At Counseling and Trauma Therapy (CATT) Associates we care about you. We know life is full of intense emotions. Emotions are the most beautiful thing in the world, but also the most painful. This is difficult for all of us to navigate. At CATT Associates, we work with you, on your goals, to achieve lasting improvement in your life.


Arianna specializes in individual, group, and family therapy, with practice in client-centered counseling and trauma-informed care. She believes that a strong rapport with clients is the key to developing a therapeutic relationship that creates positive change. Arianna approaches her work from a strengths-based perspective, tailoring her interventions to each individual client in order to meet them where they are at. Arianna has experience working with clients across the lifespan within a variety of therapeutic settings. She utilizes techniques learned from each experience to provide a non-judgmental space for clients to creatively express themselves while working towards their identified goals. Arianna has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a Minor in Holistic and Integrative Health from the University of Southern Maine, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and adults. I believe in meeting clients where they are at and providing a safe environment for them to work on trauma, and frustrations individuals face daily. I have helped clients of all ages in working through trauma, mental illness, and processing through daily life stressors that have been impacting their daily functioning. I use a range of methods to help clients reach their goals. I believe in a client focused approach. I have been trained in CPT and DBT. I use art therapy and play to help clients express themselves freely. My goal as a counselor is to build a supportive, therapeutic relationship with clients and provide a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to be able to express themselves freely in order to grow and develop confidence within themselves.

LCPC-C, Therapist


I work with individuals and families, helping to create a safe, non-judgmental space to realize and expand upon your strengths in order to overcome the challenges and barriers to live your best life. I operate from a psychodynamic approach (how your past experiences impact/shape the way you interact with and perceive the world) and use integrative techniques from CBT, mindfulness-based, and narrative practices. I look forward to helping you create a better connection with yourself and the world around you!

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Rebecca specializes in individual and family therapy. She uses an integrative approach combining Cognitive-Behavioral, Trauma-Based, Art, Play and Mindfulness-based techniques into sessions. These sessions are interactive, supportive, and individually designed. Rebecca is passionate about working with children and adolescents, providing a safe, trusting and collaborative environment that embraces all cultural diversity. She has experience working with issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, creative expression, anger, and trauma. Rebecca believes in promoting self-determination to uncover the essence of who you really are and supporting you in a building a beautiful life attuned to your highest good. Her practice is rooted firmly in the belief that psychotherapy can help you encounter the fullest, healthiest and most complete version of yourself. 

LMSW-CC, Therapist


We are often told to manage our lives as if we have learned every strategy and read every book. Nobody knows everything, and you cannot expect yourself to navigate through life as if you do. Counseling has the ability to help you gain or refine skill sets to maneuver daily life, mental health, and major life events. My intention as a counselor is to foster a safe environment, to assist you in your exploration of your peaks and valleys in life, help you identify your triggers and motivators, and to discover how you can utilize your strengths to elevate your skill sets. My work employs CBT, mindfulness, and expressive arts to support children, adolescents, and adults.  Counseling can be daunting, but you are taking a wonderful first step by looking at this website!

LCPC-C, CADC, Therapist


I am a Maine state licensed Social Worker with extensive experience treating adults with a variety of disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse and with those suffering from maladaptive coping strategies. I also work with individuals who are unhappy with their relationships, their careers and those having difficulty with life transitions. I have worked with those trying to reconcile a history of abuse and/or neglect and those attempting to navigate and adjust to unexpected changes in one’s life. I appreciate working with those that present to therapy with a curiosity to understand themselves more fully. Therapy is an experience of collaboration and trust. I tailor my approach to each individual’s needs and preferences. I provide a safe, non-judgmental environment and work from a strength-based perspective. I am interactive, not shying away from giving feedback, but fundamentally believe each individual has the capacity to set their own goals and measure their own success. I utilize evidence-based practices drawing on Cognitive/Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness and psychodynamic, to assist you in understanding and changing issues that prevent you from living a “life worth living.”

