Mass Bay Counseling consists of an amazing team of clinical therapists that provide a wide range of experience, specialties, approaches, and expertise so that we can serve our community to the best of our abilities. Research has shown that the therapeutic relationship is essential to positive outcomes, and we pride ourselves on having a variety of perspectives and techniques that we offer.
Our Client Care Coordinator knows our staff very well and can help identify a therapist that may be the best fit for your situation, but please feel free to review our professional bios below to find out more. Please call our office for our most updated availability.
Adolescents, Adults, and Elders; Family work in loss, adjustment, and transition; Trauma and PTSD; community trauma; life-limiting issues, End of Life issues; complicated grief; family dynamics impacted by medical complexities.
Erica’s ultimate goal as a therapist is to create a safe, validating, empowering, and affirming space for all persons to be heard and valued. She is eclectic in her approach to this work with compassionate, relational, narrative, humanistic, and cultural humility centered interventions. Clients and colleagues have described Erica as an anchor in times of chaos.
Erica has a passion for supporting clients experiencing complex issues of grief and loss, and specifically in working with older adults on legacy and resilience building, finding connection, and bereavement. She has experience working with adolescents on issues of trauma and building healthy relationships. Erica has also has extensive experience with both children and adults in chronic pain management and understands the challenges of coping with ongoing medical challenges.
Erica received her Master’s in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work in 2014 where she was psychodynamically trained. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, including group homes, hospitals, cancer outpatient clinics, and hospice.
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Families; Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, family dynamics, trauma, & school related challenges
Dawn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who enjoys working to meet a variety of needs. Dawn uses positive psychology and strengths based approaches to empower her clients in building overall self-esteem. She is particularly passionate about working with children and adolescents experiencing symptoms of anxiety and utilizing cognitive behavioral strategies.
Dawn received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Bridgewater State University. She has had experience in various settings such as outpatient therapy, family therapy, in-home therapy, and across community settings. Dawn spent three years of her career working as a school based clinician to meet the needs of mental health within school districts.
Children, adolescents, young adults, and families; anxiety, depression, trauma, stress, ADHD, school-related difficulties, behavior management, parenting
Liz strongly believes that the most effective way to create positive change in therapy is to provide a safe and supportive space to empower individuals and families to explore, create, and work towards achieving their goals. She loves to bring fun, creativity, and imagination into the therapeutic process to encourage engagement and comfort within the therapeutic relationship. Liz comes to Mass Bay after working for a therapeutic after school program where she created and ran therapeutic groups for children and supported families across various settings. She uses several different approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and strengths-based and trauma-informed care.
Liz is an independently licensed social worker who earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Communications at Fairfield University and her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College. Liz has a passion for working with children, adolescents, young adults, and parents who are experiencing difficulties stemming from stressful or traumatic experiences, and she believes that all people have an innate right to receive mental healthcare.
Children, Adolescents, Adults; Chronic Illness, Family Dynamics, Parent/Child relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Military Families
Jessica strives to provide clients with a space where they can feel comfortable, understood, and safe in order to face and overcome difficult challenges. She has experience with depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, chronic illness, trauma, parent/child relationship issues, and stress management. Jessica takes a non-judgmental approach and is described by her clients as warm, compassionate, and authentic. She enjoys using techniques from a variety of modalities, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.
Jessica is passionate about being client-centered and will tailor counseling to meet individual’s needs. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Masters in Social Work from Boston College that has provided therapy in a variety of settings, including medical, military, office, and home based.
Ayala is currently only seeing self pay clients, or clients with Optum insurance, which includes Harvard Pilgrim, Allways Health Partners, United HealthCare, and United Behavioral Health
Adolescents, Adults, Couples; Relationship Dynamics, Trauma, Parenting Concerns
Ayala strongly believes that each person is the expert of their own lives, meeting clients where they are and assisting them in exploring and accomplishing the goals they have for themselves. She works hard to create a safe, positive, and non-judgmental environment, welcoming feedback and collaboration with the clients she works with. She has an outgoing and optimistic personality that helps her create strong and supportive relationships with her clients.
Ayala’s approach to therapy is always client focused, and she uses several therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused and Strength-Based therapies. No matter the approach, Ayala will work with her clients to identify areas of their lives that they want to see growth, and help them find ways to use tools and strategies to create that positive change.
Ayala has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker. She has worked in multiple settings, including private practice, social service agencies, and school systems, as well as with a wide range of clients. She especially enjoys working with couples on relationship dynamics, as well as teenagers entering young adulthood.
