Meet the Counselors at Thrive Boston

The therapists and life coaches at Thrive Boston Counseling provide expert, caring and compassionate services to their clients. In fact, clients report that one of the most helpful things about Thrive is the "strong relationship" they build with their therapist.

At Thrive Boston Counseling, we partner with you to heal past hurts, manage life's challenges and beat the odds, so that you will Thrive in life. We want you have a life you value and that you are excited to live.

Every professional working at Thrive Boston is fully licensed, has a minimum 5 years of clinical experience, holds a master's- or doctoral-level mental health degree and all Thrive Boston therapists participate in rigorous, continuing education.

At Thrive Boston Counseling, you can be sure you are receiving top-quality service. Learn More about our premium-level care.

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Alice Husted

Alice HustedAlice Husted is a board certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Alice has experience treating adults and adolescents 13 and older with an array of mental health issues. She has specialized experience working with patients who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which has provided Alice expertise in treating disorders that are often a result of trauma, such as addictions, mood disorders, and eating disorders.

Alice has a special interest in integrating various forms of treatment including western traditional medicine, meditation, and mindfulness. Above all, she has a deep respect for those who are willing to seek treatment and looks forward to helping individuals take charge of their emotional health.

Kristen Brogna

Kristen Brogna, cambridge counselor, cambridge, therapist, boston counselor, boston therapistLicensed Mental Health Counselor #5476 MA

Kristen Brogna earned a bachelor of arts degree in Latin American Studies from Smith College, and a M.Ed. in mental health counseling from the University of Massachusetts. She has been a licensed psychotherapist since 2004. Additionally, she holds a certificate in biblical counseling from Bob Jones University, and is also a licensed practical nurse in Massachusetts.

Kristen utilizes a holistic approach to therapy and believes that optimal wellness is best achieved by integrating each client’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs simultaneously. She has extensive experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse/addiction, communication skills, health promotion, coping skills, self-esteem issues, as well as parental skills training.

Julia Gefter

JuliaLicensed Psychologist #9808 MA

Julia Gefter is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and considers Boston her home. She received her BA in psychology from Boston University, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Suffolk University. Julia views therapy as an active and collaborative process of working towards therapeutic goals.

She genuinely cares about her clients’ concerns and goals, and works to help them gain not only relief, but also the ability to live as fully and happily as they wish. Her style is warm, empathic, and practical, and she uses humor when appropriate.Julia has six years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and couples with complicated backgrounds and situations.

Michael Bronner

Michael-Bronner counselorLicensed Mental Health Counselor #8472 MA

Michael Bronner is a Licensed Mental Health Clinician in the state of Massachusetts, and was previously Licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of CT. Michael graduated from Cambridge College with a M.Ed. Counseling Psychology.

He currently has CANS Certification in the state of Massachusetts, making him eligible to work with Children and Adolescents. He has experience as a school-based counselor, in-home therapy, and applying DBT to adolescents and families.

Michael also has experience as a substance abuse clinician and is currently studying to obtain his LADC in the state of Massachusetts. Michael works full-time at a community clinic for opiod-based replacement therapy and currently accepts clients in the evening hours.

Michael provides an approach that is non-judgmental and skills-focused.

Dr. Charles Lewis, LICSW

boston counselor, boston counseling, cambridge therapy, cambridge therapistCharles Lewis has over twenty-five years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. My present focus is on adults who are stuck in life because of emotional issues or substance abuse. I seek to aid individuals to achieve the wisdom to know what can or can’t be changed and encourage the strength to change. My therapy is a blend of solution-focused therapy, neuroscience, existential therapy, psychoanalytic theory and narrative therapy. My therapy’s fundamental goal is to strengthen individuals’ self-reflection for a better life.

Dr. Sumio Shinohara

Sam Shinohara, Psy. D is a licensed clinical psychologist.Licensed Psychologist #8645 MA

Sumio Shinohara is a licensed clinical psychologist. Sumio obtained a Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston. Sumio is fluent in both English and Japanese. He is a Japanese speaking psychologist that offers counseling and psychology in either, English or Japanese.

Sumio specializes in child, adolescent, and adult mental health; often working with couples and families. Sumio has diverse experience from working at elementary schools, high schools, and community health centers in Boston.

Deborah Brigandi

Deborah BrigandiMasters of Social Work, LICSW #114237 MA

Deborah Brigandi has received a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Nutrition, and a Masters Degree from Boston College.

Deborah works with adults who are coping with depression, anxiety, and major life transitions, as well as couples experiencing relationship challenges. Deborah also has additional training and experience helping clients with nutrition-related diseases and weight management issues.

Dr. Teresa Blevins

Teresa BlevinsLicensed Psychologist #9516 MA

Teresa Blevins is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts. She holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Auburn University and and has post-doctoral training at Texas A&M University and The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She works to meet the client where they are and create a safe space for exploration and self compassion. Teresa has worked extensively with individuals and groups struggling with depression and anxiety, body image and disordered eating concerns, struggles with identity and changing phases of life, and survivors of sexual assault.

