All of our clinicians have been carefully selected based upon our abiding mission to provide the highest quality healthcare without exception
Meet the LCG Team
Life Changes Group recruits the best and the brightest clinicians from around the country to provide consultation, assessment, and psychiatric services to our clients. All of our staff have been trained at APA-approved doctoral programs and are actively involved in teaching, research, and publication.
Counseling and Neuropsychology
Director of Clinical Training
Andrea Lapomardo, Psy.D.
Dr. Andrea Lapomardo aims to cultivate a safe, supportive, and collaborative working environment with each client. She uses a cognitive behavioral framework as a foundation from which personal strength and growth can build and believes in emphasizing the resources an individual already possesses. Dr. Lapomardo has specialized training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and maintains a strong commitment to evidence-based care, integrating components of dialectical behavior, mindfulness-based, and acceptance/commitment therapies into her work. She is thoughtful and flexible in her clinical approach and brings warmth, creativity, and curiosity to each session. She tailors interventions to meet individuals’ unique needs and engages in respectful dialogue that fosters clinical success and allows individuals to carry insight into their lives. Dr. Lapomardo has a specialization in children and adolescents and has devoted much of her clinical work to serving adolescents, young adults, and families.
Dr. Andrea Lapomardo received her BA in psychology from St. Bonaventure University. She earned a MA in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and was the principal investigator on a project examining the relationship between family dynamics and prosocial development among preschoolers. Dr. Lapomardo also assisted with research at Yale University Child Study Center that investigated parenting beliefs, stress, and practices of fathers with young children and co-occurring intimate partner violence and substance abuse. She completed an independent project with a subsample of these fathers and published an article in Advances in Dual Diagnosis that was chosen as the Outstanding Paper Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence.
Dr. Lapomardo went on to earn a MA and PsyD in clinical psychology from University of Hartford and served as student representative to the Doctoral Training Committee. Her dissertation research focused on examining the relationship between parenting factors and emotion regulation/recognition among college students. She completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship at Community Healthlink (CHL), Youth and Family Services in Worcester, MA. At CHL, she provided services for individuals, couples, and families across the lifespan and both developed and implemented a mindfulness-based group for middle school-aged children. Dr. Lapomardo also completed an APA-accredited postdoctoral fellowship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University within Bradley Hospital, Adolescent Inpatient Units. In addition to offering individual and brief family therapy, she facilitated a daily skills group utilizing evidence-based dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). At Brown, Dr. Lapomardo trained staff on empirically-informed CBT interventions for psychiatrically hospitalized youth and focused research efforts on implementation of brief motivational enhancement therapy for adolescents who endorse substance use.
Founder, Clinical Director
Jonathan E. Goldberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Jonathan Goldberg is the founder and clinical director of Life Changes Group and oversees the direction and management of our clinical offices in Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, and Somerville.
Dr. Goldberg earned two masters degrees and a doctorate in clinical/school psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. He completed three years of clinical externships in neurocognitive testing, child/adolescent psychiatry, and adult psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital, as well as eight years of inpatient psychiatric work at The Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA, and Long Island Jewish Hospital in Manhasset, NY. During this time, Dr. Goldberg helped implement several research grants investigating genetic determinants of adverse reactions to antipsychotic agents used in treating schizophrenia.
Dr. Goldberg completed his clinical internship in adult psychiatry at Columbia University. He was then selected for a post-doctoral fellowship at The Addiction Institute of New York (formerly Smithers) a nationally-recognized institute for the treatment of chemical addiction.
Dr. Goldberg has since worked as a Staff Psychologist at the Learning Lab @ Lesley University, conducting neurocognitive evaluations for children with learning disabilities, and as a PACT team member at Westbridge Community Services. He offers individual, group, and couples counseling addressing a range of psychiatric issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, emetophobia, online gaming addiction, and trauma.
In addition to his hospital work, Dr. Goldberg has received extensive training in behavioral models for the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT). He has also received formal training in “stages of change” and motivational interviewing techniques for the treatment of addiction.
Dr. Goldberg is presently a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School where he teaches and supervises interns in the practice of behavioral therapies.
For the past 15 years, Dr. Goldberg has served as psychiatric consultant to The Fessenden School in West Newton, MA. In this role, Dr. Goldberg lectures and provides counseling for children, parents, and teachers on a diverse range of topics, including ADHD, educational testing, childhood depression, anxiety disorders, learning differences, and child/adolescent development.
Dr. Goldberg’s non-clinical work includes consultation with market research and advertising firms regarding implicit perceptions of brand personality and the development of research instruments for measuring unconscious variables associated with group process.
Lisa Cohen, Psy.D.
