Looking Glass Counseling is a mental health practice committed to providing a safe non-judgmental environment for its clients. Our mission is to provide compassionate and quality care for a variety of mental health needs.

We are a team of dedicated licensed professionals who believe in creating therapeutic treatment tailored to you and your individual needs. Looking Glass Counseling provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, families, adults, couples and groups, as well as consultation and supervision to other professionals.


Looking Glass Counseling provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. We also provide consultation and supervision to other mental health and affiliated professionals.

Our clinicians have specialty training and experience in the following areas:

  • grief & loss
  • relationship issues
  • college transitions
  • adolescents
  • children
  • couples therapy
  • trauma
  • pregnancy & postpartum
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • family therapy

We have clinicians who are trained in the following therapeutic approaches:

Trauma-informed practice

Trauma-informed therapy incorporates an understanding of the neurobiological and psychological effects of trauma, including the differing impacts of childhood trauma, environmental trauma, ongoing trauma or single-incident trauma. Central tenants of this therapy include establishing safety, increasing emotional regulation skills, trauma processing, improving interpersonal relationships & self-perception, and empowerment.
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Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic therapy is an insight-oriented approach that strives to
increase a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. We are shaped by our early family relationships, and it’s important to understand the patterns that were set into motion early in our lives and how they impact our current relationships.
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Perinatal mental health

Perinatal mental health refers to any issues that may arise as a result of planning a family, being pregnant, or having a child. This can include infertility, miscarriage, abortion, termination, pregnancy, stillbirth, premature birth, traumatic birth experiences, postpartum mood & anxiety disorders, attachment issues, family stress, or identity shifts regarding parenthood.
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Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive therapy incorporates the use of arts-based techniques into therapy. It can often tap into different ways of seeing things by utilizing creativity and the imagination. Expressive therapy can include the use of visual art, music, movement, writing, poetry, drama, storytelling, and sandtray.
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Gottman Method

The Gottman Method for couples is a structured, goal-oriented, and scientifically-based therapy. Its aim is to help partners increase respect, affection, and closeness for each other, resolve conflict when they feel stuck, generate greater understanding between partners, and keep conflict discussions calm.
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IFS (Internal Family Systems)

IFS is a non-pathologizing model of psychotherapy that explores a person’s relationship with different parts of him or herself. Sometimes parts of ourselves take on extreme feelings or beliefs. It can be helpful to get to know these parts and understand what’s motivating their actions. One goal of therapy is to restore balance to our internal system of parts so that we are conducting our lives from a grounded, centered place.
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DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)

DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment that encourages clients to work toward both acceptance and change. It is often used to treat suicidal behavior, self-injury, eating disorders, depression, trauma, and relational issues. DBT focuses heavily on skill building in these four areas: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness.
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EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR is a protocol for treating trauma that includes bilateral stimulation, often in the form of eye movements or tapping side-to-side. The goal is to process “stuck” traumatic memories and shift how they are stored in your brain, no longer causing present-day distress.
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CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

CBT is a problem-solving approach to treatment that helps clients identify distorted ways of thinking and teaches them how to change. Through practice, clients are able to learn new ways of interacting with their thoughts, which in turn impacts their behavior and their feelings.
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Animal Assisted Play Therapy

Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) is a full integration of play therapy with animal-assisted therapy, primarily for mental health/psychotherapy and education purposes.
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Vicky Reichert

Vicky Reichert, LMHC

Vicky is the owner of Looking Glass Counseling. She has over 10 years of experience working as a psychotherapist, both in private practice and community settings. She is on adjunct faculty in the Master’s program in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College and has also taught at Lesley University.

Vicky specializes in working with people who have experienced trauma. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, is a certified rape crisis counselor, and is fully trained in EMDR. She has also completed the level 1 training in Internal Family Systems therapy. She brings this trauma-informed lens to her work, which includes understanding the physical and emotional responses of both long-term and single-incident trauma.

For many years, Vicky has also been committed to working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period. She understands the particular challenges that can come along with having a child, including postpartum depression and anxiety, traumatic birth experiences, attachment issues, and identity shifts as one becomes a parent. She has completed post-graduate training in maternal mental health and is an active volunteer with Postpartum Support International of MA.

Vicky is passionate about her work and approaches sessions with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and respect. She believes that therapy is a collaborative effort, and works hard to achieve a healthy balance of support and challenge to encourage growth and healing.

Vicky accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Commercial Health Plans
Harvard Pilgrim

Briana Chalker

Briana Chalker, LMHC, ATR

Briana believes in the importance of working from a client-centered, strength-based therapeutic approach. Through incorporating mindfulness, internal family systems, play and expressive modalities into her practice, she works to create a therapeutic process that is designed specifically to each individual.

