About Us

Charlene Manchester Barton, LADC LSW: Private Practitioner

Charlene Manchester Barton

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Social Worker and have been in the field for many years. My first jobs were with agencies serving teenage parents, homeless youth and adjudicated youth. When I entered private practice, I worked primarily with women and children who had been impacted by the substance abuse of a loved one (COA, ACOA, Affected Family).

I came to my profession with a background in Art, and in fact, taught Art, K-12, in MSAD#55 for 10 years. I am from Maine, have lived in this community for 40+ years and raised my 5 children here. When one of my sons died in a car accident at the age of 19, my life changed. The grief I experienced informs my practice.

After being ill for most of the summer, I have decided to step back from my practice and “semi-retire”. Poor health has been, as they say, “the handwriting on the wall”. I had pneumonia in July. As I already had COPD, this was somewhat serious. My husband and I had been planning a trip to see our son and his family in August.  They live in Scotland. Although I didn’t feel up to the trip, canceling the journey was not, in my mind, an option. We were away for 3 weeks. I relapsed when we returned and was too ill to get back to the office and my clients.

For me, semi-retirement means that I will be in the office every other Saturday. I do not plan to take new clients. I will continue to check and return messages regularly. This has been an emotionally painful decision. Nickie Murray has joined Willow, Beth, and Theressa. Please check their profiles below for their contact information.  For questions, you can reach me at (207) 625-3100, press #1, or you may call my cell (207) 232-3234.


Willow Whitehouse Briggs, MA LCPC Private Practitioner

Willow Whitehouse Briggs

It is a joy and a privilege for me to be at Across the River Counseling and Wellness, having worked in the community as part of the MSAD 55 school system for twenty years and in private practice here for the last nine years, after meeting and working with Charlene at Adventure Counseling in Limerick for two years prior to her opening here in Cornish.

I love being by the river as I view our lives as ever-flowing like the river despite occasional storms and the potential for getting caught in emotional debris at times. I have studied and practiced as a mental health practitioner as well as in the field of dance movement therapy and my work is both spiritual and intellectually as well as focused on using mindfulness and body awareness to help ground us in our everyday lives and our emotional and spiritual growth process. I especially enjoy working with women, couples, and adolescents and look forward to meeting and working with you and sharing what I have learned through my own life process.

You can reach me through Across the River at 207-625-3100 or via my personal cell phone at 603-866-9362.


Nickie Murray, MS CRC, LCPC, CADC – Private Practitioner, Sweetser Affiliate, DEEP Provider

NickieMurray ARCI am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. I have been working in Standish for over 8 years in a private practice with DEEP clients, couples and individuals between the ages of 13 and 90.

I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Standish and a Masters in Counseling with a focus on Rehabilitation.

I work full time utilizing my CRC license at UNUM and will therefore see client’s out of this office on Saturdays only at this time.

A personal little nugget- I teach Zumba two nights a week in Limerick!

I am invested in you and your family’s mental and physical health and wellness.

I look forward to meeting you and continuing my work out of Across the River Counseling and Wellness Office.

To reach me, please call 207-850-0314.


Bethanie Jacques, LCPC, Clinician through Casa, Inc

Bethanie Jacques

Hello! I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, New York. I was born in upstate NY and moved to Maine in 2002 after traveling cross-country and briefly living in Arizona.

My primary focus is working with children and adolescents using a mixture of play and talk therapies. A typical session could include painting in the play room while talking about being mad at home, or sitting in the rocking chair and processing the challenges of remote learning and missing friends.

I am currently in training to provide Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy, (TF-CBT). This therapy modality is designed to work with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, to help them tell their stories in a safe space with a strengths-based focus, and to decrease upsetting reactions and responses. This is a structured therapy lasting between 12-26 sessions (on average), that moves at the child/adolescent’s pace to support their recovery. Please feel free to call me if you would like to discuss this opportunity and decide if this might be a fit for your child.

I typically counsel clients on a 1:1 basis, and I am able to work closely with guardians, providers, and family members as needed to best support each client. Each child and family is different, bringing into session their unique world view and individualized concerns. Over the past 10 years of practice, some of the experiences I have helped clients work through include anger, ADHD, anxiety, behavioral challenges, bullying, coping skills, depression, parent divorce/separation, educational concerns, family arguments/violence, foster care placements, involvement with juvenile justice, healthy relationships, gender identity and expression, social skills, stress management, self-esteem, and trauma. I feel confident working with any child/adolescent and aim to work with them at their own pace.

If you’re unsure about reaching out, here’s a little bit more about me incase you’re curious… My wife and I recently moved from Standish to Windham and enjoy our home with two adorable cats. Traveling and camping are my greatest passions, and sitting around an outside fire is the best way to spend an evening! We were foster parents for a few years and it opened my eyes to challenges parents and families face, as well as how ‘the system’ works. Babysitting and working at a grocery store were my first jobs and I’ve wanted to be a therapist since I was in 9th grade.

Please reach out if you have questions about services, to schedule a confidential appointment, or just to chat and decide if I am a fit for you. I accept MaineCare, private pay and a range of commercial insurances (please inquire about your specific healthcare plan).

Accepting new referrals for in-person and telehealth sessions. ​

​You can reach me through Across the River at 207-625-3100 or via my personal cell phone at 207-939-4582.

I have a second office with Casa at 741 Warren Avenue in Portland, Maine.


Theressa Harrigan, LCPC, LADC

Theressa HarriganMaine has been my home for seven years. I am an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Counseling is my second career, as I was a practicing attorney for more than 15 years. In my counseling practice, I am experienced in treating teens, adults, couples, and families. My approach focuses on how to help each individual find their strengths to overcome current struggles. I strongly believe my life experience and the critical thinking that a legal background requires brings a great deal to my formal training.

I work with many who suffer from mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I use education about the illness and challenging thinking that causes many of the symptoms that make daily living difficult. I also work with loved ones who want to be supportive.

I often work with parents who feel that the rules of parenting have changed in the digital world that we now live in. Many times, parenting concerns put pressure on a marriage or partnership. I work with couples to strengthen their relationship as they strengthen their parenting skills. I also work with couples who are trying to save their marriage or partnership and if separation is the right course, I work to help them separate with as much grace as they can for themselves and for their children.

I am also experienced in working in substance abuse. Whether it be the person who is struggling with addiction or those that love the person struggling, I address this with helping everyone understand the disease and find the strengths that they bring to what is often a heartbreaking battle.

I accept most insurances including MaineCare. I look forward to providing counseling services that benefit the entire family. Please call 207-305-0939 for an appointment.

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