Cinque Terre
220 Reservoir St. Ste. 21
Needham, MA 02494
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Clinical Director

Robert C. Maron, Ed.D.  received his degree in Education-Counseling/Consulting Specialization from  Harvard University School of Education. Prior to becoming Director of Dana Group Associates, Dr. Maron was the Assistant Director of University Counseling services at Boston College as well as an active member of the clinical staff at Dana Group for over seven years. Dr Maron is currently the Director at Fisher College Counseling Services as well as the New England College of Optometry Counseling Services.  He also conducts Disability evaluations for the University of Massachusetts Medical School.  Recently Dr. Maron Co-directed the Psychiatry service of Beth Israel Hospital-Needham Campus.  Dr. Maron has held past positions of Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Assistant in Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Maron specializes in College Counseling, social skills groups for boys, disability and personal injury evaluations and child centered divorce services.    


Jessica Ames, LICSW received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in 2007 and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Meditation and Psychotherapy in 2012.  She takes a client-centered approach in her work with both children and adults, offering support that is aligned with her clients’ goals.  In addition to her experience as an outpatient psychotherapist, Jessica has worked as a custody evaluator and has experience in the fields of school and medical social work.  She continues to offer clinical care part-time at Judge Baker Children's Center’s, Manville School: a therapeutic school in Boston.  Jessica is trained in EMDR, CBT, and Trauma Informed Therapy. She is a Fast ForWord Provider, a computer software program that uses the principles of neuroplasticity to enhance foundational language and cognitive skills.  

Lauren Ayers, LICSW received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Bridgewater State University in 2015 after completing her BA in Psychology at University of Massachusetts- Boston in 2012. Lauren has experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She provides a strength based, trauma informed, attachment, and mind/ body connection approach to foster resilience within families and individuals. Lauren has worked in a variety of clinical settings including: group homes (children and adults), residential schools, outpatient, and inpatient treatment. In these settings Lauren has worked extensively with children and adolescents who are in the process of adoption, or have been adopted, and may be experiencing attachment problems such as Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD). While much of Lauren's focus has been on children and adolescents, she also has experience working with adults who are struggling with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Lauren is trained in evidence-based practice models such as: Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), and Trauma-Focused CBT. Lauren views her role in each client’s treatment as a support in the re-writing of their stories to be their best self; whether their journey to self-acceptance be achieved via individual, family, or group therapy.  

Cheryl Baressi, M.A., C.A.G.S. is a Licensed Educational Psychologist who administers neuropsychological evaluations, consults with teachers and parents, and facilitates the special education team process. Her work with students is focused on building executive functioning skills including self-regulation, flexibility, planning and organizational skills, and study skills. She helped develop the Center for Self-Regulation and Resiliency at the Chickering School in Dover and has spoken at conferences sponsored by Harvard’s School of Education Research Institute for Learning and Development about her role in the school executive function initiative. She has worked with Sarah Ward and was responsible for integrating The Zones of Regulation Program into the school culture. Cheryl has created webinars for parents on the subjects of raising a resilient child and implementation of the Zones of Regulation Program in the home setting. She has presented professional development to school staff, including An Anxiety Informed School based on Jessica Minahan’s work, author of The Behavior Code. Cheryl has an M.A. in Psychology and M.B.A. from Boston University and a C.A.G.S. in School Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.  

Mengchun (Meng) Chiang, Ph.D received her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chiang holds an Assistant Professor Position at William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) and a Teaching Associate position at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She has extensive experience and training in diverse range of adult psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety, severe personality disorders, etc.). She has had specific interests and training background in trauma and integration of cultural factors into clinical care. Dr. Chiang is enthusiastic about working with people from diverse and disadvantaged background. In addition to English, she practices in Mandarin and Taiwanese. She is passionate about reducing mental health disparity and social justice issues. Her clinical practice focuses on “meeting the clients where they are” and she cares for clients from an integrative approach that combines the thoughts and applications of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic theory, dialectic behavioral therapy, developmental psychology and humanistic psychology. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Chiang also offers comprehensive personality assessment and psychological testing.  

