Heidi Riello, M.S.W., LICSW
Heidi holds a master's degree in social work from Simmons College and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. Before joining the MCLA community in 2011, Heidi spent 3.5 years as a staff counselor in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Counseling Center in Troy, NY and 3.5 years as the Assistant Director of Counseling Services at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. She also had a private practice and worked in community mental health on Martha's Vineyard for several years. Her interests include using yoga therapy and mindfulness in the treatment of eating disorders and trauma. On a personal note, Heidi enjoys movies, running, yoga, music festivals, and spending time with her family.
Jon Meehan, M.S.S.W., LICSW
Jon holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor's degree from Ithaca College. Before joining the MCLA community in 2004, Jon worked at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and Child & Family Services in Easthampton. He also worked at JRI Health in Boston, which specialized in health and mental health treatment for young adults, and with homeless 18-21 year-olds at a transitional housing program in Somerville, Mass. His professional interests include mindfulness-based interventions, cognitive-behavioral treatment, and existential theories. He enjoys gardening, learning, camping, hiking, and family fun. He relaxes by cooking, spending time in the Adirondacks, reading, and swimming.
Claire Cabiles, M.S.W., LICSW
Claire holds a master's degree in social work from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor's degree in sociology from the City College of New York. Before joining MCLA Counseling Services, Claire worked for the Brien Center in Great Barrington for more than 17 years. She also works as a Home-School Liaison in Bennington Elementary School in Vermont. Claire's professional interests include mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral treatment. On a personal note, she enjoys outdoor activities, gardening and spending time with her family.
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Sonora Thomas, M.A., LMHC
Sonora holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lesley University and was a graduate fellow at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Before joining the MCLA community in 2016, Sonora worked at Lesley University Counseling Center and Austin Riggs Center. She has extensive training in mind/body therapies including the Alexander Technique and Self Regulation Therapy. She has a small private practice and is continuing her professional training at the Hudson Valley Psychodrama Institute. Sonora enjoys yoga, hiking, Stephen Colbert, and spoiling her dog Banjo.
Rita M. Karhan, M.Ed.
Rita holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from North Adams State College (now MCLA) and a master's in higher education administration from MCLA. She started working at the college in 1994 in the Alumni and Development Office and joined the Counseling Services staff as office manager in 2000. Her professional interests are in research and finding different ways for all students to connect mental health education to their lives. Rita answers the phone, makes your appointment, and is the first person you see when you come into the counseling center. On a personal note, Rita enjoys her gardens, Zumba, yoga, and especially her family and grandchildren.
John Howland, M.D.
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