Amanda Goncalves, BA (Billing Specialist)
Amanda has her Bachelors of Arts degree from Gordon College, Wenham MA. Right after she graduated from Gordon College she pursued a degree in Legal Interpreting from Boston University. Amanda has also received her licenses to work in the field of finances and has worked in the field since 2014. Amanda loves to work with numbers and to problem solve. At the Artful Life, she handles all of our billing, insurance claims, and our payroll. Amanda is here to help you with any type of billing questions or concerns that you may have. She can be reached at, ; 978-548-6288 ext 833

Madelene Pario, LMHC, ATR-BC (Co-Director and Founder):  

Madelene is a licensed mental health counselor, board-certified, registered art therapist, and artist with a Master's degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also works as an adjunct professor at Lesley University. In addition to children and families, Madelene also works with adolescents and adults with a diverse range of issues. Her areas of clinical expertise include: anxiety, depression, PTSD, racing thoughts, anger management, hyperactivity, bipolar disorder, group work and parenting support.

​Madelene is trained in cognitive behavioral trauma-focused therapy for children (TF-CBT), and is a Level One Certified Trauma-Informed Art Therapist. She is also trained in both DBT and EMDR, a treatment used to help with trauma and phobias.  She uses an eclectic approach, incorporating her skills in Art Therapy with Positive Psychology, Focusing, Mindfulness and DBT to treat a diverse range of issues. As an art therapist, Madelene is trained in using the arts (drawing, painting, collage, journaling, poetry, sculpture, etc) to help her clients access and express their thoughts and feelings. Often, using the creative arts can help unblock or express an issue that cannot be accessed through words, and can help a client progress in treatment. Art therapy has been proven to be especially helpful for those who have difficulty with verbal expression, and for those with a history of trauma or PTSD., 978-548-6288, ext. 802

Natalie Blue, MA, LMHC (Co-Director and Founder): 
Natalie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Expressive Arts Therapist and the Co-Founder of The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio in Beverly, MA. Over the past 10 years, Natalie has worked for various human service agencies on the North Shore such as Children’s Friend and Family Services, Family Continuity, the North Shore Rape Crisis Center and HAWC providing counseling to children, families, adolescents and adults. She was also the Clinical Director of the Spotlight Program at the Northeast Arc.
As a therapist, she practices a person-centered approach and applies a range of techniques including verbal therapy, CBT, mindfulness, expressive arts therapy, and play therapy depending on a person's needs and preferences. She also believes building an authentic connection with clients allows them to feel more grounded, self-aware, and able to have deeper and more meaningful relationships with themselves and other people in their lives.
In addition to The Artful Life, Natalie is also an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at Endicott College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Expressive Arts Therapy and Counseling Psychology from Lesley University. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), The Incredible Years and RainbowDance. She is a Level One Certified Trauma-Informed Art Therapist and trained in EMDR and DBT.​, 978-548-6288, ext. 801

Laura Forsblad, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)

Laura is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, a national certified counselor, a board certified art therapist, as well as a certified school counselor and art teacher. Laura has nine years experience applying the arts as a therapeutic modality and offer meaningful creative experiences that foster strengths, empowerment, expression beyond words, and healing.

Laura has extensive experience working in schools with special education students with diverse needs in K-12th grade. She has also worked in community based in-home therapy, residential treatment settings for adolescents, hospitalized setting for adults in recovery, and community grief centers. Laura has written grants to bring art therapy for families in need of early intervention services and adults with traumatic brain injuries. In addition, Laura spent time volunteering as an art therapist at a home and school for people with intellectual and physical disabilities in Sri Lanka. 

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Diane Larochelle, MA (Staff Therapist)*

Diane is a graduate of Lesley University with a MA in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy. She has experience working with individuals who have lived experience with trauma recovery, substance use disorders, and mental health issues. Diane has worked as a classroom teacher and is familiar with the unique needs of children and families coping with mental health issues and emotional disabilities in schools.  In addition to using expressive arts in treatment, she is trained  in Trauma Informed Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Soul Collage®. Diane is an experienced group leader having facilitated groups for adult women survivors of sexual trauma, women with substance abuse, and expressive arts therapy groups for youth.

