OUR THERAPISTS

I am a Clinical Social Worker informed by DIR (the Developmental, Individual-differences, & Relationship-based foundational framework for understanding human development). I have experience supporting children and families of various ages and stages with the challenges associated with the symptoms of sensory processing and regulation, ADHD, presentations of ASD, emotional and behavioral difficulties, trauma, anxiety, and related parenting issues. Joining the client where they are, with a strengths-based perspective, we work to identify, explore, and process affective internal states, develop social-emotional aptitudes, and nurturing pro-social cognitive narratives.

Amy Berbegal

617-924-1285

artrelief.amy@gmail.com

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

DESE, Certified School Adjustment Counselor

Rachel Castleberry

617-924-1285

artrelief.rachel@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

RDT, Registered Drama Therapist

Amelia Crawford

617-924-1285

artrelief.amelia@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor

Certified Expressive Arts Therapist

Piano Instructor

I received a masters degree in mental health counseling and intermodal expressive arts therapy in 2012. My artistic background is in music, as a teacher and performer. I have studied extensively in the field of West African and Haitian folkloric dance. I also have years of experience working in jewelry design and production, including metallurgy, stone inlay and bead work.

As an intermodal expressive arts therapist, I use a range of artistic modalities in working with clients, including music, dance, visual and fabric arts, as well as writing, play, and talk therapy. Meditation techniques, dialectical behavioral therapy and a client centered,trauma informed approach are also strong components in my therapeutic work.

In the last ten years, I have worked with both children and adults in a variety of settings, who have experienced many destabilizing events, to include: disrupted placement in the family home due to involvement with foster care and residential programming, addiction, homelessness, complications from complex trauma and mental health diagnoses, and involvement in the juvenile and adult legal system.  

In an effort to ameliorate the distressful remnants of such destabilizing events, I use drama therapy with a primary focus on empathy, humor, cultural humility, and strengths-based feedback and support. My aim being to help people detach from maladaptive repeating patterns, and increase self-assurance in the ability to cope with life on life's terms. 

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist, as well as an Art and Mindfullness Facilitator. I have been fortunate in being able to fuse my love of art and my passion for psychology by becoming an art therapist. Through my work as a clinician, I have been able to combine visual arts with current therapies to promote emotional stability, insight, healing and growth. I am curious about the possibilities these techniques might offer in fields beyond mental health, such as education, industry, and social services.

Marissa Katz Bellani

617-924-1285

artrelief.marissa@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor

Music Therapist

Kc Schuck

617-924-1285

artrelief.kc@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Registered Art Therapist

I am both a Registered Art Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and worked for several years within the community as an In Home Therapist. I use creative expression in tandem with clinical assessment and treatment as a way to provide support in the work towards personal growth. My passion lies in using art making as a personalized process to explore and understand how emotions and life experiences impact our day to day lives, as I believe visual images can communicate powerful insight into our own challenges and strengths. I have used a wide array of art styles and materials over the years and encourage exploration of creative materials to support healthy self care and personal growth. My experiences lie in using cognitive-behavioral skills, as well as being trained in trauma informed practices to focus on the person as a whole, including individual strengths to support this ever growing process of understanding one's self. 

For the past five years I have been working as a music therapist in the Boston area with children and adults across the lifespan. My interest in multiculturally informed practices grew out of a diverse cultural upbringing in Hawaii. I grew up learning German and Japanese as well as singing, piano, violin, various visual arts, drama, hula and ballroom dance. I have a Masters of Arts specializing in Music Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Currently I use voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele in my practice. I have experience working with children and adolescents with special needs, adults in hospice, as well as with families and individuals in intensive in-home and outpatient levels of care. When working with people in any setting, I strive to meet each individual where they are coming from, in music and in life, to inform the process of assessment and treatment so that each client may reach their goals of mental, physical, spiritual, social, or psychological health. 

Susan Dahl

617-924-1285

artrelief.susan@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Registered Art Therapist

Art and Mindfullness Facilitator

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