CLinical team

Central Mass Counseling & Wellness was founded by Lauren Griff. Also known by her nick name, Loni has over 20 years experience helping children, adolescents, adults and families. Our clinical team is growing!

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Lauren Griff

I earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees at Anna Maria College. First earning my Masters in Counseling Psychology in 2005. I went on to obtain my CAGS in Counseling Psychology and I currently hold a LADC I, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I & am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have worked in a variety of settings with all ages, including inpatient adult mental health, inpatient children’s mental health, outpatient, long term residential and community based living. My expertise is in trauma, behavioral and anxiety related work. I pride myself on out of the box thinking for every patient I am working with to try and create the best possible avenues for empathic healing.

License(s): LADC I, LMHC (pending)

Specialties: CBT, Mindfulness, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care

Lauren Griff, LADC, LMHC


Patti Ellis

I received my BA in Psychology from Fitchburg State in 2005 before heading to Assumption College, where I received my Master’s in Counseling in 2007. I graduated with concentrations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child & Family Therapy. I’ve worked in a variety of settings, including residential, outpatient, community based, and in-home. My areas of clinical interest include adolescent mental health, anxiety and depressive disorders, and DCF involved youth.

I believe that therapy doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming – especially when you’re young. I try to create a relationship with my clients that is safe, honest, and fun in order to be supportive during tough times. I use my training in different modalities to create an individualized approach that meets you where you’re at so you can make positive changes in your life.

License(s): LMHC

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, CBT, Trauma Informed Care, ARC

Payment: Self-pay

Patti Ellis, LMHC


Jessica Stephens-Burt

I graduated from Anna Maria College with a Bachelors in Muisc Therapy in 2008. Since that time I have obtained my level 1 training in Guided Music and Imagery (2010) and my masters in Public Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration (2016) from Anna Maria College as well. I completed the Alcohol and Substance Use Education certificate program from UMASS in 2013. I am a board certified music therapist with extensive experience working in mental health in various settings. In addition, I have been a clinical site supervisor for students and professional supervisor for new professionals. I believe in treating the whole person in a humanistic and holistic way through creative methods. I focus on providing overall wellness to my clients using on solution focused thinking.

License(s): LADC-1 (in progress)

Specialties: Music Therapy, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Holistic Treatment

Payment: Self-pay

Jessica Stephens-Burt


Tamilyn E. Little

I graduated from Anna Maria College with a Bachelors in Music Therapy in 2014. Since that time I have obtained my level 1 training in a specialty sub certification for Hospice and Palliative Care (HPMT(1)). I am a board certified music therapist with extensive experience in mental health, grief counseling, mindfulness techniques, and end of life care. In addition, I have been a clinical site supervisor for students and and adjunct professor for Anna Maria College. I believe in holistic treatment and humanistic therapy perspective. You can expect an empathetic ear, honesty, and a creative strengths based approach. I believe in individualizing care to the needs of my client, and providing holistic treatment to support and help in their growth.

Specialties: Music Therapy, Grief Support, mindfulness

Payment: Self-pay

Tamilyn E. Little, MT-BC, HPMT(1)


Patricia Venegas

I received my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Anna Maria College and my CAGS certification on 2011 from Anna Maria as well.

I am a bilingual clinician (Spanish) and I have experience working on inpatient and outpatient units. I have a certification from Behavioral Tech LLC to run DBT groups.  For more than 10 years I had been part from different DBT groups and leader as well.

Teaching Mindfulness, coping skills based in behavioral therapies as CBT and DBT has been my forte in order to help people to regulate emotions, improve interpersonal relationships, and decrease stress.

My motto for my practice is to listen with my heart, in order to have a more compassionate understanding and from there start the healing journey. I have helped people with Bi-Polar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Adjustment Disorder, and others through my career. I also incorporate a holistic point of view.

License: LMHC

Specialties: DBT, CBT, Mindfulness. Fluent in Spanish

Payment: Self pay and insurance

Patricia Venegas, LMHC


Heidi Johnson

I received my BA in Psychology from Worcester State University in 2012 and my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fitchburg State University in 2018.  After graduating I went on to receive my license as an LMHC. I’ve worked in many various settings including inpatient, outpatient, community based, and in-home.  For the last four years my primary setting was providing in-home therapy to youth and caregivers.  My approach to counseling is to provide an empathetic, compassionate, and understanding relationship with my client.  Counseling can be overwhelming for some, and my goal is to provide a safe and healthy environment for my clients.  I believe therapy should be holistic and solution-focused, and centered around my client’s needs and wants.   My areas of clinical interest include anxiety, mood disorders, and adolescent mental health.    

License(s): LMHC

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, and Caregivers, ARC, CBT, Mindfulness

Heidi Johnson, LMHC


Mary Sebatindira

How often in our busy lives do we have the opportunity to have another person truly listen to your thoughts, fears, hopes, ambitions? Sadly, not as often as we would like. My name is Mary Sebatindira, I have been a psychotherapist for over 7 years graduating with my MSW from Springfield College School of Social Work in 2015 and obtaining my LICSW in 2021. I have worked with many populations which include: adults struggling with addiction, children/teens, couples, and family work.

My aim is to help my client feel at ease and learn how to trust themselves and learn how to flourish in different aspects of their lives. I thank you for considering me as a potential therapist and allowing me to assist you in the journey to become a better version of yourself.

License(s): LICSW

Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Addiction, Couples, Family Work

Mary Sebatindira, MSW, LICSW


Eneida Qirko

I am a Massachusetts, licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with extensive expertise, having worked in crisis intervention, and an outpatient setting with adults struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse, teens with depression and anxiety, and children with families. My experience extends to having worked as a clinic director and in other leadership positions. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Counseling with a concentration in cognitive behavioral therapies from Assumption College.

My strengths include great interpersonal skills, diligence in my work approach, ability to give advice, contribution, and passion to help those in need. I am committed to helping my patients fully understand themselves and develop healthy habits to thrive and reach their full potential.

Specialties: CBT, Mindfulness, Adults, Teens, Autism and other Developmental Disorders, Substance Abuse, EMDR (coming soon)

Payment: BCBS, Self-Pay

Eneida Qirko, LMHC

Our mission is to support children, adults and their families who suffer with a variety of behavioral health concerns through compassionate therapy & wellness programs.



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