Therapist & Staff Bios

Art of Awareness clinicians are 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.

CLINICAL STAFF

Bobby Bennett, LMSW-CC
Bobby received a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Maine College of Art and Design and his Masters of Social Work degree from the University of New England with a certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice and Training in Aging, Diversity. Bobby incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Polyvagal Theory, and Internal Family Systems (IFS) in his work with clients. He has professional experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, complicated grief, youth impacted by incarceration, and folks living with terminal illness.

Brad Clark, LMSW-CC
Brad received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Maine. He is a military veteran who approaches individual and couples therapy from an integrative perspective, with the goal of helping clients gain insight and make behavioral changes. Brad brings a wealth of evidence-based therapeutic skills that include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy (DBT) methods to help clients understand themselves, learn healthy coping strategies, and change behaviors. He helps clients examine and address patterns in thoughts and behaviors with the goal of improved functioning and living healthier, deeper, and more satisfying lives.  

Shelby Cogan, LMSW-CC
Shelby received a degree in psychology and education from St. Lawrence University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. She has experience working with neurodiverse clients, and people of all ages in residential and inpatient settings. Shelby is committed to creating a safe, non-judgemental space for her clients, where she employs a strengths-based and mindfulness approach. She draws from a versatile tool-kit of therapeutic modalities to address an individual’s needs effectively. Shelby is passionate about helping her clients achieve personal growth, build resilience, understand their mind-body connection, and enhance their overall wellbeing. 

Kiley Fine, LCPC-C
Kiley received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina and her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree from Adams State University. Kiley has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in private practice and community settings. She practices with clients to create a collaborative and safe environment where the client is the expert in their healing. She practices with a mindfulness-based approach and incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Polyvagal Theory, and awareness of the mind-body connection. Areas of interest and experience include: life transitions, anxiety, depression, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, disordered eating, and body image concerns. 

Julie Hews, LCPC-C
Julie attended the University of New England for her undergraduate degree with a concentration in wellness, public health, and community service. She received her masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Adams State University in Colorado with a dedication to understanding addictions and generational trauma in today’s challenging world. Julie was instantly drawn to the holistic vision of self-care, safety, balance, and creative healing found at the Art of Awareness Wellness Center. As a Master Naturalist with an extensive love and background in art, yoga, and horticultural therapy, she is committed to helping clients of all ages find their unique path to stress-reduction, health, and healing. Julie is a Nationally Certified Counselor with experience in Psychological First Aid (PFA) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Utilizing Person-Centered, evidence-based treatment modalities, Julie integrates elements of Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy through Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness approaches for children, adolescents, and adults. 

Lexi Hunt, LCPC-C
Lexi attended the University of Southern Maine for her undergraduate degree where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Holistic Health. Lexi received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also credentialed as a National Certified Counselor from the NBCC. Lexi has extensive experience supporting neurodivergent clients, specifically children and adolescents and their families, both in residential and outpatient settings. Lexi’s background also includes trauma-informed care and supporting families around challenging behaviors. As a therapist, Lexi believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship along with an environment that honors safety, understanding, and acceptance. Utilizing client-centered and strength-based foundations, she supports client’s in gaining greater insight and confidence to build resilience and skills to improve quality of life. Elements of Psychotherapy, Experiential Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness are often utilized depending on the client’s goals and needs. 

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 Institute of Maine (ChIME).  Her approach is strengths-based, relational, and trauma sensitive. She draws from several therapeutic modalities including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), 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, LCSW
Abi 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 (IFS), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), 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 comes 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. 

Elizabeth McCormack, LCPC-C
Liz earned her Master of Science in Counseling with a Clinical Mental Health concentration and Family Systems expertise from the University of Southern Maine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from Smith College. Liz believes in creating a therapeutic environment where each person’s whole, authentic self is welcomed. Her approach is person-centered, relational, and systemically focused; giving weight to the impacts that culture, family legacies, and intergenerational trauma can have on individuals and families. She draws from various therapeutic modalities, including Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, feminist therapy, and mindfulness. In practice, this might look like supporting clients with cultivating greater self-acceptance, deepening awareness of the mind-body connection, or identifying boundaries. Liz previously worked with children and adolescents in educational settings and at a non-profit. She has clinical experience working with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, life transitions, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, neurodivergence, and relationship issues. Liz works with teens and adults of all ages. 

