Meet our Team of Thriveworks West Springfield Counselors

Brittany Godden, LMHC

Counseling Style:

Brittany is a licensed mental health counselor, who is skilled in providing therapy to individual’s ages 3-18 years old. She believes in a child-centered approach, and creating a safe therapeutic space that is most successful when a strong relationship is formed. She embraces and accepts each child’s individual differences, which helps to bond with clients in a unique way.

Working with youth and the neurodivergent population, Brittany understands the importance of advocating for her clients, even when they are unable to do so for themselves. Brittany also recognizes that it is essential to work with parents/caregivers in order to create and implement treatment goals of the individuals she works with.


Brittany has over 10 years of experience working with youth in clinical and educational settings including as an outpatient therapist, school-based therapist, early childhood mental health consultant, and as a therapeutic mentor. She uses a variety of clinical approaches to meet the needs of each individual client.

Treatment preferences include:

  • Play Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Child centered approach
  • Strengths based treatment
  • Trauma sensitive care


  • Early childhood, youth, and adolescent therapy and crisis intervention
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anger
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Self Esteem
  • School related issues / IEP and 504 support
  • Family issues

If you feel Brittany may be a good fit in meeting you or your child’s clinical needs, please reach out to discuss how I can support you further.

Lindsay Thompson, LMHC

Lindsay believes in a person-centered approach that sees the input of individual the individual being supported as a vital part of the therapeutic process. It is important that the client’s wants and desires are at the forefront of the goals are set and, eventually achieved. Lindsay utilized various solution-oriented techniques such as Mindfulness and Meditation, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

She has years of experience working in various treatment settings including in-patient hospitals, residential facilities, emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and counseling centers. During her tenure at these therapeutic programs she has treated and addressed several disorders and life altering issues including:

  • Mood Disorders such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and panic disorders
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger management
  • Self-injurious Behavior
  • Personality Disorders
  • Self Esteem Issues
  • Attachment Issues
  • Scholastic and Vocational Issues
  • Grieving and Bereavement

Throughout her career, Lindsay has always been a passionate advocate for the people she supports working hard to enhance their self-image and help the realize their potential of having an impact in the world around them.

Malia Weber-Parker, FNP-C

Counseling Style:

Malia's style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification- diet, exercise, etc.).

She believes in the mind/body/spiritual connection. Malia offers a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients.


Malia is a Dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for psychiatry. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Rivier University. She has experience working in diverse clinical settings, caring for medically complex and culturally diverse patient populations.

Some of her practice specialties include (but are not limited to):

  • ADHD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • PTSD
  • SUD
  • Schizophrenia

When you are ready to take the first step in healing, please reach out. Malia would love to help.

Jeremy Weeks, LMFT

Jeremy's approach is warm, direct, practical, and transformative. He will work collaboratively with you to identify and focus on the heart of the matter. As a Family Systems Therapist, experienced in working with both individuals and families, he is passionate about identifying patterns and cycles that may be preventing you from cultivating connections and rewriting your narrative to reach your transformative goals.


Jeremy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who earned his Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University of New England. He is working towards A.A.S.E.C.T. (American Association of Sexuality, Educators, Counselors, and Therapists) Sex Therapy Certification and is trained and experience in A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) a non-disclosure eye-movement based trauma/anxiety recovery therapy.


Jeremy draws on various methodologies and techniques across the field such as Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness, but also draws heavily on short-term methods such as Solutions-Focused or identity-focused Narrative and Attachment Theories.

  • Relationship Counseling: Traditional, Non-Traditional, Chosen Family, Dating, Partnering, Marriage, Couples, Polyamory, Uncoupling
  • Family Counseling: Parenting, Life Stage Issues, Blended Families
  • LGBTQIA?+ advocacy, relationships, and clinical supports
  • Gender, Sex & Sexuality

Jeremy is a therapeutic “generalist” who will meet you where you (and your family) are at. A deep believer in justice and equity, he is strongly committed to creating a compassionate space where all clients feel safe and welcome.

Krista Lawrence, MFT

Counseling Style:

Krista values a holistic healing achieved by working through sorting out the hard stuff in a safe space, free of judgement and full of support. Krista views therapy as a place to improve a sense of self and give your unheard parts a voice. Her approach emphasizes the mutual, collaborative development of goals in therapy. She enjoys working collectively with clients, using empathy and unconditional positive regard to help facilitate change. Service can include individual, couples, family, and group therapy.


Krista has a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University. Krista worked in both outpatient and residential substance abuse settings as a case manager, group therapy facilitator, and family therapist. She has many years of experience as an outpatient therapist. She provides individual, couple, and family therapy. Her experience has taught her to listen to the content of what is being said and to focus on the process to uncover a deeper meaning. She is curious, helpful and kind. She believes there are no broken people. "We have what we need inside us. Let's use curiosity and compassion to ask the hard questions. Those answers are the gateway to resolution."

