Mental Health Counseling

When you have the vision to imagine your potential,
and the strong desire to make change a reality,

Your very next step is gathering the courage to walk

through the doorway and ask for help. We are here.



Joyce Dolberg Rowe, LMHC, Clinical Director






  The Door is Open Counseling Center, LLC - Core Message



Joyce Dolberg Rowe, LMHC, Clinical Director and her team of experienced, hand-picked clinicians are here to offer you nearly 200 years of collective experience in the field of mental health counseling. Together we offer wide range of expertise that will meet your emotional needs and goals. We are highly trained in guiding individuals, couples, and families toward their personal and collective goals of living happier, healthier, more meaningful or well-adjusted lives. It is our commitment to help you achieve the improved self-esteem and confidence, or the harmony and inner peace that comes from self-awareness and self control.  Since we are, each one of us, responsible for our own best behavior, let us assist you in becoming your best self, setting the most effective boundaries for you, living in the present, and thriving today!





The Door is Open Counseling Center received a very special award: Mental Health Agency of the Year!  This prestigious recognition was bestowed by The Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association at their annual meeting held at the Massachusetts Medical Society Conference Center in Waltham.


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Remember, most insurance covers group therapy (whether

receiving individual support with us or elsewhere). If your

individual therapist is elsewhere, you can continue to see

him or her seamlessly and need not change that.





* Pre-registration required for all Groups/Classes

* Some insurance accepted for most groups plus co-pay if applicable

* All groups are in the Hull location unless otherwise specified

* Groups will not commence without a minimum number of

participants as determined by the facilitator.




Programs for Separated

or Divorcing Parents

 with Joyce Dolberg Rowe

and Melissa Johnston

Court mandated Parent Education Program

for separated and divorcing parents.

1. Part I: Friday evening April 15, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning April 16, 9:30- 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull

2. Part I: Friday eve May 20, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning May 21, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull

3. Part I: Friday evening June 17, 6:00  8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning June 18, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull

4. Part I: Friday eve Aug 19, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning Aug 20, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull

5. Part I: Friday eve Sept 16, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning Sept 17, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull

6. Part I: Friday eve Oct 21, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning Oct 22, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull
Adding dates for Parenting Apart.

7. Part I: Friday eve Nov 18, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Part II: Sat morning Nov 19, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: 485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit A, Hull



Our program will:

  • Satisfy the divorce court mandate for parents of minor children

  • Identify the emotional stages the parents will experience in the divorce process, while also addressing the needs of the children based upon their particular stage of development.

  • Address financial responsibility of both parents

  • Both positive and negative impact of parental behavior on the child and the need for positive communication skills

  • Lead to understanding the divorce process from the child's perspective: the feeling that the divorce is their fault, and the effect of the loss of extended family, home, school, camp, or friends on the child

  • Help the participants understand what it means to be emotionally available and involved, offering effective reassurance, and provide consistency for the children.

  • Address the deleterious effects for a child witnessing parents in conflict, introducing children to dating partners too soon, speaking poorly about the non-present parent, returning children late from visits or not having children ready for visits, using children as messengers or informants, and placing adult burdens on children









Communication & Understanding the Differences


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Mindful Yoga for Everyone

With Paula McCree


Wednesday evenings,

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Call for Dates and Registration.


First Class Session is

Completely Free of Charge!


Now offering a free one-on-one Yoga session

when you purchase 4 or more classes!



This 60 minute yoga practice combines basic hatha yoga postures and philosophy with principles and practices of mindfulness from Jon Kabot-Zin.  The class will stimulate the energy systto roll for support as needed), and water.  Blocks and straps are provided.


$12 per class when purchasing 4 or more at once. Drop in's are welcome as space allows for $15 per class.


Register on-line at


Payment due at first class.





Anger Management for Adults

with Joyce Dolberg Rowe

and Melissa Johnston


Mondays from 6:30-7:45.
Call to register.

(runs for 8 weeks)

Location:  Hull





This group is an 8 week curriculum that helps group members learn about their anger, the consequences, and triggers related emotions and behaviors, as well as effective and positive communication.


Meeting once a week with the same group, members will develop positive relationships.







Grief Recovery Group

with Donna Nelson, RN and

Melissa Johnston


Thursdays from 6:30-7:45

Call to Register

Location:  Hull




Grief is so much more than death and is the loss of those hopes, dreams, expectations and trust that transcend every part of our lives.  This internationally acclaimed program is an effective way to heal from emotional and spiritual pain from all of life's losses. Grief is conflicting feelings caused by the end of or change in a familiar pattern of behavior.