Diane engages clients through an attitude of empowerment and education, understanding that clients hold valuable information and insight into their needs and dreams. Combining visual arts, music, dance/movement, drama and writing, Diane guides clients in a journey of self-discovery including values clarification, problem solving, and goal realization. Using a client-centered, strength-based approach, Diane helps clients to explore and engage with all parts of themselves towards the goal of achieving integration, personal balance, and overall wellness., 978-548-6288, ext 814

​*At this time, Diane is only able to take Optum, Harvard Pilgrim, Allways or United Healthcare clients.

Courtney Miranda, LMHC (Staff Therapist)*

Courtney is an expressive arts therapist and mental health counselor who earned her Masters degree in Expressive Arts Therapies and Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2015. She began her clinical career at Children’s Friend and Family Services working with children, adolescents, and adults, providing individual, family, group, and couple’s counseling in an outpatient and community-health based setting. In this clinical setting, she provided a multi-disciplinary approach of combining holistic, intermodal, creative modalities, with CBT, DBT, narrative, mindfulness, strength-based and person-centered care. She specializes in supporting and providing care for an array of presenting problems/concerns: mental health related issues, trauma-informed care/response, women’s/girl’s issues, depression, anxiety, family systems, cultural competency, grief/loss, self-identity development, self-exploration/growth, communication issues, life stressors, and phase of life problems.

In addition, she is dedicated to focusing on rapport and trust building, working collaboratively with each person to create a therapeutic approach that fits one’s needs.  She loves incorporating visual arts, music, dance/movement, mindfulness, drama/play, humor, and writing to facilitate creative growth, exploration, transformation, empowerment, and change. Courtney is also an adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Endicott College., 978-548-6288, ext 810

Danielle Jacobs, MA (Staff Therapist)*

Danielle Jacobs, MA, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Mental Health Counselor and 200-RYT Certified Yoga Instructor. She has been a yoga instructor for thirteen years and received a Master’s degree in Counseling with an Emphasis in Expressive Arts from William James College. Danielle has found yoga, mindfulness, journaling and art to be extremely healing forms of expression. Sharing her skills and guiding others into a safe space to explore, heal and grow is her intention. 

Danielle works with people of all ages and is especially passionate about working with young children, teens and college aged clients. Her approach is person-centered implementing verbal therapy, CBT, mindfulness, expressive arts and yoga therapy. She has experience with addiction, eating disorders, bi polar disorder, attachment and adjustment disorders. Additional trainings include Reiki master, Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor, Yoga for Addiction and yoga for those recovering from cancer.

​, 978-548-6288, ext 812

*At this time, Danielle is only able to take Optum, Harvard Pilgrim, Allways or United Healthcare clients.

The Artful Life Counseling Center and Studio, LLC

234 Cabot Street, Beverly MA 01915 • 978-548-6288 •

Natalie Blue and Madelene Pario, co-owners

Rebecca Perry, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)​​

Rebecca is a licensed mental health counselor who earned her Masters degree in Art Therapy from Lesley University in 2010 and has since worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings.  Being well versed in a multitude of art mediums, Rebecca is able to utilize a combination of approaches in her art therapy work that best meets the needs of the individual. 

