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Thaddieus Sarpy

lmhc

I have worked with a wide range of clients from persons trying to reintegrate into society after federal incarceration, loved ones dealing with grief, families who are struggling because of internal conflict, relationship challenges, or behavioral issues with a child. So long as the person I treat wants to work towards changing the issue I believe that I can help in guiding them towards healing and a solution.
I practice from the positive psychology model. In a world that has trained you to recognize the negatives quickly, working with me you will learn how to emphasize the positives in your life. I am a strength builder and work under the understanding that I am here to teach and advise and not to fix because this is what you will do when working with me.
I am always open to helping others through multiple counseling modalities. I believe that listening is the key and then setting the goal should be next. If you have an issue then speaking to me about it will definitely be well worth your time. All of the therapists of GENNEW are approachable. Please contact through phone or email and make the first step.

Dr. LaTasha Sarpy

licsw

Dr. Sarpy has been working in the social work field for about 15 years. She works with primarily women and children but also works with male clients. Dr. Sarpy's specializes in trauma-focused/informed therapy modalities, sexual abuse, women's issues, issues related to race and cultural competence, anxiety and ADHD. Dr. Sarpy loves to laugh and eat, so you should expect many of your discussions to include food and lots of laughter.

She would like you to know that when you enter into her space, it is a judgment-free zone and that all should feel welcomed.

Maia Roper

LICSW

I received my Bachelors in Psychology from New England College and my Masters in Social Work from Simmons College. I have training and experience working in a variety of settings, and with a wide range of providers/stakeholders, and populations such as, inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, partial hospitalization programs, special education, specialized foster care, crisis management and de-escalation, and more. While providing direct one on one therapy to children, adolescents and families, couples support therapy, and group therapy, I will find and use specific therapeutic approaches that will help my client’s meet their individualized goals. Some of the therapeutic modalities I use are, cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-educational therapy, client centered therapy, family-systems therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. My theoretic approach is based on the belief that clients are in charge of their counseling experience. Clients will understand that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership in which they will be expected to put in the effort for homework, be accountable, and present within the counseling alliance. My goal as a clinician is to provide a safe environment where we can explore your primary interests, develop goals and determine strengths and assets as you move toward your aspirations.

Partaja (PJ) Spann

LCSW

My name is Partaja Spann and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I graduated from Rhode Island College with a Masters Degree in Social Work and I also hold a CAGS in Substance Use Disorder Treatment. I have over 10 years of experience working within human service agencies primarily serving adults in unrepresented and historically oppressed communities. I have past experience in trauma informed care, co-occurring disorders, and culturally competent practice. I believe in utilizing strength-based treatment modalities to empower and support my clients in addressing their presenting concerns. I also believe psycho education is key to supporting clients in understanding their emotions, behaviors, personal struggles, and or diagnoses. When meeting with me I would like to offer a safe space for clients to utilize how they see best fit in meeting their needs.

Elliette Utset

Masters Clinician

I am currently pursuing my doctorate’s degree in clinical psychology with a concentration in
children’s mental health at William James College. She obtained her master’s degree from Northeastern University in counseling psychology and her bachelor’s in clinical psychology from the University of Central Florida. Given her passion to serve children in need, she has gained years of involvement working with children ranging from ages 5 thru 18. Her experience expands into both group and individual therapeutic sessions. She strives to build a positive rapport with her clients to promote progress by implementing an array of therapeutic techniques from art to sports therapy. Throughout her journey, Elliette has had the privilege of learning from her experiences of working with children from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and socio-economic status. She also spent several years building on ABA skills working with youth diagnosed across the spectrum. Elliette was raised in Miami, Florida, a city which provides a grand example of a true cultural melting-pot. Such upbringing has fueled her passion
to work with those from all different walks of life.

Sabrina Joseph

lcsw

My name is Sabrina Joseph. My job as a therapist is to create a safe space to talk freely without judgement. I see myself as a guide and I help individuals with their journeys. You tell me your goal and I try my best to help you achieve it. I'm a firm believer in self-care and I promote it often. Your well-being should be your main priority.

My work is mostly with helping those with anxiety and depression. I'm experienced with working adults, children and families. I have a Master's in social work and I'm a licensed clinical social worker.

