Our Staff

Therapists at Womankind Counseling Center are licensed mental health clinicians with a wide range of experience.  WCC is committed to a model of psychological health that respects and values diversity.  We believe in helping people over come personal, institutional and cultural barriers to well-being.

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Casey Culligan-Benoit, Psy.D

Casey is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for adults. During her graduate training, Casey received a master's and doctorate in clinical psychology with an individualized concentration in multiculturalism and social justice within clinical practice. She helps clients address concerns related to anxiety, depression, trauma, identity, and various life transitions. She holds special interests and specialized training in working with emerging and young adults (18-35), and with the LGBTQIA+ community. Casey views therapy as a truly collaborative process, in which treatment is inherently relational, compassionate, and strengths-based. She works primarily from a relational psychodynamic framework that regularly incorporates elements of other approaches including CBT and MI as needed to best meet each individual client’s presentation and needs. In addition to clinical work, Casey serves as an affiliate professor at the graduate level.

Karen Gowell, LICSW

Karen is a licensed independent clinical social worker who provides individual therapy for children, teenagers, and adults of all genders. She has training, experience, and interest in the areas of women's health, trauma and PTSD, substance use disorders, relational issues, depression, and anxiety. Karen has five years of experience in primary care behavioral health, with a focus on chronic disease management and 15 years of experience in special education as a teacher and case manager working with students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and Autism. She has been trained in trauma-informed care, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and interpersonal psychotherapy. Karen uses a strengths-based perspective that is client-centered and solution-focused when working with clients to help meet their individual goals.

Ann E. Isenberg, Ph.D.

Ann is a counseling psychologist who specializes in women's issues, but also sees men and couples in therapy. She works from many perspectives in assisting clients encountering life transitions, career and relationship concerns, victimization, violence and trauma, diversity issues and changing self definition. Ann has been in private practice, worked in college counseling centers, and long been involved in feminist and progressive activism.

Jessica Nichols, MA, LCMHC

Jessie is a licensed clinical mental health counselor offering individual therapy to adults looking to address challenges related to depression, anxiety, sense of self, and traumatic experiences. She offers a compassionate, relational approach, influenced by positive psychology, holistic techniques, contemplative psychology, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her passion is supporting people in better understanding themselves, strengthening their sense of self-worth, learning new ways of responding to difficult emotions, and connecting with more meaningful lives through making empowering transformations consistent with their personal goals.

Anna Marie Ruef, Ph.D

Anna is a clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy for children and adults. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and trauma related problems. She has provided therapy in various outpatient settings for over 20 years and has been at WKCC since 2003. Anna also conducts research on emotions and trauma.

Erin R. Sandler, Psy.D

Erin is a clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy for children, teenagers, and adults of all genders. She helps clients to address concerns related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and life transitions. She also specializes in offering transgender and gender expansive-affirmative care. She uses a collaborative, culturally responsive approach with clients and centers the client as the expert of their own lived experience. She is a certified MATCH-ADTC therapist (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems), an evidence-based practice for children and teenagers ages 6-17. She also utilizes Child-Parent Psychotherapy, an evidence-based practice for children ages 0-6 who have experienced trauma and adverse childhood experiences, to assist parents and caregivers in helping their young child to heal.

Stephanie Vazzano, LCMHC, ATR-BC, CST

Stephanie has more than a decade of mental health experience working with children, teens, and adults of all genders.  She is a licensed clinical mental health counselor and a registered and board certified art therapist.  Stephanie has been trained in sexual assault survivor intervention, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, instinctual trauma response, dialectical behavior therapy, and is specialized in the areas of trauma, gender, sex, and sexuality. She is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist.  Her approach to treatment is client driven and goal directed with a holistic and global perspective. Stephanie is also registered as a telehealth provider for Vermont and licensed to provide services for clients in Massachusetts.

Melinda R. Wolfe, MS, APRN

Melinda is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in the mental health community since 1991 and is certified in treating adults with mental health issues.  Her experience includes working at the state psychiatric facility and at a community mental health center.  She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medication evaluation/management services while encouraging a holistic approach toward a client's treatment and recovery.