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!

COST:

Each individual therapy session is $150
Each family therapy session is $200

INSURANCE:

Many insurance plans offer Flexible Healthcare Spending Accounts that can be used to cover therapy. 

We also participate in the following Insurance Networks:

Blue Cross Blue Shield

United Behavioral Health

Harvard Pilgrim

More information about Insurance and Payments

Both Karen Weinberg LeClaire and Karla Shepard are offering EMDR therapy.

 
 
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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.

Karen Weinberg LeClaire and Karla Shepard are offering EMDR therapy.

 
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RITA NOCERA-McCABE, LMHC, 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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ROSA CIENTANNI-HUNTER, MS

Hello! I hold a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Salem State University and a Master's degree from Capella University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I have gained valuable experience by working in a variety of therapeutic settings, providing family support in community settings and outpatient clinical support to individuals, families, adolescents and adults.  I worked with all of these amazing people to help support them through depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, parental challenges, PTSD and complex trauma. 

 

My passion for helping others is not only seen in my work, it has been woven in every thread of my existence.  The journey to becoming a therapist took over 20 years.  This journey didn't happen without self discovery, determination and positive mind set, non of these come easy.

I believe we can all have these three things and more.  With a little fostering, one can achieve emotional well-being where the mind and body align and heal.   

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 MAX USKOV, MS

Hello! 

My name is Maxim Vitalyevich Uskov. I moved to America from Belarus when I was six years old, and I am still able to speak Russian fluently. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Arizona State University and my Masters of Education degree from Cambridge College with a major in Psychology and Counseling with a concentration in Trauma and Addiction.

I have been working in the mental health field for the last seven years. I’ve held a multitude of roles, from being a Residential Assistant to working as a Mental Health Technician in an Adolescent Inpatient Unit, a Mental Health Counselor in the Emergency Room, and then as a Masters Level Clinician. I have a passion for running groups and will be starting a new group this fall 2021; an eight week LGBTQIA+ Support Group as well as a coinciding group for Parents of LGBTQIA+ teens. I offer individual therapy and family therapy, and I have a multitude of experience with working with children, teens and adults.

 

I am well versed in cognitive behavioral therapy so I can assist my clients in identifying and changing negative automatic thoughts and assist clients to learn mindfulness techniques so they could learn the beauty of staying in the moment.  My favorite therapeutic approach is the person-centered approach which allows me to tailor every therapeutic approach uniquely to the individual to enhance their strengths.  

My goal is to offer empathy and insight and help you build new strategies and techniques to help you through your journey!

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JULIE THOMPSON, MA

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, MA
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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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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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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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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!

DAWNMARIE CAMMARATA, LMHC

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 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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CASEY KIRKLAND, MS

Case Kirkland holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Prescott College and has experience as an adjunct faculty member teaching wilderness field courses. Case believes everyone can reach an optimum state of health. He employs a person-centered and trauma-informed approach with a strong reliance on Brainspotting.  He has completed Brainspotting 1 training and uses this modality to treat mental health struggles through healing the brain. For the past 13 years, he has worked for 4 different therapeutic outdoor and residential programs with positions ranging from wilderness guide to field director to clinician.

For almost 20 years, Case has effectively worked with people to produce continuous growth in their lives. In his free time, he can be found gardening, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, mountain running, playing music, cooking and traveling.