Learn about the people that run The Bridge
(The Rev.) Scott A. Ciosek
Scott is the Executive Director and founder of The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing. He is also an Episcopal Priest and Pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Dartmouth. A native of Somerset, Scott is a 1993 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and received his Master of Divinity Degree in 2000 from St. John's Seminary in Brighton, MA. In 2013, he received a Certificate of Advanced Theological Study from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. Scott has also served for many years in hospice bereavement and grief support ministry at Beacon Hospice in Plymouth, MA and was an Adjunct Professor at Bristol Community College in Fall River where he taught a humanities course, Coping with Life and Death, as well as Introduction to Philosophy. Scott currently serves on the Opioid Task Force for the City of New Bedford. Scott is passionate about connecting people and creating new, visionary expressions of community. He has a deep interest in liturgy and spirituality as well as providing opportunities for people to discover hope and healing in their lives.
Karen Goddard, LICSW
Karen is a graduate of Boston College School of Social Work and comes to The Bridge: A Center for Hope and Healing with over 20 years of experience working with children, families and adults. Karen enjoys working with people across the lifespan. She brings her talent and creative spirit from her sewing studio and weaves it into the therapy. Karen brandishes an eclectic style including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Play Therapy, Family Systems and Couples. Karen has worked in a variety of setting within the Mental Health Field, which includes residential, intensive home-based, school and private practice. She is a life-long learner, and continues to expand her skills, with most recently completing Certification in Thanatology, and Gerontology. She embraces a holistic outlook, including spirituality, essential oils and Reiki. If she is not at The Bridge, you may find her volunteering, gardening, walking the beach, practicing yoga or planning her next quilting project.
Kendra Mello, LICSW
My name is Kendra Mello and I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 18 Years. I would describe my style as eclectic. I have experience providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Expressive Therapy. I specialize in trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Laura Wilhelm, LMHC
Hi there! I am a licensed mental health counselor with specialties in art, music, play and movement therapies. I approach each individual with specialized diagnostic and clinical techniques appropriate for that person. I tend towards strengths based approaches which can include: cognitive behavioral therapy; mind/body techniques; gentle yoga; mediation; and positive psychology. I enjoy working with people of all ages and indentifiers. Special experience includes: trauma therapy and internal family systems work; child and family work; autism spectrum, cognitive disorders, and learning delays; complex grief/bereavement; relationships and divorce; and substance abuse/addictions.
Debbie Teixeira, LICSW
It is my belief that we need to understand ourselves in order to be a healthy individual. Understanding yourself and feeling whole, develops compassion and improves self-esteem which helps build meaningful relationships with yourself and others. Every individual is unique, and I believe in providing the distinctive guidance each individual needs to feel comfortable, safe, and valued during our therapeutic sessions. My clinical practice uses both traditional and holistic approaches. I am a fluently speaking Portuguese Licensed Individual Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with several years of experience in working with individuals, couples, families and high risk youth in medical, forensic, outreach and office-based settings. I practice Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Strength Based therapeutic approaches and specialize in anxiety, mood disturbances, Post Partum Depression, trauma and grief. I am also RYT 200 Certified Yoga Instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. I enjoy incorporating the benefits of yoga into my therapeutic work with clients who are open to this approach to help improve their self-awareness and practice self-soothing techniques using relaxation, meditation, essential oils, and exercise. I believe it is important to always believe in yourself and continually challenge yourself to overcome your fears so that you can continue to grow as an individual. With desire and courage for self-improvement, along with a trusting therapeutic relationship, I believe anyone can make positive changes and live the fulfilling life that is deserved.