Clinicians – Boston & Quincy, MA – Through The Forest Counseling

Felicha Laforest
Clinician, Founder

I believe everyone is the hero in their own story. Maybe you are at the beginning where everything is excellent! Perhaps you are at the point where you need that guide to push you to the next level, or maybe you have found your happily ever after and just want to keep it going. I believe with the right tools and support, everyone can find their happiness.

Jessica
Clinician

I believe everyone is the hero in their own story. Maybe you are deciding to come to therapy, and this can be a very vulnerable undertaking. My goal as your therapist is to create a warm, safe and protective environment for my clients to feel comfortable to share whatever they need to bring to therapy. I use a trauma-informed lens and a strengths-based approach with my clients to help them attain their goals. My specialties include anxiety, depression, bereavement/loss, grief relationship issues, substance use, trauma, and adult children of alcoholics. I treasure the therapeutic relationship with my clients and look forward to our work together to help navigate the challenges and joys in your life.

Akyla
Clinician

Life at times can be challenging, and there is no rule book on how to navigate it. Therapy can be used as a guide to dealing with challenges at the moment and provide you with the tools for continuing to face obstacles that may come in the future. The relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important parts of therapy, so I use a humanistic approach when engaging with my clients. Some of my specialties include depression, anxiety, multicultural concerns, life transitions, and the military/veterans community. I look forward to working with you along this journey!

Judy
Clinician

I support youth and individuals in living their most authentic lives and accomplishing their goals, despite facing life challenges like anxiety, depression, academic, mental, and behavioral issues. I achieve this by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focus, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Lubenji
Clinician

I understand and cherish my role as a support and coach and work with you instead of telling you what to do. I have seen this approach in several systems such as immigration and DCF and know that approach does not work. Together, we will raise your awareness to determine your likes, dislikes, strengths, triggers, and skills and take action steps toward attaining your goals. I specialize in working with individuals, families, couples and groups.

Madeline
Clinician

I know how difficult reaching out for help can be, especially when searching for one’s first therapist. My goal is to make clients feel welcome and create a space where you feel heard, supported, and strong. I have a background in crisis work, and this has allowed me to use a trauma-informed style with clients, with a very humanistic approach. Every person has a unique and beautiful story. I have experience with depression, anxiety, relationships, and many other common mental health stressors. The therapeutic relationships with my clients are of great importance to me. Together, I believe real change and happiness can be found through this work!

Gena
Clinician

We perceive that therapy is only for people who have mental issues or problems they can not deal with in their everyday lives. Therapy can sometimes be challenging, and it may be challenging to find the perfect match. Everyone should have access to a reliable soundboard. I work with a variety of individuals with different needs. I help individuals combat; depression, anxiety, and marital status issues, and family disputes. Honesty is the foundation of my therapy session.  “Believing in yourself will help others to see your authenticity.”

Caroline
Clinician

I believe that therapy can be life-changing. The path to healing takes courage, strength, and determination. I believe that every person can overcome life challenges and learn new ways to care for their stress, anxiety, and trauma. My personal approach to therapy is empathy, compassion, and encouragement. I want my client to know that they have the full potential to overcome what they are going through. Using a calm, engaging communication style, I work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and general life stressors, including the loss of a loved one and individuals affected by a loved one’s addiction, active or in recovery. I have a deep passion for working with women. I combine a non-judgmental, holistic, creative approach into my practice.

Margela
Clinician

As one who knows and understands the impact of mental illness on a family unit when left unattended or untreated, this sparked a desire to help others navigate and cope with these challenges. I do not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. People are different. They think differently, have different perspectives on life, grieve in their own way when they suffer a loss, and process their feelings differently. That is why, as a clinician, I meet people where they are. I provide a safe place where people are free to be themselves, take time to go through the different layers of their challenges and work through the things that trigger them. Listening to my clients and knowing what works best for them as unique individuals is the best support I can offer my clients. In working with battered women, homeless families, and individuals with mental challenges, I’ve learned to support others to face their mental health challenges.

Allison
Clinician

I believe that life is a journey with ups and downs and that everyone could benefit from therapy at some point in their life. As a counselor and intern, I have developed a strength-based approach drawing from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based techniques. I use this approach to help clients get through whatever they are dealing with at that time. Through focusing on their strengths and becoming more mindful of cognitive distortions and limited thinking, clients can feel empowered and confident to take on whatever challenges come their way. With a master’s degree in sport psychology, I am dedicated to helping people achieve their greatest potential and discovering their purpose and meaning in life.

Veline
Clinician

I am an empathetic counselor who takes pride in her job. Through many years working in behavioral health, I have supported clients through their life challenges, setbacks and celebrated successes. I know the importance of making the individual I work with feeling safe and comfortable because starting therapy can be a difficult journey. I know that success depends on how well the therapist can connect with each individual. I am a confident, supportive, knowledgeable counselor. I use the strength-based perspective with the individuals that I am so fortunate to work with. Through my experiences, I can connect with a diverse population, including preschool up to older adults.