Clinically, Rebecca is committed to supporting the individual from a holistic point and adapting to the needs of the client.  Having worked with individuals from a wide range of settings, she is mindful of the impact of one’s environment and circumstances on both the issues at hand and how best to address them.  This could range from working in the visual arts, to music, movement, play therapy, and a variety of other approaches.  In addition, she works to empower the person to gain a sense of agency over their own life and feel confident in addressing any issues or stressors that may arise.  She specializes in trauma-informed care, LGBTQ issues, women’s/girl’s issues, depression, anxiety, and self-identity development. Rebecca is also trained in DBT., 978-548-6288, ext. 805

Lisa Silveria, MA, LMHC (Senior Therapist):

Lisa is an Expressive Arts Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She received her MA in Expressive Arts Therapy in 1993, and her training was focused on using the various arts modalities to assist others in exploring their issues, and expressing their feelings through the creative process. Lisa's professional experience has included working with a myriad of populations, including children and adults dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Her professional specialties are sexual abuse and domestic violence. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty at Lesley University and Endicott College. Lisa is trained in both EMDR and DBT., 978-548-6288, ext. 803

Meet the Artful Life:

Al Vautour, LICSW, RDT (Staff Therapist)

Al, a licensed independent social worker and a registered drama therapist, has worked with children and adults in various capacities over 20 years including: in-school counseling, Youth Fire-Setters, Emergency Service Professionals, Immigrants and specializes with children on the Autism Spectrum.

As an artist and as a clinician Al is committed to the central place of play, drama and story in the lives of his clients. He strives to assist individuals in accessing their stories through play and drama, always looking toward their existing strengths and emerging skills to bring about solutions to their challenges. Though specializing in Drama Therapy, his work is supported and informed by the wide use of expressive arts therapies and as such strives to pair the best modalities to the needs of his clients. Al is also a DBT trained therapist., 978-548-6288, ext 808

Lily McConnell, LMHC (Staff Therapist)

A graduate of Lesley's Expressive Therapies program, Lily has years of experience include using art and play in therapy. Lily also has several years experience of care coordination, which has helped her see each child and family in the context of their community and support systems. Lily brings a client-centered, strengths-based, mindfulness approach to her work with clients. In addition to being a trained expressive arts therapist, Lily is also trained in DBT., 978-548-6288 ext 807

Allison Rabin, LMHC, ATR-BC (Staff Therapist)
Allison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Registered Art Therapist who earned an MA in Art Therapy from George Washington University in 2007. For more than a decade, Allison has worked with clients of all ages, individually and in Arts-Based Therapy Groups, to address challenging emotional, cognitive, and social issues through Art Therapy. Her specializations include: Trauma and PTSD, Anxietyand Depression, and Social or Communication difficulties. Allison is also trained in DBT. 

In her clinical work, Allison helps clients identify their objectives for therapy and collaboratively designs art projects to address these objectives through metaphor. Through an intuitive process, clients come to surface unexpressed thoughts and feelings effecting their mental health. Clients develop an inner voice and set of tools that help them to make healthy decisions and overcome obstacles, feeling less stuck and more adept at achieving life goals.

Allison is an accomplished visual artist and enjoys sharing her passion for drawing, painting, sewing, and mixed media., 978-548-6288 ext 809

Lyndsay Whitaker, MA (Staff Therapist) *

Lyndsay is a mental health counselor, art therapist, and artist who holds a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University. In addition to adolescents and families, Lyndsay also works with adults and older adults with a diverse range of treatment issues. Her areas of clinical expertise include: anxiety, depression, racing thoughts, trauma, PTSD, ODD, dementia and Alzheimer’s, and group work.

Clinically, Lyndsay’s approach is described as: non-judgmental, client-centered, and strengths-based. As an art therapist, she is trained in using the arts (drawing, painting, collage, fiber arts, journaling, photography, poetry, sculpture, etc) to help her clients identify and express their thoughts and feelings.  Art is the language of images, and as such, bypasses the verbal processing centers of the brain, making it universally accessible.

Lyndsay often utilizes the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, a trauma-informed care-model, in her practice. ARC’s foundation is built upon four key areas of study: normative childhood development, traumatic stress, attachment, and risk and resilience. Lyndsay is committed to client growth and development, using a variety of creative approaches specifically tailored to each individual’s treatment.

​, 978-548-6288, ext 813

*At this time, Lyndsay is only able to take Optum, Harvard Pilgrim, Allways or United Healthcare clients.