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Michelle Marchese, LICSW
Michelle (she/her) is the current Board President. She is certified in clinical supervision and is a current doctoral student at the Smith College School for Social Work. She works primarily at the Smith College Counseling Service but also maintains a Northampton, MA private practice where she provides supervision, consultation, and weekend EMDR intensives. As an EMDRIA-Certified Consultant, Michelle has presented her workshop on "Gender-Affirming EMDR with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients" both locally and at EMDRIA Canada. Additionally, she is trained in Progressive Counting and Cognitive Processing Therapy for trauma, as well as in advanced dialogic and narrative practices. She has worked at two community mental health clinics, a PTSD milieu at the Veterans Administration, and at the Trauma Institute as a clinical supervisor. Her research experience has involved measuring the outcomes on a variety of trauma interventions for individuals, testing an attachment-based intervention for military couples, and analyzing barriers to trauma treatment for LGBTQIAA+ communities. Previously, she was a visual and performing artist and a community arts organizer.
Cheryl Case, LICSW
Cheryl received her MSW from Smith SSW in 1991 and worked in community mental health as a clinician and a clinical supervisor until 2015. She is now in solo practice in Greenfield and her specialty is treating children, families, and dissociative disorders. Her initial training in EMDR was with HAP in 2005. She presented seminars in EMDR with children at the WMA EMDRIA annual conferences in 2011 and 2013 and she has been on the Steering Committee/Board since 2014.
Melysa Friedman, LICSW
Melysa received her MSW from Springfield College in 1997 and currently has a full-time private practice in Northampton, MA. In her work, she draws upon the principles of CBT, DBT, relational and self-psychology, attachment theory, and has a strong emphasis on the use of mindfulness. She spent over a decade working closely with victims of domestic violence before moving into her work with homeless families. Melysa went on to provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups in an outpatient mental health clinic where she was also responsible for clinical supervision and utilization management review. She completed her training in EMDR, Levels I and II, through HAP in 2004 and earned her certification. Melysa actively participates in various consultation groups and is currently training to be a consultant. Melysa joined the WMASS Steering Committee in 2015.
Joanna Vaughn, LICSW
Joanna works in private practice in Northampton, MA. Joanna graduated from Smith SSW in 2008 and completed EMDR training also in 2008. Joanna joined the Steering Committee / Board in 2015.
Desiree Lowit, LICSW
Desiree received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 2010. In addition to being an EMDRIA certified clinician, she is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1 and 2. She works primarily in private practice in Northampton, MA. Prior to starting a private practice in 2014, Desiree worked in outpatient community mental health settings with a focus on working with children and families. Throughout her career (in both community mental health and private practice), she has specialized in supporting families (through empowerment), who navigate the complexities that come with parenting a child/teen or young adult with special needs, medical fragility, learning differences and developmental delays.
Elizabeth Barron, LMHC
Elizabeth graduated from Springfield College in 2005 and has been working at CHD in community mental health since graduation. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and is currently a Clinic Director. After EMDR training in 2016, she began a part-time private practice focusing on EMDR therapy. Currently, she is the Board Treasurer.
Sandra Stephenson Murphy, LICSW/ACSW
Sandy graduated from SUNY Stony Brook’s School of Social Welfare in 1990. She treats adults, adolescents, children, and families/couples in Longmeadow and Northampton. Prior to private practice, Sandy has worked in public education and community mental health. She also continues to teach the MA Parent and Children of Divorce mandated class. In addition to EMDR, Sandy is trained in CBT, DBT, ABFT (attachment-based family therapy) and MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction).
Joel Coburn, LICSW
Joel is a 2014 graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. He has a background in community mental health settings working with adults, children and adolescents, and families. He currently has a private practice in Florence, MA and specializes in gender, sex and sexuality, relationships, grief, and trauma recovery. He has written and presented on intersectionality and social justice in psychotherapy. He trained in clinical sex therapy at Northampton Sex Therapy Associates from 2017-2019 and completed EMDR training with the Trauma Institute in 2018.
Jacquelyn Olmeda, LMHC
Jacquelyn graduated from Cambridge College in 2010 and worked in community mental health until going into private practice in 2016, in South Hadley, MA. She specializes in treating individuals with PTSD and those healing from the effects of interpersonal violence and abuse. She is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and trained in Trauma Sensitive yoga. She completed her EMDR training in 2013 at The Trauma Institute and joined the Board in 2019.
Past Board / Steering Committee Members
Jim Helling, LICSW - Past Board President
Stephanie Baird, LMHC
Gary Loomis, LMHC
Anna Kogan, LICSW
Jason Rose-Langston, LICSW
Lee Paddy, LMHC
Jane Laskey, LICSW
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