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The practitioners associated with LivingWell*:

Vicki Gayton, LCSW
Sally Bowden-Schaible, LCPC, CCMHC 
Julie Holden, LCSW, RYT-200
Carol Gray-Kelley, LCPC
Tonya Thompson, LCPC                                 


Vicki L. Gayton, Director of LivingWell from 2018-2021, received her MSW from Boston College and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She did her graduate internship at New England Family Institute, and she has held positions at Sedgewood Commons Alzheimer's Care Center, Mercy Hospital, Counseling Services, Inc., and Spring Harbor Hospital. Her counseling background is strong in geriatrics, cognitive behavioral therapy with adults, grief and bereavement, and working with couples and families. Current interests include behavioral medicine, hypnotherapy, and the use of mindfulness-based practices such as meditation in counseling. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work (NASW), and she is a member in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her goal is to continue using the biopsychosocial and spiritual approach to the treatment of mental health problems and to expand her practice in the area of behavioral medicine. Related to this, she completed a year-long extern program with Daniel Brown, PhD in Newton, MA. The focus of the program is in the use of clinical hypnosis to treat mind/body health conditions. She is "Certified in Clinical Hypnosis" through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). 
Tel. #: (207) 317-1499

Sally Bowden-Schaible, is founder of LivingWell (2008) and was the coordinator from 2008-2018. She received her MS in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with over 30 years of counseling experience and is nationally certified as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). She is also certified as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). She has studied Nikaya and Theravada Buddhism since 1996, primarily at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. In 2006, she founded the Insight Community of Southern Maine (ICSM), a secular-leaning, unaffiliated sangha (community) devoted to the core teachings of Buddhism. She was the Dhamma leader of ICSM until its closing in August of 2018. Her Buddhist study also included participating in the program, Foundations of Buddhist Contemplative Care, a 9-month program at the Zen Center for Contemplative Care in New York City.  Her past professional activities include having been an adjunct faculty member in the Counselor Education program at USM, co-teaching Religion and Spirituality in Counseling (2002-2016) and Mind/body Techniques in Counseling (2003-2013)and in the Social Work department at the University of New England, teaching Mindfulness and Meditation in Social Work. At LivingWell and at Luna Cottage on Verona Island, Sally has taught several continuing education programs, including a 20-hour program, Mindfulness & Meditation in the Mental Health Profession.  She also has provided education, training, and consultation to counselors, psychotherapists, agencies, and organizations on such topics as clinical hypnosis, Buddhist psychology and mindfulness-based counseling, Tourette's disorder, and the use of poetry in counseling (she is co-author with Dr. Jan Hitchcock of Lewiston-Auburn College, "Is it time for poetry now? Therapeutic potentials - individual and collective", published in the Journal for Poetry Therapy, September 2007). (Click here for information about the programs offered by Sally.)  For many years, she  provided individual and group clinical supervision/consultation based on a contemplative model she developed that integrates mindfulness-based practices into the supervision/consultation process). Recently, Sally entered into part-time retirement to focus more of her attention on human rights activism, specifically as related to Palestinian human rights in Israel-Palestine ( and, to spend time with family (including her young granddaughters, their parents, and her elderly parents), and to paint and write. While she is currently not taking new clients, she does continue to provide counseling services for clients she has seen in the past.) DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, Sally is providing counseling via "Telehealth" video means. While continuing to be affiliated with LW, she has relocated her office to 27 Birchvale Dr, Portland, ME. 
Tel. #: (207) 939-3254   Email:

