Dolberg Rowe M.Ed., LMHC, Executive and Clinical Director for
The Door is Open Counseling Center is a Licensed Mental Health
Counselor professional, coach, speaker, and author. A two-term
Past President and current member of the Massachusetts Mental
Health Counselors Association, she is former Director of
Continuing Education for the Massachusetts Hypnosis Society.
Because Joyce considers herself an ‘intuitive’ person and
counselor, she takes a holistic and behavioral approach to
lifestyle medicine both professionally and personally. Living a
balanced lifestyle, developing inner strength and resilience,
receiving proper psycho-education, and learning to change the way
that one thinks is part of a comprehensive program of
self-healing: mentally, physically, and emotionally. This is the
heart of what Joyce Dolberg Rowe brings to her work: a balance of
coaching and counseling approaches, personal growth and wellness
models, and healthy relationship systems to her direct work with
clients, team members, and to supervision of interns and trainees.
She believes that we can change are our behavior; our behavior is
NOT who we are.
Mother of two grown children and grandmother to one baby girl, 30
year partner of Brad Rowe, and a resident of Hull, and Middleboro,
MA, she embraces life with her extended family, which includes tea
cup Maltese, Seraphina (featured on our Meet the Team page),
parrots Dolly, Pretty Boy, and Darryl, and her miniature horse
T. Clarke-Dolberg, Director of Operations,
is the daughter of the Clinical Director. She attended Columbia
University in New York City earning a BA in 1994. The focus of her
studies was history, diversity, and business. Returning to
Boston upon graduation she worked in non-profit community
organizing, corporate banking, and then ten years as Director of
Operations, Finance and Administration Management for a
multimillion dollar company. Her experience in the business
realm, and her keen and well-developed organizational skills, (as
well as growing up in a therapeutic environment), make her the
perfect person to manage the operations of a fast growing startup
company; The Door is Open Counseling Center LLC.
Bilun Ozbilen M.ED, CAGS has a masters degree in
psychological studies and a certificate of advanced graduate
studies in counseling psychology. Her clinical background includes
In-home Therapy, outpatient counseling, and work with
detoxification and substance abuse treatment.
Bea has experience treating individuals of all ages with advanced
expertise addressing issues of families who are in need of
strengthening, structure and support. While she is versed in many
psychotherapeutic approaches, she especially appreciates and works
In her free time Bea loves spending time with her family!
Charisma Henderson, LMHC, ATR, is a
licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist.
She received her Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies
specializing in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from
Lesley University. This means Charisma is just as comfortable
talking as she is utilizing various art techniques to explore
issues and concerns brought into session! She has experience
conducting individual and group therapy with children,
adolescents, and adults addressing issues including anger
management, stress management, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, social
skills, emotional regulation, goal setting, self-esteem,
acceptance, and boundary setting.
Charisma enjoys working with emotionally and behaviorally
challenging children and adolescents presenting with oppositional
and trauma reactive behaviors, emotional dysregulation, poor
social and coping skills, anxiety, irritability, and more. She cut
her teeth in this field working with 13-18 year old girls in a
residential setting. She has also worked with younger children in
individual and therapeutic after school settings.
Charisma believes in meeting you where you are. She is client
centered and strength focused. She loves working with people and
helping them on their journey. Charisma respects that change is
hard and challenging work, but well worth it. She approaches her
work with sensitivity, compassion, and when appropriate, a sense
of humor. lead.
She loves utilizing art therapy and has witnessed even the most
reticent clients benefit from it. Scribbling markers, smearing
paint, ripping up paper, all therapeutic and all elements of art.
Charisma has even taught knitting as a way of mediation and
anxiety and stress management. While she offers a variety of
approaches she will always respect your comfort level and let you
Danielle Looney, graduate student intern, received a
Bachelor of Art in communication studies from Northeastern
University and is completing her Master of Education in mental
health counseling at Bridgewater State University.
After spending over ten years in human resources as an advisor to
business leaders, she wants to work more personally with
individuals, families and couples in achieving their goals.
She believes in a person-centered, compassionate approach.
