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Meet our Team of Thriveworks Wilbraham Counselors

Brittany Godden, LMHC

Counseling Style:

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

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

Experience

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

Treatment preferences include:

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

Specialties

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

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

Lindsay Thompson, LMHC

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

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

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

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

Malia Weber-Parker, FNP-C

Counseling Style:

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

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

Experience:

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

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

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

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

Eric Hopkins, LICSW

Eric believes therapy is a collaborative process in which the client is the expert in themselves and steers the ship and he helps to support them through what can be difficult, though necessary and important change. At the base of Eric’s work is a collaborative, empathic, non-judgemental, hopeful and accepting approach in which a unique relationship can form to help facilitate change and allow a person to become more accepting, patient, curious and compassionate towards themselves.

Experience

Eric has 10 years’ experience in the mental health field in a variety of settings and with a diverse range of people. His work with individuals in therapy is informed by his training in social work. His training and experience impels him to assess the whole person in their environment and recognize their strengths while facilitating change and instilling hope.

In his work as a clinician he pulls from a variety of modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT and Motivational Interviewing and strives to honor a person centered, relational and strengths-based framework.

Specialties include (but are not limited to):

  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Life transitions
  • Substance Use
  • Work stress
  • Relationships
  • Grief and Loss
  • LGBTQIA
  • Anger
  • Motivation

I look forward to getting to know you and learning how therapy can be meaningful and supportive in your life.

Ed Ralph Cruz Candelaria, Psy.D.

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

 Victor E. Frankle  

 Counseling Style:

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

 Experience:

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

Ed has expertise and experience in treating comorbid disorders among;  

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

 Treatment Preferences 

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

Kemba Bloodworth, LCSW

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Counseling Style:

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.

Experience:

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.

Cari Chapderlane-Cox, LICSW

Counseling Style

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

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

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

Experience

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.

Specialties

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

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

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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • 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

Courtney Mackey, LMHC

Counseling Style

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

Experience

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.

Specialties

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

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

Boris Lorberg, M.D.

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

Greg Handel, Ph.D.

Counseling Style

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

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

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

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

Experience

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.

Specialties

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

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Family and Parenting stress
  • Couples’ issues
  • Life adjustments
  • Functioning with disabilities
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Malia is an amazing doctor. Building rapport via technology is not an easy thing to do, and I felt a sense of comfort and support early on in our time working together. She is very accommodating and understanding…She makes an effort to get to know those she works with so she can better support them as a whole person. It’s not every day you find a doctor who will go the extra mile for their patients.
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