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We have the most licensed psychologists and psychiatrists practicing in one location in New England
Dr. Alisa Hurwitz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brandeis University, and her Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical
Psychology from Long Island University. Dr. Hurwitz completed her APA accredited internship at Mercy First Home in New York, providing psychological assessments for
male adolescents in residential treatment and individual and family therapy for court-referred female adolescents in a group home setting. In addition, Dr. Hurwitz’s training
has focused on cognitive behavioral and family therapy at Schneider Children’s Hospital, as well as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at North Shore Hospital.
Dr. Hurwitz joined The Counseling Center of Nashua in the spring of 2010. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Division of Family Psychology,
and the Asperger’s Association of New England.
Dr. Hurwitz provides cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples and family therapy. Her areas of interest include multicultural
issues, adolescents with conduct or oppositional defiant behavior, depression, anxiety, family therapy, spirituality, and trauma. She has developed a specialty in providing
individual cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Within the autism population, Dr.
Hurwitz most often provides interventions for anxiety, depression, and transitional issues related to entering adulthood. For every client, Dr. Hurwitz employs aspects of
positive psychology in order to utilize individual strengths in treatment.
Patricia Phelps, LICSW received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College. She has extensive clinical experience working in the fields of addiction and
trauma recovery and uses an integrative approach to treatment drawing from many different therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on attachment and mindfulness based
perspective. Pat is available to treat adult individuals and is a group facilitator. She is an EMDR practitioner and has training in CBT, DBT, relapse prevention,
neurofeedback, and body bioregulation.
Pat holds the belief that we all have innate strengths, and works with her clients to identify and build upon these, as the foundation for healthy change and personal growth.
Previous professional experiences include private practice, school settings, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment.
Mr. Magee graduated from St. John Fisher College in Rochester NY with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology. He received his Masters Degree in Social Work from
the University of Connecticut. Mr. Magee completed an internship at the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain, MA. He is a member of the Academy of Certified
Social Workers, and also a Board Certified Diplomate through the American Board of Examiners. He worked for 6 years in different aspects of child protective
services working with children and families. Most recently, he spent over 23 years as a manager and psychotherapist at the local Community Mental Health Center. In
that capacity Mr. Magee had clinical and programmatic responsibility for the outpatient component of agency services, as well as the process of entry to the system.
He has provided clinical supervision to both experienced and beginning therapists for many years.
For the past 13 years he has coordinated and co-lead the Nashua area's Batterer's Intervention Program - a psycho educational group program for men found to have
perpetrated domestic violence. He is knowledgeable about abuse issues generally and, in particular, the dynamics involved in domestic violence. His therapeutic
approach incorporates flexibility and clinical competence with a diverse client population including many different diagnostic categories. He is well versed in such
evidenced-based practices as cognitive-behavioral therapy, as well as interpersonal types of therapy, skill building, and insight-oriented approaches - depending upon
client need. He has worked with trauma victims and individuals negatively impacted by experiences in their family of origin. He is comfortable working with couple's
issues and relationship issues generally. Mr. Magee is able to work with those having significant mental health problems, as well as those having problems in living,
and simply needing objective feedback on a particular issue or help exploring one aspect of a problem.
Patricia Phelps, LICSW
Licensed Independent Clinical
Martha v. C. Dunn, Psy.D.
Alisa Hurwitz, Psy.D
M. Lee Leppanen, Psy.D.
Mental Health Counselor
Associate Director of
Lindsey Landry, LCMHC, received her undergraduate degree in Counseling Psychology and her Master's Degree in Professional Psychology from Lesley University.
She completed internships at The Needham Youth Commission, Germaine Lawrence Residential School for behaviorally challenged adolescents, and The Arlington
Education Collaborative where she developed skills in working with adolescents and at risk youth.
Her Master's Degree training has included work at Bridgewell Counseling Services and Lowell Adult Day Treatment where she provided individual therapy to adults,
and conducted psychoeducational and process therapy groups with chronically mentally ill adults. Although trained as a generalist in working with adolescent and
adult clinical issues, she maintains a special interest in working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and grief. In addition, Ms. Landry has had training
in relapse prevention and working with individuals with substance abuse issues, with specialty interest in opiate addiction.
