Charles River Counseling Center

 
 
 

687 Highland Ave, Floor 2
Needham, MA 02494
Phone: (617) 527-4610
Fax: (617) 527-6829
needham_referrals@chs-pc.com

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Evening and Saturday appointments available upon request
 

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Meet the Team


 
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Pamela Bourque, MSW, LICSW

Pamela Bourque has been with Charles River Counseling Center since 2016 and has been practicing for a total of 22 years. She holds her BA and MSW from Simmons College. She belongs to the National Association of Social Workers. Pam serves clients 10 and up.

Pamela's specialties include: mood and anxiety disorders, trauma/PTSD, grief, couples counseling, adoption, substance use/abuse, LGBTQ issues, body image issues, chronic illness, and child protection/legal issues. She utilizes the following therapeutic techniques: CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, with a Person-Centered, Strength Focused approach. When not a work, Pamela enjoys traveling, reading, meditation, roller coasters, horseback riding, anime, and yoga.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Meaghan Downes-Berry, MSW, LCSW

Meaghan Downes-Berry has been with Charles River Counseling Center since 2017, and has been practicing as a clinician for a year. She holds an MSW from Simmons College. Meaghan serves all ages. She belongs to National Association of Social Workers. 

Meaghan's specialities include: Relational approach focusing on collaborative, person- and strength-focused therapy. Trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, relationships, and life transitions.  Theoretical perspectives include relational, attachment, cognitive-behavioral, and solution-focused with an emphasis on mindfulness and physiological awareness. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, acting, multi-media art, watching documentaries narrated by David Attenborough, kitty snuggles, and laughter with loved ones.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Paul Ezzy, MA

Paul Ezzy has been with Charles River Counseling Center since 2017, and has been practicing therapy for over a year. He received his MA, B.S., and B.A. from William James College. Paul serves clients from 16 through 69 years old. He belongs to the American Counseling Association and Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association.

Paul’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, LGBTQ issues, PTSD, and phobias. He uses an eclectic approach to psychotherapy, including CBT, person-centered, and expressive arts. Paul’s hobbies include art, filmmaking, acting, wood-working, and exercising.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Anzhela Grystyna, MSW, LCSW

Anzhela joined the Center for Family Development in 2017. She obtained her MSW from University of Texas at Arlington. Anzhela has over a year of clinical experience in social work. She belongs to NASW (National Association of Social Workers) and ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards). She sees clients ages 5 and up.

Anzhela’s clinical specialties include educational problems, substance abuse/addiction, Autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, body image issues, ADHD, coping skills, cognitive disorders, domestic violence/abuse, learning disabilities, mood disorders, parenting, stress, spirituality, and trauma.

Languages spoken: English, Greek, Russian, Ukranian

 
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Karen Levine, MSW, MCP

Karen Levine joined Charles River Counseling in 2018.  She holds an MSW from Simmons University and an MCP (Master’s in City Planning) from MIT.  Karen serves clients ages 12 and up.

Karen’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety, life transition, medical illness, grief and loss, marital and family issues. Karen takes an eclectic strength’s based approach to client support and problem solving. She utilizes cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and solutions-focused techniques among others, and is currently studying mindfulness and meditation.  Karen enjoys spending time with family, friends and pets, growing flowers and vegetables, cooking, and being in nature.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Rebecca Levine, LCSW

Rebecca Levine has been with Charles River Counseling Center since 2016, and she has been practicing counseling for over a year. She holds a MSW from Boston College, and a B.S. from the University of Miami. She serves clients from 7 through 80 years old. She belongs to the National Association of Social Workers.

Rebecca’s clinical specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, specific phobias, ADHD/ADD, LGBTQ issues, and substance use. Her approaches to therapy include CBT, DBT and mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and postmodern frameworks such as solution-focused therapy and narrative therapy. When she is not at work, Rebecca enjoys running, yoga, movies, and volunteer work.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Moira MacLean-Wideman, MA

Moira MacLean-Wideman has been a therapist with Charles River Counseling Center since 2016. They hold an M.A. from Boston College and a B.S. from Southern Oregon University. Moira has been practicing clinically since 2014, and serves clients ages 12 and above. They belong to Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society.

Moira’s clinical interests include LGBTQ issues, issues of race, culture, sexual, and gender identity within an anti-oppression framework, mood and anxiety disorders, addiction and harm reduction, criminal justice issues, body image issues, self-empowerment, recovery from trauma/PTSD, mindfulness, chronic illness, and social justice-informed practice. They employ an eclectic model to therapy, including Relational-Cultural Therapy (RCT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), person-centered, psychodynamic, and feminist modalities. Outside of work, Moira enjoys traveling, reading, creative writing, and photography.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Donna McCoy-Algere, MSW

Donna McCoy-Algere has been practicing with Charles River Counseling since 2017, and has over 20 years of experience within social work. She holds an M.S.W. from Simmons College, and a B.S. from Boston University. Donna serves clients ages 7-70, and belongs to the National Association of Social Workers.

