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Anne Turley
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Anne Turley, RN, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Anne Turley is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in practice since 2014.  She completed her Masters of Nursing Practice at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts and is licensed to practice in Massachusetts.  Anne has worked in private practice, community mental health, therapy schools and residential treatment settings, and is well versed at treating a wide range of diagnoses in patients aged 6 - 65.  Anne is comfortable reaching outside traditional practice settings to care for patients and has embraced telemedicine as the key access to care advancement of the decade.  Anne’s specialty areas include teenagers, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  

Anne integrates principles of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into her psychopharmacological treatment sessions.  Anne seeks to embrace the full individuality of her patients; she applies medical knowledge in the context of each person’s unique personality, strengths and barriers, and stage of life.  She is a dedicated evidence-based practitioner, remaining up to date on psychopharmacology and therapy advances by attending conferences and trainings regularly and continually reading the evidence base.  Anne is also a dedicated teacher; she guest lectures at her alma mater and precepts nurse practitioner students on a regular basis.

Anne operates from a place of empathy and acceptance in her practice.  She addresses her patients with caring honesty and a persistent focus on progressing towards treatment goals.  She strives in sessions to help patients understand their mental health both medically and emotionally and to continually discuss the benefits and risks of psychopharmacology interventions.  Anne looks forward to meeting you and becoming a part of your journey.

Education

MGH Institute of Health Professions
Masters of Nursing

Specialties

  • Ages 14+ medication management
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Treatment resistant anxiety disorders
  • Multi-diagnosis cases
Brittney Bannon
Self Pay Rate: $119

Brittney Bannon, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Brittney Bannon is a Resident Counselor who has 7 years of experience working with the special needs population as well as 4 years of experience working with children and adolescents. Brittney also has experience with family counseling and behavioral work.

Brittney completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology at Northeastern University and her Master of Arts (MA) in Child and Adolescent Psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. She also completed an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at William James College.

Brittney seeks to establish a caring and collaborative relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and working towards meeting your goals. She understands that no single approach is correct for everyone, therefore she is trained in many different modalities including collaborative, strength-based, cognitive behavioral, and solution-focused approaches to therapy. Brittney also likes to use art therapy as a form of expression with clients. She is willing to work with you to find the approach that best fits you. Brittney maintains the creativity, flexibility, and awareness that is necessary to best meet the needs of every unique and individual couple.

Education

Willam James College
Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-esteem
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Issues
  • Trauma
Carolyne Mburu-Gerena
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Carolyne Mburu-Gerena, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Carolyne Mburu-Gerena is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner in the state of Massachusetts who has over 14 years’ experience working as a registered nurse with adolescents and adults in hospice, home health, emergency room, and psychiatric settings seeking help with medical comorbidities, end of life care, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, trauma, and other mood disorders. She completed her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Becker College, her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Framingham State University, and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.  

Carolyne  utilizes compassionate, competent, empathetic, and optimal holistic care to the best of her ability when providing patient-centered care. These values and beliefs are accompanied by trustworthiness and respect as she continues to provide care to her patients, family, and the community for improved clinical outcomes and overall well-being.  

Carolyne strives to provide evidence-based treatment with a focus on understanding your concerns, tapping into your protective factors, educating you on a healthier lifestyle, and working collaboratively with you and other pertinent healthcare professionals to help you meet your goals and promote best practice

Education

Walden University
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Stress management
  • Self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Grief & Loss
Danielle Johnson
Self Pay Rate: $119

Danielle Johnson, LMHC

Philosophy of Care

Danielle Johnson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who is skilled in providing therapy to individuals ages 15-80 years old. Danielle has over 7 years of clinical experience working with young adults and children, as well as 5 years of crisis management experience with individuals of all ages. Working with a wide scope of the population, Danielle understands the importance of advocating for her clients, even when they are unable to do so for themselves. She also recognizes that it is essential to have a team-based approach in order to create and implement the treatment goals of individual clients.

Danielle completed her masters degrees in Neuroscience and Counseling at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where she found her passion in crisis intervention, specializing in depression, substance use, anxiety, and trauma. After graduation Danielle began her work as a crisis clinician in hospital emergency rooms before transitioning to her role as a therapist. She is currently working toward her trauma certification.

As a therapist Danielle believes it is imperative to create a safe, comforting space in order to discover which therapeutic approach best fits your needs. She believes in a person-centered approach, and creating that safe therapeutic space is most successful when a strong relationship is formed. Danielle embraces and accepts individual differences, which helps her bond with clients in a unique way.

Education

University of Massachusetts-Boston
Master's in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology

Specialties

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Military/Veteran
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Orientation/ Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Child Therapy
Emily Rosenau
Self Pay Rate: $119

Emily Rosenau, LMHC

Philosophy of Care

Emily Rosenau is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with over 10 years of experience assisting children, adolescents, and adults who are struggling with substance abuse, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and depression to improve their coping skills. Also as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is also in a unique position to relate and assist others by providing unconditional acceptance.

Emily earned her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Salve Regina University. Throughout her professional career, she has worked extensively with children and adolescents who are struggling with school difficulties, behavioral difficulties, parent-child relational struggles, societal demands, and the foster care system. With her rich experience, Emily is able to support individuals throughout their numerous life transitions. When supporting adults and young adults, she begins by building a positive connection based on trust, and professional support. Emily utilizes cognitive behavioral (CBT) approaches techniques, as well mindfulness-based, and person-centered approaches.

She hopes to be a positive support and safe haven for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings while working together in a positive, constructive manner. As a seasoned clinician in various settings, Emily understands the high level of stress that people of all ages experience. Partner with her to create a treatment plan that fits your unique needs.

Education

Salve Regina University
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies
Rehabilitation Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Life Transitions
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Orientation / Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
Fortunate Munhutu
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Fortunate Munhutu, APRN, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Fortunate provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management with special attention to individual needs, including attention to each patient's personal history, his or her specific context, stressful or traumatic life experiences or circumstances, each patient's particular concerns about, or fears of medications, all of which she approaches with patience, warmth, understanding, and helpful explanations that facilitate treatment and the patient's sense of comfort and trust. She is flexible and integrative in her approach in order to meet the needs and desired outcomes of each individual. Fortunate is enthusiastic to apply her experience and compassion with clients as they begin to address issues that will help them to improve their quality of life and attain a sense of fulfillment. Her primary focuses are providing honest communication with her patients and quality resources for all those involved.

Prior to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, Fortunate worked as a psychiatric nurse case manager both in home care and in long-term care facilities in the state of Massachusetts. Her practice philosophy emanates from her nursing background that emphasizes providing safe, compassionate, and empathetic patient-centered care. She strongly believes in a holistic approach to promote mental health and well-being, and she takes pride in delivering the best evidence based psychiatric care that is individualized to the needs of each patient.

Education

Walden University School of Nursing and Health Science
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties 

  • Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality disorder
  • Addictions disorders
Heather Audette
Self Pay Rate: $119

Heather Audette, LMHC

Philosophy of Care

Heather Audette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who works with individuals who want to feel happier, more connected, and more fulfilled. Heather completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling and Psychology at Assumption College. She has 13 years of experience in the mental health field.

Sometimes life becomes difficult, complicated, and maybe even a little chaotic. We may feel overwhelmed with the challenges of work, family, relationships, and trying to balance it all. Sometimes we’re hit with unexpected stressors, life changes, or traumatic events. You may be wondering how you’re supposed to “live your best life” when you’re overwhelmed by daily tasks and responsibilities. You would like to feel less stressed and more in control of your emotions, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you know that you’re doing the best you can with the tools you have, but you could use a few more options in your toolbox.

Heather’s counseling style is supportive, collaborative, and nonjudgmental. She strives to make therapy a positive and empowering experience, where individuals have a safe space to explore their life events and build insight into the challenges that may be barriers on the path to wellness. Heather values a person-centered approach, which allows her to support individuals in discovering their strengths and learning strategies to improve their quality of life. She uses elements of mindfulness, positive psychology, humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT).

Education

Assumption College
Master of Arts Counseling and Psychology

Specialties

  • Mindfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Personal Growth & Wellness
  • Grief & Loss
Heather Olson
Self Pay Rate: $119

Heather Olson, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Heather has a passion for working with children. One of the most fulfilling pieces of work she does is help young children learn to navigate their emotional world using talk, art and play. Heather has a background in working with preschool through middle -school age children on the Autism spectrum as well young children who are learning to regulate their emotions and build positive peer and familial relationships. 

What started as an interest in Early Childhood Education has led Heather down the path of working with young children in a counseling setting. Heather has a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. She tries to incorporate the 'whole child' into their treatment. A combination of talk, play, art and movement is used with the child to help them build 

self- awareness and learn to regulate their emotions through various CBT skills. 

When Heather meets with a client, her goal is to create a warm, welcoming space for them to make themselves comfortable. Heather’s goal is to build a positive therapeutic rapport with the client as well as guide the client toward accomplishing their collaborative treatment goals. 

Education 

Becker College
MA in Mental Health Counseling 

Specialties 

  • Children and Adolescents 
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Stress Management
Jill Ginisi
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Jill Ginisi, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care 

Jill Ginisi is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the state of Massachusetts. Jill has a diverse background  spending several years as a registered nurse floating to different specialties advancing her knowledge.  Jill spent her last 3 years as a psychiatric nurse where her passion resides prior to obtaining her Master  

of Science in Nursing with a specialty in psychiatry from Regis College. As a psychiatric nurse  practitioner, Jill will provide clinical assessment and therapeutic care to adults who are seeking help with  their mental health.  