At The Counseling Center, Ms. Landry conducts clinical screenings to assist in matching clients with specific provider's expertise, and she assists providers with
coordination and management of patient care issues, including emergency service coverage. In addition, Ms. Landry oversees the psychological screening and
evaluation component of The Counseling Center's suboxone maintenance program.
Ms. Landry provides counseling to adults and adolescents, incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, interpersonal and insight oriented approaches in her work with
clients. She has also developed strengths in clinical symptom management, psychoeducational approaches to coping, stress management skill building, and crisis
Brian Taracena, Psy.D
Dr. Taracena earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and then his doctoral degree from University of Denver in 2001 with an emphasis in
behavioral medicine. He completed both his internship and residency at Wasatch Mental Health in Provo, UT. He has gained additional training through University of
Colorado Hospital, Denver Police Department and Denver Public Schools. His experience spans a variety of settings including: inpatient medical hospitals, emergency
departments, public schools and community mental health centers. Dr. Taracena previously practiced in Utah where he owned and operated a small clinic for the past
nine years. Dr. Taracena is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Register for Health Providers in Psychology and is a Past-President
for the Utah Psychological Association (UPA).
Dr. Taracena enjoys working with school-aged children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Taracena's approach to treatment primarily makes use of behavioral and
cognitive-behavioral theories. Although he maintains a generalist practice, he maintains specialty interests in health psychology, integrated healthcare, learning
disabilities, substance abuse and trauma. Additionally, he also conducts psychological and bariatric pre-surgical evaluations.
Dr. Dunn earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Barnard College in New York, NY. She was certified as an Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor by the National Council
on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependence in 1990. Dr. Dunn earned a Master of Science (2004), and a Doctorate (2007) in clinical psychology from Antioch University,
New England. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Counseling Center of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Her post doctoral training
included a fellowship at the Cambridge Eating Disorder Center in Cambridge, MA as well as the Amherst College Counseling Center in Amherst, MA. Dr. Dunn is licensed
as a psychologist in the states of New Hampshire and Vermont. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Dunn has training and interest in working with a variety of clinical populations. These include working with people struggling with eating disorders, substance abuse,
mood disorders, anxiety, grief and bereavement, and trauma. Dr. Dunn is also interested in working with clients who are trying to maintain diabetes and/or post bariatric
surgery dietary and exercise regimens. Dr. Dunn has experience providing psychological assessment and therapy to adolescents, young adults, adults and their families.
Dr. Dunn was trained in behavioral medicine and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including psychiatric inpatient units, residential treatment facilities, partial
hospitalization programs, and college counseling centers.
Dr. Leppanen received her Master of Science and Doctor of Psychology degrees from Antioch University New England. She also holds an advanced degree in nursing
(MN, University of Washington, Seattle). Dr. Leppanen obtained her clinical training at New Hampshire Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center in
Vermont, and also completed a predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral residency at Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Lebanon, Pennsylvania where she received
extensive training in substance misuse issues and mental health problems focusing on mood disorders. She is licensed in New Hampshire as a Psychologist, and as a
Master Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Dr. Leppanen is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Hampshire Psychological Association. She serves as adjunct faculty at Antioch
University New England teaching advanced seminars in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Leppanen provides individual psychotherapy for adults and older adolescents, and group psychotherapy. Her specialty interests include helping individuals struggling
with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, and personality disorders. She also specializes in lifespan development and
transitions, and concerns such as grief and loss, career issues, and developing positive approaches to coping with life stresses and problems. Dr. Leppanen's approach
emphasizes a collaborative therapist-patient relationship that integrates psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and positive psychology perspectives.
Rebecca K. Sartor, MSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Associate Director of Operations
Ms. Sartor graduated from St. Michael's College in Colchester, VT with a BA in Psychology and Anthropology. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from
Boston University, and holds a Certificate in Integrated Primary Care and Behavioral Health from UMass Medical School. Ms. Sartor completed internships at New
Hampshire Hospital as an acute inpatient psychiatric social worker as well as Elliot Hospital providing medical and oncology social work. She is a member of the
National Association of Social Workers and is licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker by the NH Board of Mental Health Practice.
