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ABOUT

Nompelelo Boucher, Ph.D. 

LMHC, LMFT, CCTP II, ACS, LMHC and LMFT Approved Supervisor

Dr. Pel Boucher is the founder and owner of Cumberland Counseling. She is licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). She is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP/CCTP II) and holds licenses to practice in RI, MA, and CT. She is an approved supervisor for people seeking both LMFT and LMHC licensure. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Zululand in South Africa and her master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Salem State College in 2006. In 2022, she earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University, New England, where she continues to work as a Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Faculty in the Applied Psychology Department. 

Nompelelo Boucher, Ph.D.

Dr. Boucher has been providing mental health services in a wide variety of capacities since 1998. She now focuses on providing clinical training, supervision, and case consultations. She brings a strong multi-cultural perspective and humility to her work and employs various modalities, including CBT, ACT, DBT, EFT, SFT, and the Gottman Couple Method. 

PRACTICE MANAGER

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Kristen Ducharme

Kristen Ducharme

Kristen is a graduate of Mt. St. Charles Academy. She attended the University of Rhode Island and the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. Kristen comes to us with much experience working in medical offices. She worked for 14 years with Gastroenterology Associates, Inc and 3 years with Milford-Franklin Eye Center. She has been with Cumberland Counseling, LLC. since May 2021. Kristen strives to develop a flourishing practice. She is passionate about supporting all of our clinicians in making sure that all our clients' needs are met and that goals can be reached for a happier, healthier well-being. Kristen is an avid promoter of self-wellness through her 20 years as a massage therapist. She is an enthusiast for multiple causes. She has helped raise donations towards causes such as NAMIWalk, The American Heart Association, The Chrons’ & Colitis Foundation, Walk to end Alzheimers, The American Diabetes Association, and The Emma Rose Foundation, which raises money for struggling children and families of Boston Children's Hospital. She has also donated time to massaging the walkers of The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Kristen’s compassion and empathy for humankind are evident in her willingness to help all in any way she can. If you meet her you will see the kindness in her smile.  

LICENSED CLINICIANS

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Accepting Blue Cross, Aetna
and out-of-pocket pay.
$150/session.

Sabrina Mazzilli, LICSW

Sabrina is a Licensed and Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) serving residents of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She received her master’s graduate degree in Clinical Social Work and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rhode Island College. Sabrina joins Cumberland Counseling with an abundance of experience working with marginalized and oppressed individuals, families, and communities. She specializes in trauma-informed care and trauma counseling and has worked as a crisis and trauma clinician, school-based counselor, on-call emergency coordinator, community health advocate, and evidence-based researcher. Sabrina’s primary areas of focus include trauma, abuse, neglect, ethnic/cultural, and LGBTQAI+ related issues. In her work, Sabrina strives to help her clients achieve balance, focus, and clarity through discovery and exploration in a safe, affirming, non-judgmental environment.

 

Sabrina enjoys working with individuals and families between the ages of 13-65 years old in individual and family therapy. She primarily uses a Jungian theoretical model in applying strengths-based, person-centered treatment modalities with an environmental and ecological perspective that considers ethnic, racial, societal, cultural, and economic influences. Sabrina helps clients build protective factors and positive regard by using evidence-based treatment models of Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). 

Katarina is a compassionate therapist who believes in crafting an environment where clients can fully express the most tender parts of their lives. Guided by the principle of empowerment, she equips clients with evidence-based skills, helping them better navigate relationships and mental well-being. With every interaction, Katarina's aim is to foster hope, confidence, and resilience, always centering on client self-determination and working collaboratively to realize their individual goals and aspirations.  

 
She is trained in psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and ACT therapy. While her specialization lies in treating anxiety and depression, Katarina also has experience addressing a range of issues, from relationships—including couples, marital, and family therapy—to parenting challenges and pivotal life transitions. She is Gottman Level 1 & 2 trained and received her master's in social work from the University of Utah. 

Accepting Blue Cross, Aetna
and out-of-pocket pay.
$130/session.
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Katarina Dushku, LCSW

 

ASSOCIATE CLINICIANS

Postgraduate - Pre-Licensed

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Offering in-person and Telehealth sessions

Serving RI and CT clients

Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan, and out-of-pocket pay. $150/session.