Dariana Quinones-Rexach

LICSW

I have been working in the mental health field since 2014 in different roles as a Spanish/ English bilingual social worker. In 2018, I obtained my Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of New England and ever since I have been working with children, adults and families as a mental health clinician. I have experience working with individuals struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, and other mood disorders. I have been trained in treatment modalities such as TF-CBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Attachment, Regulation and Competency treatment. I have also been trained in SMART and Cultural Competency treatment specifically with Hispanic / Latinx populations.

My passion for helping others overcome life struggles and mental illness are the reason why I became a therapist. I value the importance of building a positive connection with my clients in the healing process. 

Cindy Gonzalez

LDCP

Cindy Gonzalez is a Spanish and English Mental Health and Chemical Dependency counselor. Cindy graduated from Salve Regina University in 2018 with a Masters in Holistic Counseling and CAGS in Mental Health. Cindy has worked in various mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities. Focusing the majority of her work in trauma focused interventions such as EMDR and TF-CBT. Cindy has worked with children, adolescents and adults in various mental health treatments.

Lorrie-Michelle Bertrand

lIcsw

My name is Lorrie Bertrand and I am a licensed certified social worker. I graduated from Bridgewater State University with my Master's in Social Work. I have experience working in a variety of settings which include direct work in marginalized and underserved communities and medical settings. My therapeutic style is client-centered, culturally sensitive/aware, collaborative, and partnership-focused with a hint of honesty and an appropriate sense of humor. I believe in honoring each individual's experiences as they are presented as we all come from different walks of life that shape us. My treatment modalities include Solution-Focused Therapy, CBT, and other therapies specific to Racial Trauma. In my free time, I enjoy listening to podcasts, crafting, D.I.Y projects and products, and working with the community to showcase the importance of slow and intentional living to improve focus, decrease anxiety and stress associated with fast-paced living. I look forward to hearing your story.





Tara Hagopian

lcsw

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Emerson College, Tara lived in Los Angeles, CA where she worked in TV production for over six years before finishing her television career in New York City. Since 2007, Tara has worked for an education nonprofit that started high schools across the country in some of America’s poorest cities. For 12 years, she worked with and around students as they made their way through high school, overcoming obstacles and challenging themselves in order to pursue their passions and earn their degree. In 2017, Tara enrolled in an MSW program, determined to learn the skills necessary to address some of the underlying challenges facing adolescents, which she observed while working in a high school. In 2020, Tara graduated with a master’s degree in Social Work along with a Certification in Childhood and Adolescent Trauma. Tara currently holds her LCSW in Massachusetts

Nicholas Casali

lcsw

My name is Nick and I am an LCSW with a wide array of experience with children, adults, and families. I have experience as an In-home Therapist, Mobil Crisis Worker, and as a Social Worker at an Inpatient facility, all of which has provided me with many different therapeutic styles. I typically work with the styles of CBT, ACT, and mindfulness, but I hope to work with you on finding exactly what works best for you and your needs. I always strive to help others find themselves and help them connect to themselves internally in order to bring out how they truly feel and what they feel they need. Every person is an individual, and the closer you become to your own individuality, the stronger you will become, and the easier it will be to work through the troubles that you're experiencing. I am very straightforward as a therapist, but I also do everything I can to understand where people are coming from, and how to provide individualized treatment to help you achieve your goals. In my free time, I advocate for more mental health assistance in gaming and social media, and I am also a musician who plays and writes music in several different avenues. I look forward to meeting you!

David Pransky

Carolyn Gallagher

Kendra Lisenby

LCSW

Clinical Intern

Masters Clinician

David Pransky

LCSW

I graduated with a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University, and am currently a LCSW in MA. Coming from a diverse background, I have developed a unique set of skills which I believe helps me relate to people from all walks of life. By incorporating various skills and modalities into my therapeutic practice, I am able to provide a highly personalized approach tailored to fit each client’s needs. Using a quick wit and sense of humor, I love getting to know my clients, helping them face life’s challenges, and working with them to achieve their goals.

Carolyn Gallagher

Clinical Intern

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Kendra Lisenby

Masters Clinician

My name is Kendra Lisenby. I currently hold a Master's Degree in Human Services from New England College. I am in the process of completing my second Masters Degree in Counseling from the Cambridge College. My background includes working with a wide range of individuals. I have, during my career, worked with small children from preschool age to kindergarten, in an adolescent group home as a clinical case manager, and in an adult group home as a program director. I recently worked in a co-occurring harm reduction treatment center as a clinician for individuals suffering from co-occurring disorders. I have worked with many different populations, which has broadened my knowledge and empathy for individuals and my work. I have a deep passion for psycho-education and ensuring that all of my clients are educated on the modalities that I implement during sessions. I am open-minded and unbiased and will, most importantly, support you.