In her spare time Danielle enjoys local hikes with her dog, salsa
dancing and traveling.
Banks, LICSW subscribes to the importance of an all-inclusive
clinical approach which highlights CBT, DBT, and traditional
psychotherapy. Her diverse clinical experience includes individual
and group therapy with adults and adolescents, mood and anxiety
disorders, addictions, PTSD and trauma, divorce,
relationship/marriage and family health and functioning, chronic
mental illness and developmental disabilities, as well as
psychotherapy and skill building groups focusing on conflict
resolution, self esteem building, grief, mindfulness, self
forgiveness and assertiveness training.
She believes anyone who truly wants to has the ability to heal and
grow and has a passion to be part of that process, to help people
gain better understanding of themselves, enrich their belief
system and perspective, and learn more healthy and effective ways
of communicating and coping with the spectrum of day to day stress
to deeply rooted issues. She recognizes the strength and courage
it takes to ask for and accept help and therefore carries the
professional mission to foster personal strengths while building
upon coping mechanisms.
She believes it is a privilege to hear someone’s story and be
trusted to sit with their pain and has the ability to connect with
folks from the beginning, which can increase motivation to commit
to therapy and ultimately themselves.
In her personal life, Dianna is the proud mother of twins and also
enjoys running, photography and writing.
Donna Doody, LMHC, LMFT has been working in the South Shore
area since 1994. She received her BA degree in Social Work and her
Masters Degree in Family Counseling from Eastern Nazarene College
in Quincy, MA. Donna has worked at the Department. of Children and
Family Services and South Shore Women’s Center, and is a member of
the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association and the
American Association of Christian Counselors.
Her work is focused on helping couples and individuals to
establish improved communication, and increased satisfaction
through a solution-oriented, supportive, interactive and spiritual
approach. She has worked with adolescents, couples and groups
addressing: depression, anxiety, parenting, grief, codependency,
trauma/abuse/recovery/divorce issues/addictions, and personal
that emotional and spiritual maturities are essential to being a
healthy person and knowing and understanding ourselves is
essential to loving and caring for ourselves, “You shall love thy
neighbor as yourself”.
Emily Salkovitz, is a Masters Level Mental Health
Clinician. She graduated from San Diego State University, in 2015,
with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Counseling
and Social Change. In 2017, Emily graduated from Pepperdine
University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an
emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
She is very interested in the strengthening of one's identity,
both mind and body, using empathy and the relational connection
present in the therapy room. Emily utilizes a Humanistic Approach,
while integrating aspects from both Relational and Narrative
Therapeutic Approaches. She believes that empathy is essential in
the creation of connection and the facilitation of change.
Therefore, before an individual can gain insight into their way of
interacting in the world, they must feel empathized with and
She also highly values the integration of mindfulness into her
therapeutic work because of her positive regard for the connection
of our minds, our bodies, and other human beings. She works with
individuals from a holistic perspective, taking the previously
mentioned connections into account. Each individual is unique and
deserves to be treated as such. We are very complex beings, with
many aspects impacting our selves, our identities, and our mental
states of being.
Eric Converse, graduate student
intern, received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from
Bridgewater State University in 2011, where he is also completing
his Master of Education in mental health counseling. With 6
additional years in human services as a direct care counselor and
mental health case manager, Eric has experience helping people set
new goals based on their values. Eric has a non-judgmental,
person-centered, and solution focused approach to counseling. He
deeply values providing a safe space for people to express
themselves openly to gain deeper self-awareness and psychological
tools to become more resilient and thrive.
During his free time, Eric enjoys spending time with girlfriend,
friends, and family. He is a hardcore Boston Bruins fan often
attending games or playing hockey. Eric also collects and plays
retro video games, listens to jazz and classic rock, and wants to
travel to Hawaii again as soon as humanly possible.