Dr. Lisa Cohen is originally from the Boston area. She earned her BA in Psychology and earned a certification in Human Services from Clark University. She earned her MA in Professional Psychology and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, MA. Her predoctoral training included school-based counseling, college counseling, working with medically challenged individuals and in outpatient counseling working with multi-cultural and diverse populations. She also completed a predoctoral fellowship in Solution Focused Therapy at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.
Dr. Cohen’s postdoctoral training occurred at Arbour Counseling services where she received training in working with depression, anxiety, panic disorders, trauma, general life issues, self-esteem, emotional development in adolescence and early adulthood, as well as extensive training in substance abuse/dependence and addiction disorders. In addition to her work at the Life Changes Group, Dr. Cohen has a position as a Staff Psychologist at a community health center north of Boston.
Dr. Cohen believes that through the collaborative work in therapy, a person can achieve the personal goals they set for themselves. She primarily uses a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatment modality, but also draws on aspects of interpersonal therapy, narrative therapy and psychodynamic therapy to help individuals identify strengths and weaknesses in their lives, as well as identifying healthy ways to make positive changes in their lives. She works with individuals of all ages including children, adolescents and adults.
Robyn Miles, Psy.D.
Dr. Robyn Miles received her Psy.D. in Clinical and Forensic psychology from Alliant International University in Irvine, CA. For the past 7 years, she has been conducting forensic evaluations and providing supervision within the Piedmont Correctional Institution in North Carolina as well as providing individual counseling for a diverse populations of clients through Carolina Counseling and Consultation, an outpatient group private practice. Dr. Miles specializes in general mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities using an eclectic mix of behavioral psychotherapy, including CBT, ACT, and motivational interviewing.
Licensed Social Worker
Kristen Keller, LICSW
Kristen is a clinical therapist, who received her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Michigan. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kristen utilizes a client-centered approach, and believes in the importance of building a collaborative rapport between the client and therapist. She combines her backgrounds in philosophy and psychology to help facilitate insight and introspection with clients. Kristen has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Prior to joining the Life Changes team, she worked in a variety of hospital systems and outpatient clinics. Kristen specializes in treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar related disorders, Substance Use Disorders, relationship issues, and life adjustment.
In her free time, Kristen enjoys going on hikes, watching college football, and trying new restaurants.
Dr. Benjamin Trigani is a psychotherapist with training and experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to those ranging from adolescents to adulthood. He believes in the importance of creating a safe and collaborative environment to help individuals discover their values, provide practical everyday tools, and establish common therapeutic goals for effective treatment.
Dr. Trigani utilizes an integrative approach to therapy, with a foundation in Humanistic Therapy and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). His integrative approach also incorporates techniques from the following: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), as well as Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) in order to assist clients in creating and maintaining lasting change. His clinical specialties include anxiety, depression, interpersonal functioning, identity development, and working with the LGBTQ+ community. Dr. Trigani earned his Master’s degree in Professional Psychology and his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College. He completed his APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the Dr. Leon O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation, where he conducted complete diagnostic and neuropsychological assessments for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopment disabilities.
Dr. Trigani completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Roger Williams University’s Counseling Center, where he provided individual and group psychotherapy across diverse populations, along with crisis intervention and outreach programs.”
Clinical Social Worker
Katherine Griffiths, LICSW
Katherine is a clinical social worker with over 20 years experience as a therapist for individuals, groups and families. Katherine graduated from Brown University in 1991 with a degree in American Civilization. Her career began as a counselor in a residential school for children in upstate New York. She attended Simmons School of Social work and graduated with her MSW in 1997. Her career as a therapist began as a substance abuse clinician in East Boston. Most of her experience comes from her years at MGH Chelsea where she works as a bilingual therapist with a diverse population, many of whom are immigrants from Central America. Most of her clients have experienced trauma either from their countries of origin and/or from domestic and community violence.
Katherine has an eclectic style, including psychodynamic, narrative and cognitive behavioral approaches. She believes that through her nonjudgmental approach, people can feel safe to share their most difficult stories. As loneliness and isolation has reached epidemic levels, she finds connecting with a good therapist is a key component to changing one’s outlook.
Clinical Social Worker
Jana Oberheu, LICSW
I am a licensed clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience in a variety of settings, working with clients from various backgrounds. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with a holistic focus, utilizing mindfulness strategies and a strength-based approach. I strongly believe in a client’s right to self-determination and want to provide the support and guidance needed to help you address barriers to promote growth and healing. I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship in helping clients to overcome challenges. I strive to be warm and welcoming and hope to build a connection based on trust so that our time together is helpful, collaborative, and productive. All of my training and clinical work are grounded in evidence-based research and practice.
