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.

THERAPISTS

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ARIANNA ABBOTT

LMSW-CC, Therapist

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.

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CAITLIN AMBO

LCPC-C, 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.

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JILL ARMSTRONG

LMSW-CC, 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!

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REBECCA BOYLE

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. 

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REBECCA BROWN

LCPC-C, CADC, 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!

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KATHLEEN CARY

PhD, LCSW, 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.”

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CHRISTOPHER CORO

LCPC-C, Therapist

I am a firm believer in the curative nature of talk therapy. Life is incredibly difficult, and having the opportunity to unpack and process painful events (past or present) can be transformative. In this regard, counseling can serve as a way to reorient yourself and aim toward a more meaningful life. I have professional experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, obsessive-compulsive disorder, grief, and trauma. Although the therapeutic interventions I utilize vary depending on each client’s specific needs, my approach is grounded in techniques associated with cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, and reality therapy. I look forward to working with you!

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BEN COTE

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.

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WESLEY COVEY

LMSW-CC, Therapist

My approach to healing is based in the practices and philosophies of yoga and Zen Buddhism. I focus on helping teens and adults manage the challenges of daily life while maintaining personal balance and moving towards a life that reflects your own unique potential. Utilizing techniques such as Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy, as well as music, arts, and somatic approaches to healing, I will stand alongside you as you navigate your path. I specialize in building empathetic, open relationships that can guide your journey through anxiety, depression, life changes, and chronic stress. I am experienced with those exploring personal identity whether it be their own gender and sexuality or finding their place in a world that can feel unwelcoming. Together, we will find ways to face your challenges while striving towards a life of contentment and joy. 

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JENNIFER CURRAN

LMSW-CC, Therapist

My belief is that you are truly the expert in your own life. That life can present times where you may need help to traverse the unique challenges you face. My primary focus is to offer a non-judgmental, empathetic space that is both safe and inspiring. A space where feelings and emotions can exist without judgement. A space to explore and discover your authentic self. I work with children, adolescents and adults that are experiencing a wide range of challenges that can include: trauma, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, relationship issues, grief/loss. I work with individuals that face unique challenges related to diverse identities and experiences of feeling marginalized as well as clients working to affirm gender, sexual diversity and neurodiversity. I embrace multiple modalities in my practice that are geared to best suit your needs. These modalities in combination with learning strategies, coping skills, anxiety reducing activities and mindfulness are all instrumental in relieving stress and can encourage you into perceiving new ways of viewing your life, managing difficulties, and finding the motivation to accept change. Please reach out to share your specific needs and discuss how together we can collaboratively work to meet them.

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STEVE DACEY

LCSW, Therapist

Hi, I’m Steve (he/him). In my counseling practice, I draw heavily on the belief that people have the power to reauthor their stories and reshape their lives into new, preferred ones. Whether the work is short-term and dealing with an acute instance of trauma or distress, or longer term and exploring internal worlds and early life conditioning, my goal is to walk alongside folks as they move towards the lives they want to live. I believe in allowing people time and space to lead sessions as they choose, and every session may look different: talking through problems; building somatic awareness; mindfulness activities; practicing difficult conversations. You might want to break out art supplies or a journal, and we can see what those mediums uncover. It is different for everyone, and every session. I will go with you wherever you are that day. I’m a white, non-disabled cis-man -  I know how important it is to feel seen and heard by those we open up to, and understand that having shared identity may make a new counseling relationship feel safer. I’ve worked extensively with women, people of color, disabled people, and queer and trans folks, and am dedicated to anti-oppressive clinical practice, including looking at how identities and systems shape and impact the therapeutic relationship. I am so grateful to get to accompany people on their journeys towards preferred selves and lives, and feel incredibly lucky to witness the energy and courage with which people face the challenges in front of them. If it feels like we might be a fit, feel free to reach out - I look forward to meeting you.

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KIM DAVIS

LMSW-CC, Therapist

I approach mental health holistically and believe that the road to wholeness addresses body, mind, and spirit. I provide a warm, collaborative, and non-judgmental space to explore the challenges in life that may have you feeling overwhelmed. So often these challenges keep us from being able to live our best lives, and in an attempt to manage them we often develop coping skills that ultimately do not serve us. I am an experienced clinician with a direct and compassionate style. I work with clients to develop new coping skills, create positive change, and find healing from past trauma.  I am accepting new clients in person and via telehealth and would be happy to talk with you over the phone to explore if I would be a fit for you.

