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Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Emily M. Balazs, LICSW

Works with

Adolescents (17+), adults and older adults, couples

Therapy Approach

The decision to enter into therapy can be a difficult one to make for many reasons. Though for most people, the thought of letting oneself be vulnerable is quite uncomfortable and scary and can be enough of a deterrent to seek help.

I see therapy as an opportunity to create more space and possibility in one’s life. In my work over the past eight years I have seen that through the safety and containment of a therapeutic relationship, being vulnerable can begin to feel less frightening and can create a path towards profound healing and deeper connection with others outside of the therapy room. On this path, I seek to help people to see and know the stories they tell about themselves and others, how those stories impact their lives, how cultural messages influence how we feel about ourselves and how they have been shaped and internalized over time. Through this process, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering being experienced which then increases a sense of control and decreases the likelihood of being overtaken by emotional or psychological distress. I have found through both professional and personal experience that the more we can see the problems we face in their totality, the more we can empower ourselves to change their course.


  • Addiction and co-occurring disorders
  • End of life and grief/bereavement
  • Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
  • Relationship challenges
  • LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
  • Social oppression and stigmatization
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Mood/anxiety disorders
  • Trauma

Get to know

My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and is based in Relational-Cultural Theory, Attachment Theory and Feminist Theory. Models of treatment that I use primarily include Narrative Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Liberation Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, but I also have experience in utilizing meditation and mindfulness based interventions as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical-Behavioral strategies and tools when needed. I have worked primarily in community based mental health programs in both the clinician and supervisory role.

Deb Chamberlain

Deb Chamberlain
Deb Chamberlain, LMHC

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For more than ten years, I have worked with children, adults and families in outpatient settings.

I am interested in fostering positive identity in my clinical practice with individuals, families, and couples.  My work is guided by a belief that clients need to feel safe enough to explore why they “feel” the way they do, and to help them develop a positive self-regard.  As they say, “We can’t heal what we can’t see.”  My role in the context of the therapeutic relationship is to help clients “see”.

I have experience with helping individuals address and cope with an array of life challenges such as anxiety, depression, relationship and couple issues; childhood disorders, Asperger’s/PDD and ADHD (child and adult). I use a variety of theoretical approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, DBT, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Sand Tray and Play Therapy.

Professional Training

  • Wheelock College, M.S. – Early Childhood Education
  • Lesley University, M.A. – Counseling Psychology

Aaron Gilbert

aaron gilbert
Aaron Gilbert, LICSW

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Therapy Approach

Good therapy is the pursuit of meaningful and lasting change. It is the identification of patterns of thought and behavior which are either no longer effective or downright destructive. It is the creation and development of reliable skills which lead us in the direction of health, confidence, and increased acceptance of self.

Good therapy is always a collaboration between client and therapist. It requires creativity, energy and most importantly the development of trust. It appreciates the unique perspectives of each individual and measures progress by how closely it mirrors the personal values and aspirations of the client.

My approach is influenced by training and experience in strengths based, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused and positive psychology. I offer help with issues related to anxiety, depression, phase of life, addictions, interpersonal, occupational and marital.

I have worked in the mental health field for over fifteen years.

Professional Training

  • University of Michigan, BA
  • Tufts University, MA – Education
  • Simmons College, MSW (Social Work)

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