• MEET THE COMPASS TEAM

  • 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!

     

      

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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)
    • kLicensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

     

    Contact Carolyn:

    508-431-8379

    Carolyn@SocialCompassCounseling.com

    Hillary Taglienti, M.Ed.

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

    Hillary has has ten years of experience working in the public school system with students of all abilities. 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!

     

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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:

    781-801-9138

    Hillary@SocialCompassCounseling.com

     

    * Hillary currently accepts Private Pay

    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.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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:

    774-847-9340

    Angela@SocialCompassCounseling.com

     

    * accepts Private Pay and BCBS for ABA services

    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.


    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS:

    • 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:

    774-847-9340

    Cassie@SocialCompassCounseling.com

    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.
     
      
    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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:
    508-642-6469
    Danielle@SocialCompassCounseling.com
     

     

    “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.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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

       

      *Heather currently accepts BCBS and private pay

    Susannah Barry, MSW, LCSW

    Child and Adolescent Therapist

     

    Susannah 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.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • 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)

    Katie Francisconi, M.A.

    Coping Coach

     

    Katie has been working with children and adolescents for over ten years. She has experience as a summer camp counselor, teaching assistant, nanny, college admissions counselor and both middle school and high school counselor. She currently works as a School Counselor in a public middle school. She enjoys working with young children on building social skills, self awareness and coping strategies. Having a prior background in human resources and college admissions, she also enjoys working with teenagers and young adults on the college search process and post secondary/career planning. Katie believes that all people learn differently and has a passion for helping them find their strengths. By using a person centered approach, Katie is able to connect with students of varying ages to help them become the best versions of themselves. During counseling sessions she speaks about mental health as being very holistic. She believes that staying active and spending time in nature improves overall mental health. In her free time she likes to run and spend a lot of time outside with her dog.

     

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Marketing from Roger Williams University

    • Masters in Counseling Psychology (specialization in School Counseling) from Lesley University

    • DESE Certified School Counselor 5-12

    Stacy Faulkner, MSW

    Child and Adolescent Therapist

     

    As an educator for nearly 22 years with a strong focus on child development and academic success, Stacy brings a unique offering to the clinical setting as an MSW. Stacy has always worked in the “helping” professions to provide support and advocacy for children and their family systems: as an EMT, a Lead preschool teacher, a Director and owner of a Montessori preschool, and as an instructor and academic advisor in higher education.

    In addition to her many years as an educator, both in Early Childhood/Elementary Ed and in Higher-Ed, she has experience working with adolescents, providing social-emotional support to ensure academic success, retention and overall health and well-being. This involved working collaboratively with their respective families, and other support services. Stacy credits this invaluable experience for further validating her desire to work with, and advocate for, children, young adults & their social systems.

    Additionally, she has spent the past decade working in wellness, specifically as a registered yoga instructor and Reiki Master Teacher, offering meditation and life-coaching as well.

    She is well-versed in Signs of Suicide and Calm Classroom curricula. She skillfully utilizes an eclectic counseling approach, employing Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral techniques, Mindfulness, Social Learning Theory and art and play therapies.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • Masters of Social Work, Bridgewater State University
    • Master of Arts, English, Bridgewater State University
    • Associate Degree, Early Childhood Education, Fisher College
    • Signs of Suicide Training (March 2017)
    • Calm Classroom Training (December 2016)
    • Presidential Award for Distinguished Teaching, Bridgewater State University (2015)
    • Yoga Spirit Studio 200 hour Yoga Instructor Certification (RYT 2012)
    • International Center for Reiki Training, Reiki Master Teacher (RMT 2012)

    Vicki Parisi, M.A., LMHC

    Expressive Art Therapist

    Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist

     

    Vicki has worked with children and families for over 10 years through in home, residential, intensive outpatient, and school-based services. She is known for her creative approach and relatability, as well as her ability to help children and parents who are worried and feel stuck. Vicki's focus is on building social skills, coping skills, self-worth, and self-esteem through the creative process in therapy. She is a strength-based therapist who likes to incorporate mindfulness, psycho education, expressive art therapy, and play therapy when working with children and teens. Vicki is passionate about helping individuals and families to thrive, and feels privileged to share in the lives of her clients. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, making art and staying active with her 3 children and husband.

     

    EDUCATION/CERTIFICATIONS

    • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art/Psychology-Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
    • Masters of Expressive Art Therapy- Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
    • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
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