Meet our Team of Thriveworks Wilbraham Counselors
Lindsay Thompson, LMHC
Lindsay believes in a person-centered approach that sees the input of individual the individual being supported as a vital part of the therapeutic process. It is important that the client’s wants and desires are at the forefront of the goals are set and, eventually achieved. Lindsay utilized various solution-oriented techniques such as Mindfulness and Meditation, Psychoanalysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
She has years of experience working in various treatment settings including in-patient hospitals, residential facilities, emergency rooms, homeless shelters, and counseling centers. During her tenure at these therapeutic programs she has treated and addressed several disorders and life altering issues including:
- Mood Disorders such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and panic disorders
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Anger management
- Self-injurious Behavior
- Personality Disorders
- Self Esteem Issues
- Attachment Issues
- Scholastic and Vocational Issues
- Grieving and Bereavement
Throughout her career, Lindsay has always been a passionate advocate for the people she supports working hard to enhance their self-image and help the realize their potential of having an impact in the world around them.
Kemba Boodworth, LCSW
Kemba is passionate about providing a therapeutic alliance that is person-centered and supportive. She will assist you in gaining insight, feeling more at ease and connected in your life. Together you will create your path toward wellbeing. Kemba is prepared to hold space with you as you discover new coping strategies that will support you.
Kemba received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Having had extensive clinical training at NYU Langone’s Behavioral Health unit, she is experienced in empowering individuals to embrace new ways of being while working through trauma, crisis, and life transitions.
Kemba’s specialties include:
- Anxiety and Stress
- BIPOC related concerns
- Life Transitions and Adjustment
- LGBTQIA concerns
- Relationship issues
- Women’s Issues
- College Concerns
- Racial Identity
- Grief & Loss
- Self Esteem
If you are considering reaching out, Kemba is here to support you on your journey toward a fuller, healthier life.
Kristen Arnold, LICSW
Kristen’s therapy style is accepting and empathic with a lot of humor. She believes in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. Her approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused therapy with an emphasis on goals and interventions that best meet her client's needs. Kristen also believes that a trusting foundation is essential in a therapeutic setting so her primary goal is always to build that foundation first.
Kristen is a graduate of Simmons College School of Social Work and has over 20 years of experience as a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Massachusetts. She has provided care in a range of settings, including nursing homes, adult day health centers, vocational and residential programs, homes and office settings.
Kristen’s specialty areas include working with adults of all ages and cognitive abilities on the following:
- Changes in quality of life due to decline in health and independence
- The Aging Process
- Caregiver stress
- Coping with end-of-life issues
Kristen appreciates the courage it has taken to seek out help when you need it, and is here to support you in that journey.
She looks forward to working with you!
Malia Weber-Parker, FNP-C
Malia's style of practice can be traditional (prescribing up to date psychiatric medications) or alternative medicine (natural treatments including but not limited to vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification- diet, exercise, etc.).
She believes in the mind/body/spiritual connection. Malia offers a humanistic philosophy of holistic care for both mind and body, and an abiding commitment to individualized, personalized, comprehensive care for patients.
Malia is a Dedicated Family Nurse Practitioner with a passion for psychiatry. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Rivier University. She has experience working in diverse clinical settings, caring for medically complex and culturally diverse patient populations.
Some of her practice specialties include (but are not limited to):
When you are ready to take the first step in healing, please reach out. Malia would love to help.
Cari Chapderlane-Cox, LICSW
Cari is dedicated to increasing the functioning, self-determination, and stability of youth, adults, and families struggling with disabilities and complex mental health needs.
- A solid background working with children and young adults but has also worked with individuals of all ages.
- A history of and passion for working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and the families supporting them.
- Committed to therapeutic practice that fosters diversity and inclusion.
- Worked closely to advocate for LGBTQ rights and has comprehensive knowledge regarding the clinical needs of LGBTQ individuals.
She is committed to fostering strong therapeutic relationships based on mutual respect, trust, and honesty. She will work collaboratively with you to identify your goals, assisting in finding ways in which you can improve your current situation and live the life you deserve. Change is difficult and can be challenging and uncomfortable at times. If you are ready to take that step she will offer you the skills to support and empower you.
