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Dr. Catherine Monaco is a licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She joined the practice in 2000. Dr. Monaco has extensive experience conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations with children, adolescents and adults. She collaborates with schools, pediatricians, PCP's, psychiatrists, neurologists and other professionals to develop academic accommodation plans (504 & IEP), provide treatment recommendations, evaluate medication efficacy, and assist in differential diagnosis. Her specialty areas include, but are not limited to:

" Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
" Developmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (High Functioning Autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS) -- Dr. Monaco has received training in the ADOS (Autism
Diagnostic Observation Scale), the gold standard assessment tool for evaluating Autism Spectrum Disorders
" Verbal & Nonverbal Learning Disorders
" Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Reading, Spelling, Math, Written Expression, and Disorders of Expressive and Receptive Language)
" Transitional Planning for College-Age Students
" Major Neurological Diseases (e.g., Seizure Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease)
" Traumatic Brain Injury (stroke, concussion, head injury, Chiari 1 Malformation, tumors)
" Cognitive sequelae of prematurity, birth complications, and other disorders (e.g., metabolic, mitochondrial, genetic, endocrine)

Dr. Monaco also specializes in the assessment of social skills deficits and psychological disorders including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional/Defiant Disorder, & Personality Disorders
Sari Lessard, Ph.D
Clincal Psychologist
Catherine A. Monaco, Ph.D Clinical Neuropsychologist
Leah C. Cochrane, Psy.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr. Cochrane earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and psychology from Allegheny College and her master's and doctoral degrees from Antioch University New England. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship in the neuropsychology department at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pennsylvania. In addition to her work as an integral member of the neuropsychology team, she also consulted with the geriatric and hospice units and spent time conducting inpatient psychiatric evaluations. Dr. Cochrane then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at The Counseling Center of Nashua, where she provided comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, and supervision of doctoral Psychology interns. Dr. Cochrane also has experience conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in community mental health settings and hospital settings.

Currently, Dr. Cochrane's expertise lies in neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations who present with: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, psychiatric illness, learning difficulties, nonverbal learning disorders, traumatic brain injury and concussion, dementia, memory problems, cerebrovascular accident, demyelinating conditions, and tumors. Dr. Cochrane also has experience in utilizing cognitive rehabilitation techniques to assist with memory, attention, and executive functioning deficits. Dr. Cochrane is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Dr. Greenwald received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. He obtained clinical training at Vermont State Hospital, West Central Community Mental Health Services in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. He is licensed to practice psychology in New Hampshire, and is a member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. Dr. Greenwald has served on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for research investigating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among Vietnam veterans, as well as conducting his own research on the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse. He has been practicing in the Nashua, NH since 1987, and started The Counseling Center of Nashua in 1990.

Dr. Greenwald provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults, and has a subspecialty in psychological testing for Learning Disabilities, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, and PTSD, as well as evaluating parent-child interaction difficulties and psychological disabilities to make determinations regarding needed workplace accommodations. He consults to schools on topics of IEP programming, behavioral management, and educational placement.

Dr. Sari Lessard earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California in 2004. As part of her training, Dr. Lessard completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. in Concord, New Hampshire where she provided outpatient psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults, including psychological testing and psychotherapy.

Dr. Lessard brings with her experience in treating individuals and families who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse (victims), parenting stressors, relationship problems, difficulty adjusting to life changes, grief and loss, child and adolescent behavioral problems, and self-injurious behavior. Dr. Lessard has also received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps individuals increase coping skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. In addition, she is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the New Hampshire Psychological Association.

