Resource Guide: CLINICAL
Last Updated; May 14, 2014
If you attended the Maine School for the Deaf or Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (GBSD), counseling is available at no cost to you.
Signing mental health counselors listed in this section are trained to help deaf people who were abused. If you prefer nonsigning counselors with a qualified interpreter can be arranged at no cost to you. Insurance or MaineCare will be billed first (if you attended the Maine School for the Deaf or GBSD, no money will be charged to you for co-pay or deductible).
For more information, please contact:
Department of Labor-Division for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing & Late Deafened
Maine Center on Deafness
207-766-7111 (Front Desk VP)
207-766-7113 (Public VP)
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Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Community Counseling Center)
165 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101
Website: Community Counseling Center Deaf Services
For over a decade, Community Counseling Center (now Maine Behavioral Healthcare) has been pleased to offer high quality mental health and family services to deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and late-deafened children and adults throughout Maine. This highly specialized program offers individual, couples, family and group counseling, and case management services, provided by licensed therapists who are fluent in American Sign Language and English. Our staff is aware of the unique needs and diversity of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. We also offer services to hearing children, siblings, parents, and family members of deaf individuals.
Our counseling services can help individuals and families with:
• Depression and anxiety.
• Acute and chronic mental illness.
• Relationship, couple and family problems.
• Parenting challenges.
• Behavioral and emotional problems in children.
• Abusive or destructive relationships.
• Sexual and/or physical abuse.
• Separation and/or divorce.
• Loss of loved ones.
• Family crises.
Case Management is a MaineCare-funded service that is designed to support children and adults in identifying and accessing resources and services in their community.
Our case managers can:
• Connect children, adults, elders, and their families to natural supports and community resources.
• Coordinate services and streamline communications between multiple providers.
• Facilitate referrals for needed resources.
• Work with individuals to create effective service plans.
Deaf culture-friendly counseling and case management services are available in our Portland office, located in the heart of the Bayside neighborhood. MaineCare, Medicare and most commercial insurance is accepted; self-pay and sliding-fee-scale options are also available.
Kristine Dach, LCPC, MHRT/C, NCC, Program Supervisor/Clinician
207-874-1030, Ext. 272 (V)
Echo Kaply-Smith, LCSW, Clinican
207-874-1030, Ext. 493 (V)
Tony Brucato, Children and Adult Case Manager
Community Health and Counseling Services
P.O. Box 425
Bangor, ME 04402
947-0366, Ext. 442 (V)
Provides mental health case management services to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and their family members.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP)
Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham
See CHILDREN’S SERVICES chapter.
Stephen S. Greene, Ph.D
Dr. Greene is a clinical psychologist who is fluent in American Sign Language and English and has worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing people for more than 30 years. He provides clinical services to individuals, couples and families, children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Greene provides evaluation/assessment, counseling/therapy, consultation, clinical team management services and vocational counseling. Dr. Greene specializes in trauma treatment and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Internal Family Systems. Dr. Greene has provided mental health services in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health agencies, schools (public and residential) and private practice. Distance therapy, consultation and training provided by videophone and videoconferencing.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - Community Integration Services for the Deaf (CISD) – Mental Health Case Management
175 Lancaster Street, Suite 221
Mailing: 185 Lancaster Street
Portland, ME 04101
Sharlene Adams, Senior Director of Clinical Services
Barry Martin, LSW, MHRT/C, Case Manager
Lisa Rouelle, MHRT/C, Case Manager
Established in July 1996, this program provides an array of support services to persons who are Deaf and experiencing mental illness. It is designed for those who live in the community and desire supports that are flexible in nature. Staff is available to help assess service needs and design a system of supports that will allow individuals to live as independently as they wish.
Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary-Department of Ophthalmology
Dr. Andrew Baker, O.D.
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114
Dr. Andrew Baker, a deaf health care provider, provides vision-care services for deaf people.
Kennebec Behavorial Health (KBH)
66 Stone Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Website: Kennebec Behavorial Health
Kennebec Behavioral Health offers case management services at all four sites to individuals who are eligible for mental health services.
