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Our Team

Honorary Employee


Noelle

Therapy Dog
Noelle is a 4 year old Red Siberian Husky who has enjoyed working as a therapy dog with her mom, Janet Spors, a Marriage and Family Therapist, since she was 8 weeks old. Noelle is sweet, gentle, and offers comfort to those who desire it during sessions.

Leadership & Admin


Alan Algee

Clinical Director
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor

Practice of counseling and psychotherapy at Dirigo Counseling Clinic since 2004 with a long history of a diverse practice in human services. Alan provides psychotherapy primarily for adults with mood, personality, and addictive disorders.

Jill Peters

Executive Administrator

Jill is a talented Practice Manager, bringing skills to the agency since its inception in 2004. She brings many years of managerial and executive experience which lends high quality in client care.

Jody Peters

Operations Manager

Jody works as Operations Manager for the four facility sites. He coordinates their development along with initiating proposals to the Board of Directors when studies of new catchment areas calls for our expansion.

Wayne Carr

Claims Technician

Wayne has specific training in managing insurance claims and database management. He assures that claims are valid and accurate. He participates in utilization reviews, internal quality assurance audits, and statistical reports.

Robin Sandau

Certified Counselor
by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician -Community, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - Conditional, Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Robin serves as the supervisor for the Community Support Services at the agency. Her work in Community Integration Support reflects her talent and passion about her clients. She jumps at every opportunity to help them achieve their goals to live in the community with stability and the pathway to independence, self determination, and increased quality of life.

Cindy Sturm

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Cindy is the service supervisor for the counseling and psychotherapy programs. She brings a long career of professional clinical practice. Her diverse background includes both outpatient and inpatient treatment of patients who warranted psychotherapy, evaluation, observation, and recommendation. She works with families, children, and adults. She comes with a long list of training and skills that she has practiced since 2000.

Lisa Southard

Administrative Specialist

Lisa comes to Dirigo with 18 years experience in the medical field and the past 10 years in the billing department at St. Joseph's Hospital. Her great skills and experience are esteemed by our practice.

Holly Merchant

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, DEEP Provider, and Certified Clinical Supervisor

Holly is the service supervisor for the
Substance Abuse programs. She earned her BS degree, summa cum laude, in Mental Health and Human Services with a concentration in addiction studies. Holly has experience working with individuals suffering from the disease of addiction as well as affected others. Holly has experience in individual and group counseling. Her focus is to assist her clients with building skills that will allow them to manage daily stressors more effectively; have healthy, intimate and interdependent relationships; and to handle stressful situations without the use of substances.

Wyatt Smith

Facilities - Manager

Wyatt works as our Facilities Manager for our three sites.. He brings 15 plus years experience in management and team building. We are grateful to have his knowledge and expertise keeping our facilities pristine.

Darlene Foster

Administrative Assistant

Darlene conducts administrative functions. She comes with well over 25 years of experience in the medical field. She has worked many years in the direct clinical care setting as a phlebotomist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, The American Red Cross, and Community Health and Counseling Services.

Counselors


Shelly Dyer

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Shelly has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with special needs in both home and outpatient settings. She has several years’ experience working with individuals in the LGBTQ population as well as those suffering from trauma and addiction. She also enjoys working with individuals who want to integrate their faith practices into their therapeutic treatment. Shelly strives to offer acceptance and hope to all populations empowering them to lead healthy, purpose driven lives. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is currently working on getting certified as a Trauma Care Specialist. “My goal is to help each individual gain hope and find purpose so he or she can enjoy each day to its fullest.”

Katherine Monahan

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Katherine comes to us as a therapist for the Department of Corrections with specialties in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders. She uses a theoretical base of solution-focused, existential, and cognitive, behavioral orientations. "I have the basic belief that all people can change if they have skills and develop confidence that they can master their own destiny."

Greta Garvey

Licensed Master Social Worker, Conditional Clinical

Greta has a background in working with homeless youth, crisis services, domestic violence, and residential treatment. She feels enthused to work with our clientele in a traditional outpatient treatment program here at our agency.

