• Carolyn Wnuk, MSW, LICSW

    Child/Adolescent Therapist and Co-founder of Compass

    Carolyn worked as a School Adjustment Counselor for several years. She loves working with students (K-12). For the past four years at Compass, Carolyn has been a strength-based therapist and specializes in the treatment of anxiety. She is also the proud co-founder of Compass!




    • Lead Preschool Teacher- Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
    • Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher- Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
    • Bachelor of Psychology- Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA
    • Master of Social Work -Boston College, Boston, MA
    • Previously Licensed School Adjustment Counselor (SAC)
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)


    Contact Carolyn:






    Hillary Taglienti, M.Ed.

    Special Educator, Educational Consultant, Skills Coach, and Co-founder of Compass

    Hillary has had experience working in the public school system with students of all abilities for ten years. She has worked with elementary, middle, high school, and post-graduate age students. Hillary has worked as a classroom teacher with students with moderate as well as severe disabilities. In addition to public school experience, Hillary has enjoyed working with the Institute for Community Inclusion with students in their Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program.

    Hillary is one of the co-founders of Compass! She runs social and skills groups as well as provides individual services focused on Executive Functioning, social thinking, emotional regulation, coping skills, and more!




    • Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Psychology from The University of Vermont
    • Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Anthropology from The University of Vermont
    • Masters of Education in Special Education from Fitchburg State University
    • Certified Severe Special Education Teacher (Massachusetts)


    Contact Hillary:




    * Hillary currently accepts Private Pay

    Megan Boelzner, MSW, LICSW

    Child and Adolescent Therapist

    Megan has over a decade of experience working with children and youth in a variety of recreational, educational and therapeutic settings. Her collaborative approach draws from evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Megan combines empathy and humor in sessions, providing a comfortable and non-judgmental setting for children and youth to understand and cope with anxiety, depression and other challenges.



    • Bachelor of Social Work, Messiah College
    • Master of Social Work, University of New Hampshire
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
    • Certified Early Intervention Specialist

    Angela Silva, M.S., LABA

    Licensed Applied Behavior Analyst and Skills Coach

    Angela has experience as a Behavior Therapist at in-home ABA agencies for three years providing behavioral services to children who are on the Autism Spectrum. Angela also works at a public school as a Licensed Applied Behavioral Analyst (LABA) with children on the Autism Spectrum as well as children who have social/emotional and behavioral disorders. She has experience working with early intervention aged children as well as school aged children. Angela has experience teaching Social Skills and Emotional Regulation groups as well as providing individual services related to those skills. Angela is an extremely passionate and dedicated therapist.



    • Bachelor of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology) - Worcester State University, Worcester, MA

    • Master of Applied Behavioral Analysis -Simmons College, Boston, MA

    • Licensed Applied Behavioral Analyst (LABA)


    Contact Angela:




    * Angela currently accepts Private Pay

    Cassie Kuzmanoff, MSW, LICSW

    Child, Adolescent, Adult, and Family Therapist

    Originally from Chicago, Cassie has worked with children and families for over a decade. She is dedicated to holding space for her clients while gently guiding and supporting them on their healing journeys. A mother of three herself, she is passionate about supporting families through the difficulties and joys that arise throughout the lifespan. She utilizes a holistic approach to therapy including mindfulness, meditation, yoga, experiences in nature, and play therapy.
    She is also an experienced Domestic Violence Counselor and the facilitator of our Conscious Parenting group. The group will cover topics including anger, anxiety, purpose, meaning, relationships and mindful living in a supportive and empathetic environment.

    In 2015, Cassie was reiki II attuned to add another dimension to her therapeutic work. Reiki is used facilitate deep relaxation, relieve pain, and promote healing and personal growth.


    • Bachelor of Political Science/Women's studies- Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
    • Master of Social Work -Loyola University, Chicago, IL
    • Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Program 20 hour certified
    • Illinois Certified Domestic Violence 40 hour trained
    • Reiki II attuned

    Contact Cassie:





    Danielle M. Costa, CAGS, LICSW

    Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapist

    Danielle has been working as a Elementary/Middle School Principal for the past ten years. She was a School Adjustment Counselor and Special Educator prior to her years as an Administrator. Danielle has experience working with children and adolescents (K-12), Families, Couples, Mothers/Daughters, Individuals or Groups. She has also taught parenting, social skills, study skills and career counseling classes.