Dr. Lessard utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment, which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in conjunction with a psychodynamic and interpersonal approach to help clients eliminate or control troubling and painful symptoms so that they can more fully understand themselves and their environment, improve the quality of their interpersonal world, and return to previous levels of functioning. Dr. Lessard also values and respects the importance of genuineness, empathy and acceptance in the therapeutic relationship. She believes that these factors are necessary components to foster an environment of healing, insight, and growth.
Evan Greenwald, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Lewicke was licensed as a psychologist in the state of New Hampshire in 1996. She has provided assessment and therapy services at South Bay Mental Health and the Center for Family Services in Lowell, MA, and assessment services at Merrimack Valley Counseling in Nashua, R. Berke and Associates in Amherst, NH, and Angel R. Martinez Professional .Association in Manchester, NH. Dr. Lewicke was Director of Research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Transition Project of the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) in Boston, MA. Dr. Lewicke has also worked as a School Psychologist and Psychology Department Coordinator at the Crotched Mountain School and as Staff Neuropsychologist for the Brain Injury Center and Outpatient Clinic at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Greenfield, NH. More recently, Dr. Lewicke worked as a Neuropsychologist at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH, where she worked closely with providers in Neurology, Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine.

She provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults
Bette Lewicke, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist Specializing in Neuropsychology
Dr. Tempesta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, where she graduated cum laude in 1999. Dr. Tempesta earned a Master of Science, and then a doctoral degree (2004) in clinical psychology from Antioch University, New England. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical child psychology at the Astor Home for Children, in the Residential Treatment Facility and the outpatient Clinic in Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie, NY. She completed her post doctoral training at New Hampshire State Hospital before joining The Counseling Center of Nashua.

Dr. Tempesta is a member of the American Psychological Association and is a licensed Psychologist in the state of New Hampshire. Dr. Tempesta has been trained in clinical psychology to work with a variety of populations. Her training has included psychological assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked in acute adult inpatient settings, residential treatment facilities, community mental health centers, school systems and outpatient mental health clinics. Dr. Tempesta currently provides psychological assessment and has experience and interest in the evaluation of learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, psychosis, grief, depression, and anxiety disorders
Christina Tempesta, Psy.D.
Clincial Psychologist
Cheryl Withka, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Certified School Psychologist
Dr. Cheryl Withka obtained her Master's of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and completed her doctoral degree in School-Clinical-Child Psychology from Pace University in New York. As part of her degree training, she obtained intensive clinical experience in a public school setting prior to completing her American Psychological Association accredited internship at Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth, New Jersey where she provided therapeutic and assessment services to children, adolescents and adults within inpatient, outpatient and partial care settings. Although she has treated individuals from early childhood through adulthood, her work has concentrated on providing evaluations and treatment of children (birth through twelve), adolescents, young adults, parents and families. She has worked in a variety of settings including providing clinical and consultation services within outpatient, inpatient and partial-hospital environments, private practice, public and private schools, and universities as well as within business settings. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of New Hampshire and is certified as a school psychologist in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New Jersey. Dr. Withka is an active member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association as well as the National Association of School Psychologists.

Dr. Withka works collaboratively with clients, parents and families. She draws from a variety of treatment approaches based on the needs and strengths of each client including brief therapeutic interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, social skills training, interpersonal psychotherapy as well as play therapy. Although, she treats a range of clinical issues such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, childhood behavioral disorders, ADHD, learning issues and self-injury, she has a strong interest and expertise in assessing and treating individuals with autism spectrum disorders as well as the co-occurring conditions often present with ASD such as anxiety, depression and challenges managing life transitions. Dr. Withka has significant experience working collaboratively with school districts and in helping parents understand and navigate securing appropriate educational support services needed for their child to be successful in academic settings. In addition to providing outpatient psychotherapeutic services, she also performs psychological and psychoeducational evaluations of children and adults. She utilizes neuropsychological measures as part of her assessment of children and adolescents for the purpose of diagnostic clarification and in order to better understand learning concerns, memory problems, ADHD, ASD and emotional concerns
Frances Berry-Worcester, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Fran Berry-Worcester earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, followed by a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study degree in School Psychology from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Dr. Berry-Worcester earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire, and completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral training at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, NH. She has practiced in integrated primary care health clinics, community mental health centers, and schools, and has focused on outpatient assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, as well as conducting comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational evaluations. Beyond broad outpatient training with children and adolescents, she has developed expertise in assessment and treatment of children on the autism spectrum, including conducting social skills groups and providing agency and school based consultation for this population. Dr. Berry-Worcester is a New Hampshire Licensed Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Berry-Worcester utilizes an integrative approach to treatment based on the individual needs and strengths of her clients and families, including providing cognitive behavior therapy, structured behavioral intervention, solution-focused therapy, and child-centered play therapy. She enjoys working with both individual children/adolescents and families as well as working with individuals with multicultural backgrounds. She places a strong emphasis on conceptualizing a person's strengths, needs, and functioning in the context of family relationships and differing social and educational environments in which children may function. Areas of experience include childhood trauma, parent-child relational problems, behavior disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Berry-Worcester provides psychological assessments for behavioral, emotional, attentional, learning, and memory problems, including differential diagnosis and treatment planning for attention deficit disorder, mood, anxiety, personality, and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Beth Connolly earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, cum laude, from Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. Dr. Connolly subsequently earned her Master of Science and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University New England. Dr. Connolly attended her accredited predoctoral internship at Park Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Dr. Connolly's internship training included a variety of training experiences, including multimodal outpatient therapy, psychological testing, and multidisciplinary work in childhood day treatment programs. Dr. Connolly's practicum training includes work within residential, school, outpatient, and inpatient settings. Dr. Connolly is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Play Therapy. She will complete her post-doctoral training hours at The Counseling Center of Nashua preceding licensure in the state of New Hampshire.

