Our Therapists

Meet the New England Team

We’re actively building a team of mental wellness professionals that care to see you get therapy with results. Our approach here at East Coast Mental Wellness differs in that we let you choose your therapist, giving you the say in who you want to work with. In your initial 15-minute consultation, you will have the opportunity to meet one of our therapists and decide if they are a good fit for you to move forward with. If not, our team will work to reconnect you with a different therapist until you feel comfortable to schedule a consultation and get your therapy journey started. Meet our therapists in Providence, RI, and Ashaway, RI, below!
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MELISSA DASILVA, LICSW SHE/HER/HERS
FOUNDER /THERAPIST/BUSINESS COACH 

Location: Online and Puerto Rico

Immediate Openings

 

Owner of East Coast Mental Wellness, therapist, coach, and author. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, LGBTQ+ individuals and couples

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TRACY YOUNG, LICSW SHE/HER/HERS
Therapist 

Location: Online Only

Immediate Openings

 

Tracy Young is a licensed clinical social worker with 30 years of experience in the mental health field, including school social work. Tracy’s work with clients is rooted in the belief that the therapeutic relationship is the basis for change. Trust, honesty, humor, compassion, and mutual respect are all integral to her work with clients. Tracy’s forte is working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma, domestic violence, and life transitions. Tracy is also certified as a Pet Assisted Therapist and often works alongside her 1 ½-year-old Shih Tzu, Finbarr. Tracy has a passion for horses and soon hopes to include Equine therapy as a part of her therapeutic practice.

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SELENA AINZUAIN LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Location: Online Only

Selena (she/her) received her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at Boston University. During Selena’s internship she provided services to clients at a community based center in North Carolina. There she worked with clients who were struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, trauma, grief, and variety of life stressors. She also interned at the Regional Center for Infectious Disease where she worked with clients who were living with HIV+ or recently diagnosed with HIV. There she worked with a variety clients who struggled with depression, anxiety, LGBTQ+ issues, grief, survivors of trauma and childhood trauma.

Selena has been trained in CBT, TF-CBT in children, Gender affirming care, and SBIRT (Alcohol and Drug screening). She has a special interest in working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQ+ community and individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, or gender identity. She believes in creating a safe, supportive, and judgment-free space for clients to be their authentic selves. Selena incorporates compassion and humor in her work with clients to develop a strong therapeutic relationship and a positive experience.

LUCRECIA RIZ, LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Hello, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island with years of professional work experience in the field. I have experience in helping clients with child/parenting issues, adolescents in congregate care settings & adult behavioral health risk assessments in a hospital setting. Currently, I work full time as a Social Work Care Manager in several health care practices across RI. I work with my clients to create an open and safe environment where thoughts and feelings can be shared without fear of judgment. Taking the first step to sign up for therapy can take courage and I am proud of you for getting started. Let’s connect.
KHYM CARMICHAEL, M.A. SHE/HER/HERS
Location: Providence

Hello and thank you for considering me for your counseling journey. I base my practice in choice theory, helping people remember that they have choices and options in their life. By taking care of ourselves first, we can be available for anything that comes our way. Life can be challenging, and with a little shift, we can turn challenges into opportunities.