Roy
Clinician

Roy J. Lynch is a Mental Health counselor specializing in substance use and co-occurring disorders, providing individual, couples, family and group counseling. Extensive knowledge of 12 step recovery, evidence-based practices, motivational interviewing, CBT, and solution-focused therapy. Trauma-informed care, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Relapse Prevention and Recovery Coaching.

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Taylor
Clinician

First, I want to acknowledge the strength it took for you to find the right therapist in your life. Therapy can seem scary, but I believe that anyone can use therapy for many different areas of life. We all need a little help at times, and therapy is great to help with healing, transitions, family dilemmas, and so much more. As a clinician and intern, I hope to create a welcoming environment for you to share comfortably. Together, we can work on positive coping skills, behaviors, and bring forward a sense of hope. I will focus on meeting you where you are on your own journey. I utilize a strengths-based approach with cognitive behavioral therapy or dialectical behavioral therapy, depending on what suits you best. Thank you for considering me for being a part of your own journey!

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Ayisha
Clinician

I support youths and individuals facing life challenges with anxiety, depression, academic and personal challenges and other mental and behavioral issues to live their most authentic lives and accomplish their goals by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution focus, Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy.

Siedah
Clinician

I can’t wait to partner with you on your journey. My approach is to meet you wherever you are on your journey by being empathetic, supportive, and encouraging to be empowered in a safe space. I use the Personal Outcome Approach to get to the root of what you want to happen for yourself. I specialize in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to help clients develop a better connection between their emotional reactions and rational decision-making. Together, we will develop appropriate coping skills for de-stress tolerance and increase your overall sense of hope. I also use solution-focused therapy to help clients to overcome a specific goal. I believe that strengths-based therapy is also needed in practice to focus on your positive attributes and build off those. Together we will add coping tools/ strategies to your toolbox to use in any time of need. I look forward to creating a supportive therapeutic relationship with you to help you achieve your goals. My background includes working with children, adolescents, adults/ parents, and families.

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Molly
Clinician

Bio to be published soon.

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Arianna
Clinician

Life is the sea, it can be calm but it also can be rough with huge waves. Therapy can be the boat that keeps you afloat during those rough waves. You are the captain determining which way to go. There are times that life is challenging and I am here to help explore different potential paths and provide tools, strategies, and coping skills to overcome the difficult time in your life. We will celebrate and acknowledge the calm parts. There are several approaches I use: cognitive-behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. I look forward to supporting you through this journey.

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Mirdith
Clinician

Everyone experiences and/or adapts to live changes/challenges in their unique way.  As a therapist, my approach is to meet the client where they are in their healing journey; and be empathetic, supportive and encouraging while helping them  acquire the needed tools to build on their strengths so that they can navigate through life’s challenges and accomplish their goals to live their optimal life. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy in my practice. I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults.

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Edwin
Clinician

I commend your decision to seek mental health counseling as I know it can be a difficult one. I offer an empathic and non-judgmental space where you can freely express your concerns. I utilize a cognitive behavioral lens to help a diverse range of individuals better understand themselves and manage difficult emotions.  My motivation is to help others connect with their strengths, feel more empowered, and collaboratively develop goals towards living a more fulfilling and authentic life.

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Melanie
Clinician

Therapy can offer healing and a safe space to process and share your story. As your counselor and intern, I strive to establish and build a relationship with you, and bring validation to your experiences while providing change-oriented strategies with the ultimate goal of achieving a life worth living as defined by you! With a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Massachusetts Licenses in School Counseling, I have experience providing support to those navigating life transitions, anxiety, family difficulties, loss, and peer conflict. My personal approach draws from dialectical behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral techniques. I will work with you to develop healthy coping mechanisms in order to manage emotional distress and navigate interpersonal dynamics, with a focus on mindfulness and connecting to your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. My approach can also include solution-focused brief therapy to pinpoint goal-oriented strategies. I work with diverse populations and those of all ages including children, adolescents, and young adults.

McKenna
Clinician

Beginning or resuming therapy can be a daunting task. I welcome your courage to seek support and I hope to create a non-judgemental atmosphere of empathy and bravery. As a clinical Dance/Movement Therapy intern, my focus is to incorporate aspects of traditional talk based therapy and therapeutic movement. Therapeutic movement can range from body-centered mindfulness to exploring the embodiment of trauma. Ultimately, it will be up to you how you would like movement to be incorporated into our work together. I approach my practice in a client-centered way and I work within the frameworks of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Feminist Therapy. I align with these frameworks because I believe that targeting what we believe influences how we act and feel and that the intersection of gender, social identities, and power are at the core of the therapeutic process.