PhD, LCSW, Therapist


Ben provides counseling to children, adolescents, adults and families. He has a holistic view of counseling and views wellness as having psychological, physical and spiritual components. He has an eclectic approach with interests in existential, humanistic, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. Ben specializes in working with clients with disabilities, both physical and developmental. Ben also has interests in parenting, particularly parents of children with disabilities.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Come as you are. You can expect empathy and a gentle approach from me. I tailor my therapeutic approach to you because your unique situation deserves a unique solution. I meet you where you’re at and explore your needs and wants with you to help you let go of what isn’t working. I believe in your ability to change and encourage exploration of your strengths. I bring warmth and authenticity to the therapeutic relationship and strive to create a non-judgmental, safe environment. Therapy is rooted in science yet practiced as an art. I utilize up-to-date research to inform my practice and ask thoughtful questions that implore you to reach deep and find the answers you’re searching for. We will create a strong alliance that you can rely on. Whether exploring past traumas or focusing on current behavior patterns, we will work to build on your current skills and change those holding you back. Finding the right therapist can feel overwhelming, which is why I encourage you to reach out to me and ask questions. I am grateful for the privilege of working with brave clients who open their hearts with me. I look forward to meeting with you.  

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Stacy is a licensed clinical professional counselor and earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College in 2015. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including a university counseling center, addiction clinic, and outpatient community counseling in Boston, MA. Stacy has specialized experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, ADHD, gender and identity issues, body image concerns, eating disorders, psychosis, addiction, relationships issues, grief and loss, and life transitions. She uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach rooted in evidence-based practices including cognitive-behavioral therapy, ACT, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. Stacy strives to create a safe and trusting space for individuals to feel comfortable sharing their experience and begin working towards positive growth and change. She comes from an open and accepting perspective, working together with clients to explore and support their therapeutic goals.


Stacy is based out of the Biddeford location and is currently offering Telehealth (online) and in-office sessions.

LCPC, Therapist


I enjoy working with adults, young people, and families to grow their inherent strength and wisdom to overcome problems. I believe each person has a unique life story and each person deserves a process of change and healing appropriate to that story. I use a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients navigate obstacles to the lives they wish to live. My approach is centered on compassion, acceptance, practicality and is often infused with humor. I prioritize fostering a purposeful, trustful and collaborative relationship between myself and each client.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Mallory provides counseling to children and families in their homes, as well as outpatient counseling services in the Portland area. She has experience working with diverse client populations in a variety of settings, specializing in helping children learn to identify and use coping skills, express their emotions in a way that is safe, and form healthier relationships with peers and the adults in their lives. Mallory has experience and interest in Narrative therapy approaches, Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Relational-Cultural Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy. She incorporates Mindfulness exercises, art activities, humor, and physical activity/play into sessions as appropriate. Mallory promotes the right to self-determination, believing that the client is the expert of their own life with their unique set of values. She provides presence, genuine caring and curiosity, and support, striving to develop a strong therapeutic alliance and empower individuals to work towards positive change and growth.  

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Mitra has over ten years of experience working with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds throughout all life-stages, including providing one on one support to children with disabilities, working with at-risk adolescents and young adults in wilderness therapy, supporting older adults in assisted living, and working with individuals and families in overcoming trauma and other challenges that may be impacting their ability to fully engage with their friends, families, peers, colleagues, and communities.  Mitra is fluent in English, Spanish and Thai, and has experience working with interpreters to meet client needs. Through her personal and professional experience living and working in different cultures, Mitra is able to work from a holistic approach to ensure that counseling sessions are adaptive to each person and that the space is welcoming and safe. Her strengths-based and trauma-informed approach is guided by training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Mitra is committed to life-long learning and growth, and ensures she is up-to-date with the latest research, innovations and practices in counseling.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Hannah graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work in 2003 specializing in trauma-related therapies. She offers a strength-based approach to therapy and meets each client with respect, presence and dignity. Hannah works with children, families and young adults who are facing issues including  grief, complex trauma, PTSD, emotional and behavioral challenges, anxiety and emotional destabilization, developmental delays, ADHD and autism. Hannah utilizes  a wide range of therapeutic methods such as Art Therapy, Creative play therapy, Cognitive and Dialectical Behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques including meditation and Somatic therapy to support clients in regulating emotions, calming and soothing the nervous system, healing family discord and gaining self awareness. She believes in the healing power of a trusting and collaborative relationship with her clients and offers a kind and non-judgmental presence honoring the strength, innate wisdom and resiliency in each of her clients.

