Therapists

Below you will find some information on each of our therapists. All of our staff are fully credentialed and licensed by the appropriate state boards. Keep in mind that if you are interested in receiving counseling with us, your first contact will be with our referral coordinator, who will work with you to find the best match between you and one of our therapists. This matching is based on several criteria, including your preference for a male or female therapist, areas of special expertise, who can take a specific insurance or HMO, hours of availability, and the available openings of each therapist.

To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please call (978) 664-2566 and press “2″ at the prompt to speak to the referral coordinator.

Donna Whipple

Psy.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist, a licensed mental health counselor and a health service provider with almost 30 years of treatment and management experience. I have served as a clinical director and director of psychological testing for 3 large agencies, as well as having served as the director of several other clinical programs.  Currently, I am the Co-Director of Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading and Amesbury.  This is a practice that I started with Rick Kaufman, LICSW in 1990.  Most of what I do now is oversee programs, program development and consult with the 19 therapists we have on staff.  I maintain a small to medium caseload of clients.

I have a great deal of experience in the field of psychological testing, teaching, supervision, medical psychology, PTSD treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.  Two groups of clients that I currently work with the most are adolescents and adults with traumatic experiences.  I also work a lot with couples.  I have interned in 3 VA hospitals and understand the dynamics of veterans and their families.  I have an extensive background in testing and working with children but largely consult to child therapists at this time.  Currently, I am working on developing expertise in the treatment of sleep disorders.

I am an instructor and the coordinator for our parent education program.  This is a court ordered educational program for divorcing parents.  It is psychoeducational in nature and designed to help families cope better with divorce.

Richard Kaufman

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and I received my MSW from Simmons School for Social Work in 1980.  Prior to that, I received my BA in Psychology from Hampshire College in 1978.

As Co-Director of Psychotherapy Associates, I oversee all aspects of the practice, along with Donna Whipple.  Prior to this I was the Clinical Director and Associate Executive Director of Associates for Human Services, a large clinic in Taunton Mass.

Earlier in my career, I worked in adoption, and then went on to work with adults and adolescents with more serious mental health issues in a therapeutic school, psychiatric day treatment, and outpatient mental health settings.

Donna and I founded Psychotherapy Associates in 1990, and this soon became my full time job.    I work with adolescents, adults and couples, addressing issues such as anxiety, depression and relationship issues.

My original training was psychodynamic, and since then I have trained extensively in the Cognitive Behavioral Treatment model.  I also bring aspects of DBT and ACT into my work.  The approach I take in any particular case is tailored to your needs.  I usually take an eclectic approach, drawing on several schools of thought, but I’m primarily a Cognitive Behavioral therapist.

I enjoy working with people on exploring destructive patterns in their lives and relationships, working with them to determine where in their past these issues come from, and sorting out how they can make changes in these patterns.

Carol Meuse

Referral and Billing Coordinator

I am one of two intake coordinators at PANR. I may be your initial point of contact when you call for an initial appointment. I enjoy helping you find the best match for them in our practice after hearing a brief description of the issues you are seeking help for. I have been at PANR for over 4 years and know the therapists and their specialties well. Prior to coming to PANR, I have done billing in a variety of medical offices including such specialties as dermatology, dental, optometry and audiology.

I graduated from Boston University with a BA in psychology and am certified in Billing and Coding by American Training Inc.

Nancy Pelmas

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I received my BA from Wesleyan University in 1987 and my Masters in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 1992. My training included internships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in Adult Psychiatry at Cambridge Hospital. After receiving my MSW, I worked with adolescents at what was then Boston City Hospital (now called Boston Medical Center). I then spent several years as a family therapist at Franciscan Children’s Hospital.

I joined the staff at PANR in 2006, and since then have continued to enjoy working with children and adolescents, but have also expanded my training and practice to specialize in working with individual adults and with couples.

Many clients come to me feeling overwhelmed, anxious or stressed by the challenges in their lives. Sometimes they feel as though they “have everything they could want” but still don’t feel happy or relaxed. Perhaps they feel anxious, or lacking in energy and optimism. They may be looking in the wrong places in search of comfort or stress relief. Together we find new ways to discover greater happiness and a sense of inner peace, either through building relationships, developing new interests or self-care techniques, working towards long-sought after goals or simply seeing life and loved ones with a new perspective.

I use an eclectic approach, individualizing my style of working to meet the needs of my clients. I integrate methods that include traditional, insight oriented “talk therapy”, cognitive behavioral tools and stress reduction techniques. I work holistically, helping my clients to improve all aspects of their lives and relationships; setting goals with clients and supporting them as they make life-style changes. Whatever brings you to therapy, my role is to listen to your thoughts and feelings with sensitivity, understanding and unconditional compassion. I believe that working with my clients is an honor and a privilege, and I see therapy as a joint venture; one which we share together.

