Andover Pediatrics & Family Counseling Associates, LLC:

Partnering to make Behavioral Health an integral part of your child’s care

Andover Pediatrics has partnered with Family Counseling Associates to provide Psychological Services on site, alongside, and in collaboration with the providers at Andover Pediatrics who care for your child. Our Behavioral Health Providers practice in our office and will provide consultation, evaluation, education, brief treatment and referral guidance for children and families together and in coordination with the Andover Pediatrics staff you have always known.

 

If you or your child’s PCP believe a consultation may be helpful, we can…

  • Introduce you to our Behavioral Health Provider at the time of your visit
  • Schedule a Behavioral Health appointment by calling the Andover Pedi office or when checking out from your Andover Pedi medical appointments

For any questions or concerns, or for help with:

  • Worry, Anxiety, Phobias, Panic & OCD
  • Shyness & Selective Mutism
  • School Resistance
  • School or Learning Difficulties
  • Conduct Problems
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Depression
  • Pain, Health & Medical Conditions
  • Tics & Habit Control Problems
  • Body Image & Disordered Eating
  • Family Crises
  • Parent-Child Conflicts
  • Sibling or Peer Group Conflicts
  • Trauma
  • ADHD Consultation
  • Developmental Consultation

Our Behavioral Health Team Hosts Seminars

From time to time, Ashley, Amanda, Jen and Kara host seminars, Lunch & Learns and other education sessions for parents. We don’t have any on the calendar at this time, but we’ll keep this page updated once the next sessions are announced!

Kara Poland
Kara Poland
Psychotherapist

Kara is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in individual and family therapy with children, and adults. Her counseling approach focuses on building a trusting connection, and establishing a warm and judgment free environment. Kara utilizes an eclectic style of treatment, primarily practicing psychodynamic theory while also incorporating other therapeutic modalities including trauma informed care, play therapy, attachment work, mindfulness practices, Person-Centered theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theory. Kara’s work has primarily focused on trauma (including early childhood trauma), parenting support, healthy family and intimate partner relationships, addiction, self-esteem, depression and anxiety (including postpartum depression and anxiety), and challenging childhood behaviors. She also has experience working with families involved with the Department of Children and Families, and grandparents raising grandchildren.

Kara received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from The University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She also has a certificate in Child and Family Mental Health and Wellness from Boston College. Kara interned at the Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton, Massachusetts, where she ran social skills groups with elementary through high school aged kids.

She has experience working in community mental health, and early intervention, supporting high need populations with a variety of presenting concerns. Kara is skilled at developing and maintaining therapeutic relationships and helping clients progress toward planned outcomes.

Jen Hills
Jen Hills
Psychotherapist

Jennifer Hills has over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. With Jennifer’s wide range of experience, she is able to provide therapy to clients of any age. Jennifer is certified as an Early Intervention Specialist which informs her work with her youngest clients starting at age 4. Jennifer received her master’s degree in counseling psychology from Lesley College (now University) in 1997. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, Early Intervention, a domestic violence program and a substance abuse clinic. Jennifer believes in a strengths based approach and also integrates humor whenever possible and appropriate. She draws from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, expressive therapies, play therapy and family systems models to create individualized treatment plans.

Jennifer’s clinical areas of interest include: anxiety, ADHD, ASD, OCD, OPP, anger management, school refusal, and learning disabilities. She enjoys working with adults, adolescents, children. A special area of interest includes helping parents with behavior strategies and coordinating with school personnel to optimize children’s ability to learn and feel successful.

Amanda Conlon
Amanda Conlon
Psychotherapist

Amanda Nortrup is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) providing individual therapy services to children, adolescents, young adults, and adults at Family Counseling Associates.

Amanda understands each client is unique and requires a personalized approach to treatment. She uses a warm, judgement free, strengths based approach to empower her clients to explore their concerns, develop skills, and reach their goals.

Amanda graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from UMass Boston in 2012, and her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration of children, youth, and families from Boston College in 2015.

Prior to joining Family Counseling Associates, Amanda worked in a wide range of clinical settings which allowed her to work with individuals and families as they cope with mental health concerns, substance abuse, behavioral health, life transitions, grief, and end of life issues.

We are changing computer systems to EPIC in March! During the transition, there will be less appointments available and we’ll be responding a bit more slowly while we learn the new system and transition all of the patient information. We appreciate your patience!