ELEVATE COUNSELING STAFF
Leigh-Ann graduated from Bridgewater State College in 2005 with a Masters Degree in Education, specializing in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to this, she had received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Health Promotion. Leigh-Ann has worked as adjunct professor in counselor education and as a clinical supervisor in community mental health as well as in private practice. Leigh-Ann has mentored several Mental Health Counselors that have successfully begun their own private practices in Southstern Mass.
Michael Burroughs graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2006 with a Master’s Degree in Family Therapy. His course of study was motivated by a heart for youth work and helping caregivers to parent in as healthy and effective a manner possible. Michael’s professional career prior to counseling involved six years in the juvenile counseling system, teaching at a charter school, running youth programs. Support groups and working to nurture and encourage adolescents in a variety of other capacities. He takes a faith-based, philosophical and emotional-focused approach to therapy. He enjoys working with couples and families as well as individuals who may be struggling with any range of emotional and psychological problems. Michael also works on our interventionist team.
Megan O’Toole, LMHC - Clinical Supervisor-Human Rights Officer
Meghan O’Toole received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Therapies from Lesley University in 2010. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and a Registered Art Therapist. Meghan has experience working in in residential, home & community settings as well as in private practice. She has worked with individuals and groups diagnosed with depression, anxiety, mood-disorders, PTSD and substance abuse with ages children through elderly. Meghan enjoys outdoor activities and traveling. She finds inspiration from the clients she works with and enjoys helping her clients make progress towards personal achievements.
Erica Renaud is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s Degree at Boston University. Erica has over 10 years of experience working in multiple settings which include outpatient centers, homes and schools. She works with adults and couples at Elevate Counseling. Erica’s areas of expertise include: depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness and adjustment issues. As a strength based therapist, Erica provides a non-judgement environment that allows clients to recognize and achieve their own potential. Her warm and easy going style provides a comfortable and effective counseling experience.
Allyson Balara - School Liason
Allyson Balara graduated from the University of New Orleans in 2008 with a Master’s in Counselor Education specializing in school counseling. Previously, Allyson attended Bridgewater State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Allyson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with children and adolescents as well as their families. She has experience working with individuals and families around anxiety, depression, and trauma. Allyson has worked in the outpatient mental health setting and the community offering outreach and supervising other clinicians. She has also worked in the school setting assisting children and teens with academic and social challenges. Allyson offers children the opportunity to learn the skills and tools needed to manage their thoughts, emotions and behaviors as they develop in order to gain better understanding of themselves, self-confidence and emotional regulation. Allyson works closely with parents to assist with parent child relationship and enhance the overall family dynamic.
Ashley Luongo, LMHC
Ashley received a Bachelors in Psychology in 2008 from Curry College. She then went on to Assumption College to pursue her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in CBT and she graduated in 2011. Ashley has been an in home therapist for five years working with children, teens, young adults and families. In 2015 she began working in a mental health outpatient clinic. Ashley enjoys working with teenagers and young adults with anxiety, depression and mood disturbance. Additionally, she enjoys working with couples utilizing psychoeducation and CBT to strengthen communication and relationship skills. Her favorite quote is, “There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so” as said by Shakespeare.