Meet Our Practitioners

Diana Dugan Richards, RDN LDN, nutrition therapist

Connect...Align...Nourish

Since 2007, as a metro Boston registered dietitian, certified IFS practitioner and non-diet, weight-neutral nutrition and yoga therapist, I’ve offered one-on-one nutrition counseling and yoga consulting to those searching for relief in their relationship with food and body.

In my private practice in Watertown, MA, you and I partner on your journey toward nourishing your body in a way that makes sense, feels respectful, and honors your metabolic needs. Together, we create a sturdy foundation of hope using your rich history and experience along with my expertise in understanding the pulsation of emotions involved as you create change in your relationship with food.

As a certified IFS practitioner and nutrition therapist, I hold the space for you of compassion, clarity, and curiosity for your inquiry. I follow your lead to provide a framework that empowers you to find your path, one that allows you to shift in ways that align with your own authentic truth and deep longings. You have unique qualities that can enhance optimal health and wellness and we work toward healing within to allow those to shine. With support, in steady, small steps, you begin to heal and transform your relationship with food.

For more info about the process, visit my website.

Services Provided

  • Individual nutrition counseling
  • Individual and small group yoga instruction (therapeutic yoga offered)
  • Half and full-day Yoga for Mindful Eating workshops (check website under Events for specifics)
  • Two-day Intro to IFS workshops for eating disorder professionals with special emphasis for registered dietitians (see website under Events for specifics)

Areas of Expertise

  • Dysfunctional and disordered eating, binge eating disorder, compulsive overeating, bulimia nervosa, food addiction (professional member of MEDA Inc.)
  • Digestive health (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation/diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, gluten sensitivity)
  • Vegetarian and vegan eating expertise
  • Intuitive, non-diet and mindful eating

Contact Me

Hours of Service

Monday – Thursday by appointment (http://www.meetme.so/NamasteNutrition)

Rates

Health insurance companies you may be able to use for nutrition consultations:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Aetna
  • Cigna

For private pay clients please email me for rate information.

All sessions are 1-hour. Please use the link below to request an initial consultation.

Vivian Garcia

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in working with adults who are interested in doing the internal work needed to become their authentic selves. I am particularly interested in working with women’s issues, mindfulness, sexuality and gender identity, and spiritual exploration and development. I would be honored to be part of your healing journey as we work collaboratively to address the emotional layers that hold you back and block your self expression.
I was trained using a person-centered approach and integrate Internal Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Mind-Body modalities. My eclectic approach supports clients in learning how to be present with their internal experiences, develop internal resources to alleviate distress, discover aspects of personal identity, and increase compassion for self and others.
By creating a safe and nurturing space, I guide clients towards discovering what nourishes them physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. My warm, direct approach focuses on helping clients appreciate their bodies, find their voice, express themselves in healthy empowering ways, heal traumatic experiences, and step into their authentic selves.

 

Services Provided

Individual psychotherapy

Areas of Expertise

Anxiety
Depression
Eating Disorders
Relationship Issues
Self Worth
Sexuality
Spirituality
Trauma/PTSD

Contact Me

781-502-6646

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Hours of Service

Monday through Friday

Rates

Average Cost (per session): $130 – $150 cash or check

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) insurance plans accepted

 

Jean Charette LMHC

Sometimes life just gets in the way of remembering our true nature. I like helping people find their inner core—so they know who they are and are able to express themselves freely.

Life is not always easy, but there is a ground of truth that sustains and supports us when we know who we are. Old stories often hurt and pain informs what we see and what we do. Therapy can help us pause—taking note of when the story gets in the way of being present. Therapy can honor all the good work your internal system has done to get you here. Therapy can help unlock/unburden those places that came into being to guarantee your survival.

Together we can understand your current distress by seeing the wisdom of symptoms as your internal protection. Through therapy this wisdom can be better understood and integrated. Through an inquiry/discovery process we can work together to transform old habits and transform your life.

 

Services Provided

Individual appointments for adolescents, adults & couples.

Areas of Expertise

As a practicing psychotherapist for 20+ years, my roots are in Family Therapy and various forms of Active Imagination. I am trained in Internal Family Systems and am a Trauma-Informed therapist. Personally, I work deeply to understand yoga philosophy. In all these modalities and paradigms there is a common thread of respect for the integrity and wholeness of the individual, couple or family. I love the sense of mystery that goes with exploring the gap between where you have been and where you think you ought to be. I work to help bring awareness to the parts of you that have worked so hard to help you to survive but that are now blocking your growth.