Shannon Pettit

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor,
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Starting in the field in 2003 as a Direct Care Professional, Shannon worked at a residential treatment facility for dually diagnosed adolescents. Becoming very interested in both mental health and substance dependence, she went on to further her education at the University of Maine, Orono, gaining her Master’s in Social Work in 2007, and later her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). She has worked with a diverse population after graduating, including adolescents, adults, and families, allowing for growth of a diverse skill set.

Michelle Kimball

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor,
Certified to Provide DEEP Services

Michelle has completed her studies in addiction treatment at Beal College and graduated magna cum laude. After obtaining her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, she is continuing her education to expand her career treating substance use. She has a lot of experience with working with people in this field and brings a sense of true passion for the help and healing of anyone needing treatment.

April Archibald

Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, DEEP Provider, and Certified Clinical Supervisor

April has worked with those struggling with addiction for nearly 15 years. She has experience in group and individual therapy. She spent eight years in the military and has a passion for working with veterans. April is dedicated to assisting her clients in obtaining life skills to maintain sobriety and recovery.

Amanda Bradley

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor

Amanda has experience working in a community mental health clinic including forensic outpatient and the treatment of drug and alcohol disorders. She also has experience in a prison setting conducting individual and group therapy. Amanda's approach to therapy is largely strength based which includes solution focused and cognitive behavioral models.

Janet Spors

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Janet has been living and working in the Bangor community since early 2019 and has worked as Marriage and Family Therapy Associate for 6 years. She is now fully licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Janet works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She utilizes empathetic listening and humor in treatment. She has a desire and passion for collaboration to do work that is meaningful to the client and family. Janet works within the modalities of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. Janet brings along with her, Noelle, a trained therapy dog, for use in sessions.

Julie Lamoreau

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Doctor of Ministry

Julie has been practicing clinical social work for over 25 years. She has a broad range of experience in a variety of mental health and addiction settings with the adult population ages 18-98. She specializes in trauma-related issues and is EMDR certified. For those interested in treatment with more of a Christian worldview, she offers a biblical perspective – never pushy, but rather helping people explore their existential questions. She is experienced in individual and group therapies with a strong leaning towards a clinical approach incorporating a Rogerian, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral theoretical base. She looks forward to meeting you and collaborating in treatment.

Bruce Bosinger

Licensed Clinical Professional
Counselor - Conditional

Bruce was introduced to Human Services in 2008 when a friend asked if he would be interested in helping develop a curriculum for a co-occurring adolescent program at Easter Seals of NH. This led to him going to work for them in their adolescent residential facility. He worked mainly on the co-occurring unit. He also had the opportunity to work on other units, including the non-verbal neuro unit. He was working with families as well as the medical, education, and judicial systems.

John Mlcuch

Intern - LCPC

John is currently completing his Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Husson University in Bangor, and working towards conditional LCPC licensure. He is excited to join the Dirigo team and has been trained to work with clients of all ages. John employs a person-centered approach, making clients the leaders of their own treatment and empowering them to make positive changes in their lives while drawing on additional techniques from CBT and mindfulness approaches. One of the most satisfying things about counseling for him is educating clients about their brains and bodies, and the connections between them. The 'eureka!' moments, where clients gain understanding and insight into their emotions, reminds him of his own self-discovery. He learns something new from everyone he works with.

Thadius Hannington-Berube

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Conditional

Thadius recently graduated from a CACREP accredited Master of Counseling program. Using an eclectic approach that integrates family systems theories and experiential symbolic therapy, he works with teens and adults using client focused and evidence-based treatment practices. His background includes outpatient treatment of adults and teens with histories of trauma and substance abuse, and he also has experience with teens in an inpatient intensive mental health facility.

Margaret Howson

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, conditional. Certified to provide DEEP services

Margaret recently graduated from Antioch University with her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a concentration in Substance and Opiate abuse. She comes to Dirigo with experience working with individuals struggling with substance abuse issues, domestic abuse survivors, adolescents, and adults who struggle with a myriad of Mental health Diagnosis. Margaret approaches each of her client’s with an open mind and tailors her therapeutic approach to fit their individualized needs. She often uses a hybrid of multiple theoretical orientations, primarily drawing upon her experiences using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-focused therapy, and Person-centered therapy.

