Katherine Forbes-Smith, MS, FNP-BC
Founder and President
Katherine Forbes-Smith is the founder and President of The Well. She is also a family nurse practitioner at Bridgewater Pediatrics in Bridgewater, MA. Katherine has a clinical interest in adolescent medicine and specializes in treating mental health problems and gynecological issues in children and adolescents. She completed her graduate training at Boston College, and her undergraduate degree is from Gordon College.
Katherine has a passion for caring for children, adolescents and families. She founded The Well with the goal of creating a place for people to come for healing through encounters with God while receiving the highest quality emotional and spiritual care.
In addition to her work at The Well and Bridgewater Pediatrics, Katherine also serves on the board of directors of Shore to Shore Mission Network. She and her husband, Karl, have three girls and enjoy living on the South Shore.
Joshua Cabral, MS, LMHC
Executive Director and Psychotherapist
Josh was appointed as the Executive Director in April 2019. He has worked in a variety of behavioral health capacities, including therapeutic mentoring, in-home family therapy, crisis intervention, family stabilization, group therapy, private practice, and school counseling. Josh has served as a clinician at The Well since its inception in 2009 in a variety of roles including volunteer, consultant, clinician, advisor, clinical supervisor, and board member.
Josh is a licensed mental health counselor and trained family therapist. He received his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University. He completed his graduate education at Eastern Nazarene College where he earned his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has additional post graduate training in Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Prior to joining The Well, Josh worked as a licensed school adjustment counselor in the public schools, served as an adjunct professor teaching various undergraduate and graduate education courses in psychology, and served in the United States Marine Corps. He currently sits on the board of directors at South Shore Community Church. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, volunteering, being outdoors, traveling, and reading.
Additionally, Josh maintains a limited caseload of direct service at The Well where he specializes in parenting issues, anxiety, and trauma. He also works as a practice consultant helping agencies and institutions integrate behavioral health care into their practices. Josh is passionate about removing barriers to access quality behavioral health services, promoting holistic integrated care for the community, and driving the vision and mission of The Well to offer mind, body, and spiritual wellness to all who so desperately need it.
Laurie Smith is the smiling face synonymous with the Well’s mission of caring and compassion. She is the face that you see when you walk through the door and she is the person behind the scenes who makes The Well go. As our Practice Manager, Laurie is responsible for everything from program coordination, communication to our current and future patients and, most importantly, ensuring that the experience of everyone involved is as stress-free and comfortable as possible. With a background in public relations and communications, deep ties to the community and a general desire to help people, Laurie is the person to talk to if you're looking for services at The Well or just looking to get started.
Laurie lives in Bridgewater with her husband Pete, twin daughters Callie and Hannah and the true love of her life, Gus the mischievous French Bulldog.
Steph Bronner, MS, LMHC
Steph earned dual BAs in Theology and Human Development at Boston College and her clinical-track Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. To companion those amidst a challenging chapter in their journey, she feels, is a wonderful privilege. She completed her internship at The Well, and she’s glad to continue her practice here as a therapist. She feels that at The Well the practice of holistic care, led by God’s love, is earnestly sought.
She has experience with all ages, including couples and families. Her specialties are anxiety-related issues, self-care, and spiritual discernment. She is also skilled with addiction/compulsive behaviors, codependency and relationship issues, and grief. She has worked with individuals with a wide range of spiritual backgrounds.
Prior to pursuing her degree, she was a retreat director at a rural retreat center outside of Chicago. Originally from Pennsylvania, she has also spent formative time in Hawaii and Africa – loves a good adventure – but also loves calling the Boston area her home.
Clients: Currently Steph is accepting teen and adult clients, but is on a 3 week waiting list and only has availability before 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Expertise includes treating anxiety and providing spiritual care. She accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, and also offers a tiered payment model based on income. Her services may be covered as an Out of Network Provider and by Flexible Spending Accounts
Susan Ramondetta, MSW, LICSW
Susan holds a BA degree in Human Services from Simmons College and a Masters in Social Work degree from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She worked for over twenty-five years for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health (DMH) initially as a case manager providing comprehensive management services to a caseload of children, adolescents and adults. Later on in her career at DMH she became an eligibility specialist, completing clinical needs assessments to applicants of all ages. Presently she splits her time working as a behavioral therapist at a private clinic in Plymouth and as a therapist at The Well.
Clients: Susan’s areas of clinical focus are adults, teenagers, adjustment issues, chronic mental illness, depression, anxiety and addiction. She's available Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Susan accepts a variety of insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Tufts, Tufts Navigator, Beacon, BMC HealthNet, Fallon, GIC Unicare, and Neighborhood Health. Her services also may be covered as an Out of Network Provider and by Flexible Spending Accounts.
Jennifer Murphy, LMHC, ATR-BC
Jenny is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Art Therapist, and Certified Yoga Teacher. Jenny is passionate about helping people use the creative process to facilitate a deeper connection to themselves and the world around them. As an artist, Jenny experiences countless benefits of making art. She has come to rely on creativity as a teacher and guide in both personal and professional growth. As an Art Therapist, Jenny is dedicated to helping people discover and explore their own artist identity. Art can offer great insight, new perspectives, foster problem solving and strengthen resilience. Art making can be empowering, playful, liberating and fun. Jenny offers a person-centered and strength based approached in Art Therapy, and she is always honored to witness the creative process unfold.
