Meet our Team

Nichole Fusco, LICSW

I am dedicated to client care and providing a safe and supportive environment for the therapeutic process and client growth. I founded Transitions Counseling Services, Inc in 2015 to help adults, children and families in the Franklin and Norfolk communities. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), my therapeutic approach includes strength based treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and solution-focused counseling. I have a compassionate and direct style that plays a role in my client’s problem resolution. I am strongly committed to helping you help yourself, learn and grow from your past behaviors, and focus on working on what is going on now in your life and moving forward.

My prior experience includes forensic mental health as well as 7+ years of outpatient therapy experience. My expertise in diagnostic assessment including mood disorders, other mental illnesses, and relationship issues allows me to work with you on identifying goals and strengths while working towards an effective therapeutic process.

I have been in the mental health field for the past eleven years specializing in relationships, couples, and individuals; youth and adults. I hold a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College, with a specialization in mental health. I am a current member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Many Clinicians hold a Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Donna Lebow, LICSW

donnaI am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a compassionate and genuine style specializing in adults. I provide counseling with Transitions Counseling Services. My Strengths Based perspective will assist you in seeing your strengths and develop a healthier, more balanced life style. In my collaborative approach, together we will improve effective coping strategies, enhance self-esteem and general well being. I am dedicated to client care and helping you achieve your goals while feeling supported and validated.

I work with adults in both individual and group treatment. I specialize in men and women’s issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, adjustment disorder, self esteem, life transitions and personal growth. My 20+ years of experience working in the mental health field has provided me with opportunities to offer a variety of treatment options best designed to meet your individual needs.

My treatment approaches include Positive Psychology, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Supportive Therapy.

I hold a Masters Degree in Social Work from Bridgewater State University and Bachelors in Recreation Education from Northeastern University. In addition, I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I believe with my years of clinical experience combined with my authentic personality, together can achieve resolutions and get to a healthier, happier, whole place.

I offer Thursday evenings and Saturday appointment times in our Franklin office.  Currently I am not accepting new clients.

Many Clinicians hold a Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Priscilla Picardi-Haswell, LICSW

I am an experienced Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with children and families as well as providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults. I am bilingual (English-Spanish) and hold a certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My client-centered, compassionate approach allows for a flexible treatment plan to meet your goals of therapy.

I am empathetic and a good listener. I am committed to working with you to identify challenges, develop a solution and accomplish your goals. My eclectic approach to treatment offers a wide array of skills and interventions that are tailored to the individual’s style and needs. My clinical approach includes Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy while incorporating mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning Theory. It is important to me to provide treatment that allows for my clients to recognize their strengths, gain control of their behaviors, and reach their full potential.

I have worked in the mental health field for 20+ years providing therapy to children and families in a variety of settings including outpatient, in home, and school based settings. I have extensive experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, ADD, ADHD, as well as offering parenting support. I hold a Master’s Degree from Boston College specializing in Clinical Mental Health.

I am in the Norfolk office Wednesday nights and Saturdays.  Currently I am not accepting new clients.

Many Clinicians hold a Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing therapy at Transitions Counseling Services. I am committed to supporting you in finding your personal journey to health and happiness. I offer a variety of therapeutic skills and specialties allowing me to tailor our treatment to your personal goals in a safe supportive environment, free of any judgment. I value client relationship building and provide compassionate listening with honest and direct feedback. My systems approach allows me to incorporate the larger picture, while also focusing on the here and now for quick resolution, integrating strengths based and solution focused techniques. Within minutes, you will feel safe, supported, and comfortable as we take steps together for a brighter tomorrow.

I work with older adolescents and adults in the context of individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy. I specialize in treatment of relationships, special education and adult transition, PTSD and trauma, LGBTQ community and gender issues, adjustment disorders, substance abuse, anxiety and depressive disorders. I also specialize in supporting individuals with short and long term medical conditions and hold a certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health from UMASS Medical.