For the health, safety and continued support of our clients, Telehealth sessions are currently being offered.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Megan specializes in working with children, families and young adults facing difficulty in school, relationships, and life in general. Megan has helped children, teens and young adults cope with obstacles related to grief and loss, mental illness,  and neurodevelopmental disabilities, such as ADHD, Autism and other learning challenges.  She utilizes a range of therapeutic methods, such as cognitive Behavioral, Play, Emotional Regulation, and Mindfulness techniques, to help clients reach their goals, recognizing that each client is unique in their needs and desires. Megan is a relational therapist with a strengths-based, client-centered approach. She strives to build collaborative, trusting relationships with clients and family members. She believes in the healing power of laughter and fun. Megan’s goal is to create a safe space for you and/or your child to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors in order to heal, grow and
ultimately find your/their best self.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Jacqueline graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Master’s degree in Social Work. She has a strong passion for helping individuals and families face the many obstacles that life throws at us. She has experience working with individuals facing issues with severe anxiety, depression and substance use disorders, as well as personality disorders and bipolar disorder. Jacqueline believes her strongest characteristics include non-judgementalism, open-mindedness and empathy. Jacqueline enjoys teaching others the many benefits of mindfulness practice as well as cognitive behavioral techniques. Through a strength-based and motivational approach, Jacqueline builds strong, trusting relationships with those she works with and enjoys working together as a team to help individuals and families reach their goals.

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Erin is a Marriage and Family Therapist (offering individual counseling as well). She sees clients in our Biddeford office and also offers in-home sessions to enhance your convenience and comfort level. Erin specializes in techniques that focus on the health of the relationships between people. The practice of relational therapy views the mental health of an individual as often being based on, or at least greatly affected by the quality of relationships (family, romantic, friendship, colleagues, neighbors, etc.) in a person’s life. Erin focuses on helping families and couples work through trauma, losses, difficult transitions or external relationships (infidelity). Her goal is to mend bonds that have become dysfunctional and restore them to a place where clients feel an increased sense of safety, bonding, and comfort with each other. Erin is passionate about her work, approachable, always non-judgmental and excited to help you create and experience better connections.

LMFT-C, Therapist


Aliesha graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Master's degree in Clincian Mental Heath Counseling. She has experience in working with children and families, individuals, and those struggling with substance use. She uses a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, client focused therapy and a strengths based perspective. Aliesha feels that the most important part of counseling is the relationship between client and counselor. This relationship is based on trust, respect, a non-judgmental attitude, and humor.  She provides in-home and outpatient therapy to the York county area. 

LCPC-C, Therapist


Deciding where to turn when your child is experiencing emotional hurdles can be overwhelming. I work together with families and children to develop coping skills and process trauma. I utilize each individual’s strengths, compassion, and humor when appropriate to develop a therapeutic alliance. We will observe how trauma is impacting daily functions as well as identifying possible triggers that your child may be experiencing. It is my goal to develop a safe space that encourages vulnerability and curiosity. We will work together to develop skills that empower individuals to regulate their emotions and process their trauma. I have a diverse background in working with children and adolescents in schools, homes, residential settings, and within shelters. I specialize in working with adolescents who have experienced trauma and have a history of substance abuse. I have experience in Motivational interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and a Strengths-Based Approach. 

LMSW-CC, Therapist


I believe that at the core of all of us is a desire to feel connected. Many things in life can contribute to a feeling of disconnection, including substance use disorder, trauma, or communication problems within relationships. I think the answers are already within each of us. Therapy is a way to unlock those answers so you can live freely and authentically. I believe in fostering a deeply caring, non-judgmental atmosphere where you can feel heard, seen, and supported. I meet people where they are and together, our work involves making incremental changes that improve your life.  I use evidence-based treatment approaches that are trauma-informed and designed to meet your individual goals. I have had success using narrative therapy (telling your story), cognitive behavioral therapy (challenging your non-productive beliefs and thoughts), solution-focused therapy (short-term), and using art as therapy (let’s get creative!).  I specialize in helping with substance use disorder, couples and families in recovery, and trauma/PTSD. My purpose is being a trustworthy reflector of your story so we can together address any issues that keep you from emotionally connecting to yourself and becoming the best version of you.