I enjoy doing working with Teenagers, Adults and Couples. I have a clinical interest in Trauma.

Contact Me

617-721-1617

Hours of Service

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Rates

Insurances accepted:

  • BCBS
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Tufts

Self pay rate: $150

 

Gail Charpentier, Counselor, MA, LMHC

I’ve been a practicing psychotherapist for 27 years. I am a parent. I consider myself privileged to serve people as a therapist. Psychotherapy works best with clients who want to work toward change to meet their goals.
I look forward to receiving calls from interested people to answer questions related to my work, and for you to get a sense, as well as phones allow, as to whether you want to work with me.

Services Provided

Individual and couples therapy for adults, LGBTQ welcome.

Areas of Expertise

Depression, anxiety, pregnancy loss, alcohol and drug problems, families of alcoholics and drug-using individuals, relationship issues, interpersonal and communication skills, assertiveness, family issues, employment related issues, and PTSD.
Internal Family Systems Psychotherapy and Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy.

Contact Me

617-599-7943

Hours of Service

Thursdays

Rates

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Out of Network

Private pay fee $125 and Sliding Scale for those with financial restrictions.

Barbara Ferullo

You didn’t “choose” to be unhappy. It probably started with something you couldn’t control, and now you’re still trying to cope with it the best way you can. It can help to talk with someone. My style is conversational, natural, and relaxed. I try to put things in a way that resonates with you, so you can start to connect the dots.
I’m usually described as warm, reassuring, down to earth, and having a calming voice. I have a natural give and take conversational style, so people comment that they don’t feel “talked down to.” I also have a knack for being able to put things in a way that the person can relate to, which resonates with them.
We often talk about the past, in part to find the root of the problem. Most people prefer this, saying they never had the opportunity to so before. Sometimes it’s not necessary or someone prefers not to. Research shows it’s not necessary in order to lead a satisfying life and primarily, we focus on the present.

Easy, back-and-forth conversational exchanges. I’m trained in psychodynamic (traditional, Freudian) and trauma modalities. Relaxation, mindfulness, reality and strategizing techniques help you relax, take a step back, and get some control over your life. These techniques can help you be less stressed-out and fearful.

You can discover the root causes of your difficulties and develop deeper understanding of them, while you develop new ways to handle them at the same time. This remains with you for the rest of your life. It can be “the gift that keeps on giving”. Give yourself that gift.

Services Provided

I do individual adult therapy and use psychodynamic (traditional/Freudian – the same type as what you see on TV and in the movies), psychoeducational and reality approaches, strategic planning, grounding techniques, relaxation techniques such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), visualization, and holistic approaches such as meditation.

 

Areas of Expertise

I treat adults with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, and trauma, including work-life balance, life transitions, changing jobs, aging, divorce, stress management, panic attacks, poor self-esteem, and difficulty being self-assertive.

 

Contact Me

Rates

Self pay rates: $130 – $150

Cash or check only.

 

Kay M. Johnson, LICSW, LCSW-R

A little about me…

I obtained a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University twenty-five years ago and began my practice working with traumatized homeless families and individuals in NYC. I have been delighted with the wonderful opportunities which have come my way since then. These have included: psychotherapy with children and adults who have been abused; starting up and directing a substance abuse treatment program within a shelter for homeless women and their children; starting up and directing a mental health clinic in the Times Square area; and providing training and supervision for programs across the United States and Canada to increase staff capacity to work effectively with trauma and co-occurring disorders in an integrated way. I am excited to be part of the team at the Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, MA. For thirty years they have been at the forefront of providing treatment and conducting research to address the needs of children and adults who have experienced trauma. Again and again, over time, I have been moved by the courage of my clients in their journeys toward self-discovery and transformation. I value mutuality and collaboration in the therapeutic relationship and recognize the importance of a secure attachment in the work.

Services Provided

Skills in both stabilization and narrative approaches. I provide information, guidance, and support as you work to create the life you want.

Level II trained EMDR clinician and use this approach in a creative and flexible manner to build internal resources as well as process experiences.

I do “parts” work which incorporates an understanding of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and structural dissociation. I have worked successfully with clients with high levels of dissociation to stabilize, build co-consciousness, work through traumatic memories, and move towards integration.

