Our Vision

We believe that every person deserves to live their life in way that is authentic, meaningful, and fulfilling.  Our mission is to support and guide the people we work with in finding best version of themselves in order to live happy and satisfying lives.

We are a practice that is anti-oppression and social justice oriented, which means that we recognize the ways in which oppression, marginalization, and discrimination can impact an individual’s mental health and well-being.  We have a commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for people of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

We value hearing and respecting our clients needs and concerns and in providing the best possible care.  Our group is structured to allow each clinician to practice therapy according to their individual expertise.  We pride ourselves in the vast experience and specialties of our therapists– this includes areas like trauma, substance use, depression, anxiety, family system challenges, working with the LGBTQIA+ community, gender-affirming care, grief and loss, chronic illness, neurodiversity, spirituality and self-empowerment.


Our History

Mass Bay Counseling of Marshfield was established in 1988 by Dr. Louis Schippers and Nate Murray, LICSW, two therapists who had a vision to create a group private practice that could serve the South Shore community.

Over the next several years Mass Bay Counseling of Marshfield continued to grow and expand, and in 1991 Dr. Donna McQuinn joined the practice, and by 1994 she became a partner.  Under this partnership, Mass Bay Counseling grew in reputation as a group of therapists who provide excellent care to the community they service. In 2001, Mass Bay Counseling developed an in home care business, Visiting Angels, and for the next ten years both businesses operated under the partnership.

In 2011, the original founders Dr. Schippers and Mr. Murray decided to devote their efforts to Visiting Angels wholeheartedly, and Dr. McQuinn remained as the sole owner of Mass Bay Counseling.  Dr. McQuinn continued to maintain Mass Bay’s excellent standing in the community by focusing on quality clinical care and honoring our dedication to the area.

Dr. Alyson Skok joined the practice as a clinician in 2016, and from early on was excited to be part of such a thriving and trusted group practice.  In early 2018, Alyson took over as sole owner and has focused on growing Mass Bay Counseling to meet the increasing needs of our community.  The practice was able to adapt in the early stages of the COVID pandemic by moving to a telehealth platform, and we have continued to adapt as needed.  As of January 2023 Mass Bay hit 5 years with Alyson as the owner, we have moved to our permanent home in a beautiful large building at 541 Plain Street, and have continued to flourish as a devoted practice serving the South Shore.