I received my masters degree in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Salve Regina University where I also earned a CAGS in Expressive and Creative Arts. I am pre-licensed and working towards licensure. As a lifelong musician, performer and music teacher, I have found great catharsis through expression and welcome the privilege of guiding others through processes that illuminate blocks in their life.
I have also worked as a rebirthing breathworker for almost ten years. Breathwork allows us to work with unseen trauma hidden in our body and learn to embrace the trauma as part of who we are. I believe each of has everything we need inside of us to be whole and I am here to help you love yourself once again, embrace your innocence, and live the life you want. So often we are told we need to be fixed, that we are broken. The reality is, we are who we are, and we don’t need to be fixed. We need to be loved, by ourselves and those around us. We can then love more freely and completely.
I specialize in working with people who are ready to do the work to live the life they want. There may be pain, suffering, fear, anxiety, depression or grief that is burdening you. I can help you meet these qualities safely, with curiosity, and eventually with love. I welcome all ages, genders, ethnicities, and abilities. While I am not an expert in all fields, I am experienced in life. I teach music to children aged 5 to adults in their 80’s and I can flow between them and their caregivers, strengthening the work being done by creating open lines of communication. Establishing core connection allows us to widen our support and continue creating the world in which we want to live. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to meet you soon.
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LISA SLAWSBY, LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Meet Lisa Slawsby, a passionate and intuitive mental health therapist and volunteer. She has dedicated her work to children and families in crisis, having graduated from the Clinical Mental Health and Counseling Master’s Program at William James College. Outside of work, she finds joy in animals—as a beekeeper and horseback rider, she cherishes her relationships with four-legged friends. An avid runner, Lisa loves pushing boundaries and has completed both the Amsterdam and Detroit marathon! Through her empathic nature and unwavering commitment to helping others, Lisa is an inspiring force of kindness in the world.
ADELLY CRESCIONI, LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Accepting New Clients:Yes

Adelly Antoinette Crescioni (she/her) Clinical Social Worker with bilingual skills (Spanish/English) with a holistic approach to the diverse factors that may affect her clients. She obtained her Master’s degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico and her BSW with a minor in Education. She also is certified in Mindfulness and in 500 hours in yoga practice. She has worked in private and public sectors with children, teenagers, adults, and the elderly populations. Also, she has experience working with groups, trauma survivors, and mothers with kids with special needs. She integrates Eastern and Western psychology and philosophy to help clients manage stress and anxiety. She combines diverse methods like art, poetry, dancing, music, Tibetan singing bowls, meditation, yoga, and mindful listening in her therapy. Adelly wants to assist clients in understanding their humanity and becoming actors and owners in their healing process, letting guilt and shame behind them and embracing hope.

CRYSTAL TEJADA, LMCHA SHE/HER/HERS
Accepting New Clients: Yes

Crystal (she/her), is a Master graduate at Johnson & Wales University for Mental Health Counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Sociology at Stony Brook University. She has previous experience working at Butler Hospital as an inpatient Activities Therapist and Mental Health Worker. Crystal has experience working with populations with a large range of diagnoses and issues including adults experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma and self-esteem issues. Her interests include working with the LGBT+ community. Crystal’s approach is non-judgemental and client-focused. She aims to create a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for each client. Her goal is to form a positive therapeutic relationship through good communication where clients can feel comfortable expressing what is on their mind.

MICHAEL MACEDO, LICSW HE/HIM/HIS
Location: Providence Office

My name is Mike, and I’m a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).

I have several years of experience working in a variety of different settings, from PHP/IOP to schools, EOS, and outpatient practices. I have worked with individuals and groups of all ages with Autism profiles, Anxiety Disorders, and Mood Disorders, substance use, and Trauma Disorders. I also have experience working with adolescents and adults in the LGBTQ+ Community, as well as undergraduate/graduate students, especially student-athletes, who juggle many different responsibilities, and can experience a variety of stressors. As a former student-athlete myself, I understand both the gifts and challenges that can come with managing a busy schedule in this role.

I have experience utilizing a variety of different treatment modalities, including CBT, ACT, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Treatment, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, as well as Social-Emotional Learning.

I embrace a client-centered, and strengths-based locus of treatment that is solution-focused, and meets the client where they are at. I believe in always taking a Systems Theory and Reality Theory approach to treatment, as well as applying a heavy emphasis on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to help individuals in their journey towards self-acceptance and self-actualization.

In addition to my work at ECMW, I’m also an Outpatient Clinician at Social Sparks, Inc. I’m also an Autism Advocate, guest speaker, and writer/blogger on various Online platforms and virtual podcasts.

In my spare-time, I’m an avid long-distance runner at a competitive level. I run in road races for a Boston-based track club, and also enjoy cycling and hiking. I always encourage regular exercise and outdoor time to anyone who I work with, in the hopes that everyone can experience the healing benefits of a calm mind and body, and being present in nature.

