Who We Are

Metrowest Behavioral Health Center Staff, Acton MA

 


Elisabeth Bailey, DNP

Elisabeth Bailey, DNP is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing. In addition to teaching in the graduate psychiatric nursing program at BC, she provides psychiatry services for children, adolescents and adults at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University and her Master’s in advanced practice psychiatric nursing from Boston College. Her current clinical and teaching interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, and working to educate healthcare providers who employ a compassionate and holistic approach to care.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


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


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


Suzanne Dirstine, MSW, LICSW

Suzanne Dirstine, MSW, LICSW is a Staff Clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She received her MSW from Simmons College in Boston, MA and completed her clinical training and post-master's fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital in Outpatient Psychiatry. Ms. Dirstine has experience working with children and adults with complex trauma in a range of settings including inpatient treatment, outpatient clinics, sexual abuse treatment teams and adoption services. She provides an attachment-focused, client-centered approach to working with children, parents and families.

Staff Clinician, Pathways to Permanency

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, Pathways to Permanency, SMART


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


Marla Saint Gilles, Ph.D.

Marla Saint Gilles, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at MBHC. She received her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Michigan State University and completed her predoctoral internship at the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center (CTAC) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well as in several mid-Michigan area schools. Dr. Saint Gilles has clinical experience working in outpatient mental health and school settings with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced complex trauma. Her research interests include implementing school and district-wide interventions for children who have experienced trauma, specifically within the Head Start preschool setting.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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


Shannon M. Lavoie, MS, LMHC

Shannon Lavoie, MS, LMHC is a Staff Clinician at JRI’s Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ms. Lavoie has her license in Mental Health Counseling and specializes in work with children, adolescents and families with complex trauma histories. She has worked as a Trauma Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at South Bay Mental Health Center for both the outpatient Trauma and Forensic Service teams. She has authored a publication for the Journal of Current Psychiatry Review regarding available treatment options for Bipolar Disorder with Co-occurring Substance and Alcohol related disorders.

Staff Clinician

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


Erin Lemire, LCSW

Erin Lemire, LCSW is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a number of settings including residential care programs, hospital facilities, inpatient substance abuse programs, and outpatient mental health clinics. Ms .Lemire received her Masters Degree in Social Work from New York University in May, 2013. She has an understanding of a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches and has pursued more intensive training in the areas of EMDR, trauma-sensitive yoga, expressive arts therapy, and attachment-based psychotherapy. Ms. Lemire has provided individual, family, and group psychotherapy to clients working through complex and developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, substance abuse issues, anxiety, depression, parenting issues, and self-harming behaviors.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR(Level I), Expressive Arts Therapy, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, CBT


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


Katryn Little, LICSW

Katryn Little, LICSW is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. She completed her MSW at Smith College in Western Massachusetts and has worked in residential treatment programs for youth with trauma and complex mental health and behavioral issues. She has experience providing individual, group and family therapy to those struggling with attachment issues, developmental trauma, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and self-harm issues. She is passionate about providing trauma-informed care to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma as well as educating and supporting parents, educators, and caregivers of trauma-impacted individuals.

Staff Clinician


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


 

Tia Savage, LICSW

Tia Savage, MSW, LICSW is a staff clinician and Life Coach at MBHC as well as the Transitions Coordinator at The Victor School at JRI. Ms. Savage earned her MSW from Simmons College in 2006 and her Life Coaching Certificate from UNH in 2016. She has been working with adolescents clinically as well as coaching them through the transition out of high school and into college or the working field. Ms. Savage is passionate about helping her clients see their potential and learn the skills they need to live a happier and more positive lifestyle.

Staff Clinician

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


Greta Schnee, LMHC, LCAT, RDT

Greta Schnee, LMHC, LCAT, RDT, holds a Masters in Drama Therapy from New York University. She is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, and a licensed Creative Arts Therapist in New York. Ms. Schnee worked at the Perkin’s residential program for 9 years, with adolescents, children, and families with histories of complex trauma. She completed IFS level 1, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher training. Ms. Schnee is adjunct faculty at Lesley University. She also specializes in embodied drama therapy, practiced widely with children and adults.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Expressive Arts Therapy, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, SMART


Julie Thayer, Psy.D.

Julie Thayer, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist whose clinical work focuses on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults impacted by complex trauma. She is currently a staff clinician and Assistant Director of Victim Services at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center and Clinical Intake Coordinator at the Trauma Center, as well as a Certified ARC Trainer and consultant. Dr. Thayer received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She has experience working with individuals across the lifespan, and has provided a range of clinical services in school-based, in-home, college counseling, outpatient, and inpatient settings. She completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center focused on the treatment of trauma, and has completed training in trauma-specific treatment approaches including ARC, SMART, EMDR, and PCIT-A.

Staff Clinician, Assistant Director of Victim Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, SMART, ARC Training/Consultation, EMDR-Level I, PCIT-A


Kara Wetzel, MA, MT-BC

Kara Wetzel, MA, MT-BC is a Staff Clinician and expressive arts therapist at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton. She is an LMHC candidate and a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Kara 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


 

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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