​Cindy Gilks

Ph.D., ABSNP, NHCSP

Diplomate of the American Board of School-Neuropsychology

New Hampshire Certified School Psychologist

I provide targeted assessments to investigate suspected area(s) of School-Neuropsychological disability. A thorough School Neuropsychological Evaluation will include a developmental history, neurpsychological processing checklist, and specific instruments that respond to your referral question and/ or recognized areas of concern. Research-based recommendations are tailored to the individual's needs for home, school, and the individual's continual growth and progress. 


I have earned my Ph.D. in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognition and Instruction, Master of Science in Psychology with Marriage and Family Therapy Concentration, and Undergraduate in Psychology. I additionally earned an advanced graduate study in School Neuropsychology and am proud and fortunate to utilize these skills and accomplishments toward your child's very best interests. 


Years in Practice 22+

Jill Pearl

Licensed Clinical Mental

Health Counselor

I provide support through all of life's stages.  I am solution focused and strengths based.  We all have the ability to grow, change, and solve our own problems.  Sometimes it takes a collaborative effort with someone outside of the situation to move forward.  I believe that a good therapeutic experience helps an individual to better manage situations that life sends our way.  I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.  It is my belief that the family is key when working with children.  Parents are the "experts" on their own children, some just don't know it yet!


I earned my Master of Clinical Social Work from Fordham University.  I was a Social Worker in New York Public Schools, worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor with adolescents in a state run agency in the Hudson Valley, and served children and adolescents with severe emotional, behavioral and trauma issues in a residential and day treatment facility in Massachusetts.  I have been in private practice for 8 years and started Clarity Counseling Associates in 2010 and serve as the Director. 


Years in Practice: 18+ 

Leah Farley

Licensed Independent

Clinical Social worker


Meet Our Therapists

I am a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse, and Nationally credentialed as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child Adolescent Mental Health. Many people are familiar with the role of nurse practitioners in their Primary Care setting.  I work with children and their families in individual therapy, evaluation and assessment for use of prescription medication, and often function in the role as a consultant to your existing team of providers.

My work history of over 25 years includes outpatient clinics, inpatient and partial hospital settings and private practice. As a Nurse Practitioner, I focus on the integration of mind and body with attention paid to the role of chronic health issues and stress.  Mental health treatment includes teaching families about mental illness, and assisting with the challenges it may present for children and families.   

I use a collaborative and open approach to the evaluation process, encouraging questions, and providing options and alternatives to proposed treatments. I consider parents the expert in caring for their child, and therefore need their involvement.

My role is to help you map a road to a healthy and balanced daily life. The goal is to maintain a vision of health which includes the ability to enjoy life, grow through its’ challenges and use available supports.  


Years of experience 25+

Whether working with children, adolescents or adults, I begin from a holistic and strength-based perspective. I use a wide range of modalities and evidence-based practices, knowing that no single approach works for all. When a person chooses to begin counseling, it can feel like a daunting experience, but together we can find a way through, toward positive growth, healing and change.  Using creative avenues, I work to help individuals strengthen their self-esteem, build their personal tool-kit of life strategies, and cultivate greater confidence and well-being. 

After obtaining a master’s degree from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, I began my career as a counselor in school settings.  This experience taught me a great deal about learning styles, child development, and ways to address academic, social and behavioral challenges.  I have worked extensively with parents to help them build skills based on their own expert knowledge of their child.  I later pursued an advanced degree in Mental Health at Rivier College and licensure as a Mental Health Counselor.  I have worked in clinical settings with children and adults of all ages.  Through additional trainings, I have extended my knowledge in the areas of grief counseling, trauma treatment, life transitions, foster care and adoption, mindfulness, art and play therapy, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, communication, and stress management.

The poet Robert Frost wrote, “The best way out is always through.” I see the therapeutic experience as a collaboration between client and therapist.  Together we work to identify the challenges you face, apply the strengths you bring to the situation, and build new approaches and skills to help you move through them.


Years in Practice: 14+

My practice is based upon a strengths based perspective. I believe growth and change is possible in even the most difficult of circumstances. I focus my practice on helping people work through difficult issues and finding their own inner strengths.


I received my Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of New Hampshire.  I have been working in the field of Social Work for 9 years.  I was a Clinical Social Worker at an agency that provided in home services to families.  I have also worked with families whose children have been exposed to abusive and neglectful circumstances, as well as children and families involved in foster care and domestic and international adoption.  I have extensive experience working with teenagers and young adults, though I have worked with children and adults of all ages. 


I have experience working with a variety of life issues such as Depression, Anxiety, Foster Care, Adoption, Post Traumatic Stress, Infertility, and Mood Disorders.


Years in Practice: 10+


Katie Hersom

Licensed  Independent

Clinical Social Worker

My approach to therapy is tailored to the individual needs of the child, adolescent, or adult I am meeting with.  Together, we will build on your strengths so that you may feel empowered to honor, cope with, and accept the events that have occurred in your life. I believe therapy is a space where personal growth can be achieved by exploring the changes we want to see in our relationships with others and within ourselves.

Using a strengths-based approach, I work collaboratively with clients to create treatment goals that can be integrated into their daily lives.  Goals may include exploring relationships and self-esteem issues, developing coping strategies for anxiety, stress, and loss, or exploring the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.  Through trainings and practice, I have experience using several therapeutic interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, play and sand tray therapy, grief counseling, trauma-informed therapy, mindfulness, and expressive arts.

Having worked in public schools, community mental health, and private practice, I have gained experience helping children, parents, and adults develop skills to manage daily stressors as well as provided guidance, resources, and emotional support. Topics explored included anxiety, social/friendship issues, and family stressors related to divorce, grief, illness, and trauma.

In 2010, I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johnson State College in Vermont.  Currently, I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in New Hampshire and I am a member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.


Years in Practice: 8+

​Andrea Domenico

Licensed Clinical Mental 
Health Counselor

I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to support them as they work towards their goals in therapy.  My goal as a provider is to draw from my client’s strengths and to assist with the development of tools to create a more fulfilling life. With empathy, sensitivity and humor we will co-create a space to build the therapeutic relationship therefore allowing for growth and change to occur.  I offer compassionate, down-to-earth counseling to help individuals reduce emotional suffering, improve relationships, and live happier lives. I have experience working with adults, adolescents and children.  I have worked in community mental health centers and with court-mandated substance abuse clients.  I use evidence-based interventions to help clients with a variety of concerns such as but not limited to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, relationship issues, trauma and grief.  

I earned my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rivier College and am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.


Years of experience:  14+

Elizabeth Flynn, 

MSN, APRN

 

​​​Clarity Counseling Associates

Kim Howard

Licensed Clinical Mental

Health Counselor

 

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