Dr. Anthony Centore

Dr. Anthony CentoreLicensed Professional Counselor #6934 MA

Anthony Centore, Ph.D., is the founder of Thriveworks, a counseling company with locations across the United States that’s focused on premium clinical care and customer service. In addition, Dr. Centore is a private practice consultant for the American Counseling Association a monthly columnist for Counseling Today Magazine and has been quoted in publications including The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Monitor, Newsday, Prevention and has been featured on ABC News Boston.

Dr. Centore is the author of “How to Thrive in Counseling Private Practice: The Insider’s Guide to Starting and Growing a Counseling Therapy Business.”

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Dr. Steven Graubard

Steven Graubard, PhD is a consulting and clinical psychologistLicensed Psychologist #6934 MA

Steven Graubard is a clinical psychologist with over thirty years’ experience as both a licensed psychotherapist and organizational consultant. In his clinical role, Steve works with young adults and adults, taking a CBT and psychodynamic approach.

Today, Steven — who is a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed to practice in Massachusetts–provides counseling therapy and executive coaching services. He helps individuals improve their emotional, personal, and career lives with a well-rounded clinical approach. Steve also enjoys helping couples with relationship counseling and individuals struggling with grief, anxiety, or trauma.

Russell Wolf

Russell WolfLicensed Mental Health Counselor #1497 MA

Russell Wolf is an artist and athlete at heart. Russell recieved a Bachelors in Psychology from Yale College, and a Masters of Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education (focusing on group, community, and organizational consultation).

While Russell helps a variety of clients, he has particular interest in helping couples in conflict, guiding clients through life and career issues, helping clients with depression and anxiety, counseling children, providing family therapy, running therapy groups, and consulting with organizations around team building.

Dr. Lynn Chosiad

Lynn ChosiadLicensed Psychologist #9193 MA

Lynn Chosiad is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Chosiad has had varied clinical experiences working with diverse populations in many different settings.

In addition to working with clients who struggle with disordered eating and other weight and body image disturbances, Dr. Chosiad has extensive experience treating anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, relational issues, grief/loss, trauma, and family, career, and educational issues.

Kathleen Liakos, LICSW

boston counselor, cambridge therapyKathleen Liakos earned a bachelor’s degree in social rehabilitation from Assumption College and a master’s in social work from Salem State College.

With more than twenty years in the helping field, Kathleen has developed a niche for working with adults and adolescents who struggle with mental illness and substance abuse.

Her experience includes school-based mental health, substance abuse, adult, family, relationships and autism spectrum disorders. For the last 14 years, she has served as a school clinician, dealing with a variety of issues with adolescents, including, PTSD, developmental delays and anxiety. Her ideal client is a motivated, insightful person willing to look at issues and problems from different views.

With her more than two decades of experience working with people who have chemical dependencies and alcoholism, she has gained extensive knowledge for and familiarity with treating mental illness — especially anxiety and depression.

Kathleen believes everyone can change and everyone deserves to feel better.”


Dr. Reji Attupurath, Licensed Psychiatrist


Licensed Psychiatrist #254283 MA

Dr. Reji Attupurath graduated from Creedmoor Psychiatric Center/Columbia Presbyterian Psychiatry residency program in New York, after which he completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine or more commonly known as Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital). He is board certified in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation Liaison Psychiatry)

He currently works as an Attending CL Psychiatrist on the medical-surgical floors and intensive care units. In addition, he works in two primary care clinics, where he provides consultations to primary care providers for their patients. He is well versed with all psychopathology including anxiety, depression, adult ADHD, substance use, trauma related disorders, eating disorders, women’s mental health and severe mental illness.

Dr. Reji Attupurath holds an academic appointment as Instructor of Clinical Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in psychopharmacology, and along with his current clinical work, supervises residents and fellows. He serves as the core psychopharmacology lecturer for trainees throughout the Cambridge Health Alliance.  He has given several presentations both regional and within the Harvard system. He is also interested in research of psychopharmacology and has several peer reviewed publications.

When he is not busy playing basketball and cheering on his favorite sports teams. he loves going on local gustatory adventures.

“Dr. Reji” as he is known to many, takes a very empathetic and pragmatic approach with his patients. His laid back demeanor makes patients feel at ease with him from the get go.He considers it a privilege and blessing to be in a position to serve others through his work.

Kathy Southard, LICSW

Kathy SouthardKathy Southard is a licensed independent clinical social worker in Massachusetts. Kathy obtained her MSW from Boston University in 2002 and a BA from Simmons College in 1997. Kathy spent many years working as a clinical social worker in London, England for the National Health Service providing individual and group therapy for individuals diagnosed with personality disorders in addition to supporting ongoing care management for adults with mental health difficulties. She currently is a Psychiatric Social Worker of the Cambridge Health Alliance, affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Kathy is an authorized meditation instructor with Shambhala International, has completed many meditation courses both as a student and as an instructor. She is a former manager of a Buddhist meditation retreat center in France and has completed a 6 month residential retreat at Gampo Abbey where she studied under Pema Chödrön. Also as the Director of Health Education and Outreach, Kathy provided health education and counseling to adolescents and young adults in schools and at a teen clinic through a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Grant by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Her specialties include mentalization and mindfulness-based approaches, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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