Resource Guide: COUNSELING

Last Updated; September 27, 2021

Attention former students of the Maine School for the Deaf or Governor Baxter School for the Deaf (GBSD):

Do you.....
...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

207-470-7668 (VP)
623-7958 (V)
623-7998 (TTY)
Email: Terry.L.Morrell@maine.gov

Disability Rights Maine-Deaf Services

797-7656 (V/TTY)
1-800-639-3884 (V/TTY)
207-766-7111 (Front Desk VP)
207-766-7113 (Public VP)
797-9791 (FAX)
Email: deafservices@drme.org

Maine Deaf Counseling

Health Affiliates Maine
Tony Brucato, LCPC-C
Office (VP/VRS): 207-558-4404
Text: 207-613-6897
Email: brucato@deafcounselingmaine.org

Office Location:
Motivational Services, Inc.
71 Hospital Street
Augusta, Maine 04332

Deaf, male clinician provides culturally sensitive therapy to Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Children of Deaf Adults. Individual, family and group counseling.

Areas of counseling services:

  • Deaf Identity Development
  • Parenting Deaf Child
  • Child & Adolescent Behavior
  • Behavioral & Academic Problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Life Stressors
  • Others

Bridgemark Addiction Recovery Services

2020 Elmwood Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
401-781-2700 (V)
401-781-2790 (FAX)
1-866-730-9573 (VP)

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
Michelle Humphrey
947-0366, Ext. 442 (V)
262-2172 (FAX)
Email: mhumphrey@chcs-me.org

Provides mental health case management services to Deaf and hard-of-hearing people and their family members.

Deaf Counseling Center

240-380-2548(VP) 301-493-6044 (FAX) Email: Info@deafcounseling.com
Website: Deaf Counseling Center

Areas of counseling services:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship issues (marriage, couples, family)
  • Parenting issues
  • Child & Adolescent Behavioral and Academic issues
  • Deaf Identity issues
  • Domestic Violence/Anger Management
  • Grief counseling
  • PTSD
  • ADHD/ADD
  • LGBT - gender and sexuality issues
  • Life stressors
  • Accept many insurance plans (AETNA, CIGNA, AWPU, GEHA, and many more)

    Echo Dixon, LCSW

    19 Lucille Street
    Westbrook, ME 04092
    (207) 332-0023 (V)
    (207) 494-5520 (VP)

    Email: echodixonlcsw@gmail.com
    Psychology Today

    Individual and couples/group therapy in ASL. Training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for mental health: ADHD, ADD, Anger Management, Autism, Bipolar Disorder, Adolescent, Depression, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Institutional Abuse specific to Deaf, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Parenting, Relationships, Self-Esteem, Trauma, GLBTQ, and Personality Disorders. See ages 10 - 110. Insurance, accept all.

    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
    617-573-3202 (V)
    978-304-0413 (FAX)

    Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH)

    66 Stone Street
    Augusta, ME 04330
    873-2136 (V)
    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)

    165 Lancaster Street
    Portland, ME 04101
    207-874-1043 (TTY)
    207-874-1030 (V)
    874-1044 (FAX)
    Email: info@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org
    Website: Maine Behavioral Healthcare

    Maria "Mars" Hammond-Case Manager
    Greg Scheuer-Case Manager
    Miranda Nichols, LCPC-cc-Deaf Services Clinician (Statewide)
    Christine Renaud, LCSW-Clinician-MBH Biddeford office

    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 Gile, LCPC, MHRT/C, NCC, Clinical Supervisor
    207-619-5747 (VP)
    Email: kgile@mainebehavioralhealthcare.org

    Kathy Muzzy, LCSW

    P.O. Box 63
    Belfast, ME 04915
    207-322-5540 (V/Text)
    Email: kmuzzy@bluestreakme.com

    Kathy has been in the counseling field for twenty five years and provides individual therapy to adults 18 and older. Specialties include working adults who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, working with older adults, adults with medical issues and adults with intellectual disabilities.

    Colleen M. Owens, LCPC

    Penobscot Community Health Care
    207-404-8000 Ext. 2611 (V)

    Colleen is a graduate of Gallaudet University's Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind and late-deafened Maine communities since 2006. She provides 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.

    Ralph Sprague, MA

    466 Main Street, Suite 300
    Lewiston, ME 04240
    795-4970 (TTY/V, but answering machine is voice only)
    513-1875 (VP)
    333-3296 (FAX)
    Email: Ralph.Sprague.MA@gmail.com

    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
    207-712-2370 (V/Text)
    Email: streat187@aol.com

    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.

    Lori Tully, MS, CRC, LCPC

    234 Middle Road, Suite 3A (second floor)
    Falmouth, ME 04105
    207-318-2434 (V)
    Email: ltully@maine.rr.com
    Website: Lori Tully Counseling

    Offering private, HIPAA complaint teletherapy via DoxyMe.

    Worcester State Hospital

    Mental Health Unit for Deaf Persons
    305 Belmont Street
    Worcester, MA 01604
    508-368-3633 (V)
    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.
    508-363-1531 (FAX)

    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.