A Creative Approach to Recovery.
Right Turn is in-network with BCBS of Massachusetts and Tufts Health Plan, and accepts most private insurance plans.
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Right Turn, Inc.
440 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Our multidisciplinary team has developed a kind, gentle approach designed to engage people from the first phone call. We believe that all people can get well – they may just need a different, more inspiring approach. To this end, we offer evidence-based treatment that fosters self-expression and imagination, and a caring staff that is willing to pull out a guitar or a paintbrush to help someone change direction. This multi-dimensional approach creates opportunities for us to address underlying problems to help people along their path to recovery from addiction and other disorders. It also allows us to look at addiction from multiple angles and to tailor unique recovery strategies for each individual.
Our experienced team includes:
• Social Workers
• Mental Health Counselors
• Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors (LADC)
• Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselors (CADC)
• Intervention Professionals – Board Registered (CIP)
• Relapse Prevention Specialists
• Family and Couples Therapists
• Case Management Specialists
• Expressive Therapists (Art, Music and Writing)
• Yoga Instructor
Gabrielle (Abby) Dean, LICSW, MPH
Clinical Director of Right Turn
“I like my job because people get better. I get to see people at their best.”
Abby. Clinical Director of Right Turn since 1995, has a professional training rooted in social work, public health and psychotherapy. Her vision is to create a program where people feel a sense of community. Abby believes that all individuals deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, and that fostering individual creativity is critical for recovery.
Before arriving at Right Turn, Abby designed and run various substance use disorder and mental health recovery programs, a residential program for opiate-addicted women and their children, and a women’s treatment program.
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Mark Albanese, M.D.
Medical Director of Right Turn
“For whatever reason, I was attracted to working with those people who are most marginalized in our society, that is, people with addictions. Perhaps what is most helpful is my hopefulness about their recovery.”
Dr. Albanese attended Harvard College and Cornell University Medical School. He completed an internship in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and a psychiatry residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry.
He is Director of Adult Outpatient Psychiatry and Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. I
Dr. Albanese joined the Right Turn Team because he believed in the mission of the agency and the clinical team-building approach under Director Abby Dean.
Woody Giessmann, LADC-I, CADC, CIP, AIS
Founder and Chairman of Right Turn
“I became an addictions specialist in 1993, after experiencing the devastating effects of drug and alcohol use disorder as the drummer for the rock band, The Del Fuegos. I became keenly aware of the need for innovative services, continuous support, and ongoing encouragement for people who have been affected by addictions and co-occurring mental health disorders.”
Woody Giessmann is the Founder and Chairman of Right Turn. A professional interventionist and a member of The Pennsylvania Certification Board (CIP), a full member of The Association for Intervention Specialists (AIS) and was appointed to The Board Of Registry In Medicine by Governor Charlie Baker in February of 2016. Having spent many years of his professional life in music and the visual arts, Woody believes that the creative mission of Right Turn is of paramount importance.
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Peter Beagen, LADC
Counselor and Intake/Screening
Peter is an addiction’s counselor and intake/screening coordinator for Right Turn. A member of the Right Turn Team since 2014, Peter brings his background in experiential wilderness therapy and treatment to the Right Turn program. Peter looks forward to helping clients move on to a new way of life and incorporate solid programs of recovery into the next phase of their lives.
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House Manager and Community Outreach
Bob Henry has been an integral part of the Right Turn family since the very beginning. He is an original member of Right Turn’s steering committee, and served for many years as a producer for the weekly sober café, Right Turn LIVE!
These days, Bob serves as the manager of the Men’s Extended Care Housing Program, in addition to his duties as an addictions counselor and outreach coordinator.
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Joshua Bennett – Johnson, ( LADC eligible)
Addiction Counselor and Group Therapist
"The process of recovery breaks the destructive cycle of addiction — it is an intensely powerful experience. It is beautiful, and restorative. We get to rediscover all of the things that we loved about life. We learn to start living again. I’m honored to be a part of it.”
Joshua has been an addictions counselor at Right Turn since 2012. He facilitates groups within the Intensive Outpatient and Extended Care programs, including a 16 week anger-management course and a weekly creative process series. Additionally, he runs the bi-weekly family support group on Monday evenings, "Recovery, it's a Family Affair".
Jon Cohan, CADC
Family Program Therapist, Family Workshop Facilitator
Jon is a long-time member of the Right Turn team and has over 10 years of experience in the substance use disorder and mental health fields. He sits on the Advisory Board of Middlesex Community College’s Addiction Counseling Program and is on the Board of Directors of NAMI’s Central Middlesex chapter. Jon has appeared as a guest on Fox 25 news and WGBH’s “Greater Boston” to speak about the opiate crisis in New England. Jon is also a professional musician, producer, and drum tech with over 150 studio recording credits to his name.
Lisa Coppola, M.Ed, LMHC
Addiction Counselor and Group Therapist
" I believe getting in touch with the creativity within ourselves is powerful, builds strength and can often bring out of us the truths we need to face. I practice a relational and cultural approach to therapy and I love witnessing people grow through their own unique journeys of transformation and discovery."
Lisa is a licensed mental health counselor, LMHC, specializing in dual diagnosis, addiction and adoptee issues. She has created and facilitated spirituality-centered recovery groups and creative writing groups for substance abuse organizations in Cambridge, Boston, and Arlington. At Right Turn she utilizes her training in Narrative therapy to guide facilitation of Creative Writing and Journaling groups and she is also involved in facilitation of our Family Support groups.
