In April, NCCT announced that they will be adding five new licensed therapists to their staff, as well as expanding their weekend and evening hours to accommodate a growing need for experienced and dedicated couples and marriage therapists.
They added 40 new evening and weekend slots to our after-hours couples therapy services. In addition, five new licensed therapists (including one Intake Coordinator) came on board this month. Senior Clinician Rachel Stein, LICSW, was also promoted to the role of Director of Clinical Services. Together, their team of 11 dedicated couples therapists will meet with clients seven days a week, from 8 a.m. till 9 p.m.
"We want to be a center people trust they can call and find easily accessible," says NCCT's Founder and Director, Kerry Lusignan.
For Lusignan, couples therapy is an essential part of a healthy and happy relationship. In her experience, it is also often a necessity for couples and families who face various challenges, including: step-family issues, becoming empty nesters, transitioning to parenthood, or navigating the complexities of divorce and co-parenting.
Also, the demand for evening and weekend couples therapy with NCCT has historically far exceeded the supply. At any given time, the center has an average of 30 couples on their evening/weekend waiting list. The new time offerings and team members will provide a much-needed service for couples with limited schedules.
Meet the New Team Members at NCCT
Catherine Hodes, MSW, LICSW, Intake Coordinator
A transplant to the Pioneer Valley from Brooklyn, Catherine was formerly the Director of the Safe Homes Project. She has 20 years of experience in working with individuals in challenging relationships and is an experienced trainer and educator with a specialty in domestic violence. In addition, Catherine is a certified self-defense teacher with a deep interest in restorative practices that can aid healing in diverse relationships.
Beth Agostino-Evans, MSW, LICSW
Beth holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University, a professional Life Coaching certificate from IPEC School of Coaching and has completed training in Advanced Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She has over 15 years of experience working with couples in crisis, particularly those experiencing chronic and terminal diagnosis, special needs, loss and bereavement, life transitions, adoption, and relational dynamics for LGBTQ couples.
Lauren Weinsier, MSW, JD
After earning a JD from Emory University School of Law, Lauren went on to seek a Masters Degree in Social Work from Westfield State University. She is a Certified Mediator (Basic and Family Mediation) with training in Advance Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
Erin Lingle, MA, LMFT
Erin holds an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University and has completed training in Advanced Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She brings a background of social and spiritual coaching, mentoring and advocacy for youth, and years of lived experience as a stay-at-home mom. In addition, the lessons Erin has learned in relational exploration and interaction inform much of her therapeutic work today.
Josh Tecu, MSW, LICSW
With a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, Josh has five years of experience in community mental health and college counseling. He brings to NCCT a strength-based perspective on couples therapy and has completed training in Advanced Gottman Method Couples Therapy and received supervision-based training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
New Insurance Plans Accepted at NCCT
Additionally, NCCT has expanded their insurance plan offerings. They have contracted with MBHP and Tricare to make their services accessible to more families in the community, including military families and people who could not previously afford couples therapy treatment of this caliber.
“Couples therapy should not be a luxury that is only accessible to a few,” says Lusignan. “All families need support and our community is made stronger when a couple is made stronger.”
Whether they choose weekly 90-minute sessions or a private intensive retreat, every couple will have equal access to evidence-informed, state-of-the-art tools that are designed to change their lives for the better.
For families interested in more dedicated weekend couples therapy services, or those who want a jump-start on treatment, NCCT also offers 2-Day and 3-Day private couples retreats, which is the equivalent of 8 weeks of couples therapy in just a few days.
Interested in learning more about The Northampton Center For Couples Therapy? Visit them online at NorthamptonCouplesTherapy.com or call their office at (413) 586-2300.
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