MEET OUR TEAM
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!
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.
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.
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.
BRITTANY KING, MS
Brittany has been working in the mental health and substance use field for more than five years in various treatment settings. She received her master’s degree in clinical counseling psychology from Assumption College with certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the Aaron T. Beck Institute for Cognitive Studies at Assumption College.
Brittany specializes in individual therapy utilizing evidence based approaches, group therapy, relapse prevention and motivational interviewing. Brittany has extensive training in conducting assessments, developing treatment plans and providing a safe therapeutic environment.
Brittany has a strong passion for helping those suffering from mental health and substance use disorders build a better quality of life!
Hi! I graduated from the Interamerican University in Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Science in Counseling from Salem State University. I am fluent in both English and Spanish, and have experience working with diverse multicultural populations.
I have been working in the mental health field for over 13 years, with experience in providing direct care to people in various treatment settings and also as an advocate while working with insurance companies in a managed-care setting.
I mostly have experience in treating adults, but have also worked in providing treatment for children and adolescents. My specialties include mental health disorders, substance use disorders, relationship difficulties, self-esteem building and addressing general life challenges.
My therapeutic approach is a combination of motivational interviewing, strength-based treatment and cognitive behavioral therapy. I have learned through my experience to adjust my approach to what the person needs and will meet them where they are at, though will challenge when needed while providing support and unconditional positive regard. I provide a safe and non-judgmental treatment environment, and I believe that everyone deserves the chance to heal, the opportunity to grow and the ability to improve their quality of life.
I practice from a person centered place and can appreciate the importance of working together as a team to achieve your goals. I am a strong believer that each and every one of us hold the key to many of our unanswered questions. I also believe we all have the innate capability to resolve our own internal conflicts with the appropriate support along with an unbiased and judgement free safe space to process thoughts and feelings. I invite you to consider working with me to develop the best possible approach to any issues you wish to address. I have been touched personally by many mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and alcohol and substance abuse issues in my own family system and within my circle of friends and colleagues.
I practice from a compassionate and empathic place and consider myself to be eclectic when it comes to treatment approaches. This is your experience and I want to walk with you in your journey in discovering all there is to learn about yourself and your capabilities. I enjoy working with all ages and welcome individual, couples and family counseling. About myself: I've worked in the substance abuse, mental health field since 2011. I have a Bachelor’s Degree from Southern NH University in Psychology and Addiction Studies. I am a graduate of Cambridge College where I earned an M.Ed in Mental Health Counseling, Addiction, and Trauma. I am a certified, licensed Master’s Level Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.
I have a blended family with 6 adult children, in-laws and some grandkids too. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, any outdoor activity, the beach, mountains, walking, exercising, and I love to cook and garden. I look forward to working with you and developing a trusting, supportive, therapeutic relationship to help you meet your treatment needs and goals.
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.
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!
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.
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!!
JESSICA DASILVA, MS
I currently hold a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Psychology. I hold a
bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
I am currently enrolled at Regent University, pursuing a PHD in Counseling and Mental Health with a concentration in Addiction.
I am also in the process of obtaining my LADC I.
I have been working in the substance abuse and mental health field over the last 15 years. I have extensive knowledge of substance abuse, and Life’s challenges including but not limited to Depression, anxiety, and trauma. Besides my educational and multitude of industry standard trainings, I also have held several positions throughout the years, ranging from being a clinical supervisor of a long-term residential program to a senior clinician for the
D.O.C, to a case manager of various out-patient programs.
Mental health issue’s affects people in a vast number of different ways, and often amongst other things it also fuels addiction. I enjoy working with people and helping them achieve success over their hardships. I specialize in treating people who struggle with addiction, and those also suffering from mental health issues. My approach is using evidence-based techniques to help clients navigate the tough roads of life’s challenges, substance abuse,
and trauma. I focus on kindness, strength, and hope, while utilizing a CBT/DBT and 12 step approach and curriculum.
I enjoy my morning coffee, reading a good book, and listening to many audio books.
I enjoy coloring, painting, looking up recovery and spiritual healing quotes, viewing nature,
and animals which includes pets and wildlife.
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.
CHRISTINA VALERI, MS
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.
PARVIN POURGHOMI, PHARM D, MS
I graduated from Springfield College in Boston, MA with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse. I also have a Doctorate Pharm D. in Pharmacy and Biology from Northeastern University. I grew up in Iran and moved to the United States as a child. In addition to English, I also speak Persian and conversational German.
I have gained experience over the past 15 years with individual, group and family therapy while utilizing treatment modalities such as Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Mindfulness Skills.
I have worked with mobile crisis in hospital Emergency Rooms throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire
using all related service delivery components for youth, adult and geriatric individuals. In addition, I have
provided a multitude of both time-limited and longer-term treatment for individuals, couples, families, and
groups using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities for psychiatric patients and disorders.
It takes strength and courage to reach out when you feel that you are struggling and begin the first steps
towards healing. My experience has taught me to view each person as an individual with various experiences
and to work with that individual whilst bearing in mind their distinct situation. I strive to create a safe, supportive
and welcoming environment, in which you can share your story and learn to utilize skills outside of session to
improve your overall mental health.
Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, meditation, hiking, cooking, baking, and spending time with my family and two cats!