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Counseling and Therapy

Please note that all of the therapists listed below run and operate their own clinical practices. To learn more information or schedule an appointment, contact them directly.

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Art S. Fergusson, Ph.D., ME.d, (Psychologist)


I am an experienced psychologist who specializes in conducting psychological, neuropsychological, educational, and developmental assessments for children and adolescents. Carefully designed and well-executed evaluations can identify barriers to success, offer diagnostic clarification and provide a wealth of information to help guide suitable school, home and therapeutic interventions. I also offer psychotherapy for a wide variety of difficulties including ADHD, ASD, mood & behavioral difficulties, as well as difficulties with adjustment, peer-relationships and executive functioning.
Using a caring and supportive approach when working with children and adolescents, my interventions generally include ongoing assessment and goal setting, CBT, mindfulness, social/communication skills training, motivational interviewing and client centered training. I also offer family sessions and parent training when appropriate.
Also a licensed school psychologist, I offer consultation & coaching for parents in exercising their rights under FAPE & ensuring that IEP meetings are collaborative and efficient. Identifying academic and mental health supports can feel overwhelming. I provide high-level expertise as well as a supportive partnership in working through these challenges.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    BCBS | BlueCross and BlueShield
    Out of Network

Darwin Gillet, Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, MSW


Are you suffering from limiting fears, depression, grief, anger, stress, anxiety or addictions? If so, I can help. I help clients break free from these and other issues using different mind/body therapies (including hypnosis) to quickly and powerfully integrate health, happiness and peace into people's lives. My intent is always to guide clients to a path of insight and understanding that allow them to fully utilize their inherent inner healing and creativity that we as human beings all possess.

My services include utilizing several different Psychotherapeutic modalities. These include but are not limted to: Advanced Clinical Hypnosis, different Energy Psychology processes, like Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), HAT, NLP, and IFS along with combining other more traditional modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Life can be challenging, but you don't have to go without help to manage all of your or your loved one's issues on your own. Call, email or visit my website now to learn more about the services I provide and how they can help you achieve your goals and help you better live a balanced life in mind, body and spirit.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    BCBS | BlueCross and BlueShield
    Out of Network

Deborah L. Abber, Ph.D.


Dr. Abber is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents presenting with various learning, attentional, executive functioning, social-emotional, and behavioral challenges.

After graduating from Brandeis University with a B.A. in psychology in 1995, Dr. Abber received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. She has been independently licensed since 2003.

As a graduate student, Dr. Abber received specialized training in neuropsychology and the assessment of children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical training at South Shore Mental Health, a community mental health clinic, where she specialized in working with children and adolescents in individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychological assessment. Dr. Abber completed three years of postdoctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Learning Lab at Lesley University, followed by several years as a school psychologist at a private Special Education and therapeutic day school conducting evaluations with a heterogeneous population of students aged 3-22 years. Prior to establishing her private practice, Dr. Abber was an independent consultant and supervisor for various agencies and organizations.

Dr. Abber’s expertise is in the neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents with diagnoses such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurocognitive processing deficits (e.g., processing speed, visual processing, memory deficits, and executive functioning), Learning Disorders (reading, writing, and math disabilities), Nonverbal Learning Disorder, as well as social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns (e.g., depression and anxiety).

​She has worked with students in various school settings (public, private, charter, home-school, special education, as well as in-patient psychiatric facilities), and she has expertise in evaluating the broad range of developmental, cognitive, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties that can impact functioning in the home and community setting and interfere with learning in the classroom and overall school success.

Currently, Dr. Abber is primarily providing evaluation and consultation services in her private practice in Westford, Massachusetts. She has periodic availability to perform assessments at an off-site location such as at a school or other setting.