Community Support


Jonathan Sandau

Certifed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Jonathan brings to Dirigo his experience in social services which spans better than a decade. He has a strong confidence in the resilience of people and believes that a major component of therapy is in the relationship the clinician forms with clients.

David Read

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician, Certified Alcohol and Drug
Counselor

Dave has a long
career in supervision and leadership of mental health treatment teams. We treasure his experience and proven dedication to both the field and clients he enthusiastically serves.

Kathy Gibbons

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Kathy has a long career in the mental health field and in Community Support Services. As many clients transition to a new model of service delivery, the *Behavioral Health Home*, Kathy is learning this system and developing expertise with its advantages.

Peer Support Specialist

This is an individual who receives training to support clients who are served in the Behavioral Health Home. They run peer support groups and are otherwise available to assist with the overall care of clients as a peer rather than as a professional

Brett Clark

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

This is my first job in the mental health and vocational rehabilitation field. I'm a recent graduate of Eastern Maine Community College with an Associate in Mental Health and Human Services. I am attending UMA in the fall to pursue my Bachelor's in the same area, with a focus on addiction counseling and a minor in grief, loss, and trauma. After my Bachelor's, I am going to pursue a Master's Degree and become an LCPC. I'm passionate about helping people struggling with mental illness and each client is an opportunity for me to strengthen my compassion and enhance my skills.

Cathy Jo Owen

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technican

Cathy-Jo brings a history of varied experiences which include a Career in Early Childhood Education, Behavioral Health, Administration, Managerial, and Mental Health. Cathy-Jo grew up in the inner city and has a passion for Social Justice and enjoys working in the community and volunteering her time to create change. Supporting and advocating for people in their journey to live their best life without restrictions is what makes her love working with people from all Cultures, Races, Religions, Socioeconomic backgrounds, Sexual Orientations and Personal Identities.

Erin Young

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Erin recently graduated from Washington County Community College with
an Associates Degree in Mental Health and Human Services. She is enthusiastic about starting her new career to be of service and help to those that she longs to serve.

Taylor Jordan

MHRT-C

Taylor studied mental health at KVCC with plans to continue her education
in the field in the future. She brings years of experience helping to care for others in the medical field with great enthusiasm to continue to serve the wellbeing of others in the community.

Nina Bagley

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician

Nina has a background in working with adults with disabilities. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from Curry College. She is enthusiastic and excited about working with clients as a Case Manager.

Krystal Giles

Case Manager

Krystal is new to Case Management services but brings with her over a decade of experience serving clients with severe, persistent mental illness. Her passion is working with at-risk youth and families affected by addiction and mental illness. She is a staunch advocate for client rights. She believes in empowering clients with information. Krystal serves her community as a volunteer recovery coach and Board Member of Bangor Area Recovery Network. She intends to continue her education to become an LCPC.

Medical Team


John Patten, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Patten passionately shares the vision that is carried in the Mission Statement. He is an esteemed professional in the medical community and cares deeply about issues such as quality of patient care, the model of "recovery oriented" treatment, and patient empowerment. He provides Dirigo Counseling Clinic with consultation, policy formation, and strategic planning.

Mary E. Jude, PhD, MPH, MSN, FNP-C, PA

Medical Consultant

Dr. Jude has a long and diverse career as a Primary Care Provider and providing medical treatment. Mary seeks to follow her dual passions in public health and social justice in a mission-driven organization that puts people first, considers healthcare a basic human right and tirelessly pursues solutions to health disparities that are the result of social determinants of health. We feel very fortunate to have this highly trained and experienced professional to be a part of our team.

Provider
Endorsements

Services are available in-person
or via telehealth with a computer,
tablet, or smartphone.

We offer a diverse set of mental health, assessment, and support services.

Services are available in-person
or via telehealth with a computer,
tablet, or smartphone.

We offer a diverse set of mental health, assessment, and support services.