David French

David is an ordained minister who has worked as a master’s prepared counselor for over 15 years. He has worked in a variety of settings and has acquired a broad range of clinical experience as a counselor through both individual and group sessions with his clients.

He has practiced in both the outpatient and inpatient/residential facilities. His experiences as a counselor include but are not limited to addressing family issues including grief and loss, self-esteem, and depression. David has worked as an Addiction counselor providing compassionate care to those struggling with addictions and substance abuse. He has also worked as a crisis counselor helping patients suffering from trauma, abuse, self-harm, and PTSD.

Davids’s foundation in counseling stems from a deep place of compassion and empathy. This foundation coupled with his experience and skills enables him to provide life-changing guidance and therapy through music appreciation, group interactions, spirituality, one-on-one technique, prayer, biblical principles, etc., to reach and set goals with his clients.

He is passionate about his role as counselor, minister, and worship leader. He looks forward to partnering with you to help you overcome your challenges propelling you into living your best life now.

Chantal Silloway

Chantal earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from American International College in 2016. She has worked as a case manager, counselor, and clinical supervisor with diverse populations in both residential and prison settings. She has experience treating adolescents with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges, as well as individuals with domestic violence, sexual abuse, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

She is a compassionate and dedicated clinician with experience in clinical assessments, trauma-informed care, and addiction. Chantal is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LADC 1). She utilizes a holistic approach to focus on wellness of the body, soul, and spirit with a Christian perspective. Other therapeutic approaches she uses include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Strength-Based Therapy.

Maria Ortiz

Maria Ortiz, is a Bilingual ordained minister who has served as Lead Pastor of the House of Peace and Restoration in Springfield, Massachusetts since 2013. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Human Services from the Cambridge College in 2017, followed by earning her Master’s in Education in Mental Health/ Marriage and Family Therapy in 2019, from the same institution.

Maria is passionate about working with families, groups and individuals with a holistic approach. She enjoys seeing how the restorative power of the Gospel, in conjunction with evidence-based theories can have a transformation effect in the lives she has been privileged to serve. She has worked with families struggling with relationship problems, as well as individuals dealing with depression, trauma, addictions and anxiety. She considers herself Spiritual, Compassionate and eager to help others manage their life in a more holistic manner.

Onedia W. Asiedu

Onedia W. Asiedu completed her Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at Eastern Nazarene College in 2016. She has previously worked with couples and families in outpatient settings, and provided case management and counseling to clients in Partial Hospitalization & SOAP. She has extensive experience with clients in the use of CBT and uses this approach effectively with Christian counseling.

Onedia’s clinical interests include: addictions, adults with childhood trauma, divorce, and relationships & marital conflict. When working with clients, she draws from a variety of theoretical approaches including mindfulness, narrative, client-centered, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

She is passionate about creating an atmosphere in which clients can work toward growth and acceptance of themselves, while encouraging change when possible. She has an Advanced Mastery in Christ-Based Counseling and is certified in marriage, addictions, and depression. Onedia believes strongly that prayer is the foundation for Christian life and leads to change in us and helps to deepen our relationships with God and others. As such, she often incorporates prayer in therapy sessions and encourages clients to pray always, on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, as noted in the Holy Scriptures, Ephesians 6:18.

Onedia is a Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Divinity (BDiv) through Christian Leaders Institute.

Pamela Boone

Pam is a committed mental health professional whose passion is helping others. She has years of experience providing services to clients from diverse backgrounds in community, residential and clinical settings. Her approach is to “meet clients where they are,” with a goal of empowering others to achieve and to live their best life possible.  She is knowledgeable in evidenced-based practices and has training and experience with individual and group work utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Seeking Safety.  She continues to stay abreast of new research and interventions in the field. She has experience treating clients with anxiety, depression, anger and low self esteem.  She also has extensive experience working with adults with substance use disorders, victims of trauma and victims of domestic violence.

Over the years, Pam has held both supervisory and clinical positions. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a Master’s degree from American International College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College.  Pam has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Massachusetts since 2008.

Alex Rivera-Fernandez

Alex provides counseling to individuals experiencing psychiatric disability, dual diagnosis, substance abuse, addiction, isolation and trauma, among others. Services delivered from a multicultural competence perspective through the Wraparound Framework and Systems of Care Philosophy to a broad spectrum of ethnic backgrounds.

He has Post-doctoral Re-specialization in Psychology with an emphasis in health psychology, substance abuse and addiction and clinical pastoral counseling. Alex specializes in emotional distress, psychiatric disability, dual diagnosis, substance abuse and addiction, trauma, and serious emotional disturbances.

Alex is an ordained minister of pastoral care and Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with Advanced Certification in specialties such as clinical pastoral counseling, domestic violence, crisis-and-abuse, marital and premarital counseling, therapeutic mediation and conflict resolution.  *Now a certified Prepare/Enrich Facilitator

Jason C. Ravizza

Jason has worked in the mental health field for the past 25 years – working in and for private practices, mental health clinics, partial hospital programs, adult psychiatric units, public schools, lockup programs, specialized schools, and as adjunct faculty on the college level.  He has worked as a clinical supervisor and a site supervisor for a local college for four separate programs. He has also taught Child Development at the college level.  As a Clinical Supervisor and Site Supervisor, Jason has supervised Masters’ and Doctoral Degree professionals working toward their MA state licensure and graduate students working toward their degrees and certification. He’s also licensed as an Assistant Principal and Principal and as a School Adjustment Counselor.

Jason works with children, youth and adolescents with diagnoses including ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder), Conduct Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) and those that are on the Autistic Spectrum.  His treatment approaches include forms of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.  He also works with individuals, couples and families.

Jason has worked with individuals experiencing the following difficulties: drug addiction, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, those in immediate crisis, marriage problems, people in need of divorce care, separation issues, those experiencing abuse and neglect issues, custody battles, court related issues, learning disabilities, anger management issues, job loss, low self-esteem/low sense of self-worth, sleeping issues, career related and transition issues, concentration difficulties, and grief and loss.

His philosophical approach is focused on working with the whole person; spirit, mind, body, and soul.  He believes the inner workings and interconnections of these vital components of our humanity are replaceable in working toward mental, emotional, spiritual, cognitive, social and physical health.  He pays attention to the whole person, helping unlock each person’s full potential as a human being.

Jason Ravizza is a graduate of Springfield College with both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education with a specialized focus in counseling.  He has a C.A.G.S (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies) in Educational Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Note: Jason is also a school counselor in Springfield. We’re very proud of his work on this poem (and video) honoring first responders. Thank You Jason. We couldn’t agree more!

Watch to hear the poem and see the video!