Who We Are

Metrowest Behavioral Health Center Staff, Acton MA

 


Robert Aikin, LICSW

Robert Aikin is a Staff Clinician at our Acton, MA location. He has worked with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma in a number of settings: school-based therapy, in-home family preservation, outpatient therapy, treatment foster care, and acute partial hospital programs. Robert directed residential programs for adjudicated youth, treatment foster care, and an outpatient mental health center. He received his Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the University of Maryland. Additionally, Robert has trained in Attachment Therapy with Daniel Hughes and completed the live-supervised Family Therapy Training Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Staff Clinician at MBHC and Trauma Center,
Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at MBHC:Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Expressive Arts Therapy, TF-CBT, ARC, EMDR (Level II)


Elyssa Bristol, Psy.D.

Elyssa Bristol, Psy.D. is the Clinical Services Coordinator and a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She completed her degree at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) with a concentration in Childhood, Adolescent and Family practice. Dr. Bristol’s previous training includes inpatient, outpatient, and school-based assessment and counseling. Her interests include the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with social/emotional and behavioral difficulties and the effects of trauma on the family system.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: CBT, ARC, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, SMART, ACRA/ACC, Expressive Arts Therapy


Tai Chiappa, Psy.D.

Tai Chiappa, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MBHC. She completed the requirements for her doctoral degree at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) in September 2013. Ms. Chiappa has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, and her prior training includes providing mental health services in inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings. Her interests include attachment-based therapy for young children and parents, utilizing cognitive-behavioral methods to treat anxiety and depression, and the effects of multi-generational trauma within family systems.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: Mind-Body Approaches, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological Assessment, Social Skills Training


James Chiarelli, M.Ed., C.A.S.

James Chiarelli, M.Ed., C.A.S. is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. He received his Masters of Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Chiarelli has experience working as both an educator and clinician in mainstream educational settings as well as public and private therapeutic schools. He is particularly interested in school-based social/emotional supports and the transition from high school to adult life. He has worked with a diverse population of children and adolescents including those who experience anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder, acculturative stress, ADHD, and substance abuse issues.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: Social Skills Training, ADHD/Learning Disorder Skills Training, School Adjustment Counseling


Jamie Wood Chiarelli, LICSW

Jamie Wood Chiarelli, LICSW is the Assistant Clinical Director and Staff Clinician at MBHC. Prior to earning her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College, she worked in Child Protective and Adoption Services in Chicago, IL. Ms. Chiarelli has worked in therapeutic middle and high school, residential, and outpatient mental health settings. Her work and training has focused on providing trauma-informed therapy services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She is also experienced in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse struggles.

Staff Clinician and Assistant Clinical Director

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: ARC, CBT, SMART, EMDR (Level II), ACRA/ACC, DBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Nicole Fischenich, LICSW

Nicole Fischenich, LICSW is a Staff Clinician at MBHC in Acton. She provides consultation, education and support to foster and adoptive families in the Pathways to Permanency program and also provides therapy for children and families. Ms. Fischenich has worked for several years at an international adoption agency and has a particular interest in working with families in the post-adoption period. She has also provided therapy to children in residential treatment center, community health center and school settings. Ms. Fischenich earned her Master’s in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

Staff Clinician at MBHC and Trauma Center

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: P2P, CBT, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Dawna Gabowitz, Ph.D.

Clinical Director of Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton, Massachusetts, Dr. Gabowitz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a focus in neuropsychology, from Suffolk University, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center. Since completing her training, Dr. Gabowitz has participated in research and clinical work primarily focused on chronic/complex childhood trauma and neuropsychological assessment, and has provided trainings on this subject.