Prior to joining The Counseling Center of Nashua, Ms. Sartor was the Director of Community Support Services at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center where she
oversaw the program that provides treatment to adults with more severe and persistent mental illnesses. Ms. Sartor has over 14 years experience in the mental health
field including providing individual and group therapy, case management and care coordination services, as well as providing supervision, training, and operational
oversight of new clinicians. In addition to her most recent employment, Ms. Sartor worked on the inpatient behavioral health unit at Southern NH Medical Center
providing psychiatric social work, was an Assertive Community Treatment Team clinician at Nashua Foundation for Mental Health, and was a Psychiatric
Rehabilitation Specialist at Greater Nashua Mental Health Center. Currently Ms. Sartor also coordinates and facilitates the Batterer's Intervention Program providing
individual evaluations and facilitating a weekly psychoeducational group for male perpetrators of domestic violence.
Dr. Vaillancourt received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in 2012. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical
psychology at the Carson Center for Adults and Families in Westfield, MA, where she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT),
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and recovery from substance use and addictions. Dr. Vaillancourt's clinical training experience has also
included an externship with Harvard Medical School at the Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain, inpatient crisis counseling and intervention at NH Hospital, and
psychological and neuropsychological testing and evaluation with children, adolescents, and adults at The Counseling Center of Nashua. Dr. Vaillancourt has
completed Postpartum Support International's Perinatal Mood Disorders Certificate Course.
Dr. Vaillancourt provides psychological testing and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She employs an integrative, client-centered
approach which is both informed by science and responsive to the needs of the individual. Dr. Vaillancourt provides therapeutic intervention to women
experiencing postpartum anxiety and depression, pregnancy loss, traumatic birth, parenting challenges, and grief. She utilizes a variety of evidenced-based
treatment approaches (e.g. DBT, CBT, ACT, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy, and Relapse Prevention) to help people improve their overall quality of life.
She specializes in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and DBT for Borderline Personality Disorder. Her expertise in psychological
and neuropsychological testing includes Autism Spectrum Disorders screening, evaluating for ADHD, and the differential diagnosis of mood and anxiety
disorders, severe and persistent mental illness (e.g., Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder), and personality disorders, as well as
administration and scoring of projective tests such as the Rorschach. Dr. Vaillancourt is a member of the American Psychological Association, New
Hampshire Psychological Association, and Postpartum Support International.
Kate E. Vaillancourt, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Nancy Tomb is an independently licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in outpatient clinics and private practice. Her areas of interest include
couple's therapy, relationships, various kinds of anxiety disorders, stress, depression, and trauma. She works with individuals dealing with substance abuse of family
members. She is also trained in EMDR therapy and uses it in her practice.
Ms. Tomb has a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Boston University as well as prior education degrees from IUP and Duquesne University. She did her first social
work internship year at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, Kennedy Action Corps. Her second year internship was with the Fallon Clinic Counseling
Center in Worcester, MA. There she saw a large variety of outpatient mental health problems and received specific supervision in couple's therapy. She worked at the
Fallon Clinic and it's successor, the Boston Road Clinic, until 2001. She has worked in a private practice until the present. She works primarily with adults and has also
worked with older adolescents and groups. Her treatment employs psychodynamic models, select cognitive and behavioral strategies and the interaction of the individual
in relation to their environment
Nancy Tomb, LICSW
Judith Duclair received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and her Masters degree in Counseling at Barry University in
Miami, Fl with dual concentrations in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family therapy. While she was obtaining her Masters Degree, she completed an
internship program at Ft. Lauderdale Hospital where she on an adolescent psychiatric unit conducting biopsychosocial assessments, facilitating psychoeducational
groups, and conducting family therapy.
Judith has extensive experience in working in the child welfare system, including case management services as well as individual and family therapy to families
involved in the child dependency system. She has also worked in the juvenile justice system providing services to teens participating in a diversion program for first
time offenses. Through this program, she provided individual and group substance abuse treatment, and provided parenting classes to the parents of the teens
involved in the program.
Judith Duclair is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She has a varied background working with diverse
cultures and client struggles, and has a particular interest is working with clients and families struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. She also has experience
working with teens and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, family conflict, anger management and parenting challenges.
Judith integrates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy in her clinical
work to help people address personal challenges and make lasting change.
Judith Duclair, M.S., LCMHC,
Licensed Clinical Mental Health
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse