Meet our Team of Thriveworks Westborough Counselors


Brittney Bannon
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Brittney Bannon, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Brittney Bannon is a Master level clinical mental health counselor. She has 7 years of experience working with the special needs population as well as 4 years of experience working with children and adolescence. She has experience with family counseling and behavioral work.  She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. She completed a Master of Arts in Child and Adolescent Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. She also has a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College in Massachusetts. Brittney utilizes collaborative, strength based, cognitive behavioral, solution focused approaches to therapy. Brittney also likes to use art therapy as a form of expression with clients. Brittney also maintains the creativity, flexibility, and awareness that is necessary to best meet the needs of every unique and individual couple. 

Brittney seeks to establish a caring, and collaboration relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and working towards meeting your goals. Brittney understands that no single approach is correct for everyone and therefore, she is trained is many different modalities and is willing to work with you to find the approach that best fits you.

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
Edwin Japheth Agbonavbare
Accepting:
  • BCBS of MA
  • Magellan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Edwin Japheth Agbonavbare, CNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care

Edwin Japheth Agbonavbare is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the state of  Massachusetts who has about 18 years' experience in the field of mental health as both a  mental health counselor, a registered nurse, and a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner  who has worked relentlessly with children, adults, and families seeking help with depression,  anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, PTSD, schizophrenia spectrum, conduct disorder, oppositional  dysregulation disorder, life transitions, life issues and relationship issues. He completed his  Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Salem State University and received his Master of Science  in Nursing from Walden University as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.  

Edwin utilizes evidence-based, collaborative, mindfulness based, solution focused and  emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and  awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual and couple. He also  bases his medication prescription technique from experience, and the utilization of evidence based practice to effectively manage the disease process of every individual. 

Edwin seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building  on your strengths and better collaborate with every individual towards meeting their goals and  living their meaningful lives.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Nursing

Specialties

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Stress management 
  • Self esteem 
  • Life transitions 
  • Anger management 
  • Men’s issues 
  • Bipolar disorder 
  • Mood disorder 
  • Schizophrenia spectrum 
  • ADHD 
  • PTSD
Grace Ngumi
Accepting:
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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 15years 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
  • Substance abuse and dual diagnosis
  • Self esteem
  • Adjustment disorders
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar
  • Grief & Loss
Heather Audette
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Heather Audette, LMHC

Heather is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has 12 years of clinical experience partnering with individuals seeking support with managing depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. Heather is a strength-based therapist with a strong belief that people are doing the best they can with the tools they have. She is passionate about helping individuals discover their strengths and learn strategies to improve their overall quality of life. Heather’s treatment approach utilizes a blend of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, humanistic therapy, solution focused therapy, and mindfulness.

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 patterns and challenges that may be barriers on the path to wellness. Her core values of kindness, empathy, and authenticity allow her to build trust and provide individuals with opportunities for growth and change.

Heather’s specialties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Trauma
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life transitions
  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Grief/Loss
  • Mindfulness
Katie McGrath
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Katie McGrath, MSW, LICSW

Katie McGrath is an independently licensed clinical social worker who provides counseling for a wide variety of problems, tailoring specific strategies to each person's unique situation and personality. Katie completed her graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and has extensive experience in Medical Social Work, Crisis Intervention, Refugee Resettlement, Emergency Department Mental Health, Community Mental Health Services and Inpatient Psychiatric Social Work in addition to years of providing solution-focused, outpatient therapy with children (all ages), adolescents, adults, seniors and families. Strategies may include a wide variety of techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Katie also specializes in parenting support and uses attachment and acceptance-based strategies to help parents strengthen their relationships with their children, improve communication and increase cooperation and connection at home. Katie’s style is warm, empathic and supportive and she is committed to developing strong therapeutic relationships where clients feel empowered to develop the skills they need to make positive and lasting change in their lives.

