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Meet the Team

Our Founder

Kristen Acciari, LICSW, CYT, CHt

Founder & Clinical Director

Kristen started The Holistic Heart in 2014 with a mission of bringing more holistic and comprehensive care to the outpatient therapy space. Kristen has always had a deep passion for understanding, normalizing, and validating the broad spectrum of human experience, and the holistic, multi-modal approach at HH is designed to do just that. Her immense curiosity and care about the human condition have led Kristen on a journey of life-long learning. She received her Masters in Social Work from Rhode Island College in 2009, her 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification in 2013, and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Holistic Studies from Salve Regina University in 2014. She is also certified in iRest Yoga Nidra, and Transpersonal Hypnotherapy. She is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Depth Psychology at Meridian University. Kristen is not currently accepting new clients, but you can read more about her clinical approach here.

Leadership Team

Sammy Knight, MA

Administrative Director, Pre-licensed therapist

Ages seen: 18+

Individuals & Groups

In-person & Telehealth

Self-expression, Mind-body connection, Relationships

Melissa Wakely, LMHC

Asst. Clinical Director, Licensed therapist

Ages seen: 18+

Individuals & Couples

Telehealth only

Embodiment, Chakras & the energy body, Trauma-informed

Lauren Boulanger, LMHC

Head of Education & Training, Licensed therapist

Ages seen: 18+

Individuals & Groups

In-person & Telehealth

Insight-development, Empowerment, Spirituality

Claire Robinson, LICSW

Clinical Supervisor, Licensed therapist

Ages seen: 18+

Individual counseling

In-person & Telehealth

Insight-development, Trauma-informed, Pregnancy and postpartum

Molly Donovan

Office Manager

Molly is our Office Manager at The Holistic Heart, providing support to our clients at every stage of their work with us - from initial outreach, to finding the best therapist match, and ongoing support along the way. Molly loves to be a helpful resource, and is happy to connect you with what you need.

Licensed Providers

David Collins, LMHC

Licensed therapist

Ages seen: 16+

Individuals, Family, Groups

Telehealth only

LGBTQIA+ and Transgender community support, Spirituality, Mind-body connection

Sam Rose, LICSW

Licensed therapist, Certified yoga teacher

Ages seen: 18+

Individuals and groups

In-person & Telehealth

Mindfulness, Self-connection, Insight-development

Erica O'Connell, LMHC

Licensed Therapist, Registered art therapist

Ages seen: 12+

Individual counseling

In-person & Telehealth

Art therapy/Creative expression, Mindfulness, Life transitions

Pre-Licensed Providers

Erika Lucas, MHC-A

Pre-licensed therapist, Certified yoga teacher

Ages seen: 18+

Individuals & Groups

In-person & Telehealth

ADHD support, Chakras & the energy body, Self-connection

Jaegil Lee, MHC-A

Pre-licensed therapist, PhD in Spirituality

Ages seen: 10+

Individual counseling

Telehealth only

Brainspotting, Mindfulness & Spirituality, Trauma

Jen Newton, LCSW

Pre-licensed therapist

Ages seen: 15+

Individual counseling

Telehealth only

Empaths & Highly Sensitive People, Spirituality, Women's sexuality

 

Madison Andrade, LCSW

Pre-licensed therapist

Ages seen: 10+

Individuals & Couples

In-person & Telehealth

Mind-body connection, Emotion regulation, Self-connection

Kate Licciardello, MHC-A

Pre-licensed therapist

Ages seen: 16+

Individuals & Groups

In-person & Telehealth

Self-discovery, Mindfulness, Navigating relationships

 

Kayleah Pensalfini, MHC-A

Pre-licensed therapist

Ages seen: 13+

Individuals & Groups

In-person & Telehealth

Trauma-informed, Mind-body connection, Embodiment

 

Masters-level Interns

Becca Talbot

Holistic Counseling Intern

Ages seen: 10+

Individuals, couples, family, and groups

In-person & Telehealth

Mind-body connection, Self-expression, Mindfulness

Emily Ciano

Holistic Counseling Intern

Ages seen: 8+

Individuals, couples, family, and groups

In-person & Telehealth

Mindfulness, Self-connection, Emotion regulation

Additional Supports

Yoga

 
Kara Clark, RYT

Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified in Reiki & Yoga Nidra

Kara is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), who began practicing yoga at home. Her practice led to a path of personal growth and healing. From this place, she decided to become a yoga teacher. Her training provided a depth of knowledge on the history of yoga, pranayama(breathing) practice and techniques, meditation and yogic philosophy and psychology. Kara works diligently to deepen her knowledge through continual self study as well as workshops and other trainings. She hopes to share this knowledge and help others realize yoga is not limited to physical poses or flexibility; yoga is a practice for the mind and accessible to every body at any time.

Emotional Support

 
Benson

Benson is our resident bunny and mood booster here at HH :)

If you're here in person definitely stop by and say hello - he's very friendly and curious and would love to meet you!