Nicole Shanahan, LMHC
Afternoons: Wednesdays 1:30PM-5:30PM on-site
Nicole is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She works at Family Counseling Associates but will be available to our patients due to our recent partnership. Nicole provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families ages 3+ years. Her modality of treatment is diverse as she utilize various strength-based approaches including; Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Expressive/Art Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Play Therapy. Her focus is to provide therapy to those experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, LGBT, and family/relationship issues. Her approach to therapy is to develop a therapeutic relationship in a safe and supportive environment; while working collaboratively towards growth.
Nicole received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Salem State University and a Master’s of Science degree from State University of New York at New Paltz (SUNY) in Mental Health Counseling. During her Master’s program at Suny New Paltz, she served as a Graduate Assistant of Student Activities and the College Counseling Center; providing individual and group therapy for adjustment and sexuality issues. She has extensive experience working with individuals and families in a variety of settings consisting of; home-based, school-based, college-based, outpatient facilities, and inpatient facilities. Nicole has the ability to collaborate with community and state agencies, mental health providers, and medical providers to provide optimal care.
Cristina Vesprini, LMHC
Afternoons: Mondays 1:30PM-5:00PM on-site
Cristina believes “Feeling Good” matters, and that it takes strength and courage to seek out therapy. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a passion for working with individuals who want to work together in their own path to healing. Cristina received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Curry College, and a Master’s of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She strives in providing a safe space for clients where growth and transformation can occur, and believes that when a client and therapist form a connection, the healing process can begin.
She currently provides individual and adolescent therapy to ages 5 years and older. In her clinical background, she has provided individual, child, and family therapy, as well as clinical home-based services. Cristina also was a school based therapist for a middle school, grades 6-8, and provided therapeutic services within the school setting. She has experience working with childhood and adult trauma, depression/post-partum depression and anxiety, suicidality and self-harm, as well as mood and personality disorders.
Cristina currently specializes in chronic medical conditions, grief and loss, adolescent and adult trauma, adjustment and life changes, as well as relationship issues and family dynamics. She likes to work together with her clients to explore how major life events, such as a trauma or a loss may impact their attachments and relational patterns. She does this in an eclectic approach, seeing what works best for each client, as she believes “One size does not fit all.” Her goal is to work with clients collaboratively, helping them to build a renewed sense of trust, as well as building upon their own personal resiliency to reach their goals within the therapeutic journey.
Amanda Nortrup, LICWS
Afternoons: Fridays 1:30PM-4:30PM on-site
Amanda Nortrup is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) providing individual therapy services to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults at Family Counseling Associates. She understands each client is unique and requires a personalized approach to treatment. She uses a warm, judgement free approach to empower her clients to explore their concerns, develop skills, and reach their goals. Amanda graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from UMass Boston in 2012, and her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration of children, youth, and families from Boston College in 2015. Prior to joining FCA, Amanda worked in a wide range of clinical settings which allowed her to work with individuals and families as they cope with mental health concerns, substance abuse, behavioral health, life transitions, grief, and end of life issues.