My areas of interest include anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, trauma, grief, attachment patterns, and relationship issues. My objective is to teach my clients coping skills to effectively deal with fear and stress and develop effective strategies to reach their goals and live fulfilling lives.
Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Psychotic disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Borderline personality disorder, PTSD, history of inpatient hospitalizations, homelessness, history of state hospital admissions, peer relationship issues, family conflict, parent coaching, behavioral issues, chronic illness, DMH involvement, DCF involvement, court-ordered treatment, school-related challenges, self-harming issues, substance use disorder, suicidal ideation
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Rebecca Waintrup, Psy.D.
Dr. Rebecca Waintrup is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where she majored in psychology Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Waintrup worked as an intake coordinator at the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Waintrup then obtained her Masters and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Forensics at William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). Her doctoral dissertation research examined generational differences in responses to polyvictimization for survivors of intimate partner violence. Prior to joining the practice, Dr. Waintrup gained experience working with clients in various settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, hospitals, therapeutic drug courts, high schools, and Women’s centers. Through her predoctoral and postdoctoral experiences, she has provided crisis intervention, individual therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy, and has worked at multiple levels of care including outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient settings.
Dr. Waintrup completed her APA- accredited-predoctoral internship as well as postdoctoral training at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL (SIUC) in which she gained specialized experience in the provision of DBT, working with survivors of trauma, and in providing couples therapy. Through theses experiences, Dr. Waintrup served as the Co-chair of the Sexual Assault Treatment Team, lead multiple DBT groups, as well as facilitated a group therapy program for female survivors of interpersonal trauma on campus. Prior to joining Life Changes Group, Dr. Waintrup worked at Syracuse University in which she served on various multidisciplinary treatment teams including the Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team, Gender Affirming Health and Wellness Team, as well as facilitated group therapy programs for students on anxiety management and for survivors of interpersonal trauma. Dr. Waintrup is also passionate about training and her past experiences have included providing supervision to graduate students as well as facilitating trainings on topics including Trauma Therapy, DBT, Couples Counseling, and Self-Esteem.
Dr. Waintrup primarily works with adults of all ages, older adolescents, and couples. Her areas of professional interest include trauma, anxiety, identity concerns, depression, attachment issues, and relationship difficulties. Dr. Waintrup is a generalist and uses an integrative and trauma-informed approach to her clinical work. Dr. Waintrup’s eclectic style incorporates various modalities including CBT, DBT, Narrative, Interpersonal, and Psychodynamic therapy approaches. Dr. Waintrup is committed to social justice and advocacy. Her overall goal when meeting with clients is to create an empowering, supportive, and collaborative environment in order to address each person’s unique needs.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
BeccaJo Abelman, LICSW
BeccaJo Abelman (she/ her/hers) is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her BS in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and her MSW from Boston University. Prior to joining Life Changes Group, BeccaJo worked with a variety of community mental health organizations supporting individuals with severe mental health diagnoses and/or substance use disorders.
BeccaJo is Jewish and a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community. She has experience working with marginalized populations and aims, above all, to create a therapeutic environment to which clients can comfortably bring their entire selves. BeccaJo uses a client-centered, strengths based approach to help clients achieve interpersonal goals and discover a greater sense of self. Her clinical interests include LGBTQIA+ issues, relationship issues, trauma, depression, anxiety, and substance use. BeccaJo uses a range of modalities, including CBT, ACT, and motivational interviewing.
In her free time, BeccaJo enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and spending time with friends and family.
Licensed Psychologist and a Bilingual Speaker (English - Spanish)
Dr. Lynneurie Caraballo Luccioni
Dr. Caraballo is a MA licensed psychologist and a bilingual speaker (English – Spanish). Dr. Caraballo believes that every individual has a unique set of strengths that can be enhanced through collaborative and compassionate work to generate change. She takes the individual’s values, personal experiences, and cultural background as a guide for a personalized approach in therapy.
Dr. Caraballo has experience in primary care psychology, behavioral health, mood disorders, chronic mental illness, and substance use. She practices a client-centered approach and utilizes evidence-based models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness-based strategies. She is also very passionate about diversity and inclusion and helping people of all backgrounds.
She earned her doctoral APA degree in Clinical Psychology at the Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico. Her clinical internship in Neuropsychology Rehabilitation and Clinical Psychology was also at the same institution. Dr. Caraballo also has a Certificate Program in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts, Worcester. Before joining the Life Changes Group, she spent several years in Massachusetts working in outpatient mental health services, psychiatric inpatient services, and the Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS). Other work experiences include a neuropsychology externship at the New York University Langone Medical Center – Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Additionally, she performed an externship at SAMHSA, in Washington DC where she participated in researching the effectiveness of grants prevention programs for substance use in youth minorities.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Kim Bowles, LICSW
Kim practices therapy from a mindfulness-based perspective which she integrates with the various psychotherapy treatment modalities in which she has had formal training, including trauma-informed therapy, DBT, CBT, and Self-Esteem Building. She is passionate about teaching clients meditation to help them develop self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-esteem. She finds inspiration in the unique individualized therapy process each client engages in to make meaningful change.