Krista's training includes: Systemic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Collaborative Therapy, Play Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Care, Structural and Strategic Therapy models, and more.

Krista has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups in the following areas:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Family/Parenting and Relationship Issues
  • Couple's Conflict
  • Behavioral and Discipline Challenges
  • Grief/Loss and Bereavement
  • Chronic Pain and Chronic Illness
  • Life Adjustments
  • Addiction/Substance Abuse
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Veteran's Issues

"Together, we will work on strategies that address the root cause of difficulties. Call me and let's talk."

Michael Sargent, LICSW

Therapeutic Approach to Care

Michael’s approach to therapy is person-centered and collaborative. You are the expert on your life and you and he will work together to identify and move treatment in a direction aligned with your personal values and goals.

He conducts initial assessments through a psychodynamic lens, considering a person’s personal and family history as a part of their unique narrative. From there, you can choose an appropriate evidence-based treatment modality together. Some approaches we might consider include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS).

You can expect Michael to listen actively to you without judgment and collaborate with you to move you toward meaningful change as you define it.

A Bit about Michael

Michael received his Masters degree in Social work with a concentration in Clinical Social Work and Psychodynamic Theory from the Smith College School for Social Work.


  • Addiction Treatment (Including Gambling, Sex Addiction, and Substance Use Disorders)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Gender Identity
  • PTSD
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Grief including Loss and Adjustment to Chronic Illness and Major Life Transitions
  • Family and Couples Therapy around Addiction


  • Psychosocial Capacity Building in Response to Disasters
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Trauma in Veterans and First Responders
  • Addiction Treatment and Relapse Prevention
  • Mindfulness Practices
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Family Therapy

Entering into therapy is not easy, and Michael commends the courage and wherewithal to begin the journey toward wellness and balance. He looks forward to exploring and navigating your journey with you.

Ed Ralph Cruz Candelaria, Psy.D.

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space, is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom” 

 Victor E. Frankle  

 Counseling Style:

As a clinical psychologist, Ed believes that the most important thing in therapy is trust. Ed will create a collaborative environment in which the client will feel that they are listened. Within the therapy, Ed will help to find the strengths of the client, and together they will cross the difficult doors that impede development and progress. Even though Ed is trained in several models of therapy he will take a holistic approach in which he will develop a therapeutic relationship based on trust and rapport. 


Ed is skilled in providing psychotherapy and psychoeducation. Ed will work to help each person feel comfortable and accepted. Ed obtained his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. Over the years Ed has worked with children and adults in the community and outpatient settings. He has helped people dealing with culturalization, moving from overseas, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviors, anxiety, depression, health psychology, the loss of a loved one among others.   

Ed has expertise and experience in treating comorbid disorders among;  

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Mood Disorders 
  • ADHD 
  • Anger Management  
  • Personality Disorders 
  • Self-Esteem Issues 
  • Trauma & PTSD 
  • Divorce 
  • Bipolar Disorder 
  • Borderline Disorder 
  • Addiction (Tobacco, Alcohol, Cocaine & Opioid Use Disorders) 
  • Bereavement and Grief 
  • Health psychology 

 Treatment Preferences 

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) 
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) 
  • Interpersonal Therapy 
  • Emotional Focused 
  • Psychodynamic Therapy 
  • Emotional Focused  
  • Narrative Therapy 
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 
  • Existential Therapy 
  • Group Therapy 

Natalie Espino, PsyD

Natalie's intuition and background help her and her clients to find solutions that meet each person's individual mental-health requests. Using her therapeutic skills as well as a natural inclination, Natalie facilitates goal-focused, active-listening sessions. Her sensible and effective treatment plans promote and support her client's in fulfilling their goals.


Natalie is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from the California Southern University and is CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) certified.

Areas of Work

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Esteem
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phase-of-life Problems
  • Sexual Identity Confusions
  • Childhood traumas
  • Multi-Cultural Adaptations

In this pandemic era, Natalie is dedicated to providing a safer alternative to meet the urgent demand for mental health services. Her lifelong passion and curiosity for technology have persuaded her to think of new delivery methods that won't compromise the human touch.

Rest assured she'll make every effort to make your mental health experience a positive one.

Cari Chapderlane-Cox, LICSW

Counseling Style

Cari is dedicated to increasing the functioning, self-determination, and stability of youth, adults, and families struggling with disabilities and complex mental health needs.

  • A solid background working with children and young adults but has also worked with individuals of all ages.
  • A history of and passion for working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the families supporting them.
  • Committed to therapeutic practice that fosters diversity and inclusion.
  • Worked closely to advocate for LGBTQ rights and has comprehensive knowledge regarding the clinical needs of LGBTQ individuals.