LMSW-CC, CADC, Therapist


Stephen specializes in individual and family therapy using techniques informed by Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He believes that each client is unique and deserves an individualized therapeutic approach that fosters non-judgment, infinite diversity in infinite combinations, a client’s right to choose, and a strong, safe, and encouraging therapeutic alliance. He is an Air Force veteran and has experience working with people who have served in the military and their families. He has specialized expertise in helping clients with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, sexual trauma, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorder, adjustment disorders, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse/addiction, polytrauma, and complex diagnoses. Stephen is a supportive part of the LGBTQ+ community and recognizes the serious challenges facing LGBTQ+ young people. He has specialized experience in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnoses and with children and teenagers whose aggressive, violent, and defiant behaviors are causing significant problems in everyday life. Stephen looks forward to helping clients thrive in the lives that they want to live. He believes that “people are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of…there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” (Paolo Coelho, The Alchemist)

LMSW-CC, Therapist


Colby specializes in individual and family therapy with an emphasis on creating positive change. Among his areas of interest are trauma-focused therapy, play therapy, cognitive-behavior therapy and working with children and teenagers. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help clients, and their families, achieve a higher level of comfort and control over their behaviors. He feels the basis for effective work begins with a relationship between client and therapist that feels encouraging, safe, and enjoyable. Colby has successfully helped others manage their depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, anger, emotional dysregulation, and substance abuse. He looks forward to joining new clients on their journeys as they seek to live the life they've imagined for themselves and their loved ones. 

LCSW, Therapist & Executive Director


Susan’s approach to helping clients begins with building rapport.  Susan strongly believes the relationship between a clinician and a client is at the forefront of success when doing difficult work.  Susan has experience with families in transition, including: custody or DHHS cases, divorce, new partners and with children experiencing these changes. Susan uses many techniques and theories to serve her clients.  She is solution-focused, uses Motivational Interviewing, CBT and Family Systems Theory as well as others.  Susan is trained as a generalist Social Worker, so she has a wide overview of many strategies and theories to best support her clients.  Susan is interested in working with clients who are struggling with family transitions, as well as those who struggle with mental illness, substance use or homelessness.  She has worked with all ages from elementary school through adulthood. Susan is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has worked closely with people who have a dual-diagnosis of mental health and substance abuse. Susan can support clients in narrowing down goals, focusing on a solution, or when clients struggle to manage everyday life. If you just need an objective ear to listen, or help having a hard conversation, Susan offers ideas and support. She is down to earth, passionate about helping others, and will be there for you. She will offer you acceptance, and kindness, hopefully comfort and calmness. The space you share with her is safe, and all about you.

LMSW-CC, LADC, Therapist



Monique Downs,

Hi my name is Emily and I am a Behavioral Health Professional here at CATT Associates! I graduated from the University of Maine with my Bachelors Degree in Psychology, and plan on furthering my education with a Masters in the upcoming years. I have a passion for working with children and their families towards shared goals along with improving their overall life satisfaction. I look forward to working with your family in both the home and the community!

Behavioral Health Professional


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My name is Andrew Hodge and I am a HCT Behavioral Health Professional! I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine and have been a BHP for three years now. I am obsessed with dogs and would love to incorporate them into my practice someday. I also love to play basketball and video games! 

Behavioral Health Professional


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Ryan is ecstatic about joining this phenomenal team of caring Behavioral Health Professionals and Clinicians! While not working with CATT, Ryan loves working with high school students, providing individualized and small group guided instruction, teaching in Special Education and regular education classrooms and helps in managing student behavior. He enjoys helping people and making change within students and having a fun, positive outlook on life. Thank you for choosing Counseling and Trauma Therapy Associates; he looks forward to working with you and your child! 

Behavioral Health Professional


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I am beyond excited to be joining such an amazing team of dedicated workers here at CATT Associates. I have been working one on one with clients for three years in the community focusing on behaviors, social skills, personal and daily routines, as well as community inclusion. I enjoy watching children and adolescence thrive and excel in life. I also enjoy helping them discover themselves through fun outdoor activities, art therapy and by being a support system for them and their families. I am an honors program graduate from Southern Maine Community College. I am currently furthering my education at The University of Maine at Augusta; through my education I was able to realize my passion for helping others. I spend my free time going on adventures with my husband and our dog, Gigi. I look forward to meeting you!