I earned a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2016. I also hold a B.A. In Psychology from Rhode Island College as well (2012).

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Tony Costagliola, LICSW He/Him/His
Location: Providence Office

My treatment approach is a reflection of what I’d seek out in a therapist; someone whose methods are provocative and challenging, yet non-judgmental and practical. My therapeutic process promotes insightful thinking, problem-solving, and meaningful behavior change.

Therapy sessions focus on enhancing perceptive, self-regulation, and resiliency skills. My clinical approach involves the use of CBT, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and the wealth of wisdom I’ve accrued from clients themselves.

I specialize in work with adult and young adult struggles through anxiety, depression, family conflict, self-esteem issues, trauma, acceptance, and life-changing events.

In addition to seeing clients at ECMW, I work as a therapist at AIDS Care Ocean State with a focus on LGBTQ issues and chronic illness management. I completed my undergraduate work at Brown University and received a Master’s in Social Work from Rhode Island College.

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YOLIANN SANTIAGO MSW, LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Yoliann Santiago (she/her) is a bilingual Spanish-English Clinical Social Worker Licensed in Rhode Island and in Puerto Rico. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Ana G. Méndez University. Her experiences include: working with children, young adults, women, domestic violence survivors, veterans and clinical settings, as well as support groups. She has a passion to provide clients with a space that is safe, supportive and non-judgmental where they can discuss, explore, learn and assess their needs, emotions, challenges, experiences, and goals. Yoliann wants to assist and create individualized treatment strategies that help her clients in their healing journey to find their strengths and empower them. She helps her clients with a variety of life challenges including: stress, symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and adjustments to life changes by utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based stress reduction, solution focused approaches and psychoeducation.
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HOLLY MORRIS, MHCA SHE/HER/HERS
Location: Providence Office

Holly completed her master of arts degree at Salve Regina University in Clinical Rehabilitation
and Mental Health Counseling. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College
where she majored in Health and Physical Education. Holly has spent the last twenty years
teaching and coaching working with students to grow into the best versions of who they strive
to be. In addition to teaching, Holly has decided to expand her passion of working with others,
helping individuals and families to incorporate skills learned through therapy in their everyday
lives in order to meet their goals. She believes creating a safe environment, based on earned
trust and respect is the cornerstone towards building a healthy relationship. Holly’s goal is to
meet clients exactly where they are as she works alongside them as they write their future one
day at a time according to their most authentic self. She believes that therapeutic relationships
are built based on trust, communication, respect and creating an environment where
individuals feel safe in expressing thoughts and emotions.

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CAITLIN FRUMERIE, LCSW SHE/HER/HERS
Caitlin is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals of all ages, specializing in helping people facing life changes, crises, and trauma. Her non-judgmental and empathic approach is firmly rooted in the stages of change, and she believes that clients, not therapists, lead the work in therapy.

She holds the conviction that every individual has inherent worth and deserves a life rich with love and peace. Caitlin collaborates with her clients to cultivate a garden of peace and love within themselves, providing a refuge wherever they go. To achieve this, she employs various trauma-informed and mindful techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Caitlin is a graduate of Boston University and boasts over 7 years of experience in various settings, primarily working with adolescents in crisis and individuals experiencing homelessness. In addition to providing therapy through East Coast Mental Wellness, she serves as a school social worker and is a dedicated mom to her young son.

Having personally struggled with anxiety throughout her life, Caitlin specializes in working with clients dealing with the challenges of the ‘monkey mind.’ Given her experience supporting clients in group homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, and schools, she also focuses on helping those dealing with issues such as suicidal ideation, self-injurious behaviors, domestic violence, aggression, sexual abuse, and substance use disorders.

She firmly believes that even in the most difficult and painful situations, strength and insight about oneself can be found. Caitlin looks forward to being a companion as you navigate your unique path in life.

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KAITLIN DOBSON, MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIAN - SHE/HER/HERS

My name is Kaitlin Dobson (she/her)! I graduated from Johnson & Wales University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. program in May 2024 and interned at East Coast Mental Wellness during my program. My undergraduate degree is in Human Development and Family Studies from American Public University, with credits transferred from Rhode Island College. I have previous experience working in the E.R. at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, volunteering with inpatient children at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Aubin Center, providing home-based therapeutic care to children with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and tutoring and coaching college students.