Steffen Gillom, Ph.D. 

MA, AMFT, CTP

Dr. Steffen Gillom is an Associate Clinician at Cumberland Counseling. He takes a collaborative, strength-based, and truth-centered approach to individuals, couples, and families. While Dr. Gillom is happy and able to treat all populations, he primarily concentrates on the following populations and areas:  

 

High Conflict in Couples/Families: Dr. Gillom also has a proven track record of working with couples looking for the right atmosphere to discuss complex subjects, such as conflict, mistrust, ruptures in the relationship, or infidelity within the relationship, as well as new couples in the early dating or premarital stages of their relationship looking to deepen their bond and understanding of one another proactively.  

 

Men's Issues: Dr. Gillom is passionate about helping men of all ages and backgrounds begin their healing journey. Dr. Gillom believes that many men were taught to hide away and compartmentalize their vulnerable emotions, causing the potential for emotional outbursts, unwanted irritability, feelings of anger, and numbness. Dr. Gillom helps men begin to process and move past these negative feelings to illuminate and manage their core emotions, such as feelings of sadness, towards creating a more well-rounded, vibrant life. 

 

Complex Trauma: Dr. Gillom is a Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) and is dedicated to helping clients process and work through trauma related to issues of PTSD, childhood and sexual trauma, military or gang violence, anxiety, feelings of low self-worth, grief, and many other types of maltreatment one might experience. Dr. Gillom views trauma as something we all carry and that we all possess the skills and ability to work through it to increase one's distress tolerance and overall life. 

 

LGBTQ Individuals & Couples: As a member of the queer (LGBTQIA+) community, Dr. Gillom feels strongly that members of the queer community get the culturally competent, well-rounded treatment they deserve and is well prepared to address the complex personal, relational, and familial dynamics that those under the queer umbrella face daily. Dr. Gillom understands how issues such as gender dysphoria, internalized homophobia, body image, community pressure, and other types of minatory stress can affect one's quality of life and works hard to help his clients build the confidence and resilience to thrive and not just survive.

 

BIPOC Centered Care: Dr. Gillom knows that members of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of color) community have been historically underserved or unable to access quality mental health care. Dr. Gillom is dedicated to providing mental health care that considers and incorporates one's unique culture into treatment. He believes his work with clients proves that expert clinical care can equip anyone with the power and skills to overcome any issue in pursuing a more fulfilling life. 

 

Post-Modern Approach: Dr. Gillom is trained in several clinical models. However, he most often utilizes Narrative, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), and Solution-based therapeutic approaches in his work with clients (individuals, couples, and families) as he helps them navigate negative issues impacting their lives. In addition to his Doctoral Degree and master' Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Dr. Gillom has completed Levels I and II of the Gottman Couple Therapy method.

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Accepting out-of-pocket pay.
$150/session.

Linda Levine, MA, AMFT in CT

Clients will benefit from Linda's deep belief in the human capacity for growth and transformation. Linda specializes in working collaboratively with couples seeking to repair and deepen their relationship. She is trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels I and II, and has completed additional training in the Gottman approach to helping couples recover from infidelity and trauma, as well as those in addiction recovery. For couples considering separation or divorce, Linda offers brief Discernment Counseling to help partners gain greater clarity and confidence in their decision-making about the future of their marriage. 

 

With psychodynamic and intergenerational family therapy perspectives, Linda helps guide clients to a deeper understanding of self as they navigate life passages, including relationship building, parenting, changing family dynamics as children mature, job-related stress and career transitions, aging, mortality, and bereavement.

 

Another focus for Linda is supporting partners and individuals on their family-building journey, including those dealing with fertility issues and pregnancy loss. Linda is also interested in helping clients explore their creative development and practice, addressing issues of motivation, perfectionism, procrastination, and performance anxiety.

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Offering in-person and Telehealth sessions


Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,and out-of-pocket pay. $130/session.

