999, working with adolescents and adults. He facilitates a variety of professional workshops, sand play, and an ongoing dream group. He is a student of the Tarot and offers practical-intuitive Tarot readings.
Grace Brace, LCSW
Grace has over 20 years of experience in the social work field. The last 15 years have been in the adoption field and prior to that she worked with families in a clinical setting and within their homes. Grace utilizes evidence-based practice in her counseling work with children, individuals, couples and families. She has training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy. Grace is in the process of obtaining her certifications as a Registered Play Therapist and as a Trauma Therapist.
Andrea Brewster, LCPC, LCMHC
Andrea is currently a Clinical Supervisor with Sweetser. She has specialized in treating Learning Disabled Adults and Children using DBT, CBT and expressive arts therapies in individual group settings.
Patricia Burke, MSW, LCSW
Patricia is a Board certified diplomat in clinical social work, a certified clinical alcohol, tobacco and other drugs social worker, a qualified member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and a certified clinical supervisor. She has been on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer School of Alcohol and Drug Strudies since 1989 and is currently on the faculty of the Brown University Center of Alcohol Studies: Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England and the Union Institute and University of Vermont Academic Center Adult Degree Program where she teaches in the concentrations of Psychology and Spirituality & Holistic Studies. She maintains a private clinical and consultation practice in Maine.
Deb Dana, LCSW
Deb is part of a group practice in Saco, Maine - The Island Institute for Trauma Recovery, specializing in working with complex traumatic stress. She is certified TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique) trainer, a certified Internal Family Systems therapist, has trained in Sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR, and completed a certificate program in traumatic stress studies at the Trauma Center in Boston. In addition to her clinical work she teaches a trauma theory and practice class in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine.
Sue Caroll Duffy, PsyD, RPT-S
Dr. Duffy developed the Moving Stories play therapy method, Wonder Room and a growing number of therapeutic stories for the sandtray. She has many years of experience utilizing play therapy, sandtray therapy and bibliotherapy. Dr. Duffy works in rural coastal Maine where she serves as a psychologist at the Pleasant Point Health Center on the Passamaquoddy Reservation. Dr. Duffy served on the Maine Play Therapy Association board and taught for Chesapeake Beach Professional Seminars. She has experience working in outpatient settings, with schools and Head Start.
Patricia Ellen, MA
Patricia is the Outreach Director at the Center for Grieving Children and has been on staff there since 2000. During this time, she has coordinated the Center’s program for families dealing with serious illness, and co-authored the book A Family’s Journey - Living with Illness and Finding Hope. As Outreach Director, she currently provides crisis support and educational presentation to schools, businesses, families, camps and community organizations. Patricia is a Rubenfeld Synergist - offering counseling integrating body, mind and spirit. Additionally, as an Interfaith Minister, Patricia is a core faculty member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine.
Gretchen Fall, CAS, LPCP, RPT-S
Gretchen has worked in the mental health field for over 10 years in schools, mental health agencies, crisis units and day treatment. She currently has a small private practice with play therapy, clinical counseling and supervision.
Ron Feintech, PhD
Ron holds his PhD in Clinical Psychology. He began his career as a professional pscyhologist, sex educator and psychotherapist following his post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He and his wife operate The Couple's Center in Portland.
Patrick Ford, PhD
Patrick is a Readjustment Counselor at the Vet Center in Danbury, Connecticut and a Regional trainer and consultant in Cognitive Processing Therapy for the Readjustment Counseling Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University after serving on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1986 through 2000. His clinical and research interests include grief, sleep impairment, and evaluation of the efficacy of REBT.
Kelli Fox, LCSW, LADC, CCS
Kelli holds an MSW from the University of New England School of Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University. Kelli has been practicing as a substance abuse and family counselor since 1987 and as a clinical social worker since 1991. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to students, master and bachelor level clinicians and supervisors for 20 years. Kelli is the Director of Sweetser's Training Institute and Co-Occuring Disorders Program. Kelli has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England's School of Social Work and in the Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate Program, as well as at Southern Maine Community College. Kelli is the former executive director of Transitions Counseling, Inc.