Jill can assess, diagnose, and treat mental health needs of patients. Jill believes developing a trusting,  therapeutic relationship with strong communication is the key to success. Jill likes to view the individual as a whole and understands each person is different and can have unique needs. Although, medication  management is Jill’s specialty, that is just “a piece to the puzzle” as she feels being self-aware of the  matter and incorporating different techniques can be beneficial. The overall well-being of someone’s  mental health should be treated no different than a medical diagnosis.  

Jill seeks to establish a professional yet caring relationship with you to help identity your needs, educate  and incorporate you into your goals with a treatment plan to help you achieve the desired outcome. Jill  believes living a good quality and meaningful life is a significant priority. 

Education

Regis College
Master's of Science in Nursing with a specialty in Psychiatry

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Kaylin Petracca
Self Pay Rate: $119

Kaylin Petracca, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Kaylin Petracca is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts with over 7 years of experience providing clinical assessment, crisis counseling, and treatment planning to adults seeking assistance with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, trauma, Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Rhode Island College and Master of Social Work from Simmons University.

Kaylin utilizes narrative and strengths-based approaches to therapy, honoring the right to self-determination while working with individuals to attain their goals. She is experienced in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy, Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing treatment models.

Kaylin seeks to form a positive and trusting alliance with you, and would be honored to accompany you on your healing journey.

Education

Simmons University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Addiction
  • Adoption / Foster Care
  • Sexual Offenders
Margaret Oloyede
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake $249: Follow-ups

Margaret Oloyede, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

I am a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with eight years of psychiatric experience. I have been working with patient with Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder with psychosis; Stress-related disorders such as anxiety; Neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and eating disorders. I have provided care at inpatient setting for acute patients. I have also worked in outpatient setting, providing continuing services to patients who have complex or chronic illnesses. I assess, diagnose, prescribes medication, order and interprets labs, x-rays, and EKGs when necessary and coordinate care. Patient goals includes the reduction of overall level, frequency, and intensity of their symptoms so that daily functioning is not impaired; Stabilizing the symptoms level while increasing the ability to function on a daily basis; Increasing the coping behaviors of peer socialization, physical activity, and self-reassurance.

I begin by meeting with patients to assess patient psychological needs. I implement relationship-building skills to gain patient trust since the process of recovering from mental health issues can cause individuals to remember and talk about traumatizing events or experiences. After identifying patients’ mental health needs, as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners I create holistic treatment plans. I track patient progress and refer patients to specialists if necessary. I build relationships with, reassuring, and listening to and talking to patients. I assess and plan nursing care requirements. I care for and counsel clients with common identified chronic psychiatric condition. .I Coordinate and integrate multidisciplinary services for clients with complex psychiatric problem. I monitor common health care problems and refer for specialized medical treatment as needed. I provide comprehensive family psychiatric-mental health education. I advocate for family psychiatric-mental health clients and their families.

As a mental health nurse practitioner, I am compassionate and understanding; I am a respectful and caring person. I can go above and beyond my listed responsibilities to ensure patients receive the best care possible while at my practice. I build relationships with, reassuring, and listening to and talking to patients. I believe every person has the right to freedom and to express his moral beliefs though words and actions that will help him grow. I use my talents to make others aware of their feelings and understand their needs.

Education

Regis college Massachusetts
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
Matthew Fisher
Self Pay Rate: $119

Matthew Fisher, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Matthew Fisher is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who has 7 years of experience providing therapeutic care to adults seeking help with anxiety, depression, trauma, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and life transitions. Matthew completed his Master of Social Work (MSW) at the University of Tennessee.

Matthew’s intention is to provide a safe and supportive environment built on trust. His approach is strength-based and utilizes a variety of evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), and mindfulness techniques. Through a supportive, nonjudgmental therapeutic relationship, Matthew hopes to help guide individuals through the challenges they face and empower them to meet their goals.

Education

University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Master of Science in Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Trauma
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Stress Management
Mercy Mbuthia
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake $249: Follow-ups

Mercy Mbuthia, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Mercy is a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Massachusetts who  has over 5 years of experience providing clinical assessment, medication management and treatment to adults seeking help with anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. She is competent, empathetic and committed to providing care in a holistic manner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Salem State University and received her Masters of Science in Nursing, with a Psychiatric and Mental health concentration from University of Massachusetts- Lowell.

Mercy blends current evidence and national standards of care with a holistic approach to manage patient care. This process includes: assessment, diagnosis, development of a comprehensive plan of care, implementation and follow-up. She maintains flexibility and awareness necessary to meet the needs of every unique individual.