Kim is a Licenced Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She earned her MSW at the University of Salem, MA with a concentration in Health/Mental Health. She was part of a team that researched the efficacy of holistic treatment for dealing with pain and mental health conditions associated with breast cancer. She also has formal training in the integration of mental health/medicine in community healthcare and was a part of a team of medical and mental health professionals who developed the first fully integrated health/mental health clinic in MA (The Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury). Kim has also provided counseling to families of patients in an inpatient psychiatric setting where she witnessed the strength of caring families as they provided invaluable support for each other.
She received her BA in Human Services with a focus on Youth Work at UMass Boston and has extensive experience working with youth. She enjoyed being part of a team of adults and teens that developed a youth center in a rural community where there was a dearth of services for adolescents. She has provided psychotherapy to at-risk adolescents in school settings, interned at an adolescent behavioral health residential treatment center, and counseled teen mothers and their children during their stay in transitional housing. The opportunity she has had to work with teens has reinforced Kim’s belief in their ability to overcome profound challenges and adversity.
Kim has a lifetime of experience as a meditation practitioner. She has practiced extensively with teachers at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA., and the Insight Meditation Center in Newburyport, MA. She has provided training to clinicians in integrating various forms of meditation with their practice. She has facilitated mental health groups that included mindfulness and meditation practices in a community behavioral health setting. Her mediation practice informs, revitalizes, and energizes her psychotherapy practice. In her free time, Kim loves spending time hiking, traveling, and exploring new places with her friends, and her children.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Daniel R. Clark, Psy.D.
Clark completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University. He completed his Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and received his clinical supervision to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) on the Neurobehavioral Unit (inpatient) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Subsequently, he earned a Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Connecticut. His clinical training included a predoctoral internship on the medical and rehabilitation units and outpatient clinic with Franciscan Children’s and a postdoctoral internship at the May Institute’s School for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Clark is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts.
Dr. Clark’s clinical interests are broadly focused on neuropsychological assessment and he has experience with working children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a wide variety of neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions. He has a specific interest in working with people who may have autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, acquired and traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Clark has experience working in individual and group psychotherapy with people ranging from childhood to adulthood. He is invested in creating a safe and collaborative environment to help individuals identify their values and strengths and works to help them build resilience and identify solutions to the problems with which they are faced. Dr. Clark uses an integrative approach to therapy with a foundation in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). He also incorporates techniques from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). His specialties include autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, depression, parent coaching, school consultation, and interpersonal functioning.
Dr. Clark is a member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. He is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Megan Ray, LICSW
Megan is a staff therapist, who holds her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons College and has 8 years combined academic, professional, and clinical experience working with and treating individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma-related symptoms, relationship struggles, life transitions, and substance use disorders. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Megan works from a holistic, strengths-based, therapeutic approach to help individuals acknowledge the various unique contexts which impact their lives, connect with their strengths, and learn new ways to live in wholeness. She utilizes evidence-based methods including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and solution-focused techniques to support clients in achieving their overall goals.
Prior to joining the Life Changes team, Megan spent several years working at McLean Hospital as an inpatient social worker. There, she collaborated on a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals, providing psychotherapeutic treatment and case management support to adults with mood and psychotic disorders.
Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, family conflict, relationship concerns, and life transitions.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Shawdee Sariri, LICSW
Shawdee is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts. She completed her undergraduate studies at Northeastern University, earning degrees in Psychology and Education. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in Social Work from Simmons University, also earning certification in trauma-informed care, in addition to licensure as a school adjustment counselor. She has experience working with children and adults who exhibit various behavioral and emotional disorders, specifically those who experience anxiety, depression, and trauma-related symptoms, in multiple community settings.
