Heather Newton Brown, LCPC, NCC
Heather received her Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from Union Institute and University, and her undergraduate degree from Goddard College, where she studied transpersonal psychology, mindfulness based approaches, and expressive modalities. Heather has a background working with youth and families, as well as adults, and has supported clients who identify on gender and sexual identity continuums, experience addiction symptoms, and personality disruption. Heather is committed to supporting each client’s best thinking; her approach is strength-focused, relational, and trauma-sensitive, drawing on skills from DBT, CBT, and motivational interviewing. Heather is also a Level II trained EMDR therapist.
Abigail Maycock, LMSW-CC
Abi Maycock received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of New England along with a certificate in applied arts and social justice. She believes that everyone has the capacity to grow and heal when provided with adequate support and connection. Abi’s practice draws from a variety of therapeutic modalities with a focus on Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and mindfulness and motivational enhancement techniques. Her approach to treatment is relational and client driven with an awareness of the ecosystems that affect each individual’s own path to healing and recovery. Abi practices with a trauma sensitive, culturally humble, and strength based approach. Relational cultural, feminist and humanistic theory inform her approach. She has over 10 years of experience working with youth from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. She also works as a manager at the Maine Youth Court, a restorative justice program for youth in trouble with the law and or school. Abi’s experience as a group facilitator come from her work at Seeds of Peace, the Art Affect, and Young Women Empowered. Abi enjoys working with individuals, families, and groups of all ages and backgrounds. She also facilitates at our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Lila Maycock, LMSW-CC
Lila Maycock received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England with a certificate in applied arts and social justice. She approaches her work with unconditional positive regard for her clients, an awareness of attachment patterns, trauma, cultural identity and uses a relational, person-in-environment lens. Lila has worked with addictions, eating disorders, trauma, self-harm, grief and loss, and a variety of mental health diagnosis. She has done professional work with adults, homeless teens, the LGBTQIA+ community, couples, families and with elders in long-term care settings. Lila comes from a background specializing in substance use disorders that was rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing. Her current practice utilizes acceptance and commitment therapy, internal family systems, mindfulness practices, embodied healing, and expressive therapies. Lila provides individual therapy and is a facilitator in our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Sandy Pereira, LMSW-CC
Sandy received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Maine at Orono, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England. Sandy has worked with trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, life transitions, and a variety of mental health diagnoses. She has experience working with adults, teens, families, those experiencing homelessness, the LGBTQIA+ community and older adults. Her approach is rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness. Her practice is personalized, relational, individualistic and integrates the mind, body, and spirit to increase awareness and promote healing. She hopes to help guide clients in learning to practice acceptance, defusion from their negative private experiences and make committed actions towards what and who they value most in order to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. She believes that healing is non-linear, and that therapy is a safe space, and is committed to providing that. Sandy is also a co-facilitator in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
Francesca Perlov, LMSW-CC
Francesca Perlov received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England with a certificate in applied arts and social justice. Francesca has an eclectic approach, incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other approaches. She strives to tailor treatment to meet each client’s unique needs and to honor each client’s strengths. Francesca has professional experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief/loss, and LGBTQIA+ related issues. She seeks to promote equity and justice, as well as create trauma-informed spaces.
Tommy Waltz, LCSW
Tommy received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Maine. He specializes in working with complex trauma, LGBTQIA+ related issues, substance use, transitions and identity formulation. Tommy’s previous clinical experience includes individual, family, and group work within residential, school, and community level environments. His practice is rooted in an integrative, strength-based approach, drawing upon several modalities including: CBT, Narrative, ACT, DBT, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and he is a level II trained EMDR therapist. Tommy is also a trained professional performing artist who incorporates elements of psychodrama into his clinical practice when appropriate. Tommy’s platform for this avenue of treatment is best highlighted in his 2014 TEDxDirigo talk, “Drama Therapy Changed My Impressions of Homelessness.” In addition to offering individual, family, couples, and group psychotherapy. Tommy is also a facilitator in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
Lisa Wanek, LMFT
Lisa received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University in 2010 and her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University in 2015. Lisa has had the pleasure of working with many diverse populations including children with special needs, the LGBTQIA+ community, couples, individuals of all ages and backgrounds, youths and their families in community-based settings, and adults struggling with substance use and/or eating disorders. Lisa considers herself to be a strengths-based therapist which means that she views all of her clients as inherently resilient and capable of overcoming the many stressors they find themselves to be faced with. Lisa approaches all of her clients with unconditional positive regard and collaboration, providing them with a space to foster personal growth and improve their familial and romantic relationships. Lisa’s interventions include Narrative, CBT, DBT, Internal Family Systems, and art therapies as well as mindfulness and motivational interviewing.
Marit Wilson, LCSW-CC
Marit earned her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and her Bachelors from Mount Holyoke College. She holds space for adults and teens to investigate the experiences that have shaped them, reconnect with their body and the earth, and develop trust and agency in their ability to heal. She has training in Gestalt and Emotion-Focussed Therapy modalities and is rooted in humanistic, intersectional feminist, and attachment theories. Marit has taught yoga and meditation for 10 years and specializes in working with trauma through an embodied, non-pathologizing, experiential approach. She has specific experience supporting perinatal mental health, the queer and trans community, examining whiteness and white supremacy, and healing disordered eating and body image. Through narrative, spirit, metaphor, and dream, Marit is honored to collaborate on a way toward integration, fullness, strength, and joy.
Molly Crosen, Practice Manager, RYT 200HR
Molly has been with Art of Awareness since January of 2018. Throughout her time with AOA she has worked primarily as an administrative support staff member, learning the different organizational systems that help support our Wellness Center both in the clinical practice and Yoga studio. As a natural next-step, and with the knowledge gained through experience, she has stepped into the role of Practice Manager. Molly is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a background in Psychology. In 2019, she attained her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate through Yoga Muse School of Yoga at Bridge Studio. Molly strives to create a warm and inclusive environment for both our clinical clients and Yoga students.
Sadie Grant, Administrative Assistant
Sadie received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Spanish minor from Oberlin College in 2020. She has experience in research and behavioral care and is passionate about nature, movement, creative expression, psychology, and social justice. In addition to doing marketing and administrative work for the Art of Awareness clinical practice and Bridge Studio, Sadie is a blog writer for Balance Eating Disorder Treatment Center™. Sadie will be pursuing her Master’s in Social work at the University of New England this fall and hopes to one day join the Art of Awareness team as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Jessie Kessler, Intake Specialist
Jessie is an artist, writer, and musician with a BA in Interpersonal Communication and Psychology from SUNY Oswego. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings advocating for a range of at-risk populations, and always strives to reach and support those in need. She believes in the power of storytelling through whichever medium serves as a vehicle for self-expression, and hopes to someday facilitate creative approaches to therapy. Jessie is applying to begin her MSW with the ultimate goal of becoming a licensed clinical social worker.
Lori Moulton, Financial Services
Lori has served in the medical billing field for over 25 years, having been fully immersed in this work from the time she was a child surrounded by her parent’s medical billing business. As an adult, she started her own medical billing company, Frost Hill Medical, and continues to serve with the goal to continue learning and improving on the valuable experience she gained from her family’s business. She continues to receive valuable mentoring from Mid Coast Hospital’s Director of patient accounts, and strives to meet and address the concerns of all clients. In addition, Lori has a background in Occupational Therapy and believes the patient-centered philosophy she was trained in fits well with the Art of Awareness model of serving all with compassion.