Cecily has made a career of guiding women to recovery from addiction by helping them discover the patterns and behaviors that no longer work and replace them with new, productive alternatives. Cecily has worked at Portsmouth Pavilion a residential psychiatric facilities, as a therapist working on the adolescent unit, Mercy Recovery Center as a individual and group therapist, has had a private practice and designed, implemented and managed women's programs for for 25 years. She earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of New England with a specialty in clinical counseling and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is affiliated with the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), The Maine Clinical Counselors Association and is a member of The National Institute of Mental Health. Over the last twenty years Cecily has developed relationships with her clients by creating a safe environment using experience, effective communication, compassion and humor. To find out more about Ginger's House,
Sarah McGuiness comes to Gingers House with both a clinical and a business development background. Sarah has worked in the substance abuse treatment field since the age of 18 when she began as a volunteer at Parkside Lodge in Mundelien IL. Since her time at Parkside, Sarah has completed Masters Degrees in both Developmental Psychology and Professional Counseling with a focus on substance abuse. Sarah has worked clinically with both children and adults in community mental health, private practice and most recently as the Director of Addiction Services for The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It was during her time at The Mayo Clinic that Sarah was brought in to the area of business development and operations.
Sarah has worked for several large treatment centers, providing business development for Foundations Recovery Network and Second Nature Wilderness Programs, as well as consulting for market/ business development for others. After moving to Carbondale, Colorado Sarah began her search for a place that would be a “perfect fit” for her. Her search began and ended with Ginger’s House. Sarah is thrilled to begin this new chapter with Ginger’s House as their Director of Operations.
Jenna Mehlhorn is a clinical mental health counselor who has worked in a variety of clinical settings including residential, community mental health, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs. She has worked with diverse populations across the lifespan and has a strong desire to help women feel empowered and reach their true potential. She received her master’s degree in mental health counseling with a specialization in eating disorders. Jenna focuses on a humanistic approach in her treatment and is passionate about her therapeutic work with clients. She is compassionate, and truly believes every individual has within them the resources for self-healing and growth. She has worked with clients who present with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, substance use, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She uses a variety of interventions that include cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Jenna is excited to incorporate the 12-steps into her work with clients at Gingers House. She also hopes to incorporate energetic healing modalities into her future practice as this intervention assists with bringing balance and harmony to lives. Jenna is an outdoor enthusiast and spends lots of her time enjoying the beautiful outdoors.
Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in clinical practice since 2003. She is a graduate of Emerson College and the University of Southern Maine. Beth spent 6 years as director of a community based treatment program for high-risk youth and their families. In addition to co-facilitating Ginger's House IOP program, Beth also has a private practice in Portland where she focuses on supporting women - many of whom are in recovery. She specializes in treating trauma, depression and anxiety with Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Buddhist Psychotherapy and Somatic Therapy. She is passionate about incorporating the 12 steps into therapeutic interventions. Beth also maintains a daily meditation and yoga practice that informs her clinical practice.
Courtney has deep compassion and understanding for the shame and suffering that characterizes the life of an addict because she has experienced this herself. Courtney has past experience working with 7th grade girls as an athletic coach and as an assistant to middle school teachers. Courtney has facilitated groups a the Center for Grieving Children, Walton Sober Living and consistently works with the Special Olympics.
Stephanie has worked with horses all of her life. She learned about the field of Therapeutic Riding while working as a riding instructor and trained with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) to receive her instructor certification. Stephanie is now a Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor and recently attained her Eagala Level 2 Instructor certification. Stephanie is an advocate for the therapeutic riding field acting as a Vice President of NESAR (New England Special Activities and Resources). She is also a committee member of the Maine State Equestrian Special Olympics program. Stephanie is a Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician (MHRT) and is also a Certified Brain Gym, Reiki Master, and Masgutova Method MNRI Core Specialist.
Scott is an Internist and Board-Certified Addiction Medicine specialist, serving as the Medical Director for Ginger’s House. He is also recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine for his service and contributions to the field of addiction. For over 23 years, Dr Davis has provided Addiction Medicine treatment services to those suffering with drug and behavioral addictions and abuse. His expertise includes treatment and assisting into recovery in all phases of substance abuse treatment from detoxification through medically managed inpatient care. He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine; completing his Internal Medicine residency from the University of California, Irvine. He completed a Fellowship in Addiction Medicine from Loma Linda University. Dr. Davis served as the Inpatient Medical Director for the renowned Betty Ford Center in California, prior to moving to Maine. He employs state-of-the art addiction treatment to help clients engage into a strong recovery process.
Julie was born in Chicago, Illinois but has lived in various places across the country ending up in Maine. Through the different changes in her life, she has acquired many skills over the years from learning how to make jewelry and then becoming a jewelry designer, having to learn bookkeeping and accounting to help with her husband’s family business, being an accounting manager in a corporate setting, and then becoming a pet stylist and opening my own dog spa. After selling her business, she is delighted to be able to bring all her skill together and apply them here at Ginger’s House as the Accounting/Administrative Assistant. This has allowed her the time to do the things she loves such as being in nature and hiking with her husband and dog, Maya.
Mary is a registered art therapist residing in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. She completed her master’s degree in art therapy at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Mary has thirty years of experience in the field of art therapy working with all ages and in many settings. She has also facilitated workshops, retreats and professional presentations throughout the United States. Her specialties include addiction, trauma and grief and she co-authored the book “Managing Traumatic Stress through Art” in 1995 (Sidran Press). Poetry is another love of Mary’s and she utilizes poetry and creative writing in her groups whenever she can. She is also a full-time artist and her paintings, prints, greeting cards, and fiber art are sold throughout Maine.
One of Mary’s guiding principles in her work with the women at Ginger’s House is the belief that we each have to find our own true voice, personal gifts, and strengths and then find paths in life that honor what we find within ourselves. After all of these years as an art therapist, Mary is still amazed every time she witnesses how creative expression helps people to look back, look forward, and move closer to where they want to be.
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