Colleen Canfield, LMHC received her Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Boston College in 2001 and completed UMass Medical Schools’ certification in Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health in 2012.  She has spent her career working with children, adolescents, and adults in numerous settings including residential, outpatient behavioral health clinics and schools.  Her clinical specialties include work with young children and early adolescents experiencing difficulties associated with anxiety, trauma and depression as well as adjustment, attention and behavioral issues.  She has extensive experience providing play, art and narrative therapies and works from a strength based approach to help support children and families growth and improved quality of life.  Colleen is trained in DBT, CBT and Trauma Sensitive Therapy, incorporating relaxation, mindfulness and emotion regulation into her work.  In addition to her time at Dana Group, Colleen works at the Dimock Center in their Pediatric and ObGyn clinics where she provides therapy for children, adolescents, families and young expecting and new mothers.  She also serves as a Behavioral Health Consultant to providers including pediatricians, obstetricians, nurse practitioners and nursing staff.

Anne B. Collins, LMHC earned her Master’s Degree from Lesley University in 1990. Anne has devoted her career to working with adolescents, young adults and adults who are struggling with a wide range of psychiatric disorders (including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, psychosis, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders). Anne's approach to therapy includes a variety of modalities, including Art Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Anne enjoys using art therapy to help her clients tap into those parts of themselves that are not always in their conscious awareness. With kindness, humor and empathy, Anne guides her clients to develop their own inner strengths and resilience to foster growth and healing. Anne has worked in inpatient hospital settings as well as in Day Treatment and Partial Hospital Programs and most recently in the correctional/forensic counseling environment.

David Eckelkamp, LMHC received his Master's Degree in Counseling from Lesley University in 2005, David has worked in human services for 20 years. David specializes in the use of the arts as a tool to augment his well-rounded counseling expertise, expertise that he has developed working with children, teens, young adults and adults with co-occurring diagnoses. David has been praised for his ability to develop insight and motivation with resistant clients using his belief in authentic relationships and person centered psychotherapy. David has lectured on such topics as Explicit Content in Media, Advantages of Expressive Therapy, Behaviorism and Expressive Therapy at National Conferences and for private interest groups. David is a board member on the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association's board of directors. He is a proficient guitarist and drummer who enjoys incorporating the arts and technology into his session work. David believes that one must go to where the client is in order to create any positive change.

David Gotthelf, Ph.D., NCSP received his BA at Brandies University; he has a Masters and Doctorate degree in psychology from Boston College. Dr. Gotthelf has over 35 years of experience working in school and clinical settings as a licensed psychologist provider, school psychologist, and special education administrator. In addition to his private practice, Dr. Gotthelf works for several school districts providing evaluation and consultation services, including his most recent role as cooordinator and chief psychologist for mental health services for the Newton Public Schools.  Previous positions include program manager for teens and young adults at Massachusetts General Hospital's Aspire Program, Director of Student Services at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District, and department head for student services at Wellesley High School. Areas of interest include learning disabilities and executive functioning, including the use of computer-based programs designed to improve working memory and abilities associated with attention and organization.  An additional area of interest and expertise is the assessment and treatment of Asperger's Syndrome and high functioning ASD.

Marcia Gupta, LICSW, EdM received two Master's Degrees from Boston University in Social Work and Special Education in 2012. She works at the Dimock Center as a Behavioral Health Clinician, providing outpatient therapy to pediatric and obstetrics patients. Marcia has worked with children and families in a variety of positions and with varying populations, from adolescents on probation to students at an elementary school. Her clinical specialties include working with children and adolescents experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma. Marcia also provides therapy and consultation services in Spanish. She utilizes a strengths-based approach in combination with play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and narrative therapy. Marcia has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Meghan Hudson Psy.D is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) with 12 years of experience conducting comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations in her role as a school psychologist. In 2016, she earned her Psy.D. in School Psychology from William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. In addition to her work at Dana Group Associates, Meghan currently works as a school psychologist for the Newton Public Schools.

