Therapist & Staff Bios

Art of Awareness clinicians are seasoned psychotherapists who continue to enhance their craft through peer supervision and continuing education opportunities. We are committed to providing effective treatment options that meet the current standards of the field.

Each clinician offers individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. Please contact us to discuss your treatment needs.

Ida O’Donnell, LCSW, Founder
Ida received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England. Her therapeutic style is relationship based with a strong focus on helping people to find sustainable self care. She specializes in working with individuals with eating disorders, trauma related disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Ida has worked as a psychotherapist, consultant and workshop presenter since 1992. Throughout this time, she has gained experience by working in mental health agencies, private practice, hospital, and partial hospitalization settings. She is a level II trained EMDR therapist and is also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Hypnotherapy, and Solutions Focused Therapy. Ida earned a 200hr hatha yoga teacher certification through Bridge Studio.  She teachers Mindfulness Classes and Yoga Nidra at Bridge Studio at Art of Awareness. She completed her 40 hour certification in Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Ida founded Art of Awareness in 2007.

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.

Teresa Delorey, LCPC-ET
Teresa earned her Master of Arts degree in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University.  She has over fifteen years of psychotherapy experience with a focus on adult, young-adult and adolescent populations. She has practiced in outpatient, residential, community mental health, school-based environments and with a mix of cultures. Teresa considers the therapeutic relationship a vehicle to discover, explore, learn and transform patterns of thought, behaviors and connection that are not in service of personal well-being. Therefore, she prefers to work in the here-and-now context. She believes the therapist is a guide to help the client notice, heal and modify their inner environment so that they may approach the outer terrain from a place of genuine knowledge in mind, emotion and body, and act with greater agency over their current lives. Teresa draws from mindfulness practices, DBT, psychodynamic, expressive arts, insight-oriented, motivational and existential therapies. She is currently working towards her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate. Teresa is also a facilitator in our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Jocelyn Dimpel, LCPC-CC
Jocelyn earned her master’s degree in mental health counseling and art therapy from Lesley University. She is a practicing artist who incorporates the use of art and metaphor into her clinical work. Jocelyn believes in the power of creative expression to increase insight and awareness into clients’ thoughts and feelings as well as identifying viable pathways to self-care. She practices a person-centered approach with a focus on relationship-based treatment and enjoys supporting clients in finding meaning in their unique experiences in the world. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings which includes school, residential treatment, and in the community. Jocelyn is trained in the ARC framework for trauma-informed care as well as grief-informed approaches.

Michael Johnston, LCSW
Michael received his Bachelor of Arts degree in developmental psychology with a minor in child and family relations from the University of Maine at Orono, and his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Maine. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults within hospital, school, and private settings. Michael uses a strength-based approach to therapy that utilizes components of Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Michael is a Level II trained EMDR therapist. He enjoys working with individuals of all ages, and is a facilitator in our Intensive Outpatient Program.

Joan Leaman, LCSW, LADC
Joan received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Southern Maine, and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England. Additionally, she studied concepts of spirituality and forgiveness, and self-forgiveness to assist in the healing process at the Chaplaincy Institue of Maine (ChIME).  Her approach is strengths-based, relational, and trauma sensitive. She draws from several therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness.  She is also a Level II trained EMDR therapist. Joan specializes in helping people heal from loss, addiction, and trauma as well as navigating life transitions—from selecting educational paths to retirement planning.  Joan has experience working with teenagers through adults, both male and female, in community and residential/institutional settings.

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.

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.

Emily Roberson, LCSW, Clinical Director
Emily received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. She practices from an attachment and mindfulness based perspective and works with individuals of all ages. She has received training in CBT, DBT, IFS, Theraplay, and is a level II trained EMDR therapist. Her previous work includes home and community based therapy, working in a psychiatric hospital setting, intensive outpatient treatment and working within the school system.

Elizabeth Siviski, LCSW
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Maine. Elizabeth has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families, in home-based, community-based, and outpatient settings as well as long-term care facilities. She works with clients to create a safe environment where they feel heard, seen, and supported without judgement. She believes in guiding clients to their own inner strengths and resources to help them build hope and resilience, using humor along the way. Areas of experience include grief and loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and LGBTQIA+ related issues. In her therapeutic practice, she incorporates elements of Internal Family Systems, mindfulness, polyvagal theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Kristen Stake, LCPC-CC
Kristen received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Southern Maine. She is also a Yoga teacher, an Insight Meditation Practitioner, and was a massage therapist for nine years. In her work with clients, she integrates Mindfulness practice, Internal Family Systems, and body awareness to help clients generate compassion for themselves, self-leadership, and emotional safety. She has experience working with clients on self-esteem, trauma, and LGBTQIA+ related issues. She also runs an adult dance and creative movement program in Portland, called The Living Room, and holds an MFA in Poetry Writing from Vermont College. She helps clients practice radical self-acceptance, develop curiosity toward problems, and foster awareness and sensitivity to the body and mind. Kristen is also a facilitator in our Intensive Outpatient Program.

Janet Steady, MS, RDN, LD
Janet is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist, Intuitive Eating Coach, Yoga Teacher, and founder of Alinea Nutrition & Yoga. She counsels individuals struggling with body image and eating disorders and hopes to create a safe space where clients can realign with their inner wisdom, tune out external noise and live more comfortably in their own body. “Cross training” with the principles of Intuitive Eating (IE), Action and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and the teachings of Yoga, she creates content designed to help clients change their relationship to food and body. The foundation of her Yoga offerings is built on the idea that “…you don’t use your body to get into the postures, but rather the postures to get into your body”. Powerful and aligned, she hopes clients and or students will feel comfortable learning and more able to connect to themselves and others.

Molly Tarr, LCSW, IOP Coordinator
Molly received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of New England. She offers individual, couples, and family counseling. She is also a group facilitator in our Intensive Outpatient Program. Her approach is informed by her training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her practice is driven by a strengths based, person in the environment, and trauma sensitive lens. Molly’s clinical background includes experience supporting children, families, and adults in a community or home setting, the school system, and residential programs.

Stephanie Rose Tranchemontagne, LCSW
Stephanie Rose received her Master of Social Work degree from University of Southern Maine. She uses an integrative approach to treatment, drawing from many different therapeutic modalities with an emphasis on strength-based work. Stephanie works with individual clients as well as facilitating our Intensive Outpatient Program. Her previous professional experience includes working with individuals with traumatic brain injury, adults with intellectual disabilities, and individuals with substance abuse and addiction issues. Stephanie is also a level II trained EMDR therapist.

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.


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.