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Located in Acton, MA and serving clients in the Metrowest area, MBHC is a mental health center with expertise in general mental health, psychological trauma, teen wellness, teen substance abuse and parenting consultation.
Acton, MA 02446
Intake Phone Number: (978) 264-3553
MBHC takes pride in the quality of care provided to each client in our inviting office space. Our commitment to providing the most innovative and effective evidence-based treatments tailored to the specific needs and strengths of each client we serve makes us unique.
We offer extensive outpatient services and intervention methods to meet the needs of children/adolescents, adults, and families dealing with a range of behavioral health conditions. MBHC provides individual and family therapy, parent education, training, and coaching, and consultation to practitioners and agencies. Our clinicians have extensive training and experience in a variety of specialized treatment modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), sensory motor-based approaches to regulation, Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC), and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy-Adaptations (PCIT-A). In addition, we provide comprehensive assessment services, including trauma evaluations for children and adults, IQ and psychoeducational testing, ADHD and Learning Disability evaluations, and psychological and neuropsychological testing.
Jamie Wood Chiarelli, LICSW is the Program Director at MBHC. Prior to earning her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College, she worked in Child Protective and Adoption Services in Chicago, IL. Ms. Chiarelli has worked in therapeutic middle and high school, residential, and outpatient mental health settings. Her work and training has focused on providing trauma-informed therapy services to children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Ms. Chiarelli incorporates various evidenced-based and trauma-specific approaches into her work including ARC, CBT, DBT, Collaborative Problem Solving, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, SMART, and PCIT-A. She is also experienced in working with children, adolescents, and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse struggles.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: ARC, CBT, SMART, EMDR (Level II), ACRA/ACC, DBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT
Suzanne Allen, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Memphis and completed her internship at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, in Worcester, MA. She has worked for over 25 years in various community settings with children and families who have experienced trauma, particularly around adoption and attachment issues and the impact on physical, family and social functioning. She takes a multi-faceted approach to intervention. Dr. Allen has received training in many different approaches to treating families affected by trauma including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes, Ph.D.) and Internal Family Systems (Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.) and incorporates these tools in her work.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: Treatment of Dissociation, Pathways to Permanency. TF-CBT
Kristina Donahue, LICSW is an Assistant Clinical Director and Staff Clinician at MBHC and Clinical Intake Coordinator at the Trauma Center. She earned her MSW from Simmons College and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and families, particularly those who have been affected by trauma, complex mental health issues, and learning challenges. Prior to joining MBHC, Ms. Donahue worked for over five years as a clinician in a therapeutic day school where she worked directly with students providing individual therapy, crisis management, animal-assisted therapy, parent/care-giver consultation, and facilitating parent/care-giver support. Additionally, Ms. Donahue is experienced in providing both outreach and in-home therapy services to children, youth and families. She has completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies and has specific interests in trauma-informed approaches including SMART and ARC.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, EMDR Level II
Susan Lerner, MSW, LICSW is the Director of Clinical Services at MBHC. She works with children, families, adolescents, and adults whose lives have been impacted by trauma. Ms. Lerner is trained in EMDR, AEDP and Sensory Motor Psychotherapy and integrates these approaches in her work with clients. In addition, Ms. Lerner provides parent consultation, training, and coaching. Using several evidenced-based therapies focusing on increasing attachment through increased attunement in her work with parents, Ms. Lerner's focus is on helping families understand each other and strengthen their ability to connect, accept one another and develop a sense of playfulness. She received her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 1988 and is committed to ongoing training in trauma, attachment, dissociation and parenting issues.
Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, P2P, SMART, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)
Jennifer Moore, M.A., LMHC is a staff clinician and supervisor at MBHC who has worked with children, adolescents and families impacted by trauma. She received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Saint Michaels College in 2013. Her interests include attachment-based therapies for young children and caregivers, the impact of complex and multigenerational trauma, and differential diagnosis around the impact of chronic interpersonal trauma and other pathologies of childhood.
Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: EMDR, SMART, ARC, Sand Play, Trauma/sexual abuse evaluations, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level 1)
Kara Wetzel, LMHC, MT-BC, REAT is a Staff Clinician, Expressive Arts Therapist, Board-Certified Music Therapist at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center in Acton. Ms. Wetzel received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies from Lesley University and has also pursued post-graduate studies at Anna Maria College in their Institute for Music Consciousness. Ms. Wetzel has a great passion for the arts as well as mindfulness and meditation and incorporates this expertise into her work at MBHC. Her professional experience includes work in schools, hospitals, outpatient and residential facilities such as Germaine Lawrence in Arlington and McLean Hospital in Belmont. Ms. Wetzel has worked with clients of all ages, facing a broad spectrum of diagnoses utilizing an eclectic, client-centered approach.
Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Expressive Arts Therapy, ARC, Pathways to Permanency, Meditation/Mindfulness, Social Skills Training, Music Therapy, EMDR Level II
Andrea Kamins, MSW/LCSW is a Staff Clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She works with children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by trauma. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Ms. Kamins worked as an educator and professional development specialist in afterschool programs throughout New York City. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan, where she later worked in the Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Social Work Fellow in the Women and Infants Mental Health Clinic and the Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Ms. Kamins uses an attachment-informed approach in her work with both youth and adults. Her clinical interests include complex trauma and dissociation, attachment-based therapies, mindfulness, and body-oriented approaches to the treatment of trauma.
Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: ARC, Meditation/Mindfulness, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1, DBT/CBT, Performance Enhancement/Life Coaching, SMART
Allison Gold, MSW, LCSW, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. Before graduate school, she worked with adolescents and adults in a residential eating disorder treatment center. Ms. Gold also has experience providing individual and group therapy in an outpatient setting to clients with complex trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use issues. Her interests include mindfulness, meditation, and Internal Family Systems, which she integrates into her clinical work. Ms. Gold values building strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and is committed to continuous training in trauma-informed approaches.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: SMART, ARC, TF-CBT
Katherine Hurley, MSW, LCSW, is a Staff Clinician at MBHC. Katherine holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, where she studied clinical practice and program management. She has experience in providing individual, group, and family therapy for youth and adults from a wide range of backgrounds. Previously, Katherine worked in refugee resettlement; school settings; and counseling programs for immigrant survivors of torture, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Her professional interests include mind-body approaches for healing trauma, relationship-based therapy models, and cross-cultural issues in counseling.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: TF-CBT, CBT for pain, Mind-body approaches, Domestic Violence Advocacy, Chronic Pain Treatment, Refugee Popplulation, SMART
Kimberly Hula, LCSW, is a staff clinician at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She completed her Masters in Social Work from Boston University in 2017, during which she acted as a student ambassador for the National Association of Social Work. Ms. Hula has clinical experience working with children, families, and adults in individual and group settings, with a focus on self-empowerment, via strengthening clients’ personal and communal narratives. Her interests include social and racial justice, criminal justice diversion, cross-cultural communication, narrative identification, mind-body approaches, and strength-based empowerment. She has recent experience working in child and family bereavement, outpatient psychotherapy, and within the criminal justice system. Ms. Hula deeply believes in the power and centrality of human relationships and the values of ethics of the social work profession.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: TF-CBT, Expressive Arts, Mind-body approaches, Bereavement/Grief Work, SMART
Cristina Tono, LCSW is a Spanish speaking and bicultural Staff Clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She also works with the Trauma Center’s Project REACH, a national anti-human trafficking program that offers direct services, technical assistance, and training to cross-discipline professionals. Cristina obtained her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. She has clinical experience working with survivors of violence with complex trauma in school and medical settings. She has also received advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Cristina’s particular clinical interests include dissociative parts work, body-based and cross-cultural therapeutic interventions.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: ARC, EMDR I, Mind-body approaches, Cross-cultural Therapeutic Interventions
Addeline LCSW, is a Staff Clinician at Metrowest Behavioral Health Center who works with individuals in a wide age range who are affected by their experiences in many complex ways. She is passionate about working alongside people in the therapy space to develop and enhance capacities for recovery, healing, and self-exploration. She received her undergraduate double major degree in Counseling and Global Studies from Lesley University and Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. Prior to receiving her graduate degree she worked at a residential program for homeless young adults in Boston. She also has experience working with youth in community based outpatient treatment in Watertown as well as in an integrated community health center, Fenway Health, gaining specialized experience with clients in the LGBTQIA+ community. Her interests include relationship and attachment based approaches, parts work, and mind-body techniques used in healing from trauma.
Specialized Services provided at MBHC: ARC, IFS-informed, Mind-body approaches
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Sensory Motor Arousal regulation Therapy (SMART)
- Expressive Art Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
- Structured Approaches to the Treatment of Clinical Dissociation, including Internal Family Systems (IFS)
- Yoga Services
- Social Skills Training
- Attachment, Self-regulation, & Competency (ARC)
- Parent-Child Interaction Therapy - Adaptations (PCIT-A)
- Sandtray Therapy
- Pathways to Permanency (P2P) Parent Consultation
Trauma Center Metrowest provides comprehensive outpatient treatment and evaluation services to children/adolescents, families, and adults impacted by trauma and adversity.
Pathways to Permanency (P2P) provides caregiver consultation for foster, pre/post-adoptive, or kinship caregivers to help support them in parenting a child with a history of trauma.
VOCA provides select free-care, trauma-focused services to eligible victims of crime and their significant others.
Teen Wellness Program supports teens and young adults through their high school and college years, teaching life-long skills to manage stressors and helping teens thrive in all aspects of their lives. Substance abuse services for teens also available.
Parenting Pathways consults with parents of children of all ages and uses evidence-based therapies to support parents in managing their children’s challenging developmental stages, behaviors and/or temperaments and learning effective parenting strategies.
To learn more about the Center or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Clinical Intake Line at (978) 264-3553. Accepted methods of payment (may vary by type of service) include: Masshealth plans including Beacon, Tufts Together and Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP): Beacon Commercial Insurance, including BMC, NHP, Fallon (non-Masshealth); Victim Compensation Fund; assistance with PPO reimbursement; and self-pay. Some services (including trauma evaluations and Pathways to Permanency) are provided through our contract with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).