Linda Boutilier, LICSW
Linda Boutilier, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker who also has a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Linda has worked with Lisa M. Rocchio, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc. since 2001, and her past professional experiences include community mental health and family service work, inpatient children's psychiatric treatment and children's residential treatment.
Linda earned her master’s degree in psychology from San Francisco State University, and her master’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College. She has extensive training and experience in treating trauma and was certified by the State of RI as a sexual abuse therapy specialist. As part of her trauma therapy training, she has learned to use alternative techniques such as EMDR, TAT and EFT. She believes that full recovery from trauma is possible and requires a body-mind approach.
Linda is comfortable working with clients of all ages. She has been trained in play therapy techniques with children. When working with children, she generally invites parents to be actively involved and has considerable experience with providing parenting support and guidance. She also enjoys providing treatment to adolescents struggling with identity and self-esteem issues.
Linda's main areas of interest included trauma recovery, child and family therapy, domestic violence, anxiety disorders, developmental disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders.
Martha Dempster, LICSW
Martha Dempster, LICSW is an experienced clinician who has worked more than twelve years providing psychotherapy services, and has nearly twenty five years progressive experience working in the human services professions. Her main areas of interest in her clinical work include trauma recovery, managing anxiety, improving mood, and optimizing parent-child relationships, as well as adjustment to typical life challenges. Initially trained as a teacher, Martha has directed school age child care programs, and worked as a social case manager for children at high risk for placement outside the home. She achieved her Master of Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2000. Martha has worked in community mental health as both a field-based counselor and an office-based counselor to diverse outpatient populations. For the past nine years she has worked in private practice where she provides psychotherapy for people of all ages and backgrounds, on a broad range of issues.
Martha has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, play therapy techniques, and sandtray therapy, which can be used by people of all ages as an artistic expression, and is an alternative to "talk" therapy as a method of healing. She is a registered yoga teacher at the 200 hour level and enjoys bringing mindfulness techniques into the therapy session.
Hollis Gates, LMHC, CAS
Hollis Gates is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and a Certified Addictions Specialist (CAS) who has practiced psychotherapy for over 20 years. He has practiced in several different settings including an adolescent residential school setting and large community-based mental health agencies, providing outpatient and intensive outpatient services to adolescents, adults, couples and families. Additionally, Hollis has provided addictions counseling for alcohol and other drugs as well as smoking cessation in outpatient, inpatient, and corrections settings. He also has consulted with public school settings and hospitals.
Hollis earned his Masters Degree in Counseling and Psychiatric Services at Springfield College. His clinical interests are in the area of addiction, coping skills, stress reduction and management, grief and loss, and spiritual development.
Hollis strongly believes in overall mental health and wellness through treatment, education and self-awareness.
Mary Alice Mills, Ph.D
Dr. Mary Alice Mills is a clinical psychologist with expertise in the areas of traumatic stress, emotion regulation, anxiety disorders, and issues related to guilt and shame. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2010, and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, where she held academic appointments as a clinical fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a Teaching Fellow in Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. During her internship and her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Mills received intensive training in state-of-the-art treatments for traumatic stress through the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Medical Center. She also gained experience and led groups in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Anger Management, Depression Management, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Dr. Mills was licensed as a clinical psychologist in the state of Rhode Island in 2011.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Mills has published and presented widely on topics related to traumatic stress, resilience, meaning making, and coping. Currently, she maintains a research appointment through the National Center for PTSD and Boston University School of Medicine and is active within local, national and international psychology organizations.
Erik Shumaker, Ph.D.
Dr. Shumaker is a licensed psychologist in Rhode Island. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington University. He has published and presented research findings involving topics such as perfectionism, social anxiety, and traumatic stress. His professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a clinical research fellowship at VA Boston Healthcare System. His fellowship training involved project management responsibilities in a PTSD research consortium and clinical work focused on trauma and related issues. He continues to conduct mental health evaluations at VA Boston.
Dr. Shumaker has expertise in assessing and treating anxiety, depression, traumatic stress, and adjustment issues. In addition to working extensively with veterans, he also has experience providing clinical services adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties. He takes a values-based cognitive behavioral approach, which is tailored to each client’s characteristics and goals, and collaboration is essential. Relationships are often emphasized to facilitate lasting interpersonal growth.
Melany C. Tromba, Psy.D.
Dr. Melany Tromba is a Licensed Psychologist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Virginia Wesleyan College. Upon graduation, she pursued her interest in clinical psychology at Nova Southeastern University where she earned her Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in 2007. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Southern Illinois. Following the completion of her doctorate, Dr. Tromba completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rhode Island. She worked as a Staff Psychologist at Johnson & Wales University for five years before joining Lisa M. Rocchio, Ph.D. & Associates, Inc. Her areas of interest include mood disorders, college mental health, interpersonal difficulties, stage of life transitions, grief and loss, and stress management. Dr. Tromba has a broad range of experience working with and serving the LGBT community.
Dr. Tromba provides a trusting, respectful, collaborative, supportive, and warm relationship in a confidential environment. Her work is tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. Her approach is integrative with an emphasis on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Feminist Therapy. In addition, interpersonal process and insight-oriented work is used to promote self-understanding, meaning making, and discovery.
Lisa Wilson, LICSW
Lisa Wilson is an independently licensed clinical social worker who has practiced psychotherapy in Rhode Island since 2004. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a community mental health center, a group home for adolescent girls and the VA Hospital. Lisa has also worked as a group facilitator in a men's batterer's intervention program.
Lisa earned her Master's degree in social work in 2004 from Rhode Island College. Her particular areas of interest include working with individuals, couples and families who are seeking support around trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, women's issues, work and career issues and stress management, and who are looking for ways to enhance life's meaning and satisfaction.
Lisa is committed to the idea that growth and change are ongoing throughout the course of one's lifetime. She believes that are times when we can all benefit from talking about our lives in a confidential, objective and empathic environment and Lisa's work has been helpful for adolescents, individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.