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

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Hello! I’m Hallie

Founder (MS, 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.

Hello! I’m Amy

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.

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.

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Hello! I’m Brian

Clinician (MS, 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.

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Hello! I’m Sofia

Clinician (MSW, LICSW)

Sofia Irons is accepting new clients for telehealth.

Sofia Irons received a master’s degree from Rhode Island College and is an independently licensed social worker (LICSW) in the state of RI. Sofia Irons has 15+ years’ experience in the social work field and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Sofia Irons specializes in helping clients move through grief & loss and treating trauma. Sofia is trained in EMDR, an evidenced-based treatment used to heal from trauma. Sofia also works with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, phobias, and a variety of other situations.

If you are ready to enter a new chapter in your life, call Brightside now and schedule your intake appointment with Sofia Irons!


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Hello! I’m Matthew

Clinician (MS, LICSW)

Matthew has been working with individuals and families for 8 years. He provides individual therapy using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) while maintaining a strengths based approach, as well as providing psychoeducation to individuals.

Matthew has experience working with families in a community-based setting. He focuses on working with depression, anxiety, grief, and processing trauma. Matthew also utilizes a solution-focused approach with individuals. He provides and maintains an approachable and down-to-earth presence while working with individuals to maintain a comfortable environment for treatment that fosters the therapeutic environment.

Matthew works with his clients to allow them to have a voice and be heard. He believes that each person deserves to be happy and be able to attain their goals.

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Hello! I’m Patti

Clinician (MS)

 Patti enjoys working with a diverse clientele of children, adolescents, and adults. Over the past five years, Patti has provided care in a variety of mental health settings including adult mental health crisis triage, social skills groups for children, and individualized family therapy across Rhode Island. Her clinical approach is tailored to meet her clients’ needs and she is confident in using multiple therapeutic methods including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Everyday Parenting Techniques, Narrative Therapy and psychoeducation.
When working with adult clientele, Patti has experience with treating Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia, and Bipolar Disorder. With children and adolescents, she is well versed in providing care for Depression, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). While she has cared for a variety of clients with the previously mentioned conditions, Patti understands well that each client presents with a unique set of circumstances that require a caring, individualized approach. Patti strives to ensure a friendly, comfortable, and compassionate experience to best empower her clients. She is eager and excited to meet new clients and to address their therapeutic needs.

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Hello! I’m Hannah

Clinician (MS)

 Hannah believes in using a wide-ranging approach to counsel children, adolescents, and adults by 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. Hannah has experience with treating Anxiety, Depression, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder as well as other mental health diagnoses and concerns. 

Hannah provides a calm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment and is committed to helping each client achieve personal growth throughout their counseling experience. 


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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.


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Hello! I’m Audrey

Clinician (LCSW)

Audrey is a strengths-based clinician who firmly believes in meeting her clients at their own unique starting line. She utilizes a mixture of theories and methods such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Systems Theory. Audrey has ample experience working with young children ages 2-10 years old who have special needs such as; Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), developmental disorders, self-regulation, and social-emotional challenges. She also has experience working with children who are nonverbal.

Audrey approaches all clients with empathy and compassion. She is committed to ensuring that your child is heard, understood, and advocated for. Please schedule an appointment if you feel as though Audrey would be a clinician who could be a match for you and your child.

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Hello! I’m Ryan

Clinician (LCSW)

Ryan is a clinical social worker who obtained his MSW from the University of Arkansas. He has been working with individuals for over eight years in community action organizations, as well as with day programs that serve adults with developmental disabilities.

Ryan helps clients manage depression and anxiety by identifying the factors that contribute to these feelings and utilizing the strengths of each client to begin healing. Ryan believes in maintaining a positive, supportive atmosphere during the therapeutic process, making sure that the client’s voice is heard every step of the way.

Ryan specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Gestalt/Person-Centered approaches. Ryan also specializes in issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and their families with an affirming, compassionate approach.


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.

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