Briana is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed art therapist. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She has worked with individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds and in a variety of communities. Her experience includes: anxiety, autism, trauma, depression,
communication disorders, social/pragmatics, crisis intervention and cross-cultural art therapy.

Briana accepts the following insurance plans:
Harvard Pilgrim


Christina Hampton, LMHC

Christina views psychotherapy as a process of gaining insight and igniting change. She focuses on client’s strengths and embraces a holistic model of care. Her experiences of working in various cultural contexts as a Peace Corps Volunteer have enhanced her sensitivity to how culture plays a role in psychotherapy.

Christina believes that a safe and supportive environment is essential to the therapy process. With acceptance, authenticity, and empathy, Christina aims to work collaboratively with clients to help them in their path towards growth and healing.

She has developed her approach through seven years of experience providing clinical mental health services in a variety of settings. Christina earned her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, where she is currently an adjunct professor. She also serves on the board of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

As an expressive arts therapist, Christina offers the option of incorporating the arts (including the visual arts, movement, writing, drama, and music) into her work with clients. She believes that the use of the expressive arts can assist in self-expression and inspire deeper insight.

Christina has experience in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. Her specialities include trauma and attachment, anxiety, depression, grief, and college-age transitions. She has advanced training in trauma-informed art therapy, sensorimotor arousal regulation treatment, and mindfulness strategies.

Christina accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Commercial Health Plans
Harvard Pilgrim

Max McMahon

Max McMahon, LCSW

Max holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and has specialized in conflict resolution and mediation practice in school and community-based settings.

Max is a conversational therapist who uses empathetic listening, guided questions and natural curiosity to elicit mindful and honest reflection. With an emphasis on identifying patterns of thought and behavior and understanding the larger narratives of one’s life, Max sees therapy as an active pathway forward, especially during uncertain and anxious times. Using an array of therapeutic approaches and techniques, Max focuses on conscientious problem-solving and addressing dilemmas of all kinds.

Max has worked with elementary, high school and college students and with families providing a broad array of support addressing substance abuse, mood and anxiety issues, crisis stabilization, relationship challenges, inertia, life transitions and workplace and school adjustment concerns.

Max grew up in metro Boston and is a father, cyclist, hiker and documentary film buff. He wants to someday write a children’s book or pitch an ingenious invention on Shark Tank!

Max accepts the following insurance plans:


Rachel Pucillo

Rachael Pucillo, LMHC

Rachael is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with many years of clinical experience in the mental health field. She has been a therapist and clinical supervisor in both residential and outpatient centers, as well as an adjunct professor at Lesley University. Rachael’s approach towards all clients is one of compassion, education, and empathy. She believes in the power of vulnerability as a catalyst for lasting change, as well as the importance of education and information throughout the process.

For the past four years, Rachael has been highly involved in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and disordered eating. Most recently, Rachael has been the assistant clinical director of a residential eating disorder treatment center where she has cultivated a significant understanding of the intricacies and complexities of this diagnosis.

Rachael has enjoyed helping clients with a variety of clinical challenges including depression, anxiety, addiction, and eating disorders. She is also educated in trauma-informed treatment and takes a compassionate and educated approach to helping clients understand and navigate the healing process.

Rachael accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Commercial Health Plans
Harvard Pilgrim

Tara Redepenning

Tara Redepenning, LMHC

Tara earned her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University. She is experienced in working with adolescents and adults in school-based, crisis, and community settings. Tara brings a holistic approach to her work using psychodynamic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based strategies, and stress reduction techniques. Tara has expertise in working with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, adolescents, and college-age transitions. She also has a clinical interest in working with women during pregnancy and the postpartum period, including fostering and adoptive families.

As an expressive arts therapist, Tara is skilled in incorporating art making, movement and other creative activities into therapy sessions. This approach can enhance the therapeutic work, but is always optional depending on client preference.

Tara takes an active role in the therapeutic process. She hopes to create a safe and supportive space to explore thoughts, feelings, relationships, stressors and strengths.

Tara accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Commercial Health Plans
Harvard Pilgrim

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams, LICSW

Ashley is a warm & engaging therapist who specializes in working with adults and couples. She earned her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College and is currently on adjunct faculty at Simmons. She has worked as a therapist and case manager in community, partial hospitalization and healthcare consultancy settings. She has recently completed the Level 1 training for Gottman Method Couples Therapy and plans to continue training towards certification. Ashley also has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

Ashley’s areas of clinical specialty include relationship issues, low self-esteem/confidence, life transitions, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, Ashley has an interest in working with women in the prenatal and postpartum period who are struggling with emotional complications.

Ashley believes in creating a trusting, supportive and comfortable environment for clients that emphasizes skill building and acceptance. She recognizes that not every person will fit with just one therapeutic approach and works with her clients to collaboratively develop a plan to fit her clients’ needs. In addition to utilizing evidenced based models for the treatment of couples, her theoretical approach includes a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy.

