Below you will find some information on each of our therapists. All of our staff are fully credentialed and licensed by the appropriate state boards. Keep in mind that if you are interested in receiving counseling with us, your first contact will be with our referral coordinator, who will work with you to find the best match between you and one of our therapists. This matching is based on several criteria, including your preference for a male or female therapist, areas of special expertise, who can take a specific insurance or HMO, hours of availability, and the available openings of each therapist.
To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please call (978) 664-2566 and press "2" at the prompt to speak to the referral coordinator.
Donna Whipple, PsyD
Dr. Donna Whipple is a licensed clinical psychologist, a certified health services provider, and a licensed mental health counselor. She was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1984. She received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College in 1987, and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School in 1994. Dr. Whipple completed a Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellowship in neuropsychology and medical psychology at the Brockton/West Roxbury VAMC. Dr. Whipple has had experience in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and day treatment centers. Dr. Whipple's primary therapeutic approach is CBT/DBT/ACT. She has extensive experience with all age groups. Her specialties include child and adolescent issues, couples treatment, women's issues, psychological testing, geriatrics, ADHD, and adjustment to medical illness.
Richard Kaufman, MSW, LICSW, BCD
Rick Kaufman received his BA in Psychology from Hampshire College in 1977, and his Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons College School for Social Work in 1980. He is a Board-Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. He has worked over the years in several clinical and administrative capacities. These have included an inpatient psychiatric unit, both adult and adolescent psychiatric day treatment programs, a therapeutic school for troubled teens, and a mental health clinic. He is the former Clinical Director and Associate Executive Director of Associates for Human Services, a large clinic in Taunton, Mass. Since 1990 he has been Co-Director of Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading. In addition to the administrative responsibilities, he has carried a full-time case load, and provides individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children. His specialities include couples therapy, panic and anxiety disorders, child and adolescent behavior problems, and relationship issues. His approach to therapy is eclectic, and draws from several schools. The primary emphasis is on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, but he also draws from his extensive training in Psychodynamic Therapy.Lisa Martelli, LICSW
Lisa is a Licensed Independant Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters in Social Work at Boston College in 1987. As a psychotherapist, her empowering, solution focused, cognitive-behavioral and results driven approach has helped people change their behavior, alleviate symptomatology and improve their life situation. Her career includes training and supervising staff, developing organizational programs, teaching courses at nearby colleges and presenting numerous workshops on specialty areas to professional colleagues and various groups. She works primarily with adolescents, adults and couples. Lisa has also received her certication through International Coach Federation as a Personal and Professional Coach. Her specialites include marital issues, anxiety/stress management, depression, loss, trauma work, along with adolescent anxiety, behavioral problems and self-esteem issues.
Cheryl Kronhaus, MSW, LICSW
Cheryl received her BSW from Salem State College in 1986 and her Master's in Social Work from Boston University in 1987. Over the years she has worked in both clinical and administrative capacities. These have included a therapeutic foster care program, school-based therapist battered women's program and a mental health clinic. Cheryl is the former Program Director for a home-based treatment program in Lowell and Farmer Program Director for a Battered Women's Program in Somerville. Since April of 1998 she has been a full-time therapist at Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading. She provides individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children. Her specialties include anxiety and panic disorders in children and adults, child and adolescent behavior problems, trauma treatment with adults and children, grief and loss with adults and children. Cheryl's therapeutic approach comes from several sources. The primary emphasis is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.
Carole Davidson, MA, LMHC, LRC
Carole received her BA from the George Washington University in Washing D.C. in 1970. She received her M.Ed. in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley College in 1979. Carole has a unique ability to combine expressive art therapy in various forms with traditional psychotherapy. She has a special interest in the treatment of issues of loss, whether due to dealth, illness or other causes. Carole has worked in a variety of clinical settings. She loves helping people of all ages, and has a particular talent in working with children.
