Our Staff

Katharine “Kim” Larsson, Ph.D., R.N., C.S.
(BBM’s Co-founder & Administrative Director)

Katharine LarssonDr. Kim Larsson is a licensed clinical specialist with a doctoral degree in nursing from Boston College. She has practiced as a psychotherapist and psycho-pharmacologist for over 18 years. Her main areas of expertise include: integrative psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, psycho-pharmacology, hypnosis, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress management. Dr. Larsson underwent clinical training at Harvard Medical School through McLean Hospital and The Cambridge Hospital. She is the former Assistant Director of the Behavioral Medicine Program at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Boston, and a former supervisor in the Behavioral Medicine Program at The Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Larsson has conducted research applying phenomenological nursing approaches to the study of medically unexplained physical symptoms in primary care. She has carried out international work in Japan as a lecturer and consultant, helping to promote the development of behavioral medicine approaches among nurses and mental health clinicians.

Amaro J. Laria, Ph.D.
(BBM’s Co-founder & Clinical Director)

Amaro J. LariaDr. Amaro Laria is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a psychotherapist. His main areas of expertise include: integrative psychotherapy, behavioral medicine, hypnosis, biofeedback, and mindfulness-based stress management. He uses a patient-centered integrative approach that highlights the centrality of the therapeutic relationship and the role of emotions in treatment. Dr. Laria has extensive experience as an instructor and lecturer. He co-directs the Boston Behavioral Medicine Training Program, and holds a faculty appointment as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Previous academic affiliations include: Clark University, UMass Boston, and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Laria obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Massachusetts Boston in 1997. He was a NIMH post-doctoral research fellow in the Social Medicine Department at Harvard Medical School. He has conducted research and published in the areas of culture and mental health, and trauma and dissociation. He serves as advisor on cultural issues to the DSM-V workgroup on anxiety disorders. Dr. Laria is fluent in Spanish (native speaker), and has some knowledge of Portuguese and French.

Miriam E. Adams, Sc.D., M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W., B.C.D.

Miriam AdamsMiriam Adams is a licensed and board-certified clinical social worker with over 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She specializes in treating anxiety disorders, distress associated with chronic pain and illness, navigating the health care system, and mental health challenges throughout the life cycle, including pregnancy and post-partum anxiety and depression. She integrates behavioral medicine approaches, such as relaxation, stress management, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis, and biofeedback, with psychodynamic, interpersonal, educational, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral therapies to help each client move toward positive change. With her doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons College, Miriam brings a public health perspective to her therapeutic work, embracing a preventive and holistic approach to health and wellness. Miriam has a private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, has been a Field Advisor for the Simmons Graduate School of Social Work.

Rachel Armstrong, Psy.D.

Rachel ArmstrongDr. Rachel Armstrong is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral medicine and health psychology. Some of her main areas of special interest and experience include the treatment of conditions associated with the role of stress and behavioral factors on: women’s reproductive health, cancer, and other chronic medical illnesses. She also treats more general conditions like anxiety, depression, and general life adjustment issues. A substantial part of her work also focuses on treating college students and young adults with a variety of presenting problems. Dr. Armstrong uses a variety of behavioral medicine interventions in her clinical work, including hypnosis, relaxation, mindfulness, dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT), and other stress management techniques that target problems associated with the mind-body connection. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, Massachusetts.

Carla Bernardes, Ph.D.

Carla BernardesDr. Carla Bernardes is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides therapy for adult, children and couples. She specializes in the treatment of trauma-related problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder. She also treats problems associated with anxiety, depression, general life adjustment issues, identity development and sexual orientation, relationship issues, multiculturalism and migration-related stress. She provides services in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Dr. Bernardes employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy drawing from cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic and cross-cultural theories. She integrates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and behavioral medical interventions, and relaxation, mindfulness, hypnosis, and biofeedback techniques into her work. Dr. Bernardes obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from Suffolk University, completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Victims of Violence Program in Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Bernardes currently holds an appointment as Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where she conducts research in the area of psychological trauma. She has presented and published in the areas of immigration and mental health, and trauma/post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ricardo Bianco, Psy.D.

Ricardo BiancoDr. Ricardo Bianco is a psychotherapist with primary expertise in the areas of behavioral medicine, multi-cultural issues, and general mental health. He utilizes an integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach in the process of assessing and treating a variety of behavioral health problems. He also uses a variety of specialized behavioral medicine interventions in his practice, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), biofeedback, hypnosis, and relaxation techniques. He earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Boston College and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, where he currently teaches as a core-faculty member. Dr. Bianco treats adults, children, couples, and conducts group therapy. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Raúl Condemarín, M.D.