Sema Bruno, Ph.D(c), MA, CFT, CCEP

Sema Bruno is a PhD-level Associate Clinician as well as a Certified Core Energetics Practitioner (CCEP). She takes an embodied and client-centered approach with individuals, couples, and families, offering a nurturing and adept container for clients to thoroughly explore patterns around their presenting concerns. Her decades-long work with new parents, couples, families, trauma survivors, and at-risk youth has shown her that people and relationships are incredibly resilient when they have the appropriate support, resources, and therapeutic tools made available to them.

 

Sema enjoys working with issues from a systemic lens, actively bridging transgenerational and historical events and situations with presenting concerns, for example, exploring with a client how being raised by a family member with a history of trauma or a serious mental health issue may be affecting adult relationships. Sema is dedicated to helping clients process and work through issues relating to trauma, abuse, gender identity and non-conformity, career advancement, non-monogamy, classism, racism, and sexism. Sema is well prepared to support individuals, couples, and families in breaking through destructive patterns in pursuit of deeper satisfaction with life, career, and relationships.

 

Although Sema is trained in several clinical models, she most often utilizes emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Satirian and other experiential models, body psychotherapy, and trauma-informed care while reaching into other schools of thought for continued reference. In addition to her Ph.D. candidacy and Masters's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, Sema has completed Level I of the EFT training and advanced training in Core Energetics, focusing specifically on sex therapy and group therapy. 

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Immediate Openings available via Telehealth

Accepting out-of-pocket pay.
$130/session.

Alyson Bullock, MA, CFT, AMFT in CT

Alyson graduated from Antioch University New England with her masters' in Couple & Family Therapy. She is licensed as an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in Connecticut and also accepts clients in RI.

 

I believe that therapy works best when client and therapist have a strong rapport and the client leaves each session with something actionable they can do to make a change in their life.

 

My focus areas are:

 

Couples: I'll help you learn how to calm down and get closer. I'll work with you to integrate healthy communication patterns and secure attachments to one another. I also help couples navigate the challenges of divorce with grace, as well as help premarital couples become confident before the big day and for a beautiful future together.

 

College Age/Young Professionals: I'll help you navigate this new life phase as you balance the demands of school, work, friendships, and love. Adulting is hard! I am here to teach you skills to manage your stress and anxiety while building long-lasting relationships.

 

Adolescents: I work with teenagers and their families to build bridges of understanding. I'll work with you to build healthy habits, manage peer pressure and expectations, and work through issues of self-worth and confidence. There's nothing better than having someone who is not your parent to talk to at this age.

 

Alyson has extensive knowledge of LDS culture and is available to work with clients from this background.

 

Alyson has completed levels 1 & 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and is a member of the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. 

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Offering in-person and

Telehealth sessions

Serving RI and CT clients

Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,and out-of-pocket pay. $130/session.

Douglas Reichwein, MA, CFT

Is it possible to have a really good satisfying relationship? I believe it is. A growing, nurturing, and fulfilling partnership is not only possible ‒ it is a skill that can be learned. As a Couple and Family Therapist, I have the latest training in relationship systems with an inclusive lens covering all types of relationships. Along with evidence-based theory, I bring a lifetime of psychological study and practice through excellent communication.

 

In my practice, I use Somatically-Informed Narrative Therapy to help you find a richer, more meaningful relationship with your partner, your family, and most importantly, yourself. I create a space of safety and non-judgment to release that which is holding you back and to open doors to your real self.

 

Our sessions together tend to be upbeat and healing. Most of the time, clients feel much better after each session. We do this by searching for what is right rather than dwelling on what is wrong. Sessions are goal-oriented and include homework each week. By setting the intention on goals, positive change and growth are the natural outcomes.

Somatically-Informed Narrative Therapy is designed to help you integrate what you think with how you feel. This integration helps people feel validated and seen. When couples and family members feel validated, their relationships are more satisfying.

 

If you feel that somehow “it” should be better, I say enthusiastically, “Yes, it can be!” If you are in a relationship or maybe recently out of one and would like it to be better, I invite you to give me a call, and we can chat confidentially about your individual situation. I love my work. I consider helping others, to bring joy and happiness into their life, my highest calling.