Maryellen Newman, LMHC  received her Master's Degree in mental health counseling from University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2013. She also graduated with a Graduate Certificate in forensic services. The following year she received a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Pennsylvania State University. Maryellen holds several licenses/certifications: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (August 2016), Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst (October 2015), and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (May 2015). She has extensive experience using evidence-based practices working with children and adults with severe behavior disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Maryellen has special interests in non-suicidal self injury, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, behavior analysis, and providing training to others in the field. She has worked in residential settings, partial hospitals, out-patient clinics, and case consultation with other professionals.

Anne Marie Cornell, LICSW  has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families for over thirty years. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 1974, her M.S.W. from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 1986 and Certification in Behavioral Medicine from Harvard University in 2003. Ms. Cornell brings empathy, understanding and humor to her work with both adolescents and adults to promote both self esteem and identity. She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Medicine, with training and experience in the treatment of anxiety and depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention issues, stress and pain management and substance abuse. She is experienced in providing support through dialectical behavior therapy to address affect regulation for both adolescents and adults. She works with both individuals and groups addressing stress management, affect regulation and social skill development. In her work with families, she supports family members in identifying the concerns of adolescents and their parents to develop problem solving strategies. Recently, Ms. Cornell served as a Psychiatric Case Manager for adolescents and adults at Westwood Psychiatric Hospital and as Lead Counselor for Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital inpatient and outpatient addiction programs.

Kathleen McCollum, Psy.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (recently renamed William James College).  Dr. McCollum has a special interest in working with children and adolescents.  Dr. McCollum also enjoys family work, with a particular interest in step-family dynamics. Her therapeutic approach involves balancing evidence-based treatment with individualized care. Dr. McCollum is also very skilled in providing parenting education support.  In addition to her work with children, Dr. McCollum has  extensive experience in counseling adults who have a history of anxiety and/or depression and who are experiencing problems in relationships, employment, parenting among other various issues. Dr. McCollum conducts psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. McCollum also works as a forensic psychologist for the Essex County Juvenile Court Clinic

Laura McCabe, LMHC, AT-R, received her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2013. Prior to joining Dana Group Associates, Laura worked with children, adolescents, and their families, struggling with a wide variety of issues including anxiety, depression, self-injury, substance use, self-esteem, and trauma histories. As a registered art therapist, Laura integrates art-making processes into her clinical work to assist clients in promoting personal awareness, improving self-confidence, helping to resolve conflicts, and supporting positive personal growth. Laura also incorporates Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), play therapy, and trauma-informed techniques into her work to best fit each individual’s personal strengths and needs.

Mary McCall, LICSW. received her MSW degree from Boston College in 1991 and completed a post graduate certificate program in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment at Boston University. She takes a strength based, holistic, client centered, supportive approach and aligns with her clients to assist them with attaining their goals and alleviating symptoms. Mary’s experience includes work in multiple settings as an inpatient clinical psychotherapist, outpatient psychotherapist, and “high acuity” psychiatric case manager. She also worked as a group therapy facilitator, critical incident stress management provider and employee assistance program manager to diverse clients including higher education, medical and financial organizations. She started one of the first college student assistance programs in the country. Mary’s expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Short Term Solution Focused Therapy and group therapy. Her clients include young adults, adults experiencing stress, trauma, grief, depression and/or anxiety, work life issues, elders, caregivers, couples, victims of domestic violence, employees with work related issues and clients coping with major mental illness. Every person and situation is unique and as such Mary strives to develop a therapeutic relationship based on trust.

Kelli McDermott, LICSW received her MSW with a specialization in Trauma and Interpersonal Violence from Simmons College in 2012. She completed her BS in Communication Disorders at Appalachian State University, with added studies in Special Education. Kelli's expertise is in early childhood mental health promotion, consultation, coaching, and intervention; she works with children ages 0-6, their families, and early childhood education centers to develop strength-based, relational, and environmental supports to foster resilience during this critical developmental stage. Kelli is trained in many evidence-based practice models, including: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), Trauma-Focused CBT, Pyramid Model, and trauma-informed play therapy. It is her greatest honor to join with a family struggling with big feelings, challenging behavior, and/or one of the many other things that comes up for little ones--to chart a path toward fuller understanding and enjoyment of one another.