Jessica Jenkins

LMHC

I am a licensed mental health counselor who studied at Lesley University, where I offered peer support through tutoring at the Center for Academic Achievement. A lifetime member of Psi Chi with over 10 years experience in the mental health field, I provide a holistic and eclectic approach to counseling. My strengths are in assisting clients to see their innate value, untwist negative thought patterns that have been internalized about self, others and the world, adopt an inner locus of control and to live more fully in the here and now.

I walk beside you as you allow yourself to get back in touch with who you are, your true potential, what you need & deserve as you discover your personal truth, identity and voice. I utilize person-centered CBT, DBT, inner child work, motivational interviewing, family dynamic work, expressive and play therapies, mindfulness and self-compassion. I specialize in anxiety disorders, low self-esteem, assertiveness training, depression, mood disorders, anger management, trauma, co-occurring substance abuse and improving parent/child communication.

My experience lies in working with adults with major mental illness as a Clinical Coordinator on an interdisciplinary team providing outreach to adults with chronic mental illness in the community; providing outreach to at risk children and families as an In Home Therapy Clinician through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative; providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and adults; therapeutic mentoring; group work; collaboration with schools, treatment facilities and community agencies.

The light in me honors and reflects the light in you. ~ Namaste.”

Robert Johnston

LICSW

I am deeply curious about human relationships and the conditions necessary for repair.  For many years, I worked with seriously disturbed teens and their families in inpatient, group care and alternative school settings.  I appreciate what emotional distress looks like in relationships as well as the various interpersonal, experiential and treatment interventions that effectively promote healing.  My wife and I have raised two children who are now self-actualized adults with successful careers.  I know first hand what relationship closeness, conflict and repair feel and look like as a man, father and husband.  Making no claim to be perfect, I have endeavored to learn from my relationship mistakes as well of those I have observed practiced by others.

Throughout my career, I have been a student of psychodynamic and systems treatment models.  I am currently attending The Relational Life Institute working with Terry Real and specializing in couples treatment issues.  I think of my clinical style as a combination of coach, mentor and fellow life traveler committed to advancing individual and relationship change for people seeking to improve their quality of life.  My current caseload includes adolescents, adults, families and couples.

Educational Experience

My first graduate training in psychology and social work was at Glasgow University in Scotland where I met my wife. We lived and worked in Scotland for several years.  Returning to the USA, I attended Smith College where I earned an MSW.  Relevant post-graduate experiences include intensive training at The Family Institute of Cambridge treating family systems, several Solution Focused therapy workshops with Insu Kim Berg, Brief Systemic Family Therapy from faculty at the University of Miami and several months of consultation and supervision with Sal Minuchin (Structural Family Therapy).  I also value my experiential education training at Project Adventure in group and family activity-based therapeutic interventions.  I have trained extensively in The Sanctuary Model  (therapeutic milieu) and SITCAP (a sensory-based trauma treatment therapy).

Elizabeth Graham

LICSW

My name is Beth and I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.  I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY in 2005, where I participated in a research study on communication styles between adolescents and parents and volunteered with the rape and crisis counseling center.  In between college and graduate school I participated in AmeriCorps program working as a mileu aide at a day treatment center for preschool and elementary age children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic in Los Angeles, CA.  I received my Master of Social Work from New York University in New York City.  I did my first internship at Beth Israel Medical Center providing community based support services to the chronic and persistently mentally ill adult population.  My second internship was completed at the Grand Street Settlement House where I provided individual and group play therapy for pre-school age children and ran a support group for mothers.  I relocated to Boston post-graduation and worked in Early Intervention at South Shore Mental Health for 4 years and as a clinician for In Home Therapy, part of the Children’s Behavior Health Initiative, at Lahey Health and Behavioral Services until my present employment at PANR.  At PANR I focus mainly on individual children, adolescents, and adults, and families.

I have an eclectic approach stemming from the theory that each client I meet is a unique individual. I believe in starting where the “client” is at by identifying the client’s phase of life, presenting problem, history, and resources (strengths and weaknesses), and using them to facilitate change.  The relationship between client and therapist is crucial to a positive outcome for clients.  The beginning of treatment focuses on building relationship, and moves into skill building (practice), using skills (implementation), and fine tuning for success.  How this is done is determined by the interests, strengths, and energy brought to the room.  My ultimate goal is to be supportive, objective, and aid in needed change to make my clients feel more successful in their ability to navigate through life’s challenges.  I often bring in elements from different psychological schools of thought including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, motivational interviewing and expressive therapies.