These are some of the things we will discuss and learn about in the group:


* Grief: A Neglected and Misunderstood Process

* Academy Award Performances

* Identifying Short-Term-Energy Relievers

* Different, Better and More

* The Loss History Graph

* Introducing the Relationship Graph

* Apologies, Forgiveness, and Significant Statements 

* Completion Letter


With correct information and correct choices, a person can recover from any significant loss and find some healing and hope for today, and for the future.


The cost of the Grief Recovery Book is $14.


Click here to download and print the promotional flyer.






Support Group for Separation, Painful Breakup & Divorce

with Joyce Dolberg Rowe LMHC

and Melissa Johnston


Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45


Call for Registration



Topics include:


* Embarrassment, sadness, hostility, scared, being overwhelmed, stressed there are so many emotions that are going on.


* Gain emotional support about your feeling and the emotional stress from a divorce


* Being with others who are going through the process or have gone through the process


* Heal emotional faster 


* Learn how to help yourself


* Learn how to help your children


* Feel good about yourself to able to start over with new relationships





A Safe Place for Women to Heal


Monday, Wednesday, Friday

from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Healthy lunch included.

Call Marley Hassler, LICSW for details

(781) 925-3500



In November 2013, The Door is Open Counseling Center opened their doors to an Intensive Outpatient Program for women who have recently experienced trauma or who are ready to explore feelings about past trauma.






Do You Dream About A Life

Filled with Joy and Fulfillment?


with Marion LaPierre

Call Marion for details (617) 947-1326


Join Marion LaPierre at The Passion Test Workshop and learn how to create what you want in your life.

The Passion Test is simple to take, fun to do and profoundly effective. It is a repeatable system you can use for the rest of your life to effortlessly follow YOUR UNIQUE passions. Come join us for this fun and illuminating event, where you will learn…

• Your top five passions–the things that are most important to you
• How aligning your life with your passions will result in deeper joy
• The secret that will show you how to live a passionate life
• The formula for creating whatever you choose to have in your life

Cost: $49 ~ register early as seating is limited

Call for registration<

To register:
or call Marion at (617) 947-1326







For a confidential evaluation inquiry,

 call us today at

(781) 925-3500


Or, send us an email:



If there is a group that YOU would like to see offered, simply email or call us and we will reply immediately and respond favorably whenever possible. If we do not have a clinician who is expert in that

particular field, we will find one.

We are here to meet the needs

of the community.

Let your voice be heard.


Call or email today to register.


The Door Is Open Counseling Center, LLC

(781) 925-3500
















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Welcome to the home page for Joyce Dolberg Rowe, LMHC and the umbrella of The Door is Open Counseling Center, LLC and related mental health counseling services. Applaud yourself for taking the step through the doorway to researching the range of possibilities for help or guidance that may be open to you by way of our many programs in mental health counseling and related support groups.


Whether you are in a convenient location and have the flexibility to attend face-to-face mental health counseling, coaching or hypnotherapy meetings, or wish to engage in ‘on the phone’ or skype sessions, we are here to assist


Call Us Today to Learn How We Can Help! Ask about our options for long distance mental health counseling by email, telephone or skype!


We look forward to walking beside you in your journey to achieving your goals.


  • Need someone to talk to? We are here.

  • Need help with depression, anxiety, fears, or panic? We can help.

  • Need a mental health evaluation, medication evaluation or on-going prescriber support? We can help. 

  • Need someone to guide you on your path to weight loss and great health?  Help has arrived.

  • Wrestling with addictions/recovery? Our team of experts know what to do.

  • Have you suffered domestic violence, rape, trauma, or find yourself in a crisis? Our expertise is available.

  • Need relationship help? We are experts.

  • Need a hand to hold as you deal with grief and loss? We are very experienced.

  • Need to lift a sagging self-esteem? We know what to do.

  • Need someone to help you overcome anger and develop temper control? This can be done.

  • Need a life coach, or guidance in the workplace? We are here for you!







Call Us Today to Learn How We Can Help!


(781) 925-3500



We have three convenient locations:


The Door is Open Counseling Center, LLC

485 Nantasket Avenue, Unit C

Hull, MA 02045

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The Door is Open Counseling Center, LLC

1245 Hancock Street, Suite 25

Quincy, MA 02169

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The Door is Open Counseling Center, LLC

2 Columbia Road, Unit 12

Pembroke MA 02359

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Located by Route 53 near139








Not in our regional area? Traveling and unable to keep your appointment? Not a problem!  


We will arrange to have you work with your counselor via Skype. You can also ask for support via email, Facebook or Twitter.





The Door is Open Counseling Center provides counseling for individuals, couples

and groups serving the South Shore, with offices in Hull, Quincy and Pembroke.


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