Gretchen Kurdziel Adams, Ph.D.
Dr. Kurdziel Adams(she/her/hers) is a gifted psychologist trained in therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Whatever the age, she is the kind of psychologist who keeps each client’s essential humanity front and center in their work together, creating space for the unspeakable to find a voice, broken attachments to be repaired, and for powerlessness to be transmuted into self-agency.
Specific populations she serves include adolescents experiencing anxiety or depression, pregnant women and new parents, individuals living with chronic illness, adults who struggle to feel safe with others and safe in their own bodies, and individuals who have experienced recent loss or who struggle with ongoing grief.
Dr. Kurdziel Adams’s near-decade in the field has honed her perspective on therapy, which she describes as, “a place to talk through circumstances in life that are causing pain or things that you want to change, with no obligation to reciprocate as in other relationships. "Therapy is a place to take a closer look at how we live our lives under the care of someone who is genuinely curious and listens carefully to understand you and what you’ve been through.” She considers symptoms within the context of their history (family and otherwise), their social and emotional circumstances, and importantly, their larger cultural context and identity. Her capacity to listen on multiple levels, provide needed support, and to mitigate shame enable her clients to gain clarity and access courage on their path forward. Dr. Kurdziel Adams also has extensive training in full psychologist assessment for children, adolescents, and adults and uses this training within her therapeutic approach, particularly when listening for cognitive thinking patterns and unspoken emotional experiences.
Dr. Kurdziel-Adams has published extensively and has furthered our understanding of maternal mental health, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, and emotional regulation. Her approach is characterized by the integration and cross-pollination of clinical work and research, and while she adapts to the needs of each client, she applies an empirically-driven contemporary psychodynamic orientation.
She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at The University of Tennessee -Knoxville, and completed her APA-accredited clinical internship in the child and adult combined track at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She went on to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Program for Psychotherapy and one year fellowship in Psychological Testing Services through Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School Division of Psychology/Department of Psychiatry.
Adeline Dettor, LICSW
Adeline Dettor is adept in helping couples, twenty-somethings, and working professionals become “unstuck” from painful emotions and ineffective ways of relating to themselves and others. Her expertise with grief, anxiety, depression, and trauma are accompanied by an approach to therapy that creates space for curiosity and for seemingly small and inconsequential observations to grow into life-altering insights.
She uses analytical, emotional, and somatic therapies to foster personal transformation within a welcoming atmosphere for dialogue with clients. Adeline models self-compassion, saying, “Therapy is a boundaried space wherein healing occurs by decreasing shame, increasing cognitive flexibility and emotional agility, and improving relationships.”
To facilitate lasting change, she tailors each therapy by integrating research and theory from neuroscience, attachment and development research, studies of stress responses, as well as object relations and Internal Family Systems theories. She has completed training in EMDR therapy and is able to provide this service to clients as well.
Individuals and couples will be guided through a process of understanding and improving relationships (independently and in couples therapy) and focusing on intrapsychic processes and psychological symptoms (anxiety, experiences of stress, obsessive or compulsive behavior, etc).
Adeline is skilled in mental health assessment and deftly connects knowledge of the interchange of what is happening within an individual and what is happening in their relationships as well as their larger social context. Her capacity to think systemically and readily move from one level of information to the next aids the efficacy of her work.
Addy received her Master of Social Work with a Mental Health Concentration and certification in Trauma from Boston College, afterwards completing a two-year advanced clinical fellowship in psychodynamic therapy through the Psychotherapy Institute of the Back Bay. She also completed a two-year couples therapy certification program through the Psychodynamic Couples and Family Institute of New England, and a year-long certification in understanding and treating complex trauma from The Trauma Institute. She has held positions at Fenway Health, The Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence, and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, and has served as a junior editor and co-facilitated research and teaching in the fields of psychology and critical philosophy.
“Above all, I focus on the continual fostering of a trusting, open, respectful, and safe relationship for clients in therapy, and as necessary will explore components of the therapeutic relationship as they inform the process of therapy.
“The adolescents, adults, and couples I enjoy working with often have an initial idea about what is not working and might be "stuck" in one way of approaching problems, which is not working for them. They struggle with intellectualizing or approaching themselves or others with a perfectionist or hyper-critical attitude, or conversely are very emotive but have trouble making sense of or interpreting their emotions.”