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MAURA DERRIVAN

LCPC-C, Therapist

Finding ways to help others empower, motivate, and feel good about themselves has always been a priority for me. I often find myself wondering how I can meet you where you are at in your life, as well as your mental health journey, to give you the best treatment possible. You can expect a safe and non-judgmental space to speak your mind in order to accomplish the goals you set for yourself. I specialize in a person-centered approach that is rooted in autonomy and your ability to take all that you can from this experience. I enjoy working with those of all ages and backgrounds. I know that putting yourself first can be challenging, but I would love to offer you the opportunity to take care of yourself and your mental health here at Counseling and Trauma Therapy Associates.

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ABBIE DUFRENE

LMSW-CC, Therapist

Abbie wants to get to know the heart of who you are. She believes that we all have our best selves living within us. We just need someone to help us find it. She loves to work with children and specializes in healing through imaginative play, physical movement, and nature-based experiences. Abbie works through modalities of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Motivational Interviewing. She earned her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maine, a Master’s in English Literature from Tulane University, and a Bachelor’s in English and environmental studies from Tulane University.

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ALLISON ENGELHARDT

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.  

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STACY FARESE

LCPC, 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.

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TIM FULLER

LMSW-CC, 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.

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MALLORY GROBE

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.  

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MITRA HEFFRON

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.

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HANNAH JOHNSON

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.

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LISA KELLER

LMSW-CC, Therapist

I approach therapy from an empathic, non-judgmental and supportive stance that encourages a collaborative relationship between client and therapist. The needs of clients dictate the specific approach or skills utilized, but I draw from a variety of theoretical orientations, including acceptance & commitment, cognitive-behavioral, trauma-focused and relational. My style is flexible and collaborative, working with clients to develop greater understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the patterns that are contributing to keeping them from living a rich fulfilled life.

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MEGAN KEMNA

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.

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EVA LIGHT

LMSW-CC, Therapist

I believe that it is important to meet people where they are at in the present moment. I work with the client to develop goals, address challenges, and develop coping skills. I have worked with diverse populations and all are welcome. I take a client-centered approach and believe that it is important to work together on addressing a client's needs.
I use a variety of approaches and work to individualize a plan based on each client. I take a trauma-informed approach and have used many different therapeutic models. I utilize narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy to meet the needs of my clients.

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MARGO MAHONEY

LMSW-CC, Therapist

Margo is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with her Master’s in Social Work.  Margo has had many years in the field working with children, adults, and the elderly in areas such as Trauma, ADHD, ASD, ODD, LD and Substance Abuse to name a few.  Margo uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems Theory, Imaginative Therapy, and Strength Based Therapy in her work across the spectrum as a therapist.  Margo also believes that relaxation techniques, such as swimming and mindfulness, add to the application of therapy so as to support the client in helping them to see and be their best self.  All approaches used by Margo are client centered and driven.

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ERIN MAILMAN

LMFT, 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.

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MEAGAN MOUGHTY

LMSW-CC, Therapist

Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Experiencing anxiety, depression, or PTSD? Looking to process troubling events? If you’re reading this right now, you’ve already taken an important first step, so take a minute and be proud of yourself. I am an experienced LMSW-CC who helps my clients deal with difficult emotions, discover what they really want, and find more meaning in life. I work with both adults and adolescents. My style is to be direct, non-judgmental and compassionate. I will help you understand the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My aim is that after working together, you will have better coping mechanisms and more clarity around your goals and how to get there. I am accepting new clients, and offering online sessions. If you feel like now might be the right time for you to begin therapy, please don’t hesitate to reach out.   I look forward to hearing from you. 

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KATHLEEN O'TOOLE

LMSW-CC, Therapist

(She/Her/Hers) When working with Kat, you can expect an encouraging and genuine clinician to guide, support, and empower you. With a history of working with children and families through a wide range of needs, Kat utilizes modalities such as trauma-informed cognitive-behavioral practices, mindfulness techniques, play therapy techniques, motivational interviewing techniques, and many more. Through a client-centered and strengths-based approach, Kat aims to be your advocate and support; she will meet you where you are at, help establish and identify your unique needs, and develop a collaborative plan to progress towards your personalized goals. 