Jim Morin

LMHC

As a psychotherapist, I work with a wide variety ages from children through adults, and in a range of circumstances from individuals to couples and families.  My formal credential is as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and I earned my counseling degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  In addition, I have always been interested in a psychodynamic perspective on human behavior, and completed two years of post graduate fellowship training with the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Over the course of the past year I have begun to specialize in couples counseling.  I am currently enrolled in the Basic Training Program of Imago Relationship Therapy.  Over the course of the next year I hope to become a certified Imago Relationship Therapist.  Developed by Harville Hendrix, Imago Relationship Therapy (www.imagorelationships.org) facilitates a process of open communication in which safety and connection are enhanced, and childhood wounds, which severely complicate our relationships, given an opportunity to heal in relationship.

Also, for the past ten years I have worked with men who have been unable to be effective and supportive partners in their primary relationships because of mismanaged anger or a desire to control their partner’s behavior.  In this work I employ a cognitive behavioral approach to helping men more accurately consider their options, and make choices to behave in a responsible and respectful manner.  My involvement with abusive men has given me a valuable perspective for my work with individuals and couples.

My work with adults spans a wide variety of issues from depression and anxiety to substance abuse and addiction, from intimacy to workplace behavior, and from communication and problem solving skills to stress management and relaxation.  My work with older adolescents and children often is concerned with school and family adjustment, particularly adjustment to challenging living situations after divorce.

I entered the mental health filed as a second career following my first professional interest as a teacher and educator.  I have taught from the college to the preschool level.  My undergraduate and graduate degrees in education were earned at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Much of my education career was devoted to the provision of high quality early childhood education in multi-cultural university settings.  For many years I worked with young children and their parents, both as a teacher and a program director.  I was always drawn to children who struggled to adapt to the expectations of school and home, and to the parents and caregivers who tried to help them.  About half of my current work is with children and families, for which my early work with young children has been an invaluable preparation.

Outside of work, I am active in my community in anti-violence work around issues of bullying and domestic violence.  I find much of my recreation in nature, and enjoy skiing and tennis whenever I can.  My self-care includes regular visits to the gym, and my ongoing commitment to learning to play the violin.

Kristen Valente

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker earning my Masters of Social Work from Boston University. Along with my clinical skills, I have education, experience and training in early childhood education, providing a strong framework of child development. I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in settings such as: schools, substance abuse programs, specialized child care programs, and community mental health practice. I have background working with children and adolescents with special needs, as I have directed a therapeutic child care and afterschool program.

I am a certified trainer in Suicide Prevention and Dr. Brazelton’s Touchpoints child development model. My specialty is in play therapy, using this technique to allow children and adolescents to express themselves. Play therapy meets and accepts each child where he or she is at in life while providing support to promote personal development and to facilitate each child’s capacity to be healthy. Family sessions are offered to promote positive parent-child communication and relationships, offering parenting education and support as needed.

My areas of focus and strength include: early childhood issues, anxiety, Autism disorder, behavioral problems, depression, sibling difficulties, domestic violence, and trauma. I have experience working with children from homes where parents are struggling with substance abuse.

Lisa Martelli

LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I received my Masters degree in Social Work at Boston College in 1987. I have also received my certification through International Coach Federation as a Personal and Professional Coach. As a psychotherapist, my empowering, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and results driven approach has helped people change their behavior, alleviate symptoms and improve their life situation. My career includes training and supervising staff, developing organizational programs, teaching courses at nearby colleges and presenting numerous workshops on specialty areas to professional colleagues and various groups. I work primarily with adolescents, adults and couples. My specialties include marital/relationship issues, anxiety/stress management, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, loss, trauma, along with adolescent anxiety, behavioral problems and self-esteem issues.

Carole Davidson

LMHC

Cheryl Kronhaus

LICSW

Andrea Thompson

LICSW

Vanessa David

Referral Coordinator

I am one of two intake coordinators at PANR. I may be your initial point of contact when you call for an initial appointment. I enjoy helping you find the best match for you in our practice after hearing a brief description of the issues you are seeking help for. I sit at the front desk and enjoy greeting our clients.

I have been at PANR for 10 years. In addition to being the referral coordinator I manage the front desk workers as well as assist the therapists in a range of administrative functions.

I coordinate the schedule and registration for the parent education program. I am bilingual English/Spanish and assist a number of our Spanish speaking clients with registration for our program.