Shawdee aims to improve a person’s self-esteem by building up their unique sense of self and assisting them in developing coping strategies to modify behavior that results from personal misconceptions or other cognitive impairments. Her practice utilizes a strengths-based lens and an evidenced-based therapeutic approach through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), where negative insights are identified and challenged, in hopes to be replaced with more objective and realistic views of oneself. Within her practice, Shawdee finds value in providing a safe, supportive, and warm therapeutic talk space, where every individual can feel empowered to share what is on their mind. Shawdee holds a passion for learning new ways to keep her practice relevant and how to best support an individual’s mental health and well-being. She carries an understanding that a person’s life experiences can shape them through various stages of life. Therefore, Shawdee considers a person’s social, emotional, and behavioral patterns to evaluate, and support, their transitions into different development stages across their lifespan.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Mindy Sherbet, LCSW
Mindy is a life-long learner who brings a multitude of experience to her therapeutic approach. She engages with others in a supportive, direct-yet-kind approach that helps clients achieve the goals that bring them to therapy. Mindy’s approach is eclectic, drawing from several modalities including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Mindy began her social work career as an outpatient therapist in a mental health clinic where she provided services to meet the disparate needs of the community. She has worked with individuals, couples, and families across a range of ages throughout the lifespan. She is especially adept at working with those who have interpersonal challenges, life transition difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Her warmth, curiosity, and sincere interest in people lends itself to a safe and comforting atmosphere, while gently challenging and guiding others to become aware of behavioral patterns that exacerbate their struggles. Mindy excels at integrating skills and life lessons from her previous careers into a holistic therapeutic approach that is both practical and realistic.
Mindy holds a Master of Social Work degree from Simmons University and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business/Marketing from Northeastern University.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Devan Miller, LCSW
Devan Miller, LCSW (she/her) received her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University. Prior to, she received her Bachelor’s in Art Therapy with a Holistic Psychology specialization from Lesley University. Her approach to the therapeutic relationship is one of nonjudgmental support and collaboration. Warm and respectful, Devan strives to create a space where individuals can express themselves and explore what may be adversely impacting their quality of life. Drawing from a variety of therapeutic modalities and techniques, including CBT, narrative therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused, solution-focused, mindfulness, and the expressive arts therapies, Devan is able to actively listen and provide effective, evidence-based treatment interventions based on individual need. Areas of clinical interest include but are not limited to persistent mental illness, depression, anxiety, trauma, suicidality, communication skills, high risk behaviors, personality disorders, interpersonal conflict, and self-esteem. Prior to joining Life Changes Group, Devan worked with children, families, transitional age youth, and adults in a variety of in-home and community-based settings aimed at improving mental and behavioral health.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Katie DePaoli, LCSW
Katie DePaoli is a Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in MA. She graduated from Boston College with a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work, specializing in mental health, and received two certificates in Neuroscience and Social Work, and Trauma. She has two bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Stonehill College. Katie completed two years of clinical internships working with families and children facing a wide range of mental health diagnoses and presentations. She has experience working with clients with ADHD, ASD, Specific Learning Disorders, Bipolar, Mood Dysregulation, Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Phobia, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Attachment issues, PANDAS, Psychosis, Identity challenges, and Executive Functioning Disorders. Her teaching background paired with her clinical experience allows for her to work positively with children and adolescents by individualizing treatment plans and working collaboratively with the client to implement well-organized and targeted interventions.
Katie greatly values the importance of a positive therapeutic relationship and is passionate about creating a comfortable, warm, inviting, and safe environment in which her clients can feel open and fully themselves. Katie prioritizes the empowerment of her clients and the voice that they have throughout the treatment journey. She aims to help clients uncover and build upon strengths and utilizes those strengths to address challenges that they may face. She recognizes that therapeutic interventions, while evidence-based, cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach. Utilizing a wide knowledge of evidence-based interventions, Katie is able to tailor and adapt interventions to best meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and environmental needs of her clients. Katie is trauma-informed in her work and pulls from a range of evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Exposure Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Katie utilizes her knowledge and passion for neurobiology to include psychoeducation for the client and family into the treatment plan, when possible, empowering all parties to better understand the neural networks involved in the presentation of the client. In her free time, Katie enjoys spending time with her friends and family, art projects, and being active.
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Gabriella Bergonzi, LICSW
Gabriella Bergonzi is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) who received her Master’s in Social Work from Simmons University. Prior to this degree, Gabriella received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology as well as a minor in education at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Gabriella has experience working with both adolescents and adults, offering personalized, compassionate treatment for a range of experiences including anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, substance use, and interpersonal/relationship concerns. She utilizes various techniques from CBT, motivational interviewing, DBT, and mindfulness-based strategies to create a unique treatment approach that is tailored to each person’s individual needs. She is a warm, friendly, and collaborative therapist who approaches each relationship with acceptance and hopefulness. In her free time, Gabriella enjoys learning the piano, singing, playing tennis, and spending time with friends.