Brycelyn Roux, LICSW  received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Wheelock College in 2015, after completing her BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brycelyn has experience with clients of all ages and in a variety of settings, including community centers, in-home services, and acute psychiatric placements. Prior to coming to Dana Group, Brycelyn was the Program Manager of a Dual Diagnosis Partial Hospitalization Program, where her clinical work focused on treating individuals and families struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Brycelyn takes a strengths-based and client-centered approach to therapy, along with holistic components. She utilizes CBT skills as well as mindfulness, grounding, and stress management techniques to join with clients on the path to a healthier life. As a hobby Brycelyn practices reiki as a certified Reiki Master, and this unique perspective informs her holistic approach and mind-body connection work with clients. She believes that support, empathy, trust, and compassion are the keys to a therapeutic relationship through which sustainable positive changes can be achieved.

Ana Silfer, Ph.D,  earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University and completed her Internship at the VA Hospital in Bedford, MA. She pursued additional clinical experience in post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard Vanguard and MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) in Behavioral Health and Neuropsychology, respectively. As staff clinician at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, she furthered her skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Silfer works with young to mature adults who experience mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss. She is also interested in helping individuals strengthen self esteem and identity, cope effectively with the multiple challenges of aging, and improve relationships by enhancing skills in communication. By integrating a range of methodologies, Dr. Silfer strives to adapt treatment to the unique needs of each individual. Stressing the collaborative nature of psychotherapy, she views her role as providing the empathy and authenticity that enable clients to safely explore their concerns.

Kayla Streussnig, LICSW received her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work, with a specialization in trauma and interpersonal violence, from Simmons College in 2012. She completed her BA in Psychology at Appalachian State University. Kayla has spent the last few years providing strengths based, culturally sensitive, trauma informed care to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. While Kayla has worked in a variety of settings, she has spent the last three years providing community based substance use treatment and wraparound support to adolescents and their families. Her past clinical experience also includes working in a public K-8 school and residential program for adolescent males. Kayla is trained in several evidence-based models, including: Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA), Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC), DBT, TF-CBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Her clinical specialties include work with clients encountering challenges as a result of depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment, substance use, and/or behavioral concerns. Kayla believes everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and have access to high quality mental health care. She feels it is a privilege to engage in a therapeutic relationship with all clients she serves.

Leah Smith LMHC , received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in 2008. Leah began her career in Early Intervention, working with families that needed a little extra support in the early years. Leah has extensive experience with at-risk youth; working with pregnant and parenting teens, homeless youth effected by trauma, as well as children and adults with substance use issues. Leah approaches each situation with a trauma focused lens and uses strength based techniques to help clients identify how they can learn to be self sufficient. Leah also uses Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to support clients better understand themselves and others. Leah encourages all people to express themselves in a safe and healthy manner to promote growth and development.

Katharine “Kate” Smith, Ph.D   received her A.B. in psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University.  Dr. Smith completed her internship at Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH and her postdoctoral fellowship at North Shore Children’s Hospital in Salem, MA.  Dr. Smith has been working at the Dana Group Associates since 2008.  She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of children through young adults.  Dr. Smith’s assessments tend to focus on ADHD, executive function deficits, learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.  Dr. Smith also conducts psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and their families.  She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy and works with youths who have anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and/or ADHD.  

Dana Snyder, LMHC earned her Master’s Degree from Lesley University. Dana has worked with adults, young adults and adolescents who seek to make changes to improve their health and well-being for over 20 years. Dana's specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, and self-image. Her clinical work also focuses on Dual Diagnosis with individuals, families and couples struggling with addiction and mental health issues. As a trained Focusing Oriented Therapist (FOT), Dana utilizes the intuitive process to encourage growth and progress. Dana integrates Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and FOT to gently encourage her patients to realize self-worth, value, potential and possibility. Dana believes that human connection and the therapeutic relationship between counselor and client can strengthen self-esteem and promote motivation, growth and change.

