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Abigail Trnovsky, MSW, LICSW

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and provide individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. I enjoy helping people solve real-life problems that are blocking them from living the life they want. I treat each client as a unique individual and approach the therapy conversation with that in mind. My approach to working with clients calls on concepts in cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness practice. I have worked with clients facing a variety of struggles, including relationship issues, difficulty adjusting to life’s transitions, family stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, and grief. Clients have said that they enjoy my supportive, yet more direct and conversational approach to therapy. I am a caring and thorough clinician who will bring intensity and humor to the therapeutic relationship.

I am currently accepting new clients and accept most insurance plans.

“Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -Joshua J. Marine

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Courtney Atherton, LICSW, MLDAC

Courtney Atherton , LCMHC, MLADC is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Master’s Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 15 years of experience specializing in treating adolescents families and adults. Previous work with patients have included addressing homelessness, poverty, domestic violence and addiction issues. She specializes in issues relating to trauma, anxiety, life transitions, domestic violence and substance addiction. She utilizes solution focused and cognitive behavioral approaches to therapy, and encourages self-discovery and personal growth for her patients. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University New England.

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Elaine Benson Med., LCMHC

Although I am a new staff member here at Great Bay Mental Health Associates, I have almost 30 years of privileged experience in the mental health and substance abuse fields and I look forward to working with you.

As a licensed clinical mental health and substance abuse counselor, I provide services to adults, young adults and couples with an emphasis on the importance of resolving past pain and trauma which may be interfering with joy and happiness in the present.

I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which can help to heal post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and past abuse, which is very often accompanied with debilitating and maladaptive beliefs. This relatively new modality can be utilized in a vast variety of ways , giving relief and joy.

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Emily Weston, PMHNP-BC

(Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified)

Thank you for your interest in Great Bay Mental Health. I have been with the practice since December of 2009, first as an intern and now as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I began independent practice here in October of 2010. I am seeing patients for psychiatric medication management on a full time basis. I receive many referrals from our wonderful therapists and work collaboratively with them to ensure you will receive optimal care. I have a medical nursing background as well as mental health and am comfortable working with a wide variety of clients. Please take a look at my service agreement. I look forward to meeting with you.

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Gail Minschwaner, LCSW

Gail Minschwaner is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 8 years’ experience as a mental health therapist. Minschwaner holds a passionate belief in each person’s individual value and the validity of personal goals. She specializes in strength based, cognitive treatment strategies and envisions her work as a privileged opportunity to join with clients in their journeys toward wellness. Areas of special interests include depression, women’s issues, stage of life issues, loss and bereavement, adjustments to chronic medical conditions and life transitions such as divorce.

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Gayle Joyce, LiCSW, LCSW

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person can help you to feel better. I help my adult clients and families to enjoy healthy relationships, manage anxiety or depression, and learn to have fun. I use clinical approaches such as psychodynamic, relational, and cognitive theories. I use play therapy with children as an approach that allows them to communicate through their natural language of play.

You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many of my clients seek help for everyday concerns, such as relationship issues, job stress, or self doubt. Others come seeking relief for more stressful issues, such as trauma or divorce. I often see children to improve social and emotional skills or work on issues that interfere with their academic success.

I am pleased to talk with you about your circumstances and look forward to hearing from you.

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Holly Robinson, LICSW

Hello and thank you for your interest in Great Bay. I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I received my Masters degree in Social Work with a focus on clinical mental health from Boston College. I primarily work with children, adolescents, young adults and families. My areas of practice include, but are not limited to, anxiety and mood disorders, conduct and various behavioral disorders, trauma, eating disorders, strategies to manage inattention and impulsivity, addiction as it affects the family and various areas of family conflict.

I practice from a strength-based, family systems approach and believe that taking an active role in therapy with an emphasis on the therapeutic relationship is crucial for the healing process. I would be happy to do a phone consultation to see if I would be the right fit for your needs. I look forward to working with you.

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Holly Schaefer Robinson | Great Bay Mental Health Associates

James Marston, LCMHC

My name is James Marston, and I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have been working with children and families for the last eight years; three years at a community mental health center, and five years before that at a school for learning disabled and emotionally handicapped children. In that time, I’ve helped a number of children and families learn to communicate better, change maladaptive patterns, feel better about themselves, and enjoy life more. I’m trained in a number of different therapeutic models, and have a lot of experience in helping parents institute behavior plans to change behavior in the families. I’ve been trained in a number of evidence-based practices, and I incorporate aspects of those practices into my work with families.

I believe that at its core, therapy is forming a positive relationship, and then using that relationship to motivate and reinforce healing and change. My greatest strength as a therapist is that I care - I care about the clients in my care, their lives, and their futures. I am excited about the work that I do, and I love having the opportunity to meet and work with the people that come to see me. I hope to have the chance to be a positive force in you or your child’s life.

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James Marston | Great Bay Mental Health Associates

Kathryn Rodger, LMFT

As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a background in education, I practice a therapy of mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral techniques, and acceptance of all that the client brings to the session. Life can seem difficult; to commit to therapy is a courageous decision, and I have great respect for a person or family making such a choice. I have experience with couples, families, and individuals who are facing the challenges of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, identity, transition, and trauma. Therapy is an opportunity to join with people on their life path, walk for a while, and help to empower them to accept their challenges, realize their unique strengths, and find more peace through change. I always look forward to working collaboratively and walking with each client.

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Pilar Van Patten, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing from a solution focused and structural approach. As a compassionate, creative, and enthusiastic therapist, I believe therapy should be devoted to personal growth, awareness, healing, and often times laughter. I specialize in treating children, adolescents, and families dealing with an array of mental health issues and life stressors including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and oppositional defiance. Life does not come with a direction manual, so I empower my clients to explore their strengths and reach their therapeutic goals one step at a time.

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Sandra Mote, MS,CS,APRN

Welcome to our practice. I have been with Great Bay Mental Health for almost 7 years as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I have over twenty years in the mental health field. I work collaboratively with patients to ensure that they have optimal mental well-being. I believe that this can best be accomplished with both therapy and medication evaluation and management. I have a great passion for women’s mental health. I specialize in medication management of a wide spectrum of disorders, including post partum depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and Adult ADHD. I also can provide individual counseling from a Christian perspective.

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