Are you experiencing one or more of these problems?

  • Depression
  • Low energy or withdrawal and avoidance
  • Worry, fear, anxiety, or panic
  • Self-doubt, self-judgment, or difficulty with decisions
  • Irritability, anger, or conflict
  • Stressed out in general or using substances to change one’s mood

These states are a part of human life, and we all experience them.  Sometimes, though, they take on a life of their own, overwhelming our best attempts to manage them and interfering with our well-being, our relationships, and our activities.  Feelings of distress, sadness, anxiety, tension, grief, or shame may become prominent.  Behaviors may be affected:  caring for others at the expense of oneself; excessive self-criticism; eating or sleeping too much or too little; poor concentration; social avoidance or withdrawal; difficulty with work or daily activities; avoiding one’s own experience; using or abusing drugs or alcohol. Relationships with partners, children, parents, family, or colleagues may become more difficult than satisfying.

It is  actually  inner strength combined with good judgment  to recognize when help is needed.

Psychotherapy is a partnership in which client and therapist work together to:

  • Identify and understand the problem
  • Review the client’s current ways of coping with the problem
  • Develop new strategies and try them out
  • Assess how well the strategies are working and make adjustments as necessary

An old saying goes, “A problem shared is a problem halved.”  Psychotherapy helps lift the burden of distress, offers the possibility of change, and opens a door to greater ease and well-being.


Laura L. Fasano, M.A., L.M.H.C., Laura has been a psychotherapist in private practice for 15 years and teaches meditation, movement and stress reduction at Worcester State College. She has been trained in mindfulness based stress reduction, existential psychoanalytic psychotherapy, relational therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, gestalt therapy, movement meditation, yoga and vipassana meditation. Beyond her work at Worcester State College, Laura currently has an independent practice of psychotherapy at Listening specializing in greater self-connection, understanding, and acceptance through mindfulness. Laura can be reached at 978-808-6012 for any questions or to schedule an appointment. Most insurances accepted.

Donna O’Brien, Ph.D,LMHC, has been practicing psychotherapy since 1981.  Her experience includes working with adults, adolescents, couples and groups around issues of depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, addictions, grief and adjustment.  She holds a masters degree in expressive therapy and a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  In addition she is trained in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Her work draws from psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral herapy and mindfulness perspectives.   Contact Donna at 508-287-3415.  Most insurances excepted.

Melissa Scherer, LMHC (774)239-4002
Melissa is a licensed mental health counselor that has been working with adults and children for over twenty years, having been a therapist for 15 years. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of challenges including chronic mental illnesses, anxiety, depression, legal involvement, abuse/trauma, substance abuse/dependence, interpersonal issues, sexuality and difficulties managing stress. She believes the most important aspect to finding a therapist is the connection you experience during that first session. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, and Interpersonal Relations with a large focus on distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation and mindfulness techniques. She uses a humorous, engaging and interactive style to assist you in exploring your difficulties and help to find a gentle way of coping with significant distress. Her approach is non-judgmental, genuine and validating and when working with children and adolescents, she uses creative and artful techniques to explore challenges. Currently, Melissa is able to take BCBS, Humana, Tufts and Cigna and is in the process of paneling for other insurances. Contact Melissa at (774) 239-4002

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