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Who We Are

We are a unique collection of eccentric and effective professionals who pride ourselves on being real people. We offer the highest quality services to those motivated enough to seek help. People who choose to work with us are seeking real change.

 

We practice client centered counseling that increases a person’s skills, insight, and ability to manage their emotions. Our goal is always to empower our clients to create a better life for themselves and their loved ones. 

 

Our motto is "We like stuff that works."

 

We are down to earth people who don’t judge and won’t tell you how to live your life. You tell us what you need; we’ll help you get it.

Counselors

Jim LaPierre, LCSW, CCS

Jim LaPierre, LCSW, CCS

Jim is Higher Ground's Executive and Clinical Director. He holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work, and has over twenty six years of combined experience as a dual diagnosis clinician, clinical supervisor, and crisis interventionist. Jim also writes a popular blog, Recovery Rocks, for the Bangor Daily News. Jim offers a dual diagnosis/recovery group every Tuesday. 

 

Chelsea Mucciarone, LMSW-CC

Chelsea Mucciarone, LCSW

Chelsea holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maine. She works with both children and adults. She enjoys utilizing client-centered techniques that take from cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and attachment therapies. She works with clients from an empathic perspective and seeks to build meaningful therapeutic relationships in order to assist in the processes of change and growth.

 

Michael Gingras LCPC-C

Michael Gingras LCPC

Michael holds a Master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of Maine and has been working in the Bangor area as a therapist for the past 4 years. Michael works with a wide range of client populations with a clinical focus on children/adolescents. Michael is trauma informed and incorporates an eclectic mix of interventions to therapy including: Play therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Michael is always adding to his collection of therapy materials including a growing collection of toys, stuffed animals and psychoeducational children’s books.  Michael is an avid gamer and believes wholeheartedly in ones personal development through games and problem solving activities.

Dan Robbins, LCSW counselor maine autism EMDR

Dan Robbins, LCSW

Dan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been a therapist in the Bangor area since 2013. He is an eclectic therapist who combines elements of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; Play Therapy; and Attachment Therapy to work with individuals across the lifespan. He is additionally trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Flash Technique. He has particular specialties in working with people with mood disorders; working with people with Autism; and doing trauma work. Dan holds the belief that building and maintaining healthy, supportive relationships is a cornerstone of a healthy life.

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Janice Gillen, LMSW-cc

Miranda holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maine and has worked in the Bangor area as a mental health and dual diagnosis clinician for 7 years. She works with individuals across the life span to provide support with mental health, addiction, trauma, relational and psychosocial challenges that may create barriers for achieving and sustaining overall wellness. Drawing from a variety of therapy approaches including strengths based, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused, as well as holistic wellness, she works to empower clients to build resiliency and make progress towards their individual goals and make positive changes in their lives. Her approach is person-centered and she strives to build a genuine therapeutic relationship to support recovery and healing. 

Justin Umel, LCSW, bilingual counselor brewer maine

Justin Umel, LCSW

Justin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has worked in the Bangor area as a psychotherapist since graduating with his Master of Social Work degree in 2010 from the University of Maine. He uses an eclectic blend of treatment modalities including Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and expressive arts therapies in his work with individuals across the lifespan. Justin believes in the inherent worth, strength, and autonomy of the person in their environment as well as the mind/body/spirit connection. He specializes in working with people affected by trauma to empower themselves in addressing hardships related to PTSD/trauma (anxiety, depression, emotional reactivity, communication problems), identity (low self-esteem, toxic family dynamics, historical/generational/cultural trauma, BIPOC/LGBTQ+ issues) and dual diagnosis.

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Deb McIntrye, LCPC-c

Debra holds a Doctorate in Psychology, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S. in School Counseling, MBA in Business Administration, and a B.S. in Mental Health & Human Services, with a concentration in Substance Abuse Counseling. She holds a certification in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC), is a Nationally Board-Certified Counselor (NBCC), has a certification in Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents, and is a certified Nutritional and Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP). 

