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Ann Anderson R.N., M.S., C.N.S.-B.C.

Ann Anderson R.N., M.S., C.N.S.-B.C.

Ann Anderson, R.N.,M.S.,C.N.S.-B.C. is a licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist and has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1980. Ann graduated from North Park College in 1974 and received a Masters Degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Michigan in 1978. She is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Ann has a special interest in working with couples based on her training and experience with Imago Relationship Therapy. In the past five years, she has specialized in Christian counseling after training with Abiding Life Ministries in Australia. She has had extensive experience with grief and loss counseling. Ann makes use of the principles of dialectical behavior therapy (dbt), cognitive behavior therapy (cbt), and psychodynamic psychotherapy based on her additional training and experience in these modes of treatment.

Special interests include grief and loss for all ages, infertility, life transitions, dealing with chronic illnesses, and woman’s issues. She works with children, adolescents, couples and individuals.

Ann accepts the following insurances: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, HMO Blue, Medicare, Medex, and Aetna. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to see if she is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

For an appointment please call (781) 871-3963

Lawrence F. Berley, M.D.  

Lawrence F. Berley, M.D.

Dr. Berley is a licensed physician in Massachusetts and is Board Certified in Psychiatry. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1964, completed a Master’s degree in biochemistry at Temple University in 1968, and received an M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1970. He completed Residency Training in Psychiatry at Boston State Hospital in 1974. There he received training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and group psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, family therapy and couples therapy . He had three years of supervised training in behavior therapy from 1973 through 1976. Since 1995, he has had 114 hours of training in Ericksonian hypnotherapy.

Dr. Berley does a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to arrive at a mutually agreeable treatment plan that may involve one or more of the following therapies: psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, couple’s therapy, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (emdr), family therapy, hypnosis, psychiatric medicine, and supportive psychotherapy. He also provides medication evaluations and consultations.

He tends to evaluate for causes of presenting problems from a broad bio-psycho-social perspective. He has a strong interest in evaluating for the hidden medical causes of mood, behavior, and thought disorders. He may use his christian faith to provide additional solutions for those who truly desire this.

Dr. Berley can bill to Blue Cross/Blue Shield indemnity and PPO plans as well as to Medicare. He is not a member af any PPO or HMO plans. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to he if she is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

For an appointment or to ask questions, please call (781) 871-3963

Karen R. Farmer, LICSW  

Karen R. Farmer, LICSW

Karen Farmer, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker and has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 1974. She is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work. She received further extensive training with the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy; a program specializing in psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy. She has been on the board and is past President of the South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists since its inception in 1986.

Special interests include life transition issues, loss and bereavement, women’s consciousness, adult children of alcoholics and other dysfunctional family environments, as well as caregiver issues and stressors. She works primarily with individuals from young adults through elders and significant others as indicated.

Her expertise includes long-term psychotherapy as well as short-term problem focused counseling when indicated. She is insight oriented in her work with clients, respects an individual’s past history and looks with her clients to see how history has impacted a person’s present life with the goal of changing the future.

Insurances accepted: Aetna, Cigna, Tricare, Blue Cross Blue Shield indemnity and PPO plans, Medicare, Value Options. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to see if she is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

For appointments or questions, please call (781) 826-0465


Sherry E. Johnson R.N., M.S., PhD.

Dr. Sherry E. Johnson is a licensed and nationally certified nurse psychotherapist. She has been in practice since 1971, and a partner at South Shore Counseling Center since 1984. She holds a B.S. in Nursing and Psychology from North Park College, Chicago, Illinois and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in Psychiatric Nursing and Psychology.

Dr. Johnson’s major speciality is in loss, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and bereavement with adults. She works well with people who are depressed, women’s empowerment, and life transition issues.

She is a certified EMDR therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Another speciality is working with adult survivors of sexual abuse. EMDR has been extremely helpful for this type of trauma, as well as, other traumas.

Dr. Johnson is also certified in Myers-Briggs Personality Profile and uses it frequently with individuals and couples to promote understanding of one’s personality, how one relates to others, and assess the strengths for oneself and one’s partner.

Dr. Johnson is an Imago Therapist, specializing in couples and singles therapy.

She sees couples for 1 1/2 hours. The extended sessions allows both partners to have a “voice”, allows the couple to uncover issues faster and more intensely, and develop safety, honesty, understanding, and empathy.

If the person and Dr. Johnson find the need for psychotropic medication, she is able to assess, prescribe, and
monitor them.

