Dan came to AFC with over 20 years experience working at Acadia Hospital in Bangor, on both inpatient and outpatient units. He has specialized in work with adolescents, and individuals dealing with PTSD. He has a particular interest in delivering services to veterans. He has a wealth of experience in designing training programs to meet the needs of clinicians.
Cindy has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families in the intensive Home and Community Treatment (HCT) program. As the former Director of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter, she has worked with the homeless and at-risk homeless population. Cindy uses her dog, Sam, with Animal Assisted Canine therapy which helps individual’s unique needs to be address. She helps her clients with transitions, life changes, trauma, identifying emotions and coping with moods, learning self-regulation, alcohol/substance use and with changing perspectives.
Hilary, a self-described Cheesehead, came to AFC from Wisconsin where she received a Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary College. “I love working with people and enjoy the idea of allowing art to guide and heal,” she says. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, she plans to develop open studio opportunities in the community. In her spare time she paints, bikes and hikes.
Kip has been working in the field of substance abuse with adolescents and their families since 1990. He enjoys helping kids to overcome risks through knowledge, refusal skills, and building on personal and community strengths. In addition to his work in the schools, Kip provides individual substance use and addiction counseling for adults and adolescents.
Claire has lived on MDI for nearly two decades and comes to Acadia Family Center with a wealth of fundraising, communications, and event planning experience. Some past employers include The Jackson Laboratory, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Maine and The Mount Desert Nursery School.
Jennifer came to AFC with more than 10 years of experience and expertise in the management of both small and large private entities. At AFC she manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including human resources, budgeting, information technology and property management. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency.
Teresa, a local of the area, has been providing counseling services on Mount Desert Island since 1993. She joined the staff of AFC in November 2016.
Some of the areas she assists clients with are:
Depression· grief and loss· stress management· relational conflicts· victimizations· issues relating to adjustment after illness, accidents, or major life experiences resulting in emotional trauma and adjustments.
Teresa believes that therapy should be short term, if possible. Her intention is to assist individuals in appropriately addressing issues that are negatively affecting their lives and/or relationships. The goal is to assist clients in strengthening their current coping mechanisms or to assist them in discovering more appropriate skills if their current skills are no longer effective. Teresa’s primary counseling approach is cognitive/behavioral treatment.