Master Level Social Worker
Sophia Padnos, MA, MSW
Sophia Padnos is a licensed clinical social worker with a B.A. from Yale and an M.A. from Harvard, both in English Literature; she received her M.S.W. from Salem State University. She has worked in community mental health with adults, children and families, and at an anti-poverty agency on housing issues. In her practice, she combines elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, which aims to improve conscious understanding, with dialectical behavioral therapy, which focuses more on feelings. Techniques from these approaches are deployed within a psychodynamic framework that allows a wider perspective, and considers the way our childhood experiences continue to shape us throughout our lives.
People come to therapy because something is bothering them. They generally know what it is, but they may not know why it’s such an issue, or how to resolve it. Sophia strives to offer an open, peaceful space for her clients to think through these questions without haste, or pressure, or judgment. Her study of literature has shaped her approach to therapy; she is interested in the telling detail, the unexpected turn, and the ways our interpretations (and misinterpretations!) affect our understanding of our lives. Sophia has a special interest in questions of agency, autonomy and interdependence; family issues, including parenting; and decision-making for people at turning points in their lives. Her specialties include anxiety and depression; relationship issues; family dynamics; and child mental health.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Tele Wilson-Bahoun, LCSW
Tele Wilson-Bahoun, LCSW obtained her BA in social work from the University of New Hampshire and her MSW from Simmons University. Prior to LCG she worked in an outpatient setting providing psychotherapy and crisis intervention support to individuals and families dealing with overwhelming life stressors and transitions. Along with her career in outpatient, she also has experience working in leadership and clinical roles providing comprehensive treatment to those coping with addiction in adult residential and inpatient recovery programs. Tele continued her career as a clinician for Arbour Hospital, working on both the dual diagnosis and acute psychiatric units.
During her time training in a multitude of settings and roles, she worked with clients in different stages of their mental health journey. Tele tailors her therapeutic style to the client’s individualized needs which has allowed her the opportunity to support individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, post-traumatic stress, substance use disorder, mood disorders, family dysfunction, relationships challenges, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, racial and ethnic issues.
Tele enjoys incorporating a culturally competent, strength-based, client-centered approach which allows her to meet individuals where they are and create a safe, non-judgmental and supportive space which allows room to do some life changing work. To inform her work with client’s the theoretical orientation she uses ranges from CBT, DBT, Narrative therapy, Solution-focused techniques, motivational interviewing and ACT.
Elizabeth Marcellino, PhD
Elizabeth Marcellino is a licensed psychologist with experience working with diverse populations of all ages in individual, couples and group therapy.
She received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA when it was a women’ s college, an MA in Theology from BC and a Ph.D. in both clinical psychology and religious/theological studies from Boston University. She has been deeply interested in the intersection of spirituality and psychology academically, clinically and personally. She describes owing a debt of gratitude to an indigenous community in CA who taught her some important traditions related to native spirituality; Elizabeth has helped to teach eastern religions to college students, and did extensive research in local religious communities related to issues of self-concept and identity. Her most cherished experience involved working for a hospice, helping people to explore emotional and spiritual beliefs related to end of life transition and having the privilege to be with patients as they passed from this world.
Most of her career was spent working for a group private practice in Boston–one that practiced with intention focusing on both clinical issues and the appreciation of how both positive and negative experiences of faith shape resilience and understanding of suffering. She joined the clinical and management staff of the Cambridge Health Alliance only 4 years ago after a deployment for the American Red Cross National Disaster Mental Health Team to a mass shooting in TX in 2018; it was there that she came to more deeply appreciate the importance of community mental health and the importance of outreach to those who are underserved. She continues to work there in the Urgent Care Clinic helping with urgent psychological assessments for underserved clients. Incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, relational psychology, CBT, attachment theory, mindfulness and the best of what other clinical perspectives have to offer, she brings an appreciation for the importance of collaboration, safety and hope in the process of making meaningful change.
She has been committed to supporting and rescuing shelter animals, enjoying a good laugh with friends and family, watching American football and working hard to be a good mom.
Stephanie Cazeau-Bandoo, MA, PhD
Stephanie Cazeau-Bandoo (she/her) completed an undergraduate degree in psychology at St Thomas University in Miami Gardens, Florida, subsequently pursued graduate training in Experimental Psychology at the University of North Florida, and now she is working towards completing her doctorate in Applied Psychology & Prevention Science at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Stephanie has experience providing counseling and group services to individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and belief systems, particularly youth and adolescents, in various settings within the community. She received training in trauma-informed care and has extensive experience working with clients who have experienced trauma and various mental health symptoms and diagnoses, including anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and co-occurring substance use disorder. A few areas of clinical interest include anxiety, depression, sleep problems, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, spirituality, transitions and adjustments, identity development, body image, and self-esteem.