During sessions, my main priority is to provide empathy and empowerment to you while utilizing a strength-based and client-centered approach. I enjoy using cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy alongside specific techniques embedded in positive psychology, solution-focused brief therapy, and narrative therapy. Above all, I am here to assist you in understanding, coping with, and managing life stressors or any other obstacles. I predominantly work with older adolescents, young adults, and LGBTQ+ populations. Through our collaboration and your motivation to change, we can work together so you can live a fulfilling, rewarding, and beautiful life.

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BRIANNA BAKER, MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIAN - SHE/HER/HERS

 Brianna Baker grew up in Southwest VA and joined Family Promise in October of 2021, where she works as a case manager and volunteer coordinator for the unhoused population. She graduated with honors from King University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Brianna has completed her Master of Social Work program at King University. She is passionate about helping others. She loves talking and getting to know everyone she meets.

Brianna believes one of the most important things we can do while on this earth is to let others know they are not alone.

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KRYSTAL HALL, MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIAN - SHE/HER/HERS
Krystal is a kind therapist who is committed to helping her clients have fulfilled lives. With a background in counseling psychology, her primary concentration is on understanding the mind-body relationship. She had made it her purpose to meet her clients at their foundation and expand from there. Krystal is particularly interested in helping with people who are struggling with depression, self-esteem, and identity issues.
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EDIT MELLO, MASTERS LEVEL CLINICIAN - SHE/HER/HERS
I am a pre-licensed counselor with a master’s degree in Holistic Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I spent the last 3 decades of my professional and private life facilitating healing on many different levels. I enjoyed working with people as a registered nurse, a yoga teacher (studio owner), and a Vipassana meditation teacher. I had the privilege of raising 4 children providing me plenty of opportunities to grow. I am a lifetime student of both the Western medical healing and holistic Eastern healing modalities.

My favorite therapy modalities are DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). While honoring my client’s needs, I bring my experience as a yoga and mindfulness teacher into our sessions. I chose to become a counselor in my late 50’s because I feel immense joy when I can help someone on their healing journey. You probably noticed that Life is never easy and maybe you need help figuring things out or simply just breath in the middle of a storm. No matter the reason you are reading this, I am very proud of you for deciding to seek help. I sincerely congratulate you for that. It takes courage, openness, and honesty to reach out for help. I am excited about the possibility that you might choose me as your future counselor to facilitate your healing journey.

I consider myself most helpful for adult clients experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief.

