Whole Living Center
1158 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
We currently accept the following insurance plans:
Aetna, Blue Cross, Network Health/Tufts, United Behavioral, Harvard Pilgrim,
Beacon Health (including NHP, Fallon, BMCHP)
Whole Living Center Founder
In my holistic approach to treatment, I view health as a combination of mind, body and spirit, with each aspect being equally important. I work with you to help you recover your inherent wholeness and support you in identifying the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that prevent you from living a healthy and inspired life. We will explore any unresolved emotions and inner conflicts that interfere with your functioning. We will focus on behavior change and practical tools that you can incorporate in your daily life to feel your best. More about my specialties and fees
Using solution focused approaches, we can also work on the accomplishment of any small or large goals that you envision for yourself. As an adjunct to therapy, you can choose to participate in health coaching sessions, to address any wellness goals you may have.
I am currently not accepting new clients for psychotherapy.
I am a family centered therapist with seven years of experience providing intensive therapeutic services to children, adolescents, individuals, and families. I work with young people and adults who struggle with social skills, regulating mood, managing mental illness, and have behavioral and relational difficulties.
I take an active role in helping to identify maladaptive relational patterns in order to assist in building positive experiences and communication with loved ones. I encourage self-expression and explore positive coping skills in an open, safe, and accepting environment for both children and adults. I am warm, engaging, and welcome all who come through the door with genuine compassion and curiosity.
I specialize in:
Child/adolescent and family therapy
Having always been interested in people’s stories, I found a logical passion within the psychological realm, driving me to attain a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and to practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Massachusetts. Throughout my life and in my work I have found that humor is an effortless and painless way to form connection. I am known by my clients and colleagues as warm, caring and compassionate while still being able to be direct and challenge others. I use an eclectic approach to my therapy, integrating relational, psychodynamic and humanistic theories while utilizing some mindfulness, meditation, psychoeducation, art therapy techniques, and traditional talk therapy. Though my theory and skill are absolutely important, I believe that above all else, the therapeutic relationship is key. My reputation is in treating adult women with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, but I welcome all and would enjoy the opportunity to hear your story. I specialize in treating:
- Anxiety disorders and trauma histories
- Depression, Numbness
- Women’s issues
- Other Mood Disorders, such as Bipolar
- Interpersonal Issues and Communication
- Self Esteem and Assertiveness
- Grief, Loss and other life transitions
- Day-to-Day concerns and providing general support
Damon is a mental health counselor who received his degree from Boston College. Damon’s clinical interests are (but not limited to): Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Trauma, Identity Development, Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Men. Damon’s clinical approach is multi-dimensional however he commonly utilities Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person Centered Therapies. It has been his experience that the root of our distress stems from our beliefs and thoughts about them.Damon believes that if we can modify these thoughts, through adding new activities and skills of value to one’s life. This can give a person a sense of control and happiness to ones life.
Andrea Mellonakos, LCSW
We do a lot of work in our lives. We go to a job to feel purposeful and/or make money. We climb mountains, jog, and try out yoga to work on our bodies. We send gifts and communicate and bake lasagna’s to maintain our friendships. Similarly, I think we should honor our feelings, and work on those in therapy. I have always been a person who is very interested in how people think and the many forms of the human condition. I am a lover of peoples’ stories. In a session with me, you can expect to be heard and have your thoughts validated. I encourage your therapeutic process from the moment you walk in the door. I am comfortable with silence, use humor in my work, and hope you’ll leave feeling a bit lighter each time we meet. Therapy can be challenging.
I commend my clients for doing that self- work and respect when they need breaks – for movement, for quiet, for a cup of tea, for fresh air. I use a combined approach to look at their past, sit with them in the present, and look ahead to their future. My perspective is rooted in well-being – so as much as I may ask a client about family dynamics or stress triggers, I may also ask their favorite healthy recipe, invite them on a walk around the block, or suggest a good novel I just read. I believe in balance and look forward to helping clients cultivate more in their lives!
As an older woman, both training and life experience inform my work and approach to the therapeutic process. Life’s challenges are varied so that listening to you and building a relationship with you will guide my approach, and we will always check in with one another to see what is working for you at any given time. In a safe, confidential therapy relationship, along with struggles that at times may seem insurmountable can come the experience of opening one’s soul to the moment, whatever that moment is. By exploring what is true for ourselves we are giving ourselves the gift of opening to new possibilities.
