Vicki L. Gayton, Director of LivingWell, 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) 854-0907
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 (www.banvahr.org and www.mvprights.org), 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.)
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.
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 www.turnthetidemaine.org. 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.
Karen Repasky, a 1992 graduate of Boston College, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Maine. Her practice philosophy is based on responding to the person, couple, family or group with compassion, integrity, and respect. She works with her clients in a therapeutic relationship that enables them to work together toward a plan of change. Karen believes that clients are complex, unique individuals who have the right to share their views, worries, fears, hopes, and dreams from their life experience within the therapeutic relationship so they can create a life that is richer in relationship within themselves and with others. Based on her professional experience with differing faiths, Karen welcomes the integration of the client’s spiritual beliefs into the therapeutic work. Karen serves adults 18-75 years old. Her practice experience has included serving individuals with developmental delays, complex trauma, secondary trauma, grief and loss, co-occurring disorders, substance use and dependency, anxiety, depression and mood disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and adoption and attachment issues. She also works with caregivers and relatives affected by others with mental health or developmental delays. Karen utilizes a variety of modalities depending on the client’s therapeutic needs. They include, but are not limited to, relational narrative work, CBT, trauma-focused CBT, social scripting, and psychodynamic couples and family work. Karen also offers individual and group supervision for other practicing behavioral health professionals.
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.
Ginger Walker, MA, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) dedicated to providing effective and affordable mental health care on a brief or longer-term basis for individuals and couples. She shares a compassionate, non-judgmental, and interactive approach while working with very young children thru the life span to include seniors. With gentle perseverance she treats a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, immigrants’ cultural adjustment, abuse/neglect, PTSD, adjustment issues related to life-transitions and other stressors, attachment disorders, and parenting and custody concerns. Ginger specializes in couples therapy, which sometimes involves couples affected by various types of trauma or grief, past or present. She works with combat veterans and/or their partners. She is also experienced with treating eating disorders and individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, including providing support and psycho-education for their partners and other family members. She enjoys facilitating groups and offers various group options. Ginger’s graduate studies in counseling psychology, with a concentration in clinical psychology and child and adolescent therapy, along with her undergraduate studies in sociology and years of multicultural life experience, inform her integrative work. Ginger uses Existential Therapy, Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT), Sandtray Therapy, Play Therapy, and multicultural counseling. For clients who are interested, a literature-based approach is used, involving reading/discussing and discussing literature from various genres with therapeutic and psycho-educational value. Her counseling approach is creative, relational, holistic and present-centered, while also grounded in traditional treatment and exploration of unresolved issues from the past. Ginger works closely with each client to create a safe, accepting, and rewarding therapeutic experience, facilitating mind/body/spirit wellness through genuine rapport and mindful dialogue. Flexible scheduling options are offered. Current coverage includes, Anthem BlueCross (including Anthem Maine Med), Harvard Pilgrim, UnitedBehavioralHealthcare/Optum, Aetna, Magellan, Maine Community Health Options, Martin’s Point, and Mainecare. There are additional insurances pending. Self-pay is also an option. Ginger is affiliated with Cornerstone Behavioral Healthcare and a member of the Maine Mental Health Counselors Association (MEMHCA) and the Eating Disorder Association of Maine (EDAM). Office locations in Westbrook and Yarmouth.
Amanda Ford, L.M.T is a graduate of the Arizona School of Massage Therapy and has been professionally practicing bodywork since 2008. After spending 2 years practicing out of Avon Chiropractic and Acupuncture in Colorado Amanda returned to her roots in Maine where she picked up her practice at the Body Architect in Portland Maine. Amanda practices a variety of modalities such as Myofascial Release, Reflexology, Structural Integration, Trigger Point, Cranial Sacral Therapy, and Injury Massage. She received certification from the Thai Massage School of Chaing Mai, in Thailand, The Acupressure Institute in Berkeley, California, and completed a Chakra System apprenticeship from herbalist Debra Bluth and is Nationally Certified by NCBTMB and a member of AMTA. Amanda is committed to offering a safe space for healing, grounding, and connecting, and deeply believes that when receiving bodywork we can discover our own inner wisdom and greatest teacher.
Maria Sanchez Cron is a Kripalu Certified Yoga Teacher with over 400 intensive hours of instruction, and she is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher. She is also a Certified LifeForce Practitioner, a yoga practice designed to alleviate depression and anxiety. She believes that healing begins by listening to and honoring our physical and emotional state, and she guides students with compassion through a gentle, personalized approach to yoga. She has taught specialized classes to trauma survivors, refugees, immigrants and deaf individuals. Personal experience plays an important role in Maria's work. As a trauma survivor herself, yoga transformed her life-- so much so that she felt compelled to share with others in a similar situation the experience that has replaced her despair with hope. An immigrant from Peru, she has taught classes in English, Spanish and with an interpreter. Maria's teaching brings forth both compassion and grace.
Tel. #: (207) 272-2071