Debra J. Golen specializes in holistic counseling, clinical therapy, & family counseling in New Bedford MA and the southeastern MA region


Holistic Therapist, Clinical Therapist, Family Counseling, Adults, Children, geriatrics, New Bedford MA, Dartmouth MA, Fairhaven MA

Licensure: 1991 Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Massachusetts #248
2001 Licensed Social Worker, Massachusetts #310240
2004 Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I, Massachusetts #1757

Education: M.A., 1989, Clinical Psychology: Human Services Administration
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth MA
B.A., 1984, Major: Psychology, Minor: Women’s Studies
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth MA

Special Training: Educated to provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
Trained by National Organization for Victim Assistance
Presented poster board Abstract at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference
Certified to Score Torrance Test of Creative Thinking
Current Community CPR Certificate/Instructor Certification for several years Trained in Management of Violence and Medical Assisting
Court Care and Protection Investigator and Guardian ad Litem/Rogers Monitor
Assisted in establishing norms among Elderhostelers for the Cognitive and Perceptual Skills Workbook

Honors: Associate Member of Sigma Xi Research Society
Diplomate in Forensic Counseling

Experience: Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor, 345 Union Street, 1 SW, New Bedford, MA. 4/08 – Present.
Individual practice providing treatment to individuals, couples, and families dealing with mental health and/or substance abuse and dependency issues. Many major insurances accepted but also reasonable sliding fee scale, based on income, to allow the underinsured to obtain quality services at a lower cost. Specializations include women’s issues, geriatrics, adolescents, marital conflict, eating disorders and chronic mental health issues.

Guardian/Rogers Monitor, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Taunton, MA. 2/2001 – Present. Responsible to the Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Judicial System to act as guardian for those individuals deemed legally incompetent, severely medication non-compliant, or unable to use appropriate judgment. Includes monitoring medication treatment plans.

Site Director/Clinical Supervisor/Clinician, South Bay Mental Health, Fall River/New Bedford, MA. 11/ 2002 – 4/08. Provide mental health and substance abuse counseling to families, couples, adults and children in their schools and residences as well as in the office. Coordinate services as needed between clients and a wide variety of organizations including the Departments of Social Services, Mental Health, Mental Retardation and legal systems. Advocacy and crisis intervention services provided as indicated. Other duties include diagnostic assessment, medication monitoring, education, referral and public relations. Responsible for Utilization Review of treatment and discharge plans. Provide clinical supervision to colleagues seeking licensure. Site director for New Bedford satellite office.

Director of Social Services, Kristen Beth Nursing Home, New Bedford, MA. 9/2001 –10/ 2002. Supervise all social service aspects of 85 bed long and short term care facility including admissions, discharges, staff training, ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations and investigation of complaints and adverse incidences. Act as liaison with consultants, affiliated agencies, guardians, the judicial system and the Departments of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Tasks also include coordination of services, advocacy, referrals, and counseling residents and their families when indica

Clinician/Triage Coordinator, New Bedford Emergency Services, New Bedford, MA. 6/1988 – 11/1991, 11/1994 –1/ 2001. Varied responsibilities include staff supervision and coordination of the Community Support Program as well as Mental Health Emergency Services. This includes conducting on and off-site evaluations of clients providing treatment, counseling, referrals and advocacy when indicated. Provide staff and intern training and clinical supervision. Member of the Trauma Response Network and the National Organization for Victims’ Assistance. Responsible for many tasks in the affiliated Partial Hospitalization Program including individual, group and family counseling, advocacy and education as part of overall case management services. Administrative tasks include employee scheduling, acting as computer liaison with the Department of Mental Health, developing and coordinating contracts with other agencies, vendors and insurers. Clinical Geriatric Specialist for all program components.

Clinician, Specialized Health Management, Newton, MA. 10/1993 – 6/1998. This position involves providing psychological consulting and counseling services to clients in long-term care facilities. Diagnostic assessment, treatment planning, behavior management, staff and family education, along with long and short-term counseling are among the responsibilities. Act as liaison between facility staff, physicians, including consulting psychiatrists, and the agency. Working within this milieu I have the opportunity to deal independently with crisis situations, daily systems processes, and community agencies, as well as providing resident and family support and advocacy.

Mental Health Counselor, Counseling and Personal Development Center, New Bedford, MA. 7/ 1992 – 1/1994. Clinician in a private practice providing short and long term counseling to individuals, couples and families. Sliding fee scale allows treatment for those who may lack mental health insurance to receive services. Treatment issues include, but are not limited to, adjustment and mood disorders, bereavement, trauma, substance abuse, and career counseling.

Program Coordinator, Spotlight Program of Projects for High Learning Potential, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA. 6/1983 – 6/1988. Responsibilities include implementing programs for gifted and talented adolescents, selecting and managing personnel, acting as liaison between school and university administrators, coordinating and presenting seminars and workshops in New England. Also assist with program dissemination, budgetary issues, grant writing, graphic design and layout.