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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, Family Network Evaluation Services

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


Risheen Brown, LICSW

Risheen Maheswaran Brown, LICSW is a staff clinician at MBHC. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings including residential treatment, schools and outpatient clinics. She received her MSW from New York University and has completed post-master's training in child and family therapy at NYU and integrated trauma treatment at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Her interests include mind-body approaches to trauma treatment and working with attachment and dissociation.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, EMDR (Level II), Somatic Experiencing


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, SMART


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


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


 

Tia Holt, LICSW

Tia Holt, LICSW is a staff clinician at MBHC as well as the Transitions Coordinator at The Victor School at JRI. Ms. Holt earned her MSW from Simmons College in 2006. Since that time she has been working with adolescents clinically as well as guiding them through the transition out of high school and into college or the working field. Ms. Holt is passionate about helping her clients see their potential and learn the skills they need to live a happier and more positive life style.

Staff Clinician, Family Networks Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, SMART, Collaborative Problem Solving, CBT/DBT, Social Skills Training


 

Sarah Hundley, Psy.D.

Sarah Hundley, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and clinician at MBHC. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Hundley has worked clinically with children, adolescents, and adults in multiple settings, including community mental health, hospitals, therapeutic schools and Head Start programs. She also has specialized training in the assessment of autism and developmental delays in young children. Her interests include attachment-based therapy for young children and caregivers, issues of culture and diversity in the therapeutic relationship, and integrating psychoanalytic theory with trauma-informed treatment approaches.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Working with Autism Spectrum Disorders, SMART


 

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


Sarah Kostecki, MA, RDT

Sarah Kostecki, MA, RDT is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center and is a Registered Drama Therapist. She received her Master’s in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. Ms. Kostecki's clinical experience includes work with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in school, residential, and inpatient mental health treatment settings, including JRI's residential program, the van der Kolk Center, Glenhaven Academy. She also has training and work experience with children and adolescents with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Kostecki is a troupe member of JRI's intervention, Trauma Drama, a program that utilizes theater and improvisational techniques to increase regulation skills, self-esteem, and trauma processing/integration in adolescents with complex trauma.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC:Expressive Arts, ARC, SMART


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, SMART


Jennifer Moore, M.A.

Jennifer Moore, M.A. is a staff clinician at MBHC who has worked with children, adolescents and families impacted by trauma. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Saint Michaels College in 2013. Her interests include attachment-based therapies for young children and caregivers, the impact of complex and multigenerational trauma, and differential diagnosis around the impact of chronic interpersonal trauma and other pathologies of childhood.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, Sand Play, Trauma/sexual abuse evaluations


Jill Nowak, LCSW

Jill Nowak, LCSW is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a number of settings, including psychiatric residential care programs, schools, and outpatient clinics. Ms. Nowak completed a Master's in Social Work from New York University and has spent time working with those who experience depression, anxiety, ADHD, the impact of complex and multi-generational trauma, and Borderline Personality Disorder. She has pursued intensive training in the areas of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy, and has particular interest in conducting attachment-based psychotherapy. Ms. Nowak is a certified yoga instructor.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: DBT, ARC, SMART


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


Julie Thayer, Psy.D.

Julie Thayer, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MBHC and the Intake Coordinator at the Trauma Center. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in June 2014. Dr. Thayer has experience working with children, adults, and families, and her prior training includes providing a range of clinical services in school-based, in-home, college counseling, outpatient, and inpatient settings. Her clinical interests include severe and persistent mental illness, psychological assessment, and the impact of mental health issues on the family system.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological Assessment, Working with Autism Spectrum clients, SMART


 

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

 


WHAT'S NEWVIEW ALL>>

26th Annual International Trauma Conference, Boston MA, May 27-30, 2015

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4th Annual Summer Training Institute, Cape Cod MA, July 20-24, 2015

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Join us in Establishing an Endowed Research Directorship: The van der Kolk Chair

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Join our Challenge Match - Child Neurofeedback Study

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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships at MBHC

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NOW RECRUITING: DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA DISORDER - PHASE III NATIONWIDE STUDY

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NOW RECRUITING: CHILD BIOFEEDBACK STUDY at the Trauma Center

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NEW ARTICLE: Placement Instability as a Risk Factor in Proximal Sexually Inappropriate and Aggressive Behaviors in a Child Welfare Sample

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NEW ARTICLE: Unseen Wounds: The Contribution of Psychological Maltreatment to Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Risk Outcomes

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NEW ARTICLE: The Body Can Change the Score: Empirical Support for Somatic Regulation in the Treatment of Traumatized Adolescents

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NEW ARTICLE: Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

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NEW ARTICLE: The Body Can Change the Score: Empirical Support for Somatic Regulation in the Treatment of Traumatized Adolescents

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NEW BOOK by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE: Order today!

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NEW BOOK by David Emerson: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy

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Books by Trauma Center Faculty and Colleagues available on Amazon.com

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