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 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.

Alyson Skok, DSW, LICSW

Ayala Royster, MSW, LCSW

Jennifer Jope, MA

Jessie Dixon, LMFT

Karen Beckum, LMHC, CCMHC

Julie Bellinghausen, LMHC

Donna McQuinn, Psy. D.

Patricia Comiskey, Ed. D.

Mark Picciotto, Ph.D.

Alyson Skok, DSW, LICSW, Owner of Mass Bay Counseling

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.

Ayala Royster, MSW, LCSW

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.

Jennifer Jope, MA

Jennifer 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, individuals and couples; anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders, relationships and sexuality. 

Jennifer’s philosophy is that a therapist serves as a co-traveler on the transformative journey toward healing, emotional freedom, and fulfilling relationships. With an orientation grounded in the wellness model and humanistic psychology, she utilizes evidence-based therapies such as CBT, ACT, EMDR, to support and empower clients.

Jennifer is a certified hypnotherapist, and encourages clients to examine the societal constructs and transgenerational messages that inform their experiences. She is currently completing training to become an AASECT certified sex therapist, enabling her to help clients explore issues of identity and intimacy, and to cultivate vibrant, authentic relationships. Jennifer is an artist, and weaves creative and experiential techniques into the therapeutic process.

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.

Karen Beckum, LMHC, CCMHC

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.

 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.

Mark Picciotto, Ph.D.

Not currently accepting new clients at this time

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 of experience in psychological testing, with a focus on personality assessment and functioning.