Carrie Potter, Ph.D.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR / THERAPIST
Dr. Potter is a clinical psychologist who specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders (including OCD and PTSD) and in the use of Cognitive Behavioral and Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches. She has a nonjudgmental and collaborative style and brings depth and insight to her role as a therapist, as well as the ability to be directive when needed. She has extensive experience practicing exposure-based therapy and often uses this approach with clients who are looking to overcome anxiety/OCD in a systematic and timely manner.
“We all wish to be less avoidant of things, but anxiety holds us back when we don’t have the tools for understanding and working with it,” says Dr. Potter. “I want to help clients find the rich and fulfilling kind of life they want. So together we imagine what that life looks like and then we map out a plan and bring it to fruition.”
Dr. Potter has made significant contributions to the understanding of the nature and origins of anxiety and related disorders and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She has published over 25 papers relevant to her work as a therapist and to the mechanisms of change in psychotherapy, and has obtained a grant from the National Institutes of Health to research adult anxiety.
“I love getting to spend my day talking to other people and helping them make meaningful changes that positively impact their relationships, because at the end of the day I find that feeling closer to and more connected with others is the best thing that my clients get out of our work together.”
Since receiving her doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Potter has logged extensive clinical hours in numerous settings (college counseling centers, outpatient clinics, and a VA hospital) working with patients living with serious psychological disorders (including mood, trauma-related, personality, substance use, and psychotic disorders), while borrowing from a number of treatment modalities (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, or DBT, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy). She recently transitioned from Massachusetts General Hospital to take on the role of Clinical Director at 1A Wellness.
I consider myself a psychodynamic psychotherapist at heart, but I still lean heavily on my cognitive behavioral training in order to remain a directive and change-oriented therapist.
Please contact Dr. Potter at 1A Wellness today!
Kristina Harter, Ph.D.
FOUNDER / THERAPIST
Kristina Harter is a psychologist with over 20,000 clinical hours and a longstanding expertise in treating anxiety and shame. Her career has been dedicated to bringing depth to therapeutic work and helping clients learn the skills needed to take immediate, actionable steps toward making life changes. This mix is the cornerstone of 1A Wellness’ approach.
She graduated phi beta kappa with highest honors in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and received her doctorate in clinical psychology from UNC-CH under Dr. Frank Floyd (in the lineage of Dr. John Gottman). There, she specialized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) research, focusing on the immediate process of communication as a means of improving relationships.
After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Program for Psychotherapy (Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital), she spent two years running the couples portion of “The Harvard Study of Adult Development” through Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, before transitioning to private practice to work with adolescents, adults and couples, during which time she pursued additional training in Internal Family Systems (IFS).In 2019, Dr. Harter launched 1A Wellness to serve more people and to create a collaborative community of like-minded clinicians who can excel in the essential and sustaining work of therapy. She is a principle-based leader and the visionary for 1A Wellness and believes that "good therapy can change the world."Kristina is a social scientist whose scholarly work focuses on how small shifts can lead to transformational change, and is also a writer who has documented her own relational experiences for over a decade. She serves as a supervisor, consultant, and IFS coach and conducts short-term therapy and intensives for 1A Wellness. Originally from South, she is now solidly a New Englander; before the pandemic hit, she was often newly surprised when she returned to her native home and total strangers would say hello on the street.
Sarah J Mitchell, LICSW
Sarah Mitchell is a clinical social worker who specializes in therapy with women and teens. She has considerable experience in family systems approaches and is gifted in helping adolescents to demystify and better cope with strong emotions. She has an enjoyable approach to therapy and is committed to providing clients the skills and encouragement needed to successfully navigate life’s storms.
"Therapy can be hard work, but it can also be fun work. And if our goal is to get to a place in life where our relationships, our self-care and our outlook are all improved, that adds up to a significantly more enjoyable life. In my experience, the therapeutic environment is a reflection of that vision for a fulfilling, enjoyable life."
Sarah is passionate about helping clients discover their hidden strengths and her style is warm, engaging and expressive. She is particularly adept at helping clients gain clarity and creates a nurturing environment in which it is possible to maintain levity even when discussing the most painful of topics or situations.
