HSW Counseling | Staff
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Heather Brito, MS, LMHC, SP

Heather Brito, MS, LMHC, SP, is a licensed mental health counselor, sandplay practitioner, and owner of HSW counseling. She earned her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and a speciality Post Masters Certification in Relational and Multi-Contextual Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, from Simmons College.  She is the only Certified Jungian Sandplay Practitioner in the state of Massachusetts and is also  trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She is also trained in advanced ego state therapy.


She has worked in inpatient settings with those who have both a mental health illness and a substance abuse disorder. She has experience treating stress related disorders, anxiety, life changes, and substance abuse.  She has experience working with people who are dealing with a wide range of issues including various traumas, abuse, tragic loss, stress, or a life changing event. Heather has experience working with first responders, nurses, therapists, children, adolescents, and adults. She offers a highly supportive environment where deep healing and growth can take place.


Heather offers traditional talk therapy as well as other non-verbal expressive therapies. Other than talk therapy she specializes in Sandplay therapy which is a non-verbal form of therapy that offers a safe and protected space where the complexities of the inner world are explored and integrated into the psyche for emotional healing. She also offers EMDR therapy which was named one of only two therapies for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder. She is trained in both levels 1 & 2+.  Although she has training in trauma modalities, her focus is to help you reach your goals.


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Caroline Shearer, LMHC

Caroline is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience in a variety of settings working with adults who suffer from major mental illness, often with comorbid substance use disorders. Caroline has experience working with individuals at the inpatient level of care, emergency services, outpatient therapy, and community-based treatment.  Caroline has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy, an approach paramount in treating trauma-related issues. Caroline also has experience working with special populations including those who identify as LGBTQ, homeless individuals, court-involved clients, those with disordered eating, transitional age youth, and those with cognitive limitations to name a few. Caroline also has a multitude of experience coordinating care among different agencies and providers to ensure individuals receive the most comprehensive treatment and support available to them and their identified needs.  Caroline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The University of Miami and holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from The University of Massachusetts Boston.  


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Meghann Ellis,  LICSW

Meghann Devine Ellis LICSW, is a licensed social worker with ten years of clinical experience. She has obtained a specialty certification from Simmons College in the field of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and uses this knowledge to help clients understand how the body and mind hold stress and difficult emotions. Meghann combines traditional therapeutic practices with expressive and sensory work to help clients meet their goals.


Meghann has a curious and interactive approach to create a safe environment for people to learn, grow and heal.


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Charles W. Carroll,  LICSW

Charlie Carroll is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years experience treating Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston College in 1988 and his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1982. He has been the Director of Social Work at Bridgewater State Hospital and the director of both inpatient, as well as, outpatient programs.


Charlie speaks Spanish fluently and has been an individual and group therapist in both outpatient and inpatient settings. He is a skilled clinician and has worked with individuals with addictive disorders, mental illness, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, trauma, and abuse. In addition to providing culturally sensitive treatment with the Hispanic populations, he has an extensive history working with the LGBTQ population.


Charlie believes in the uniqueness of human expression and is committed to providing a treatment experience that is respectful, safe and, most of all, focused upon achieving the goals of the individuals seeking help.

Ashley L. Wade, LMHC, NCC

Ashley Wade is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned a Master of Science degree in Mental Health counseling and post Master’s degree in Psychology and minored in Criminal Justice, from Monmouth University located in New Jersey. Ashley is a National Certified Counselor, through NBCC.

Ashley has worked in a myriad of psychological settings. She has been the lead clinician at a residential Trauma Focused facility, for adolescents. She was certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has worked in the New Bedford Crisis Center for 2 ½ years. Also, during this time she worked at an outpatient treatment center. Her experience ranges in age groups from young children to geriatrics. Ashley’s treatment modality is Cognitive Behavioral therapy, but she is able to tailor therapy to the individual’s needs. She is skilled in trauma related disorders, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and mental illness.