I have been in the mental health field for over 14 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College with additional Certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child and Family Therapy. I am dependable and hardworking, committed to helping you get to that better place!

Currently accepting clients for daytime availability in the Franklin office.  I also offer online therapy sessions for evening appointments with current availibility. Please see our “Request an Appointment” Page to learn more and request an appointment!

Many Clinicians hold a Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker providing individual, couples and family treatment with Transitions Counseling Services. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental, supportive environment to empower you to be the happier, healthier individual or couple you can be. My strength-based approach allows me to see your abilities rather than disabilities and grow on an existing foundation. Always focusing on the client and our goals, you will find I am nurturing, motivating and compassionately will hold you accountable to take control of your life leading to quick resolution. Influences of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution focused and Acceptance of Commitment therapies enable me to provide you a wide variety of applicable coping skills.

I specialize in relationships issues in the context of couples or individual therapy, trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, transitional youth, adolescents as well as assessment and treatment of mood disorders and other mental illnesses including depression and anxiety.

I have been in the mental health field for the past ten years specializing in individuals, couples and families; youth and adults. I hold a Master’s degree is in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and am Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Thank you for your interest! I am currently accepting new clients for weekday morning and midday appointments in our Franklin office.

Many Clinicians hold a Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

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Kimberly Miller, LMHC

“Because you deserve to live your best life”. As a licensed mental health counselor with Transitions Counseling Services, my goal is to provide an open and trusting place where together we can explore the underlying factors of negative emotions, and/or life situations you are facing. We will explore strategies to work through these emotions and/or situations in order to help you develop an understanding on how to best overcome these obstacles.

I specialize in treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families. Areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, behavioral issues, parenting support, life transitions, adjustment to college and after graduation, and adjustment disorders.

I believe that we all have our own life story, and encounter situations differently. Because of this, my therapeutic technique is tailored to best meet each individuals needs. The therapeutic styles I use include interventions from Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused therapies.  I am currently working on my post graduate certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

I have over ten years working in this field, and am enthusiastic to help each individual meet their own personal goals.  I work out of the Franklin office primarily and Tuesdays in our Norfolk location.

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Kirsten Rickis, LMHC

I aim to provide a safe therapeutic space, free of judgment as we together work on your goals with concrete skills to achieve improved health and happiness! As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor I provide treatment with Transitions Counseling Services. My clinical approach is influenced by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral, Mindfulness, Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as I aim to provide a skills based treatment for fast results. Utilizing relational therapy, I will work with you see what role relationships play in your life and how they impact ourselves. I have a post graduate certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In addition to individual therapy for adolescents to adults, I specialize in providing family therapy/parenting plans, offering support for DCF involved families and those who’s loved ones suffer from chronic mental illness or substance abuse. We will work collaboratively on personal growth and development.

My experience in forensic psychology and mental health has provided me the competencies to work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, life transitions, relationship issues, peer relationships, substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and youthful offenders. Together we will meet your goals and you will feel in control of your life!

I am in the Franklin office Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Melissa Medeiros, LMHC

If you are seeking a meaningful experience with an opportunity for genuine growth and personal development, then I am the right person for you! I am a warm and compassionate therapist who will be supportive and hold hope for you when there are struggles, but also help you see your barriers and strengths while being compassionately direct.  I have a unique style that is empowering and motivating.  I specialize in children, adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety, depression, life transitions, ADD, behavioral issues and relationships and I especially enjoy working with young women.  I have a holistic approach that incorporates the mind and body as well as evidence based practices to help you accomplish your goals. I will be your biggest advocate and help you find ways to motivate yourself to achieve your desired state of being.  I provide individual, couples and family therapy. My client-centered approach allows me to focus on you and your goals.

I have a solution focused, cognitive behavioral perspective that incorporate mindfulness, gaining more awareness of our surroundings and ourselves into my therapy style.

I have been practicing for 10 years in the context of outpatient therapy and community based behavioral health.  You will find my skills and expertise to be a great agent for change and empowerment.  I am passionate about my work and my clients.