    • Bachelor of Sociology and Psychology, UMASS Dartmouth
    • Master of Social Work -Boston University, Boston, MA
    • CAGS, School Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
    • Licensed School Adjustment Counselor / Guidance Counselor
    • Licensed as a Special Education Administrator
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

    Contact Danielle:


    “Coach” David Ulm

    Coping Coach

    David has spent much of the past 17 years working with youth and adolescents. He is currently working as a certified school counselor. In a public school setting as well as a private Coping Coach, at Compass, he is working on a daily basis to help children in need. He specializes in teaching emotional regulation and coping strategies. David teaches effective strategies that allow child/adolescents to gain confidence and thrive despite anxiety, ADHD, and social challenges. David is also enjoys running social skill groups.


    Aside from being a school counselor and a Coping Coach, David has also spent many years working as a soccer coach. Serving the community youth and their families through sport. He believes that counseling support and healing can come in a variety of ways, and incorporates that mentality into his counseling.



    • DESE Certified School Counselor K-8
    • DESE Certified School Counselor 5-12
    • Masters in Education in School Counseling

    Heather Ross, MS OTR/ L

    Occupational Therapist

    Heather has been an occupational therapist for the past 22 years. She has experience within a range of settings from physical rehabilitation to the public school system. In the past, Heather has worked with adults providing cognitive rehabilitation to individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) due to stroke, motor vehicle accidents, post concussive syndrome and carbon monoxide poisoning. Treatment has included re-teaching prior learned skills that were lost due to trauma.


    Additionally, she has worked with students from preschool through high school to address sensory processing, self regulation, executive function, fine motor coordination, visual motor, visual spatial, and visual perceptual skills. She works closely with the school counselors in their quest to teach self regulation skills and provides input in supporting students with internal and external strategies. Heather provides individualized or small group therapy, conducts informal and formal assessments and provides consultative services.


    Heather has a registered therapy dog named Berklee, who is a Beagle Foxhound mix. Berklee has a sweet disposition which allows her to gently provide comfort and support to all within her reach.



    • Bachelor of Science, Dual Major in Special Education and General Education from Bridgewater State University

    • Master of Science, Occupational Therapy from Springfield College

    • Therapy Dog Handler with Tufts Paws For People and Pet Partners

    Shauna Allen, MSW

    Coping Coach

    Shauna has been working with children and adolescents in the mental health field for the past 5 years. She utilizes CBT skills and positive mindfulness techniques in sessions. Shauna collaborated with parents, family, other providers, and schools. Shauna is a highly skilled clinician who truly enjoys working with children and adolescence. She is also a certified infant and toddler teacher. Shauna has a bright and positive personally. Not only is she warm and personable she is very knowledgeable with regards to anxiety and depression difficulties.




    • Bachelor of Arts in History with a psychology and music minor

    Framingham State University


    • Master of Social Work

    University of New England



    Infant and Toddler Teacher- Department of Early Education and Care.

    Registrant: 9560544


    Elizabeth Polcaro, MSW, LICSW

    Child and Adolescent Therapist


    Liz has worked as a clinical social worker for the past 6 years at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families with a variety of psychosocial, emotional, and mental health needs/stressors. Liz has worked with a wealth of individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem/body image, complicated interpersonal relationships, and grief/loss. Liz specializes in working with children and adolescents with a variety of medical diagnoses and has spent a great deal of her career working closely with pediatric oncology patients and their families. Liz believes in a collaborative strength based approach to develop coping skills that can be applied and practiced throughout one’s lifespan.



    • Bachelor of Psychology- Union College, Schenectady NY
    • Masters of Social Worker- Simmons College, Boston MA
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
    • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker  (LICSW)
    • Certified in Animal Assisted Therapy
    • Published Author of Children’s Book- A Day in Proton Beam


    Susannah, LCSW, has been working with children and adolescents for over 6 years in various settings including community mental health, residential treatment, and university mental health. Susannah has experience treating a diverse range of clinical needs and has a particular interest in trauma, complex behavioral needs, and acute mental health difficulties. Susannah believes in a collaborative approach to therapy that includes trust, humor, and genuine connection. Susannah believes in a client centered approach where each individual person possesses their own set of strengths and competencies that will inevitably aid them in recovery and long term health and wellness. Susannah enjoys working with children and adolescents of all ages as well as families and parents.



    Bachelor of Science, Northeastern University

    Master of Social Work, Simmons College

    Certification in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)

    Advanced training in Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC)




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