Resource Guide: COUNSELING
Last Updated; March 25, 2019
Attention former students of the Maine School for the Deaf or Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (GBSD):
...have trouble sleeping?
...have bad dreams?
...still think of bad experiences from past?
...pass along the hurt to your children, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend or husband?
...find it hard to keep intimate (close) relationships?
You Can Feel Better. You are not alone.
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, non-signing 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
Disability Rights Maine-Deaf Services
207-766-7111 (Front Desk VP)
207-766-7113 (Public VP)
Health Affiliates Maine
Tony Brucato, LCPC-C, MHRT/C
Office: 207-558-4404 (VP/VRS)
Motivational Services, Inc.
71 Hospital Street
Augusta, Maine 04332
Deaf, male clinician provides culturally sensitive therapy to Deaf, hard-of- hearing and hearing individuals, couples, groups, children, adolescences and families.
Areas of counseling services:
- Deaf Identity Development
- Parenting Deaf Child
- Child & Adolescent Behavior
- Behavioral & Academic Problems
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Life Stressors
- Separations & Divorce
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services
2020 Elmwood Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
Debra J. Raiche, AA, LCDP
Coordinator of Services For the Deaf
Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services is a nonprofit addiction treatment facility that provides a safe and stable environment for our clients to learn and maintain a sober, drug and alcohol-free lifestyle with a sense of responsibility and freedom from judgment. We provide a warm, inviting and secure environment and more than 30 years of experience treating the disease of addiction.
Children's Hospital Boston at Waltham
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHHP)
See CHILDRENS SERVICES chapter.
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 Counseling Center
COUNSELING DONE DIFFERENTLY. A group practice offering counseling services via videophone. Services are accessible to Deaf Maine residents who are unable to find local counselors who are fluent in American Sign Language. Deaf Counseling Center is a Deaf-owned and operated counseling and consulting practice staffed by Deaf licensed professional therapists specializing in working with Deaf people and their families.
Goodwill Industries of Northern New England - Community Integration Services for the Deaf (CISD) - Mental Health Case Management
See RESIDENTIAL SUPPORTS AND COMMUNICATION ASSESSMENTS chapter.
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 Behavioral Health (KBH)
66 Stone Street
Augusta, ME 04330
Website: Kennebec Behavioral Health
Kennebec Behavioral Health offers case management services at all four sites to individuals who are eligible for mental health services.
Local Treatment Facilities for The Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The resource is free to the public.
Here is the link to our addiction treatment center locator:
Website: All Treatment
Click 'Allow' on the Location Services Pop-Up.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare (formerly Community Counseling Center)
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.
Behavioral and emotional problems in children.
Abusive or destructive relationships.
Sexual and/or physical abuse.
Separation and/or divorce.
Loss of loved ones.
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 Gile, LCPC, MHRT/C, NCC, Clinical Supervisor
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.
Colleen M. Owens, LCPC
See CHILDRENS SERVICES chapter.
Red Cardinal Counseling
Providing mental health counseling services.
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.
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.