She uses an eclectic approach including humanistic, Transactional Analysis, and psychodynamic approaches, as well as, her own theory of grief therapy.

Private insurances, BCBS (with some PPO’s and HMO’s), Value Options are some of the insurances she accepts. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to see if she is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

For appointments or questions, please contact Dr. Johnson at: (O) (781) 878-6543 or (C) (617)-429-1003

Kevin Lalli, L.M.H.C.  

Kevin Lalli, L.M.H.C.

Kevin Lalli, LMHC has been in private practice since 2006. He is a graduate of Rutgers University (B.A. Psychology 1996) and Tufts University (M.A. and CAGS in School Psychology, 2000). He is a Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is a member of Massachusetts Association of Mental Health Counselors and the South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists. His experience includes working full time at Hingham High School since 1999. He held the position of school psychologist from 1999 - 2003, while from 2003 - present, has worked with at-risk students as the school adjustment counselor.

Services are offered for adolescents aged 12 and up as well as young adults. Consultation to parents and schools is available and family therapy sessions are provided when appropriate. His specialties include mood disorders, school-related issues, conflict resolution, anger management, and social skills training.

His therapeutic style incorporates a strengths based perspective and he challenges adolescents to become more selfaware and insight oriented. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic foundations, and family systems work are also utilized in sessions.

Insurances accepted include Aetna, Blue Cross, and PHCS. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to see if he is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

Office hours are Monday and Wednesdays between 4 - 8pm.

Kevin Lalli is available at (617) 686.3871

Kevin Lalli, L.M.H.C.  

Norman B. Pierce, AB, STB, MA, PhD.

Norman B. Pierce, AB, STB, MA, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Although always in private practice on the South Shore and in Boston, Dr. Pierce also served as Assistant Director of the South Shore Counseling Center from 1982-1985; supervisor at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy from 1981-89 and 1991-95, and Director of the BIP Senior Clinical Fellow Program from 1986-1991. He was an Associate in Psychology in the Human Sexuality Program at McLean Hospital (Belmont) from 1994-1997. He earned his clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family therapy in 1974.

Dr. Pierce works with adults and seniors in individual and couple psychotherapy. His interests include the influence of ethnic and religious backgrounds, sexual orientation and sexual health, meditation and humor. The focus of treatment is to establish a safe relationship in which the client can pursue the personal goals he or she chooses, using all the strengths that have been developed in life to move forward.

In addition to self pay, Dr. Pierce accepts indemnity health insurances, Blue Shield, most Blue Shield preferred provider programs (not Blue Shield HMO), Medicare, (not Medicaid), United Health Care, United Behavior Health, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. With the wide assortment of health insurance programs, it’s best to understand the insurance you have.

Dr. Pierce has office hours on Mondays and Saturdays; therefore clients with need for more contact or frequent support may not be appropriate.

To contact Dr. Pierce, call 781-733-7646.


Ann Hagan Webb Ed.D.



Ann Hagan Webb Ed.D.

Ann Hagan Webb, Ed.D. has been in private practice at South Shore Counseling Center since 1983. She is a graduate of Brown University (B.A., Psychology, 1974) and Boston University (Ed.D. Counseling Psychology, 1982). She is a Massachusetts Licensed Psychologist and on the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Dr. Webb works with adults and adolescents, primarily in individual psychotherapy, with some adjunct family therapy when appropriate. Her specialties include: sexual abuse survivors, with a special interest in clergy abuse, PTSD, dissociative disorders, women's issues, developmental issues of adolescence, children of divorce.

Her therapeutic style is eclectic using both short and long term models, trauma model when applicable, cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis (only in the context of a client's ongoing therapy), and is informed by more traditional models of psychotherapy.

Dr. Webb has been a member of the Board of Directors of South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists since 1985, serving as president from 1987-2002. She has been an activist in the area of childhood sexual abuse for much of the past decade. Since 2002 she has served as the New England Coordinator of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and has been an active member of the Coalition to Reform Sex Abuse Laws in Massachusetts.

Services are often covered by health insurance, and she is on many but not all HMO/PPO panels including BC/BS (most plans), Medicare, UBH, Value Options. Clients should check with their insurance plans to verify coverage. Office hours include some evenings. Dr. Webb also maintains a private practice in Wellesley, MA. It is best to check with one’s own insurance company to see if she is on their panel of practitioners. Private pay is also accepted.

Please contact her at (781) 239-1182 or by e-mail.