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Our Staff

John Schatzel, LICSW - President/Clinical Director

I approach all clients where they are and look to develop treatment goals around the concept of a life worth living. I have received my training from the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard Medical School Training Facility, during the course of my clinical training. There I worked in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team to assess, collaborate, and treat clients needs. During my time spent at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and, through other professional roles, I have been able to work with the following clinical populations: Major Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, Co-Occurring Disorders, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Phobic Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Trauma, Eating Disorders, Problematic Sexual Behavior, and Disorders of Identity.

As a result of my work with these populations I have received specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which are change oriented, evidence based approaches which are highly effective in regards to the treatment of Trauma and the change of problematic behaviors. These modalities both teach and reinforce coping skills across various domains including: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotional Regulation.

In addition to working with clients directly, I have been involved in research, publications, licensing, and program development. I was a granted researcher for the publication Desistance from Sexual Offending: Narratives of Retirement, Regulation and Recovery (Palgrave Studies in Risk, Crime and Society) in addition to being a chapter editor for All About Anxiety: An Introductory Guide to Neuroscience, Assessment, and Intervention.

Shelby Pedzewick, LICSW - Individual Therapist

Shelby Pedzewick is a licensed certified social worker who has been working in the field of human services for seven years.  She has supported individuals in residential placements, vocational and day habilitation programs, group settings and outpatient services. 


Shelby is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and utilizes motivational interviewing and a person-centered approach with clients. 


Shelby’s specializations include substance use disorders and brain injuries, as well as intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities. She has a wealth of experience pertaining to chronic illnesses and women's health conditions, and recognizes the stressors that surround diagnostic processes and validation in healthcare.


In her free time, Shelby likes spending time with her dog, attending local advocacy events and baking.

Hannah Reynolds, LMHC - Individual Therapist

As a trauma-informed practitioner, I approach all clients with an attitude of non-judgment and respect, whatever may be bringing them in.  I welcome people of any race, religion, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, language or cultural background.  I feel passionate about helping clients to meet the goals they identify.  Utilizing a person-centered approach, I incorporate different strategies into sessions, depending on each person’s individual needs.  These include aspects of dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing.  My hope is for clients to leave every session feeling heard and accepted.

Jacquelyn Heavey, LICSW - Individual Therapist

I am a licensed individual clinical social worker and school adjustment counselor with experience in school, medical, residential and community agency settings. I believe in building positive, respectful client-therapist relationships and providing a safe, supportive environment for clients to explore their therapeutic needs and goals.  My approach is nonjudgmental, collaborative and gentle.


I have over ten years of experience in the human services field, a background in expressive arts, and utilize aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy and Play Therapy in my practice.  I am passionate about social-emotional growth and embracing individuality. Some of my areas of interest include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Prenatal and Postpartum health and social struggles. 


Jackie will also be the first clinician in our new Topsfield, Ma location opening in January of 2024.

Catelin McCarriston, LCSW - Individual Therapist

Catelin McCarriston is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a B.S. in Psychology, B.A. in Philosophy, and a Masters in Social Work from Simmons University. As a school social worker in the Greater Boston area, she provided one-on-one counseling for students and conducted groups around mindfulness and stress reduction as well as intersectionality and belonging with LGBTQ+ youth.  Catelin also worked with The Home for Little Wanderers as a child and family therapist. She is currently the Director of Programming and Training at Minding Your Mind, a mental health education and suicide prevention non-profit. Catelin uses a strength-based perspective and trauma-informed lens to meet clients where they are, utilizing models of CBT, DBT, IFS, and Narrative Therapy. She is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ folks and those struggling with identity, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and trauma. 

Candita Carlini MSW, MBA - Individual Therapist
I grew up in a melting pot in Brooklyn NY amongst an extended family of 24. I learned about Social Work as many of my neighborhood friends were in and out of foster care, juvenile hall or grew up in a single family home with very little support. From a young age, I set my sights on "Changing the World" with a Masters in Social Work. Completion of my Masters Degree from Springfield College sealed the deal in 1995 and my dream was fulfilled.

My career following my degree in Social Work has been eclectic and extremely rewarding. I pride myself in mastering many roles in the field of Social Work including hospital based emergency services, school mental health counselor, educational advocate, student life college coordinator and as director of an outpatient mental health clinic.

My practice model is Integrative and Person Centered, with a warm, relaxed and reflective style. I often employ cognitive interventions so that my clients may reflect on their own beliefs and narrative in a safe space. While working with my clients I work my education, life lessons, empathy, and compassion into my practice to assist my clients in finding their authentic selves on their journey of life.

Areas of Special Interest
Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Adjustment, Substance Use Disorders, Suicidal Ideation, Self harm, Postpartum, Life Transitions, Career Change, Women’s Issues, Couples, Trauma & Stress-Related Disorders, Parent Coaching / Parental Concerns

Therapy Approaches
During treatment, it is my hope that through building a therapeutic relationship my clients rediscover and embrace their true self  by unburying past hurts, recognizing negative behaviors, thoughts and triggers and ultimately embracing positive changes.

I often use: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) Psychotherapy & Person-Centered.


Our Group has clinicians with diverse clinical experience which includes working with: youth, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples, families, groups, and geriatric populations. We have have provided services on both an inpatient and outpatient level of care. Furthermore, we can conduct evaluations in regards to substance abuse and mental health for outside organizations and the judicial system.





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