Our Team

Level 3 Therapist & Director of Client CARE

Andrea Petraitis

Andrea Petraitis, a distinguished Clinical Social Worker, leads as Director of Client CARE at CARE Counseling Services. With her proficiency in EMDR and EMDR 2.0, she provides unparalleled support to therapists, ensuring clients receive the highest quality treatment. Committed to helping individuals experience symptom reduction and live high-quality lives, she champions the effective use of EMDR therapy for various mental health issues. Her work forms the cornerstone of CARE’s mission to offer relief from mental health burdens.

Level 3 Therapist & CEO

Sonya Gelinas

Sonya Gelinas stands at the forefront of CARE Counseling Services as its visionary leader and an Advanced EMDR therapist. Her innovative approach has markedly streamlined the path for clients to achieve their goals. Under her stewardship, CARE has seen remarkable growth, now boasting an elite team of over 30 therapists spanning two states, each specializing in EMDR techniques. More than a mere clinic, CARE represents a beacon of excellence in both patient care and therapist development. Its mission extends beyond the walls of the clinic, aiming to foster positive mental health across communities. CARE invites you to embark on a journey of transformation, guided by the expertise and passion of Sonya and her team. This is where healing begins and resilience is built, one session at a time. Dive into transformation with CARE and discover the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Level 1 Therapist & Supervisor

Shannon Nickerson

Meet Shannon Nickerson, the esteemed supervisor of our Manchester team and a licensed Clinical Social Worker. With profound expertise in counseling, Shannon excels in addressing mood disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, and women's issues. She is dedicated to customizing treatment plans to suit the unique needs of each client. Shannon is renowned for fostering robust therapeutic relationships, emphasizing a holistic and client-centered approach. Her proficiency in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy further accentuates her commitment to providing comprehensive care. Her leadership and clinical skills make her a valuable asset to our team, guiding clients towards healing and empowerment with compassion and professionalism.


Level 1 Therapist

Thomas Shea

Thomas Shea, a skilled therapist, specializes in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and talk therapy, focusing on individuals aged 12 and above. He adopts a client-centered approach, guiding clients through their challenges with a blend of directness and empathy. Thomas is known for his ability to build rapport, collaboratively setting and achieving therapeutic goals. His expertise lies in creating a supportive environment where clients feel understood and actively engaged in their healing journey. Thomas's dedication to personalized care makes him a trusted ally in fostering mental wellness and personal growth for those he works with.

Level 1 Therapist

Samantha Houser

Samantha Houser is an experienced clinical social worker excelling in EMDR therapy. She focuses on assisting individuals in overcoming anxiety, trauma, and panic attacks. Known for her dedication, Samantha fosters a safe, non-judgmental environment where clients can confidently face and conquer their challenges. Her approach is centered on empowering individuals, guiding them towards enriched lives marked by newfound confidence and resilience. Samantha's commitment to her clients' well-being makes her a trusted professional in guiding them through their journey of healing and personal growth.

Level 1 Therapist

Pilara Bauer

Meet Pilara Bauer, an experienced therapist specializing in working with ages 13 and above. Pilara excels in evidence-based practices like EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She's passionate about helping clients build strength, understand their unique stories, and alleviate symptoms through a non-judgmental, empathetic, and strength-based approach. Pilara excels in working with adolescents and adults, assisting them in achieving their mental health goals and fostering self-healing.


Level 1 Therapist

Andrée Sian

Meet Andrée, a dedicated therapist specializing in trauma and violence. She skillfully employs EMDR therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to assist clients in navigating and overcoming their challenges. Andrée is committed to creating a safe and supportive environment where clients feel genuinely heard and valued, particularly during their most vulnerable times. Her approach is rooted in empathy and understanding, making her a reliable guide in the journey towards healing. Andrée is enthusiastic about meeting new clients and helping them on their path to recovery and personal growth.