Leslie received her Bachelor's in Psychology from Houghton
College and her Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy from
Eastern Nazarene College.
believes that all of our lives are stories and we are shaped each
and every day by these stories. When stories become distorted they
can change our way of thinking and harm us. Jamiere's goal is to
help rewrite these stories, so clients can write a better future
to work with children, adolescents and young adults, as these are
the ages when these stories begin to cement what someone's future
may look like. Jamiere is passionate about helping people and as a
therapist strives to "Be the person someone needed when they were
When not in the
office Jamiere enjoys, reading, writing, spending hours at the
beach or catching up with friends.
Jayne Busa M.Ed. recently graduated
from Cambridge College with her Master’s of Education in Mental
Health Counseling with an interest in addictions. Jayne became
passionate about mental health while obtaining her Bachelor’s
Degree in Criminal Justice. She came to the realization that many
people involved in the justice system struggle with mental illness
and they never receive the help they need.
experience consists of community based therapy, school based
counseling, in home therapy and child welfare.
Outside of work,
Jayne enjoys running and practicing yoga. She is an animal lover
and likes spending time with family and friends.
Jayne is a strong
believer in hope and believes anyone has the ability to change and
grow. “Be the change you wish to see in the world”
Kassandra Berry, LMFT, received her
Bachelors in Psychology from Bucknell University and Masters in
Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. After
graduate school she moved to Boston’s South Shore area and has
been providing individual, family and couples counseling in office
based, school and community settings since 2009.
Kassandra's specialties include working with clients with issues
pertaining to depression, anxiety, grief and identity development.
She aims to empower those she works with and utilizes a
client-centered approach infused with techniques from Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy modalities.
In her spare time, Kassandra enjoys training for marathons and
coaching other marathon hopefuls. Marathon training has taught her
that the human body is stronger than one can possibly imagine. It
is this strength and resiliency of the human condition that fills
Kass with confidence that no matter where your starting point
personal growth, change and progress is out there. Also, Kassandra
enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her daughter.
Kathy Hofmann, a graduate level
intern, graduated from North Adams State College with BA in
English Literature and University of Massachusetts Boston with a
teaching degree. After a 10 year career in healthcare management,
Kathy taught Math and Science and English in grades 4-12.Deciding
she wanted a more personal level of interaction with her students,
Kathy left education and is perusing her Masters in Mental Health
Kathy has a person centered, solution focused approach. Leisure
time pursuits include knitting, reading and traveling with her
family. Kathy also has two dogs which she hopes will become a part
of her practice someday.
Lisa Wallace, M. Ed., has a Bachelor’s in Business
Management, and a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Lisa wears
many hats here at the Door is Open, acting as New-hire
Coordinator, Outpatient Clinician, and Care Manager at our IOP
A Safe Place for Women to Heal.
Lisa enjoys working with all age spans, in both long and short
term therapy. She believes in meeting the client where they are,
tailoring her role to best suit the client's unique individualized
needs. Lisa believes that insight and self-awareness are the most
powerful catalysts for change, and that every challenge presents
an opportunity for growth.
Leroy Adams, LMHC has multiple master’s degrees: mental
health counseling, marriage and family counseling, and divinity.
He has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 2003 and
particularly enjoys and has expertise in working with couples,
families, and individuals with varied behavioral health issues.
This being said, Leroy has also worked as substance abuse
counselor for 8+ years. Additionally, he counsels
children 10 and up and adults.
Mr. Adams received a
Masters of Arts in Counseling from The Assemblies of God
Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri. Leroy has a dual
degree in both licensed professional counseling and marriage and
family counseling. He thus places a high importance on building
strong families. He also graduated from Gordon Conwell in
Hamilton, MA with a Master of Divinity.
traditional psychotherapy and behavioral specialties, only if a
client so desires, Leroy has the ability to bring pastoral
counseling and the benefits of spirituality into in mental health
Leroy follows an
eclectic approach to mental health counseling which means it is
his goal ‘to meet you where you are’. Some of his favorite
approaches are: humanistic, rational emotive, CBT (cognitive
behavioral therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy)
and solution focused.
Leroy lives in
Madeline Stewart is a graduate student intern working
towards her Masters in Counseling through Northwestern
University's online program. She considers herself an optimistic,
humanistic realist. She holds the belief that, while life can be
messy and difficult to navigate, most of us are simply doing the
best we can with what we've been given, and sometimes we need a
little help along the way.
