MEET OUR TEAM
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KAREN WEINBERG LECLAIRE, LMHC, LCMHC

As the owner of the practice and with nearly 20+ years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults, I bring a non-judgmental and down to earth approach to therapy. I offer a safe environment that provides a supportive place for children and adults to begin to build skills to navigate life challenges after life altering events. As a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate and Family courts, I have helped and supported children, adults and families through difficult times.

If you are looking for a therapeutic place for supervised visitation or family therapy, please keep North Andover Counseling in mind!

North Andover Counseling Professionals have a variety of therapists to meet your needs and style.  

Our approach is strength based, and we believe in a collaborative problem solving approach that offers children and families the skills and support that you need to navigate life challenges and to overcome them. Our experience and training provides a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges you may face.

If you're interested in solving problems and moving forward, the best time to start is now. Together, we can help you restore balance, gain insight and clear the path to a healthier and happier life.

Please contact us to inquire!

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RITA NOCERA-McCABE, LDAC

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Mental Health Counselor.  I received a BA in Human Development from Lesley College and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.  My experience includes working with adults individually and as a group to help you feel supported and learn how to create your own happiness.  I specialize in helping individuals learn new tools to manage anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma and those struggling with stage of life challenges.  I also offer Christian Counseling for interested individuals.

My approach is strength based and person centered.  I believe that each individual’s journey is unique and, as such, I take a highly individualized approach to treatment.  I am accepting new patients and want to walk with you in your journey in discovering all there is to learn about yourself and your capabilities.  I look forward to working with you and developing a trusting, supportive, therapeutic relationship to help you meet your treatment needs and goals.

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AMANDA BENEKER, MSW

Hello! I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's in social work and immediately began working with people. I later went on to receive an associate's degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling and a Master's Degree in Social Work. I have experience working with a variety of populations from domestic violence victims and their families, children with behavioral needs, teens experiencing mental health concerns or struggling with making it through that time in their life, couples seeking support in their marriage as well as adults and young people struggling with addiction. Within those populations, I have focused on working with people that struggle for anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum disorder, mood disorders, body image/self esteem concerns as well as individuals with trauma and sexual abuse history.  

On a more personal note, I really enjoy reading and watching TV in my free time. Currently I am reading the Outlander series and too many shows to keep track of (no really I have a list that's how bad it is!) I like playing video games with my husband and helping my 3 year old master any skill she is attempting at the moment!

 

My philosophy is simple; treat each person with kindness and respect no matter their background or history. Too often we are made to feel less than or inadequate for one reason or another. I strive to ensure that my clients feel supported and safe when they are in my care. Learning to create our own happiness and live our truth is really important, especially in a therapeutic setting.

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ERIN FRONRATH, MS

We all have a unique journey, an unfolding story to tell, and various crossroads to navigate on our path through life. At times the path may become difficult, painful, or unclear; we may feel lost and unable to find the way forward or change direction alone. It may be a crisis in a family or relationship, ongoing anxiety or depression, addiction, a painful trauma, difficulties with work or school, or an inner sense that things are just not right.

I believe that our natural state is one of joy and well-being but sometimes life experiences and the beliefs that result can distance us from our sense of wholeness and contribute to suffering.

 The transformative process of therapy can restore joy and resilience as well as improve the capacity to care for oneself and have meaningful connections with others. Leaving behind old patterns of thoughts and behavior can free us to experience growth and open up possibilities that were not apparent previously. Successful navigation of your path can provide a sense of purpose and help to steer life in a meaningful direction. We can grow from challenges and derive meaning from difficult experiences by committing ourselves consciously to that task in a caring and supportive environment.

I offer psychotherapy to adults, children, adolescents and families. I encourage personal development and facilitate effective change by focusing on strengths and resilience. My therapeutic style is warm, unconditionally accepting, and collaborative. Treatment is tailored to each individual with a strong emphasis on the cultivation of insight, acceptance, and self-compassion. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from UMass Boston with a certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. My goal is to offer compassionate support and guidance on your path as you process, gain insight, and overcome any obstacles to your capacity for living a wholehearted, purposeful and joyful life.

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MARCELLO CUGNO, MA, LMHC

I have been involved in the field of mental health for the past five years and I am currently pursuing my independent licensure to become a mental health counselor. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Anselm College and graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. I have gained my experience through various outpatient positions providing direct support and care to adolescents and adults, including individuals diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities, all with a wide-range of mental health disorders.