Level 1 Therapist

Chris Bryan

Meet Chris Bryan, a committed clinician with a Master's in Social Work, specializing in EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). With his expertise, Chris adeptly assists clients in overcoming PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addictions. He is dedicated to helping you unlock your potential and paving the way for a more fulfilling life. Chris's approach is both compassionate and effective, ensuring that each client receives personalized care tailored to their unique journey towards healing and personal growth. His dedication to client well-being makes him a valuable guide in navigating the complexities of mental health challenges.


Level 1 Therapist

Alyssa Beecher

Meet Alyssa Beecher, a seasoned therapist with extensive experience working with clients of all ages in various settings. Alyssa's specialties include EMDR, EMDR 2.0, CBT, and DBT. She has a strong passion for couples therapy, using EMDR to help repair and rekindle relationships. Alyssa prioritizes the therapeutic relationship, offering a judgment-free environment and meeting clients where they are on their healing journey.


Level 1 Therapist

Rossy Soto

Rossy Soto, a bilingual therapist with a Master's Degree in Social Work, is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). She excels in assisting individuals grappling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, ADHD, grief, or loss. In her therapeutic practice, Rossy emphasizes exploring the underlying reasons for ineffective behaviors and beliefs. She collaborates closely with her clients to develop effective coping strategies, enabling them to navigate and transform their challenges. Dedicated to empowering her clients, Rossy guides them towards understanding, resilience, and a more hopeful future. Her compassionate approach and commitment to client well-being make her an invaluable asset in the journey of healing and personal growth.


Level 1 Therapist

Darryl Stewart

Meet Darryl Stewart, an esteemed therapist with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, specializing in EMDR Therapy and advanced therapeutic techniques. Darryl excels in creating a judgment-free space, fostering strong therapeutic relationships with his clients. He is dedicated to guiding individuals towards achieving their mental health goals, enabling them to lead more fulfilling lives. His expertise and compassionate approach make him a reliable and effective partner in the journey of personal growth and healing. Darryl's commitment to his clients' well-being is evident in every aspect of his practice.


Level 3 Therapist & Director of Client CARE

Andrea Petraitis

Andrea Petraitis, a distinguished Clinical Social Worker, leads as Director of Client CARE at CARE Counseling Services. With her proficiency in EMDR and EMDR 2.0, she provides unparalleled support to therapists, ensuring clients receive the highest quality treatment. Committed to helping individuals experience symptom reduction and live high-quality lives, she champions the effective use of EMDR therapy for various mental health issues. Her work forms the cornerstone of CARE’s mission to offer relief from mental health burdens.

LEVEL 3 THERAPIST & CEO

Sonya Gelinas

Sonya Gelinas stands at the forefront of CARE Counseling Services as its visionary leader and an acclaimed Advanced EMDR therapist. Her innovative approach has markedly streamlined the path for clients to achieve their goals. Under her stewardship, CARE has seen remarkable growth, now boasting an elite team of over 25 therapists spanning two states, each specializing in EMDR techniques. More than a mere clinic, CARE represents a beacon of excellence in both patient care and therapist development. Its mission extends beyond the walls of the clinic, aiming to foster positive mental health across communities. CARE invites you to embark on a journey of transformation, guided by the expertise and passion of Sonya and her team. This is where healing begins and resilience is built, one session at a time. Dive into transformation with CARE and discover the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.


LEVEL 1 THERAPIST & SUPERVISOR

Samantha Field

Samantha Field, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Supervisor, serves as a beacon of support at our Concord office. With a strong background in trauma, anxiety, depression, intellectual disabilities, and autism, Samantha harnesses her expertise to provide comprehensive supervision and oversee interns at CARE. Devoted to the idea that mind and body should operate in harmony, she equips her clients with essential tools for well-being. Samantha employs EMDR therapy among other evidence-based techniques, in a safe, judgement-free environment. Welcoming a broad age range of clients, from as young as 4 years old through all stages of life, Samantha is committed to guiding you on your path to improved mental health. Embark on your journey to feeling better with Samantha’s steadfast support.