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BRANDON OUELLETTE

LCPC, Therapist

Hi, I'm Brandon (he/him/his). I welcome clients of any age, gender, or background who could use some support in working through transitions or changes, understanding and processing difficult emotions and experiences, or dealing with the stressors of day to day life. I have experience working with members of the LGBTQ+ community, with people of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, with children and adolescents, with people of all ages who have experienced trauma and its after effects, and with foster and adopted families. I work with you to identify your goals and tailor a unique and individualized approach to reach them. While no two sessions will look the same, you will always have a say in what our time together looks like. I practice eclectically, using interventions and strategies from a variety of approaches to best fit your needs. The process of change and growth is often difficult, and I applaud you for taking the first step of that journey. If it sounds like we might be a good fit for each other, I invite you to reach out to schedule a session. I look forward to hearing from you!

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ALIESHA PIERCE

LCPC, 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. 

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ANGEL SILVA

LCPC-C, Therapist / Section 28 Program Manager

With 20 years of experience providing spiritual, family, and marriage counseling on the pastoral side, Angel has transitioned to the clinical side of mental health. His passion, in part fueling his transition, is to see the holistic integration of all aspects of our humanity (mind, body, spirit, emotions, and relationships) experience continuous growth and wholeness. Angel believes that this process unfolds as we learn to face the truth of our lives with both courage and compassion, for both self and others. Angel sees his own part in this process as a counselor as one who assists his clients in the act of “showing up to their own lives” by helping them process their past, present, and future with clear and rational thinking, empathetic support, and realistic problem solving. Angel’s entrepreneurial orientation and leadership experience provide a wealth of real life experience to draw upon. More importantly, Angel has been married for 23 years and has 6 children, 2 of whom are adopted. This provides him with a solid base for addressing relational conflict, adoption related issues, marriage and family strife, and the array of emotional struggles that come with intimate relationships. And, because no one gets through life unscathed, Angel has developed an interest in trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the effects of such on our brains and behavior. Angel enjoys working with adults and kids and has a special place in his heart for those who struggle with spiritually related or caused issues. 

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GLENN SIMPSON

LMSW-CC, CADC, 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.

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TERESA SOSA

LMSW-CC, Therapist

Hola, me llamo Teresa. Hi, my name is Teresa. I am a social worker who works helping people navigate whatever stressors they may be dealing with in life, especially depression, anxiety, trauma, and identity issues. I have a background supporting kids, teens, and adults and have a great passion helping people, especially youth, learn more about who they are. Being Latina and bilingual in English and Spanish, I see providing counseling to other Latinx people as an honor and a service to my community. I use tools such as Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, strengths based approaches, and Narrative Therapy to work with those I serve. More than anything though, I strive to create a down to earth and comfortable environment where people can work at their own pace, be themselves, and not feel alone while journeying through their healing process.

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STEPHEN STARK

LCSW, 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)

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ALISSA SULLIVAN

LMSW-CC, Therapist

I believe in meeting each client where they are at in life. I enjoy working with clients of all age ranges. We work together in creating a safe, non-judgmental and therapeutic space to help support you in your individual needs. I value and prioritize building a trusting, empathetic, and collaborative relationship as the foundation for the work we do together. I believe each person is unique and deserves unique support to help heal, overcome challenges, build connections and grow as a person. I approach the work we do together from an integration of CBT, mindfulness, narrative and solution-focused view points to help reach your goals!

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KARI WAGNER

LMSW-CC, Therapist

You are enough, and you can become more and more fulfilled. But if you have had painful experiences, that doesn’t feel true. It feels impossible. If our story is pain, we are more vulnerable to being hurt again. We struggle with love and connection. We feel alone. We feel chaos. We are trapped. I want to work with you to re-write your story. The next chapter of your life can be about transforming your pain into learning how to move forward. By collaborating with you, we can plot your authentic narrative. In this story, you can have compassion and opportunity. I enjoy working with with teens, families and adults who are facing issues including PTSD, grief, anxiety, depression, coping skills, life transitions, parenting, caretaker fatigue and relationship issues. My approach is systematic, and trauma informed. I use strength-based, solution-focused, mindful strategies.  I’m also the author of Not Always Happy: An Unusual Parenting Journey which tells the story that neurodiversity is a difference not a deficit and first-time parents are unintentionally funny.