I particularly enjoy working with couples in which one or both individuals have struggled or are struggling with addictive behaviors and trauma-related difficulties

I utilize Seeking Safety, Creating Change, and EMDR protocols (including Detur and Feeling Addiction Protocol) to help individuals with trauma and co-occurring disorders receive support in addressing the ways that trauma has affected them and to increase emotional and physical safety in their lives in a compassionate, empowering way.

Areas of Expertise

Trauma and co-occurring disorders: addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, self-harm, etc); mental health (PTSD, dissociation, depression, anxiety, Bipolar, ADHD, etc); and health (HIV, Hep-C, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue, etc.). Together we will discuss the best ways to approach the issues you face.

Life Transitions: Transitions are a source of new beginnings and excitement as well as stress, grief, and pain. I will walk beside you…through the joys and struggles as you begin or end a relationship; relocate from another city, state, or country; start or end a job; retire; question and establish your identity around sexual orientation, gender, etc.

Grief and Loss: At times grief is a tidal wave of emotion, threatening to overwhelm and destroy. At times it is a deep pulling, tugging, sometimes gentle experience of loss. Other times it’s a “void”. As you experience acute grief… I am there with you… to navigate; come through to the other side; to address old losses that may resurface; to come to new understandings of all you’ve been through.

Contact Me

617-612-5198

Hours of Service

Monday – Friday (By appointment). All sessions are 1-hour unless otherwise negotiated.

Rates

$150 Individual

$175 Couple

I am happy to provide documentation for insurance reimbursement as an out-of-network provider.

Jessica Kolczewski, Psychiatric Nurse, MSN, APRN

Are you looking for someone who can both prescribe medications and be present and listen to your experience?
I value the importance of combining therapeutic techniques with medication management. For ten years as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, I have treated a variety of patients suffering from trauma, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, ADHD, borderline personality disorder and suicidal or self injurious behaviors. On a part time basis, I have a “co-therapist” named Bella. She is trained as a therapy dog for the purpose of providing animal assisted therapy.
I am passionate about the healing effects of dog assisted therapy. If you are a parent seeking treatment for a child who may be apprehensive about therapy, or an animal lover who feels at ease in the presence of animals, sessions with Bella may be a helpful option. I completed the Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) foundational training in 2014 and incorporate DBT concepts into my work. If my descriptions feels like a good fit, please contact me at the number or email provided here.

Services Provided

Psychiatric consultation, psychiatric medication management for children, adolescents, and adults. I also work with families and groups. Sessions are in person or via Skype video in the following modalities:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eclectic
  • Mindfulness-based therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Areas of Expertise

  • Child or Adolescent
  • Medication Management
  • Depression

Contact Me

781-963-7775

Hours of Service

Wednesdays

Rates

Insurance accepted:
BCBS and out-of-network rates.
Initial evaluation $250
Medication management follow up visits $125

Katy Litwak, MSW, LICSW

I believe psychotherapy is a powerful means of facilitating personal growth and deepening relationships and connection. My clients describe me as genuine, warm, and interactive. My goal is to help you access your inner strength and resilience so you may better cope with problems, find solutions, and change your daily life for the better. My 10 years practicing in outpatient mental health and primary care medical settings have given me rich experience with diverse clients and a broad range of issues.

Services Provided

I work with people of all ages who are personally struggling or have family members struggling with challenges such as medical illness/chronic pain, grief/loss, life transitions, relationships, substance abuse/misuse, mental illness, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
I work collaboratively with you to tailor our sessions and treatment to your individual needs as they evolve throughout our work together.

Areas of Expertise

My treatment approach is eclectic. I draw on a variety of therapy methods, including Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, and Psychodynamic in the treatment of:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief/loss
  • Medical illness/chronic pain

 

Contact Me

(617) 213-0271

Hours of Service

Day/evening availability by appointment only.

Rates

Average cost per session: $120 – $150 (sliding scale available)

Accepted insurance plans: 

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Out-of-network insurance

Martha Pedersen, Counselor, LMHC

I specialize in working with clients who suffer from anxiety and depression, work-life balance issues, relationship issues, and issues around self-confidence and “presence” at home and at work. Particular groups I enjoy working with and have experience with include college and graduate students, those suffering from the loss of a significant relationship, those working in the design field, and the LGBTQ community.