Level 1 Therapist & Clinical Supervisor

Danielle Puopolo

Danielle Puopolo is a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and leads the Concord team. With extensive experience in community mental health, her focus has been on assisting children and families. Danielle is proficient in trauma-informed care and emphasizes a client-centered approach. Her expertise includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), employing strengths-based strategies to support clients dealing with anxiety, depression, enhancing parenting skills, improving relationships, and beyond. Committed to a holistic view of mental wellness, Danielle excels in nurturing the growth and well-being of both her clients and team members.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Jill Cooper

Jill Cooper, a Clinical Social Worker at the Concord office, excels in connecting with clients of all ages. By focusing on strengths, she helps clients navigate life’s challenges to achieve emotional well-being. Jill’s work in EMDR therapy has notably advanced, helping hundreds of clients, as young as 8, overcome mental health struggles. Characterized by a positive attitude, she is keen to learn and integrate new therapeutic techniques, constantly enhancing her sessions for the benefit of her clients.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Kristian Jovanovich

Kristian Jovanovich, a licensed MLADC counselor at our Concord office, brings over a decade of experience in mental health and Substance Use Disorder counseling. With a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SNHU, he employs a strength-focused approach, firmly believing in the innate healing potential within all individuals. Kristian is well-versed in various therapeutic methodologies, including EMDR Therapy, motivational interviewing, Existential Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Central to his approach is the cultivation of a strong therapeutic relationship, where clients are encouraged to express themselves authentically. Kristian warmly invites you to embark on a journey toward enhanced mental wellness, promising steadfast guidance and support at every step.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Natalie Locke

Natalie Locke, a dedicated clinican in our Concord office, is a valuable therapeutic resource. She specializes in treating Eating Disorders and is skilled in EMDR therapy. Natalie's practice is rooted in empathy and collaboration, fostering a safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts and emotions. She has received specialized training in addressing Eating Disorders, offering tailored treatment plans that encompass the emotional, psychological, and relational aspects of these conditions. As an EMDR-trained therapist, Natalie assists clients in processing traumatic experiences, reframing negative perceptions, and building resilience. Her primary goal is to support individuals on their journey to recovery, empowering them to reconnect with their inner strength. If you're ready to take a significant step towards a more fulfilling life, Natalie is prepared to be your guide on this transformative path.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Sarah Letendre

Meet Sarah Letendre, a dedicated therapist holding a Master's degree in Social Work. Her diverse experience equips her to expertly guide clients through mental health challenges. Sarah excels in creating a safe, healing environment, helping individuals confront and overcome past obstacles to happiness and fulfillment. Her authentic support, combined with effective use of EMDR therapy, positions her as a trusted ally in her clients' therapeutic journeys. Sarah's commitment to providing compassionate care enables her to facilitate meaningful change, fostering resilience and personal growth in those she works with.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Ellie Blumenthal

Ellie Blumenthal is a dedicated therapist, holding master's degrees in Social Work and Kinesiology. Leveraging her expertise in experiential therapy, Ellie effectively employs EMDR and CBT techniques to support her clients. She specializes in assisting individuals aged 13 and older, focusing on creating therapeutic objectives that are client-led and deeply rooted in their unique life stories and experiences. Ellie is a firm believer in her clients' capacity to heal, develop resilience, and lead enriching lives.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Steven Ayers

Steven Ayers serves as a Clinical Social Worker at our Concord office. He earned his MSW in Social Work from Syracuse University, specializing in veteran mental health and health care policy. Steven brings a wealth of experience in supporting diverse groups, including children, adolescents, families, those dealing with substance abuse, couples, and veterans. He is skilled in a variety of therapeutic techniques such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Trauma-Focused CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Steven is dedicated to creating a supportive and welcoming environment for his clients, aiming to help them manage their emotional responses, enhance communication in their relationships, and build resilience.


Level 3 therapist & Director of Client CARE

Andrea Petraitis

Andrea Petraitis, a distinguished Clinical Social Worker, leads as Director of Client CARE at CARE Counseling Services. With her proficiency in EMDR and EMDR 2.0, she provides unparalleled support to therapists, ensuring clients receive the highest quality treatment. Committed to helping individuals experience symptom reduction and live high-quality lives, she champions the effective use of EMDR therapy for various mental health issues. Her work forms the cornerstone of CARE’s mission to offer relief from mental health burdens.

