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April Leman, LICSW
April is a seasoned professional with the ability to build strong relationships with her clients and the community. She has been a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Since 2002 and working in the field since 1992. April has worked extensively as an outreach therapist in both urban and suburban communities with diverse populations, including youth and families, chronically mentally ill, and perpetrators and survivors of trauma and abuse. In addition to working at Norfolk Counseling Services, April currently serves as a School Adjustment Counselor in an elementary school, providing individual and group counseling, parent education, and behavioral interventions on a daily basis to support children's mental health in school. Her knowledge of school systems, Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) and the 504 process is extensive and invaluable in supporting parents through the educational system.
April utilizes a solution focused, collaborative approach with each client based on his/her individualized needs. She is passionate about supporting people in taking the necessary steps to create the lives they truly want and deserve by recognizing and tapping into their potential within. Clients who are looking for straight-forward, no-nonsense, practical and applicable strategies to elevate their lives will definitely not be disappointed.
Elizabeth Petillo, LMHC
Liz received her Master’s Degree in Forensic and Counseling Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is currently a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts. She has been in the counseling field for over 7 years and her clinical experience includes work with children, adolescents, young adults, and families who have impacted by trauma and various mental health concerns. Liz has worked in a variety of settings, including schools, residential treatment centers, acute levels of care, and outpatient treatment settings. Liz utilizes an individualized based approach that incorporates aspects of the ARC framework, CBT, DBT, and mindfulness along with other evidence-based interventions. In addition to working at Norfolk Counseling Services, Liz is a school based clinician and is a troupe member of JRI's trauma intervention, Trauma Drama, a program that utilizes theater and improvisational techniques to increase regulation skills, self-esteem, and trauma processing/integration in adolescents with complex trauma.
Patrick Sweeney, M.Ed, CAGS, LMHC
Patrick received his Masters in Education and CAGS in School Psychology from University of Massachusetts. Patrick is a School Psychologist and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been practicing for over 20 years. Patrick's experience ranges from working with children and adults with severe mental illness,learning disabilities, Autism spectrum, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression. In addition to the practice, Patrick is also a provider at Westwood-Mansfield Pediatrics offering therepeutic services to patients on an outpatient basis. In his spare time, Patrick enjoys running, and attending multiple sporting events.
Christine received her Masters in Social Work degree at Rhode Island College and her Bachelors of Science degree at Boston College, where she was also a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer team. Christine is an LICSW and has been providing psychotherapy to clients since 2004, and joined Norfolk Counseling in July, 2017.
She began her career in social work in Falmouth, MA at a shelter for homeless women and children. Christine continued her career on Cape Cod, working for Housing Assistance Corporation, Duffy Health Center, Gosnold, JML Care Center and Northeast Health Services where she gained experience working with clients experiencing issues including homelessness, addiction, chronic mental illness, trauma, abuse, eating disorders, anxiety, depression, dementia and end of life care. She initiated a support group for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients and also facilitated recovery groups for women. Christine has experience working with clients from age 10 to over 100. Her most recent full-time position is working for MedOptions, a company that provides psychiatric services to clients in nursing homes throughout the country. Christine’s therapeutic approach is to provide a safe space and develop a trusting bond with her clients so they are able to feel comfortable sharing their stories. She uses CBT, Mindfulness, and a Strengths-Based perspective in order to help clients overcome whatever issues they are struggling with. Christine is also interested in developing her practice to focus on treating athletes dealing with mental health and social justice issues in youth, high school and college sports. Her clients will find her to be easy to talk to, compassionate, kind, and with a good sense of humor.
Alyssa Todd, LICSW
Alyssa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), with 10 years of clinical experience. She graduated cum laude from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Alyssa then received her Master’s in Social Work from Fordham University and has a Specialization in Children and Families. She worked in New York City as an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) Therapist in Early Intervention (EI). Upon returning to New England, she worked at a community-based agency in Rhode Island for close to 6 years. While conducting thorough assessments of children and adolescents with special healthcare needs, she helped families access a wide range of programs and services. Alyssa uses a strength-based perspective in her work and tailors her interventions to the specific needs of each client. She has expertise in developmental disorders, depression, anxiety, early trauma, play/art therapy, CBT, relationship challenges, attachment issues, life stressors and evidence-based interventions.
Philip received his BA in psychology at the University of Connecticut and his Masters in mental health counseling and his CAGS in school psychology from Rhode Island College. Philip is a nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed mental health counselor. Philip has over a decade of experience working with adults and child with mental health concerns and learning disabilities, in both out-patient and in-patient settings. He also has experience assessing and treating individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Executive Functioning deficits. Philip offers individual counseling, assessment and parent education seminars at Norfolk Counseling Services. Philip is a member of the faculty at Rhode Island College in the Educational Leadership and School Psychology department, where he teaches courses in child psychopathology and group counseling. Philip is also a site supervisor for CAGS and doctoral level school psychology students at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
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Joshua Cohen, LICSW, MT-BC
Josh received his BA in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music and his Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. Josh is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) as well as a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC). He has been in the counseling field for over 10-years. During this time, he has honed his skills in a variety of settings including: the Rockland Massachusetts Public Schools, McLean Hospital, and within multiple Massachusetts Department of Correction facilities. Josh embraces a client-centered and strengths-based clinical practice perspective that seeks to empower his clients. He incorporates various evidence-based methodologies into his clinical practice including but not limited to: Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Strength-Based, and Expressive Arts Therapies. He is comfortable working with a wide range of clients including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. Josh presently offers individual counseling and family counseling at Norfolk Counseling Services however; he is planning to offer group-based treatment interventions in the near future.
Amanda received her Master of Social Work from Wheelock College and BA in Sociology from Wake Forest University. Amanda has experience working with children with mental illness and behavioral problems. Amanda has experience with crisis intervention, assisting families in de-escalating children’s behaviors and developing safety plans. Amanda has experience working with a wide range of populations. As a graduate intern, Amanda worked with families looking to adopt children both internationally and from the foster care system. Amanda also has experience with the judicial system as an intern for probation. Amanda has spent time working in for a children’s charity in Ireland. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys watching football and spending time with her family.