Interns

East Coast Mental Wellness values the education of others and accepts master-level interns in our offices to further their knowledge and training. We provide the opportunity for students to gain clinical and administrative experience in the mental health field. Our interns are supervised by experienced clinicians in our agency.
HANNAH HALLETT SHE/HER/HERS
Hannah (she/her) is an intern pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston
University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in
Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With experience working
in mental health research at the Center for Neurorestoration & Neurotechnology,
Hannah has developed a strong understanding of anxiety, depression, self-esteem
issues and PTSD. She is also a registered yoga teacher and interested in the
integration of mind-body wellness in therapy.
Hannah believes that everyone has a story to tell and is dedicated to providing a
safe and supportive environment for clients to share their experiences. She views
clients as experts of their own lives and works collaboratively with them to
navigate the challenges they face with more ease and happiness. Hannah is dedicated
to providing the support and guidance needed for clients to reach their full
potential and live the life they desire. If you are interested in growth and making
positive changes in your life, Hannah is here to meet you where you are and empower
you to be your most authentic self along your healing journey.
CHRISTINE CAVEN SHE/HER/HERS
I am currently enrolled in master’s degree counseling program at Thomas University. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. My bachelor’s degree is in Psychological and Social Science. I currently work as a special education instructional assistant and have been employed in this position for six years. I am passionate about mental health and assisting individuals that face mental health challenges. We all have a story and deserve to be heard.
KATHRYN TORIMOTO SHE/HER/HERS
I am Kathryn Torimoto and go by Kathy. I am a third-year graduate student at Adler
University online campus. I will complete my master’s degree in clinical Mental
Health Counseling in 2024. I completed by BA at Antioch University-Seattle in 2020.
I am a New England native, although I have lived all over the country the past
twenty plus years. I lived in California, Illinois both rural and Chicago, Seattle,
WA and most recently returned to New England to complete my LMHC.
My therapeutic approaches are still developing. My focus is strength-based and
person focused approaches. Adlerian theory, feminism, Gestalt, and existentialism
are my preferred theories because of the holistic nature and empowerment focus. I
Have also studied early childhood trauma, intergenerational trauma and their impact
on people’s lives.
I have spent most of my adult life professionally and personally working with
diverse groups of people. I see all people as possessing inherent worth and value so
that requires treating people with dignity and respect. I look forward to helping
improve your life in the best ways for you.
EUNICE DAVID SHE/HER/HERS
Meet Eunice, a dedicated Master Level Counseling Intern who is set to graduate in August 2024. Eunice has a wealth of experience in hospitals, case management, and residential settings. She is a passionate advocate for domestic violence survivors, the LGBTQ+ community, and disadvantaged populations. Eunice specializes in empowering individuals dealing with trauma, abuse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, and more. She creates a safe space for healing and growth through client-focused therapy. Eunice takes a diverse approach to working with LGBTQ+, children, teens, adults, families, and couples, tailoring strategies to meet each unique need. In addition, Eunice is a certified 200-HR Yoga Instructor and integrates holistic, mindfulness practices to foster mental and physical well-being. Beyond her counseling expertise, Eunice takes pride in actively supporting her clients and offering compassionate guidance on their journey of healing and self-discovery.
ABIGAIL KVALE SHE/HER/HERS
Location: Providence Office

Abigail is a student counselor working on her Masters of Social Work. Abigail has
been a case manager in the mental health field for the past few years and has
experience working mostly with teenagers and youth. Abigail’s approach is rooted in
empathy, active listening, and a genuine commitment to fostering growth and healing.

CAITLIN GAYLES SHE/HER/HERS
Caitlin is an intern who is enrolled at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She is in her first year working towards completing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She completed her undergraduate degree in three years while studying Psychology. Caitlin is originally from Budd, Lake, New Jersey. She is currently a Resident Assistant and has been for three years. She was able to work with diverse groups of students and gain experience working with a great team. She is also an Ambassador at Johnson & Wales University, and she worked with perspective students and families on a daily basis. She has an abundance of experience working with children, adults, teenagers, and little kids. She is new to this type of work and is just super thrilled to get her feet wet and start working with clients! She is passionate about all forms of work and is willing to learn!

Caitlin is extremely interested in learning more about other people and diverse clients. She enjoys helping people become their best selves and change for the better. She believes that everyone is unique in their own way and should be able to express themselves freely without judgement. But a few things about her are that she is extraverted, personable, friendly, and a great listener. She is also always full of energy!

ALICIA LANE SHE/HER/HERS
I am a current graduate student at Johnson & Wales Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from RISD in 2011, and have worked in film for the last fifteen years.

Working collaboratively with people and their stories as a filmmaker is what drew me to the field of mental health. I believe in the power of our own stories, experiences and perspectives to help us identify strengths and work through our problems. Personal areas of interest include helping clients navigate relationships, life transitions, grief, depression, identity issues, substance use, mood disorders, LGBTQIA+ issues and trans affirming care

Book Your First Appointment

Book a free 15-minute call with one of our therapists. During the call, you will have the opportunity to get a sense of your therapist’s personality and the techniques they use before deciding if you want to schedule your initial session with them.
Providence Location

1 Richmond Square, Suite 350W
Providence, RI 02906

(GPS: 331 Waterman St)

*with free parking

 

Office photography by Drty Glitter

Get In Touch

Phone: 401-227-0372
Fax: 877-455-9466

Immediate Help

If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, a free 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. You will be routed to the nearest city crisis center.