• James Barker, LICSW


    I am a licensed clinical social worker who received a Masters of Social Work from Boston College.  I have been providing outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment since 1994.  My clinical experience includes work in family based community mental health centers prior to joining Park Place Associates in 2002. Clinical specialties are individual therapy for adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, and addiction related problems.  In addition I provide couples and family therapy.  I have received extensive training in clinical hypnosis and EMDR.  I integrate psychodynamic, cognitive- behavioral, and mindfulness-based models of therapy in my clinical practice.

    I have also been working with immigration lawyers in Massachusetts providing assessment and advocacy services for individuals and families affected by immigration problems.

  • Ellen Curley, LICSW


    I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. I have a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Early in my career, my focus was on women’s issues and family violence and I worked in the administration of several non-profit organizations serving women and children. When I chose to concentrate on clinical work, my focus expanded. In my 25 years of clinical practice, I have broadened my areas of interest and currently treat people with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, relationships, loss and trauma. More recently, I have completed both Levels I and II in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to treat the suffering inherent in trauma and continue with ongoing training and supervision.  Today I do both individual and couples work with adults. My style is both empathic and goal-oriented.

  • Raymond Dinoi, LICSW


    I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a co-founder of Park Place Associates.  I work with individual adults, older adolescents and couples.  I have experience helping people with emotional reactions to chronic and terminal illnesses, situational and long term depression and with particular anxiety disorders that include avoidance.  My theoretical frame includes Transactional Analysis (TA), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psycho-education.    I graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and have experience in a wide range of clinical settings including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, hematology-oncology and community mental health.  I have been in private practice since 1977.

    Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the use of TA. This approach helps us to become more aware of our different mental parts, or ego states, which influence the way we think, feel, and behave. Then, we are able to use our increased awareness to help us to make better decisions about problems in living.

  • Ruth M. Gile, LICSW


    Helping people to become happier in the art of living as they move through the family life cycle is the primary focus of my work. I am a licensed independent clinical social worker with a degree from Boston College. Throughout the years I have worked in clinical settings as clinician, supervisor, director, consultant and trainer. Primarily, I do therapy with adults who struggle with family relationship issues, job stressors, loss and grief, and chronic medical conditions. My other area of expertise is couples therapy. This includes marital discord, helping couples at the beginning of their relationships, dealing with parental conflict, resolving ongoing communication issues, or dealing with ending a partnership.

  • Kathleen McCarthy-Taylor, LICSW


    I am a licensed independent clinical social worker in private practice in Worcester since 1985 and a co-founder of Park Place Associates.  After a career in teaching, I received my M.S.W. from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 1983.  Over the years I have served on the boards of Faith, Inc. and the Greater Worcester Council for Children, and on the Governor’s Committee for Alzheimer’s Disease. I work with adults of all ages who may be experiencing depression, anxiety or uncertainty as they attempt to cope with life’s many challenges such as trauma, divorce, parenting, and aging issues.  I work to understand the ways people become stuck in old beliefs and behaviors.  In order to encourage and support change I may use a variety of approaches including psycho-education, cognitive-behavioral tools, hypnotherapy and meditation, always with a focus on the therapeutic relationship as the basis for healing.

  • Norma Medway, Psy.D.


    I received my BA from the University of South Alabama and my MA and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire.  I believe in offering a personalized approach tailored to each individual to provide an interactive, solution-focused treatment environment.  My areas of practice include psychological assessment, neuropsychological screening, and individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults.  I have an interest in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, adjustment disorders, and ADHD in children and adults. I have expertise in diagnostic assessment and planning for individuals within the Autism Spectrum, including the determination of guardianship and competency.  I am also a certified divorce mediator.

    My practice includes a consulting specialty providing consultation, pre-hire /developmental assessments, and executive coaching to multiple companies and organizations.

  • Douglas Taylor, Ph.D.


    I am a licensed psychologist and a co-founder of Park Place Associates, LLP.  I’ve practiced in Worcester since 1979 after earning my doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology. I work with adults of all ages who are seeking help for a broad range of problems, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, physical pain, substance abuse, and relationship and work difficulties. My approach is to help people release old patterns of thinking and acting that have been limiting their abilities to pursue what is important to them in the present.  In addition to talk therapy I offer other methods to help support change, including hypnosis, EMDR, cognitive tools, and meditation. I’m a member of the American Psychological Association, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis.

  • Catherine Thorp, PMHCNS-BC


    As a Clinical Nurse Specialist with dual Board Certifications in Adult Psychiatric Nursing and Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, I have the unique opportunity of working with clients across the life span. I attended graduate school at Syracuse University and have worked as a clinician for over thirty years culminating in the co-founding of Park Place Associates in 2002.  Specific areas of treatment focus are post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and panic, post partum depression, familial and relationship issues, stress management techniques, and life transitions. I am certified as a Level I and Level II EMDR therapist and utilize this effective tool in my work with trauma, anxiety, and peak performance.   My therapeutic style is empathic and empowering.  I partner with clients to address their personal life challenges with a holistic approach while remaining ever mindful that the therapeutic relationship forms the basis for positive change.

  • Susan Thurston, LICSW


    I have been working in the field of psychotherapy since 1993.  I graduated from the Boston College School of Social Work, and have had additional training at the Trauma Center, in clinical hypnosis and in EMDR.  Following internships at YOU, Inc. and Worcester State Hospital, I worked in the YOU, Inc. Out-Patient Clinic and at the Rape Crisis Center of Central Mass.  I have been in private practice in Shrewsbury and Worcester since 2005.

    Much of my psychotherapy work has centered on women’s issues, focusing on areas of trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship patterns and empowerment.  I use an informed and eclectic approach to meet therapeutic needs, which can include psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral methods, hypnosis and EMDR.  Although much of my practice is with adult women, I see adolescents, children (depending on presenting issues) and will consult with couples, families and parents as necessary to address clients’ needs.