Donna’s clinical specialties include anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, LGBT issues, marital issues, autism spectrum disorders, substance use, ADHD/ADD, and grief. She enjoys work that implements CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and Solution Focused-Brief Therapy. Donna’s hobbies are exercising, decorating, music, dance, arts, and crafts.

Languages spoken: English

 
 

Renée Meshel, LICSW

Renée Meshel has been with Charles River Counseling Center for many years, and has 20 years of clinical experience. She holds an MSW from Pennsylvania University. Renée serves client ages 15-85 years old, and belongs to the National Association of Social Workers.

Renée’s clinical specialties include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, reality therapy, and issues with self-empowerment. When not at work, Renée enjoys golf, traveling, and quilting.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Jennifer T. Moynihan, B.A.

Jennifer is a social work intern here at Charles River Counseling Center. She has her B.A. from Regis College, and is working towards her MSW degree from Simmons College. Jennifer has four years of experience in substance abuse counseling. She serves clients ages 16-65.

Jennifer’s areas of specialization include substance abuse; trauma and PTSD (including combat trauma); military culture and family needs - specifically National Guard and Reserve reintegration; grief; codependency; depression; and anxiety. She uses an eclectic, strength-based approach to meet individual needs utilizing motivational interviewing and narrative therapy.

Her hobbies include volunteering, art and graphic design, traveling, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and four-footed fuzzies.

Languages spoken: English

 
 

Michelle Ronayne, Ph.D.

Dr. Michelle Ronayne has been working at Charles River Counseling Center since 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Connecticut College. She went on to earn her Master's and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University. Michelle additionally has experience working at a variety of colleges in Massachusetts and New Hampshire teaching courses such as Domestic Violence, Family Violence, Introduction to Psychology and Abnormal Psychology. She sees clients across the lifespan.

Michelle's clinical specialties include: trauma-focused CBT, substance abuse, life transitional difficulties, and more. She integrates treatment approaches working from a strength based, client-centered perspective blending Relational, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TF-CBT, Family Systems and Solution Focused approaches.

 
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Pamela Sorrell, LICSW, CADC II

Pamela Sorrell has been a therapist with Charles River Counseling Center for seven years, and has been practicing for 30. She holds an MSW from Boston College, and a B.A. from Georgetown University. Pamela serves clients from 16 through 76 years old. She belongs to the National Association of Social Workers.

Pamela’s clinical interests include substance abuse, trauma (PTSD) couples, grief work, LGBTQ issues, codependency, depression and anxiety disorders. She enjoys incorporating mindfulness and self acceptance perspectives with behavioral interventions into clinical work to foster progress in clients. She has received training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. When not at work, Pam has hobbies including photography, reading, traveling, and watching movies.

Languages spoken: English

 
 

Barbara Wolf, Ed.D

Barbara Wolf has been with Charles River Counseling Center for 18 years, and has been practicing for 25 years. She holds an Ed.D in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and received her B.A. from Simmons College. Barbara serves clients ages 18 and up. She belongs to the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association.

Barbara’s theoretical perspectives include person-centered, empathic, strength-focused approaches, as well as solution-focused, narrative, CBT, and DBT strategies. Her specialties are in trauma/PTSD; depression, bipolar, and anxiety disorders; couple therapy; and life transitions. She has expertise and experience with low-income, underserved women and families, integrating advocacy to meet basic needs, and personal empowerment to address impact of poverty/ stigma on mental health. When not at work, Barbara enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her grandchildren. She additionally enjoys walking, anti-poverty work, photography, and watching sunsets.

Languages spoken: English

 
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Irene Zen, BS, MA, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Irene has served as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for Comprehensive Health Services since November 2016. She worked on-site in Lowell (Center for Family Development), Chelmsford (Stony Brook Counseling Center), and Needham (Charles River Counseling Center) during 2016-2017. In 2018, she moved to North Carolina, where she currently resides and treats patients via telepsychiatry. She specializes in children and adolescent psychiatry, but is trained and experienced in all age categories.

Irene received her B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medicine from Duke University in 2003 as well as her M.A. in Medical Sciences from Boston University in 2006. Her thesis was published on "The Relative Efficacy of Atypical Antipsychotics among Schizophrenic Patients." She transitioned from clinical research to nursing and graduated with her M.S.N. from Northeastern University in 2016. She has served as a clinical nurse instructor for both Northeastern University and Boston College. When she is not practicing as a nurse practitioner, she enjoys fitness, walking her dog, and dancing.

Languages spoken: English