While Debra works with clients of all ages and symptoms utilizing a multitude of treatment modalities, her specialty is working with youth exposed to trauma. She also offers an evidenced-based holistic approach to help clients achieve optimal health and wellness while addressing common mental health problems. 

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Kelly McLaughlin, LCSW

Kelly is a Clinical Therapist, holding a Master’s in Clinical Social Work since 2006. She is passionate about assisting others in healing, recovery and wellness. Kelly’s approach is interactive, warm and accepting. She practices cultural humility and welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds. 

 

Kelly offers tools that can be used immediately to increase coping, feelings of safety, calm and belonging. Kelly uses trauma informed, strength- based approaches including: Mindfulness, CBT, Solutions Focused Brief Therapy, DBT, and Thera Play. Kelly believes imagination and creativity are key to overcoming life’s challenges. She is patient and willing to collaborate. Kelly works with a variety of conditions, including: Trauma, anxiety, depression, anger issues, addictions, grief and loss, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and autism. In her off time, Kelly enjoys her family and friends, learning, reading, meditation, gardening, visual art, her cats and the natural world.

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Suzie Boutilier, LMSW-cc

Suzie has 20+ years of experience working with survivors of domestic abuse and can offer support, validation, and person-centered services to survivors. She is certified in Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) and has received instruction in Recovery Coaching. Suzie has training
in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Strengths-Based Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (SBCBT) and uses a person-in-environment approach, coming from a place of curiosity rather than judgement. She is passionate about normalizing the concept of accessing
mental health services as a significant part of self-care. Suzie has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mental Health and Human Services with a concentration on Substance Use from the University of Maine Augusta. She also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of New England. Personally, Suzie enjoys spending time with friends, listening to music, and traveling. Suzie uses she/her pronouns.

Misty Beylerian- CADC, MHRT-C

Misty Beylerian CADC, MHRT-C

Misty holds a bachelors degree from UMA Bangor in Mental Health and Human Services.  She is MRHT/c certified and CADC licensed.  Misty is currently providing substance abuse services and case management at Higher Ground Services.  She has hands on experience in the field with an array of life experiences that help her provide the best services she can for her clients.  Misty enjoys helping people navigate systems in order to live happy healthy lives.  Advocacy is very important to Misty and she enjoys meeting people where they are at and helping her clients find and use their voice.

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Garrett Boardway LCSW

Garrett holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Maine, and has worked in a clinical setting since receiving his license (LMSW-cc) in December of 2020. He works primarily with teens and adults, and approaches therapy from a client centered perspective using Motivational Interviewing techniques coupled with skills from Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Garrett's use of mindfulness, humor, compassion, and authenticity mixed with the belief that therapy is an organic process helps him to foster strong and lasting therapeutic relationships with clients. Garrett is a lifelong martial artist, enjoys hiking, and has a love of boardgames.

Kate Maninn, Highter Ground Services

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Kate received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maine in Orono in 1996 and later returned for her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a focus on serving rural communities. Kate has a background working with victims of sexual assault and intimate partner violence as well as individuals working through trauma and substance use issues. Utilizing techniques from CBT, Polyvagal Theory and Narrative Therapy, she aims to provide a comfortable atmosphere for individuals to grow, learn, connect and heal. 

Kate also brings a strong background in yoga studies and often uses sensory modalities in her work with clients. Based on her education, professional roles and personal experience, she approaches therapeutic work from a mind-body perspective and believes in the importance of bringing the physical being into the healing process.  

 

Kate enjoys goofing around with her teenage son, caring for her angora rabbits & loud cat, watching stand-up comedy and taking naps whenever it seems appropriate.

Jordan Harper, Higher Ground Services

Jordan Harper, LCPC-c

Jordan holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Husson University. Jordan works with children and adults to provide support with mental health, psychsocial, trauma, and relational challenges. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Reality Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral-Therapy, Attachment Therapies, Family Systems Theory, and Trauma and Solution Focused. 

Jordan believes that developing the therapeutic relationship and fostering an environment where the client feels non-judged, supported, and most of all safe, is essential to effective change. She takes an empathic and strengths-based approach and believes in meeting her clients where they're at. She focuses on improving self-esteem, self-love, self-care, and overall view of self and emphasizes client self-reflection and accountability throughout the process of change. 

