Dear potential clients: I have hand picked these clinicians based on ability to build rapport, educational background and variety of clinical specialties and personalities. A clinician is shaped by the developmental stages of their own life as well as personal experiences and we use this shaping as part of the matching process. This is a unique field in that life experience does inform the quality of clinical depth, types of clinical work that resonates with the provider and using this enhances our ability to provide top notch care. Our varied life experiences is a core strength of our group. I am blessed to have these wonderful professional, personable clinicians come along side me in this ministry of healing. We are a growing practice, we are not perfect, but we are progressing. (For example, we need people of color and cultural diversity on staff.) I think "progress, not perfection" is what this life is all about. Thank you for considering us as you look for help to make life a little easier for you and your loved ones. What I hope transmits as you view this web-site is that we truly care about you, the clinical work that we do, each other, and seeing our profession advance in best practices. We are here to be the positive change in the world. We start with ourselves and then transmit this change, one person, one family at a time. Leigh-Ann
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 Southeastern Mass. Leigh-Ann does all of the interviewing and hiring for Elevate Counseling Services, has written much of the content for this web-site and is available for public speaking at women's events related to motivational speaking or business development.
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 and 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 every developmental stage life, starting with 5 years old, to teens, adults and couples and families that may be struggling with any range of relational, emotional and psychological problems.
Leigh-Ann's perspective: Michael is such an asset to our team. He can work with virtually any client across the developmental and diagnostic spectrum. He is a great anchor and calming therapist and will settle the atmosphere in the room, able to calm a child (sometimes with drumming) and works well at building relationships within the family dyad.
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 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. Leigh-Ann's perspective: Meg is a planner and cares tremendously about her clients and what art project could help shift a person through the difficulties that they are experiencing. Meg is also a strong CBT therapist and has also helped staff better understand DBT and Mindfulness strategies that can be incorporated in session. When I think of Meg's work I think of "cutting edge" and versatile as she has tools that are transferable to either concrete or abstract thinkers.
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. Leigh-Ann's perspective: Erica's smile is infectious and her ability to build alliance with clients is consistent and effective. Erica has great insight over core issues that clients are looking to address and is able to fame treatment and goals in a seamlessly for clients so that there is a natural flow to the work that Erica is doing in the counseling relationship.
Allyson Balara - Site Supervisor, So. Middleboro
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. Leigh-Ann's Perspective: Allyson is joy-filled and passionate about the work that she is doing here at Elevate. Everyone from children, teens, adults, families and couples do well in Allyson's care. This, I believe, comes from her insight into meeting clients where they are at and the ability to integrate many tools gleaned through training in play therapy, couples work, working with teens with anxiety and depression. Allyson is always finding new resources to bring into the counseling room.
Ashley Luongo, LMHC, Site supervisor Bellingham
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. Leigh-Ann's perspective: Ashley has a 'down to Earth, presence and easily connects with others in an authentic way. Ashley has tremendous success building alliance with individuals and families and is committed to case consultation and utilizing the group practice model to find best practice solutions for all of her clients. I find Ashley to be insightful about her clients.
Kimberly Hollister, LMHC
Kimberly Hollister is an LMHC and LADC I with over 17 year and enjoys working with teens and adults that are desiring help with mood, relationship, grief or identity formation. She received a bachelor of sciences degree in business administration from Worcester State College and a master of arts degree in counseling psychology from Framingham Stage College. She has held her LMHC since December of 1978, and complete a certificate program in alcoholism and chemical dependency out of UMASS Boston. Being both an LMHC and LADC I she conducts mental health, dual diagnosis and substance use disorder treatments to help people help themselves. In her free time she enjoys all kinds of dancing, going for walks, hiking, gardening, swimming and donating her time to volunteer work. Leigh-Ann's perspective: Kim is warm and welcoming of her clients and it is easy to see why her client's enjoy working with Kim. She diligent in understanding her client's perspective and works tirelessly to find resources that can help her clients build their "toolbox" at home. Kim is a thinker and a writer and has contributed greatly to our blog page. Check out her resources there as well.
Lisa Montouri, LMHC
Lisa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her bachelor of arts in criminal justice and sociology from UMASS Boston in 2008, and her master of arts in clinical psychology from Bridgewater State University in 2013. She began her career working in a correctional setting then transitioned to inpatient substance abuse treatment, working with clients in need of detoxification and stabilization services. From there she has transitioned into private group practice with teens and adults who are seeking help for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, identity formation, grief and loss, substance use or relationship difficulties as individuals or through couples counseling. Her specialties include CBT, DBT and Mindfulness strategies. She enjoys reading and spending time outside with her dogs in her free time. Leigh-Ann's perspective: Lisa can build an alliance and connect with her clients like "nobody's business"' and this is the key to having a successful counseling experience. Lisa is passionate about her work and darn good at it! She as been a fabulous addition to our Elevate team and has contributed greatly to healing success stories.
Carole Beals, LICSW
Leigh-Ann's perspective: I love that Carole can work with any client age, diagnosis or family dyad is irrelevant. Carole is a seasoned clinician with a mild manner and encouraging presence. Carole has dedicated clients who are consistent and motivated to do the counseling work. For me, this translates that Carole is able to engage, keep her cient's on track and keep the work moving along. Great work Carole!
Kathleen Reid, LICSW
Mary Ellen Carlson, LMHC
Leigh-Ann's perspective: I originally hired Mary Ellen to help me, as I was new at running a group and she had run an agency. Her support has been fabulous, not only for me and my staff, but for the clients that she serves. Mary Ellen has a lot of wisdom to share and her clients always benefit from her insight, humor and confidence in the counseling room. We all benefit from this wise sage!