Tracey Tucker, LCMHC

Founder and Managing Director

Tracey Tucker has worked in the mental health field for nearly 20 years. Aside from her extensive educational background, which includes an MA in Counseling Psychology and experience in the fields of adolescent development, attachment theory and resiliency, Tracey is certified as a Licensed Community Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) in New Hampshire and has worked as a child and family mental health therapist in both community mental health and private practice settings.

In Spokane, WA., Tracey worked with the Marycliff Institute’s “Circle of Security” program, which educates parents about attachment theory and their relationship to their children. In her private practice, she specializes in the clinical treatment of adults, children and their families and specifically addresses issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, parent/child relationships, relational issues and family counseling. In addition to individual and family counseling, Tracey provides court ordered Co-Parenting counseling, Co-Parenting coordination and Reunification therapy.

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Kit McCann, LMFT


I believe that every person has a story to tell, and that being able to find beauty, strength and empowerment through one’s own story is the true nature of therapy. Every person exists within the constellation of their community, and no matter whether that community consists of a family, a partnership, or a social group, being able to find peace and positive energy within that community is attainable and worth the journey.

Though we are accustomed to telling our narratives using voice, I have found that art and writing can also be powerful tools to help us find the motivation we need to make change and discover the happiness we deserve. I have worked extensively with youth and their families as well as couples to manage myriad types of anxiety, depression, trauma, and ruptured family dynamics. I have also worked with families with one or more parent in the military, and families, youth and couples that have experienced significant loss or bereavement. In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both New Hampshire and New York, I have had several years of post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City.

As a gender specialist and transgender therapist, one of my greatest passions in therapy involves working with LGBT youth and their families. In particular I work with children, adolescents, adults and elders who are in the process of exploring gender, sexuality and identity, or transitioning to their true gender. I believe that families and youth in the LGBT community can find common ground, understanding, and support for one another in the often challenging wider community in which we live.

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Hayley Ringwood, MS, LCMHC

I believe the therapeutic process begins with an individual making the decision to work collaboratively with a therapist, to create individual and/or family goals, to explore and work through challenges at own pace and for hope, dreams and healthy goals to become one’s reality. I encourage and empower my clients to work on creating a healthier and happier way of functioning that provide the client with high levels of motivation and accomplishment. I am grateful to be a part of each individual’s journey, in providing unconditional support and strive to brainstorm healthy, effective solutions. I like to take an eclectic approach in working with each individual, as every individual differs and then base the therapeutic approach that may be most beneficial to the client. I often utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused, family systems theory and behavioral therapy.

I have worked with children, youth, families and adults over the past several years, which have included a variety of different issues such as, but not limited to parenting difficulties, strained family dynamics, behavioral challenges within all environments, academic struggles, trauma, victims of abuse and neglect, anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, court-involved youth, stress management, ADHD, grief, sexuality, gender identity, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. I received my Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2011. I became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in February of 2015.

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M. Kate Knight Dupuis, LICSW

Therapy is a collaborative effort between the clinician and client to address concerns and develop healthy and effective solutions. I use a strengths-based approach in helping client’s identify current coping skills and offer guidance in identifying additional healthy and effective alternatives. In each session, I try to incorporate a mixture of validation, support, gentle guidance, education, and humor. I find Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to be most effective in addressing the dynamic of mood, thoughts, behaviors, and health, but I also adjust my style based on the client’s needs. I give clients control over what therapeutic art activities can be integrated into the sessions, such as drawing, play, and music.

I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 and became a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in 2012. I have experience working with all ages, starting at age 4. My areas of experience include anxiety, stress management, depression, ADHD, parenting, and domestic and sexual violence.

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Lauren Gulla, LICSW

I work with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space. Using cognitive behavioral, solution- focused, strength based, narrative, and dialectic approaches I help clients reach the goals they identify for themselves. I help clients manage overwhelming painful emotions, improve relationships, manage impulsive urges, gain more control over life, and deal with ongoing stress.

I have experience working in a variety of settings on issues such as ADHD, school issues, grief, mood disorders, depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self injurious behavior, gender identity and sexuality, low self esteem, criminal behavior, obsessive compulsive disorders, and transitioning from high school and college. I have helped families struggling with divorce, parent-child relationship issues, and coping with defiant and difficult children. I have a passion for working with middle and high school students to help them succeed in school, make and keep friends, and get along better with their parents. 