Mercy seeks to establish a kind, compassionate and professional relationship with you in order to promote,maintain and restore health.

Education

University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Master of Science in Nursing

Specialties

  • 18+ Medication Management
Michelle Ledoux
Self Pay Rate: $119

Michelle Ledoux, Ed.D., LMHC

Philosophy of Care

Michelle Ledoux is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who has a passion for empowering clients on their healing journey through a client-centered focus. Supporting the adult population, Michelle is able to provide expertise to those individuals going through divorce, struggling with adult-attention and focus challenges, grief, and loss over a loved one or loss of employment. She completed her Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Psychology at American International College and her Doctor of Education (EdD) with a concentration in Educational Psychology.

Michelle brings a decade of experience to her practice. That experience includes working as an In-Home Therapist with families through the Massachusetts Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), providing outpatient counseling to individuals of all ages, and working with students and staff in the public school system as a school mental health counselor. Michelle’s experience also includes 4 years as an adjunct professor teaching graduate students in the clinical psychology program. Courses she taught as a professor include family counseling, group counseling, counseling theory and practice, developmental psychology, and research methods.

Michelle offers clients the opportunity to learn as they heal. She is passionate about helping others. Michelle's used her love of positive psychology during her master’s and doctoral programs. Her dissertation focused on the impacts of stress as well as the healing powers of hope. Through the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, mindfulness, and positive psychology, Michelle will work with you on strategies and organizational tips to implement. Individuals experiencing feelings of anxiety and/or depression are also areas in which she is able to provide support using a psychoeducational approach coupled with a nonjudgmental, safe space.

Education

Master of Arts in Educational Psychology
American International College 

Doctor of Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology 

Specialties

  • Adult ADHD 
  • Personal Growth and Wellness 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Anxiety Disorders 
  • Depression 
  • Stress 
  • Divorce 
  • Death/Grief and Loss 
  • Life Transitions 
  • Women’s Issues
Patricia Wheeler Shea
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Patricia Wheeler Shea, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Patricia "Patty" Wheeler Shea holds dual board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and an Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Patty specializes in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and mood disorders.

Patty completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell and her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at Simmons University. She has practiced as an ANP for 25 years, providing biopsychosocial care to young adult and adult clients in a variety of settings. Recognizing the prevalence of mental illness and the impact that mental illness can have on one’s life, Patty chose to pursue additional certification as a PMHNP. She completed her post-master’s certificate at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.

Patty’s clinical practice includes psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, and treatment that is tailored to each unique individual. She believes in the importance of an integrative mind-body approach to provide clients with holistic, personalized care to address both their mental and physical health needs. Patty seeks to establish a collaborative, caring, nonjudgmental relationship to work with clients to achieve optimal mental and physical wellness, with the goal of improving the quality of their life.

Education

Simmons University
Master of Science in Nursing

 Specialties

  • Medication Management
  • Alternative and Complementary Medicine
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorders
https://thriveworks.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=47110&action=editStephanie Wuebens
Self Pay Rate: $139

Stephanie Wuebbens, PhD

Philosophy of Care

Stephanie Wuebbens is a Licensed Psychologist (LP) with over 20 years of experience assisting children, teens, and adults with chronic stress, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, poor coping skills, divorce, family conflict, grief, difficult life transitions, and more.

Stephanie specializes in a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based techniques, and play therapy. As a patient and empathetic counselor, she works with clients to identify the setbacks in their way with compassion.

She's also able to evaluate emotional, cognitive, or learning problems. Stephanie is ready to offer you personalized care as you tackle your most important life issues as a team. With her help, you can start working towards the quality of life that you deserve.

Education

PhD
Ohio State University

Specialties

  • ADHD
  • Academic Underachievement
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Child or Adolescent
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Grief
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
Wendy Daly
Self Pay Rate: $119

Wendy Daly, LMHC

Philosophy of Care 

Wendy Daly is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts. She has experience working with adults and families assisting them with relationship troubles, anxiety, and grief. In addition, she specializes in weight loss, divorce, ADHD, and supporting families with autism.

Wendy holds a BSBA from Stonehill College and an MA with a concentration in Counseling Psychology from Framingham State University. Presently, she is pursuing her dissertation in a doctoral program at Regis College. Wendy combines cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal therapies while upholding a strengths-based approach. Providing a safe and confidential environment is a key ingredient to successful counseling. This open and nonjudgmental atmosphere allows her to develop an alliance with her clients that can result in building new skills or coping strategies as they work together to achieve the individual's goals.

It is courageous to take steps that help us enjoy our lives more, feel less stressed, and improve our well-being. Wendy can assist you with these steps by extending warmth, honesty, and compassion.