Michael Gutierrez
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark
  • Humana
  • Humana-Military
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Michael Gutierrez, LICSW

Philosophy of Care

Michael Gutierrez is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Massachusetts who has worked as a full-time psychotherapist for the past six years providing therapy services to adults, teenagers and couples. Michael completed his Bachelor of Arts at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA and received his Masters in Social Work at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Michael uses a strengths-based approach to psychotherapy along with cognitive behavioral techniques and an emotionally focused collaborative approach to finding solutions for problems in everyday life. Michael uses his strengths based approach in working with couples with the goal of salvaging and strengthening the relationship unless the couple is making a conscious decision to separate in an amicable and constructive manner.

Michael seeks to establish trust and active participation in the counseling relationship and has worked in the past with a number of individuals and couples over the course of several years. Michael also realizes that brief therapy for persons in acute distress is also valuable and there is no set time limit for how long therapy should go on. Michael always encourages therapy clients to get to know themselves better and practice mindfulness to regulate their emotions.

Education

Boston College
Master's in Social Work

Specialties

  • Social anxiety
  • Acute and chronic depression
  • Relationship issues and problems
  • Anger management issues
  • Compulsive behavior (sexuality)
  • Bipolar illness
  • Persons on the autism disorders spectrum
  • Men’s issues
  • Chronic illness management
  • Grief and loss and related trauma resolution
Michelle Ledoux
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Multiplan
Self Pay Rate: $99

Michelle Ledoux, Ed.D., LMHC

Feeling bogged down with work, your career, family, friends or whatever isn’t working at this point in your life? Are you struggling with your children because of divorce or separation and the challenges that come with split households? Have you experienced the loss of a loved one? Has the pandemic increased your anxiety? It would be a privilege to meet with you in an effort to help address some of these challenges, offer guidance and strategies and support using an empathetic, unbiased, non-judgmental platform. 

As a mental health counselor, I feel strongly about empowering individuals in an effort to achieve a sense of accomplishment and contentment, to help with the healing process of having experienced death, loss of employment, or divorce. Having that third-party individual lend an ear is sometimes all we need. The decision and journey are yours and I would appreciate the  opportunity to work with you. 

I am passionate about helping individuals heal through the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Positive Psychology or another therapeutic approach that will better serve your healing process – one approach does not fit all.

Stephanie Wuebens
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of Massachusetts
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Stephanie Wuebbens, PhD

Stress, anxiety, and depression do not discriminate. Many people hit bumps in the road because stress has spiraled out of control, or because of recurring worries and/or low mood that interfere with life. Children might begin to have behavior problems because they have depression or anxiety or a hidden developmental/learning problem. If any of these sound familiar to you, treatment can help.

I have been a psychologist for over 20 years, specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and play therapy. I can evaluate emotional, cognitive or learning problems. Throughout those years, I have worked with families and children, with people who have developmental disabilities as well as people with substance abuse issues.

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 Barry
Accepting:
  • BCBS of MA
  • ComPsych
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Tufts
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
  • ADHD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Medication Management
David Martino
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: 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
  • ADHD
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s)
  • Schizophrenia/Psychosis (qualified to prescribe Clozaril/clozapine)
  • Substance Abuse/Dual Diagnosis (Suboxone/buprenorphine provider)
  • Co-occurring medical problems 
  • LGBTQ, gender identity (transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer)
Kirsten Mack
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • ASR
  • BCBS of MI
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Behavioral Health Systems
  • Blue Care Network
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $89

Kirsten Mack, LMSW

**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
Noelle Kiley
Accepting:
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Noelle Kiley, PMHNP-BC

Noelle Kiley is a board certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Her education includes a Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University and a Master of Science in Nursing degree with a psychiatric/mental health specialty from the University of Rochester. Noelle has 12 years experience in the field of mental health, working in a variety of settings. 

Noelle's clinical practice includes psychiatric assessments & diagnoses, patient education, and treatment plans that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual patient. She offers a compassionate patient-centered and holistic approach to medication management and psychotherapy, while also collaborating with the patient's healthcare providers in order to provide comprehensive and safe treatment. Noelle has a particular interest in the benefits of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for a variety of mental health concerns.

