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Medical Director & Adult Psychiatrist
Ex-faculty, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Phansalkar is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN) & Diplomate of American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He is the Medical Director of New England Counseling Center. After his psychiatry training at Cork University in Ireland, he completed his residency training in Psychiatry from Louisiana State University (LSU) at Shreveport. He was the Chief Resident at LSU and has participated in a variety of research trials involving psychiatric medications. While in Louisiana he volunteered as provider in mental health for Hurricane Katrina victims and their families, working for the Red Cross. He moved on to become a Clinical instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 2008-2012. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association & Massachusetts Psychiatric Society. He is routinely involved in the evaluation of emotional and psychiatric issues & disorders. In addition he specializes in areas of Psychopharmacology, complicated medication regimens & treatment of treatment resistant cases of disorders such as Depression & Anxiety. Yet, he believes and often quotes "the less medications, the better"



Child Psychiatrist

Asha Keshavan MD is a board certified child psychiatrist who sees patients between the ages of 6 and 18 years. She completed her residency at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked as a faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and at Wayne State University in Detroit. She has also worked at several community mental health centers. She will be evaluating & treating children and teenagers with ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD in addition to other clinical issues. She provides diagnostic evaluations and medication management



Advanced Psychiatric NP

Laura Rusu is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has been trained at McLean hospital. My 12 years of training in psychiatry allows me to conduct psychiatric evaluation , make diagnosis, prescribe medications. I have experience with a broad spectrum of disorder including depression, anxiety, panic, mania/hypomania (bipolar), psychosis, ADHD, PTSD, personality disorders, substance abuse dependence and more. My goal is to prescribe medications in a conservative , effective and safe manner.

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Alexander Queen, PhD


Dr. Queen is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and is currently a full-time faculty member in the psychology department at Tufts University. Dr. Queen primarily uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as his treatment approach, but also draws upon other approaches, including interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). He has experience treating both children and adults presenting with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, but specializes in treating phobias, anxiety disorders, OCD, and mood disorders. Dr. Queen also conducts psychological and neuropsychological testing for purposes of diagnosis and to provide academic and treatment recommendations. He believes in a collaborative approach in working with clients and enjoys helping individuals learn skills to change undesired behaviors, improve their sense of well-being, and achieve their goals






Marisa Robbins is a licensed mental health counselor with expertise in several areas, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, stress management, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, chronic mental illness, grief and loss, adoption, adolescent issues, and DBT. Marisa has specialized in the treatment of adolescents with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and has worked extensively in outpatient, residential, and hospital settings with both adolescents and adults. Marisa holds a master's degree in Clinical Psychology as well as a certification in Traumatic Stress Studies. Marisa is experienced in individual, group, and family therapy with adolescents and adults. Methods of treatment are primarily cognitive-behavioral in nature, meaning they are based on the idea that changing thought patterns will cause changes in feelings and behavior. Marisa helps the individual to identify thought patterns that are not beneficial and shift them to become more positive and rational, which leads to an increase in positive emotions.


Lisa Bastos is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who received her Master's degree from Lesley University. She has over 5 years of clinical experience working with adolescents, young adults, and older adults. Lisa's primary treatment interest includes depression, anxiety, adjustment, chronic mental illness, and psychosis. Lisa extracts from a variety of therapeutic approaches ranging from cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoanalytic therapy, and motivational interviewing. Lisa's eclectic approach allows her customize treatment to the individual needs of the clients she serves. Lisa is supportive, friendly, and passionate about helping clients move forward with their goals.

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Tracy Zitoli is a licensed mental health counselor who holds a masters degree in Marriage and Family counseling. She has experience working in several settings including hospitals, community mental health, crisis response, and school. Areas of treatment focus include, depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, stress management, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, chronic mental illness, grief and  loss, and marriage and family issues. Tracy believes in a person centered, holistic approach to treating mental health issues and incorporates traditional methods including psychodynamic, solution focused therapy, and CBT along with mind body elements including meditation and yoga. Her clients find her motivating yet compassionate and easy to talk with. 




Maureen Kenny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who graduated with a Masters from Boston University. She began her career working with incarcerated adolescent males in an alternative program though the Department of Youth Services. She served for thirty years as the department head for youth and family services for the Town of Norwood. In that capacity, she provided casework, counseling, youth outreach, family advocacy and an integrated alliance with all segments of the town population including police and fire departments, programs and clinical work in conjunction with the staff in the school system and regular involvement and referrals from the Dedham District Court.  She created and ran a Teen Center for the town and did regular outreach with adolescents. She strives for a “user friendly” approach in counseling believing that it is important to have a partnership with the adolescents and adults with whom she works and help them to understand the origin of their problems and play an integral role in their recovery. The modalities she utilizes are Psychodynamic and Solution Focused but she believes in utilizing any resources that help a person contend with and understand their personal issues. She has worked extensively with issues of parenting, children and adults with disabilities, problems with mood disorders such as Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder, life transitioning issues, sexual and domestic abuse, LGBT issues and trauma.


I offer client focused therapy in a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental environment. We all experience a disruption in equilibrium during our lives at one time or another and need a place to help sort it out. Change can be hard but with the right tools and treatment I believe that we can better manage life's challenges. I can help you to develop healthy and effective coping skills. My clients describe me as warm, engaging and funny. I use mostly cognitive behavioral techniques to help clients examine their behaviors and emotions. I invite you to reach out to me if you have any questions.