Nathan Gay, Psy.D. – Owner – is a Licensed Psychologist (MA #9326) with his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from Indiana State University. He completed his APA Pre-Doctoral Internship at UMASS Memorial Community Healthlink – Youth and Family Services in Worcester, MA. Prior to starting Attention, Behavior and Cognition, Dr. Gay was the Director of Clinical Services at a non-profit behavioral health organization providing special education and treatment services to children, adolescents and young adults with emotional, behavioral, intellectual and developmental disorders. Before founding ABC, he worked in a group practice providing treatment and diagnostic evaluation services to children, adolescents and families.
Dr. Gay has over 15 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, families, and adults, specializing in the assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Gay also has experience and training in the assessment and/or treatment of social, emotional or behavioral concerns such as anxiety, depression, oppositional or defiant behavior, school refusal, as well as adult ADHD evaluation and treatment. He utilizes a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment, relying on effective, practical treatment approaches that help children, adolescents and families to reach their unique treatment goals. Please contact Dr. Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Jennifer-Nappila-Nutter, LMHC – Clinical Director – is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA #7496) who graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Jennifer completed an Intensive DBT Training Program and an Intensive two year study Program at Wellesley College through the Jean Baker Training Institute with a specific focus on Trauma Informed Care. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and families in various treatment settings. Jennifer has worked in both private and collaborative school settings in addition to working directly with state agencies.
Jennifer understands the importance of working collaboratively with families to ensure comprehensive treatment. She focuses on the individual needs of the client and family when developing a therapeutic plan of approach. Jennifer’s experience includes, but is not limited to, working with children, adolescents, transition age youth and families with emotional and behavioral concerns, trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mood Disorders, and school related issues and concerns. Jennifer takes a collaborative based approach to treatment and encourages open dialogue between all involved in the treatment process.
Susan Sczerzenie, Ph.D., BCBA – Assessment Director – is a Licensed Psychologist specializing in psychological assessment and diagnostic evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults. She completed her undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. She fulfilled her APA Pre-Doctoral Internship at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY where she specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders including OCD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and developmental and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. Dr. Sczerzenie attained a certificate in Data Analytics through Cornell University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral, and Licensed Behavior Analyst (MA).
Kasey Pendexter, LMFT, LMHC is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MA #1503) and Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA #9127). Kasey completed her Master’s degree (M.ED) at Springfield College before joining a non-profit mental health organization that provided special education and treatment for trauma-impacted youth in a residential setting. More recently, she has worked as Director of Clinical Services for Deaf youth and families that have struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder with a variety of needs.
Kasey has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults, specializing in trauma-informed care as well as alternative therapeutic approaches, including Neurofeedback and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment. She tailors her approach based on the presenting client’s individualized needs and strengths. Kasey also has experience in the treatment of social, emotional or behavioral concerns such as anxiety, depression, developmental trauma, couples therapy, and family work.
Rachel Kelly, LMHC (MA #10106) completed her graduate training at Assumption College in Worcester, MA where she earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Rachel has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in both the home and office settings. She has worked in state and private agencies, and is familiar with the importance of working closely within the identified team to ensure comprehensive treatment. She focuses on the individual needs of the client and family when developing treatment plans and goals. Rachel’s experience includes, but is not limited to, working with individuals and families with emotional and behavioral concerns, trauma, family conflict, substance abuse, mood disorders, and stress. Rachel takes a strength-based approach to treatment, and encourages open and honest communication to motivate growth and change.
Anastasia Macutkiewicz, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA #8422). She is also licensed with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a School Adjustment Counselor/ Social Worker (DESE #486616). Anastasia completed her Master’s degree at Westfield State University before joining an outpatient agency providing substance abuse services in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and surrounding towns in Western Mass. She has also worked within a non-profit mental health organization that provided special education and treatment for trauma-impacted youth in a therapeutic day school setting. Most recently, she has worked as the Adjustment Counselor at a middle school within Central MA providing therapeutic support to students and their families that have struggled with a variety of mental health and educational needs.
Anastasia has many years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, specializing in trauma-informed care and behavioral interventions. She works collaboratively with the client and their team members in applying therapeutic supports and interventions across educational and home settings. She has worked in both private and collaborative school settings and tailors her interventions based on the presenting client’s individualized concerns utilizing a strengths based approach.
Ellen Wells, LICSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who received her undergraduate degree in Family & Community Services from Syracuse University, her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from Smith College. She has experience as in multiple treatment settings that include being a Clinician in a hospital-based drug & alcohol recovery center, a Director of an Interfaith Housing Agency serving the homeless, a Clinician and Supervisor at a residential treatment center, a Clinician in a hospital-community based outpatient counseling center and as a Clinical Social Worker at an organ transplant center in a local medical center.
The majority of Ellen’s career has focused on working with children and families that present to treatment with concerns related to ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, and ODD. She develops treatment plans and goals from a strength-based perspective, helping clients to develop skills through Cognitive-Behavioral, Collaborative Problem-Solving and Solution-Focused approaches to treatment. Ellen also believes that family therapy is an integral component of treatment to strengthen and build relationships, as well as to utilize supports that help to generalize learned skills across settings.
