staff profiles:

Keith Levy, M.D.
is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist with over 20 years experience working with children, teens and adults.  He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As director of Psychiatry & Family Counseling, he has assembled a talented staff of caring clinicians who have provided the children and families of central Massachusetts with the highest quality of mental health services.  His professional career has been based on listening to children and families while providing guidance with their mental health development.  He has expertise in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.  His training and experience prepare him to provide individual and family psychotherapy, as well as psychopharmacology (medication) treatment.  He is also involved in consultation to schools and group homes.  Dr. Levy attended Duke University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.  He received his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine.  His adult psychiatry residency training was at the University of Colorado Medical Center.  His child psychiatry fellowship was at Boston Children’s Hospital/Judge Baker Guidance Center.  Prior to founding Psychiatry & Family Counseling, he was the first Director of Child Psychiatry Services at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bridget C. Christanski, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker who works with older adolescents, adults, and families. Capitalizing on the strength and resilience of each individual, Bridget uses a multifaceted, holistic approach and excels in personalizing each treatment plan to help individuals achieve their goals. She specializes in working with individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and GLBTQ issues. She has worked in a variety of settings including but not limited to a local college's mental health facility, domestic violence hotlines, and out-patient clinics. After earning her Bachelors degree from Bowdoin College in Maine, Ms. Christanski went on to receive her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University. Currently, Bridget is extremely active in the homeschooling movement and has helped create a varied, stimulating, and well rounded academic and social curriculum, not only for her own kids but for their peers.

Erin E. Christiano
is a licensed Mental Health Counselor with ten years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Her approach to treatment is multi-dimensional, based on a holistic understanding of the client. Erin utilizes innovative and alternative tools and techniques to meet her clients where they are at, capitalizing on their strengths to empower them to achieve balance in their lives. Formally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Erin integrates this knowledge to individually tailor therapeutic goals for her clients so that they can achieve a greater sense of balance and resilience. Her areas of interest include helping clients with stress and anger management, school success, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, foster care and self-esteem. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and holds an additional license as a school adjustment counselor servicing students in grades k-12, as well as is an adoption assessment clinician and yoga instructor in the Worcester area.

Mary Dillon, PMHNP-BC
is a Board Certified Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner with 20 years of experience providing services to children, adolescents and adults. Areas of special interest include ADHD, PTSD and substance abuse disorders. Ms. Dillon received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Anna Maria College and her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College.

Patrice Gallagher, Ph.D.
is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents and families.  She has expertise in Anxiety Disorders (including OCD), Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning Problems, Oppositional Defiant Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Mood Disorders, Mutism, and Tic Disorders.  She also has an interest in the evaluation and treatment of young children and their parents.  Dr. Gallagher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary education from Penn State University.  She then was granted a Masters degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado.  She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Mexico.  She is also currently works as a school psychologist in the public school system over the past ten years.

Jayne Garrett, Psy.D.
is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience working with children, families and adults.  She uses a collaborative approach to assisting youth and adults with life transitions.  Other areas of expertise include helping with school issues, coping with stress, parenting challenges, and adapting after loss or divorce.  After an internship at Worcester Youth Guidance Center, Dr. Garrett earned her doctoral degree in psychology form Indiana State University.

Robyn Gentilotti, MSN, PMH-NP, BC
is Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practioner who works with adolescents and adults. She has been a nurse for over 12 years. She has expertise in psychopharmacology. Her areas of special interest include ADD/ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders. Ms. Gentilotti received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Framingham State College. She then received her Master's of Science in Nursing at Regis College in Weston, Ma.

Gerald Helfrich, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience at Psychiatry and Family Counseling.  He provides individual, couples, and family therapy with adolescents and adults.  His experience includes working as a psychotherapist in a wide variety of settings including private practice, community mental health centers, public schools (kg-12th grade) and hospitals.  Mr. Helfrich received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island.  He then earned his Masters of Social Work at Rhode Island College.  He has many years experience serving as the consultant to a regional special education program; offering assistance to students, parents and staff.

James Jacobsen, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience at Psychiatry and Family Counseling providing individual, group and family therapy.  Specialty areas include school related issues, special education, family system therapy, cognitive behavioral treatment and crisis intervention.  Mr. Jacobsen received his MSW from Simmons College in Boston.  He has worked in public, alternative and residential schools.  Past experience includes clinical director at Stetson School, assistant director at Devereux Therapeutic Foster Care, UMass Medical Center Emergency Mental Health, as well as working on both child and adult  inpatient units.