My personal and familial life experiences have included choices presented as one ages, parenting and step-family dynamics, transgender issues, physical disability issues with genetic considerations, and incidents of illness and death involving family members of varying ages. I grew up in a different country and culture so understand the challenges and sense of alienation that a person can feel adjusting to a new cultural environment far from home. I trained at Lesley University in psychotherapy and expressive therapy, have worked with emerging adults as a college counselor, case managed adults with anxiety, depression and cognitive challenges and done expressive therapy at inpatient and outpatient settings with adults and children.I have further training in the Maastricht interview with people who experience unusual sensory experiences (e.g. Hearing voices) and in the Open Dialogue system, as well as cognitive training in DBT and Motivational Interviewing. If you would like me to be linked with outside support (with your written permission) I will always be willing to establish these connections as I am supportive of an inclusive and holistic approach to healing.
I use a strength based and systems approach in my work. My goals are to help my clients develop personal goals and work together to reach them using creativity, organization and flexibility. My clinical techniques include mindfulness, cognitive behavioral practice, positive psychology, client centered approach, social thinking techniques and emotional self-regulation. I am proficient in psychological assessment and interpretation in children, adolescents and adults. My belief is that people do as well as they can, and everyone has the capacity to learn, grow and change in order to reach their goals.
My approach is gentle and compassionate and focuses on active listening, problem solving, coping skills development and gaining insight into how past experiences influence the present. I use a variety of treatment approaches with my clients, incorporating a lot of CBT skills, along with strength based and solution-focused therapy. I work with adolescent and adult clients and provide individual or family therapy. I work with individuals with varying mental health needs, including anxiety, depression, attachment-related issues, trauma, and relationship issues. Exploring and learning about yourself can be a challenging and emotional experience, but it can also be a rewarding experience as well. I appreciate you letting me into your life to help with this process. I look forward to hearing your story and working together.
- empower and cultivate resiliency;
- manage depression and anxiety;
- understand the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect across the lifespan;
- examine psychodynamic issues;
- recognize transpersonal and spirituality influences;
- and leverage cross-cultural and transnational experiences.
My holistic approach works closely with you to co-create a safer clinical environment and therapeutic relationship that supports emotional, psychological and spiritual growth. I am also a core faculty member in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences of Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. and provide inclusive and culturally competent clinical supervision, training, and support to emerging clinical professionals of color with a specialization in vicarious re-traumatization, countertransference and burnout/self-care when working within your own POC community. I can provide all services in English, Spanish and Italian.
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The therapy session is a time and space one sets aside to focus on self. To be with self. And to build one’s self. It can be challenging to reflect on patterns, thoughts and emotions, relationships, past events and/or change, but it can also be transformative and rewarding. The therapeutic process is a new experience that can be fun, creative, and meaningful. My role as your therapist is to witness your process and to reflect back with you along the way. The therapeutic relationship is an essential piece of my practice and is built on honesty, trust, empathy, and compassion.
I provide traditional talk therapy sessions using an open, person-centered, Humanistic psychotherapeutic approach. Gestalt Therapy, psychodynamic theory, narrative therapy, CBT, and other fundamental frameworks inform my work. I use these methods in conjunction with Expressive Arts Therapy, which is the true core of what I do. Art, music, visualization, movement, drama, dance, writing, and sound are some of the modalities I utilize to help foster a creative process. When applied therapeutically, a creative process can help a person heal, open up to change, and may offer new feelings, thoughts, insights, and perspectives. As a Dance/Movement Therapist, I specialize in using movement as a tool to identify, explore, and shift the way one relates to self, other, and the surrounding environment. I believe engaging in an integrative, body based psychotherapy process is a direct and effective path to embodied growth and transformation.
To schedule an appointment, please call: 617-401-7701 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We all have a desire to be seen and heard authenticity. I strive to build a trusting safe environment where clients can explore their own path. I use my compassion and humor to build a relationship with clients to help them explore their strengths, vulnerability, purpose, and true self. I have a passion for working with marginalized clients and recognizing the systems of oppression that effect their daily lives. In my practice, I have worked with adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings. I am experienced in working with clients who encounter anxiety, depression, personality disorders, self-injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and identify as LGBTQ. I draw from my background in strengths based therapy, DBT, existential, and relational psychodynamic to support clients in finding interventions that meet their needs.
To schedule an appointment, please call: (617) 299-1936 or email: email@example.com