Isoken Osazee

Breyaunna Smith

Monica Nantege

LCSW

masters clinician

Masters Clinician

Isoken Osazee

LCSW

Hi! My name is Isoken. I currently hold a Masters Degree in Social Work.
My experience includes working at the Department of Children and Families, a inpatient psychiatric facility, & a partial hospitalization program in which I have exposure in working with children, families, & adults. Throughout my career this far I have experience in on going social work, case management, as well as experience in facilitating therapeutic groups such as anger management, grief, self-esteem, relapse prevention, and more.
I want to help you develop the skills you need to get through life challenges & provide you with a safe environment for you to speak without judgement. My passion for helping others will never go unnoticed. I am looking forward to working collaboratively & being a support for you! 

Breyaunna Smith

Masters Clinician

I received my Bachelor of Social Work from Northern Arizona University and my Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

My experience has been in working with individuals and families in the disability community, working with and advocating for seniors, providing crisis services and inpatient assessments, and college counseling and adjustment services. I have extensive experience and professional interest in identity development, obsessive compulsive disorders, disabilities, anxiety, depression, life transitions, religious concerns, race and ethnicity related trauma, racial fatigue, and imposter syndrome.

My work is guided by the values of social work; service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. In sessions, I aim to provide a non-judgmental and safe space.

Monica Nantege

Masters Clinician

Hi My name is Monica, I am happy to work with new clients at GENNEW!. I am currently completing my Master's in Social work from Regis College. I am excited to show the skills that I have learned and to be able to help GENNEW clients while finishing this process. I am energetic and understanding.

Shamiah Tasker-Cheeks

Olivia Haskell

Cassandra Romkey

Clinical Intern

Clinical Intern

LCSW

Shamiah Tasker-Cheeks

Clinical Intern

"Hi! I’m from Brockton, MA and have received my bachelor’s degree in Crime and Justice Studies, with a minor in Black Studies from UMass Dartmouth. Currently, I am a MSW candidate at Boston College School of Social Work and am a first-year intern here at GENNEW. I’m excited to work with a wide range of clients from different populations and backgrounds, and to learn from the entire GENNEW team. I have previously worked with the youth of multiple underserved communities as well as adolescents being treated for substance abuse. My hopes for my future career are to use my clinical skills as well as my own experiences to create a safe environment as a relatable and thoughtful clinician."

Olivia Haskell

Clinical Intern

Hello! I am from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and earned my B.A. in Psychology from Elon University. I have worked with youth who have been incarcerated, experienced homelessness, or are gang affiliated. I am currently a first-year intern studying clinical social work at Boston College. My goal as a future clinician is to create a safe place for people to be heard and work alongside them to move towards a greater state of wellbeing. I look forward to being a part of GENNEW and their mission to guide people through personal growth and healing.

Cassandra Romkey

LCSW

I received my Bachelors in Science in Neuroscience and Behavior at Simmons University and am obtaining my Masters of Social Work at Boston College, graduating in May of 2022. I have experience working in numerous different mental health settings with an array of different clients, including those in youth residential group homes, children, adolescents, and adults in inpatient psychiatric facilities, young adults in residential eating disorder programs, as well as taking part in crisis intervention on an emergency services program, focused primarily on children and adolescents. Throughout my experiences, I am most passionate about working with individuals with eating disorders, depression, PTSD, anxiety, self-injury, suicidality, and chronic illnesses.

I approach all relationships with my clients as if they are the experts in their own lives, helping them feel more empowered and self-aware. I aim to provide culturally competent care to all of my clients, primarily through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychoeducation, and Narrative Therapy skills. I like to describe myself as non-judgmental, warm, and empathetic, and enjoy using humor and making others laugh.

Nerissa Fagan

Chukwudi Ugwu

Charles Boateng

masters clinician

masters clinician

Clinical Intern

Nerissa Fagan

Masters clinician

Hi! My name is Nerissa Fagan. I have both a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s in psychology. I have eight years teaching experience and have worked as a Behavior Therapist with Kids on the spectrum as well as kids with severe disabilities. I also have experience working with at-risk youth from kindergarten through high school age. In addition, I have worked with the homeless women and children population for three and half years to date. My takeaway is that I want people to feel comfortable, have a safe place to talk freely, and to be themselves. I love to laugh, I am caring, respectful of everyone and treat all I have met equally.