She is committed to fostering strong therapeutic relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and honesty. She will work collaboratively with you to identify your goals, assisting in finding ways in which you can improve your current situation and live the life you deserve. Change is difficult and can be challenging and uncomfortable at times. If you are ready to take that step she will offer you the skills to support and empower you.


Cari has worked in school social work, community mental health outreach, and mild/intensive therapeutic programming. She has assisted individuals experiencing a wide range of behavioral health symptoms, including but not limited to, processing through severe and complex behaviors related to trauma to dealing with adjustment issues related to life stage transitions.


Cari has built strong clinical skills in working with individuals experiencing many different mental health needs varying from mild to chronic. Some of these include:

  • Children/Family Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD / ADD
  • Adolescents
  • Eating Disorders
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Trauma and Stress
  • Anger Management;
  • Work Issues
  • Grief / Loss

Larry Brown, LMHC

Larry has worked as a therapist for over thirty years. His native language is English and he is also fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. His therapeutic goal is, and has always been, to create a comfortable experience that clients feel is beneficial and worth returning to.

Larry uses counseling techniques that have stood the test of time. His approach is tailored to the specific needs of each individual rather than a one-size-fits-all model.

His specialties include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Coping with Medical Problems
  • Anger management
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Self-harm and Suicidality
  • Issues related to the Late Stages of the Life Cycle

Larry’s life experience as well as his extensive clinical experience has provided him with a strong understanding of the difficulties we all encounter along the way. Client satisfaction is of the utmost importance, and with the best of his abilities and the help of his heart, he is here to support you on your journey.

Courtney Mackey

Courtney Mackey, LMHC

Counseling Style

Courtney is an enthusiastic and passionate mental health professional hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of her clients. She strives to create a comfortable and client-focused environment to enable therapeutic success. As a Springfield College graduate and fitness instructor, Courtney believes that mental health and physical health are intertwined, and she strongly believes in the healing properties of positivity, self-empowerment and laughter. Courtney uses many modalities to reach clinical goals with clients and is always striving to add to her repertoire of therapeutic approaches. Courtney would love to chat with you about your mental health goals and how to achieve them in a way that is right for you.


Courtney has experience working in a variety of settings ranging from the inpatient psychiatric setting to a less restrictive therapeutic academic environment. Having worked with both adults and children, she can facilitate therapeutic sessions for individuals of all ages as well as families or couples.


Courtney has developed strong clinical skills that are effective working with a variety of mental health needs including, but not limited to:

  • ADHD
  •  Anger Management
  •  Anxiety
  •  ASD
  •  Depression/Mood Disorders
  •  Eating Disorders
  •  Family Dynamics/Conflict
  •  Grief / Loss
  •  Illness
  •  Life Challenges
  •  OCD
  •  Peer/Coworker Conflict
  •  PTSD/Trauma
  •  Stress Reduction
  •  Substance Use
  •  Transitions
Boris Lorberg

Boris Lorberg, M.D.

Following graduation from MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 2009, Dr. Lorberg has been on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Medical School as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics with a clinical appointment at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. At WRCH, he has cared for treatment refractory adolescents, first as Medical Director of Adolescent Intensive Residential Treatment Program, and then Associate Medical Director at the Umass Adolescent Continuing Care Inpatient Units. Dr. Lorberg currently provides psychopharmacology consultations for the Thriveworks Franklin office.

Greg Handel, Ph.D.

Counseling Style

“[A]t some point in our lives, we all need support from others … .”

Greg takes a grounded approach to counseling that is client centered. He believes each person is unique and wants to walk beside them as they set and obtain life goals. Everyone can achieve a sense of confidence and increased self-efficacy, and Greg is excited to walk down that path with you!

Greg is also an ordained minister who believes in treating the whole person, acknowledging that any individual is more than the sum of their parts. However, he respects each individual’s beliefs and sees having a complete understanding of an individual’s point of view as a necessary part of counseling.

He also believes that we all, at some point in our lives, experience periods of emotional suffering and brokenness. Therefore, at some point in our lives, we all need support from others. Greg often pulls from his own life experiences to identify with each individual and guide them through the healing process.


Greg has more than 35 years of experience providing positive life supports for individuals, couples and families. He has worked in several different environments including inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, rehabilitation facilities, congregate residential settings and in private practice.


Greg has vast experience working with men and women in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Family and Parenting stress
  • Couples’ issues
  • Life adjustments
  • Functioning with disabilities
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As a veteran, I’ve had various counselors over the years, to help with the trauma I endured while on active duty. All of them have addressed my issues in fairly the same manner, but there was never a connection where they truly could understand certain aspects of those issues. Larry is different, his approach is real and genuine, he is very empathetic to the issues and not only offers solutions, but goes the extra mile to work with you through those solutions. Definitely the best counselor I’ve ever had.
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I have known Greg Handel for over 30 years. He is always shown wise council Both personally and professionally. I would highly recommend him and his team!
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