Drawing from a diverse array of educational, career, and life experience, Stephanie utilizes various therapeutic approaches and treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-focused CBT, Mindfulness-based interventions, Narrative Therapy, and Play and Expressive Arts Therapy. Stephanie is passionate about providing quality services to individuals and families in the community. She works from a client-centered, collaborative, and strengths-based approach. She meets her clients where they are, and she aims to empower her client to foster hope, healing, and resilience. She enjoys creating a safe, supportive environment where clients can identify and enlist their internal strengths and resources to navigate life’s challenges. She looks forward to connecting with you.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Sherol Watson, LICSW
Sherol Watson is a clinical therapist who received her Master of Social Work from Boston College. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Prior to LCG, Sherol has worked in a variety of settings, including an Elementary School, Graduate School, Community Health Center, Community Service Agency, and Crisis Center with clients from diverse backgrounds and with various diagnostic presentations or concerns. She has used the principles of Wraparound to strengthen the family by successfully engaging the youth and family in focused interventions and therapeutic behavioral supports that enhance youth and family communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and limit setting skills. Assisted families to develop natural supports and identify and access community resources. She has worked with MSW students as a field advisor, provided clinical supervision to MSW interns, Intensive Care Coordinators (ICC), Family Partners, Peer Mentors, and provided immediate psychological counseling to college and university students across the U. S. Along with her direct work with clients, she also has experience working in leadership, involved in the development and implementation of the Community Service Agency, and its integration with the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative. Her clinical interests include: trauma, anxiety, depression, DCF involvement/Adoption, school related challenges, and Parent coaching.
Sherol prioritizes creating a warm, collaborative, and relational environment in which clients can feel that they are fully seen and fully understood while learning coping skills to effectively deal with fear and stress and develop effective strategies to reach their goals and live more fulfilling lives. She helps clients understand experiences in the context of their environment, while working to identify both individual and societal narratives that impact their interpersonal relationships and well-being. Sherol is trauma informed and strengths based. All her training and clinical work are grounded in evidence-based research and practice, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative Therapy to meet each client’s needs in a respectful, non-blaming, creative, and personal way.
Sherol’s approach to therapy centers clients as the experts in their own lives. She believes therapy should not be theory driven but relationship driven. Hoping to build a connection based on trust so that time together is helpful, collaborative, and productive.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Norah Benincasa, LCSW
I am a proud Boston College double Eagle. I received my Bachelors in Regular Elementary and Special Education as well as my Master’s in Clinical Social Work with a focus on children and families. I have over 25 years of experience working in schools, social skills centers, mental health agencies, private practice and residential recovery centers. I enjoy working with a variety of mental health and learning needs profiles including but not limited to:ADHD, Anxiety d/o, Anger, ASD,Behavioral d/o, BDD, BED, Separation-Divorce, Mood d/o, Executive Function d/o, Grief, Learning d/o, OCD, Co-Parenting Plans, PNES, Substance use/recovery, and Trauma.
I am trained in a variety of conventional and holistic modalities. I integrate skills from many evidence based approaches such as CBT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Narrative Therapy, TF-CBT and Play Therapy.
I prioritize a warm, safe and non-judgmental environment and hope you will feel comfortable “Daring Greatly”. Brene Brown writes this means “the courage to be vulnerable, to show up and be seen, to ask for what you need, to talk about how you’re feeling, to have hard conversations.” In this supportive space I want you to feel seen, heard, helped and healed.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Jake Donehey, LCSW
Jake Donehey (he/him/his) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jake received his BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College and his MSW, with a Trauma Certificate, from the Boston College School of Social Work.
He has professional experience in psychotherapy, case management, and clinical research and has worked in hospital, school, and community mental health settings. He works with individuals with anxiety, social anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex trauma, ADHD, OCD, substance use, as well as identity, career, and relationship concerns. His past experiences include work with individuals with chronic disease (namely, sickle cell and cancer), neurodivergent folks and their families, and people with a history of incarceration. Today, he predominantly works with individuals in late adolescence through adulthood and with couples – and enjoys working with the LGBQTIA+ community.
Jake believes every person possesses insight into their own healing and seeks to accompany clients as they navigate emotional challenges, life stresses, and systems of power. He adopts strengths-based, trauma-informed, and queer theory lenses to support clients in aligning their values with their goals. His therapeutic practice is relational in nature, anchored in Narrative Therapy, and integrates elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamic approaches to care.
Jake enjoys taking a nice walk, reading a good book, and trying every baked good!
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Knox Boss, LCSW
Knox Boss (they/them/theirs), a Georgia native, moved to Boston to attain their MSW with a Trauma Certificate from Simmons University. Knox believes therapy can be a starting point to activating a client’s inherent self-love that can radiate to improve many facets of a person’s life. Prior to working at Life Changes Group, Knox worked in various positions with a wide range of intersecting identities in community mental health agencies, and outpatient therapy clinics – as well as notably working in gender affirming care – obtaining training to be a gender specialist.
