Womankind Counseling Center

a group psychotherapy practice established in 1977


Therapists at Womankind Counseling Center are licensed mental health clinicians with a wide range of experience.  WCC is committed to a model of psychological health that respects and values diversity.  We believe in helping people over come personal, institutional and cultural barriers to well-being.

Professional Staff

Patricia K. Dahme, MSN, ARNP is a psychiatric nurse practitioner in clinical practice for over 34 years.  She provides individual and relationship therapies to adults as well as medication evaluation and management.  Her interests include holistic and experiential approaches to anxiety, mood disorders, substance misuse and addictions.

Ann E. Isenberg, Ph.D. is a counseling psychologist who specializes in women's issues, but also sees men and couples in therapy.  She works from many perspectives in assisting clients encountering life transitions, career and relationship concerns, victimization, violence and trauma, diversity issues and changing self definition.  Ann has been in private practice, worked in college counseling centers, and long been involved in feminist and progressive activism.

Joanne G. Linden, Ed.D. is a developmental psychologist with 30 years of experience working with children, teens and adults throughout the life cycle.  She believes that pain, stress, and anxiety may all be a natural part of development.  Her work with teenagers includes eight years as clinical director at St. Paul's School.  Her work with families in transition includes divorcing, single parent and blended families, kinship care and adoptive families.  

Jessica Nichols, MA, LCMHC, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor offering individual therapy to adults looking to address challenges related to depression, anxiety, sense of self, and traumatic experiences. She offers a compassionate, relational approach, influenced by positive psychology, holistic techniques, contemplative psychology, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Her passion is supporting people in better understanding themselves, strengthening their sense of self-worth, learning new ways of responding to difficult emotions, and connecting with more meaningful lives through making empowering transformations consistent with their personal goals.

Anna Marie Ruef, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy for children and adults.  She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and trauma related problems.  She has provided therapy in various outpatient settings for over 20 years and has been at WKCC since 2003.  Anna also conducts research on emotions and trauma.

Ann-Marie Tessier, MSW, LICSW works with people facing a wide range of issues including children and teens with anxiety and behavior problems.  She also helps women and men deal with their relationships, anxiety, depression, and trauma.  She specializes in providing EMDR.  Ms. Tessier provides professional consultation and training throughout New England and won the Robert F. Kennedy Action Corps Social Worker of the Year award. 

Jessica S. Whitney, MA, LCMHC is a licensed clinical mental health counselor who works with individuals and couples from a cognitive behavioral framework using a variety modalities to partner with clients to reach their wellness goals. Jessica is trained in EMDR and is experienced in working with clients recovering from mood disorders, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and trauma.  She additionally has experience working with clients recovering from substance use disorders.  

Melinda R. Wolfe, MS, APRN is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has been working in the mental health community since 1991 and is certified in treating adults with mental health issues.  Her experience includes working at the state psychiatric facility and at a community mental health center.  She provides comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and medication evaluation/management services while encouraging a holistic approach toward a client's treatment and recovery.