I have worked in mental health for nearly 30 years, starting with an interest in Hospice and post undergraduate at UNH, Durham, working with people with developmental disabilities. I obtained my master’s degree at Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA. I have experience with at-risk adolescents working as a clinical director and have partnered with people who have Schizophrenia and addiction. I have also done group work using DBT for clients dealing with borderline personality disorders.
I have a passion for connecting people to resources, information and skills to support their self-sufficiency. As a licensed mental health professional, I have explored several different venues in which to utilize and expand my skill areas, which afforded me the opportunity to work with very diverse populations; do program development; and to train and present at conferences including Mass PRA. It is my strong belief that working with people inspires me to continue to study and learn in many interdisciplinary areas that contribute to wellness. I have an ongoing interest in Psychoneurimmunology; the interactions between the systems of the body, health and mind. My style is supportive, motivational, and informative. I draw from the methods of CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, brief therapy, narrative, relational, and other techniques and models including Prolonged Exposure therapy for trauma.
It has also been my privilege, for the past twenty years, to work with people in crisis at their most vulnerable moments with intent to make a difference.
Years in Practice: 20+
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern
Cindy Gilks is a Marriage and Family Therapist supervised toward meeting licensure hours. She will be working on a sliding fee scale for individuals with no insurance and/or with clients who have a Medicaid product for insurance.
Any individual challenge, disorder, and/or trauma affects all members of a family. Oftentimes, family members assume roles and expectations overtime. These roles and expectations may adjust throughout experiences or remain stagnant while still one/some member(s) may decline or progress. Family and Marriage Therapy aims to build resilience, coping strategies, and encourage healthy communication and boundaries within a safe and trustworthy space.
Educationally, I have earned a BA in Psychology, MS in Counseling Psychology and Psychological Services with MFT emphasis, and PhD in Psychology with emphasis in Cognition and Instruction. I additionally am a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP). I participate in ongoing educational, clinical, and public policy trainings and am a member of several valuable organizations that aim to encourage mental health, cross cultural competence, and well-being.
I look forward to working with you, your partner, child, family, and/or extended family toward improving life satisfaction, confidence, and meaningful relationships. I am very comfortable working with all ages, stages, and populations such as LGBTQ+. Couples, blended, and interfaith families are welcome, and I have great respect for all cultures and spiritual beliefs.
I hope to meet you soon!
I am a licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. I received my Master’s degree at Southern NH University.
I have worked with adults, children and families for the last twenty years in residential and outpatient services. I am a strength based, solution focused therapist. I believe helping to support people to see themselves as resourceful and resilient even during adverse conditions promotes affective change and positive growth.
My professional background has allowed me the opportunity to utilize many different treatment modalities with individuals and their families. I have worked with high risk teens, who have been removed from their homes and have legal issues, reintegrate successfully back into the community and home with their families. I have helped support long term sobriety with individuals in outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment facilities. I have helped explore how substance use is embedded in a cycle of interactions within the family and ways to change this. I have also worked with individuals struggling with a severe and persistent mental illness that impacts their daily living.
Everybody has a story and those stories matter. I became a counselor because I have always known that I wanted to directly impact people’s lives and experiences in a positive way. That I wanted to understand people across the lifespan of cultural context so that I could help them build lives of wellness, health and meaning.
Kayla is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern. She has completed the educational requirements to receive her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from River University. She is doing her clinical internship with Clarity Counseling Associates under the supervision of Leah Farley, Owner, Director, LICSW.
I have worked in community mental health for several years providing support for clients 18+ dealing with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI). Prior to my career in community mental health, I worked as an Applied Behavioral Therapist for children ages 3-18 years old. My passion lies in working with individuals throughout the life span; with a particular focus in transitional age young adults.
My philosophy of counseling ensures the vital importance of the therapeutic relationship. Through a collaborative approach, we are able to create a realm for growth and skill building. Within this alliance, I believe we are able to achieve the goals we set forth in therapy. I incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Stress Management within my sessions. I am trained in several modalities, dual diagnosis, and am an instructor for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention.
I look forward to building a space where you can feel supported and gain a sense of who YOU are.
Licensed Clinical Mental
Master's of Social Work Licensure Candidate
I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling intern, having completed the educational requirements to receive my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Rivier University. I am doing my clinical counseling internship with Clarity Counseling Associates under the supervision of owner and director Leah Farley, LICSW.