Clinical Director and Staff Clinician, Senior Consultation Practice, Training Faculty, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), DBT, CBT, AEDP, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, Psychological/ Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


 

Kristina Konnath, LICSW

Kristina Konnath, MSW, LICSW, is the Co-Director of the Pathways to Permanency Program (P2P) at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center (MBHC). As co-Director, Ms. Konnath supervises MBHC clinicians providing P2P services and conducts parent consultation and family therapy through the P2P program, serving families who are in foster, pre-adoptive, adoptive, and kinship homes. Additionally, she provides Parent-Child Interaction Therapy – Adaptations (PCIT-A). Ms. Konnath also trains community-based providers in the implementation of PCIT-A and provides trainings around the impact of trauma and attachment disruptions for children. Ms. Konnath received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2001 and continued her clinical training by completing the Trauma Certificate Program at the Trauma Center in 2003. She worked with the Trauma Center from 2003 to 2011 providing a variety of clinical services. She has been supporting the expansion of the Pathways to Permanency Program to MBHC since 2012.

Pathways to Permanency Director and Staff Clinician, Training Faculty,

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, PCIT-A, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Pathways to Permanency


Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW

Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. She works with children, families, adolescents, and adults whose lives have been impacted by trauma. In addition, Ms. Lerner provides parent consultation, training, and coaching. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1988 and is committed to ongoing training in trauma, attachment, EMDR, dissociation, and parenting issues

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, P2P


Nicole Pelletier, LICSW

Nicole Pelletier, LICSW is a Staff Clinician at both the Trauma Center and the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and has received training in several trauma-informed treatment models. Nicole has worked in school, residential, in-home, and outpatient mental health settings providing both individual and family services to children, adolescents, and adults with chronic and complex trauma histories. She also has experience providing comprehensive clinical assessment, and has a particular interest in working with youth involved in foster care as well as with pre-adoptive and adoptive families. Nicole specializes in treatment with young children, and she incorporates play and expressive therapy modalities into her work. In addition to her clinical role, Nicole also works with youth as a dance instructor.

Staff Clinician at MBHC and Trauma Center, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Expressive Arts, ARC, TF-CBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Maris Prichett, Psy.D.

Maris Prichett, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and clinician at MBHC. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Prichett has worked clinically with adults and adolescents in a diverse range of clinical settings including college counseling centers, a state hospital inpatient unit, adolescent partial hospital programs, residential programs, and several outpatient clinics. Her clinical work and training has focused primarily on adolescents within both individual and group therapy settings.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), DBT, CBT, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, SMART, ACRA/ACC


Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT

Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT is a staff clinician at MBHC and Coordinator of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center. She received her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Trauma Specialization from Lesley University. Ms. Turner has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization and residential treatment facilities. She is also a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who leads Trauma-Sensitive women’s yoga classes and integrates mindfulness practices and the body into her clinical work. Ms. Turner is committed to continuing ongoing training in treating complex trauma, dissociation and addiction.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, CBT, Treatment of Dissociation, Mindfulness-Based interventions


Betsy Wisch, LMHC

Betsy Wisch, LMHC is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. Ms. Wisch has over 25 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings in addition to being a parenting and sleep consultant with JF&CS. She is a seminar facilitator with First Connections and developed a daylong retreat for mothers who have only boys. Ms. Wisch received her Masters in Counseling degree from Lesley University. She is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR. She combines her parenting expertise, body-oriented practice and complex trauma training to more effectively treat parents and adults with trauma and dissociation.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


 

Marla Zucker, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Services at the Trauma Center at JRI and Program Director at MBHC, Dr. Zucker received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta and completed her Clinical Psychology Internship at Duke University Medical Center and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Trauma Center. Dr. Zucker is a Staff Psychologist and Supervisor at the Trauma Center and MBHC, working clinically with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults, as well as specializing in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Zucker has authored numerous publications and scholarly conference presentations in the areas of trauma and trauma treatment and developmental learning and attention disorders.

Staff Clinician and Program Director at MBHC and Trauma Center, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, Family Network Evaluation Services, VOCA Services, Research

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), DBT, CBT, AEDP, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Neurofeedback

 


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The Trauma Center's 3rd Annual Summer Training Institute, Hyannis MA, July 28-August 1, 2014

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