Who We Are

Metrowest Behavioral Health Center Staff, Acton MA


Suzanne Allen, Ph.D.

Suzanne Allen, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Memphis and completed her internship at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, in Worcester, MA. She has worked for over 25 years in various community settings with children and families who have experienced trauma, particularly around adoption and attachment issues and the impact on physical, family and social functioning. She takes a multi-faceted approach to intervention. Dr. Allen has received training in many different approaches to treating families affected by trauma including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes, Ph.D.) and Internal Family Systems (Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.) and incorporates these tools in her work.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: Treatment of Dissociation, Pathways to Permanency, TF-CBT

Jamie Wood Chiarelli, LICSW

Jamie Wood Chiarelli, LICSW is the Program Director, supervisor and 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. Ms. Chiarelli incorporates various evidenced-based and trauma-specific approaches into her work including ARC, CBT, DBT, Collaborative Problem Solving, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, SMART, and PCIT-A. 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 Program Director

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

Kristina Donahue, LICSW

Kristina Donahue, LICSW is the Clinical Administrative Coordinator and a Staff Clinician at MBHC and the Trauma Center. She earned her MSW from Simmons College and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families, particularly those who have been affected by trauma, complex mental health issues, and learning challenges. Prior to joining MBHC, Ms. Donahue worked for over five years as a clinician in a therapeutic day school where she worked directly with students providing individual therapy, crisis management, animal-assisted therapy, parent/care-giver consultation, and facilitating parent/care-giver support. Additionally, Ms. Donahue is experienced in providing both outreach and in-home therapy services to children, youth and families. She has completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies and has specific interests in trauma-informed approaches including SMART and ARC.

Clinical Administrative Coordinator, Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, EMDR Level II

Allison Gold, MSW, LCSW

Allison Gold, MSW, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. Before graduate school, she worked with adolescents and adults in a residential eating disorder treatment center. Ms. Gold also has experience providing individual and group therapy in an outpatient setting to clients with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. Her interests include mindfulness, meditation, and Internal Family Systems, which she integrates into her clinical work. Ms. Gold values building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and is committed to continuous training in trauma-informed approaches.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, TF-CBT

Kimberly Hula, LCSW

Kimberly Hula, LCSW, is a staff clinician at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She completed her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 2017, during which she acted as a student ambassador for the National Association of Social Work. Ms. Hula has clinical experience working with children, families, and adults in individual and group settings, with a focus on self-empowerment, via strengthening clients’ personal and communal narratives. Her interests include social and racial justice, criminal justice diversion, cross-cultural communication, narrative identification, mind-body approaches, and strength-based empowerment. She has recent experience working in child and family bereavement, outpatient psychotherapy, and within the criminal justice system. Ms. Hula deeply believes in the power and centrality of human relationships and the values of ethics of the social work profession.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: TF-CBT, SMART, Expressive Arts, Mind-body approaches, Bereavement/Grief Work

Katherine Hurley, MSW, LCSW

Katherine Hurley, MSW, LCSW, is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. Katherine holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, where she studied clinical practice and program management. She has experience in providing individual, group, and family therapy for youth and adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Previously, Katherine worked in refugee resettlement; school settings; and counseling programs for immigrant survivors of torture, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Her professional interests include mind-body approaches for healing trauma, relationship-based therapy models, and cross-cultural issues in counseling.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: TF-CBT, SMART, CBT for pain, Mind-body approaches, Domestic Violence Advocacy, Chronic Pain Treatment, Refugee Population

Andrea Kamins, MSW/LICSW

Andrea Kamins, MSW/LICSW is a Staff Clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She works with children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by trauma. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Ms. Kamins worked as an educator and professional development specialist in afterschool programs throughout New York City. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, where she later worked in the Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Social Work Fellow in the Women and Infants Mental Health Clinic and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Ms. Kamins uses an attachment-informed approach in her work with both youth and adults. Her clinical interests include complex trauma and dissociation, attachment-based therapies, mindfulness, and body-oriented approaches to the treatment of trauma.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, SMART, Meditation/Mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1, DBT/CBT, Performance Enhancement/Life Coaching

Susan Lerner, LICSW

Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW is the Assistant Director at MBHC. She works with children, families, adolescents, and adults whose lives have been impacted by trauma. Ms. Lerner is trained in EMDR, AEDP and Sensory Motor Psychotherapy and integrates these approaches in her work with clients. In addition, Ms. Lerner provides parent consultation, training, and coaching. Using several evidenced-based therapies focusing on increasing attachment through increased attunement in her work with parents, Ms. Lerner's focus is on helping families understand each other and strengthen their ability to connect, accept one another and develop a sense of playfulness. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1988 and is committed to ongoing training in trauma, attachment, dissociation and parenting issues.

Assistant Director, Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC:: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, P2P, SMART, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)

Ava Lorenzo, Psy.D.

Ava Lorenzo, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She is a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist (NJCSP) and received her degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Lorenzo completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Haven in Piscataway High School, a school-based mental health center for children, adolescents, and families, where she engaged in individual, group, and family therapy. She has also worked to introduce school-based social-emotional learning interventions, and studied teacher perceptions of disruptive behavior in students, toward the goal of creating safe and supportive schools.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, TF-CBT, EMDR Level II

Jennifer Moore, LMHC

Jennifer Moore, M.A., LMHC is a staff clinician and supervisor 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, Supervisor

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, Sand Play, Trauma/sexual abuse evaluations, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)

Kara Wetzel, LMHC, MT-BC, REAT

Kara Wetzel, LMHC, MT-BC, REAT is a Staff Clinician, Expressive Arts Therapist, Board-Certified Music Therapist at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton. Ms. Wetzel received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and has also pursued post-graduate studies at Anna Maria College in their Institute for Music Consciousness. Ms. Wetzel has a great passion for the arts as well as mindfulness and meditation and incorporates this expertise into her work at MBHC. Her professional experience includes work in schools, hospitals, outpatient and residential facilities such as Germaine Lawrence in Arlington and McLean Hospital in Belmont. Ms. Wetzel has worked with clients of all ages, facing a broad spectrum of diagnoses utilizing an eclectic, client-centered approach.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC:: Expressive Arts Therapy, ARC, Pathways to Permanency, Meditation/Mindfulness, Social Skills Training, Music Therapy, EMDR Level II


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