Ayala Hamami
Accepting:
  • BCBS of Massachusetts
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Ayala Hamami, LICSW

Ayala Hamami is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Massachusetts. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Brandeis University and graduated with a master's in social work from Boston College. Ayala works with teens, young adults, and adults experiencing challenges with managing depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, and difficulties adapting to changes associated with major life transitions. 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 couples, families, and those experiencing relationship challenges shows from the moment you meet this caring mental health and wellness professional. She helps individuals and couples remove the emotional blocks that stand in the way of achieving their goals and creating opportunities for them to develop practical tools to make healthy relational and personal life shifts.

Whether working with couples, families or individuals, 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.

Ayala works with various individuals including:

  • 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)
  • and more…
Joanie Barclay
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of Massachusetts
  • Beacon
  • Cigna
  • Cigna Telehealth
  • ComPsych
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Joanie Barclay, LICSW

Joanie Barclay, LICSW, brings a diversity of professional acumen from over twenty-five years working with adults, military families, veterans, and with those who seek 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 her graduate degrees in Clinical Social Work and Pastoral Ministry at 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© 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, solution focused therapy, interpersonal therapy and dialectical behavioral 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.

Theresa Damien
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • MassHealth
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Theresa Damien, PMHNP-BC

Theresa M. Damien CNP, PMHNP is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Damien has over 13 years experience as a registered nurse with over 9 years of diverse clinical experience as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned her degree at Regis College where she was inducted into the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau. Ms. Damien is dually certified as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advanced Practice and active member of International Nursing Society on Addictions (IntNSA) and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). 

Ms. Damien is a dedicated provider and nurse educator. She continues educate undergraduate and graduate nursing students in the clinical and academic setting. She continues to contribute as a peer content reviewer for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, APNA, and, IntNSA. 

She has worked as a nurse , providing care in medical and mental health settings. Her approach to patient care is patient centered and holistic. Compassion and collaboration are essential to ensure the patient's mental health goals are prioritized. She looks forward to working with you to obtain your best health.

Vivian Sockol
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of MA
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $129

Vivian Sockol, EdD

Philosophy of Care

Vivian Sockol has over thirty years of experience providing support for individuals, couples and families. As a Counseling Psychologist she uses a holistic approach working with children, adolescents and adults along with teaching empowerment strategies, assistance with life transitions and coaching. She extremely enjoys working with high school and college-age students and the various stages they may go through. She completed her Undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education at the State University of New York at Geneseo and received her Master’s degree and Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Boston University, completing her dissertation regarding student-athlete stress and how to improve this area within the school systems.

Vivian has worked as a Special Education Counselor at the JRI in Dorchester, MA; Unit Clinical Educator at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA; Doctoral Intern at Boston College in Boston, MA; Counseling Psychologist at Worcester Youth Guidance Center in Worcester, MA; Owner and Educational Specialist at Our Future Learning Center, Inc. in Marlborough, MA and Clinical Psychologist at Arbour Counseling Services in Franklin, MA 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
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • BCBS of Massachusetts
  • Beacon
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Optum
  • Tricare
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare (UBH)
Self Pay Rate: $99

Donna Hayes, LICSW

Donna Hayes works to empower individuals to overcome personal obstacles, improve their relationships, and assist them to find their best selves. She is in an independently licensed clinical social worker. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She utilizes evidenced-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, 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 and has a great deal of experience working with dual diagnosis, personality disorders, various mood disorders, crisis intervention, and Community Mental Health Services. She is passionate about working with young adult and college age individuals that may be struggling to cope with the overwhelming stressors and anxiety of their new life transitions. She also enjoys assisting adults to work through challenges that they may be experiencing and believes in meeting them where they are in life and identifying their strengths to help them grow. Donna provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which individuals can safely explore feelings, thoughts, or images and beliefs that may be keeping them stuck.

Connect with a Westborough Counselor today to set up your first session and start the process to change.
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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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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 and feel better about my life knowing that I have guidance and direction in my life
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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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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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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)

★★★★★
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

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

★★★★★
Excellent therapist
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Great first meeting

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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★☆
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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Review

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★★★★★
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

★☆☆☆☆
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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