Philip Tuths, LMHC received his Master’s Degree from Lesley University and has over 30 years of experience working with adults and adolescents in clinical settings. He was the Expressive Therapist in the Women’s Program at Charles River Hospital, a DBT based program where he pioneered the use of Art Therapy in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. He has helped clients coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions and autism spectrum disorders. In addition to experience working in an inpatient setting, he was recently the Clinical Director of an Adult Partial Hospital program. Phil believes in goal directed skill-based therapy, working with clients to define creative ways to solve challenges of life and relationships. He focuses on development of personal strengths to achieve fulfillment and happiness, utilizing DBT, mindfulness/relaxation techniques, motivation, lifestyle, and art/creativity. Phil is a lifelong runner, an exhibiting artist and photographer and has taught photography at MIT and other Boston venues.

Samantha Vargas-Baricelli, LMHC received her Master’s Degree in counseling psychology from Northeastern University in 2011. Her clinical specialties include trauma informed modalities such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Samantha has devoted her career to working with young children ages 0 to 5 , adolescents and families struggling with anxiety depression and trauma. Samantha’s approach to therapy includes a variety of modalities, including Play Therapy , Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Samantha enjoys using CPP and play therapy as a way to work on the child-parent interaction in order to increase the parent and the child’s age-appropriate capacity to be emotionally attuned to each others motivations and needs. She also provides therapy and consultation services in Spanish. She utilizes unstructured reflective developmental guidance to parents to help them appreciate their young children’s construction of the world. Samantha has been nationally certified in Child-Parent Psychotherapy since March 2015.

Katherine Wenger, M.ed., LICSW graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a Master’s Degree in Educational Counseling and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois.  She completed three years post graduate training at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.  She is affiliated and continues a practice at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She is an active member of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy.  Katherine has had over 30 years’ experience with trauma and losses i.e.: divorce, death, and loss of country.  Her expertise is in the work with individuals, couples and groups. Through training and interest her work has expanded to include the use of DBT, Mindfulness, and Relaxation techniques as well as drawing from the Internal Family System Model.  Katherine is also focused on working with women in their overall wellbeing and growth.

Sue Walters, LMHC received her degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in School Adjustment and Community Counseling from Lesley University in 2004. She also became licensed by the DESE in Massachusetts as a School Social Work/School Adjustment Counselor in 2011. Sue's area of focus is with children, adolescents and adults in areas of substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders and school adjustment. Additionally, Sue works with children, adolescents and adults who have learning disabilities that benefit from strategies to succeed at school, work, and socially. Prior to joining Dana Group Associates, Sue was a program director for an outpatient community-focused clinic that provided mental health, substance abuse counseling and psychiatry for 8 years. She is familiar with the juvenile and adult court-referral process for substance abuse treatment and providing substance abuse evaluations.

Katie Willard, LCSW graduated from Simmons College and received a Masters of Social Work in 2017. Katie specialized in trauma and interpersonal violence, participated in the Integrated Behavioral Health Initiative and attained a school social work licensure during her time at Simmons College. Prior to attaining her masters, Katie attended East Carolina University where she studied Psychology and Child Development. While Katie has worked with teens and children in a variety of settings, her most recent experience was as an Outpatient Therapist at a community health center and currently as s School Adjustment Counselor in a therapeutic high school program. Additionally, Katie has experience working with diverse populations, children with special needs and patients who struggle with substance abuse. Her therapeutic style is eclectic however, her process is deeply rooted in a strength based approach and narrative therapy. She believes that unconditional support, rapport and meaning making are three of the key components of the therapeutic experience.

Macrina Yah-Buendia LMHC, earned her master’s at William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.) Her degree is in Forensic Psychology with a concentration in Latino Mental Health, completing 2 immersion programs one in Costa Rica and one in Ecuador. She is bilingual and has done individual treatment and group treatment in Spanish. Macrina has worked with a variety of mental health disorders including anxiety, depression, psychosis, and autism spectrum disorder.