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Amanda Cortese, LCMHC

As an Art Therapist, I believe that art is a deeply personal and individual thing, and the process of creating can be an incredible journey to self-discovery and healing. I find that by combining artistic creativity with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches, it is possible to not only explore our inner selves, but to discover unknown wells of personal strength, to improve on our weaknesses, to develop new ways of expressing ourselves, and above all, to heal the wounds of the past. The combination of art and talk can be a powerful union for finding answers to our questions and solutions to our problems.

I am licensed as an LCMHC as well as being a registered Art Therapist (ATR) and I welcome all ages and backgrounds. Clients who work with me will be invited to enter my Studio/Office, a safe space designed for open communication, honor, honesty and artistic expression. While art making can be intimidating to some, I believe that art is for everyone, regardless of skill level. I value the trust and comfort of my clients and people who work with me will never have their artwork, or any part of their being, judged or critiqued. Instead, my clients and their works of art will be listened to, cherished and honored. Art is what you want it to be and I believe that when we let go and trust our creations, those creations will show us the way to improved mental and physical health.

Clients who do not wish to create art can still find meaning and healing in working with me through other methods. It is my goal to encourage exploration and facilitate my clients’ healing in the most comfortable ways possible. I will be present with support and understanding as you travel your own path to healing with a variety of techniques and approaches. I am flexible in my work and open to finding the most appropriate ways of working with each individual I meet.

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Christina Baldiga, MSN, PMHNP-BC, APRN

I believe we all enter this world as individuals with meaning to our lives. Our goal as a child and young adult is learn from our experiences how to navigate the joys and hardships of life, and to determine the meaning of our experiences. My role as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is to help individuals to navigate the experience of psychiatric disorder and achieve well-being in their physical, social and emotional health and build a foundation that fosters more positive life experiences.

I view clients as whole individuals, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, support systems and needs. While psychopharmacology is an important aspect of my practice, physical health, diet, physical activity, family and social involvement and spirituality all have a part in a client’s well-being, and together we’ll explore these in deciding an approach for your treatment.  I believe in working with individuals, their family members and other treatment providers throughout treatment.

My experience caring for clients with diverse emotional and behavioral needs,  enables me to work with clients with a wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, and ADHD, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders, such as an Autism Spectrum Disorder. While having a passion for working with adolescents and young adults, I have extensive experience and welcome working with individuals of any age.

I received a B.S. in Biology and Biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute before pursuing her studies in nursing. I received a B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Nursing with a Family Psychiatric Nursing specialty from Northeastern University (Boston, MA). I am Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and licensed as an APRN in the state of New Hampshire.

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Elle Key

Candidate for Licensure, LCMHC

 Elle believes all of her clients have the resources inside of them to be who they want to be, and have the life they want to have. Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy while building a strong relationship of trust with her clients, she focuses on increasing awareness about life patterns, building on strengths, and developing new coping strategies. 

 Elle graduated from University of Central Florida in 2003 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education, and from Palm Beach Atlantic University with a Master’s in Counseling- Psychology, in 2007. Elle moved to the Seacoast in 2015, and has gained experience in the area as a Student Assistance Counselor at Portsmouth High school, and as a therapist working with clients on issues such as depression, anxiety, anger management, eating disorders, relationship issues, substance abuse and misuse, and behavioral addictions. Elle also works clients that are looking to integrate their faith with their clinical care as it can provide strong hope, personal transformation, and relief that brings positive change. Elle has been trained as a Gottman Leader to run workshops for the Gottman Institute and looks forward to bring The Seven Principles to Make Marriage Work, and Bringing Baby Home to Tradeport.

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Dean Ludington, LICSW


 Of the countless peer-reviewed articles read over the past decade and hundreds of hours accumulated training on various mental health intervention techniques and theories, the one concept that has stood out and stood up for me is the quantifiable notion that positive mental health outcomes are determined primarily by the trust formed between the client and the clinician. 

 Social science indicates that positive therapeutic outcomes have less to do with credentials (the letters after the clinician’s name), where they went to school, their grade point average or years in practice and more about the alliance formed between the individuals.  No clinician knows more about the client’s story than the client and it is the clinician’s job to listen and learn and then collaborate on solutions.

 I received my undergraduate degree in Journalism some decades ago, used it off and on for several years before falling in love with the craft of stonemasonry. After 30 years of being humbled by stone, I received my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of New England and have been a licensed clinical social worker since 2009. I have spent five years working as a hospice counselor focusing on grief and loss, five years as a suicide prevention clinical counselor for the US Navy as well as maintaining a small private practice.

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