For the past ten years, Jenny has worked with people receiving in-patient psychiatric treatment for severe mental illness. Many of these people have lived through complex challenges including incarceration, addiction and trauma. She is a strong advocate for those who have become the most stigmatized in our society, and has witnessed their ability to facilitate positive life changes. Jenny has presented at mental health care conferences about mindfulness, trauma informed care, and the importance the arts in treatment. She has taught at Lesley College as adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology and Applied Therapies. She has also served as the Vice-President of the New England Art Therapy Association. In previous jobs and internships, she has worked with children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury, and artists living with mental illness pursuing careers in art.
Jenny is excited to bring the creative process to The Well, and share art with individuals and groups. In The Well Studio, you will find a wide variety of engaging art materials including a SAORI loom, a Japanese style of improvisational weaving. Jenny guides people in expressing themselves though painting, drawing and sculpture, as well as creative writing, poetry and storytelling. You might also find space in the studio to roll out your yoga mat to enhance your creativity and the mind-body connection.
Clients: Jenny provides art therapy to adults, children, adolescents and groups. She teaches art and weaving workshops for groups, families and privately. Jenny also offers one on one art inspired yoga to people who are interested in implementing a more personalized yoga practice into their everyday life. She is available Tuesdays - Saturdays and accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield. Her services also may be covered as an Out of Network Provider and by Flexible Spending Accounts.
Director of Spiritual Care
Deb provides Spiritual Direction, soul care, counseling, guided prayer, and a wide variety of classes and workshops that help individuals and groups experience spiritual and emotional growth and wholeness. Deb enjoys meeting with people from all backgrounds and walks of life. She has experience with couples counseling, pre-marriage counseling, healing of memories, grief, and soul care. In addition to counseling, Deb also offers Spiritual Direction, a safe and confidential space to become more attuned to God’s presence in your life. She also teaches our meditation classes, where she can help you experience stress relief and relaxation.
Deb also serves as a caregiver of caretakers. Much of her time is spent meeting with and supporting therapists, counselors, pastors, and people who give their lives serving others.
Deb comes to The Well with experience as an associate pastor at a local church. In 1997, she left her career as a school teacher to work full-time in ministry. Deb has been licensed and credentialed through the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was consecrated as an Associate Pastor in 2009. She is certified in Spiritual Direction from The Leadership Transformation’s Selah Program and in Clinical Meditation and Imagery through the Huntington Meditation and Imagery Center. She is married and has two adult children and five grandchildren. Her quiet, powerful, and caring ministry of love continues to bring hope and healing to people in need.
Clients: Deb provides spiritual care to clients of all ages and faith backgrounds. She also provides marriage counseling and individual therapy as a pastoral counselor. Her services are not covered by insurance.
Sharon Anderson, CWM
Executive Life Coach, Marriage Counselor & Pastoral Counselor
Sharon has a unique approach to helping people based on more than 20 years of counseling individuals and couples as a local pastor. Sharon’s approach combines wisdom, life experiences, and counseling expertise with her ability to connect with people, encourage them, challenge them, and promote lasting change. Sharon’s wisdom comes from a lifetime of overcoming life’s challenges, embracing unexpected heartbreak, and relishing the sweet moments. Through perseverance, endurance and courage, she has learned that “joy and sorrow live in the same house.”
Sharon currently serves on staff at South Shore Community Church in Brockton. Her multiple roles have included executive leadership, counseling, coaching & mentoring both staff, congregants and ministry leaders. She has been speaking at women’s retreats, marriage retreats, conferences and events through her Bridges of Hope ministry since the early 90s. In 2012, she was Licensed & Consecrated through the Christian Missionary Alliance and serves as the Executive Pastor at South Shore Community Church.
She is the author of Reminders for the Journey: Reflections for Mothers. It is based on the lessons she has learned from raising her own six children.
Clients: Sharon provides life and marriage counseling, executive & ministry coaching and individual therapy as a pastoral counselor. Her services are not covered by insurance but she accepts a tiered payment model based on income.
Julie Taylor, M.Ed.
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Julie is a master’s level mental health clinician and certified school guidance counselor with 18 years experience working with adolescents ages 10-18. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts and her M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University. She is currently enrolled in a post-masters graduate program in Counseling at Rhode Island College to become a licensed mental health counselor. Julie has worked in a variety of mental health capacities including in-home family therapy, group therapy, substance abuse counseling, parenting classes and ABA therapy. Julie also has clinical experience working for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and High Point Treatment Center.
Julie is passionate about helping people realize their full potential through improved mental health. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her children, doing yoga and reading.
Clients: Julie has experience with all ages and is particularly interested in family systems work and trauma informed care. Julie has worked with clients on a range of issues including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, self-harm, addiction and behavioral issues. Julie does not accept insurance and her Fee for Service ranges from $50-$75/session.