Mary Jeffers-Terry, APRN, BC, PC
is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with over 20 years experience in child and adolescent mental health.  She has expertise in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.  Areas of special interest include ADHD, anxiety, diagnostic evaluations and second opinion consultation, depression, behavioral issue, parent education, and developmental delay.  Ms. Jeffers-Terry received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marian College.  At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing and her ANCC-Accredited provider training.

Christina Laydon, LICSW
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who has worked in the field for 14 years, specializing in work with adolescents and young adults. She has an interest in assisting clients who struggle with depression, anxiety and mood disorders. She has worked in a variety of settings, including out-patient clinics and residential placement. Christina has experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is also trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. She has experience using this type of treatment with individuals and family members, through individual therapy and skills training. Christina received her Masters in Social Work from Boston College.

Janice Palken-Tervo, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in individual and group therapy.  She has a broad range of experience working with adolescents, couples, families and adults.  Areas of expertise include anxiety disorders, affective disorders, major mental illness and high functioning autism disorders.  After receiving an undergraduate degree from Harvard, Ms Palken-Tervo earned her MSW from Simmons College.  Besides being a skilled psychotherapist, she is an accomplished musician having an advanced music degree from Yale.  She has performed as a professional cellist for over a decade in Germany and continues to perform chamber music with her husband in benefit concerts for various human service and charitable organizations. 

Scott Parker, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years experience working with children, adolescents and families.  He specializes in assisting young children and their families dealing with family systems issues, attention deficit disorder, conduct problems, and all school related concerns.  Mr. Parker received a Masters in Social Work from Smith College.  He also holds additional licenses as a school adjustment counselor and principal at all grade levels.  He is currently a principal of an alternative day school which services children from ages 5-18.

Elaine Pressman-Kapperman, LICSW
is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and marriage counseling. She has training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), grief work and adjustment to medical issues. Ms Kapperman received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY (State University of New York) at Stony Brook.

Jodie Rapping, LMHC
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years experience working with adolescents, adults, and families. Ms. Rapping has worked extensively in the field of special education as a therapist and Clinical Supervisor, as well as an administrator. Areas of expertise include treating anxiety disorders, depression, defiant disorders, trauma, and mood disorders. She has extensive experience with developing behavior plans aimed at improving the quality of life for adolescents and families. Ms. Rapping received her Bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College University Without Walls in Human Services. She then earned a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.

Abbie Russo, LMHC
is a Licensed Mental health counselor working with children, adolescents and families.  She has a special interest helping clients with ADHD, Defiant Disorders,   Anxiety, Depression, Aspergers and Trauma.  She has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, as well as being trained in Dialectical Behavioral therapy.  Ms. Russo received her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College.

Diane Saffer, LICSW
is a Clinical Social Worker with over nine years of experience working with children, teens, families, and adults. Her areas of special interest include ADHD, anxiety, mood disorders, learning and developmental challenges, grief and loss, and chronic illness. She has worked in both community mental health and school settings. Prior to her work in the mental health field, Ms. Saffer worked in the health care field with individuals who had chronic and life threatening illness. She earned a Bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College.

Paul Shiebler, Psy. D.
is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience working with children, teen and adults.  He has been working with Psychiatry and Family Counseling since 1995.  In addition to working with Anxiety and Mood Disorders, his areas of special interest include children and parents dealing with oppositional behavior, divorce, alcoholism, ADHD and bullying.  He also enjoys working with adolescent issues, as well as couples with relationship problems.  Dr. Shiebler received his Doctor of Psychology degree from Rutgers University in 1987, after completing his internship at South Shore Mental Health Center in Quincy.

Amy Tesz, LMHC, ATR-BC
is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist who works with children, adolescents and families. Her areas of interest include helping clients with stress and anger management, increasing school success, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, traumatic stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She has over ten years experience working in school based, residential and inpatient settings. She earned her Master of Arts in Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.

Jack Terry, Ph.D.
is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.  He has expertise in individual, family, and group psychotherapy, as well as skill in personality, projective and intelligence testing.  Areas of special interest include:  children with ADHD, depression and affective disorders, counseling for clients with spiritual issues, anger management, children of divorced parents and grief counseling.  Dr. Terry is also a gifted teacher and supervisor.  He received his Doctor of Psychology degree from Iowa Sate University.  He took his predoctoral internship at Worcester State Hospital /University of Massachusetts Medical School, and currently serves as the training director of that program. 

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