Jennifer Isgro, LMHC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA #10052) who graduated from Assumption College with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with a double concentration in Children and Family Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Jennifer is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and other trauma-sensitive interventions. Jennifer has completed extensive training in Recreational Therapy and Experiential Education through her former employment and maintains ongoing collaboration with the Life is Good ™ Kid’s Foundation as Playmaker. Jennifer additionally integrates components of occupational therapy and sensory-play into her work with clients (of all ages). Jennifer has been in the field for 10 years, working in many different capacities ranging from residential, community based, in-home, in-school, and outpatient services.
Jennifer values the therapeutic relationship above all else and works with all of her clients to develop rapport and trust first; this includes being authentic, genuine, and unconditional towards her clients and their natural supports and those who care for them. Jennifer finds that utilizing the clients’ strengths to foster growth and develop resiliency through adversity as one of the most effective means of seeing progress in treatment. Jennifer is a good match for clients struggling with Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, ADHD, Trauma, and Adjustment Disorders. Jennifer additional enjoys discussing topics such as gender identity, sexual orientation, self-esteem, body image, and healthy relationships. Jennifer takes a proactive approach in enhancing every clients’ communication and self-advocacy skills.
Elizabeth Romero, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (MA #11021) who received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) from Gallaudet University. She completed her APA-approved Pre-Doctoral Internship at Mississippi State Hospital in Jackson, MS and her Pediatric Postdoctoral Fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine & Kennedy Krieger Institute – The Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Romero has training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). She tailors her approach based on the presenting client’s and/or families’ individualized needs and strengths in order to promote social and emotional health and well-being.
Dr. Romero has a special interest in issues of diversity and inclusion and exploring clients’ unique experiences and relationships with their intersecting identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, hearing status – d/Deaf, hard of hearing, child of deaf adults, religion, gender, sexuality). Her particular areas of interest include trauma/PTSD, LGBTQIA* identity, depression/anxiety, major life transitions, substance use, social skills, college mental health, emotional regulation, multiculturalism and immigration. I have experiences and training in psychological assessments, individual, group, and family therapy. I provide services in American Sign Language, spoken English and Spanish.
Sarah Cardullo, Psy.D., LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (MA#11602) who received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the State University of New York College at Oneonta Counseling Center and her post-doctoral residency at a therapeutic day school in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Cardullo is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) and Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) substance use treatment. She has extensive experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Her areas of interest include trauma, depression, anxiety, transitional life events, and family work. Dr. Cardullo’s goal is to provide an individualized approach in therapy with her clients. She works from a strength-based and collaborative approach to help you be your best self.
Anthony Rofino, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (11171) who completed his graduate training at Assumption College, with a concentration on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). However, Anthony also has training and experience in techniques such as mindfulness, motivational interviewing, strength-based therapy, coping skill training, etc. His clinical experience and areas of interest include, but are not limited to depression/anxiety, life transitions, college mental health, LGBTQIA+ issues, emotion regulation, and family work. I have significant experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community, working with children on the autism spectrum, and children/family work. I also have extensive training in risk assessments, individual, group, and family therapy. Anthony maintains an individualized approach to treatment to help those that are struggling in their lives and want to discover the skills they have inside themselves, as well as learn new skills to cope with whatever hardships life brings.
Lauren Auchey, LMHC, is a Lauren is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Expressive Arts Therapist who enjoys working with a diverse population, including children, adolescents and adults. She is experienced in DBT, CBT, Trauma Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing. Lauren is well versed in working with people with Trauma Histories, PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, ODD and RAD.
Emma Reeves, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (10879) who completed her graduate training at Assumption College & Fitchburg State University. Emma also has training and experience in approaches such as CBT (including Trauma Informed), EMDR, mindfulness/resource development, Motivational Interviewing. Her clinical experience and areas of interest include, but are not limited to depression/anxiety, intellectual disability, emotion regulation, and problem sexual behaviors. Emma maintains professional memberships to EMDRIA (international assoc. of EMDR practitioners) and ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers).
She has considerable experience working with working with individuals on the autism spectrum, co-occurring disorders and people who have encountered simple/complex trauma. Emma maintains an individualized style to treatment to assist folk in managing barriers and developing their skills and strengths to improve their mental well-being to enhance their daily experiences.
Lisa Sparling, LMHC (MA #7761), completed her graduate training at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, earning a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings. Lisa has worked the majority of her career in the juvenile justice system and intensive group home settings. She has experience providing in-home treatment, as well as school-based and within an office setting. Formerly a clinical supervisor for group homes serving children, adolescents and young adults, Lisa also has extensive experience working with state agencies such as DCF, DMH, and DYS, and values the importance team based, collaborative, and strengths based treatment.
Lisa practices trauma-informed care and has training in Trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). She is well versed in treating PTSD, anxiety, depression, oppositional behaviors, ADHD, and adjustment disorders. She has many years of experience planning and facilitating group therapy on topics such as healthy relationships, boundaries, stress management, anger management, health and wellness, relaxation, and self-esteem.
Michelle Mulroy, LICSW (MA# 119470), is an Independently Licensed Social Worker who received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College. Michelle also holds a Master’s in Higher Education and worked with Mental Health Deans to support college students in their individual development and life transitions. She has extensive experience working with adolescents, young adults, adults and families in a variety of settings including high school, college, in-home and outpatient.
Michelle is trained in Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS – MGH Think:Kids) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her areas of interest include transitional life events, trauma, depression, anxiety, marriage and family work, postpartum, co-occurring disorders, and couples work. Her approach is relationally based with the intent to create a space that is driven by the client’s needs and goals.