Dr. Connolly employs an integrative approach to treatment based on the needs and presentation of the individual with whom she is working. Dr. Connolly believes that psychotherapy necessitates flexibility of approach and intervention in order to appropriately serve clients. Dr. Connolly has a strong interest and background in working with children and families, and tends to utilize cognitive-behavioral interventions in combination with a strong emphasis on the relational aspects of the therapeutic alliance. Dr. Connolly's specific areas of interest include working with individuals dealing with the effects of trauma, childhood behavior disorders, severe mental illness, depression, and anxiety. Dr. Connolly's psychological testing background includes a variety of assessment experiences, such as evaluation of learning and memory problems, diagnostic clarification, parenting, and personality. Dr. Connolly places strong emphasis on the strengths of the client and family, and incorporates this into treatment in order to provide individualized and effective therapeutic interventions.
Beth Connolly, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Periodic Testers
Dr. Rachel Orr has been a long-time resident of New Hampshire and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of New Hampshire. She earned her graduate degrees, a Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), in clinical psychology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore.

Dr. Orr specializes in providing neuropsychological assessments across the lifespan to children, adolescents, and adults. While in graduate school, she trained at Kennedy Krieger Institute in the Oncology and Epilepsy Clinics, and at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program. She then moved back to New Hampshire and completed her internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System with a focus in neuropsychology, rehabilitative interventions, and geriatrics. Most recently, Dr. Orr obtained training in a clinical neuropschology fellowship with Harvard Partners Consortium. During her fellowship, Dr. Orr conducted neuropsychological assessments at the Psychology Assessment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and for the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Among her many achievements, she completed her oral and written clinical competencies "with distinction" and was awarded the Graduate Medal for Achievement Excellence in Psychology from her university. She is an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and has also been a lead or contributing author for several professional journal articles and a book chapter.

Dr. Orr provides neuropsychological testing services at the Counseling Center to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of difficulties, including developmental, learning, medical, and neurological problems.
Rachel Orr, Psy.D.
Dr. Clare Humphreys graduated cum laude from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and a research focus on the molecular basis of Alzheimer’s disease. Prior to graduate school, she was a summer research fellow at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) in the department of Molecular Pharmacology, and went on to earn her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Neuropsychology at the University of Iowa, where she had the opportunity to train in the Benton Laboratory of Neuropsychology.

While in graduate school, she trained at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in outpatient neurology, psychiatry, and inpatient medical psychiatry units. Dr. Humphreys was awarded the University of Iowa Presidential Fellowship to support her graduate training and research based on her outstanding first year academic and research performance, received a competitive dissertation fellowship, and was the recipient of the Excellence in Campus Leadership award from the American Psychological Association during her graduate school years. She completed internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked with psychiatrically, medically, and neurological complex patients in the Memory Disorders Unit, epilepsy service, and movement disorders service among others. Dr. Humphreys completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Harvard Partners Consortium, conducting neuropsychological assessments at the Psychology Assessment Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Division of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she became a faculty member following fellowship. In addition to being a member of this interdisciplinary team, she was tasked with establishing a neuropsychology program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, offering clinical services to patients coping with the cognitive impact of major medical illness and treatment. She has been an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for the past four years, and an active teacher and supervisor. She has been a lead or contributing author of several professional journal articles, and lectures on the cognitive impact of cancer and its treatment.

