About Us

Charlene Manchester Barton, LADC LSW: Private Practitioner & Sweetser Affiliate

Charlene Manchester Barton

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Social Worker and have been in the field for many years. My first jobs were with agencies serving teenage parents, homeless youth and adjudicated youth. When I entered private practice, I worked primarily with women and children who had been impacted by the substance abuse of a loved one (COA, ACOA, Affected Family).

I came to my profession with a background in Art, and in fact, taught Art, K-12, in MSAD#55 for 10 years. I am from Maine, have lived in this community for 40+ years and raised my 5 children here. When one of my sons died in a car accident at the age of 19, my life changed. The grief I experienced informs my practice.

After being ill for most of the summer, I have decided to step back from my practice and “semi-retire”. Poor health has been, as they say, “the handwriting on the wall”. I had pneumonia in July. As I already had COPD, this was somewhat serious. My husband and I had been planning a trip to see our son and his family in August.  They live in Scotland. Although I didn’t feel up to the trip, canceling the journey was not, in my mind, an option. We were away for 3 weeks. I relapsed when we returned and was too ill to get back to the office and my clients.
For me, semi-retirement means that I will be in the office Tuesday through Friday and every other Saturday. I do not plan to take new clients. I will continue to check and return messages daily. This has been an emotionally painful decision. The pain has been eased by Theressa Harrigan who has joined me, Willow, Fran, and Beth. Please check their profiles below for their contact information.  For questions, you can reach me at (207) 625-3100, press #1.


Willow Whitehouse Briggs, MA LCPC Private Practitioner & Sweetser Affiliate

Willow Whitehouse Briggs

It is a joy and a privilege for me to be at Across the River Counseling and Wellness, having worked in the community as part of the MSAD 55 school system for twenty years and in private practice here for the last nine years, after meeting and working with Charlene at Adventure Counseling in Limerick for two years prior to her opening here in Cornish.

I love being by the river as I view our lives as ever-flowing like the river despite occasional storms and the potential for getting caught in emotional debris at times. I have studied and practiced as a mental health practitioner as well as in the field of dance movement therapy and my work is both spiritual and intellectually as well as focused on using mindfulness and body awareness to help ground us in our everyday lives and our emotional and spiritual growth process. I especially enjoy working with women, couples, and adolescents and look forward to meeting and working with you and sharing what I have learned through my own life process.

You can reach me through Across the River at 207-625-3100 or via my personal cell phone at 603-866-9362.


Fran DeMaio, LCSW Private Practitioner & Sweetser Affiliate

Fran DeMaio

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker I have been providing mental health services to children and adults for close to twenty years. I work with people experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, grief, loss, trauma, mood disorders, autism, and serious medical issues. I use mindfulness-based treatments, including DBT, CBT, EMDR and sensory-motor work, incorporating art, play, sand tray and movement to meet individual needs. I draw much of my strength from being in nature and love working in the beautiful setting at Across the River Counseling. I also have an office in Bridgton, Maine at 41 Depot Street.

You can reach me through Across the River at 207-625-3100 or via my personal cell phone at 207-890-8287.


Bethanie Jacques, LCPC-CC, Clinician and Children’s Services Coordinator at Casa, Inc

Bethanie Jacques

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine in 2010, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, New York. I was born in upstate NY and moved to Maine in 2002 after traveling cross-country and living in Arizona.

My primary focus and is with children/adolescents and their families, in both outpatient (in-office) sessions and intensive, in-home family therapy (HCT).  I use primarily creative/play-focused therapies and behavioral/cognitive-based talk therapies, as clients work through their life challenges at their own pace.  I provide support and counseling in a positive and strengths-centered atmosphere, often using the play therapy room with children. I typically counsel clients on a 1:1 basis while working closely with guardians, siblings, partners, and other family members, as needed, to support each client.  My experiences with client concerns include Autism, ADHD, anxiety, behavioral challenges, coping skills, depression, developmental delays, divorce, educational concerns, frustration tolerance, gender identity and expression, social skills, stress management, self-esteem, trauma, and a wide range of child/adolescent/family functioning distress.

 After being foster parents for a few years, my wife and I recently moved from Standish to Windham, and enjoy our new home with our two cats.  Travelling and camping are my greatest passions and I am always planning the next adventure.  Please reach out if you have questions about services, or to schedule a confidential appointment.

You can reach me through Across the River at 207-625-3100 or via my personal cell phone at 207-939-4582.

I have a second office with Casa at 741 Warren Avenue in Portland, Maine.

Accepting new referrals at both locations.


Theressa Harrigan, LCPC, LADC

Theressa HarriganMaine has been my home for seven years. I am an experienced Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Counseling is my second career, as I was a practicing attorney for more than 15 years. In my counseling practice, I am experienced in treating teens, adults, couples, and families. My approach focuses on how to help each individual find their strengths to overcome current struggles. I strongly believe my life experience and the critical thinking that a legal background requires brings a great deal to my formal training.

I work with many who suffer from mental health struggles such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and PTSD. I use education about the illness and challenging thinking that causes many of the symptoms that make daily living difficult. I also work with loved ones who want to be supportive.

I often work with parents who feel that the rules of parenting have changed in the digital world that we now live in. Many times, parenting concerns put pressure on a marriage or partnership. I work with couples to strengthen their relationship as they strengthen their parenting skills. I also work with couples who are trying to save their marriage or partnership and if separation is the right course, I work to help them separate with as much grace as they can for themselves and for their children.

I am also experienced in working in substance abuse. Whether it be the person who is struggling with addiction or those that love the person struggling, I address this with helping everyone understand the disease and find the strengths that they bring to what is often a heartbreaking battle.

I accept most insurances including MaineCare. I look forward to providing counseling services that benefit the entire family. Please call 207-305-0939 for an appointment.

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