Knox uses a relational therapy model based in trauma informed care with all their clients to provide a space that is warm, welcoming, and supportive. Their clinical interests include gender affirming care, identity exploration, trauma, and depression and anxiety. Knox pulls from an eclectic assortment of evidence-based practices ranging from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
Knox proudly identifies as disabled and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. In their free time, Knox loves to play music, crochet, play video games, hang out with friends and family, and play with their service dog Oskar.
Oskar is a Great Pyrenees and Poodle mix medical alert service dog. He’s 3 years old and loves people! Clients can expect Oskar to be friendly, quiet, and mostly napping during their sessions next to Knox. Please note that he is not a therapy dog, and at this point only works for Knox to help them stay safe. Oskar loves the beach, dehydrated sweet potato treats, and naps.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Max White, LCSW
Max is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who completed his Masters degree in clinical social work at Boston College. Previous academic experience featured a Bachelors degree in counseling psychology at Emmanuel College. During this time, he published 2nd authorship research on conflict resolution and identity formation while working in a research position at Harvard.
Max has five years of counseling experience, working with individuals managing treatment resistant depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Bi-Polar I & II, relational stressors, Borderline Personality Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Dependent Personality Disorder, life transitions, managing work related responsibilities, suicidal ideation, as well as navigating LGBTQ+ challenges.
When engaging with clients, Max relies on a tailored approach to treatment: pulling applicable tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Existential Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy dependent on client preference and learning style. Max leans on a strengths-based, values driven, counseling style, believing that individuals are most empowered to make changes in their life when they are viewed as a whole person, not simply someone with a diagnosis experiencing symptoms. Max is warm, empathetic, curious, and deeply motivated to see positive growth for each person he works with.
Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Jessica Finnegan, PsyD, MS
Jessica Finnegan, Psy.D., M.S. is a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist at Life Changes Group. She completed a master’s degree in forensic mental health at Sage Graduate School. She subsequently completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at William James College where she completed concentrations in neuropsychology and forensic psychology. Her dissertation research focused on neurocognitive predictors of service utilization in incarcerated adults. She completed an APA-accredited internship at the North Texas VA Healthcare System’s neuropsychology track. In addition to completing comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, she obtained specialized training for evidence-based treatments including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). She also completed major rotations in several clinics within the VA including residential and outpatient substance use disorder, spinal cord injury/rehabilitation, and geriatric mental health. Dr. Finnegan also completed a postdoctoral consortium fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center with a faculty position at Harvard Medical School. As a fellow, she worked in a wide range of settings including outpatient psychiatry, cognitive neurology, and in a homeless shelter with individuals with major mental illness.
Since fellowship, Dr. Finnegan has remained in the field of neuropsychology. She conducts neuropsychological evaluations via telehealth for a head injury clinic and is a content writer for an online health platform. She taught a Cognitive Assessment course as an adjunct professor at William James College in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. She has further sought out opportunities to re-engage with her roots in forensic psychology and substance use disorders through both psychotherapy and psychological assessment. She is currently eligible and working toward board certification in neuropsychology.
board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Yixi Dong, MSN, PMHNP-BC
Yixi Dong is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Shenandoah University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University. She also received a B.S. in psychology. She was awarded Leadership in Nursing Activism during her graduate school. Yixi believes that there is no health without mental health and mental health is as important as physical health. She understands the struggles of finding the right psychiatric providers for patients and wishes to provide the best evidence-based practice to her patients. She not only focused on psychopharmacology but also provides integrated care. For example, she is considering patients’ culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and more when treating them.
Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Caroline Burbank, PMHNP-BC
Caroline Burbank, PMHNP-BC, is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Caroline received her B.S. and M.S in Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions. Additionally, Caroline received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Caroline has a professional nursing experience working inpatient at McLean Hospital, working extensively with clients with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and personality disorders.
Caroline feels strongly in creating an open and non-judgmental space for clients in order to help facilitate positive change. She believes in a collaborative approach of therapy and psychopharmacology. Caroline’s professional interests include depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Lauryn Frost DNP, PMHNP, FNP
As a Doctor of nursing, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. I am inspired by patients and constantly seek ways to provide a compassionate service to our unique human experience. With a medical and psychiatric background, I consider the duality of mental health and its effect on our physical wellness.
I am experienced with ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, and life transitions. Additionally, I am becoming certified in obesity medication and lifestyle management. I am thankful to enjoy each day I have the opportunity to work with patients on their journey to wellness.