Committee Members

2016 steering committee

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Jim Helling, LICSW serves as a staff psychotherapist in the Athletic Department at UMass, Amherst and maintains a private practice in Amherst specializing in complex posttraumatic and dissociative disorders. Read more…

Stephanie Baird, LMHC After receiving her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Texas in 1999, her first professional work involved therapy and assessment of sex offenders in Bridgewater and Framingham state prisons. Read more…

Jason Rose-Langston, LICSW Jason became a psychotherapist after receiving his MSW from Smith in 2001. Since then he has worked Child and Family Services in West Springfield until 2005, and now has a private practice in Easthampton Mass. He received his Level 1 and 2 training form HAP in 2004, became certified in 2008 and is now training to become a Certified EMDR Consultant. He has been a proud member of the steering committee since 2006. Jason specializes in working with adolescents, adults, and couples with a concentration in trauma, performance enhancement, and working with transgender clients.

Gary Loomis, LMHC works in private practice in Westfield and at the Carson Center, working with individuals, groups, and couples. He worked on the Respite (CCS) unit at the Carson Center for several years before transitioning to the adult outpatient clinic. Gary began his private practice in 2013. He is EMDR Certified and specializes in integrating EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Ego State Therapy. He earned his master’s degree from Springfield College while working as an assistant coach to the college’s gymnastics team. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Carson Center. He joined the Steering Committee in December 2013.

Cheryl Case, LICSW has worked in community mental health since receiving her MSW from Smith SSW in 1991. Her specialty is therapy with children and families, but she also treats adults. She was trained in EMDR by HAP in 2005 and has participated in an EMDR with Children consultation group since 2008. She has studied Ego State therapy with Farnsworth Lobenstein, and has received further training in treating dissociative disorders, and using EMDR with children. She presented seminars in EMDR with children at the WMass EMDRIA annual conference in 2011 and 2013. She has been a clinical supervisor at Clinical and Support Options for six years, and was at MSPCC before that.

Melysa Friedman received her MSW from Springfield College in 1997 and currently has a full-time private practice in Northampton, MA. In her work, she draws upon the principles of CBT, DBT, relational and self-psychology, attachment theory, and has a strong emphasis on the use of mindfulness. She spent over a decade working closely with victims of domestic violence before moving into her work with homeless families. Melysa went on to provide psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups in an outpatient mental health clinic where she was also responsible for clinical supervision and utilization management review. She completed her training in EMDR, Levels I and II, through HAP in 2004 and has been an active participant in various consultation groups since. Melysa joined the WMASS Steering Committee in 2015.

Joanna Vaughn works in private practice in Northampton, MA. Joanna graduated from Smith SSW in 2008 and completed EMDR training in the same year. She completed a year-long seminar in “Ego State Therapy with EMDR” in 2013-2014. Prior to private practice, Joanna was the post-graduate fellow at UMass Center for Counseling and Psychological Help in 2008-2009, and from 2009 – 2014 worked with adults and families at CSO in Greenfield, MA.