About Us


Brightside Behavioral Health was established to support individuals, families, and the community. We provide high quality behavioral health services by applying our values of compassion, awareness, recognition and education. We believe these four core values are keys to addressing many of our mental health needs. You are not only a client, you are also one of us, and together we are a community!

We are here to help you find the Brightside of Life.

Our Team Of Professionals

Image of mental health clinician Hallie Fleischman

Hello! I’m Hallie

Clinical Director (LMHC)

Hallie has been working with individuals, couples, and families of all ages for over 14 years. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy using an eclectic approach, incorporating a variety of interventions, customizing each session to meet the needs of each individual client, couple, or family, in an effort to help every client achieve their personal goals. With extensive training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a background in special education, Hallie specialize in working with children and adults with Autism, special needs, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), those who have experienced trauma, school-related issues, and parent/child relational issues.

Johnston RI Mental Health Counselor

Hello! I’m Brian

Clinician (LMHC)

Brian is a compassionate and dedicated Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 7+years experience in Community Mental Health. He works with individuals and couples and specializes in treating depression and anxiety. He also assists clients address a number of other challenges including: anger management, processing trauma, improving self esteem, managing stress, living with psychosis, interpersonal difficulties, grief and phobias.

With his person-centered approach and calm presence, Brian provides a space that is comfortable and safe, which allows the therapeutic process to move forward on the path of healing and growth.

Brian works alongside his clients every step of the way to identify their strengths and barriers while developing new strategies as they work towards achieving their goals.

Hello! I’m Johanna

Clinician (MS, LMHC)

Johanna is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who works with individuals, couples and families using a variety of therapeutic approaches and interventions.
Johanna has experience facilitating group treatment, one-on-one counseling, intensive in-home behavior therapy, victim advocacy and providing crisis intervention in psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, crisis stabilization units, residential homes and partial hospitalization programs.
Johanna specializes in nutritional psychology and treats a variety of individuals including, but not limited to, those struggling with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anger, Depression and other Mood disorders.
When working with Johanna, you will be welcomed into a warm, supportive, and judgment-free environment. Johanna believes that every person deserves to have a happy, healthy life and is looking forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Hello! I’m Amy

Assistant Clinical Director (MS, LMFT)

Amy Creegan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been working with individuals and families for 17 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Science with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from The University of Rhode Island.
She specializes in working with children, parenting, and adults. Amy has had extensive experience and has had consistent success in working with children and adults with Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and (ODD). Amy utilizes many different interventions such as EMDR, visuals, art therapy, first/then, sensory strategies, psycho-education, and many other Behavior Modification techniques. Shaping Behavior techniques along with strengths-based interventions have helped to improve adjustment in the home, school, and community.

Amy works with children, adults, and couples. Amy can help individuals, couples, and families with a variety of issues using solution-focused techniques and a friendly, warm, and inviting approach, helping her clients attain a happier, healthier, more fulfilling life.

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Hello! I’m Janelle

Director of Compliance & Training (MS, LICSW)

Janelle has been working with individuals and families of all ages for 6 years. She provides individual and family therapy using a person-centered/strengths-based approach, incorporating a variety of interventions, customizing each session to meet the needs of each individual client, or family, in an effort to help every client achieve their personal goals.   

Janelle specializes in working with LGBTQ issues, children and adults with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and other chronic illnesses, Autism, special needs, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), those who have experienced trauma, and parent/child relational issues.  

No matter where you are in your life, Janelle is dedicated to providing unconditional support and a reliable ear to help you become the best version of yourself, in a safe, and non-judgmental environment, assisting you as you navigate through your path, guiding you to a healthier place both inside and out.

Behavioral Health Therapist

Hello! I’m Jessica

Clinician (MS, LICSW)


Jessica has been a clinical social worker for twenty years and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island and her Masters of Social Work Degree from Boston University.


Jessica has extensive experience working with adults across the lifespan, as well as couples and adolescents. She specializes in the working with individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and trauma. She provides individual and couples counseling, utilizing a client-centered, strength’s base approach to treatment. Jessica customizes interventions to meet the needs of the client or family, in an effort to help every client obtain their personal goals. Jessica provides these counseling services in a warm, safe, non-judgmental environment and is committed to helping each client be the best version of themselves.