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W. COLBY WILLIAMS

LCSW, Therapist & Executive Director

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. 

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SUSAN WORCESTER

LCSW, LADC, Therapist

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.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

Monique Downs,
LCPC-C, ATR-P
Therapist
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AUTUMN DAMRON

Behavioral Health Professional

Our social, emotional, mental, and physical environments play an integral part in both our health and behavior. Like plants, if we are given the right environment and are getting most of the care and resources we need, more often than not we thrive. My job is to help children, parents, and their friends and family collectively build an environment that promotes positive relationships, feelings of personal empowerment, mutual respect, an internal locus of control, acceptance, and understanding. I tailor therapy according to the development and age of the person as well as to the number of people directly involved in their life. Following the principles of applied behavioral analysis (ABA), behaviorism, cognitivism, humanism, and developmental psychology, I meet the individual or group wherever they are and teach them how to work within and - if possible - change their environment to foster personal growth. I am a BHP and will soon be going for my Master’s to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). I have experience working with and mentoring those with ASD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD and I have a broad spectrum of interests that are often useful in natural environment therapy (NET) including rock climbing, biking, yoga, drawing, painting, digital art, cooking, baking, foraging, reading, writing, film, foreign language (French, Spanish, and Russian), sports, and playing the piano, cello, and guitar. I look forward to meeting you in session and to helping you build the environment you need to move forward.

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VALERIE DESMARAIS

Behavioral Health Professional

Hi, You can call me Val. I have been working with kids for over 15 years. I have my Bachelors in Childhood Education and a background as a Kindergarten and Special Needs teacher. I have a compassion for kids that is unmatched. I believe each child deserves their own special relationship with the adults in their life. In my opinion, trust, is the foundation to all good relationships and I intend to build that with all families and kiddos that I get to work with. I believe if we are willing to give kids the attention and time they deserve they will teach us just as much as we can teach them - if not more. 

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JOE HAGGERTY

Behavioral Health Professional

Hi there! My name is Joe and I am BHP with a degree in Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. Having planned to become a teacher after college graduation, I am overjoyed by the opportunity to teach in this different capacity. Working with children has been a blast and a calling, and I look forward to it every day. In my past time, I like being in nature, adventuring, and meeting new people; and I try to implement those ideas into my professional practice! 

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EMILY HANSON

Behavioral Health Professional

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!

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GUNNAR HECKLER

Behavioral Health Professional

A 26 year old punk-rocker with a love for Ultimate frisbee, poetry, and being outdoors. My BHP style is to build a strong relationship with my clients and slowly implement guidelines and rules that my clients can follow, and grow from. Can't have rules before relationships, so it makes the most sense to build those first. My approach is to be outside as much as I can be and help my clients develop healthy fitness and respect for the outdoors.

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ANDREW HODGE

Behavioral Health Professional

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!

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MAY HOHMAN

Behavioral Health Professional

Hi friends! My name is May Hohman. I am currently finishing up my degree in Women and
Gender studies and Sociology and planning on pursuing a Masters in Social Work. I love
working with children and exploring the messy world of feelings, while also maintaining a
positive outlook! I enjoy being outside, dancing, yoga, reading, and hanging out with the people I love.

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RYAN LANE

Behavioral Health Professional

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! 

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JESS MCMAHON

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.

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MELANIE PERKINS

Behavioral Health Professional

Melanie is passionate about improving the lives of children and their families through her background in psychology and behavioral health. She has experience working with special needs children in both home and school settings. When working with Melanie, her focus is to create a bond where both the child and family are comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with her. She enjoys traveling with her clients to experience Maine trails, parks and stores. Melanie strives to be an influential mentor to further implement positive change within your home, based on your personal needs and goals!

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JONATHAN PHILLIPS

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.

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KELLIE ROSADO

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!

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ALEXANDER TRAINOR

Behavioral Health Professional

Hello! My name is Alexander. I am currently working on my Bachelors degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Counseling and a minor in Psychology. I grew up in Florida and worked in fine dining for a while until l discovered my passion for helping others. I love going on adventures and I hope to incorporate it into my work. I am excited to work with you!

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JACINDA VOLPE

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.