Throughout my years of experience as a psychotherapist, I continue to strive toward creating a comfortable and secure environment for those experiencing the challenges of mental health. I engage the client by applying a variety of therapeutic approaches to help provide insight on one’s perspective and thoughts, strengthen social and interpersonal relationships, and, above all, improve overall mental health and well-being for oneself. I have always had a passion for helping people and one opportunity for me to do so is to guide the client through their own experiences and obstacles by offering empathy, positive regard, and strength-based practices.

Simply put, everyone has their own journey in life. Each journey has been created through one’s own hardships, challenges, and experiences. I truly want to give others the listening-ear they deserve and offer a genuine sense of kindness to help them achieve a better life.

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JULIE THOMPSON

Everyone has a story to tell. Each and every one of us goes through hardships and difficult times in our lives, and It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the hard knocks life can throw at us. Believe me when I say you are not alone. Not by a long shot. We can get lost in sorrow, grief, pain, the pressures of life, and symptoms of things we don’t always understand. I believe with clarity, support, learning new skills, and perseverance all of us have the capacity to change, grow, and transform our lives. Sometimes it’s just really hard to believe it’s possible when you are in the thick of hard things. But you CAN. There are times we all just need someone to talk to, and to walk with us to seeing past what we can’t control, and utilize difficulties on our journey to make us stronger.  There is a way to get from struggle and hardship to wellness and success, whatever that looks like to you. Recovery and a return to a sense of joy, centeredness, and purpose in life is possible, and I’d like to walk with you to a better place than you are right now.

I have been practicing for many years, and hold a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rivier University. I offer a heart centered, culturally sensitive, eclectic and multi systemic approach, tailored to each person’s individual life circumstance. I welcome with caring and empathy children 13 and over, teens, couples, families, LBGTQ, folks with trauma, sexual abuse, addiction, depression and anxiety, and a host of mental health concerns.
 

Me:

Endlessly curious, life contemplator, appreciator of all things nature, shell seeker, dog lover.

NICOLE PERO
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Hello! I graduated from Cambridge college with a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus in addiction treatment. I also hold a bachelor’s degree in fine art, as well as a certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. I have previous experience in the Mental Health Field as a Master Level Clinician, where I have gained experience working with both individual clients as well as couples.

My journey began as a childcare worker, which later turned into a position as a Behavioral Therapist for children on the Autism Spectrum. From there, I became an Art teacher for children in grades k-8 in the Public School system. I then secured a position as an Art Therapist at a Substance Use Treatment Center. From there, I became a Mental Health Counselor at Co-occurring Disorders facility, and eventually became employed at an intensive outpatient program, facilitating groups for anger management, mothers in treatment, and of course more art therapy.

In my practice, I focus on the following modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy. My passion for art allows me to incorporate this into each intervention as appropriate.

I am motivated, creative, empathetic and genuine. I have been touched personally by many mental health problems within my own family system as well as in my social circle. I enjoy working with all ages and welcome both individuals and couples counseling. I have an overwhelming appreciation for animals, nature, and spirituality and I believe they can all assist in mental health needs. Self-Care is my mantra, so I incorporate physical, mental and spiritual interventions into my daily practice. I love to draw, exercise, relax at the beach, and spend as much time as possible with my Boxer, Logan. I have learned that I am responsible for my own happiness and would love to help you find what brings you peace as well.

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KARLA SHEPARD, MS

Life is full of challenges and stressors and as human beings, it is natural for us to seek guidance and support.  I am passionate about helping people heal and promote the development of their own personal growth by utilizing a strength-based, trauma-sensitive style of therapy.

Being a mother of five has provided me with the understanding that no single approach is the right one for every individual.  As such, I am able to draw from my work and life experience, along with my education, to develop a unique and individualized approach to treatment utilizing an array of evidence-based practices, including EMDR. 

My educational background includes a BA in Psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Merrimack College.   Outside of work, I can be found enjoying outdoor activities and planning for the next adventure with family or friends.

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NICOLE PALERMO, MS

Nicole completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and School
Adjustment Counseling. She has experience in behavior analysis, special education,
mental health and substance abuse. She has experience working with adolescents and
families, but loves working with any client on their journey through therapy. Nicole’s
approach to therapy is holistic. The holistic approach used in her counseling allows
individuals to explore their mind, body and spirit. She guides individuals in understanding
and addressing how an issue in one area of their well being can lead to concerns in
another aspect of their life. Nicole is committed to helping people overcome any
obstacles they may be facing in life so they find peace and joy again.

To get a little more personal Nicole loves art and traveling. Nicole taught English in Thailand for a semester and explored South East Asia. She believes that new and uncomfortable experiences help her grow as both an individual and therapist. Nicole enjoys learning about new cultures and traditions. While in Thailand Nicole picked up meditation and yoga, which she likes bringing into her practice as well!