Nancy Pelmas, MSW, LICSW
Nancy Pelmas received her BA from Wesleyan University in 1987 and her Masters of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 1992. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents and their families in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings. Prior to joining the clinical staff at PANR, Nancy had served first as Family Therapist, then as Clinical Coordinator and ultimately as Program Director at the Residential Assessment Program at Franciscan Children's Hospital. She currently works with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. She is particularly interested in helping with relationship issues, as well as issues of anxiety, depression and problem drinking. She has expertise in understanding and supporting adolescent identity development and self-esteem. Nancy uses an eclectic approach, individualizing her therapeutic methods to meet the needs of her clients. These methods include traditional, insight oriented "talk therapy", cognitive behavioral methods, and stress reduction. She works holistically, helping her clients to improve all aspects of their lives and relationships, setting goals with clients and supporting them as they make life-style changes.
Tim Hynick, PsyD
Tim is a graduate of Antioch New England with a doctorate in Psychology and a masters in Rehabilitation Therapy. He specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy, chronic illness and physical disabilities, as well as psychiatric illnesses. He offers extensive experience in the public schools with a certification as a School Pschyologist. Tim is available for individual, couples and family therapy.
Elizabeth Schumacher, MSW, LICSW
Elizabeth Schumacher is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She graduated with a Bachelors in Social Work (BSW) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in 1978. She received her Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Simmons College School for Social Work, Boston, MA in 1986. She completed 7 years of post graduate studies in Bioenergetic Analysis, a 70 year old discipline of body oriented psychotherapy. She's a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT) and the Senior Assistant Trainer for the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis in Cambridge, Mass. She has worked in both clinical and administrative capacities in inpatient, outpatient and community day treatment settings. She has provided individual, group, couples and family treatment to adults, children and the elderly. Her areas of focus include mind/body oriented psychotherapy, psychosomatic difficulties, addictions recovery issues, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, eating disorders and grief work. She uses traditional psychotherapy techniques as well as cognitive-behavioral therapy, skill teaching, bioenergetics, and a body oriented understanding of issues.
Dennis Walker, MSW, LICSW
Dennis Walker received his BA in Psychology from Stonehill College, and his Master's in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Dennis has 17 years of experience with adults and adolescents, specializing in brief Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques. Dennis won praise from the Secretary of The Veterans Administration for his clinical work with homeless, addicted, combat veterans. He served for many years in both a clinical and adminstrative capacity within the Veterans Administration. Dennis has many years of experience helping those afflicted with alcohol and drug abuse, and specialized in Motivational Interviewing, a clinical protocol designed to help those afflicted with Addiction. Dennis also specialized in the treatment of depression and anxiety, often employing a Cognitive-Behavioral approach. Dennis also specializes in helping those who are experiencing a divorce.
Jim Morin, LMHC
Jim Morin specializes in child and adolescent psychotherapy, men's issues, anger management and divorce. He has specialized knowledge of early childhood issues and domestic violence. Jim is available for indvidual, couples and family therapy.
Rebecca Henry, M.A., Ed.S., LMHC
Rebecca is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Educational Specialist, and Licensed School Psychologist. She earned her master's degree in the field of mental health counseling at Boston College and received her advanced graduate degree in the field of school psychology at the University of Massachusetts. Rebecca has worked in a variety of clinical and educational settings; which have included residential programs, hospitals, and public and special education schools. She has special interest for children and adolescents, most notably in treating anxiety and depression. Rebecca also has significant experience in social skills training and enjoyed her work with children on the Autism Spectrum at McLean Hospital. In addition to working with children, Rebecca offers parent training and educational support for families.
Andrea Thompson, MSW, LICSW
Andrea is a licensed independent clinical social worker. She received a BS in Human Development from Wheelock College and a MSW from Salem State University. She has broad experience providing individual, family, and play therapy in Boston Public Schools and outpatient mental health settings. She utilizes psychodynamic, CBT, and mind body techniques when working children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, ADHD, mood disorders, children and families involved with DCF, and treating individuals and families affected by trauma. Andrea is also trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) a dyadic treatment for parents and children aged birth to 6 who have experienced trauma.