Level 3 Therapist & CEO

Sonya Gelinas

Sonya Gelinas stands at the forefront of CARE Counseling Services as its visionary leader and an acclaimed Advanced EMDR therapist. Her innovative approach has markedly streamlined the path for clients to achieve their goals. Under her stewardship, CARE has seen remarkable growth, now boasting an elite team of over 25 therapists spanning two states, each specializing in EMDR techniques. More than a mere clinic, CARE represents a beacon of excellence in both patient care and therapist development. Its mission extends beyond the walls of the clinic, aiming to foster positive mental health across communities. CARE invites you to embark on a journey of transformation, guided by the expertise and passion of Sonya and her team. This is where healing begins and resilience is built, one session at a time. Dive into transformation with CARE and discover the path to a healthier, more fulfilling life.

Level 1 Therapist

Mary Madrigal

Mary holds a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State University. She specializes in working with adolescents, young adults in detox/early recovery, and their families, emphasizing the importance of addressing addiction at its root for successful recovery. Mary also brings expertise in supporting adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and their families to reach their full potential, acknowledging the co-occurrence of depression and anxiety in both populations. Her therapeutic approaches include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy. Mary prioritizes building a secure therapeutic relationship with clients, understanding their therapy goals, and assisting them in overcoming obstacles to achieve peace and personal growth.

Level 1 Therapist

Danielle MacDonald

Danielle MacDonald, a Clinical Social Worker, serves our Nashua office with her strengths-based approach, focusing on her clients’ growth and healing journey. Her primary objective is to facilitate a deeper understanding of oneself, aiming to improve overall wellbeing. Danielle’s clinical expertise lies in helping clients explore the root causes of their self-beliefs and difficulties, aiding them to grasp the intricacies of their unique challenges. She is a firm believer in collaborative therapy, fostering a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment where clients can strive to surmount life’s obstacles and stressors. Danielle employs EMDR therapy, enabling clients to overcome life’s barriers promptly and effectively, preventing them from feeling stuck. She is committed to walking alongside you, illuminating your path towards a more fulfilling life.

Level 1 Therapist

Neisha Gonzalez

Neisha Gonzalez, based in our Nashua office, is a therapist known for her strengths-based approach, dedicated to guiding clients on their growth and healing journeys. She prioritizes creating a secure and trustworthy therapeutic bond with each client, often described as approachable and straightforward. Neisha specializes in EMDR therapy, helping clients process trauma, reshape negative perceptions, and build resilience. She integrates additional therapeutic modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy into her practice. Neisha offers flexible morning and afternoon sessions, both in-person at the Nashua office and via telehealth, and is fluent in Spanish to better serve diverse clients.

Level 1 Therapist

Brittany Nicholl

Brittany Nicholl, a therapist with a master's degree in Mental Health Counseling, is known for her enthusiasm for learning and her commitment to aiding clients in overcoming life's challenges. Skilled in EMDR therapy, Brittany focuses on addressing the root causes of her clients' symptoms. Her approach is deeply empathetic, aiming to help individuals improve their quality of life. Brittany's dedication to her clients' well-being is evident in her readiness to assist anyone seeking a better, more enjoyable life. Her expertise and compassionate nature make her an effective and trusted guide in the journey towards healing and personal growth.

Level 1 Therapist

Christine McGuire

LEVEL 3 THERAPIST & Director of Client CARE

Andrea Petraitis

Andrea Petraitis, a distinguished Clinical Social Worker, leads as Director of Client CARE at CARE Counseling Services. With her proficiency in EMDR and EMDR 2.0, she provides unparalleled support to therapists, ensuring clients receive the highest quality treatment. Committed to helping individuals experience symptom reduction and live high-quality lives, she champions the effective use of EMDR therapy for various mental health issues. Her work forms the cornerstone of CARE’s mission to offer relief from mental health burdens.

LEVEL 3 THERAPIST & CEO

Sonya Gelinas

Sonya Gelinas, the driving force behind CARE Counseling Services, is a renowned Advanced EMDR therapist known for her innovative approach that helps clients achieve their goals swiftly. Under her leadership, CARE has grown expansively, now featuring an elite team of 25+ therapists across two states, all specializing in EMDR techniques. More than just a clinic, CARE symbolizes excellence in patient care and therapist development, with a mission to promote positive mental health across communities. Dive into transformation with CARE!

