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 Bebegal

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

Clinical Supervisor

Trainings Coordinator

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

RDT, Registered Drama Therapist

DBT Specialist

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. 

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.

Edward Freeman

617-924-1285

artrelief.edward@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor

Drama Therapist

I am a practicing drama therapist and graduate of Lesley University’s Expressive Therapies Division where I was co-founder of the Artistry in Theatre & Therapy Studio, recipient of a Minerva Research Grant, and editor of the Expressive Therapies Research Quarterly.  I remain involved with several research labs at Lesley and am devoted to curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation within the creative arts therapies and kinesthetically-oriented approaches to mental health counseling.

I am an actor and trained at HB Studio, the Studio/NY, the Lucid Body House, and the Mary Anthony Dance Studio, all in New York City.  My passion for and lifelong background in the theatre is what I bring to all the work I do, and I believe the craft is capable of transforming lives and fortifying resilience.  In the therapeutic process, I place emphasis on engaging with a person’s entire physical presence; finding spontaneity, ease, and safety in the body; playful imagination; creative storytelling; and the release of vocal and musculoskeletal tension in order to reveal and/or foster a person’s strengths and authentic self. 

I have worked with young people and their families as both a teacher and a mental health clinician and have trained in various acting and physical theatre techniques as well as the Alexander Technique and Fitzmaurice Voicework®.  I am certified in Toxic Stress Reduction & Compassion Care and am an endorsed practitioner of Rainbowdance©, an early-childhood development intervention.

Jessica MacLean Shekleton

617-924-1285

artrelief.jessica@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor

Board Certified Music Therapist

Neurologic Music Therapy

I am a music therapist with a dual master’s degree in music therapy and mental health counseling. My personal experience with music as a classically trained flutist and music teacher for all ages brought me to the music therapy field.

I use music as a way to help clients express, process, emote, and grow. I have extensive experience working as an early intervention music therapist and clinician. I also use music as a method of communication. I have worked in a Vietnamese orphanage, using music to create a sense of community. I am most experienced in working with children with developmental delays, anxiety, depression, and trauma backgrounds.

I graduated with a master’s degree in mental health counseling, trained in the expressive art therapies with a specialization in drama therapy. My training as a professional stage actor and improviser informs my emphasis on relaxation and grounding.

I have experience working with individuals across the age spectrum and in a variety of locales including inpatient recovery programs, residential centers, outpatient offices and client homes. I have served clients with behavioral needs, mood, anxiety and attention deficit disorders, schizophrenic disorders and bipolar disorders.

I use an assortment of art and drama therapy interventions so that each individual has space to discover the emotions and needs that their unique story brings. I provide a safe space of honor and respect for each individual to process what they find in their unique contribution to history."

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. 

I graduated with a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on expressive arts therapy.

I love exploring all of the different types of arts though I do have a personal preference for writing stories/poetry and music. I’ve loved to write stories and compose music since I was young. But I also have a lot of experience with play and art due to working with children and teenagers for almost all of my career, both in counseling and before counseling. My main experience working in the field has been in outpatient where I met with a variety of people from different ages and backgrounds. I have the most experience counseling others who have anxiety, depression, and trauma. 

Jonathan Nichols

617-924-1285

artrelief.jonathan@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Registered Drama Therapist

Kc Schuck

617-924-1285

artrelief.kc@gmail.com

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Registered Art Therapist

Sarah Morse

617-924-1285

artrelief.sarah@gmail.com

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Art Therapist

I am an art therapist and family therapist. I completed my clinical training in the San Francisco Bay Area and have experience working with clients across the lifespan in settings such as school districts, intensive outpatient clinics, adolescent inpatient units, and community based non profit organizations. Some of the issues I have helped clients with include depression, anxiety, transitions, complex trauma, psychosis, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and the unique challenges sometimes presented with parenting a child who has special needs. Using a trauma informed approach and attachment focused lens, I have found it to be my life work to understand how creative expression can increase our communication with others and enhance our ability to cope and heal. Additionally, it is my goal to decrease the stigma of mental health in our society and use art as a strategy to strengthen communities. Some expressive modalities I utilize with clients include but are not limited to visual arts, music, horticulture, dance, movement, and play. Using a friendly, gentle and strength-based demeanor I strive to help my clients find their inner “voice” and join them on their creative journey to wellness.

Michelle Vidal

617-924-1285

artrelief.michelle@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor

Expressive Art Therapist

Fluent in Spanish

I graduated with a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis on art therapy.

Shera Weintraub

617-924-1285
artrelief.shera@gmail.com

MA, Mental Health Counselor
Art Therapist