I am in the Franklin office Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please go to “Request an Appointment” tab to set up your initial intake.  I look forward to working with you!

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Lori-ann Sarnosky, LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Life and Wellness Coach passionate about helping individuals, who are stressed, stuck and/or sick, find hope, healing, and happiness through education, increased self-awareness and skill development with a holistic approach.

I encourage valuing yourself enough to make every change you deserve for self-empowerment and wellness.  I will help you create an outside world that matches your internal morals, values, goals and desires for maximum fulfillment.

I am deeply passionate about supporting you in accomplishing your goals to live the life you desire and deserve. I will be your biggest cheerleader, provide you with a SMILE (Support/Self-Care Strategies, Motivation, Inspiration/Insight, Love, and Education) and a variety of tools.

I specialize in skills to decrease anxiety and depression, reduce the impact of stress on our physical health, understand the role of the brain, stress and emotions as it relates to skills, communication, relationships as well as health and overall wellness.  My training, persistence and desire to pursue knowledge allow me the opportunity to be proactive in treatment and always learning.  Utilizing evidence-based tools and strategies addressing a mind, body and spirit approach has resulted success towards defined goals.

My credentials and training include Master in Social Work, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Post Graduate Diploma in Whole Health Education and Wellness Coaching, Certification in Functional Health Coaching, Master Reiki Certified, Intuitive Angel Card reader, Past Life Regression, and Aromatouch Therapy.  Previous background includes Personal Training, Health and Fitness Administration, Nutrition Certification, Science behind Mind and Body, and advocacy for parents and children with special needs.

Please go to our “Request an Appointment” Page to get scheduled today! I work Monday-Saturday out of our Norfolk office location and am currently accepting clients for morning and midday appointments.

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Maureen DiMilla, LMHC

Bio coming soon! I am currently full and unable to accept new clients. Please go to our “Request an Appointment” page to learn about another member of our team!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erin Christiano-Mordarski, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families.  My approach to treatment is multi-dimensional, based on a holistic understanding of the client.  I utilize innovative and alternative tools and techniques to meet my clients where they are at, capitalizing on their strengths to empower them to achieve balance in their life.  Formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I integrate this knowledge to individually tailor therapeutic goals for my clients so that they can achieve a greater sense of balance and resilience.  In addition, I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and am skilled at supporting clients both individually and in a group setting.  My clinical areas of interest include helping clients with stress and anger management, school success, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Asperger’s Syndrome, Gender related issues, foster care, and self-esteem. I earned my Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and hold an additional license as a school adjustment counselor, as well as am a certified yoga instructor for both children and adults. I have ten years past experience working as a school adjustment counselor servicing students in grades k-12, as well as is an adoption assessment clinician and yoga instructor in the Worcester area.

I work every other Saturday out of the Franklin office location.  Sadly, I am currently full and unable to accept new clients at this time. Please go to our “Request an Appointment” Page to request information and learn about other practice openings.

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Gary Dauer, LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over forty-five years experience assisting individuals and groups find their strength to live a healthier, more fulfilled quality of life. For much of that time, those efforts were with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. It has also been with Catholic Charities, the Veterans Administration, and most recently as a Franklin based outpatient clinician. My passion is helping adults, particularly those over age 50, who are having difficulty with depression and anxiety, marital and family concerns, retirement, grief and loss, as well as worry about their health and finances.

The challenges that occur during life transitions often bring the greatest satisfactions, as well as difficulty, anxiety and loss. I create a safe place to explore both life’s pleasures and hurdles.  Specialties include support around changes with marriage and starting a family, separation and divorce, job loss and retirement, disability, aging, and grief and loss. I believe that an empathic counseling relationship in which your worth recognized and validated, where your strengths are emphasized, and resiliencies explored, can lead you to greater enjoyment of your life and better connections to those around you.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, as well as study with the Kantor Family Institute and the Rutgers Summer Institute of Alcohol and Addiction Studies. I also have blogged on the process and challenges of retirement.