Dr. Humphreys specializes in providing neuropsychological assessments to adults ranging in age from young adults to geriatrics with a variety of presenting concerns, including memory disorders, medical conditions, and neurological illnesses impacting cognition.
Clare Humphreys, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Amanda Berns, Ph.D.
Dr. Amanda Berns obtained her Bachelors of Science (BS) degree, Education Specialist (EdS) degree, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from the University of Iowa. She has obtained clinical training within school settings from birth to three through post-secondary education; along with pediatric psychology outpatient settings at the University of Iowa's Autism Clinic, providing diagnostic and behavioral assessment and consultation services; as well as The Ohio State's Nisonger Center across several diagnostic clinics for youth ages 3 and older. Dr. Berns also obtained practica experience completing diagnostic evaluations for preschool and elementary school aged children suspected with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at St. David's Autism Treatment Program in the Minneapolis area, as well as comprehensive evaluation and consultation for youth who were homeless in Iowa City. Additionally, she gained valuable experience and training as a fellow in the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders (LEND) program at the University of Iowa. Dr. Berns completed her internship at Devereux's Community Behavioral Health organization in the greater Philadelphia area, completing neuropsychological evaluations and other assessments for individuals of all ages, along with therapy and consultation for youth and adults who experience a variety of difficulties across home, school, and community settings.

In addition to these training experiences, Dr. Berns has obtained work experiences relevant to her practice. She has coordinated many research projects in several research laboratories in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Iowa, where she gained significant training and experience in diagnostic assessment measures for ASD. Dr. Berns has several years of experience providing therapeutic mentorship and instruction to talented and gifted students, some of whom were twice exceptional with disabilities, in a R1 university setting (offering the highest level of research) at the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Over the past two years, Dr. Berns has been licensed as a School Psychologist in Minnesota and Washington states, practicing as a school psychologist while completing her dissertation and presenting her research on friendship and loneliness in talented and gifted adolescents with ASD. Throughout her experiences, Dr. Berns has specialized in identification and treatment for individuals with ASD across all ages, particularly those who are higher functioning and/or talented and gifted.

At The Counseling Center, Dr. Berns offers neuropsychological evaluations to provide diagnostic clarity and inform interventions for individuals of all ages.

Dr. Jamie Fitzpatrick earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in clinical neuropsychology from Nova Southeastern University. She recently completed her pre-doctoral internship at Child Provider Specialists/Miami Children’s Hospital Dan Marino Center in Florida, where she provided comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological evaluations to children and adolescents. In addition to this experience, Dr. Fitzpartick has worked in a number of settings that have including private practice, community mental health, academic settings, and residential and group programs.

Dr. Fitzpatrick provides neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents, as well as adult populations, who present with various neuro-developmental disorders such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and learning disorders, behavior disorders (e.g. Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder), psychological disorders (anxiety, depression), traumatic brain injury, memory deficits, and executive functioning difficulties.

Additionally, Dr. Fitzpatrick provides therapeutic services to children and their families. Her approach depends on the unique needs and presenting difficulties of the client, but she tends to utilize a cognitive behavioral or behavioral approach to treatment. Common areas addressed in therapy include anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder anger management issues, and social skills training.

Dr. Fitzpatrick also has experience in utilizing cognitive rehabilitation techniques to address cognitive weaknesses such as attention, executive functioning, and memory deficits..
Jamie Fitzpatrick, Psy.D.
Postdoctoral Psychologist
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 Psychologist
Kim Bolling, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Kim Bolling earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Antioch University New England. Dr. Bolling completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at the Carson Center for Adults and Families in Westfield, MA, where she received intensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Couples Counseling, and treatment of anxiety disorders including panic. Dr. Bolling's practicum and professional experiences have included training in neuropsychological assessment, as well as work in in-patient settings, an adolescent intensive outpatient program (Direction Behavioral Health in Nashua, NH), and community mental health.