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ELISE SEYMOUR, MS

Hello! I graduated from Assumption College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and immediately began my career working with individuals who have experienced trauma. My Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Addiction Counseling from Cambridge College provided me with the additional skills that enhanced my desire to help individuals achieve their goals of being healthy and happy.

I am genuine, down to earth and non- judgmental. I believe in the philosophy of treating others the way you want to be treated.  These qualities allow me to excel at utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness in my therapeutic approach, particularly with children, adolescents and young adults.  In addition to my work with children, I have also spent several years working with couples, individuals who are struggling with addiction, as well as domestic violence survivors and those struggling with depression, anxiety and body image issues.

My personal and professional experience taught me that sometimes life challenges can overwhelm us and prevent us from experiencing happiness and well-being.  Reaching out for help may not be easy.  A true attentive and non - judgmental connection with another person can bring healing. 

 

Outside of work I enjoy crafting and spending time with my husband and 3-year-old son.  I look forward to working with you to help you in your journey.

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DAWN MARIE CAMMARATA M.ED, CTS, CDP

Transform your pain into power!!

 

Some things are out of our control, as a solution focused therapist I like to focus on the
things we can control, because WE can! Many people experience traumatic events in
their lifetime, but it doesn’t have to hold you hostage or dictate your future. As a Multi -
Cultural Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) since 2013 my theoretical approach and
advocacy in working with all age groups who experience or have experienced traumatic
events is to meet you where you are at in your present life and allow you to pace
yourself in your treatment. 

I am also certified in Behavior Management Through Adventure (BMTA), I encourage and believe through self- exploration and adventure, fears, life stressors and pain can diminish as your journey of treatment unfolds.

I utilize my skill sets through encouragement, nurture and education around how trauma is fragile in nature and not a one size fits all, but most importantly, how it can affect us in physiological and emotional ways, manifesting itself through how we behave and socialize. Through lived and professional experience, I have learned that acceptance and perseverance can push you to be your best person, let’s find that hope and build on that together!!

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MARY ST. JEAN, LMHC

Hello! I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has been working in the field for 7 years. After obtaining my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, I began working at a private practice with adolescents, adults, and couples. After a while, I decided to branch out and began working within the community, providing in-home therapy to children and their families. Within my experience, my areas of focus include depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, family conflict, challenging life transitions, behavioral difficulties, and parenting challenges. 

I use an eclectic approach, using tools from a wide range of theories. I believe my greatest strength is my ability to connect to people and provide them with a safe environment for them to address, process, and find solutions to their current struggles. When life can become stressful and feels unmanageable, it can be helpful to speak to someone who is impartial and help you think in ways you may not have considered.  This can be a major step toward making changes that are important to you. Change requires understanding, validation, and trust. I strive to establish this with every client I meet.

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CHRISTINA VALERI, MS

Hello!
I graduated from Stonehill College with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and then from Merrimack College with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While studying at Merrimack College I spent a year interning on a therapeutic farm and was able to further enhance my practice in therapy with the help of the farm animals in each session. While at the farm I was able to gain first hand insight on many different modalities of therapy and was able to truly individualize each therapy session for the client. I believe animals have this unconditional love and non judgmental realm about them. This being said, I would love to bring what I learned and experienced on the farm into my counseling practice.

I have gained experience over the past several years with individual, group and family therapy while utilizing a
variety of different evidence based approaches. I believe in individualizing each client and specifically meeting
the client where they are at in their life - not pushing anything further; there is no deadline we need to meet.
Therapy should be a journey in which we all learn and change together at whatever speed the client feels safe
and comfortable doing. I understand how hard it is to be vulnerable and how strenuous it is to suffer in silence
and not feel heard. Here in therapy I hope to be able to build a strong trusting bond by being genuine,
empathetic, respectful and open minded.

Outside of work I enjoy being outside! I love hiking, camping, the white mountains, being in the ocean, playing
softball and spending time with animals.

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HANNAH MILANO, M.Ed

Greetings!
 

I graduated from Mills College with a degree in Child Development and Education and then from Cambridge College with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a focus on trauma treatment. I have previous experience in the mental health field as a Master’s Level Clinician where I have gained experience working with individual adult and adolescent clients, couples, families; and facilitating Parenting Education Program classes. I have also gained vast experience and knowledge while working with children and families in school settings as a teacher and child care worker

In my practice, I focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Mindful/Holistic approaches, and Person-Centered therapy, ultimately tailoring the treatment to each individual and meeting you where you are at. I am intuitive, empathetic, genuine and down to earth. You will find that I am also extremely motivated to assist clients with any challenge that may arise.

I greatly look forward to working with you!