I love helping my clients improve their lives through insight-oriented conversation and behavioral change. I believe in helping clients become “experts” on themselves and their values, assisting them in developing coping skills and perspective so that they can lead lives that feel more relaxed, productive, and enjoyable.

One type of therapy I use with most of my clients is EMDR, which is a way of helping clients re-process the difficult things that have happened to them in the past so that they can see them in a new light and move forward with a healthier perspective on themselves and their strengths.

Since a good therapist/client connection is of primary importance, I prefer to have a twenty minute phone consultation with potential clients to be sure we are a good fit. My style is eclectic, conversational, and supportive, and I am willing and able to offer “homework” where appropriate.

Services Provided

I work using the following treatment modalities with individual adults:

  • EMDR
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive therapy behavior (CBT)
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychodynamic
  • Coaching

Areas of Expertise

Relationship Issues

ADHD

Coping skills

Anxiety and depression

Life coaching

Contact Me

Hours of Service

Monday, 8am - 1pm

Rates

$120 – $150 on a sliding scale

 

Tom Pedulla, LICSW

A faculty and board member at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, Tom Pedulla also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Arlington, MA. Before starting a private practice, Tom trained in the Program for Psychotherapy at Cambridge Hospital and worked at the Lawrence Schiff Adult Day Treatment Center in Cambridge. He has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 20 years, and has served on the board of directors at the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. He is co-author of Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy, and has been co-facilitating MBCT groups since 2007.

Contact Me

617-803-0951

Sally Plone

I believe therapy is a unique opportunity — to transform life’s most painful, confusing and/or challenging times into growth, strength and clarity. Whether I am working with adults, couples, children or entire families, I am 100% committed to creating a safe and trusting relationship so my clients may feel understood and supported in who they are, what they have been through & where they want to go.
Over the past 25+ years of practice, I have been trained in many modalities including Internal Family Systems, Expressive Arts Therapy, Couples/Family Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, & Mediation — but find that my work with each person is unique to what they need and feel comfortable with.
Choosing a therapist is a big decision. Training and experience are essential, but I believe it is ultimately the human-to-human contact that makes therapy effective. Not every therapist is suited to every client, but when it works, it works!

Services Provided

Individual, couples, family sessions.

 

Areas of Expertise

Divorce mediation, relationship issues, self-esteem

Couples Group: To deepen their relationship and address challenges they face. In a safe group context, couples experience that they are not alone in their challenges, as well as find support and creative solutions. NEW GROUP FORMING, Contact me for Time/Date Info.

Families Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s Disease causes pain on myriad levels and to many people….from the afflicted person to those who love and care for him/her. Here is an opportunity to get support, coping ideas, and explore all the emotions involved in a safe environment with others who are going though similar experiences. GROUP FORMING: Contact me for Time/Date info.

 

Contact Me

Hours of Service

Monday, Tuesday morning, Thursday, Friday afternoon (contact me to make an appointment)

Rates

Average Cost (per session): $100 – $150 (sliding scale)

  • Accepted Payment Methods: Cash, Check, Health Savings Account, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Paypal

Insurances accepted:

  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Most PPO & Indemnity Plans
  • Tufts
  • Out of Network

Karen Welch, LMHC

Chances are things aren’t going as well as you had hoped. You might be feeling a loss of purpose or direction or maybe you haven’t felt joy in a while. Perhaps you have made decisions that aren’t in your best interest or maybe you are feeling less confident then you used to. It’s been hard to live in the present and you are feeling fear and anxiety. I wouldn’t be surprised if you find yourself alone more often than not.
You want more meaning and a sense of purpose for your life. You’re ready to chart a new course and feel some excitement again. You want to get your needs met and make better choices for yourself. If this sounds like you, I welcome an opportunity to walk this journey with you.
With almost 20 years in the mental health field, I am confident that together we can figure out what it is that you want and the steps to get there. I can help you build on your strengths and honor those things that you value in order for you to achieve your goals.

Services Provided

I treat older adolescents, adults, an elders (65+) for these conditions:
  • Anxiety
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress

Areas of Expertise

I employ these models in my work:

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Strength-based

Contact Me

Hours of Service

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (video sessions only), and Friday.

Rates

Insurance accepted: Blue Cross Blue Shield and out-of-network 
 
For private pay: 
$120 / 50-minute session
Sliding scale offered.