Richard Tomb, MD
Dr. Tomb is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of medicine. After completing a year long medical internship, he trained in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, completing his training in 1981. Since then he has at various times served on the faculty of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Massachusetts, the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is interested in both psychopharmacology and long-term psychotherapy, especially group psychotherapy. In that regard, he has served as president of the Northeast Group Psychotherapy Society and remains involved in its teaching activities. He is currently in private practice in Worcester, Massachusetts as well as The Counseling Center of Nashua. He also lectures frequently for several pharmaceutical companies about the treatment of both depression and bipolar disorder.
Dr. Tomb’s clinical interests include the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, with a special interest in treatment resistant depressions. He is also interested in the interface between primary care and psychiatry, and in the psychological and psychiatric aspects of weight loss and obesity.
Sreenivas Katragadda, MD
Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist
Board Eligible Child Psychiatrist
Dr. Sreenivas Katragadda (informally referred to as “Dr. Sree” for short) is a licensed, board certified Psychiatrist. His practice is open to all age groups, including children, adolescents and adults.
He completed his medical degree at The University of Health Sciences in India, and then completed his adult residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Liverpool, England and Bergen Regional Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Katraggada went on to complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, and following his fellowship training continued to provide outpatient treatment at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center where he also served on the faculty at Dartmouth Medical School. In addition to outpatient clinical practice, Dr. Katraggada has provided consultation to public and private inpatient, residential, and developmental programs for children and adolescents, and continues to provide emergency coverage for child psychiatric facilities.
In addition to his clinical practice at The Counseling Center’s Manchester office, he consults to Crotched Mountain School and to The NH Bureau of Developmental Services. He remains as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School.
Dr. Katraggada maintains a general psychiatric practice serving children, adolescents, and adults, focusing exclusively on psychopharmacologic/medication management. He maintains a special interest in the medication management of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, other developmental disabilities, and ADHD.
Thor Agustsson, D.O.
Dr. Agustsson received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Loyola University and his doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his psychiatric residency at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center/Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Agustsson is a Member of the American Psychiatric Association, and sits on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.
Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Agustsson provided emergency psychiatric services in Jackson, LA in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina; he assisted in the evacuation of over 50 patients in an acute inpatient psychiatric facility, and provided ongoing crisis treatment. Dr. Agustsson went on to provide emergency evaluation and treatment at Charity/Louisiana University Hospital in the emergency department and hospital wards where he also taught and supervised medical students and first-year residents. Dr. Agustsson then began working for Rural Outreach Psychiatry, a non-profit organization providing outpatient and telemental health psychiatric evaluation and evidence-based psychopharmacologic treatment. At that time, he was also working with clients in an outpatient setting completing psychiatric evaluations and evidence based treatment with the goal of preventing acute inpatient hospitalization.
Before joining The Counseling Center, Dr. Agustsson worked at Maine Behavioral Health, an outpatient community mental health center where he provided psychiatric evaluation and evidenced based treatment. Dr. Agustssion has provided psychiatric treatment for adults, adolescents, and children, and has developed specialty in the treatment of ADHD, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders including Panic disorder and OCD, patients with co-occurring chronic pain, traumatic brain injury, and Suboxone maintenance. Dr. Agustsson has spoken regionally on opioid addiction and treatment, and is a DEA certified Suboxone treatment provider.
Ehsan Biwas, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Biswas is a Board Certified psychiatrist with 15 years’ experience in Mental Health treatment of adults, and the elderly in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He received his Board Certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2001 and his recertification in 2011. He is licensed to practice Psychiatry in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Dr. Biswas graduated from Dhaka Medical College where he received his MD. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH ; where he was the Chief Resident from 1999-2000 and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry from 2001 – 2009.
Dr. Biswas currently works at the Veterans Mental Health and Addiction Treatment program at Bedford VAMC in Massachusetts since 2009. In his role as an Attending Psychiatrist he teaches and mentors medical students, residents and fellows from Boston University Medical School at the Bedford VA Medical Center site. He previously served as the Service Line Manager and Chief of Psychiatry at the VA Medical Center Manchester, NH from 2001 to 2009. He also served in a variety of advisory and review capacities for the Department of Veterans Administration and the State of NH.
Dr. Biswas’s expertise includes treatment of Opioid use disorders and co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. He is a leading expert in the areas of substance use disorder, depressive disorder, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. His work links medicine, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and evidence based psychotherapy to develop novel treatments for these disorders.
Judith Duclair, M.S., LCMHC, LADAC
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Licensed Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor
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.
Martha v. C. Dunn, Psy.D.
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.
Alisa Hurwitz, Psy.D
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.
M. Lee Leppanen, Psy.D.
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.
Michael Magee, LICSW, BCD
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.
Lindsey Landry, LCMHC
Mental Health Counselor
Associate Director of Quality Care
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 stabilization.
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.
Rebecca K. Sartor, LICSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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.
Kate E. Vaillancourt, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical 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 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. 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 and the New Hampshire Psychological Association.
Nancy Tomb, LICSW
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.