Sarah adds, “The thoughts in our heads - both positive and negative - influence us, outside of our own awareness. We are in a conversation with ourselves all day long, and when we become more aware of how we talk to ourselves, it gives us the chance to become gentler with ourselves and more compassionate toward others. By changing the internal dialogue, we are empowered to make healthier choices and to live with greater clarity and fulfillment.”
Her approach is similar to thinkers like Brené Brown and Carl Rogers, who understand the power of vulnerability and the need for unconditional positive regard. These core principles have governed her work with clients for over two decades; she has worked with children, teens, and adults in school, wilderness, and private practice settings, and has taught the next generation of therapists as a Masters-level social work professor.
Devlin Jackson, Ph.D.
Devlin Jackson (postdoctoral fellow) works with clients to identify feelings of stress, anxiety, grief or sadness, and to understand the ways in which they contribute to our day-to-day lives.
As a clinician with extensive experience in neuropsychological assessment, she knows a great deal about how the mind works and how to help people develop the skills needed to better understand and resolve emotional pain--particularly those who are driven toward success and prone to falling into perfectionistic or rigid patterns of thinking. Her clients have commented on her great sense of humor, her caring and empathic nature, as well as her memory for details about their stories.
Dr. Jackson says, “I love working with adolescents and young adults navigating transitions, anxiety, loss, depression. Given the current circumstances in our world, I feel very passionate about providing support to adolescents and young adults for whom many milestones (school, graduations, beginning college, entering the workforce) have been turned upside-down.”
Dr. Jackson has over 3900 clinical hours logged since beginning clinical work in the fall of 2015. She has worked with children (age 5 - age 14), and emerging adults (ages 15 - through college years), and adults. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, including serving for a year as a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, with placements at Beth Israel (in neuropsychology) and at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. She also holds Masters degrees in Psychology in Education and in Clinical Psychology from Columbia and a Masters in Education from Harvard, specifically for work in higher education.
Laura Winters Unsworth, LMFT
CLINICAL MANAGER / THERAPIST
Laura Unsworth is a skilled child, adult, and couples therapist, an expert in attachment and body-focused treatment modalities, and someone who can help you develop the skills and self-compassion needed to embrace a life narrative focused on strength and resilience.
She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with advanced training in evidenced-based therapies that include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She also has growing experience with one of our key modalities at 1A Wellness, Internal Family Systems (IFS).
She is the rare clinician whose great capacity for perceiving others and working with relationships allows her to assist those who have faced extremely challenging situations in their life, and to help them move toward transformation and change. Her relational training allows her to expertly guide clients towards greater connection in their key relationships. Her ability to work successfully with people of different ages stems from her knowledge of attachment and family system theory as well as her essential understanding of how trauma and stress impact us physically.
“I love helping adolescent females and adult women to befriend their bodies, and to shift narratives embedded in trauma and shame to narratives of resilience and self-compassion. Trauma and anxiety often strip us of essential trust in ourselves; I work closely with clients to create greater self-trust and security in body, mind, and spirit.”
She specializes in the treatment of anxiety and trauma, and enjoys helping adolescent girls, prenatal and perinatal parents, blended/divorced families, and clients navigating identity issues and life transitions. She also provides spiritually integrative therapy, and received her Masters degree from Seattle University where she was recognized for her therapeutic service to the community as well as for her original work examining the integration of spirituality into psychotherapy and the best practices for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Although she grew up in Massachusetts, Ms. Unsworth has been on the West Coast for the past several years and we are fortunate at 1A Wellness that she decided to return home.
My approach is affirming yet challenging. I view relational growth as a pathway to emotional, cognitive, and physical wellness. In sessions, I typically combine skills training and process-oriented interventions and focus on shifting the negative beliefs that perpetuate shame, disconnection and limit our agency.
I believe that our bodies communicate profoundly, meaning that I often focus on your embodied experience in our shared work. When we are able to locate our emotions physically, we can then learn skills to attend to our bodies well—offering compassion and acceptance rather than rejection or avoidance. Given that much of my clinical expertise focuses on treating anxiety and trauma, I believe that in attending to our bodies, we are able to experience deeper transformation than if we solely focus on our cognitive experience.
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