Joelle Powell, LMSW-CC, Clinical Client Services Specialist 
Joelle completed her masters degree in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. She has clinical experience working with teens and adults. Joelle practices from the understanding that the therapeutic relationship is the most important foundational element in therapy and focuses on enhancing safety through connection. Joelle recognizes that the client is the expert in their own healing with an inherent wisdom in their body’s nervous system which can be discovered, explored and utilized for wellbeing. Her therapeutic approach is client centered, strengths based, trauma informed and guided by Polyvagal Theory, mindfulness and somatic awareness. 

Emily Roberson, LCSW, Clinical Supervisory 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 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (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 judgment. 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 concerns. In her therapeutic practice, she incorporates elements of Internal Family Systems (IFS), mindfulness, Polyvagal Theory, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Tommy Waltz, LCSW, Clinical Administrative Director
Tommy received his Master of Social Work from the University of Southern Maine and has been practicing in the field of clinical social work for nearly 10 years. Tommy’s clinical practice is client focused, strengths-based, relational, creative and individualized. Tommy has experience working in private practice, residential, community based care and clinical case management. Tommy specializes in treating PTSD, complex trauma, LGBTQIA+ related concerns, life transitions and identity work. Tommy utilizes the following modalities in clinical practice: Polyvagal Theory, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Ego State Therapy and is a trained EMDR therapist. Tommy is a seasoned performing artist and incorporates elements of psychodrama into his clinical practice. This practice is best highlighted in his 2014 TEDxDirigo talk, Drama Therapy Changed My Impressions of Homelessness. Tommy has held several leadership roles within the nonprofit sector, and has served as a director/producer in the performance world throughout Greater Portland. Tommy has offered clinical consultation for three years. As a leader, Tommy is compassionate and collaborative. Tommy offers clinical supervision to staff, group facilitation, community outreach and program development. 

Lisa Wanek, LMFT, LADC

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, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and expressive art therapies as well as mindfulness and Polyvagal Theory.


Zackary Wincklhofer, LMSW-CC
Zack received his Master of Social Work degree from Boise State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Media from Champlain College. Zack has experience working with individuals of all ages and walks of life, and aims to nurture therapeutic relationships by way of genuine curiosity and compassion. Zack takes a trauma-focused approach to therapeutic practice and works through a strengths-based and relational perspective. Zack values connectivity to nature and creative expression, both personally and professionally, and is passionate about the healing that can occur through such experiences. 


ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF


Molly M. Stanley, Human Resources & Administrative Manager 
Molly has been with Art of Awareness since January of 2018. Throughout the first few years of employment at AOA, she was trained in Intake & Client Services, Bridge Studio Coordination & Marketing, as well as various administrative support roles. In January of 2021, Molly stepped into the role of Co-Practice manager and Administrative Supervisor. She strives to create a nurturing and supportive professional environment for staff members to grow and build upon their strengths and skills. Molly is passionate about holistic wellness, hiking and nature, cooking, and building community. She also enjoys exploring different expressions of creativity, such as painting, writing, gardening, music and more.


Natalie O’Donnell, Business Operations & Practice Manager 

As the Business Operations and Practice Manager, Natalie oversees financial operations, ensures regulatory compliance, collaborates with HR, guides strategic initiatives, and manages policies and procedures. Natalie has been with Art of Awareness for over a decade, working in management, finance, administration, wellness services, and group facilitation. She has a background in Psychology, Holistic Health, Counseling, and Eco-Therapy, with experience in behavioral health and residential therapeutic centers. She is passionate about wellness decolonization, research, art, embodiment practices, organizational technology, community building, and collaborative leadership. In her free time outside of Art of Awareness, Natalie also serves as the Outreach Coordinator and Stage Manager for the International Association for the Study of Women and Mythology.



Emily Rogan, Administrative Client Services Specialist 
Emily Rogan graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in Media Studies in 2022. Since graduating, she has worked for organizations that focus on community building and empowering youth through the arts and mentorship. Emily is also a freelance photographer, with a strong love for film photography. She is continuously drawn to the intersection of art, storytelling, and wellness and the process of self-expression through different creative mediums. In her freetime, Emily enjoys creating of all kinds, such as cooking, knitting, writing, and more. 

BILLING STAFF

Lori Moulton, Frost Hill Medical Billing 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.

On the Billing Team, Alisa Saucier and Erica Denis work alongside Lori Moulton to assist with medical billing services at Art of Awareness.