Education 

Framingham State University
Master's in Counseling Psychology

Specialties 

  • Weight loss
  • Divorce
  • Supporting Families with Autism
  • ADHD
David Martino
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

David Martino, NP

Philosophy of Care

David Martino, a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, has provided direct care to patients age 12 years and older for the past eight years. He has extensive clinical experience in diagnosis and medication management, including complex cases with multiple overlapping psychiatric diagnoses, dual diagnosis, and co-occurring medical problems. David earned a Bachelor of Art in English from Regis College, a Master of Theological Studies from The University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College. David’s broad educational background helps him to recognize how psychosocial factors, including trauma, affect a person’s condition and the importance of ongoing evaluation of the appropriateness of pharmacotherapy.

As a member of the LGBTQ community, David is keenly aware of the influence that social oppression and the questioning of one’s own sexual orientation and/or gender identity can have on a person’s well-being and clinical presentation. In session, he makes a point to explore various treatment options, including referral to professionals in other areas of expertise. 

David is committed to helping you meet your goals, not only the ones established at the beginning of treatment but also other goals that you may add as you progress. It is so rewarding to see you thrive!

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mood/Bipolar Disorder
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s)
  • Co-occurring medical problems 
  • LGBTQ, gender identity (transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer)
Kirsten Mack
Self Pay Rate: $119

Kirsten Mack, LMSW-C

**Offering online counseling only

Philosophy of Care

Kirsten Mack is a Licensed Master’s Social worker in the state of Michigan and has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults and their families. Kirsten’s areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, difficulty with school, parenting and adjustment to major life transitions (i.e. foster care/adoption, divorce, grief/loss). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a Master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.

Kirsten utilizes a strength-based approach to therapy and engages in a collaborative and trusting relationship with her clients so they can reduce emotional pain, build positive relationships and meet their goals. She believes a youth’s voice is expressed in multiple ways and works with children and their families to ensure everyone is heard and understood.

Kirsten endorses a person and family-centered approach to therapy because she understands that everyone has their own unique experiences in life and relationships, and it’s those experiences that guide the therapeutic process. She has been trained in and uses family systems theory, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and play therapy.

Specialties

  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Issues
  • School Issues
  • Trauma
  • Abuse and Neglect
  • Grief and Loss
  • Foster Care and Adoption
  • Adjustment Issues
  • Family and Relationship Issues
  • Anger and Stress Management
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
Ayala Hamami
Self Pay Rate: $119

Ayala Hamami, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Ayala Hamami is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who works with adults experiencing challenges with managing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and difficulties adapting to changes associated with major life transitions.

Ayala completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Brandeis University and her Master of Social Work (MSW) at Boston College. She has 10 years of experience in the mental health field. Ayala's therapeutic style is one in which she hears the voice of the clientele she serves, uncovers presenting issues, and provides feedback and coaching in order to help her clients gain insights and skills to manage emotions and behaviors, facilitate personal growth, and make positive life changes.

Ayala’s expertise, skills, and enthusiasm for helping individuals experiencing adjustment or relationship challenges show from the moment you meet this caring mental health and wellness professional. She helps individuals remove the emotional blocks that stand in the way of achieving their goals and creates opportunities for them to develop practical tools to make healthy relational and personal life shifts. Ayala is a passionate professional who helps clients identify concrete treatment objectives and achieve their desired treatment goals and outcomes, while providing a safe space for the therapeutic process to be experienced.

Education

Master of Social Work
Boston College

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Relationships
  • College Transition
  • Career/Work stress
  • Personal Growth & Wellness
  • Life Changes/Adjustment Related Issues (i.e., relocation, illness, break ups, etc)
Joanie Barclay
Self Pay Rate: $119

Joanie Barclay, LICSW

Joanie Barclay is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who brings a diversity of professional acumen from over 25 years working with adults, military families, veterans to build light, peace, and hope within their lives. Her person-centered and strengths-based approaches to healing and wellness are enhanced with her ministerial background.

Joanie earned two Master's degrees in Clinical Social Work and Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, along with a post-graduate certification in Spiritual Direction. She completed one chaplaincy unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Saints Memorial Hospital, primarily working with oncology patients. As a trained P.R.E.P. (*Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) for Strong Bonds, a facilitator for marriage enrichment, she offers critical gold standard evidence-based tools to assist military couples through the unique reunion and reintegration challenges of post-deployments. As a psychotherapist, Joanie assists clients to develop tools within the framework of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, solutions-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, and dialectical behavioral (DBT) based therapy.

Her work with community agencies and programs includes a repertoire of populations and issues unique to grandparents raising grandchildren, women’s wellness, bereavement and grief, end of life, and meaning-making through trauma and life-altering events. As a practitioner and advocate for mindfulness, she purposefully generates a milieu to make a client feel validated, to recover one’s voice, and to recognize and accept one’s gifts, imperfections, desires, and aspirations.