Bette Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP
Bette is the author of the “Relax and Learn Seminars: Skills For All Seasons,” a repertoire of workshops based on the principles of effective stress management. In her work Bette emphasizes the power of the mind/body connection to improve decision-making, increase effective coping, reduce time wasted in conflict; boost morale and productivity at work; and create greater harmony in relationships. Bette practices clinical social work at The Listening Place in Lynn, Massachusetts. Besides maintaining an additional private practice in Southern Maine, Bette is Social Work consultant to Maine School Administrative District #35.
Jessica Griffin, PsyD
Jessica Griffin, Psy.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she has been a faculty member since 2006. Within the UMASS Department of Psychiatry, she trains and supervises postdoctoral psychology fellows, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows. Dr. Griffin is a clinical and forensic psychologist with a specialty in forensic assessment of children and families, particularly with regard to childhood trauma and abuse. She has extensive expertise in childhood maltreatment, the impact of trauma, psychological assessment, and divorce and custody matters. Dr. Griffin is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the most rigorously tested treatment for trauma in children with over 18 clinical trials supporting its efficacy and effectiveness. Dr. Griffin is the only approved national trainer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for this evidence-based practice in the treatment of childhood trauma. She presents regularly at a local, national and international level on topics related to forensic evaluation of children and families as well as TF-CBT.
Kristin Hurley, LCPC, NCC
Kristin has trained at the Minuchin Center for the Family and has served as a clinical supervisor for Sweetser’s MST program. Kristin completed her post-master's in clinical community counseling at John Hopkins University, and co-authored Development and Validation of the Self-Awareness and Management Strategies (SAMS) Scales for Therapists.
Marc Kaplan, DO
Dr. Kaplan is the Medical Director for Sweetser. He is a clinical instructor in family medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has extensive experience providing medical educational programs on a regional and national basis for numerous medical education organizations.
Nancy Kelly, LADC
Nancy has over 25 years experience in the fields of mental health and addiction. She is currently a counselor in Sweetser's Outpatient Clinic with the ACT team.
Denise Lamothe, PhD
Dr. Denise is an international professional speaker, emotional eating expert, Clinical Psychologist and Doctor of Holistic Health. She is the author of the popular books, The Taming of the Chew: A Holistic Guide to Stopping Compulsive Eating, and The Appetite Connection: Six Steps to Your Delicious Life and The Body You Long For. Dr. Denise has a private practice in Exeter, NH, offering individual and group therapy with a special focus on helping people to stop emotional eating and create lives of balance, zest and joy.
Cheryl LeBlond, LCSW
Cheryl is an Ethical Fitness® Seminar (EFS) certified trainer for the Institute for Global Ethics. She has been delivering EFS since 2002 to non-profit behavioral health agencies. Cheryl has a certificate of Graduate Studies in Substance Abuse Counseling from the University of New England, a MSW from the University of Maine and a BA in Psychology from Curry College in Milton, MA. Cheryl's professional work began in 1993 providing mental health emergency services for inner-city children in Boston. She has since provided direct care for both children and adults, program development, clinical and administrative oversight for Acute Services (crisis, jail case management, youth suicide prevention, access to services) and has held administrator positions for mental health agencies. She was a consultant for Maine's DHHS Office of Adult Mental Health Services and most recently was a clinical supervisor for Sweetser's Community-based Based Services in Knox and Waldo Counties.
Jeff Levy, LCSW, GAL
Jeff received his MSW from the University of New England and BS from the University of Maine. Jeff has been operating his private practice for more than 10 years and has been serving the Maine courts as a Guardian ad Litem for more than 5 years. Additionally, Jeff has been an adoption social worker, and serving as the Director of the Maine branch for China Adoption With Love. Jeff previously worked as the director of the Camp Waban program for 5 years, and was a crisis worker at Crisis Response Services for 5 years.
Christine Linnehan, BC-DMT, LCPC
Christine has a private practice, Riverview Counseling, in Scarborough and is a clinical consultant at the Center for Grieving Children in Portland. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings for over 15 years specializing in trauma, grief and bereavement.
Mary Lyons, LCPC, CADC
Mary began her career in the counseling field at Evodia House, precursor to Crossroads, treating women with substance abuse issues. She is a certified trainer for the Driver Education and Evaluation Program (DEEP).
Pat McKenzie, LCSW
Pat is a vice president of programs for Youth Alternatives Ingraham. She has previously served as the senior director of crisis services for Sweetser and as operations manager of Northeast Crisis Services. Pat has an advanced certificate in family therapy with a concentration in post-structural models of practice.
Kara Morton, BSED, LCDC
Kata was originally an elementary school teacher who followed a growing passion to help loved ones struggling with addiction. Kara has worked as an addiction recovery counselor for the past five years and considers herself blessed to aide in helping society understand addiction and recovery.
Donna Murray, MEd
Donna is a local leader in the field of adventure-based and experiential learning. She coordinates and facilitates programs for youth and adult groups throughout the state. She has also served as a certified trainer for Project Adventure.
DeeDee Nold, LICSW, RPT-S
DeeDee is a licensed independent clinical social worker and a registered play therapist supervisor. She has a private practice in New Hampshire and Florida. Ms. Nold has a MA degree in special education from the University of Tulsa and a MSW from Barry University. She specializes in young children 18 months and older and works with special populations including Asperger's, Sensory Integration Disorder, Non Verbal Learning Disabilities, Acute Anxiety and children of high conflict divorce. Ms. Nold is assisted in therapy by her therapy dog, Benny.
Miranda Phelps, PsyD
Miranda is a clinical psychologist with fifteen years of experience as a therapist for individual adults, children and families. Work settings have included mental health centers, schools, hospitals and neighborhood clinics. She holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and has done extensive specialized training in the areas of trauma, attachment, eating disorders, women's issues and family therapy. Miranda has a private practice in Waterville where she sees clients and offers supervision for clinicians.
Nicholas Ruf, MA, LADC
Nicholas worked for Maine's impaired driver countermeasures programs (DEEP) for 23 years. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and workshops in aspects of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders to professional, medical, educational, civic and other interested groups.
Michael has worked with children and families for forty years. He has been a classroom teacher, a teacher educator, an educational and mental health consultant, a parent educator, and a child and family therapist. Currently, he is teaching at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, consulting and working with in private practice.
Marie Sheffield, Art Therapist, LCPC
Marie is responsible for the coordination of Multicultural Program including program development volunteer training and supervision, and community collaborations. Marie is interested in creating community collaborative efforts for the purpose of promoting intercultural awareness, improving existing services and understanding the additional needs of the communities served surrounding loss and transition. In addition to her work in private practice, Marie was a consultant for the Center’s Multicultural Program prior to joining the staff. Through her work experience, Marie has skillfulness in the areas of children, families and groups. She specializes in children in crisis, trauma and grief and loss related to permanent and temporary separation from biological families. Marie is a firm believer that healing happens in community and in relationship.
Amy Simonds, LCPC
Amy has a wide range of experience working with children and adolescents and as a clinical supervisor.
Bonnie Thomas, LCSW
Bonnie is a School-based clinician with Sweetser. She has worked with children ages 3-18 in a variety of clinical and social service agencies. Bonnie is the author and illustrator of Creative Coping Skills for Children: Emotional Support Through Arts and Crafts Activities.
Robert White, JD
Robert is an attorney who has provided strategies to clinicians who are called to testify in court. Robert also serves as the compliance officer for Sweetser.
Dulcie Witman, LADC
Dulcie is a counselor in private practice in Portland, Maine for 17 years, completed her FMA in creative writing at Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. She has had several short pieces of fiction published and has recently finished her first novel Crooked Love, which while not factual is certainly true.
Courtney Wowk, LCSW
Courtney has been working in the social services field with children and families since 1996. She has served in the capacity as a case manager, crisis clinician and family therapist as well as having experience with collaborative practice. Courtney’s passion is in multi-system practice, collaborative practice, crisis assessment and advocacy. She lives in Southern Maine with her husband and two sons.
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