Grace Eye, Higher Ground Services

Grace Eye LCPC-c

Grace is a mental health therapist who works under a person-centered approach, always ensuring her clients know authenticity, unconditional positive regard, and empathetic understanding. She ensures that clients experience a safe and nonjudgemental environment. She practices cognitive behavioral therapy using mindfulness and has experience using art therapy and play therapy techniques with clients. Grace has worked with clients of all stages of life with diverse backgrounds. She has experience in working with  LGBTQ+ community members, and treating anxiety, self-esteem, depression, grief/loss and much more. 

Grace holds a BA in Developmental Psychology and Child Development from the University of Maine and a MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Husson University. Grace has 10 years of experience in the mental health field, and has been practicing counseling since 2021.

Laurie Mouradian Higher Ground Services, Brewer, ME

Laurie Mouradian, LCPC-c

Laurie holds a dual MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Human Relations from Husson University, an MS from Emory University in Anatomy and Cell Biology, and an ScD from Boston University in Therapeutic Studies. She is also an Art Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.

 

Laurie has experience working with clients who are experiencing stress, life transitions, loss, trauma, grief, and anxiety. She believes having a sense of purpose and meaning in life is critical and that counseling can help us regain our authentic selves.

 

She has worked with clients across the lifespan from older adults coping with transitions to children with sensory processing issues. She has a special interest in helping clients with perinatal mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression, infertility, infant & pregnancy loss, and adoption.  Laurie describes her therapeutic approach as pragmatic realism with a deep respect for how our past, especially traumatic experiences, can influence us. When she is not working, Laurie enjoys reading, gardening, art journaling, antiquing, going to camp; and spending time with her family members who have fur and paws.

Elizabeth Curtis MHRT-C  

Elizabeth Curtis, CADC, MHRT-C  

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She holds multiple certifications in Substance Use Prevention. She is passionate about working with all populations, but those who are homeless and/or in recovery hold a special place in her heart. Elizabeth is dedicated to her case management role and providing extra care and support to those who need it. Elizabeth believes that every person has potential to overcome their challenges. She enjoys meeting people where they are at and connecting them to resources whenever possible. When she's not at the office or out in the community, you can find Elizabeth in her garden or enjoying an iced coffee at the nearest Dunkin Donuts.

Lisa Colby LCPC Higher Ground Services, Brewer, ME

Lisa Colby, LCPC-c

Lisa holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Walden University. She is trauma
informed and can help people heal using mindfulness techniques, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Solution Focused Therapy. Lisa works to help clients build resiliency and make progress towards their individual goals. Her approach is person-centered and she strives to build a supportive therapeutic relationship with her clients. She serves kids, teens, and adults and is a strong ally for the LGBTQ+ community. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family and pets every day. She likes adventure and hiking, being on, in, or near the water, and exploring the world through travel.

Administrative Team

Brigitte, Lizz, Melody, Stephanie, Peggy & Amy

The Administrative Team at Higher Ground Services consists of Brigitte, Melody, Lizz, Stephanie, Peggy, and Amy. They take pride in providing a peaceful, safe atmosphere for every client.  Brigitte is the owner and the queen of accounting.  Melody is the Billing Manager and specializes in insurance related matters.  Lizz is the Practice Manager. She is responsible for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes.  Stephanie is Melody's assistant. She ensures compliance in billing and Maine Care authorizations. Peggy and Amy will greet you warmly upon entering our office and confirm your appointments. Their duties behind the scenes are too numerous to list. We are proud of all of our people, but our admin staff are the first point of contact for those we serve and everything we do is made possible by them!

Bruiser

Bruiser

Bruiser holds an Associates Degree in stress management. He works with all clients, ensuring that their time at Higher Ground Services is comfortable and that they get the attention they deserve. He'll sniff out any issue beneath the client's surface, ensuring that nothing is missed.

 

Bruiser accepts all forms of insurance, including Anthem Blue Collar Blue Hankercheif, ear rubs, and treats.  

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