North Star Guidance Center, Inc.

Counseling children, adolescents, & adults in outpatient, home based, school, and community settings.

Our Staff

Laura McLaughlin, LMFT, LMHC

Executive Director
Laura McLaughlin received her master's in counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 1995. She is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist.  She is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and maintains membership in the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and DissociationInternational Society for the Study of Trauma and Disassociation, the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) and the   Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.  Over the last 20 years, Laura has worked with youth and families in residential, community, home-based, outpatient and outdoor settings. Areas of expertise include working with complex family systems, couples counseling and  helping individuals of all ages overcome emotional difficulties originating from traumatic life experiences. Her areas of interest include clinical supervision, consultation, EMDR, clinical hypnosis, meditation, neurofeedback, equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted EMDR.
Michael Chadwick LMHC

Michael Chadwick received his master of science degree in mental health counseling and psychological services from Salem State College.  He is a member in good standing with the American Mental Health Counselors Association and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association.  Michael is a licensed mental health counselor and has extensive experience working with adolescents in educational settings.  Michael has a comprehensive understanding of special education and local resources.  He specializes in the areas of anger management and conflict resolution.  Michael enjoys clinical supervision, consultation, individual counseling with latency age children, adolescents and adults.

Robin Risso LMFT
Robin Risso received her master's in counseling from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA in 2000.  She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been a clinical member in good standing with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  Robin is also an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, coaching clinicians entering the field.  Robin’s work has a strong focus in working with youth and families primarily in community, home-based, and outpatient settings.   Areas of expertise include clinical supervision, consultation,  working with complex family systems, couples counseling, adolescent and transitional age issues.   Robin utilizes a variety of therapeutic models and intervention techniques to ensure that treatment is always centered on the voice(s) of others.  Robin enjoys equine assisted psychotherapy, is EAGALA model certified and is a member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association.
Amy E. Lister MD

Medical Director
Dr. Lister is board certified in adult, child & adolescent psychiatry. She attended Bryn Mawr College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed a combined residency in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lister has practiced in Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She enjoys working with children and adults of all ages. Her particular areas of interest include clinical consultation and the treatment of ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and chronic medical illness.
Diana Carlson LICSW
Intake Coordinator
Diana Carlson received her master’s degree in social work from Salem State College. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker and is a member in good standing with the National Association of Social Workers. As a clinician she she works with children and adults of all ages. Diana's interests include neurofeedback, mindfulness, EMDR, clinical supervision, consultation, and the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, parenting, inattention, relationships, loss, and substance abuse.  
Amy Bolton MFT, MHC

Amy Bolton received her master's degree in counseling from Gordon-Conwell. She completed the dual track program specializing in both mental health counseling and marriage and family counseling. Amy is an active member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and an intuitive clinician that enjoys working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, group and family settings. Amy 's interests include family therapy, EMDR  and neurofeedback.
Geoffrey Knowlton MA, MDiv

Geoffrey Knowlton, MA, M.Div.

Geoff earned a master's degree in counseling from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in theology from the Andover-Newton Theological School. Over the last 30 years, Geoff has provided pastoral and mental health counseling to children, adolescent and adults. He maintains an expertise in crisis intervention, suicide prevention as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health.

Linda Elliot, Billing Specialist

Linda Elliot, Billing Specialist 

Linda Elliot  has a thorough knowledge of behavioral health billing practices. Her foresight, eye for detail, determination and unmatched ethics make her an invaluable part of the team.