I have experience as a residential counselor in a girls group home and as a support person for a teenager with autism. I believe in strengths-based and solution-focused therapy and have taken a DBT workshop to explore the benefits of using a mindfulness approach to cope with and change unhealthy behaviors.
I am interested in working with teens, adults and couples and am looking forward to helping people build on their strengths and focus on positive solutions to overcome life’s challenges.
Licensed Clinical Mental
Licensed Independent Clinical
Clinical Social Worker
I feel that I provide a safe, caring and nonjudgmental environment where children, adults and families can work with me collaboratively, to meet their goals. I use a person-centered and strengths based approach where I meet you where you are at. My methods of treatment typically include CBT and motivational interviewing, though my approach is always tailored around fitting the clients unique, specific needs.
It’s important for you or your child to find your own story about what you are struggling with, and it is my goal to help guide you towards reaching your goals and getting your needs met.
I have a background in child protective work, having worked for the state Department of Children and Families, combined with many years of work with children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral and trauma issues in various settings. I earned my Master of Social Work from Salem State University in 2005, and have well over 20 years of experience working in the field of social work. I also have over 17 years of experience working in pediatric hospital and primary care clinic settings where I’ve been able to work closely with doctors and medical teams using an integrative and collaborative care approach to ensure that patients' emotional, mental health and safety needs are met. I have always enjoyed my collaborative work in the community in advocating for children’s special educational and safety needs, and value the professional relationships that I have maintained over the years. Though I have vast experience working with children and families, my background has been pretty diverse, allowing me the opportunities to have also worked with veterans, high-risk adult populations and those with chronic medical and mental illness as well.
Whatever part of life’s journey that you are working through, I am hopeful to be afforded with the opportunity of helping you (or your child) find your inner strength and path to a healthier sense of self.
As a licensed independent clinical social worker, I utilize a strength-based and solution focused approach to help support individuals who may be faced with challenging times, help foster personal growth and assist in achieving lifetime goals. I am a firm believer in individuals being the expert on their own life but at times may need guidance when faced with a struggle, feeling overwhelmed or dealing with an unexpected lifetime event or experience.
Over the years, I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including individuals and families struggling with medical illness as well as children and their families who may be on the Autism Spectrum. I also have a strong managed care background, where I have been an advocate in the provider community, for children and adults, to ensure that appropriate care, care coordination and case management are being delivered in the healthcare system.
I earned my undergraduate degree in psychology at Western New England University and went on to earn my Master of Social Work degree from Boston University. Both of which provided a solid foundation for learning about human behavior and a thorough knowledge base of a variety of clinical strategies.
My goal, through a collaborative working relationship, is to help individuals and families achieve THEIR personal best and to aide them in making choices they can feel good about, despite challenges and limitations that they might be faced with.
Years of Experience 20+
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 since 2006 and started Clarity Counseling Associates in 2010 and serve as the Director.
Years in Practice: 20+
Katelyn is a supervised Master's of Social Work licensure candidate. Katelyn will be working on a sliding fee scale for individuals with no insurance and/or with clients who have a Medicaid product for insurance.
As a Social Worker, I would like to help people identify and utilize their strengths to get them where they want to go. I am a firm believer that each individual person is the expert of their own life and, therefore, they should guide the therapeutic experience so that it can be a positive and productive time. I have confidence in the work that we can do together, as a team after developing a collaborative working alliance.
I graduated from Plymouth State University with my Bachelors of Social Work and continued my education to earn my Masters of Social Work at the University of New England. I earned a Trauma-Informed Certificate through the University of New England and have been trained to practice with a trauma-informed lens. I utilize a variety of therapeutic perspectives, including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have also had the opportunity to learn how to include spirituality into therapy if desired. This training has prepared me to individualize services based on the person.
As a graduate intern, I worked with veterans at the VA Medical Center towards successful transitions back to civilian life. As an undergraduate intern, I helped children, youth, and families meet their identified goals at the Family Resource Center of Central N.H.. As a Social Worker, I would like to help people identify and utilize their strengths to get them where they want to go.
Marriage and Family Therapist Licensure Candidate
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Intern
Clarity Counseling Associates
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