Associates

Cecilia Duarte, PHD

Dr. Cecilia Duarte, owner of the practice, completed her undergraduate degree at Boston College and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rhode Island. She then completed a post-doctoral Fellowship at Brown University’s Medical School Consortium. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Duarte has worked in school, inpatient psychiatric, medical hospital, and outpatient settings. She works with adults, adolescents, children and families with depression, anxiety, and chronic pain/medical issues. Her expertise is in the areas of childhood adult trauma, loss and healing.

As a psychologist of almost 15 years, Cecilia strives to create a safe and supportive therapeutic environment. She approaches each individual with understanding, compassion, non-judgment, and genuine care. Through years of learning a variety of healing techniques, Cecilia can guide her clients to explore, cope and overcome whatever is in their way.  She has varied experience working with clients in both short-term, solution focused and long-term, insight-oriented therapy. Cecilia has extensive training focused on helping people to heal from trauma and difficult early childhood experiences.

In addition her private practice work, Cecilia provides consultation, training and supervision to, clinical psychology doctoral students, post-doctoral psychologists and licensed professionals. 

Maria Eguia-Brusco, PHD

Dr. Maria Eguia-Brusco, completed her undergraduate degree at Georgetown University and her Doctorate degree in Child Clinical Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Bradley Hospital affiliated with Brown Medical School. Dr. Eguia-Brusco has previously worked in outpatient and inpatient settings, daycare programs, and schools. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and families and specializes in anxiety disorders.

Allison Mattison, PSYD

Dr. Allison Mattison completed her undergraduate degree at Boston College and her Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hartford. Dr. Mattison has previously worked in outpatient and inpatient settings as well as a clinical day treatment school. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and families conducting therapy and psychological evaluations. She has a strong interest in treating anxiety and depression along with trauma and PTSD. She has expertise in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT).

Dr. Mattison also conducts psychological evaluations aimed at clarifying diagnostic presentations, assessing cognitive and intellectual abilities, and evaluating learning disabilities and ADHD.

Julie Casey, EDM, LMHC

Ms. Julie Casey completed her undergraduate degree at Fairfield University and her Masters in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. A licensed therapist specializing in work with adolescent, young adult and adult populations, she has expertise in developmental issues, adjustment, relationships, anxiety and depression. Ms. Casey has worked in community mental health, university counseling settings and has taught in the Applied Psychology Department at Bryant University.

Additionally, Julie provides psychotherapy tailored to the therapeutic needs of women in the areas of perinatal mental health and maternal wellness. Julie enjoys working with mothers who are looking for a supportive space to process the many changes motherhood brings with regard to identity, emotion, communication and balancing multiple roles. Julie welcomes working with individuals anticipating the arrival of a new baby as well as parents reconfiguring their family after the birth of an additional child.

Claire Nicogossian, PSYD

Dr. Claire Nicogossian completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Early Education and her Master’s degree in Counseling at Marymount University. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The American School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University. Dr. Nicogossian completed her post‑doctoral fellowship at RICBT in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Prior to working in private practice, Dr. Nicogossian worked in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, community mental health, forensic and university counseling centers. She works with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Dr. Nicogossian is passionate about well being and self-care for individuals with a special emphasis on mothers, fathers and couples.

Dr. Nicogossian also maintains a website called, Mom’s Wellbeing, a site where mothers can receive knowledge, skills and compassion on self-care during motherhood.

www.momswellbeing.com

drclairenicogossian@gmail.com

Faith LaMunyon, LICSW

Ms. Faith LaMunyon completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island and her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College. As a licensed therapist, Faith has worked in community mental health and outpatient settings with populations including adoption and foster care along with extensive work supporting military families. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults that experience depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, loss, and adjustment to every day stress. Ms. LaMunyon uses strengths-based, cognitive-behavioral interventions and a range of other techniques to bring restoration and healing.

Faith has extensive experience working with diverse issues related to children, adolescents, adults and their families including behavioral issues, emotional dysregulation, exposure/experiences of trauma, depression and anxiety.  She provides comprehensive, clinical assessment and treatment with a generalist, strengths based perspective tending to the mind, body and spirit.  Faith provides a safe therapeutic environment by building a collaborative relationship with clientele to create and reach healthy goals to bring about change and healing. 