Joanie acknowledges those who invite her into their lives as courageous individuals and empowers them to navigate a life-giving path that embraces a fullness of often unexplored possibilities. She welcomes new clients who choose to embark on a journey of collaborative problem-solving and enhanced wellness for one’s life.

Vivian Sockol
Self Pay Rate: $139

Vivian Sockol, EdD

Philosophy of Care

Vivian Sockol is a Licensed Psychologist (LP) with over 30 years of experience providing support for children, teens, adults couples, and families. She uses a holistic approach, teaching empowerment strategies. She specializes in working with high school and college-age students, as well. Vivian assists clients who are struggling with adjustment and transitional challenges, anxiety, career stressors, coping skills, depression, parenting issues, and more.

Vivian completed her undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at the State University of New York in Geneseo and received her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston University. She completed her dissertation regarding student-athlete stress, researching how to improve this area within academic systems. Vivian has worked as a Special Education Counselor  Unit Clinical Educator, Doctoral Intern, Counseling Psychologist, and Clinical Psychologist prior to joining Thriveworks.

Vivian is here for those that need support and someone to believe in their abilities to work through issues and challenges that may come their way. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” -Francis of Assisi.

Education

Boston University
Doctorate in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Adjustment and Transitional Challenges
  • Anxiety
  • Career Stressors
  • Coping Skills and Mindfulness Skills
  • Depression
  • Parenting
  • Personal Growth and Wellness
  • Relationships and Communication Issues
  • Self Esteem Concerns
  • Stress Management
Donna Hayes
Self Pay Rate: $119

Donna Hayes, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Donna Hayes is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 12 years of experience who works to empower adult clients to overcome personal obstacles, specializing in assisting those who are coping with anxiety, depression, anger, insomnia, stress, women’s issues, dysfunctional relationships, poor coping skills, difficult life transitions, academic issues, low self-esteem, and more.

Donna received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland. She utilizes evidence-based interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) solutions-focused therapy, person-centered therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. In sessions, Donna tailors her interventions to the needs of the individuals, families, or couples, depending on the presenting problem. She has a great deal of experience working with dual diagnoses, personality disorders, various mood disorders, crisis intervention, and in Community Mental Health Services.

Donna enjoys assisting adults as they work through challenges that they may be experiencing and believes in meeting them where they are in life, identifying their strengths to help them grow. Donna provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which individuals can safely explore feelings, thoughts, images, and beliefs that may be keeping them stuck in place.

Education

Masters of Social Work
University of Maryland

 

Doug Crook
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Doug Crook, RN, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Doug Crook is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of Massachusetts.  He has nearly 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in various roles including mental health counselor and registered nurse.  He has held clinical and management positions.  He has primarily worked on inpatient psychiatric units—with both adults and children.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State College and recently his Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Regis College.  His doctoral research was focused on providing behavioral health education to nurses caring for pediatric patients with behavioral health needs on non-psychiatric, inpatient units.

Doug understands the profound effects that challenges with mental health can have and the importance of addressing these challenges appropriately.  He values a collaborative relationship with his clients and working together on a plan of care that is reasonable and effective.

Doug aims to create a safe, non-judgmental space to develop this close working relationship with his clients, so that he can support their journey towards achieving personal goals and mental wellness.

Education

Regis College
Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice

 

Grace Ngumi
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Grace Ngumi, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

**Grace Ngumi offers psychiatric medication management

Grace Ngumi is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) Licensed in Massachusetts. She has over 15 years experience working as Nurse in various nursing specialty and in particular mental health and dual diagnosis settings. As an NP she has worked with patients seeking help with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders and bipolar disorders.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College in Milton, MA and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Walden University.  

Grace, utilizes her past experience, education and clinical expertise to provide holistic care and ethical care that is compassionate to while maintaining a healing environment. 

Grace seeks to collaborate with her patient and other health care providers in order to ensure that the care she provides is holistic and is centered on the patient's wellbeing.

Education 

Walden University
Master's in Nursing

Specialities

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Adjustment disorders
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar
  • Grief & Loss
Wendy Barry
Self Pay Rate: $299: Intake
$249: Follow-up

Wendy Barry, PMHNP

Philosophy of Care

Wendy Barry is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who has over 14 years of nursing experience.  Wendy completed her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree at Fitchburg College, which is now Fitchburg University, in Fitchburg Massachusetts.  She completed her Masters of Science in Nursing at Regis College in Weston Massachusetts. Wendy bases her treatment on the biopsychosocial model and evidence-based practices.

Wendy understands that medication is only a part of the picture within the biopsychosocial model of mental health.  Her practice in medication is "start low and go slow", which is considered a standard of care in psychiatry.  She is a strong supporter of collaborative care and will work with other providers to maintain client's optimal health.  As a prescriber Wendy takes on the role of consult and encourages clients to feel confident in their psychiatric care.  She does this by asking questions, answering questions, and encouraging clients take the lead in their care.