Behavioral Health Professional


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I am a BHP serving in the Southern Maine Region. I am very passionate about providing behavioral health services to children and families in need of support. This position as a BHP is more than just a job - it is a lifestyle for me to help people grow and develop into their full potential. I plan on continuing my education in this field to further serve the community that I live in. I believe that the more positive interactions there are in the community, the better society will be as a whole. I also believe in the value of teaching skills that help clients become more self-sufficient in solving problems and empathetic towards close family and friends.  With these learnings, I hope to help in providing a better quality of life for those I work with.

Behavioral Health Professional


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Sarah came to us after several of years working in and around children and families, serving both in-home and school environments. She began her work as a BHP, knowing her love of working with families and her glowing positivity could make a difference bettering her community. She believes that by being a dedicated, compassionate mentor and motivator, she can help clients and families work toward achieving a happier life. Sarah has always been a natural positive influence and advocate. She is personable, patient and non-judgmental, and she is enthusiastic to help you improve your family’s life.

Behavioral Health Professional


Though originally from Massachusetts, Jess has been a resident Mainer for the past 12 years. She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 2015 and has been excited by each new challenge and adventure she’s encountered since. Jess’ compassion and love for families and children started young. In high school, she tutored children learning English as a second language and taught swim lessons at the YMCA. Additionally, soon after graduation she spent some time oversees volunteering with kids in various economic and social situations. She is passionate about her work with CATT Associates and honored to be engaged with families in Maine, serving them and their children through each challenge, change, trial and victory.

Behavioral Health Professional


Success is built on strong relationships. As a BHP and youth mentor, Jonathan focuses on skills that support relationships, both with one's own self and with others. He believes in creating a validating environment for youth to explore their relationship with the world and to reflect on their struggles. His goal is to help develop youth with the skills and motivation to act responsibly and achieve their goals. With a history in outdoor education, Jonathan likes to take clients outside and away from distractions. He believes that in nature we have a stronger sense of our own internal ecology. He is a student of personal growth and change, drawing on wisdom from various cultures and disciplines. He holds a BA in Chemistry, currently studies Chinese medicine, and is the guitarist in a Portland jazz band.

Behavioral Health Professional


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Father of three kids, living in Scarborough Maine. I have worked as BHP in homes and community settings, I enjoy working with children and adults in need. I have been a care giver in residential facilities, and currently still work as Crisis Call Specialist at Maine Crisis hot line. I have been a teacher with outstanding record of students support and satisfaction. I am flexible to operate in three languages (English, French, and Swahili). I strive to enforce positive attitude in my daily activities and to pass it to clients and families that I work with. It is my pleasure to be on your service.

Behavioral Health Professional


I am a mother of two children. We recently moved to Saco from Caribou. I have worked with children for 20 years in different capacities. I have worked in the public schools as a Tile One teacher, in private developmental preschool as a school-based BHP, in home settings as a BHP working in the HCT and VRP program, and I currently work as an Educational Technician in the Special Education Program for the Saco School Department. I am very passionate about what I do. I am also a certified dog trainer and would love to one day incorporate assisted dog therapy with children who may have developmental disabilities or have experienced trauma.  I look forward to meeting you!

Behavioral Health Professional


My name is Jacinda Volpe and I am ecstatic to be joining such a diverse team of health professionals as a Behavioral Health Professional. I enjoy working with children to help them grow and achieve their goals. This interest stemmed from my volunteer work with the public school systems. I spend my free time in the company of my family and my two dogs. I am an Honors Program graduate from the University of Southern Maine, with ambitions to further my education.

Behavioral Health Professional


Linda utilizes a client-centered, strength-based approach that consists of motivational interviewing, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral and reality based therapies to assist youth in exploring their hopes, aspirations and build skills and self-esteem to reach their goals. She believes that an open heart is essential in a therapeutic relationship. In private practice she specializes in treating addictions with a specialization in counseling others in medication assisted treatment. She provides education for our youth and adults to become or remain drug-free. Namaste.  

Behavioral Health Professional, LADC, CCS, Professional Life Coach


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