Raúl CondemarínDr. Raúl Condemarín is a psychiatrist with many years of experience as a psycho-pharmacologist and psychotherapist. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychoanalysis. His main areas of expertise are: psychopharmacology, anxiety and mood disorders, and substance abuse disorders. He has conducted research and published in the areas of addiction, psychodynamic psychopharmacology, and the relationship between medical and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Condemarín holds an appointment as Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School through his affiliation with Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where he teaches and supervises medical students and residents. He is Editor and Trustee of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Kate Daly, L.I.C.S.W.

Kate DalyKate Daly is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist with experience in individual and group work. She incorporates mindfulness and self-acceptance perspectives with behavioral interventions into her clinical work to help foster progress in her clients. She believes in a collaborative, individualized approach to therapy that views the person from a holistic standpoint. Kate has extensive training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which emphasizes emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness skills. She uses DBT techniques in her work to build on clients’ existing strengths. She works with young and older adults dealing with anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, relationship issues, and life adjustment stress. She worked for several years at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where her clinical work focused primarily on treating adults coping with major mental illness. Kate received her Master of Social Work degree at Boston College, with a focus on Health and Mental Health.

Kim Faris, Psy.D.

Kim FarisDr. Kimberly Faris is a clinical psychologist with expertise in behavioral medicine and health psychology.  Her areas of specialization and interest include individual and couples therapy, stress management, eating disorders, addictions, hypnosis and biofeedback with a particular focus on mindfulness and dialectic behavioral therapy (DBT).  Dr. Faris received specialized training at the Couples and Family and Behavioral Medicine clinics at the Department of Psychiatry at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School.  She completed her post-doctoral work at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, Ma., where she received extensive training in DBT.  Dr. Faris received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in health psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Enzo Finore, Psy.D.

Enzo FinoreDr. Enzo Finore has a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. His primary areas of expertise are health psychology and behavioral medicine, with particular interest in psycho-dermatology, pain management and migraines, among others. He utilizes an integrative psychotherapy approach, influenced primarily by psychodynamic principles, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), mind-body interactions, and cross-cultural perspectives. He is particularly interested in the role of thought processes, feelings, and behaviors on a variety of anxiety and depressive conditions, particularly in the context of relationship dynamics. He often uses clinical hypnosis and biofeedback in his work to address specific maladaptive behaviors, in particular those associated with medical problems. Dr. Finore received his first doctoral degree in Clinical and Community Psychology from Universita di Roma “La Sapienza,” and worked for five years at the Istituto Dermopatico dell’Immacolata, a hospital in Italy that specializes in the treatment of skin disorders. At this facility, he was involved in innovative research focusing on the role of psychological factors on skin conditions.

Danielle Hughes, Psy.D.

Danielle HughesDr. Danielle Hughes is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in behavioral medicine, health psychology, and community mental health. Her areas of interest include: the mind/body connection, familial patterns in health, the management of chronic pain, and the role of stress in day to day functioning, as well as in the management of health and illness. She works primarily with young adults, college students, and adults afflicted by depression, anxiety, trauma, and a variety of other mental health concerns. In addition to relying on a variety of behavioral medicine techniques, including hypnosis and biofeedback, Dr. Hughes practices from an integrative modality with an interpersonal/relational and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) foundation. Dr. Hughes earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.

Suzanne McCarthy, Psy.D.

Suzanne McCarthyDr. McCarthy's experience includes a focus on family and couples therapy as well as working with individuals and familes coping with the challenge of chronic and terminal illness. In addition to training in emotionally-focused therapy (EFT) for couples, she is certified in eye movement desensitization & reprocessing therapy (EMDR) and often utilizes a combination of mind/body techniques such as hypnosis, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to complement her therapeutic approach to anxiety, mood disorders and symptoms that often find their basis in trauma. Dr. McCarthy is a faculty member in the Psychiatry Department at Harvard Medical School and has offered groups and workshops on topics of holistic behavioral medicine such as Reiki I, the practice of meditation and spirituality and couples groups. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialty in health psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is also a Reiki Master.

Bobbi Wegner, Psy.D.

Bobbi WegnerDr. Bobbi Wegner is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in health psychology and behavioral medicine. Her main clinical areas of specialty include stress management and coping with illness. She also focuses on helping clients develop more effective ways of coping with general life stressors in an empathic confidential environment. Dr. Wegner works with children and adults, and she has significant experience treating the college-age population. She completed an APA- (American Psychological Association) approved psychology internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Boston Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Wegner uses a non-judgmental, integrative approach, and often utilizes biofeedback, mindfulness, and clinical hypnosis in treatment. She can be contacted directly to set up an appointment at: wegnerbbm@gmail.com.

Clay White, L.I.C.S.W.

Clay WhiteClay White is a clinical social worker who received his MSW at Boston College in 1989. His areas of specialization include substance abuse; trauma; gay, lesbian and transgender issues; and anxiety and depression. He completed the Intensive Program in Family Systems Therapy and the Couples’ Therapy Program at the Cambridge Family Institute, and is currently a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute in the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. He has also received training in cognitive behavioral therapy and uses an integrative psychotherapy approach.

 

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