Meet Our Team
No problem is too big or too small!
Our team of therapists is trained in various modalities to treat the most complex symptom presentation. We specialize in treating trauma, early childhood disorders (ages 10 & under), marital/family conflict, reunification, women's issues, personality disorders, anxiety, and depression. Each of our therapists also has a background in crisis management and family systems interventions.
AMANDA NICELY, LMHC
Amanda received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and obtained her licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in 2013. She has also received training as a Family Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Amanda has advanced clinical training in early childhood mental health (birth - 6 years) as well as Trauma Focused Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Her therapeutic passion is working with families to repair the relationships between parent/child, siblings, and spouses. Her treatment is often focused on repairing disruptions in attachment as well as recovering from traumatic incidents. Amanda utilizes a direct therapeutic approach while offering supportive feedback and skill training to help patients effectively address personal life challenges. Particular areas of interest include: PTSD; Post-Partum Depression & Anxiety; Mood Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Co-parenting; and Distress in Relationships. Amanda strongly believes that the fundamental basis of therapy relies on honesty, open communication and emotional expression emotional expression.
Crystal obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a concentration in Writing & Communications in 1998 from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After completing some graduate work in the university's Professional Writing program, Crystal secured a position as a paid intern for a Providence radio station before being promoted to Account Executive and then Promotions Director. Upon leaving the station, Crystal was later hired as the Intake Coordinator for a personal care attendant agency. In 2006, after becoming involved in her local church, Crystal accepted a position with the local diocese as the Assistant Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministry and then returned to direct church ministry in 2013. Crystal joined the Nicely Counseling team in 2020 and looks forward to not only assisting the clinicians, but also serving and assisting the clients!
MELISSA BEANE, LMHC, R-DMT
Melissa received her Master's Degree from Lesley University in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance Movement Therapy. Currently, Melissa is a Registered Dance Movement Therapist and acquired certification in Rainbowdance; a therapeutic movement program that utilizes storytelling, self-soothing, voice, music, movement, and multi-modal props. She also obtained licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in 2015 and has advanced clinical training in the treatment of early childhood and trauma disorders. Her passion lies in working with children ages 10 & under experiencing anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, and disruptions in attachment. Melissa uses methods that allow children to freely express themselves and teaches them to self-soothe by focusing on improving impulse-control, positive attachment, and self-empathy through play, art, sensory, music, and dance therapies. Parent training & family therapy are also frequently used to support caregivers in their response to children with high emotional needs. By promoting trust & security in the caregiver relationship, many symptoms can improve. Melissa also has experience working with children who have physical impairments, developmental delays, and learning difficulties.
KELLY DAVENPORT, LICSW
Kelly obtained her MSW from Bridgewater State University in 2017 and is both a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Certified Holistic Health Coach. She specializes in treating PTSD, mood disorders and anxiety in her work with children, adolescents, families and young adults. Based on a client's needs and preferences, Kelly applies a variety of therapeutic approaches, typically drawing from trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic lenses. She provides her clients the opportunity to explore how their thoughts, feelings and behaviors impact their functioning, and collaborates with individuals to identify where they would like to see growth and change. Through her training and experience, Kelly promotes an integrative approach to diet and lifestyle changes to improve clients’ overall health and well-being. Kelly believes that optimal care is provided by understanding an individual’s physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs.
CARA O'KEEFE, LICSW
Cara obtained her BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, her MSW from Wheelock College and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Cara believes a good therapeutic relationship is built from trust and open communication in a safe, comfortable environment. She welcomes the opportunity to work with adolescents and adults who may be experiencing difficulty in the following areas: anxiety, depression, relationship conflicts, life transitions, behavioral issues, stress, & trauma disorders. In sessions, she works with clients to resolve symptoms, increase self-esteem, enhance the quality of relationships, & improve overall happiness. She practices an eclectic style of therapy using various interventions from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), & solution-focused models of treatment. Cara recognizes that each person has different needs and therefore, she adjusts her therapeutic style to meet each client where they are at.
DANIELLE OUELLETTE, LMHC
Danielle graduated from Fitchburg State University in 2015 with her Master's Degree and obtained her licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in 2018. Danielle offers counseling for individuals who are seeking support in navigating difficult relationships, rebuilding self-confidence, and accepting their unique role in the world. She often works with clients who have experienced bullying, traumatic events, self-harm, and codependency in relationships. Danielle also has experience treating children and adolescents with challenging behaviors and mood disorders. Throughout her career, she has developed a strong understanding of what it takes to re-establish healthy attachments to loved ones and has previously offered support and/or education to families through various parenting programs. She utilizes an eclectic treatment approach individualized to each client and can incorporate techniques from the following: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); Family Systems Therapy (FST); interpersonal skills training; and harm reduction. Danielle is an empathetic counselor who strongly believes that rapport building and honesty are the first steps toward meeting one's goals!
TRINICA SANTOS, LICSW
Trinica earned her Master's Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2015 and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). Trinica focuses on meeting the needs of her clients through a collaborative, strength based, solution focused approach. She uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused therapy skills in her work with adolescents and adults. Trinica works with clients who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, mood-related challenges, difficulty adjusting to left stressors, problems in relationships, women's issues, or who have endured traumatic events. She is passionate about providing a warm, non-judgmental, trusting, and safe environment for individuals working towards living a life that is meaningful to them.