Chukwudi Ugwu

Masters Clinician

Hi, My name is Chukwudi C. Ugwu l have a B.Tech in Transport management and a Master's in social work. I have eight years of teaching in human services and have worked with adults and children with autism. I am a behavior therapist with clients with high function challenges: depression, anxiety, and emotional disorder. My approach with my client is never to give up, and l work with a passionate, loving, and caring. I am happy to be part of this great GENNEW family. 

Charles Boateng

Clinical Intern

 I was born and raised in Ghana until I was 7 years old. My family and I then moved to Cambridge, MA where I spent the next chunk of my life until relocating to Weymouth, MA. My studies include receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from Syracuse University in 2018 and pursuing a Master’s degree in social work from Simmons University (graduating in 2023).

I am interested in healthcare, prevention, and health advocacy on a micro and macro level. I am passionate about helping others because it is fulfilling and rewarding to support someone to reach a goal or milestone in their health, education, personal life or any other area of life. Also, I've learned that helping others helps me become a better version of myself. 

Samantha Quevedo

Jessica Furtado

Elizabeth Smith

Clinical intern

clinical intern

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Samantha Quevedo

clinical intern

I am finishing my MSW at Boston College and will be graduating in May of 2023. I chose to pursue Social Work because of an amazing experience I had in clinical social work with a therapist who changed my life. I love this work because feeling connected and seen is one of the best feelings and can lead to abundant healing. An interesting fact about me is that I have lived in three north east states since 2020 and have learned to love the east coast after spending the first 23 years of my life living in California! I identify as a cisgender straight white/latina mixed race female. I use she/her/hers pronouns. 

Jessica Furtado

Masters Clinician

I am currently in my final year of Boston College's Masters in Social Work program. I'm entering the field of social work with decades worth of real world experiences that include single parenting, owning a business, career & life transitions. A strong desire to support, connect & empower others is what has led me to social work and am beyond excited to be joining the team at GENNEW as a part of this journey. My social work experience includes providing trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as working with/supporting young people in using creative expression to share their experiences and their voice. In the future, I hope to build upon my clinical experience by providing supportive & affirming care to youth, adults and couples.

Elizabeth Smith

Clinical Intern

 I am currently in my last year at Regis College. I choose to get my master's in social work because I felt there were not enough women of color on the field, I know it's important to have a wide range of people to choose from when looking for a mental health counselor. I've always wanted to help grow my community in a positive direction and I will do that by making sure my community has access to the same resources that other communities have. Including quality school, access to nutritional food and health care and safe spaces to grow and live. I like knowing that help someone decide to make better life choices. 

Catherine (Katie) McGeough

Janellia Jolley

Kimberly Palmisano

Clinical intern

clinical intern

Clinical intern

Catherine (Katie) McGeough

clinical intern

I received my bachelors degree in chemistry from Smith College before pursuing a PhD in the same field at MIT. While at MIT, I realized there was a lack of awareness around mental health issues and support for graduate students. Concurrently, I began volunteering at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) as a rape crisis counselor; this experience lead me to pursue a degree in social work after finishing my PhD.

I am currently a second year masters level social work student at Boston College. For the past year, I interned at a recovery center helping individuals struggling with addiction at the partial hospitalization level of care. I enjoyed working with these individuals for the past year, and now I am excited to work with people longer term. My goal as a therapist is to create an environment where individuals feel comfortable and heard. 

Janellia Jolley

Clinical Intern

I am a second year MSW student at Bridgewater State University. While gaining my undergraduate degree, I began seeking mental health therapy. My therapist helped me to gain a new outlook on life and healthy coping mechanisms for handling stress. After a few years in therapy, I decided that I wanted to help other in the same capacity. In my opinion, the most interesting aspect of Social Work is the diversity of the field. As a social worker, I hope to assist clients with navigating their inner workers as well as challenges in the outside world. An interesting fact about myself: I have a 7-year-old Chihuahua named Fefe and I spend most of my free time spoiling her. 

Kimberly Palmisano

clinical Intern

Hello, my name is Kimberly. I earned my B.A. in Psychology from Rhode Island College. I am currently a second-year intern studying Clinical Social Work at Sacred Heart University. I have training and experience in a variety of settings such as specialized foster care, special education, families experiencing homelessness, and child welfare. My goal as a future clinician is to provide a safe space for clients to discuss both their needs and strengths.