Madeline's approach is psychodynamic, holistic, and
client-centered. She believes that people can often discover their
own answers by looking inward and into the past. She values the
connection between the mind and body, and promotes the practice of
mindfulness by helping clients learn to tune in and listen.
Madeline works alongside individuals in determining and reaching
their personal goals for change.
At home, Madeline spends her free time playing with her son,
exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga and meditation, having
friends over for dinner, and occasionally writing and painting.
Marley Hassler MSW, LICSW
is a social worker,
and program director of A Safe place for Women to Heal; a women
only intensive outpatient program located at The Door is Open
Counseling and Holistic Health Center in Hull and Quincy.
Marley specializes in women's wellness and recovery and has
experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings since
2007. She believes in the power of women helping women heal and
reinvent their lives after trauma.
Michelle LeBlanc, is a Masters level intern, working on
completing her Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling at
Bridgewater State University. Her background includes working with
adolescents in residential treatment, providing care for children
with developmental disabilities, and providing crisis counseling
to those impacted by sexual assault.
Michelle operates from a person-centered approach and believes
everyone is equipped with the tools to enact change on their
lives. Michelle aims to create a safe environment to allow the
client the space to explore their journeys. In her spare time
Michelle enjoys traveling, hiking, watching Netflix, and hanging
out with her rescue pup!
Molly Mckitrick, MSW, LCSW. Molly became the Assistant
Program Director for A Safe Place for Women to Heal in July 2017.
Molly obtained her Masters in Social Work from Boston University.
Since graduating, Molly has worked in a partial hospital program,
as an in-home therapist for adolescents and as a mental health
clinician for incarcerated individuals. Her passion lies in group
therapy with adults with addiction, depression, anxiety, and
trauma. Molly believes that the mutual aid and shared experience
within a group therapy setting is a crucial and beautiful aspect
of the healing process. Molly enjoys running groups on
relationships, communication styles and building self-worth.
Nancy A. Salerno, LICSW holds a Masters degree in Social
Work from Simmons Graduate School of Social Work. Nancy is the
Program Director of the CBHI / Home Based Team and also provides
home based therapy to some of the families in the program. Nancy
has extensive experience working with children and families, as
well as overseeing home based clinical teams. Nancy also has
extensive experience working with developmentally challenged
children and adults. Nancy strives to assist parents in being the
best parents they can be while having open and honest
communication with their children.
In her spare time, Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband and
training for different types of endurance challenges, such as half
marathons or triathlons. Nancy enjoys embarking on new physical
and emotional adventures in order to expand her health and
spiritual well being.
Nik Protasenia is a New Jersey native
living in the Boston area. He graduated from Montclair State
University in Upper Montclair, NJ with a bachelor’s degree in
Psychology in 2007. He came to Boston, MA in September 2009 to
attend Boston University’s Counseling program with a
specialization in sport psychology. He concluded his formal
education by obtaining his CAGS in mental health counseling from
Cambridge College in May 2014.
Since he arrived in
Boston, Nik has been working with dozens of inner city youth and
families. He started out working as a direct care worker for the
largest human services agency in the state before moving on as an
intensive care coordinator for the same organization. He is
looking forward to working with adults between the ages on 18
through the geriatric age range. In fact, Nik specialized in
geriatric counseling at Cambridge College, and he would like to
pursue his specialty at Door Is Open Counseling Center.
Nik likes to
incorporate CBT, DBT, psychodynamic, and narrative therapy as
treatment options for clients. Nik has worked with a variety of
issues such as anger management, difficult life transitions,
stress management, depression, anxiety, PTSD, building healthy
relationships, and health psychology issues.
Nik enjoys athletic
endeavors very much, and he enjoys incorporating action therapy as
a modality of treatment. Nik is an avid hockey player, and he even
tried out for several professional teams before pursuing his
career as a counselor. He really values the healthy mind-body
connection. Nik is a sport psychology consultant, and he looks
forward to working with individual athletes, sports teams, and
Paula McCree, MS Nutrition, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200,
Reiki Level 1.