Cari has worked in school social work, community mental health outreach, and mild/intensive therapeutic programming. She has assisted individuals experiencing a wide range of behavioral health symptoms, including but not limited to, processing through severe and complex behaviors related to trauma to dealing with adjustment issues related to life stage transitions.
Cari has built strong clinical skills in working with individuals experiencing many different mental health needs varying from mild to chronic. Some of these include:
- Children/Family Therapy
- ADHD / ADD
- Eating Disorders
- Trauma and Stress
- Anger Management;
- Work Issues
- Grief / Loss
Sara Swartz Weinberg, LMHC
Sara is a mental health counselor with over 20 years experience in community and hospital-based therapeutic settings. She offers a holistic and compassionate approach to therapy that focuses on helping people live richer, more meaningful and joyful lives. She helps her clients explore the challenges that keep them feeling stuck while working at their own pace. Sara believes that the wisdom of change is in the doing and can provide practical strategies to improve overall health. As a certified yoga instructor, Sara incorporates mindfulness and body-based modalities into her practice.
She has worked with people of all ages and backgrounds who are struggling with a variety of challenges including:
- Substance Use
- Life transitions
- Relationship stressors
- Grief and loss
She is experienced in a number of different treatment approaches including:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Mindfulness-based Self Compassion
- Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapy
Courtney Mackey, LMHC
Courtney is an enthusiastic and passionate mental health professional hoping to make a positive difference in the lives of her clients. She strives to create a comfortable and client-focused environment to enable therapeutic success. As a Springfield College graduate and fitness instructor, Courtney believes that mental health and physical health are intertwined, and she strongly believes in the healing properties of positivity, self-empowerment and laughter. Courtney uses many modalities to reach clinical goals with clients and is always striving to add to her repertoire of therapeutic approaches. Courtney would love to chat with you about your mental health goals and how to achieve them in a way that is right for you.
Courtney has experience working in a variety of settings ranging from the inpatient psychiatric setting to a less restrictive therapeutic academic environment. Having worked with both adults and children, she can facilitate therapeutic sessions for individuals of all ages as well as families or couples.
Courtney has developed strong clinical skills that are effective working with a variety of mental health needs including, but not limited to:
- Anger Management
- Depression/Mood Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Family Dynamics/Conflict
- Grief / Loss
- Life Challenges
- Peer/Coworker Conflict
- Stress Reduction
- Substance Use
Boris Lorberg, M.D.
Following graduation from MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship in 2009, Dr. Lorberg has been on the faculty of University of Massachusetts Medical School as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics with a clinical appointment at Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. At WRCH, he has cared for treatment refractory adolescents, first as Medical Director of Adolescent Intensive Residential Treatment Program, and then Associate Medical Director at the Umass Adolescent Continuing Care Inpatient Units. Dr. Lorberg currently provides psychopharmacology consultations for the Thriveworks Franklin office.
Greg Handel, Ph.D.
“[A]t some point in our lives, we all need support from others … .”
Greg takes a grounded approach to counseling that is client centered. He believes each person is unique and wants to walk beside them as they set and obtain life goals. Everyone can achieve a sense of confidence and increased self-efficacy, and Greg is excited to walk down that path with you!
Greg is also an ordained minister who believes in treating the whole person, acknowledging that any individual is more than the sum of their parts. However, he respects each individual’s beliefs and sees having a complete understanding of an individual’s point of view as a necessary part of counseling.
He also believes that we all, at some point in our lives, experience periods of emotional suffering and brokenness. Therefore, at some point in our lives, we all need support from others. Greg often pulls from his own life experiences to identify with each individual and guide them through the healing process.
Greg has more than 35 years of experience providing positive life supports for individuals, couples and families. He has worked in several different environments including inpatient and outpatient mental health centers, rehabilitation facilities, congregate residential settings and in private practice.
Greg has vast experience working with men and women in the following areas:
- Family and Parenting stress
- Couples’ issues
- Life adjustments
- Functioning with disabilities