OUR APPROACH AND OUR STAFF
DBHA has assembled a diverse team of clinicians with a wide range of clinical and life experiences, but we all share one thing in common: we love what we do. We believe our passion for our work is the single most important ingredient in DBHA’s culture, because we consistently have found that if we are having a good time, so too are the clients whom we serve. Our enthusiasm and humor tend to be infectious, and they enable us to help our clients work through even the most challenging problems.
We also understand there is no one-size-fits-all approach that works with every client. Our success hinges upon our ability to create the right mix of services for each person. In creating this mix, we draw upon the unique skills of each of our associates. We believe it is our ability to embrace individual differences, and yet incorporate them all into a unified approach based on each client’s own personal needs, that enables us to address such a broad range of clinical challenges so effectively.
DUNCAN GILL, MD
Duncan graduated from Harvard College with a B.A. in Physical Sciences, obtained his M.D. from Saba University School of Medicine, and completed a Residency in General Psychiatry and Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut. He worked over three years as a full-time staff psychiatrist at Community Council of Nashua’s Child and Adolescent Program. During this time, he also performed on-call duties for Southern New Hampshire Medical Center’s Emergency Room, Behavioral Health Unit, and the general medical floors. He is Board Certified in both General and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Outside of work, Dr. Gill enjoys playing basketball and volleyball, and is probably (though this has not been confirmed) the only child psychiatrist in New England who can dunk. He also enjoys playing electric and acoustic guitar.
JOSEPH WALSH, LCMHC
Joseph Walsh, LCMHC is a licensed therapist (though he chafes at the title for reasons to be explained later) who worked for over 15 years in a supervisory position at Nashua Children’s Home with some of the most troubled of children and families. He spent much of his life developing Wholeistic Education, a comprehensive approach to living in pursuit of optimal wellness. He has numerous interests outside of his work, including the design and creation of electric guitars and amplifiers, a passion for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and a love of all sports except soccer. He is also the (self-proclaimed) world expert on “All Things [Led] Zep[pelin]”.
Lindsay graduated from Cambridge College with a M.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling in 2004. She is a certified School Guidance Counselor and has been in Special Education as a consultant, liaison, teacher and clinician for over ten years. Currently, she is working as the Educational Director and Clinical Liaison for the Cornerstones Day and Residential School, a Massachusetts 766 approved School designed for children ages 6-12 who require intensive psychiatric and educational treatment. She has been in this position for 9 years. Outside of work, Lindsay enjoys a multitude of sports, including tennis, basketball and ping-pong. She has studied classical piano for 23 years, and enjoys travel – but not nearly as much as everyone at DBHA enjoys her amazing custom cakes, cookies, and other baked treats.
Catie is our “front desk lady” (Office Manager), medical records coordinator and computer technician. In addition, you will meet and speak with Catie as she greets visitors in person and over the phone. Catie also helps some of the older generation understand (or fathom at least) the changing world of adolescent customs, social medial and gadgetry. With her great sense of humor and particularly infectious laugh, she is a frequent client favorite at Direction. Catie is a skilled artisan and enjoys sharing her skills with clients. She particularly enjoys pottery and drawing. She is an avid Formula 1 racing fan and enjoys traveling.
VICTORIA LEE, LADC
Before coming to Direction, Victoria had been employed at the Nashua Children’s Home as a Residential Counselor. For several years, Victoria has distinguished herself as a special young worker in the field of human services. She leads by example, bringing an unusual blend of serious focus and loving concern to her work with children and families. Direction benefits immensely from her unique ability to connect with all types of people. Victoria is a true life-long learner, she is a certified yoga instructor, and her continuing, personal education includes her study of psychology and farming.
Ricard moved to Nashua in 2005 to continue developing his career in professional counseling and education. He has since been employed at the Nashua Children’s Home as a Residential Youth Counselor. Ricard previously enjoyed success as the Vice President and Program Planner of From Boys to Great Men, a nonprofit youth service organization in his home town of New Orleans, LA. Prior to that, Ricard served as a Student Worker at Project Return, and as an Instructor for Save the Youth, both in New Orleans. Building on his exemplary work in the South, Ricard has already distinguished himself as an exceptional resource to the youth of the Nashua area, and a most valued member of the Direction team. As a native of the Big Easy, Ricard brings a well-appreciated dose of southern wisdom and hospitality to Direction. Jazz fans may even recognize his famous family name — his ancestors figured prominently in the birth of America’s most cherished musical art form!
Idolyn graduated from Wells College in Aurora, NY in 2012 with a BA in philosophy and minor in psychology. During her four years at Wells she interned at Direction as well as Nashua Children’s Home. Upon graduating in 2012, she has been employed at Direction and greatly enjoyed her first experience in the mental health field and is learning new and inspiring things every day both from the staff and clients. Idolyn has also been employed at the Executive Health and Sports Center as a certified swim instructor to children and adults and a USA swimming certified assistant coach of the Executive Swim Club. Outside of work Idolyn enjoys the sport of competitive swimming, kyacking, and camping. She loves spending time with friends and family and you can almost always find her in or near some kind of body of water.