A fitness enthusiast since college when she first discovered the
benefits of regular exercise to her own health and well-being and
a yoga practitioner for the past 10 years, Paula brings a mindful
approach to teaching yoga that begins with body awareness and
respect for and acceptance of the body you have been given.
Her programs offer a mix of Hatha yoga based styles and mindful
meditation to facilitate the connection of the mind, body, and
spirit. By keeping it simple, honest, and relatable to
everyday experience, her gentle approach makes the practice
accessible and provides a welcome oasis for students of all types
to find their own personal way to take better care of themselves
and be their truest and best self.
A Big Sister Program volunteer since 1999, some of her other
interests include tennis, running, hiking, travel, and music
Rachel Follis, MA, NCC, is a
master’s level clinician who recently relocated to Massachusetts
from Chicago, IL. Rachel received her Bachelor’s degree in
psychology from the University of Iowa and her Master’s degree in
counseling with a specialization in marriage and family therapy
from Governors State University.
Rachel’s graduate training specialized in structural family
therapy, emotionally focused therapy, the Gottman method as well
as play therapy and other creative interventions. Rachel has
clinical experience working with individuals of all ages, couples
and families as well as group facilitation.
As part of her training, Rachel has worked internationally with
children and families in both Europe and Southeast Asia.
Rachel works as an IHT for the CBHI program and strives to assist
parents in implementing structure in the home while having fun
with their children and speaking their language through play and
creative outlets. In her free time,
Rachel enjoys traveling, staying active outdoors, and exploring
her new home on the east coast!
holds a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from Cambridge
College with concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy.
Before coming to The Door is Open Counseling Center, she gained
significant experience as a clinical intern at The Home for Little
Wanderers Roxbury House, where she specialized with traumatized
adolescents (particularly boys) and patients with traumatic brain
injuries. In addition, she has practiced in-home therapy, family
therapy, and group therapy, both in Taiwan and America. Her
treatment modalities include solution-focused therapy, narrative
therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivation Interview,
person-centered therapy and others.
Show is friendly, open-minded, supportive, and believes there are
many paths to a happy life.
Prior to her counseling career, Show was in the business field for
5 years as a financial secretary. In her personal time, Show
volunteers at an animal shelter to express love for animals and
has broad interests in traveling, spirituality, self-healing,
yoga, belly dancing, classical music, and Broadway musicals. Show
grew up in Taiwan, has studied in Boston for 2 years and Arizona
for 3 years. She speaks Taiwanese, Mandarin, English, Japanese, a
little Korean and C++.
Venulda Veiga earned her
bachelor degree in Psychology from Boston University, and was
awarded her Masters degree in Counseling from Cambridge College.
She is currently enrolled in a CAGS program at the Cambridge
Venulda’s areas of special training and expertise include
addiction and trauma. She is also certified in Assessment and
Treatment of Couples by Boston University.
Ms Veiga has worked as an intern at the Crisis Stabilization Unit
at South Shore Mental Health and as a mental health clinician in
her home land.
She is fluent in Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole and her cross
cultural awareness skills can be an asset in the treatment of
clients from different backgrounds.
Venulda’s approach to mental health counseling is based upon
nonjudgmental person-centered perspectives. She believes that each
person holds the key to his/her happiness and has the power to
change his/her life for better. As a therapist her greatest
incentive is to be able to assist the clients in discovering ways
to change their lives while providing a supportive environment and
a warm therapeutic relationship.
Seraphina, a teacup Maltese, was born May 24, 2012. She joined
our team as a therapy dog on August 11, 2012 and has been greeting
clients, sitting on laps, licking tears and creating laughter ever
since. An award winner of the "AWWWW FACTOR", she brings thousands
of years of inbred, highly-rated companionship to her work with
The Door is Open. While according to Lucy and Charlie Brown, puppy
kisses should be 5 cents, Seraphina gives freely of her gift of
Toto comes to us from the merry ol' land of Oz, she is a
mix of skittish terrier and stardust. She is generally found
accompanying Show Liu.
forward to walking beside you in your journey to achieving your
"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
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