​Dr. Abber provides the following assessments:
* Neuropsychological Evaluations of children and adolescents (6 - 22 years)
* Psychological Evaluations
* Educational/Academic Achievement Evaluations
* Focused Assessments of Intellectual Functioning and Giftedness

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
    Out of Network

Jillian Bizzotto-Brown, LMHC

call 508.306.8196

Jillian is a licenses Mental Health Counselor experienced in working with adolescents and adults.  Jillian approach to care is collaborative, compassionate, and nonjudgmental.  She uses psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques to assist clients in identifying patterns of thinking that interfere with their ability to achieve healthy goals.
Areas of expertise:
Substance Abuse, addition, anxiety, depression, trauma, sexual dysfunction, and relationship issues.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Juliana Pires, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP, BC


I have helped people who reported anxiety that "comes unannounced from nowhere", or had been feeling low and having difficulty finding motivation, or who were just not feeling like themselves for different reasons including poor sleep, low energy, inability to stop worrying, and inability to concentrate to complete tasks.

My approach involves a combination of medication management and skills training to help finding ways to move forward with your goals to get your life back on track by developing support systems and ways to cope in periods of crisis.
I welcome the opportunity to help you gain control of your life back with hope, strength, resilience, courage and kindness.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    Out of Network

Kate Bettencourt, Ph.D (Psychologist)

call 978.496.8041

Kate enjoys working with adults (18+) struggling with a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, women's issues, depression, and couples counseling.  Kate employs an eclectic style of therapy that draws upon interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions, creating a specialized treatment plan for each individual or couple.

Humans are social creatures; thus a foundation of therapy is investigating relationship patterns and working to adjust cognitive, behavioral, and emotional patterns that are no longer helpful or effective.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    (Kate accepts Blue Cross and Blue Shield and also has a sliding scale fees)

Kathleen McCarthy, LICSW, CADCII

call 978.496.8079

Strengths-Based Approach, Restoring Balance and Hope
Kathy is a licensed social worker experienced in doing group and individual work with children, adolescents, and adults facing a variety of difficulties. She specializes in substance abuse/dependence and domestic violence but her experience also includes dealing with trauma, depression, anxiety, issues of adjustment, relationship and family dysfunction, anger, stress management, and grief.

Change is a process that we often do not go through alone. Helping people to learn to change the way they think through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy techniques can empower them to improve decision making skills, avoid maladaptive urges to self harm, and feel hope that change is possible. Identifying strengths, providing tools, connecting to resources and supports, and enhancing personal awareness and self care are all important to promote growth and change. "Everyone has their own story and journey in life. I find it rewarding to assist others in any way I can to help make that journey a little easier."

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    * BMC Health Net

    * BlueCross and BlueShield

    * Fallon Health

    * GIC Indemnity Plan

    * Harvard Pilgrim

    * Neighborhood Health Plan

    * PacifiCare

    * Senior Whole Health

    * UnitedHealthcare

    * Out of Network

Laurie J. Auffant, LICSW, MSW, MDIV.

call 978.995.2163

Being your True Self with honor and dignity can be challenging with the stresses of society. Laurie has a compassionate listening presence and will help you to identify your specific goals in treatment.  Laurie treats individuals of all ages including children, adolescents, and adults. Laurie specializes in conditions of anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, PTSD, anger management, substance use, and major mental illness including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and Dual Diagnosis. Laurie provides individual, family therapy, couples therapy, and psycho-education with community resources. Transitions at work or school are challenging and Laurie will assist you to develop a transition plan that increases confidence.
Treatment methods are designed for the individual including Strengths Based, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Play Therapy, and Solution Focused.  Laurie is a specialist in the areas of sexuality, intimacy, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity.   Laurie teaches children and youth to respond to bullying in a safe, proactive, and respectful manner.  Laurie consults with parents and schools to develop a plan to respond quickly when incidents occur.
For those who identify as non-binary or who live in the middle, Laurie will help you to determine your unique path.  For those who identify as trans, Laurie works with you to clinically assess the necessary steps for a social, medical, and legal transition based upon medical necessity.
Laurie has available appointments Sundays – Thursdays, daytime and evenings.  Laurie is currently accepting new patients.

To Schedule an appointment:

Insurances Accepted:

    BMC Health Net
    Beacon Health
    Blue Care Network
    Blue Cross 
    Blue Shield
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield
    Fallon Health
    Group Insurance Commission
    Harvard Pilgrim
    Neighborhood Health Plan
    Senior Whole Health
    Tufts Health Plan
    Out of Network
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