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.
All clinical staff are independently licensed, Masters or Doctoral level clinicians that continuously engage in professional development and training in order to ensure we are providing the most fully informed work possible. Our office manager 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.
Alyson Skok, DSW, LICSW, Owner of Mass Bay Counseling
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.
Donna McQuinn, Psy.D.
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.
Susan Bisignano, LICSW
Susan is a clinical social worker coming to Mass Bay from the VA Boston HealthCare System’s Healthcare for Homeless Veterans team. She enjoys supporting clients in becoming empowered and in creating wellness in their lives though an eclectic use of therapies, including: Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. She has found these modalities effective in treating depression, anxiety and other mood disorders, as well as substance use and PTSD. Susan has worked with a broad range of populations, including children, adolescents, adults, parents, veterans, and LBGTQ clients.
She completed her undergraduate training in sociology and psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and earned her Master of Social Work degree at Bridgewater State University. She became certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction after training at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. Susan is also certified in Somatic Breath Therapy through the Power of Breath Institute in Spofford, New Hampshire.
Patricia Comiskey, Ed.D.
Adults and Children; Learning Disabilities, Psychological Testing, Couples, Parenting
Dr.Comiskey is a licensed Psychologist with a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. With thirty years experience in the public school system as a school psychologist and guidance counselor, she particularly enjoys working with children, adolescents and parents.
Dr. Comiskey has experience with both in-patient and out-patient treatment of children and adults, and expertise in the treatment of children and adults with special needs, socio-economic difficulties and divorce issues. Her therapeutic orientations are predominantly cognitive behavior therapy and family systems.
Kimberly Hudson Fahey, M.Ed., LMHC
Kim comes to Mass Bay Counseling from a variety of different settings, she has been the Adolescent Director at an inpatient hospital setting, a Supervisor of in Home Therapy Services, a Consultant and a Clinician in a farm setting utilizing animal assisted therapy.
Having 25 year’s experience working with adolescents, 15 years working with all age groups and licensed for 7 years, Kim brings hope and compassion and experience to her work with her clients. Kim works diligently with her clients utilizing a variety of techniques including mindfulness, choice theory, solution focused therapy, and CBT. She enjoys working with all populations but specializes in adolescents and family therapy.
Kim has also enjoyed working with diverse populations such as transgender, LGBT, and cultural and ethnic populations. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in Hispanic Language and Literature as well as a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has traveled extensively and has previously lived in Spain.
Mark Picciotto, Ph.D.
Children, Adolescents, Adults; Parenting, Couples, ADHD, Bullying
Mark is a clinical psychologist who has been licensed and practicing for over 20 years. He specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Issues that he commonly works with are behavioral and parenting issues, mood disorders including depression and anxiety problems, and adjustment problems.
He works from a short term focal treatment perspective, focusing on behavioral solutions and rapid improvement of symptoms where possible. He also has many years experience in psychological testing, with a focus on personality assessment and functioning.
Lauren Dargan, LICSW
Anxiety, teens, families, parenting work/coaching, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), couples and individuals of all ages
Lauren has worked with families and children in Montana, New York City and New Jersey, before settling here on the South Shore 5 years ago. She works with clients to identify their strengths and the goals they would like to pursue. Her approach includes incorporating many skills and strategies to help clients reach those goals and to improve their daily lives. Lauren truly enjoys working with clients to improve the relationships in their lives, whether with their children or a partner. She was certified to provide DBT with adults, teens and families. Lauren also enjoys leading groups to facilitate skills and to offer support.
Lauren has partnered with many agencies and schools in the community to present skills and strategies on working with children with anxiety.
Children, Adolescents, Adults, Parenting, Couples, Family Dynamics, Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, LGBTQ Community, Mood Disorders, Behavior Management Substance Abuse, Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Populations
Sherly Gavell is a trilingual and cross-cultural Licensed Mental Health Counselor who enjoys working with all populations. Sherly’s style is warm, interactive and friendly, as she believes that building strong relationships with her clients creates the supportive and safe environment necessary to promote healing and emotional growth. Sherly has worked in a variety of settings, including In-Home Behavioral Services, Inpatient Psychiatric facilities, Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, Residential, and as a Clinical Supervisor for CBHI programs such as In-Home Therapy and Intensive Care Coordination.
Sherly’s approach combine the use of family systems, attachment focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, ABA-based interventions for behavioral modification, mindfulness, cultural understanding and cognitive approach.
Jennifer Sullivan, Office Manager
Jennifer answers all requests for Mass Bay Counseling services. She coordinates the needs and requests of our clients to ensure each person receives the service that they require. Jennifer has expertise in billing claims to insurance companies and she is able to track, prevent, and resolve billing problems.