 

My specialties include couple relationships, family happiness, life satisfaction, and nourishment.

 

Some of the issues I provide support for include family conflict, codependency, separation agreements, intergenerational patterns, hopelessness, premarital counseling, divorce, self-regulation, anxiety, trauma & PTSD. 

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Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,and out-of-pocket pay. $130/session.

Brendan Tucker, MA, CFT

Brendan is an Associate Clinician with Cumberland Counseling

whose master’s education focused on systemic thinking, viewing families and couples as intergenerational wholes greater than the sum of their parts. Brendan has worked with a wide range of people with regard to backgrounds, ways of life, worldviews, and struggles and is comfortable approaching cases with a range of issues, but some specialties of his include:

 

Addiction:

Brendan follows the theoretical model of Dr. Lance Dodes, which understands addiction not as a ‘brain disease’ caused by a psychoactive substance but instead as a learned compulsion for coping with feelings of powerlessness. Psychologically, addiction to things like pornography or video games is not fundamentally different from addiction to alcohol or drugs. Recovery is a step-by-step journey to become more aware of one’s patterns and feelings and develop alternative coping strategies.

 

Counseling for Adolescent/Early-Twenties Males: 

Recent decades have witnessed huge social, cultural, and technological changes that have left many feeling lost, isolated, and aimless. A growing body of evidence shows young men entering adulthood face distinct problems, including declining rates of reaching expected milestones in school, work, and marriage as well as a higher risk of addiction and juvenile detention. Brendan offers leadership and goal-oriented counseling to help young men find a sense of purpose and the confidence to pursue it.

 

Co-Parenting Counseling:

When a relationship comes to an end, couples have to navigate the often difficult transition to parenting cooperatively when they are no longer living together or sharing a romantic relationship. With this practical and solution-oriented approach, Brendan focuses on two areas: improving communication and conflict resolution skills so as to better be able to work as a parenting team, and forming a shared co-parenting plan to bring parenting styles and values closer together.

 

Psychodynamic Counseling:

Have you ever thought things like, “I make to-do lists, but then just procrastinate all day - why do I do this to myself?” or “I want a romantic partner so badly, but whenever someone shows real interest in me, I break it off with them.” These behaviors of ours that confuse and frustrate us are often motivated by unconscious beliefs and desires so we end up caught in self-sabotaging loops. Brendan can guide you in becoming more curious and reflective about yourself so that you can become aware of these hidden beliefs and consciously change them.

 

Psychospiritual Counseling:

Psychotherapy often ends up bumping against the deepest questions in our lives. Great personal challenges like bereavement and addiction often force us to ask ourselves what our values are, what kind of people we want to be, and what life is really about. Brendan often employs the philosophical counseling approach of Dr. Pierre Grimes, which involves methodical dialogue to uncover false but deeply-held beliefs. Brendan is also widely read in the world’s spiritual and religious traditions and competent to conduct therapy through those lenses for clients who wish to do so.

 

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Skill Building:

Brendan believes therapy is not something that happens merely an hour or so a week, but is instead an active process for the client to become an expert on themselves and a master of their own minds. Brendan often assigns readings, workbook exercises, or focused reflection for clients during the week in order to build skills and process difficult feelings during the week in between sessions.

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Kiel is an associate clinician who brings a unique combination of military experience and therapeutic expertise to our private practice. Kiel earned his Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Johnson and Wales University in 2021 and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northcentral University.

 

Kiel served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman from 2006 to 2014, during which he completed three combat deployments to Afghanistan. This firsthand knowledge of the unique challenges and experiences of service members and their families allows him to provide empathetic and tailored support to clients dealing with military-related trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

 

As a therapist, Kiel works with individuals, couples, and families, employing a diverse range of therapeutic modalities to address each client's needs best. His therapeutic approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), solution-focused, narrative, psychodynamic, and systems theory.

 

Kiel's compassionate and client-centered approach ensures that he offers the highest quality care, helping his clients overcome their struggles and achieve lasting positive change in their lives.

 

Kiel Quinn, MS

Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,
and out-of-pocket pay.
$150/session.
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Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,
and out-of-pocket pay.
$130/session.