Wendy treats clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD and bipolar disorder.

Education

Regis College
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Medication Management
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Donna hayes

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Hello all, I just want to tell everyone at thriveworks in Westboro mass office and future customers that I have had the pleasure of a 5 star counselor in donna hayes. Donna helped me when I was at the lowest point in my life. A law enforcement life, with lots of issues. She has helped me immensely. God bless you donna. Hopefully I will see you in fall when I return home. Thanks for your help and sorry for quitting exit today on my last appointment. Best regards always. Brian
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I’ve had a wonderful experience.

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I’ve had a wonderful experience. The staff is punctual and kind.
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My therapist is very supportive and communicative.

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Thriveworks has been wonderful so far. My therapist is very supportive and communicative. The appointment reminders are very helpful, too.
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I love my therapist

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I love my therapist and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
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My therapist is thoughtful

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My therapist is thoughtful, compassionate, incisive in a good way, understands complex trauma, and is full of good humor.
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Attentive, note-taking, observant

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For a first visit, this place set a very good example for what is ahead. Attentive, note-taking, observant I am pleased with the initial visit.
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Just met Greg today so far everything went well.

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Just met Greg today so far everything went well.
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Good chat with Stephanie

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Good chat with Stephanie
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I’m so grateful to have found this practice.

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I’m so grateful to have found this practice. This is the first person that I felt truly confident in their ability to help me.
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Stephanie was great!

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Stephanie was great! AJ seemed very comfortable talking to her. Thank you!
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I really enjoyed speaking to Ayala

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I really enjoyed speaking to Ayala and I’m looking forward to future appointments.
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Counseling

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My husband and I were having great difficulties in our marriage and seeing Ayala was the last thing we were willing to try before divorce. Ayala helped save our marriage! Not only did she listen and offer support and guidance, she was not judgmental and did not take a side. Ayala was amazing and I would recommend her to any couple who is experiencing marital difficulties.
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I had my first visit with Stephanie

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I had my first visit with Stephanie the other day and I instantly felt very comfortable with talking to her. She was so nice and was ready to accommodate for my 15 month old son in case he needed to stay during my appointment (and for future appointments) as well!
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I had a great experience!

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I had a great experience! I was really nervous and anxious going into it, but I felt comfortable as soon as I got there.
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I loved meeting Vivian.

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I loved meeting Vivian. She seemed to really understand where I was coming from and what my goals are. So warm, engaging and smart. Really looking forward to working with her.
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Great experience!

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Great experience!
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Excellent, very welcoming.

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Excellent, very welcoming. Looking forward to continuing to work with thrive works
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Vivian

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Vivian is an exceptional therapist. Our family sessions with her have been an investment in our family's health. We get to the issues quickly and sort out what needs addressing. Vivian validates how we are feeling and helps us to process solutions. It feels like a team effort, and Vivian treats us with the type of care one receives from a family member. She combines her professional skills with a compassion that is rarely found in a therapist. We leave each session with much accomplished and strategies to help us reach our family goals. She greets each session with great enthusiasm, so even the beginning of the session feels like we will get the answers we are seeking.
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Vivian

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Since this past summer, I found myself having to deal with residual anxiety, PTSD, depression and (what I felt like, was life changing psychosis) that came after the death of my very best friend in a horrific car accident. Long story short, I thought I’d never be normal again, I was sure I’d carry the weight of my problems around with me forever. Not to mention I had all of these issues AND the undeniable pressure of trying to be a college student and working full time. I stumbled into Vivian’s office not long after I realized I was falling apart. Over the course of about six or seven weeks of visiting Vivian, my life has changed completely. I’m a healthy and happy person, planning to move to Worcester at the end of this summer. It’s hard to think that just a few months ago, I had to move home from college to be under the supervision of doctors and my parents. There are not many people in a lifetime that help you dissect the truth of who you are as a person and how you can embrace it. Vivian is an amazing woman with truth and insight beyond what I could achieve on my own. She has an awesome way of saying really intellectual concepts very simply, which helps me to think about myself in a different, more positive way. Vivian went far past just helping me develop strategies to deal with my panic and trauma; she went to the verity of what was making me feel this way. It’s impossible for me to explain the growth and strides I’ve made since going to thrive works. Vivian has made me feel proud, brave and sure of my ability to overcome anything in my life with a new understanding of myself and who I am.
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Vivian Sockol

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My family and I have been with Vivian for years now. She is an amazing person and goes above and beyond for her clients.
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Greg is a Svengali (In a good way)