Graduate-Level Intern Counselor
Ashley Hinds is completing her Master’s in Social Work with a clinical concentration from Fordham University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University in Health Sciences and Policy. Ashley has a broad background and a deep understanding of how essential the mind and spirit are to overall well-being.
Ashley has worked in a variety of settings including with senior citizens in assisted living and nursing homes, counseling teens and facilitating group meetings through Life Teen, and working with teenagers with mental and behavioral health issues in a high school setting.
Clients: Ashley has experience with all ages and is particularly interested in new mothers and postpartum depression. Ashley does not accept insurance and her Fee for Service is $30/session.
Graduate-Level Intern Counselor
Allisha is completing her masters in Psychology at Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in social welfare. Allisha has experience working with diverse populations including Alzheimer's and Dementia patients in a skilled environment, clinical work with Substance Abuse and Addiction in a detoxification setting, as well as working with college aged students on motivation, self efficacy as well as social-emotional skills.
Clients: Allisha is open to working with all age groups and backgrounds. She does not accept insurance and her Fee for Service is $30/session.
Graduate-Level Intern Counselor
Lillian Kelmelis is completing her Master’s in Psychology at Bridgewater State University. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Bridgewater State University from Bridgewater State University. Lillian is passionate about the connections between body and mind for overall wellness and has a deep understanding that well-being is multifaceted.
Lillian has experience in a variety of settings including residential programs for adolescents, counseling teens and facilitating support groups for anxiety and depression, and creating art expression groups for children and teens with mental and behavioral health issues in a school setting
Clients: Lillian has experience with children, teens, and young adults and is particularly interested in working with anxiety and depression. Lillian does not accept insurance and her Fee For Service is $30/session.
Latonia offers journaling workshops at The Well. She is the Owner and CEO of Let’s Write Life, a journal company that designs and sells journals with a social mission to improve lives. Guided by a passion for building self-esteem and confidence in the lives of others, Latonia designs education-based journals and hosts journaling events as positive tools for change that inspire people to believe in themselves, see beyond life’s challenges, and move fearlessly forward toward achieving their goals. As a thriving serial entrepreneur for the past 9 years, Latonia has worked with universities, Fortune 500 Business and PR consultants, women leadership organizations, and non-profits across the US. Driven by the lives she touches, Latonia strives to empower a world of greatness through journaling.
Latonia studied at Bentley University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in Information Design and Corporate Communications. Latonia is the Director of The eHUB, a collaborative Mastermind group for entrepreneurs to pursue their business goals. She has gratefully volunteered with the Mass Conference for Women for the past 8 years. She now joins The Well where she teaches foundations for journaling.
Latonia lives on the South Shore with her husband and two joyful daughters. To learn more about Latonia and to browse Let’s Write Life’s line of journals, visit www.LetsWriteLife.com.
Leeanne is an experienced and soulful yoga instructor. Leeanne is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, certified in Y12SR - Yoga for 12-Step Recovery, and affiliated with Off The Mat, Into The World & National Association of Professional Women. Her interwoven talents include: motherhood, mentor, writer and seeker of truth. Through the use of trauma sensitive yoga, Leeanne's intent is to bring clients into a greater awareness of how to cultivate a healthier relationship with their physical body and emotional body. Leeanne is passionate about empowering others to be their own healers; mastering both their physical and emotional wellbeing and finding the avenues to better live their soul's purpose.
Becky is a licensed massage therapist specializing in relaxation, deep tissue, and trigger point work. She believes that massage can and should be an integral part of every person’s health and emotional well-being. Becky works with each client to develop a treatment plan to address their specific needs, and she enjoys nothing more than to see a client walk away from a massage with less pain than when they walked in. Becky’s connection with her client provides her a sense of joy and tranquility. She aims to bring that peace to each and every client, while also alleviating pain caused by stress or injury. Her strength and serenity combine to create a unique touch that can accommodate every client’s needs. To schedule an appointment with Becky, click here.
The Live Right Way
Nancy is a Holistic Health Consultant and the Co-founder of The Live Right Way, https://www.theliverightway.com/ a health, fitness and wellness business committed to empowering people to create healthy lifestyles through a holistic approach to ensure optimum health physically, mentally and spiritually. Nancy is a former educator and nonprofit leader who comes to The Well with the passion for helping others find healing. This passion for helping others started following her own healing of an autoimmune disease, anxiety and depression through healing prayer. After her healing, she began her journey toward optimum health through living a plant-based diet lifestyle. Since then, she has developed programs that empower other people’s health and well-being. She is excited to share her passion for healthy living with others so their lives are filled with joy, health and wellness.
Nancy holds a BA in Psychology, is a Certified “Lifeforce” Raw Vegan Living Foods Health Educator, and a graduate of Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Program. Over the years, Nancy has served in many capacities in local communities and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Optimum Health Solution, is a Corporator with North Easton Savings Bank, a member of the Wampanoag Running Club and an active volunteer with South Shore Community Church.
Nancy resides in Mansfield with her husband Bill and enjoys spending time with her family, especially her new granddaughter, as well as golfing, running, and being outdoors.