Bruce Munro-Ludders, LCSW
39 Mechanic Street, Suite 300
Westbrook, Maine 04092
Bruce Munro-Ludders is fluent in ASL (American Sign Language) and is a License Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a psychotherapy practice in the Westbrook area. He has a collective twenty-seven years of therapy experience working with Deaf, deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened and deaf-blind adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. As a psychotherapist he uses a combination of Internal Family Systems (IFS) and supportive therapy approaches helping people deal with: depression, anxiety, loss, grief, anger, relationship issues, and job stress. Bruce has published articles related to Deafness in such journals as Health and Social Work, Journal of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association and American Annals of the Deaf.
Kathy Muzzy, LCSW
P.O. Box 63
Belfast, ME 04915
Kathy has been in the counseling field for twenty years and provides family and individual therapy to adolescents and adults. Specialties include working with survivors who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, working with older adults and adults with intellectual disabilities.
National Deaf Academy Behavioral Health System
19650 US Highway 441
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Beth Forner, National Marketing Coordinator
Website: National Deaf Academy Behavioral Health System
The National Deaf Academy Behavioral Health System serves individuals with hearing loss and mental health and/or intellectual disabilities in a residential treatment center. The center also has a specialized autism program for children and adults dually diagnosed with severe communication disorders.
Colleen M. Owens, LCPC
Full Circle Wellness Center, Inc.
265 Hammond Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Colleen is a graduate of Gallaudet University’s Masters in Mental Health Counseling program. She has worked with the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind and late-deafened communities since 2006. She provides family and individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She is experienced in working with survivors who experienced physical and sexual abuse. She is also experienced in working with adults and adolescents with intellectual disabilities. Many insurances accepted and a sliding scale is also available.
Jana Roberts, LCSW
94 Auburn Street, Suite 201
Portland, ME 04103
207-653-0932 (Voice or Text)
North Deering area of Portland, just off the West Falmouth/Portland North exit of I-95. Plenty of client parking, elevator to second floor, on the Portland bus route: Washington Avenue.
Ralph Sprague, MA
466 Main Street, Suite 300
Lewiston, ME 04240
795-4970 (TTY/V, but answering machine is voice only)
Provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, groups, children, adolescents and families, specializing in sexual abuse issues.
Sara Treat, MA, LCPC
P. O. Box 1737
Windham, ME 04062
Provides therapy to individuals, couples and families. Coordinator for Safer Place, an initiative to serve Deaf adults who experienced abuse at the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf or the Maine School for the Deaf.
Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH)
William Center Program
209 Austine Drive
Brattleboro, VT 05301
Kris Lemire, Director of Admissions & Family Contact
Website: Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH)
The William Center Program is part of Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VCDHH) and is located on the campus of Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, VT. There are two program components (both are residential for students ages 8-22).
The William Center Behavior Program is a 12-month program designed to meet the unique needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children whose success is held back by emotional or behavior difficulties. Children ages 8-22 are served with a therapeutic, caring approach rooted in strength based cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, the high staff-to-child ratio helps our students acquire the social, intellectual and emotional skills necessary to make appropriate behavioral choices. The goal is for students to be able to transition into the Austine School program and eventually back to their local districts.
The William Center Deaf-Autistic Program is also a 12-month program with a specialized curriculum designed at VCDHH. Masters-level staff specialists assess the unique needs of each child and develop individualized education plans and goals. Our unique expertise in alternative communication methods, an appropriate staff-to-child ratio, therapeutic support in the classroom and our facility all contribute to creating a safe supportive environment conductive to learning.
Worcester State Hospital
Mental Health Unit for Deaf Persons
305 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01604
508-363-1531 (TTY) Please call the voice number with 711 to access TTY or VP.
508-948-0616 (VP) Please call the voice number with 711 to access TTY or VP.
Bill Olivier, LICSW
The Deaf Unit accepts referrals for persons who are in psychiatric crisis and either prefer or depend on sign language or visual gestural communication. Provides acute stabilization, evaluation, evidence-based approaches to psychosocial rehabilitation and discharge planning. Serves adults and adolescents who are 14 or older. Adolescents are accepted for admission after review of person’s needs by both Worcester State Hospital and the Department of Mental Health, Divisions of Child and Adolescent Services.