Dr. Bolling employs a client-centered approach to treatment that is both integrative and collaborative. She provides assessment and psychotherapy services to adults, couples, and adolescents and their families. Specialty interests include mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, adolescent and parenting issues, and relationship problems. She also conducts psychological and psycho-educational evaluations. Dr. Bolling is a member of the American Psychological Association and the New Hampshire Psychological Association.
Dr. Rebecca Plue earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. Her psychological training included working in community mental health with children and adults, as well as providing preventative play therapy to at-risk children within public schools.  Dr. Plue completed her pre-doctoral internship working with children, adolescents, and adults in a private behavioral health practice in Rhode Island where she provided psychotherapy and conducted psychological evaluations.  Her post-doctoral training at the North American Family Institute focused on implementing intensive in-home therapy services to high-risk youth and their caregivers, and involved providing crisis management, behavioral interventions, and intensive psychotherapy to reduce behavioral dysregulation.

Dr. Plue has a wide-range of clinical interests, and works primarily with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families.  She utilizes an integrative approach when working with patients to tailor treatment to their individual needs. And although she has developed broad skills in treating the full range of child, adolescent, and adult issues, Dr. Plue has particular interest in working with children, adolescents, and their families to manage anxiety, depression, childhood behavior disorders, life transitions, and attachment issues.  In addition, Dr. Plue conducts psychological testing for behavioral, emotional, learning, and attentional problems to provide diagnostic clarity, inform treatment planning, and improve clinical outcomes.
Rebecca Plue, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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 family therapy. Her clinical areas of interest include diversity and identity, spirituality, trauma, and LGBT+. Her specialty areas include providing individual cognitive behavioral therapy for children, adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum, structural family therapy and providing therapeutic support for transgender individuals who are in/wanting to begin the transition process. For every client, Dr. Hurwitz employs aspects of positive psychology in order to utilize individual strengths in treatment and views the person as a whole being who is more than the sum of his/her problems.

Dr. Hurwitz has a passion for musical theater and writes a blog about the intersection of theater and psychology, which you can find at
Alisa Hurwitz, Psy.D
Dr. Gallagher received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Smith College and her masters and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed an APA approved predoctoral internship at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH. During the course of her training, Dr. Gallagher has worked with children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. She has also worked extensively in pediatric medical settings with children suffering from a broad range of medical conditions.

Dr. Gallagher joined the Counseling Center in 2001 and is licensed to practice in the state of New Hampshire. She specializes in therapy with children and their families. She currently works primarily with children under 12 years of age. Dr. Gallagher particularly enjoys working with children suffering from anxiety, as well as those with ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also enjoys working with children adjusting to acute and chronic medical conditions.

Dr. Gallagher specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, but takes the developmental level of the child into account in planning appropriate interventions. She frequently utilizes play with young children to help increase their comfort level. Dr. Gallagher most often works with both children and their parents, and strongly believes in coaching parents to utilize cognitive and behavioral techniques with their children outside of the therapy session. She routinely works with parents around managing childhood behavioral issues, and also consults regularly with teachers and guidance counselors to enhance a child's functioning in school.
Heather Gallagher, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
Lara Kroodsma, Psy.D.
Dr. Kroodsma specializes in the assessment of young children, 18 months through 12 years old, with a focus on Neurodevelopmental disorders, such as:

* Autism Spectrum Disorders
* Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
* Sensory Processing Disorder
* Learning Disabilities
* Behavioral Disorders
* Developmental Concerns

Dr. Kroodsma has provided assessment services in multiple settings, including an autism diagnostic clinic, early childhood developmental clinic, private psychology practice, primary care clinic, and an educational program. She is trained in the use of play-based techniques to treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Dr. Kroodsma received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire. Her dissertation project was to develop and run an educational workshop for parents of children with Asperger's Syndrome. She completed training in child clinical psychology at Riverbend Community Mental Health Center in Concord, NH. Following that she developed a multi-disciplinary, team-based Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnostic Clinic at a local New Hampshire non-profit.