Meet our Counselors


Kay Henderson

Kay Henderson, LPC

Hello, I’m Kay Henderson. I honor and respect the search that you are on, as you look for someone who can help you navigate the changes you want to make. It’s hard to reach out for help and trust that you will be truly received. As an experienced therapist, my first goal is to create a warm, supportive environment where we can look honestly at patterns and behaviors that hold you back and create the best path for you to move through and beyond them.

We begin by exploring honestly where you are in the trajectory of change and the motivation you have to meet your goals. I draw from a unique blend of modalities that meets you where you are, drawing on solution focused mindfulness, empathetic support, creative modalities and powerful questions that challenge you when stuck. I put these together to create an approach and treatment that is unique to your needs.

I have over 20 years of experience in various settings, including school-based counseling, adolescent Day Treatment, international universities, outpatient and private practice.  My experience and training in Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness meditation and DBT.  I apply this experience and these tools in my work with:

  • Children – Age 5+
  • Adolescents
  • Young adults – particularly college age in transition
  • Adults struggling with anxiety/depression/recovery from trauma
  • Couples looking to reignite their connection

I look forward to connecting with you! If you are ready to take this journey, I’m here!

Don Axsom

Don Axsom, PsyD

Hi, I’m Don Axsom and I have been a practicing Psychologist for over 13 years. I ‘ve worked in a wide variety of settings, including Residential Treatment, In-home assessments & treatment, Out Patient Medical Clinic, Psychiatric Skilled Nursing Facility and Private Practice.  I’ve worked with a an equally wide variety of clientele, including geriatric, substance abuse, child and adolescents, severe mental health patients, chronic pain and childhood pervasive development disorders (including Spectrum disorders), forensic assessments. I believe deeply in the power of the therapeutic relationship for addressing the obstacles that hold us back and highlighting the potential we already have to live a life of peace and joy. It’s a space where there’s no worry about judgment or criticism and where trust is key. I strive to embody these characteristics through my training, a genuine caring personality and a desire to help people reach their full potential.

The modalities/tools I use most frequently are:

  • Behavioral Modification
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Energy Psychology
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Psycho-education
  • Psychological Testing

In addition, I focus on the positive aspects of life and am familiar with a variety of faith based approaches to mental health. All of these together inform my work with children, adolescents, adults, families, those living with chronic pain, and geriatric patients.

If you are searching for help to break old patterns and realize your potential, I’d love to support you in reaching that goal.

Jesus Magana

Jesus Magana, LMSW

Hello, I am Jesus Magana.  I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with over 5 years of experience working with youth and adults who have suffered trauma. I’ve worked in various settings, including community mental health, residential facilities and psychiatric units. Through this experience, I have been exposed to and trained in an array of therapeutic techniques, but the core of my approach is client centered and client driven.  Creating an empathic and safe space for clients to begin healing is my top priority as a licensed clinician.

I have come to believe that all of us are shaped and molded by everyday experiences that begin even before birth.  Because of this and regardless of our backgrounds or upbringing, we experience some sort of trauma. Some are capital “T” traumas and others are small “t” traumas, but all impact our ability to live happy, thriving lives. Instead, we struggle in our lives, questioning why we can’t make sense of it all. And no wonder, considering science has now proven that trauma also physiologically changes the makeup of our brains. This understanding helps me in working with all my clients, many of whom suffer with PTSD, Acute Stress, Major Depression, Anxiety and Personality Disorders.

The modalities I most draw from include:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCBT)
  • Sand Tray Therapy
  • Motivational Interview (MI)

If you are reading this and feel inspired to begin the journey to healing, please reach out. I am here and ready to join the team effort to create a happy and thriving life.

Joyce Zymeck

Joyce Zymeck, M.Ed., LAC, BHP

Hello, my name is Joyce Zymeck and I am a licensed counselor with a B.A. in Gender Studies from Amherst College and an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have over 12 years of professional experience counseling diverse clients from all walks of life. My work is compassion-centered and trauma-informed.  I know that choosing to engage in therapy can be an act of courage. I bring empathy, honesty, humor, & compassion to all my work. Combined with your innate wisdom and courage, together we will develop a safe, supportive alliance that allows you to start healing the past & living a happier, healthier present & future.

Some people come into therapy knowing exactly what they want to work on. Others feel a vague sense of sadness or dissatisfaction but perhaps are not sure why. I meet you wherever you are, and together we figure out what is already working in your life as well as what is holding you back. I use an integrative strengths-based approach tailored individually for you, including a combination of:

  • Mindfulness practices
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Expressive/Creative Therapies
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies (CBT, REBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy
  • And more

This allows us to explore what you want to change for you as a unique person and the best ways to get there. Change isn't always easy but it is ABSOLUTELY possible. I know because I see it every single day in my clients.

I enjoy working with all kinds of people facing many different types of challenges or issues. I also have specialized experience working with:

  • issues of grief and bereavement (losing a person, a beloved animal, physical ability, a career, and so on)
  • chronic pain and illness
  • addiction issues
  • issues that women &/or people in the LGBTQIA+ communities face
  • creative or empathic/sensitive people

I feel that it is a privilege to witness and help people on a path of healing, and I never take that privilege for granted!

Amy Davis

Amy Davis, MA, LPC, NCC

Hi, I am Amy Davis, MA, LPC, NCC. I am Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling with Emphasis in Couple and Family Counseling. I also have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.