Unique Pelletier, LCDP, MS

Unique, a dedicated associate clinician, is a beacon of compassionate care in the realm of mental health and addiction treatment. With an unwavering commitment to her clients' well-being, she has honed a client-centered approach that consistently delivers the highest quality care, enabling her clients to triumph over adversity and attain enduring positive transformation.

 

Unique’s academic pursuit led her to Rhode Island College, where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Dependency and Addiction Studies in 2018. It was here that she laid the foundation for her future endeavors, cultivating a deep understanding of the human psyche and the complexities of addiction. In 2021, Unique's educational journey culminated in a master's degree from Johnson and Wales University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Armed with a comprehensive understanding of mental health dynamics and therapeutic techniques, she embarked on a mission to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those she would serve.

 

Unique's therapeutic approach is a testament to her name. Her sessions are not merely conversations, but purposeful interactions aimed at achieving specific goals. By setting clear intentions and working collaboratively with her clients, Unique fosters a climate of growth, and creating lasting change.  Throughout her professional journey, Unique has amassed a wealth of experience across a diverse array of populations. From anxiety and behavioral struggles to depression, ADHD, trauma, and substance use disorders, couples challenges, she has demonstrated her versatility and expertise in addressing a wide spectrum of challenges. Her repertoire extends to assisting individuals and couples through life transitions, offering unwavering support during times of change and uncertainty.

 

One of Unique's greatest strengths lies in her ability to connect with individuals from all walks of life. Whether it's adolescents grappling with the complexities of growing up, children navigating their early years, adults striving for balance, or couples seeking to strengthen their bonds, Unique's empathetic approach transcends age and circumstance. When clients engage with Unique, they embark on a transformative journey characterized by genuine care and understanding. Each session leaves clients feeling uplifted and empowered, as they recognize their innate potential for growth and healing. Unique's work is defined by her commitment to making a meaningful difference, one session at a time, and her dedication to being a guiding light on the path to lasting positive change.

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Accepting Blue Cross, Harvard Pilgrim, United Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan,
and out-of-pocket pay.
$130/session.

Jianna Iaciofano, MA

Jianna is a passionate associate clinician who aims to provide comfort care in the field of mental health. Jianna has a strong belief that persons are made up of unique characteristics, that complement each other and create an irreplicable individual. Through self-introspection and mindfulness, every individual can express themselves freely and unapologetically. Jianna received her master’s graduate degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Boston University and her bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Health Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Through her academic career and work in the research field, Jianna has garnered an abundance of knowledge on topics ranging from substance and alcohol use disorders, ADHD, and impulsivity, to anxiety disorders. As such, these entities are often intertwined, Jianna strives to provide comprehensive counseling that is multifaceted and aims to create nurturing and safe environments. Jianna is dedicated to creating trusting relationships that allow opportunities for self-growth and exploration. 

 

Jianna enjoys working with individuals between the ages of 13-45 in individual therapy. She utilizes a variety of intervention methods, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), to overcome obstacles and create an individual-centered environment. Jianna’s main goal is to leave long-lasting, positive impacts on her clients’ lives and aid in the healing process and path of self-discovery. Life can be filled with highs and lows, but through candor and vulnerability, each day can be better than before.

CLINICAL INTERNS

Supervised by Dr. Pel Boucher (LMFT and LMHC Approved Supervisor)

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Courtney McCall Plourde, LMFT

Courtney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in both Rhode Island and Connecticut. She is an American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. With years of experience in practice, and providing supervision to all levels, she provides a nurturing, collaborative and supportive approach.

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Diana Huynh, LICSW, PMH-C

Diana received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. She has 10 years of experience working in inpatient hospital settings, as well as in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Partial Hospital Program at Butler Hospital. Diana has been working in private practice for the last five years. Diana works with adults (18+) experiencing a variety of issues including anxiety, mood disorders, trauma and life transitions (college, parenthood, job changes, etc.). Diana is certified in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International and is passionate about working with parents throughout conception, infertility, miscarriage/loss, pregnancy and postpartum.

