Seaside Family Health Care
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
Meet our team
"As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another"Proverbs 27:17
I grew up in Portland, Maine and attended Portland High School. I graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2020 with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) specializing in mental health. Prior to this, I had attended Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing for my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked as a nurse for over 2 years at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore, MD. I’ve been working in mental health for almost a decade now, my first job being an in-home support for children and adults with mental illnesses. Caring for others is in my blood, as both of my parents were nurses. I am willing to work with anyone who is struggling with their mental health and needs help. If I am unable to help you or you require a higher level of care, I will do my best to get you set up with appropriate services. I strongly believe that medication alone rarely helps people achieve their optimal level of functioning and that psychotherapy is an integral part of reaching your best self. In addition to therapy, there are many, many ways to improve your mental health without medications. Simple things such as eating healthy, having an exercise routine, spending time outdoors, and getting high quality sleep are just some of the many ways you can improve your mental health.
Hi. My name is Patty and I have been working as a licensed clinical social worker for over 30 years in both mental health and substance abuse treatment. My approach is to meet people where they're at, building upon strengths they already have and believing change can happen one step at a time. My own strengths as a MH counselor are in areas of healing from trauma and loss as well as symptom reduction related to anxiety, depression and stress. I provide EMDR therapy and CBT with a focus on stages of change. I promote and teach about mindfulness, conflict management and self-care. We all have times when we know things need to be different and we have to take the risk to try new ways. It takes courage and trust of self and others to begin to realize the power of change. No one has to do the work alone. We have a team here, ready to help and cheer you on! It's your life, your possibility, your wellness and you are worth it!
I received my license in alcohol and drug counseling (LADC) and CCS years ago through apprenticeships and work experience. I have worked with patients with substance use disorder since 1993. I began in Worcester MA at Community Health Link where I worked for 10 years as an addiction counselor and high-risk case manager. I relocated to Maine in 2003 and since that time have worked in several capacities with several agencies including Milestone, Discovery House and Groups Recover Together. I have done addiction counseling, program management, and as a CCS have provided supervision to staff both inside the companies I worked for and outside. I came to Seaside to help expand the Suboxone program while providing structure, comfort and coping skills to the population we serve. I bring to Seaside my extensive experience and wisdom over 30 years in the making. This enables me to offer patient focused care through 1 on 1 and group counseling. It enables me to foster relationships while assessing new patients, helping build goal centered treatment plans and carry out long- and short-term goals.
Hi, my name is Barbara. I am a licensed alcohol and drug counselor here at Seaside FHC. I look forward to meeting you and becoming a part of your recovery journey! I will walk alongside you as you heal and build a life of hope and peace. I have been working in the behavioral health field for the past nine years and hold a degree in behavioral health studies and psychology. I have experience counseling individuals with anxiety, depression, interpersonal conflict, adverse childhood experiences, grief, low self-esteem, and substance abuse. I have had the privilege of working in various levels of care that treat substance use disorders: intense outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, detox, and medication assistant treatment. I believe in a holistic and eclectic approach to treating individuals struggling with substance abuse. I am a firm believer that people can change, heal, and thrive in life! I take every opportunity to educate others about addiction hoping to change the stigma surrounding it. In my spare-time I like to bike, row, bake, read, and most importantly, spend time with my family. I am excited to be a part of a fabulous, caring team of individuals at Seaside Family Health Care.
Peer Recovery Coach/Case Manager
Hi, my name is Jackie Belanger, and I am the Peer Recovery Coach here at Seaside Family Health Care.
I am in long term recovery myself and understand the journey on a very personal level. I have worked in Education, Advocacy and Recovery for 30 years with Degrees/Training in each of those areas.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the basis for how I work and to the best of my ability live.
Recovery is so much more than not using. Life happens, as they say, and I have found that having an honest, kind and supportive person in my life has helped me stay clean. I hope I might be that person for you!