For over 20 years I have helped people from many walks of life overcome their obstacles. I have experience working with issues related to anxiety, depression, abuse, relational challenges, joblessness, low self-esteem, parenting and chronic illness. My approach is collaborative, heart-felt, and client-centered. I like to infuse a bit of humor into my work to as a reminder to remain gentle with yourself as you overcome adversity, heal your wounds and achieve your goals.

My main goal is always to help you uncover your inner strength and increase a sense of empowerment. I use mindfulness skills to foster awareness of physical or somatic sensations related to emotions and cognitive awareness of internal thoughts and relational patterns. This allows space for more choice in how you respond to stress. I am a trauma-informed therapist, which means I understand the dynamics of trauma on our emotions and highly value the importance of the clinical relationship and the development of coping skills. I know that what I have to offer can help because I have seen thousands of my clients have those "ah ha!" moments when they apply the communication and coping strategies I have taught them to their lives. They experience less negative thoughts and emotions and have better interactions with their families, coworkers, friends, and most importantly with themselves. I look forward to meeting you!

Alanna Boyd

Alanna Boyd, MA, LPC-S, CCTP

Hi, I am Alanna Boyd, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. For over 11 years I have worked in a variety of settings assisting clients in their goals to achieve wellness. These settings have included: Community Mental Health, Residential treatment for eating disorders and survivors of sexual assault.

I have experience working with issues related to anxiety, disability adjustment issues, depression, grief and loss issues, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual assault.

My approach is collaborative, heart-felt, and client-centered. I believe that clients recovering from any form of trauma guide the therapeutic process in order to feel safe and that it’s my role to create an environment where that sense of safety is maximized. I am committed to establishing a solid foundation of ongoing trust and offer coping skills that will make life a little easier right away. I believe in all my client’s resilience and their ability to recover no matter what pain they have been through in life. No matter what.

I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities that include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

If you are looking to fully heal & let go of whatever has made your life difficult, I would consider myself a proud member of your team and look forward to cheering you on in that recovery!

Frank Vargas

Frank Vargas, MSW, LCSW

As a licensed psychotherapist with over 30 years of clinical experience, I most enjoy bringing real life experiences into my client conversations. I believe that the ability to relate personally and professionally to the kind of concerns you struggle with is a vital part of a healing therapeutic relationship.

I’ve had the benefit of extensive experience with a wide variety of clients and treatment needs. This includes work with children/adolescents (10-17) and adults who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma/abuse or substance abuse; Couples struggling in relationship and/or needing help with parenting; and those who are challenged to control their anger.

My focus is steadfastly on the treatment goals, so after fully assessing challenges, I can choose from a variety of treatment modalities, including: Cognitive-Behavioral, Brief therapy, Mediation Therapy (with couples), Motivational Interviewing and, to specifically address abuse, EMDR. My experience drives my ability to provide a counseling framework that is fully effective with your concerns, but also efficient with your time and resources.

I look forward to meeting you and developing a therapeutic relationship and treatment plan that will propel you into thriving in your life!

Linda J. O’Keefe

Linda J. O’Keefe, MSW, Transition Coach

“The only constant in life is change”

How true this is, though it’s missing a vital component. It’s how we deal with change that matters. That’s the true work and what I’m most interested in helping you navigate.

In the 30 years I’ve been practicing, either as a counselor or a Coach, I have witnessed over and over the aftermath of life changes that were not reconciled. These transitions, usually, unexpected, have left a person, couple or family, stuck in the trauma and unable to move forward with life. Spinning in a world of the unknown, choices are made that just keep leading them down a path to more pain, doubt and fear.

As a Transition Coach, my gift is to offer insight into the deeper meaning of the transition, structure ways to move forward without repeating the past and eventually thrive in life on the other side.

My Transition Coach specialties are:

  • Couples facing relationship transitions/challenges/divorce
  • Moving through a life changing loss
  • Facing a crossroads about the future that overwhelms
  • Family systems navigating challenging dynamics.

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, and uplifting. All around are beautiful, lighthearted images and positive messages. The staff is so professional and caring, you can't go wrong with any of the counselors if you're ready to make a change in your life. Thriveworks serves all--people of all ages, ethnicities, faiths, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Many of the clinicians take insurance and those who do not have a very reasonable fee for out of pocket costs. The changes and improvements you'll make in your life with the help of a Thriveworks clinician are worth every penny. The fact is you are really INVESTING in YOU--every aspect of your life can improve and that is PRICELESS. I can't say enough great things about Thriveworks, just being in that lovely atmosphere and knowing you're taking a stand for your growth and wellbeing is worth celebrating. And you can even have a nice cup of coffee or tea and a snack while you wait! Make an appointment...you'll be so glad you did.

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Kay has been a blessing in my life personally and professionally! She was an amazing supervisor who was always...Read more

willing to be supportive while challenging me to learn and grow as a new conditional licensee. Her guidance and direction continue to be an important part of my learning and growth as a successful clinician in Maine! I am forever grateful for her kindness, caring, and support in making healthy pathways for my future!

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Kay is a well-respected therapist who genuinely and compassionately connects with her clients. She really sees...Read more

people for who they are and what they can become. She is warm and easy-going and insightful. She is able to pinpoint the challenge and competently encourages self-reflection, insight and change. Somehow, despite being very easy to talk to and patient, she is able to cut to the key issue and motivate her clients to reach their goals. I highly recommend her and would certainly refer individuals and couples to her who want to make changes and improve relationships or increase life satisfaction.

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