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After only one year of seeing Greg I have transformed my personal and professional life. Battling substance abuse, a marriage on life support, despondent children, unable to hold down a job, financial ruin and depression was what I gave Greg to work with. Undaunted, he listened and did something I did not expect. He never asked me about my Mom or upbringing as a way to lay blame or explain my condition, instead he focused on giving me the tools and encouragement to reverse the cycle and put me on a positive path to rebuild my life. He is a master of individual and couples therapy because of his decades of experience but his approach is less clinical and more conversational. I look forward to my sessions because I always leave feeling energized and motivated to make up for lost time. Thank You Thriveworks for staffing such a high quality individual in Westborough.
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Insightful

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Only had 2 appointments, but so far we feel Stephanie is very knowledgeable & insightful!
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Excellent therapist

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Excellent therapist
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Great first meeting

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Great first meeting. Greg is awesome and I'm looking forward to my next appointment.
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Thoughtful and direct

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Our counselor was thoughtful and direct...after one session I feel very motivated to work towards our goals.
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Vivian is wonderful

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Vivian has such warmth about her that you feel right at home in her office. She has no judgements but a helpful ear that has made me have what I call "dawning moments". She has helped in a way that has felt empowering to me. I always look forward to our appointments because I know I will always leave feeling as if I have accomplished something substantial. Thank you Vivian!
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Excellent experience

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Stephanie is a great listener and is very good at getting right to the issues that matter. We've seen others previously who seem to drag out the process, and never want to get involved. Stepanie is the opposite - She is extremely skilled at zooming in on the key issue, unbelievably helpful. Highly recommended!
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Great Referral

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I have referred several people in our organization to Greg. The feedback is consistently positive with comments like "helped me figure out the next steps I needed to take", "he walked me through a really tough time" and "very kind."
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Patient focused help

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I have been a client of Greg Handel for about a month and I have already put into practice many of his suggestions to help me. I have been to a few other therapists who continually ask "how does that make you feel", and Greg really guides our conversations into points that will not only benefit me moving forward, but assist me in understanding how I got into the challenges in the first place.
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★★★★★
Outstanding environment and very professional staff. Decor of waiting room very conducive to wholeness and well being. Very accessible location and appointment availability is prompt
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Greg is awesome

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Amazing ..beyond words ..in only a short time he helped me realize ..that I was standing in my own way ..by letting me figure things out and advising me ..nit pushing me or making me see his viewpoint ..lime more therapist do...Everyone that dees his is very fortunate and blessed to have chosen him...thank you Greg ..you ate a true blessing .. Trish Silva
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Constructive guidance

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Thriveworks, Westborough has been both a place of solace and a source of empowerment for me. After being urged to talk with a professional by my family, Iheduled an appointment with Greg Handel. Greg has dispelled the stereotype of what I assumed a therapist to be. Instead of being distant and abstruse, Greg has been relational and engaged, empathetic and pragmatic. The tools that Greg has provided have helped me take steps toward greater confidence and well-being. The combination of reliable competence and patient-focused support has made my experience at positive.
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Should’ve done this sooner

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Dr. Greg Handel has been fantastic. Although our journey is just beginning its as if I've known him my whole life. really makes it easy to trust and open up. Anyone going through hard times or even just looking to work on themselves should definitely check out this practice..
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Greg is excellent

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From my first session with Greg I knew I would make progress quickly in resolving my anger and depression issues. Greg was highly skilled at getting to my root causes immediately, practical with his suggestions and compassionate. I recommend Greg and (a really nice, professional welcoming environment) to all.
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Trustworthy Care

★★★★★
Over the past few years, I have referred some clients to Greg Handel. He has been exceptional in handling delicate situations and providing quality counseling services.
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Review

★★★★★
I am very happy and thankful that I found Thriveworks. Greg Handel has been great in helping me overcome many obstacles. I look forward to every session.
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Understanding with compassion

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I have known Greg for a few years and he is always ready to listen and act. He understands complicated situations and handles with grace and tact (a difficult combination). He is always accessible and willing to step in and be resourceful.
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friend

★★★★☆
Greg is immediately engaging with a warm smile and uplifting personality. He has great insight about people and situations, showing genuine concern and desire to help people be the best they can be.
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Maybe a great place but yearly fee turned me off

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So I was referred to Thriveworks from a different therapist who was not able to work with me. So I called Thriveworks, desperate for help, and as I talked to a support staff, who was very nice, and thought I found the right place for me. When I was informed that I’d have to pay $80-100 for the year in addition to my co-payments and insurance being billed, I was taken aback. I have the money to pay it, that is not the issue. What about others who may not? Yes I know it’s because there are “support staff” on call or whatever the fee was for, but this deterred me from following up for services, as I have never heard of any counseling office doing this and I work in the mental health field. So Thriveworks, you seem like a great office, but your yearly fee for “supports” or whatever it is for, that you may or may not utilize, doesn’t make sense.
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