Julie Holden, LCSW, RYT-200, received her MSW from the University of New England in 1995, and her 200 hour yoga teacher training certification from the Yoga Muse School of Yoga with instructor Mindy Muse in 2018.   She has over 20 years of experience serving clients from all walks of life. She has held positions at the middle and high school level, community mental health agencies, Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and she spent 10 years in Las Vegas as a private practitioner. Her approach is eclectic and holistic. Julie  is certified in CBT, CPT, MI, ACT, EMDR and Mindfulness. She provides individual sessions and various group options. Treatment is tailored to each client’s unique strengths and challenges. She works primarily with adolescents and adults treating multiple issues including anxiety, depression, PTSD, stress reduction, addictions and recovery, trauma, loss and grief, women’s issues, aging, sexuality and sexual health, self -esteem, identity, self-improvement, and issues unique to military populations.  Julie places a high value on building trusting partnerships with her clients and is culturally sensitive. She will join with you to convert life’s challenges into new possibilities and views it an honor to help each client negotiate the darker spaces in life. Her sessions can also include and invite humor during the lighter moments. Julie recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training program. She views the mind and body as inseparable and is delighted to incorporate and offer breathing and movement aspects of yoga as an option in her practice. She offers individual yoga sessions at this time and plans to add group sessions in the near future. As well, she is certified as a Reiki level II practitioner. Julie also provides consultation and life coaching services and welcomes opportunities to supervise MSW interns. 
Tel.# (207) 747-9778.  Email:    

Carol Gray-Kelley, LCPC, received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology in 1996 from Cambridge College in Boston. She has over fifteen years of clinical experience with children, families, individuals, and couples. Her therapeutic approach blends CBT, mindfulness, bio-feedback, client-centered, motivational, and strengths based therapies. She is especially interested in and draws upon her training in the biology of trauma and addictive behaviors. Carol started her counseling career working 11 years in an agency setting, specializing in children and family issues. Experience with attachment, adoption, and generational patterns has increased her appreciation for the development of the Self and the history each of us brings to our present stage of growth in the life cycle. Over the last six years, Carol has worked in private practice and studied holistic healing modalities. She is part of Turn the Tide network, a Portland-based network of clinicians who donate their time in a pay-it-forward model. More information available at Areas of concentration include eating disorders, trauma, identity and self esteem obstacles, life transitions, existential challenges, and goal setting. Creating relationship with, and assisting each client in the way that makes sense to him or her is Carol's passion and honor.
Tel. #: (207) 712-1971   Email:

Tonya Thompson, brings to LivingWell more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the areas of trauma, spirituality, addictions, sexuality and gender issues. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (ME), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (NC), a National Board Certified Counselor, a Level II Certified Experiential Therapist, and a Level II trained EMDR therapist. Tonya is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling, the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors, and the American Society of Experiential Therapists. In addition to her work at LivingWell, Tonya is a visiting therapist at Onsite workshops in Cumberland Furnace, TN. At Onsite, she honed her skills of psychodrama and experiential therapy with experts like Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse and Dr. Tian Dayton. In addition, through her previous work at world renown treatment center, The Meadows, Inc. in Wickenburg, AZ, Tonya had the privilege of working and training with top professionals in the field of trauma, addiction, and experiential therapy including, but not limited to Pia Mellody, Dr. Claudia Black, John Bradshaw, Peter Levine, and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Upon Tonya’s discovery of LivingWell, she felt an immediate connection and synergy with Sally Bowden-Schaible, the founder and coordinator of the center. The holistic philosophy of LivingWell fully resonates with Tonya’s own values and beliefs. Through her own journey, Tonya has learned to lead with an open heart. Her passion for helping others runs deep in her spiritual beliefs that we are all just “Walking each other home” and “Leave no one behind.” Tonya is elated to work with other like-minded clinicians to assist others in their healing journeys while rediscovering their authentic selves. As a native of North Carolina, Tonya’s intention was to move back to the East Coast to be closer to family. She is excited to be living in the Portland, ME area and looks forward to experiencing the four seasons. When she is not working, she enjoys, traveling, visiting with family and friends, attending concerts and theatre shows, meditation, reading, being in nature, and mostly, spending time with her long time best friend and partner and their wonderful four legged babes.
​Tel.# (207) 361-7069   Email:

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