Ashley accepts the following insurance plans:
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Tufts Commercial Health Plans
Harvard Pilgrim

Rachel Woodward

Rachel Woodward, LMHC

Rachel earned her Masters Degree from Lesley University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Guidance. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, and families in outpatient, in-home, and school settings. She has recently completed the Level 1 training in Animal-Assisted Play Therapy through the International Institute of Animal-Assisted Play Therapy, and plans to continue her training for more advanced levels of certification. In addition to her work with Looking Glass Counseling, Rachel is also a therapist at the Community Therapeutic Day School in Lexington, MA.

Rachel’s main focus is working with children and adolescents with a range of difficulties. She brings deep experience in working with ASD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, self-regulation, developmental disabilities, and learning disabilities. She believes that play is the work of the child, and that it is through relationship and play that change can occur. In order to ensure the best possible care, Rachel is dedicated to working closely with the families of her clients. It is important to her that whole child be seen and understood.

One tool that Rachel offers is collaboration with Penny, her therapeutic partner and beloved Bassett Hound. With Animal-Assisted Play Therapy techniques, using animals in certain sessions with clients can be immensely beneficial and truly remarkable. Working with Penny is utilized on a case-by-case basis, based on clinical need and child and family preference.

Rachel is not an in-network provider with any insurance companies, but we are happy to provide documentation if your plan covers out-of-network providers. We also offer a sliding fee scale based on income.



This is Penny and she is a therapy dog! She has been Rachel’s pet for 8 years, and has been doing therapy work for a year and a half. She really loves to play and is always so happy to meet new people, especially kids! Her favorite things are getting pet, eating treats, taking naps, and long strolls when she gets to sniff anything she wants.

Elizabeth Dagnall

Elizabeth Dagnall
Administrative Assistant

After many years working in administrative support in higher education settings, Elizabeth is now work-from-home mom and graduate counseling student. She provides billing and administrative support for Looking Glass Counseling while caring for her family and pursuing her studies and interests, which include the impact of chronic illness on mental health, the mind-body connection, and energy healing.

Fees & Forms

  • 15-minute phone consultation: free
  • 50-minute intake session: $150
  • 45-minute psychotherapy session: $120
  • 75-minute group therapy session: $40

Here is what you should consider prior to using your insurance for psychotherapy:

  1. We recommend that you contact your insurance prior to starting therapy to inquire about your behavioral health benefits, whether or not you need pre-authorization or referral, your co-pays or deductible, and if you have other provision or limitations to your particular policy.
  2. For some people it makes sense to use health insurance for psychotherapy, especially if it allows them access to services they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford. Insurance companies can sometime pay for a portion or all your therapy, based on your policy. Other people decide that the flexibility afforded by paying privately is worth the extra cost.
  3. You will be asked to provide written authorization for your therapist to communicate with your insurer. The insurance company is entitled to some personal information about your situation and treatment plan.
  4. You will be given a mental health diagnosis by your therapist (such as depression, PTSD, adjustment disorder, etc.) in order to prove medical necessity. If you don’t meet criteria for diagnostic criteria, your insurer may not pay for your therapy. You should know that some people do fall into diagnostic categories, especially when they experience significant stress in their lives, but some do not. Many people are seeking therapy even if they do not exhibit significant distress; however they use therapy as a tool for self-enhancement and self-growth. Being a medical insurance, the insurers only support therapy that is deemed medically necessary.
  5. Your insurer controls the length of therapy and sometimes the models of therapy they accept.

We suggest that you consider your options based on your specific circumstances and the purpose of your therapy. Ultimately, it is your decision and it is usually a balance of needs, privacy, and cost.

Some of our clinicians are in-network providers for Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Tufts Health Plan, Aetna, and United Health Care. In order to see which therapist accepts which insurance plans, please check the Providers page. If you have another insurance carrier that covers out-of-network providers, we will be happy to provide you with documentation for reimbursement. If you choose to pay out of pocket, we offer a sliding scale based on your income.

Please fill out the following Intake Packet to bring to your first session: Client Intake Packet

Contact Us

We have 3 office locations in & around Davis Square in Somerville. We are conveniently located near the Red Line and the bike path.

  • 402 Highland Ave. Suite G (in the heart of Davis Square)
  • 278 Elm St. Suite 229 (in the heart of Davis Square, handicapped accessible)
  • 2 Alpine St. (1/2 mile from Davis Square, along the bike path)

All correspondence should be addressed to:
402 Highland Ave. Suite G
Somerville, MA 02144

To request an appointment or to obtain additional information about any of our counseling services, please fill out the contact form. It is helpful to know what insurance you have, if you plan to use your health insurance to pay for therapy. You can also call us at (617) 702-9131.

We are committed to your privacy. Do not include confidential or private information regarding your health condition in this form, as it is not a secure form of communication.This is for general questions or messages only.