Kristen Valente, MSW, LICSW
Kristen earned her Masters of Social Work from Boston University and is currently a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Along with Kristen's clinical skills, she has education and training in early childhood education, providing her with a framework of child development. Kristen has extensive experience working with children and families in settings such as: schools, substance abuse programs, specialized child care programs, and community mental health practice. Kristen is a certified trainer of Suicide Prevention and Dr. Brazelton's Touchpoints child development model. Kristen specializes in play therapy and uses this technique to allow children and adolescents to express themselves. She provides parenting education and support, individual, family and group psychotherapy to adults, adolescents and children. Kristen has experience working with children from homes where parents are struggling with substance abuse. Her areas of focus and strength include: early childhood issues, anxiety, divorce, behavioral problems, social skills, sibling difficulties, domestic violence, and trauma.
Heather Ruemenapp, MSW, LICSW
Heather provides individual, couples and family counseling. She specializes in child and family issues. She is also experienced in crisis management. She has a special interest in parenting difficulties, as well as foster care and adoption issues.
Erina White, MSW, LICSW
Erina received her B.A from Smith College, her MSW from Smith College School of Social Work, and is currently in a PhD program at Simmons School of Social Work. Erina has employed a wide range of clinical skills in a variety of settings: hospital social work, crisis intervention in emergency rooms, outpatient counseling, and inpatient psychiatric work. She practices with children, families, couples and adolescents. Although her clinical training was primarily psychodynamic, she considers narrative therapy and cognitive behavioral treatment her most often utilized therapeutic approaches.
Stephanie Saba, LMHC, SAC
Stephanie received her M.Ed. / Masters of Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a licensed School Adjustment Counselor. Her experience includes working in residential treatment centers, DYS case management, providing outreach therapy with children, adolescents and families, and providing counseling services in elementary and high schools. She incorporates an eclectic use of therapeutic orientations including Cognitive Behavioral and Art/Expressive therapies.
Robert Johnston, LICSW
Bob Johnston attended graduate schools in Scotland and earned his MSW from Smith College in 1977. His professional career has included clinical, administrative and milieu model development with emotionally troubled teens and their families in the non-profit sector. Bob has been both a clinical supervisor and therapist specializing in services for emotionally disturbed, attachment disordered and traumatized youth and their families. Clinical specialties include various family therapy models, psychodynamic, solution-focused and sensory integrative/reparative treatment approaches. He has a particular interest in social learning theory, strengths-based and narrative therapies. Bob provides individual, group and family therapy to children, adolescents, families and adults with expertise in addressing attachment, trauma/grief/loss, anxiety, interpersonal, behavioral and self-esteem challenges.
Please keep in mind that if you are interested in receiving counseling with us, your first contact will be with our referral coordinator, who will work with you to find the best match between you and one of our therapists. This matching is based on several criteria, including your preference for a male or female therapist, areas of special expertise, who can take a specific insurance or HMO, hours of availability, and the available openings of each therapist. To schedule an appointment or to get more information, please call (978) 664-2566 and press "2" at the prompt to speak to the referral coordinator.
Below are the telephone extensions for Psychotherapy Associates of North Reading. To reach any of these extensions, please call (978) 664-2566. As soon as you hear the recording, press the extension number.
North Reading Office Extenstions
- Emergencies: 1
- Operator: 0
- New Referrals: 2
- Susan Bennett: 275
- Vanessa David (referral coordinator): 232
- Carole Davidson: 224
- Elizabeth Graham: 227
- Rebecca Henry: 311
- Tim Hynick: 230
- Jessica Jenkins: 226
- Robert Johnston: 302
- Richard Kaufman: 211
- Cheryl Kronhaus: 215
- Lisa Martelli: 272
- Carol Meuse (referral coordinator): 246
- Jim Morin: 218
- Nancy Pelmas: 229
- Heather Ruemenapp: 273
- Libet Schumacher: 226
- Andrea Thompson: 277
- Kristen Valente: 276
- Dennis Walker: 216
- Donna Whipple: 223
- Erina White: 267
Please note that all referrals and emergency calls are handled through our North Reading office at (978) 664-2566.