Hispanic Bilingual Mental Health Counselor

Hello! I’m Sofia

Clinician (MSW, LICSW)


Sofia Irons is an independently licensed social worker (LICSW) in the state of Rhode Island, who graduated with a Master degree in social work from Rhode Island College. After 15+ years of experience in non-profit, she made the decision to bring her extensive experience to private practice. She provides unique ways to deal with everyday stress, while offering long-term solutions for the advancement of the mind, body, and soul.
Sofia is bilingual and particularly skilled in understanding cultural diversity. She has extensive experience working with immigrants with issues from their home country or adjusting to life in the U.S. Adapting to a new normal takes time and, in some instances, takes help. Counseling is one way to receive that help.
Sofia Irons has experience helping people with PTSD recover and regain control of their lives. She is formally trained in EMDR, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.


Mental Health Therapist Johnston Rhode Island

Hello! I’m Hannah

Clinician (MS)


Hannah believes in using an eclectic approach to counsel individuals, incorporating a variety of interventions to meet the needs of each client. She utilizes interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, client-centered, trauma-informed, and psychoeducation. She works with children, adolescents, and adults. Having worked closely with clients in the past going through mental health and substance abuse crises, she has gained knowledge about various mental health and substance abuse concerns. Hannah provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment and is committed to helping each client achieve their goals in counseling.


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Hello! I’m Maggie

Clinician (MSW)


Maggie received her specialization in trauma and violence from Boston University and has a strengths-based approach focused on aiding individuals and families in coping with stressors/barriers to their overall well-being. Maggie has worked in the field for over 3 years and uses a variety of interventions including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Addiction Recovery, and psycho-education. Maggie has experience with individuals of all ages and specializes in working with substance abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those who suffer from trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dual Diagnosis, Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities, and those who struggle with mood disorders.
Maggie has experience with individual counseling (one-on-one), facilitating group therapy for adolescents and adults, victim advocacy and crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations, partial hospitalization program, residential homes, in-home therapy, and intensive outpatient therapy services for individuals in recovery from alcohol and drugs.
Maggie creates a therapeutic relationship built on trust, honesty, and safety by providing a supportive environment that is free of biases and allows the client to feel comfortable expressing themselves and their needs. Maggie believes that all people are capable of being successful and is committed to ensuring guidance in growth through their path of life by individualizing client care. Interventions are created to meet the needs of each client individually and with empathy and compassion.



In order to experience our deepest recesses of joy and peace, we must first have the courage to face our fears. That’s why our therapists use a wide range of research-proven therapy techniques to help transform anxiety, depression, and loneliness into joy, freedom, and connectedness.

So whatever your situation, our goal is to help you find clarity, purpose, and strength. Through the therapy process, we will help you cultivate an unshakeable resiliency that you carry into every challenge you face.

The purpose of our therapy practice is to help you become free from the grip of anxiety, depression, addiction, and hurtful relationships. As human beings, we all struggle. Healing is when these struggles no longer control you.


To serve Rhode Island Communities by providing awareness, education and treatment of behavioral health issues.

We accept most insurance plans. If you do not see your insurance plan listed below and your plan permits out of network benefits, we can provide you with documentation so you may receive reimbursement from your insurance company.

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield 
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Employee Program
  • Tufts Commercial Plans
  • United Healthcare 
  • United Rite Care
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Neighborhood Health Plan (NHP)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • United Health (Rhody Plans)
  • Community Care Provider For Military Veterans
  • Self Pay

Our Campaign

In 2019 it came to our attention that there have been a number of tragic losses among our first responders. This has had a significant impact on our community, families, and friends of our fallen.

Recognizing the delayed effects of traumatic stress, we have started work with the Rhode Island State Association of Firefighters, offering education, awareness, and co-facilitation of support groups.

Our hope is to connect with all of our first responder communities.

We Work With Individuals, Couples, & Families

Be a Part of the Solution

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