Areas of expertise include adjustment and transition around adoption, basic communication challenges for couples and families, grief and loss issues, issues of faith, child behavioral concerns, deployment or other issues specific to service members and their families.  She provides an enormous sense of support for military families through her experience and understanding of military culture. 

Gabriele Hughes, APRN, PMHNP

Gabriele is a board-certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and received her training from the University of Rhode Island. Currently, she has completied her education as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at the University of Saint Joseph. She has maintained a private practice in Rhode Island for more than 12 years and offers psychiatric medication management and psychotherapy.

Drawing from years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families in hospitals, an adult correction institution, community mental health centers and private practice, as a psychiatric provider committed to a collaborative approach to provide clinically effective and comprehensive psychiatric care. Together with a multidisciplinary team, Gabriele has worked with patients with severe, acute and chronic psychiatric disorders such as Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, and the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institute. She has taught undergraduate nursing students at the University of Rhode and has been a guest speaker at the Rhode Island Student Assistant Program. Her article “Understanding Depression and Anxiety in Celiac Patients” was published in the Rhode Island Nurse. Gabriele’s diversity in training also includes Karuna Reiki Master training, Live Coach training, EMDR training, neuro-feedback and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy training. She has volunteered at Friends Way, which is Bereavement Center for children, the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County and has served on the Rhode Island Blue Cross/Blue Shield Advisory Committee.

Professionally she remains very committed to several organizations including being a member of: Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Rhode Island, Rhode Island State Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.  

Barbara Forloney, APRN, CNS, CNP

Barbara Forloney, APRN, CNS, CNP completed her undergraduate degree at Salve Regina University. She received her graduate degree in both Psychiatry/Mental Health and Gerontology at the University of Rhode Island as well as a most recent post graduate certificate as an Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in multiple healthcare systems that provide care to older adults including acute care hospitals, assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, and home care agencies. She has provided consultative services in the hospital to both older adults with geriatric syndromes (falls, polypharmacy, delirium) and to patients with behavioral health problems. She has maintained two private practices for 10 years, providing both psychotherapy and medication management. She has also worked inpatient on an acute psychiatric unit and an intensive treatment unit and has learned both the art and science of prescribing for acutely ill individuals.

Barbara has also taught in undergraduate nursing programs and continues as adjunct faculty for the University of Rhode Island. She has also been invited to lecture in the graduate programs at RIC and URI on such topics as performing a comprehensive geriatric assessment, geriatric psychopharmacology and identification of psychiatric illnesses in primary care practice. She has been involved in research projects that involved mobility in older adults, delirium and nurses ability to identify the differences between anxiety and agitation for the purpose of appropriately medicating behaviors.  She also enjoys doing health related community lectures related to stress reduction, self-care management and advocacy.

Paula Cofoni, LICSW, LCDP
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Paula completed her Masters in Social Work from Boston University and has been a practicing Licensed Chemical Dependency Professional for numerous years. She has extensive experience working with substance abuse issues with individuals and their families, and also with the multiple co-occurring disorders which often complicate substance abuse treatment and recovery. She has worked in numerous settings and has experience working with individuals, children, families, and couples. She also loves to incorporate alternative forms of treatment into the clinical setting, including yoga, breathing, and mindfulness practices.

Mary Ann M. Abney, APRN, CNS

Mary Ann M. Abney, APRN, CNS is a licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and a Board-Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child, Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Nursing. Mary Ann received her undergraduate degree in Nursing at the University Of Rhode Island and a masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  She has over 30 years of experience in the mental health field, having worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including 25 years in private practice. Mary Ann provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management, as well as individual and family interventions. She treats a variety of mental health problems including ADHD, Bipolar, depression, anxiety, OCD, Autism Spectrum, trauma, loss, grief, chronic mental illness and disruptive behaviors. Children and adolescents are evaluated and treated both individually and in the context of their families. As an avid mediator and trained yoga teacher, Mary Ann believes there are many paths to health and well being beyond the prescription of medication. Attention to life style choices, social and emotional well being and family harmony are essential to long term health and happiness.