Jennifer Lunden, LCSW, LADC, is the founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Healing. Known as Lunden to clients, colleagues and friends, she is also an award-winning writer, and in her counseling practice specializes in helping people break through creative blocks and awaken their full selves. Her essay about therapeutic writing, “Salvage, Salvation, Salve: Writing That Heals,” appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of Creative Nonfiction. She is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor.
Our stories are potent forces in our lives. They shape us. They tell us who we are and what is possible for us. In session, Lunden helps her clients explore their struggles and envision new paths, realizing the unique expressiveness of their authentic selves and their capacity for creativity, growth and change. (Read more.)
To reach Lunden, email or call (207) 699-4325.
Morgan Barber, LCSW, has been providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families since 2007. Morgan’s areas of expertise include: relationship discord, intimacy, sexual identity, anxiety and worry, grief and bereavement, spiritual/existential struggles, trauma and abuse histories, end of life issues, depression and feeling stuck, substance abuse, life transitions, and gender issues.
Morgan’s approach is integrative, experiential and collaborative. He provides a compassionate, non-judgmental environment that values an honest exploration of emotional issues while respecting the self-determination of each client to select the focus and depth of their work together. Morgan devotes himself to the task of understanding his clients because he believes genuine change and transformation will only occur after one feels understood. His clients develop perspective, insight, and direction that they can apply to their lives even beyond the initial motive for seeking counseling. (Read more.)
To reach Morgan email or call (207) 747-8076.
Erin Benner, LCSW, has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. Erin works with adults who have a desire to expand their lives and to find, or help foster, their true selves. Erin creates space for you to be fully yourself, to feel validated in your experience, and to promote growth, which will naturally promote change. While she uses a variety of intervention strategies based on individual needs, Erin has a strong background in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This is an evidence-based treatment that teaches concrete skills to help people learn to regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, interact in effective and healthy ways with others, and be more mindful in their daily living. She enjoys playing the guitar and camping with family and friends on summer weekends.
To reach Erin, email or call (207) 618-7537.
Rebecca Conners, LCPC, BC-DMT, believes that the start to any great personal work is creating a strong therapeutic rapport and using that relationship to foster awareness, creativity, and resilience. In addition to more traditional and verbal psychotherapy practices, Rebecca is also trained as a creative arts therapist specializing in dance/movement therapy. While she finds that the arts can deepen the work and empower individuals to gain new awareness and improve their quality of life, she integrates the arts only to the extent to which clients are comfortable.
She helps adults and teenagers work through various challenges including trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, life transitions, family conflict, grief, and more. She also works with parents raising kids with special needs and people struggling with issues related to acculturation.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys journaling in coffee shops, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
To reach Rebecca, email or call (207) 245-8479.
Liz Crane, LCSW, earned her Master’s at the University of New England, and for the past six years has been working in both a clinical setting and area schools, dedicating herself to families (parenting and couples work) and individuals (adolescents and adults). Using proven therapeutic interventions as well as teaching clients practical strategies, Liz focuses on the underlying sources of her clients’ distress, anxiety, and/or trauma, to help them not only understand the root causes, but to also learn practical coping skills they can utilize on their own to make measurable progress as early as the first session. Liz connects with her clients in a safe, supportive way as she helps them negotiate the relationship between mental and physical health. She is an avid squash competitor and loves to spend time with her family. Liz’s touch of humor helps new clients feel at ease.
To reach Liz, email or call (207) 653-4537.
Laura Gottfried, LCSW, draws upon her 30 years of clinical experience and training to provide individual therapy for adults experiencing a wide range of life challenges including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, addiction, trauma recovery, grief and loss, relationship concerns, and sexual orientation and gender identity issues, as well as the self-management of chronic pain and other chronic health conditions.
She utilizes a consultative approach that recognizes and builds upon each person’s existing self-knowledge and skills. Her work is rooted in the belief that we all have the inner wisdom necessary for leading a life that is happy and rewarding, though we are sometimes presented with challenges that can make it difficult to connect with this inner strength and clarity. (Read more.)
To reach Laura, email or call (207) 774-0046.
Susan Malcolm, LCSW, has been practicing as a clinical social worker since completing her Master’s degree in 1996. She thinks of herself as a consultant, offering a variety of strategies that have helped others make positive changes. She works with people living with anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic illness, postpartum adjustment, parenting challenges, and drug and alcohol use problems, as well as those overwhelmed by life stress.
A typical session may include working on relaxation or mindfulness skills, identifying and shifting distorted thought patterns, or developing greater understanding of how your brain manages information. All of this occurs in a safe, judgment-free space where you learn that many people have similar experiences, and that there is hope and healing. (Read more.)
To reach Susan email or call (207) 423-5546.
Lucie Scholz, LMSW-CC, has been with the Center for Creative Healing since 2011. She offers counseling to individuals and couples seeking guidance and support during life transitions, and helps people who want to create ways to become less stuck and learn to navigate toward a new, healthier place in their lives.
Lucie believes that the clinical relationship is the foundation from which this work can begin, and that having a safe, consistent, dependable, and meaningful interchange with a counselor is an empowering step towards creating the life we desire for ourselves. Client and clinician work together as a team to explore the client’s unique history and its impact, and to enhance client strengths in order to discover ways to heal and move forward.
To reach Lucie, email or call (207) 956-2160.
Sandra Sneiderman, LCPC, BC-DMT (Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist), provides therapy for adults, adolescents, children, and families. Sandra is trained in traditional talk therapy, but finds most individuals benefit from incorporating intermodal techniques from the disciplines of dance/movement, art, music, drama, and play therapy, because these methods invite clients to tap into unconscious patterns that live in the body. Sandra provides services for people facing a variety of life challenges, including trauma, PTSD, depression, ADHD, developmental disabilities, life transitions, creative blocks, eating disorders and body image issues, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, and spiritual seeking and awakening.
Sandra creates an authentic connection with each client, supporting them with kindness, presence, and safety. She helps clients break free of feeling stuck in unhealthy patterns by offering a path to a sense of balance and greater self-awareness and self-acceptance. (Read more.)
To reach Sandra email or call (207) 831-6377.