I work out of the Franklin office location on Tuesdays and out of the Norfolk office location on Wednesdays. Please go to our “Request an Appointment” Page to schedule with me!

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Lauren Godes, LICSW

Bio coming soon! I recently joined Transitions and am accepting new clients! Currently offering Monday-Friday 9am-5pm appointment times in our Norfolk office location.  I see ages 16+ and love to work with clients for individual therapy. I specialize in individuals struggling with anxiety, panic, depression, life transitions and substance use to name a few. I have a CBT, solution focused, strength based approach to my practice. Please go to our “Request an Appointment” Page to request information about me and my availability.

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Vera Bergeron, LMHC

Full bio coming soon!  I specialize in pregnancy and postpartum clients struggling with anxiety, depression and life transitions.  I also enjoy working with adolescents and adults in the context of individual therapy and family therapy.  I have a certification and specialize in art therapy and incorporate that into my work with clients.  I am warm, compassionate, and understanding and strive to create a safe, contained, comfortable space free of judgments, allowing you to relax and reflect while I support you in introspection and reflection to improve your health and wellness.  I work Saturdays out of our Norfolk office location.  Though I am currently full and unable to accept new clients, Please go to our “Request an Appointment” Page to request information about when I might have an opening!

 

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Kathy Manganaro, LMHC

I am excited to join Transitions and looking forward to running groups for children and adolescents as well as supporting parents.  I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor as well as Certified School Guidance and Adjustment Counselor.  I have over 30 years experience working young adults and their families.  For the past 23 years I have worked as a middle school counselor supporting students individually and in group settings navigate their way though adolescence.  I am passionate about working with teens and helping them become successful, happy, young people!

I am currently accepting clients to join my Girls with Grit and Grace group.  Middle school aged group will run on Mondays from 5-6pm starting November 18, 2019 and the high school aged group is currently running on Thursdays from 7-8pm.  Groups meet in our Norfolk office location, 65 Holbrook St, Suite 220.  Currently accepting new clients into both groups!

GIRLS WITH GRACE AND GRIT!:  This is a young/adolescent girls workshop to focus on skills to be empowered, independent, confident and respectful.  We will explore issues tween/teen girls face around social situations and relationships, healthy vs unhealthy, self esteem and confidence and skills around communication and advocacy.  This workshop will teach problem solving skills, build confidence and help girls work towards being a leader and not a follower. More info about this group on our About page!

Please go to our “Request an Appointment” page to register for one or both of my groups and learn more! REGISTRATION is REQUIRED to participate.

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Elizabeth Polcaro, LICSW

Full bio coming soon! I specialize in working with children and families and have several years experience working in the outpatient setting. My previous work in pediatrics with MGH has been a great experience in shaping my clinical skills and expertise with children. I enjoy working with adults as well experiencing life transitions, depression, anxiety and changes in family dynamics.  I am warm, compassionate and direct in my therapeutic style. I will be a strong support for you and or your children.  I work Thursdays and Saturdays out of the Norfolk office location.  Unfortunately, I am currently full and unable to accept new clients, but welcome you to go to our “Request an Appointment” page to learn more about potential upcoming openings or other therapists in the group who might be a great fit as well!

 

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Matthew Manela, LICSW, LADC

Beginning October 2019 I will be adding more days and availability. I am currently accepting new clients starting October for morning, midday and afternoon appointment times out of our Norfolk office location.  I specialize in treatment for OCD and anger management. I work with clients ages 12+ and have a very clinical and direct approach to my work. I will work with you on accomplishing your goals and living a more balanced, less distressing life. I will support you in healthy choices and offer skills to challenge negative thinking and behaviors.  I have been providing outpatient therapy for many years and also have run a successful Anger Management program in the South Shore and look forward to duplicating my program, “12 Steps to Anger Management” here at Transitions starting November 2019.

Please go to our “Request an Appointment” page to learn more and schedule your appointment today!