 

Diana believes that therapy is a collaboration between therapist and client based on authentic connection. She works to find a tailored approach that works best for each client by using a variety of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy.

 

Diana has experience supervising interns in both hospital and outpatient settings. Currently, she is accepting LCSW and MSW interns. 

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Julia Savovici, BS, MA Candidate in Dance Movement Therapy and Couple and Family Therapy

Julia is a graduate student at Antioch University New England in the master’s program for Dance/Movement and Couples/Family Therapy. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration Management at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. Upon completion of her graduate degree, Julia plans to continue working under supervision to become a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

 

Julia believes in the power of the arts to help address and heal a wide range of mental health needs. She enjoys working with children, teens, adults, individuals, groups, couples, and families. Her hopes are to incorporate her arts-based background within her practice to create a unique therapeutic environment for clients.

 

 

Accepting out-of-pocket pay.
$60/session.
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Accepting out-of-pocket pay.
$60/session.

 

Nadia Solomon, BA, MA Candidate in Couple

and Family Therapy

Nadia works collaboratively with clients and approaches therapy with the deep belief that we are all interconnected, and that the health of our relationships strongly impacts our sense of well-being. Through the creation of a safe and empathetic therapy environment, she works with clients to create more fulfilling, secure, and authentic relationships, and in helping clients develop self-awareness and self-compassion.

 

Nadia has a strong passion for helping couples, families, and individuals heal, and a special interest in working with intimacy issues, attachment issues, body image issues, sexual issues, emotional reactivity, trauma, couple conflict, highly sensitive individuals, adolescents, and more. She uses a variety of treatment methods, including Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused therapy (SFT), The Gottman Method, PACT therapy, Imago therapy, attachment-based principles, common factors, motivational interviewing (MI), psychodynamic and trauma-informed approaches, polyvagal theory, mindfulness, and psychoeducation. Her goals are to help inspire growth, healing, and ultimately to empower clients to live more intentional, meaningful, and authentic lives.

 

Nadia is a 3rd-year master’s degree student in the Couple and Family Therapy program at Antioch University New England and has also completed Levels One and Two of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy training, as well as coach training at the Co-Active Training Institute.

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Accepting out-of-pocket pay.
$60/session.

Hello! My name is Melody, and I am a second-year Master's student in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. Prior to pursuing my graduate degree, I attended Florida International University, where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I decided to become a therapist because I have always been passionate about helping others as they navigate life's challenges. I believe that with the right support and guidance, everyone has the ability to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

 

My theoretical approach is mainly influenced by principles from Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Bowenian Therapy, and attachment theory, and I'm inspired by the works of Russell Barkley, John Gottman, and Esther Perel. I have a strong desire to help those struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, communication, boundary-setting, life transitions, and mood disorders. I'm also eager to work with the Hispanic population, given my own cultural background.

As we work together, I will create a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment where we can work collaboratively to explore your strengths, challenges, and patterns to gain a deeper understanding of your experiences. With this insight, we can create meaningful change and work towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

I'm honored to have the opportunity to help you on your journey toward healing and growth. I look forward to meeting you and working together toward a brighter future! 

 

Melody Valdesuso, BA, MA Candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy

SUPERVISORS

CONSULTANT

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PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

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Chanta Pou, APRN

Chanta is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Amherst College. She completed her graduate training as a nurse practitioner specializing in psychiatry at Yale University.

 

She has worked in a wide variety of settings and modalities related to mental health. Chanta has worked in addictions research at Butler and Bradley Hospitals with both adult and adolescent populations. She also has worked with individuals with severe chronic mental illness in the community to divert hospitalization and homelessness. Since graduating from Yale, she has worked as a nurse practitioner in private practice, treating a range of disorders from anxiety, and mood dysregulation, to ADHD.

 

While she believes medications can alleviate symptoms of psychiatric illnesses, her philosophy is that true healing must involve therapy and lifestyle changes. To eliminate or reduce reliance on medications, individuals must actively engage in therapy and learn coping skills. She hopes potential patients will take full advantage of the rich resources that Cumberland Counseling has to offer. 

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