Kate Dare-Winters, LICSW, M.Div
Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist
“The most compelling thing about working in addictions is the opportunity to be part of someone’s transformative experience. Acknowledging that people are more than their addiction or illness is core, and then we offer information, skills, suggestions, and support with persistent caring, honesty, and good humor. That’s what I think contributes to our clients getting better at Right-Turn.”
Kate has been working in the field of addictions and recovery since 1992. Her areas of interest and expertise include co-occurring disorders, trauma, and spirituality. She has an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work and a M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and appreciates the connection between spirituality and recovery. Kate is also a visual artist working in mixed media and is interested in the relationship between creativity and recovery. In addition to her affiliation with Right Turn, she is currently a Teaching Associate at the Harvard Medical School and has a private practice in Cambridge, MA.
“Working as an Addictions counselor at Right-Turn, I have the privilege of co-running Right -Turn’s unique music process group.In this group, clients explore and experience music as a healing tool. Whether they are doing lyric analysis, genre exploration, theme-driven songwriting exercises or simply playing a game, clients have the opportunity to confront issues commonly associated with substance use disorder while in a safe environment. It’s a joy to watch clients go from expressing the doubt of completing a given songwriting directive to listening to them deliver the finished song with a newly found confidence.”
After 25 years in the music business, Jim came to Right Turn as an intern in 2015. After completing the LADC program at Umass Boston, Jim was hired as a clinician in 2016.
Jim is an accomplished musician who has toured extensively and has appeared on NBC’s Late night with Conan O’brien and NPR’s Mountain Stage.
Thomas Goldberger, M.D.
Physician Specializing in Addiction Medicine
“After a long and fulfilling career in Emergency Medicine, I found another calling. It is intensely rewarding and heartwarming to watch someone with a shattered life, who has lost all hope, rebuild that life and become the person they want to be.”
After 28 years in Emergency Medicine, I practiced Urgent Care Medicine for several years. For the past two years I have practiced Addiction Medicine exclusively
Peter C. Johnson, CADC
Intake Coordinator and Relapse Prevention Specialist
A member of the Right Turn team since 2005, Peter serves as relapse prevention specialist for the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Additionally, Peter serves as an individual therapist. Peter spent 30 years in the music business as an artist with A&M and CBS Records. He was also the founder and co-owner of Musitech Productions, a production studio in Boston. In 1988, he was awarded an Emmy for his work with the ABC network. Earlier in his life, he was the five-time U.S. National Champion in the lightweight single sculls and, in 1966, was cited by Sports Illustrated as the best lightweight single sculler in the world. For more on Peter’s music career, visit him at www.petercjohnson.com
Himal Mitra, M.D.
Dr. Mitra completed his undergraduate degree at Amherst College. He attended medical school at The University of Colorado and completed his psychiatric training in the Boston area. Dr. Mitra has been working in the field for 30 years, specializing in psychoanalysis and adult psychiatry. He currently works at The Brookline Center and in private practice. He has been at Right Turn since 2011. Dr. Mitra thinks highly of the community of recovery, which he believes helps people deal with the underlying conditions that so often contribute to addiction.
Sinéad McCarthy, M.A., PsyD
Post Doctoral Clinician
Dr. Sinéad McCarthy received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from William James College (formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) in Newton. She received her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge. Throughout her clinical experience she has had the opportunity to work with adolescents, adults, and families throughout the Greater Boston area on such issues as addictions, eating disorders, relational conflicts, and personal identity. Dr. McCarthy also has clinical experience administering and interpreting psychological and neuropsychological tests. She joined the Right Turn team in the fall of 2013.
Jeff joined the Right Turn team in 2016 and is involved in both the daytime and evening Intensive Outpatient Programs. He facilitates the weekly Men’s Process Group as well as Meditation and Wellness Groups in addition to counseling clients individually. Prior to working in the recovery field, Jeff facilitated meditation groups at Northeastern Correctional Center in Concord and the Boston Pre-Release Center in Roslindale.
Mick Ramos, MA
Therapist & Insurance Liaison
Mick joined the Right Turn team as a clinical mental health counselor after completing his internship in 2015 and receiving his M.A. in mental health counseling and behavioral medicine from the Boston University School of Medicine. Besides his interest in addiction, Mick’s clinical experience has included working with young adults, depression, anxiety, and psychological research. As a counselor, he facilitates psychoeducation groups such as Men’s Wellness and Addiction Education, as well as creative process groups with music and photography. Mick is also an accomplished live performer, playing blues and rock guitar in local bands in the New England scene. Mick continues to carry his passion for music and performance to his work at Right Turn.
Elena Rozzi Pellegrino, LMHC
“I believe everyone has the capability to change. I have seen how the power of group therapy helps clients to heal. In my groups, members will find ways to use meditation, breathing and visualization to become more mindful and present during their own recovery process. I introduce various ways to feel more grounded such as yoga, tai-chi and mindfulness.”
Elena is a licensed mental health counselor focusing on treatment for couples, family, and adolescents, and she is trained to treat clients with a dual diagnosis. She received her Master’s Degree in 2002, and has been in private practice since 2004. Elena facilitates the Stress and Relaxation groups and the DBT group for the Right Turn Intensive Outpatient Program.
She also runs the Partner Support Group bi-weekly on Monday evenings.
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Art Therapist & Counselor
Jen Ziefert, LMHC, ATR
Jen has been with Right Turn since 2011. As a registered art therapist, Jen uses a creative process to help clients discover new meanings, validate experiences and feelings, and foster a deeper connection to self. Jen earned her Master’s Degree in Creativity Development and Art Therapy at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has experience in the treatment of eating disorders, addictions, and mental health disorders. Jen also works individually with clients using traditional psychotherapy and expressive therapy techniques.
Extended Care Housing Team:
Clinical Practice Admininstrator
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