Level 1 Therapist & Supervisor

Rachel Rainha

Rachel Rainha, a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, effectively leads the Haverhill and Nashua teams. A Northeastern University alumnus, she earned an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2010. Rachel’s expansive career primarily encompasses work with children and families across various care levels, with a specialty in addressing environmental and systemic trauma. Over the last five years, she has successfully transitioned her skills to an outpatient setting, treating both children and adults. Rachel strongly advocates a holistic, whole-body approach to mental health treatment and support, leveraging EMDR therapy as a critical therapeutic tool. Her unwavering passion lies in empowering individuals on their healing journey, creating a safe and nurturing environment.

Level 1 Therapist

Chiara Lee

Chiara Lee, a therapist at our Haverhill office, holds an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. With extensive experience in community mental health, she specializes in advanced techniques in EMDR therapy, enabling clients to swiftly overcome struggles from the past and present. Chiara's approach is person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed, tailored to each client's needs. Her therapy style integrates psychodynamic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to create a judgment-free space where clients can begin their healing journey.

Level 1 Therapist

Tina Morris

Tina Morris, a dedicated therapist at our Haverhill office, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Advanced Trauma-Informed Counseling concentration from Bay Path University (2023), and a Master’s degree in Education from Gordon College. She excels in EMDR therapy, person-centered and strengths-based approaches, as well as modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework, mindfulness, and play therapy. Tina places great importance on the client/therapist relationship and is dedicated to creating a safe and accepting therapeutic experience for all her clients.

Level 1 Therapist

Amanda Marte

Amanda Marte is a devoted therapist at our Haverhill office. She holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Simmons University. She has experience working in many different areas of social work, including the criminal justice system, school system, and the clinical field. She has worked with children and families in outpatient and in-home therapy settings and has led support groups. Amanda is committed to utilizing a trauma-informed, holistic, systems-based approach in her treatment with clients. She has also practiced clinical modalities such as Attachment-Based Therapy (ABT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). Amanda is also trained in EMDR therapy and is strengthening her clinical approaches to empower the EMDR framework in her treatment. Amanda strives to create a safe, welcoming, and calm space for her clients to feel secure in their own path to healing.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Danielle MacDonald

Danielle MacDonald, a Clinical Social Worker, serves our Nashua office with her strengths-based approach, focusing on her clients’ growth and healing journey. Her primary objective is to facilitate a deeper understanding of oneself, aiming to improve overall wellbeing. Danielle’s clinical expertise lies in helping clients explore the root causes of their self-beliefs and difficulties, aiding them to grasp the intricacies of their unique challenges. She is a firm believer in collaborative therapy, fostering a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment where clients can strive to surmount life’s obstacles and stressors. Danielle employs EMDR therapy, enabling clients to overcome life’s barriers promptly and effectively, preventing them from feeling stuck. She is committed to walking alongside you, illuminating your path towards a more fulfilling life.

LEVEL 1 Therapist

Emily Bonawitz

Emily Bonawitz, a telehealth therapist with us, holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah University. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced trauma and those dealing with complex mental health issues, including co-occurring disorders. Emily's primary therapeutic approaches involve EMDR Therapy and EMDR 2.0, complemented by components from various other models like Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Art Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and Gestalt Therapy. Emily values building a strong therapeutic connection with her clients, fostering an environment where they can be themselves and progress at their own pace. She understands that change is a process and is dedicated to supporting her clients on their journey towards a healthier, safer lifestyle.

LEVEL 1 THERAPIST

Sarah Letendre

Meet Sarah Letendre, a compassionate therapist with a Master's degree in Social Work. With her diverse experience, she helps clients overcome mental health challenges and create a safe, healing space to address past obstacles to happiness and fulfillment. Sarah's authentic support and effective use of EMDR therapy make her a trusted companion on clients' therapeutic journeys.

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