Grace Wright, LCSW
Grace co-founded the Partnership for Trauma Recovery in 2015 with the goal of establishing a practice that provides trauma informed and focused care. Grace’s philosophy on therapy is that our present difficulties are the result of past experiences that have shaped the neural networks in our brain, which triggers us to react in certain ways. This causes an often subconscious process of engaging in patterns of behavior that can be disturbing, unhelpful, and often harmful to our daily lives. This most often manifests in clients coming in feeling “stuck” in their lives and often in previous attempts at therapy where the symptom was the focus of treatment instead of the underlying problem. The work of therapy then becomes identifying, understanding, and shifting those experiences at the root of these daily problems instead of simply learning to cope with the struggles. By engaging in this kind of work, lasting, meaningful change occurs which liberates clients from those patterns they have lived with.
While philosophy and treatment modalities are important, Grace also knows that the relationship between therapist and client is the most important part of successful therapy. She places a high value on the relationships she has with her clients, and works hard to build a mutual sense of trust and understanding – injected with humor whenever possible.
Grace’s areas of specialty include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, dissociative disorders, complex trauma, personality disorders, and attachment trauma. Grace uses many trauma based modalities in helping her clients achieve change, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Grace has an undergraduate degree from Elmira College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine.
Rob Cameron, LCSW
Rob Cameron LCSW, values the therapeutic relationship as a collaboration between practitioner and client and he operates from the understanding that growth and change is born from a trusting relationship. Rob is passionate about naming “the elephant in the room”, getting down to the core of an issue and noticing how patterns from the past repeat in the present; he is also passionate about challenging stuck points, old habits and irrational beliefs with care, compassion and respect.
His style is down to earth and he is never afraid to bring humor into a session when appropriate as Rob values the healing properties of laughter.
Rob has been in the mental health field for over 12 years and is trained in various therapeutic modalities with specific concentration in trauma and addressing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Rob is trained in many modalities of psychotherapy including, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Structural Family Therapy. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine.
Alina Silver, LCSW
Alina joins the Partnership for Trauma Recovery with a strong background in individual and couples work. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, both of which she relies on heavily in her practice. Alina’s clinical experience includes outpatient counseling as well as counseling in the medical setting.
“We all tell ourselves stories that make it hard for us to act, believing we’re not good enough to try. Often this is rooted in difficult past experiences. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgemental environment to work through this, where you feel supported to challenge these negative beliefs, build on strengths and change the endings to these stories.”
Alina’s style is active and engaged, sensitive and down to earth. “I believe in humor, as laughter can sometimes be the best medicine.”
Lauren Burleigh, LMSW-cc
Lauren joins the Partnership for Trauma Recovery from doing intensive home-based therapy services with children, adolescents and families. Lauren has a passion for supporting individuals who struggle with self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. In particular, Lauren enjoys working with adolescents and young adults, although she works with clients of all ages.
Lauren has a strong background in trauma and approaches therapy with a focus on creating an internal sense of safety and self-compassion by using psycho-education and mindfulness skills as a foundation for that work. Her therapy style is integrative and client-driven, as Lauren believes that people are constantly evolving and require individualized therapeutic approaches.
“People are always stronger than they think and can overcome almost anything. I’m here to help guide them through that process, so they can let go of the parts of themselves that no longer support their best interests.”
Lauren is empathetic, nonjudgmental, and committed, and believes that the therapeutic relationship is the catalyst for client growth. Like the rest of the PTR team, she believes that humor is an effective therapeutic modality that can optimize recovery and facilitate client empowerment. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and trauma-focused therapy modalities and is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University. She loves calling Maine her home and takes full advantage of its outdoors with her two rescue pups.
Maggie Shute, LCSW
Maggie joins the Partnership for Trauma Recovery with a strong background in outpatient therapy as well as providing therapy in the medical setting. Maggie helps clients get to the bottom of their suffering, whether it’s from painful past events, current challenging circumstances, or pestering thoughts and uncomfortable feelings. These things can be difficult to look at, so Maggie aims to create a warm and laid back environment to do this exploration. Maggie works with clients to change their relationship to internal experiences through mindfulness, compassion, perspective taking and coping skills. She focuses on supporting client’s work to sort out what matters to them, then identifying behavioral changes to meet these values.
Maggie primarily uses Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She incorporates somatic techniques, attachment-based theories, and a psychodynamic approach into her work. She has a Bachelors degree in social work from the University of Vermont and a Masters in social work from the University of Southern Maine.
Angie Moorman, LCSW
Angie joins the Partnership for Trauma Recovery on a part-time basis, providing appointments in the evening or weekends. During the week, she can be found working as a therapist at a local college campus with her beloved dog Olive by her side.
Angie relishes her work with emerging adults and non-traditional learners. This period of self-growth and self-identifying can be both painful and evolutionary, often calling upon clients to re-imagine some of their relationships as well as learn new communication approaches. Angie is not limited to that age group as she has experience working with youth, adults, and older adults all of whom are called upon to wander their way through transitions in life, be they situational or developmental.
Angie’s calm and welcoming approach lays the groundwork for building a comfortable relationship with her clients. All of the interventions in the world can’t make meaningful change if there isn’t a connection between client and therapist. There is no stuffy psychotherapist couch in her practice; humor, approachability, and kindness are what clients are treated to instead. Angie is honored to bear witness to people’s struggles, awakenings, pain, happiness, adjustments, relationships, and learning. Having supported clients through various types of trauma (sexual assault, negligent or disorganized childhoods, physical health diagnoses, refugee resettlement to name a few), Angie believes in post-traumatic growth and holds hope for the client until the client is able to do so for themself.
Angie primarily utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Folded into the various approaches is an attention to mindfulness practices and attachment issues. Angie received her Masters in social work from the trauma-focused, clinical program at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.
Olive is also glad to be joining Angie at the Partnership for Trauma Recovery, providing wags, accepting affection, and scheduling regular naps.
Sadie is Grace’s dog who is with her in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Sadie enjoys greeting everyone when they arrive, and then settles in for a nap during each session. Sadie likes treats, neck scratches, and her stuffed toys (which she has with her every day in the office).