Jessie Dixon, LMFT
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families;LGBTQ+ Populations, Gender Identity, Relationship Distress, Sexual Issues, Parenting Issues, Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Trauma
Jessie is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Jessie works with individuals, couples, and families and believes that therapy is most successful when treatment includes consideration of a person within their social and cultural context. Jessie is passionate about working with the LGBTQ population and has experience working with gender dysphoria and related gender identity issues. For Jessie, therapy is a collaborative effort in which the therapist empowers, supports growth, and facilitates changes which equip clients to live their most authentic and meaningful life. With this foundation, Jessie utilizes strengths-based therapies to help clients live the change they wish to see in their lives.
Jessie comes to Mass Bay with experience working in multiple settings, including Day Services, Partial Hospital Treatment, Outpatient Home-Based Services, and CBHI services. Jessie has spent the last two years working as an In-Home Therapist with children, adolescents and their families as well provided in-school therapy to elementary aged children. In all positions, Jessie has been dedicated to creating a space in which clients feel accepted, valued and understood.
Adults; Sexual Assault and Trauma; Eating Disorders, Vicarious Trauma/Compassion Fatigue
Karen earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Tulane University in Louisiana and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Radford University in Virginia. She has more than 20 years experience working in both private and public mental health agencies. She dedicated 18 years of her career to supporting survivors of sexual trauma and came to Mass Bay from an outpatient agency focused on treating those struggling with eating disorders.
Karen works with adolescents and adults coping with depression, anxiety, trauma, women’s issues, sexual abuse and assault recovery, and relationship issues such as communication, assertiveness, and healthy boundaries. She also has a passion for supporting those in care-giving roles and professions at risk for compassion fatigue such as nurses, first responders, and those caring for ill or aging family members. Karen uses a supportive approach incorporating cognitive behavioral strategies, mindfulness, and DBT skills. Clients often describe Karen as calm, warm, and genuine.
Julie Bellinghausen, LMHC
Children, Adolescents, Adults; Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, issues relating to adoption and foster care
Julie enjoys working with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, struggles relating to bullying, self-esteem, and self-harm. She loves working with kids and teens and is able to connect with them easily. She is especially passionate about working with foster children and children and adolescents who have been adopted.
Julie is a licensed mental health counselor whose approach includes CBT, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Person-Centered, and Solution-Focused modalities. Most recently, Julie was a Program Director but chose to step into an exclusive clinical role so that she could focus on working directly with her clients.
Donna McQuinn, Psy.D.
Not currently accepting new clients at this time
Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, Certified EMDR Therapist, Adults; Trauma, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Couples, Women’s Issues
Dr. McQuinn has been with Mass Bay Counseling as a practicing psychologist for the past twenty years, and has recently stepped down as owner in order to focus on her therapeutic work.
She graduated from Bridgewater State University with a B.S. in 1986 and in 1990 with her Doctorate Degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She is a certified Internal Family Systems therapist and a certified EMDR therapist in addition to being clinically trained in the psychodynamic tradition. Dr. McQuinn’s approach to therapy comes from a self-led humanistic and wellness orientation.
Katey Pestilli, Client Care Coordinator
Katey is usually the first person at Mass Bay that new clients communicate with, and her bright and optimistic personality are often described as welcoming and reassuring by those reaching out for help.
Katey knows all of our clinicians’ personalities, treatment approaches, and strengths, so she is able to best match our new clients with a therapist that will be a fit for what they are looking for. She is also the point of contact for issues relating to our Client Portal, scheduling intakes, and billing and insurance.
Katey is currently getting her Masters in Social Work at Simmons College, and we know she will be an amazing therapist herself in the future!
Not currently accepting new clients at this time
Children, Adolescents, Parenting, Family Dynamics, LGBTQ+ Youth and Gender Identity, Behavior Management, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Military Families
Alyson is honored to have recently taken ownership of Mass Bay Counseling and is dedicated to maintaining our role in serving the South Shore community.
Alyson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for supporting and guiding children, adolescents, adults, and families through challenging times so they are able to attain the skills and knowledge needed to live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
She has worked in a variety of settings, including in home therapy, residential treatment, community settings, military installations, and within the school system. Her focus includes mood disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, building social and peer relationships, behavioral interventions, anger management, family dynamics and conflict, parenting, LGBTQ issues, military lifestyle concerns, and trauma. She has experience with all ages, however she specializes in working with children and adolescents.
Alyson received a Masters in Social Work from Bridgewater State University in 2007 and a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work and Leadership from the University of Tennessee in 2014. She often uses a short-term, solution focused approach that uses a mix cognitive behavioral techniques, humor, and positive psychology. She is described by her clients as energetic, engaging, and authentic, and her dogs Dinah and Arthur sometimes join her in sessions if helpful.