Overcoming Adversity and Building Resilience


About Us

Treatment for Families

About Us

We help make the world a better place.

The Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families, LLC was founded by Patricia Brady to implement programs designed to support children and families coping with change and overcoming adversities, with a focus on working with families where there are parent child contact difficulties.

A collaborative team of clinicians is available to provide intensive services to referred children and families and will offer ongoing counseling support as may be necessary. Treatment plans will be designed based upon the specific needs of each family.

The Center offers a home-like setting with a kitchen, living room/playroom providing a more familiar setting
for supervised parenting time and counseling work.

Our Mission

Our Mission at the Center for Achieving Balance is to support children and families in a sensitive and compassionate manner as they strive
to repair their relationships.
Overcoming adversity, building resilience, making connections – one family at a time.

Patricia Brady 

Patricia Brady earned her Master Degree in Human Services and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. 

Patricia has experience in a variety of areas, and is most passionate about working with families, couples, groups and individuals of all ages. Patricia has worked with those impacted by trauma, adoption, grief and loss, divorce and parenting plans.

In January of 2017 the Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families was founded by Patricia Brady. This program is designed to provide resources for children and families, where there are child parent contact challenges.

Patricia Brady was a Consultant at MGH Law and Psychiatry dating back to 2007, an Adoption Program Director for MSPCC, and she was a Mental Health Supervisor for the Family Connections Program at Children's Hospital for five years.

Memberships & Positions:

Board of Directors of MAGAL - http://www.magalinc.org/Board-of-Directors

Board Member of Melrose Alliance Against Violence - https://www.maav.org

Past President of AFCC - https://www.afccnet.org

Clinical Services Director of Children's Hospital Family Connections Program - http://www.childrenshospital.org/familyconnections

The American Professional Society on Abuse of Children - https://www.apsac.org

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Contact for Patricia Brady:

EMAIL ADDRESS: pbcbrady@patriciabradyandassoc.com

PHONE: (781) 395-0828

Ari Melech Israel, MA 

I specialize in working with clients experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, and neurodivergence. My belief is that it is critical to examine the structures and dynamics that we both exist within and from which we often experience marginalization. I both have experience in and am greatly passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients, clients from racial/ethnic minority backgrounds, and clients on the autism spectrum. I believe that an understanding of the way we navigate the world is integral to better understanding ourselves.

From the clients I have had the opportunity to work with and learn from, I have come to understand that the relationship is the single most important part of therapy being effective. I want to create a comfortable, authentic space that allows for you to have opportunities to heal and grow. In terms of modalities, I believe that the therapist should adapt to the client and not the other way around. I have experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Internal Family Systems in manners that are tailored to be trauma informed. Helping to facilitate building trust and safety is one of my most important goals as a counselor.

Cheryl Craig 

As a lifelong educator, Cheryl has dedicated over thirty-years to serving students in public, private, and non-profit settings. With an innovative and diverse educational background, Cheryl uses her decorated classroom experience to inform her work as an educational advocate. When the pandemic struck, Cheryl watched the quick shift to virtual-learning expose cracks in the traditional services being given to students with special needs. Immediately, she became fervent in her search for advocacy work to better protect the access to services that students desperately need.

Cheryl has experience as a co-teacher in an inclusionary setting, as a resource teacher and as a self-contained teacher. She served as her school’s IEP Coordinator and her district’s trainer in the field of Autism Education. With a unique understanding of the needs of the whole student, Cheryl has immense experience in applying her advanced degrees to provide cutting-edge educational strategies and evidence based interventions to her students. She is well-versed in the guiding legislation both Federal and State that underlines the IEP process. Trained in a plethora of assessments and testing practices, Cheryl brings a comprehensive approach to providing data-driven strategies for improving the services of kids with special needs. Cheryl is a proven advocate for all students.

Cheryl graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor of Science in General & Special Education and a Master of Education in Reading. Continuing her education, Cheryl was a member of the first cohort to receive a CAGS degree in Autism Education. Cheryl also earned her certificates in Special Education Administration, to work with students from birth to 21, and to serve students who are severe/profound. Cheryl is currently a teacher at Meeting Street in Providence, RI, and she lives in Coventry, RI with her husband Jim, their sons, Jim, Jr., Daniel, and Benjamin, and their beloved dog, Chewy.

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Samantha Kreitman 

Samantha Kreitman earned a Masters in Social Work from Boston College and holds a Bachelors in Social Work from Simmons College. Samantha earned her LCSW in 2019. Samantha has varied and rich experiences which she brings to her clinical work. 

Samantha has worked as a Care Coordinator and Family Intervention Specialist to support families in crisis. Samantha has experience with supporting families with school advocacy, DCF involvement, and in home conflicts. In each of her positions, Samantha collaborated with various providers while providing counseling for children and other family members. Samantha has also has worked in a hospital setting as a case manager on a COVID positive floor. At this position, Samantha supported families by provided counseling and acting as a resource. In addition, in the hospital setting, Samantha assisted with discharge planning for the patients and their families.   

Other experiences Samantha which brings to her work, make her well suited for counseling work, include, work as an intern at Greater Boston PFLAG and The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County. During her work a Greater Boston PFLAG, Samantha educated children and school staff about LGBTQ+ topics. During her internship at The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, Samantha shadowed the Multidisciplinary Coordinator and was given in-depth knowledge about child sexual abuse.

Samantha looks forward to providing support for children and families again. Samantha’s approach to therapy is to work on achieving goal at the individual client’s pace. Samantha is able to create relationships with her consumers so that it is therapeutically beneficial but also comfortable for the consumer.

Kendra Holliday, MA 

Kendra earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Webster University in 2003, immediately following the completion of her Bachelor’s in Psychology at South Carolina State University in 2000. After the completion of her masters degree, Kendra undertook post graduate work at Simmons College, where her focus was on Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma. Throughout her masters journey, Kendra’s internships with substance abuse and teen parenting programs allowed her the opportunity to hold primary roles in the facilitation of clinical groups. 

Kendra’s clinical work counseling children and families in crisis has bolstered her post masters experience. Kendra spent a year providing direct individual, group and family therapy sessions, before shifting her focus and dedicating over 5 years to providing intervention services, triaging and assessing clients in emotional crises.   

Kendra has dedicated the better part of two decades to ensuring the safety of the children of the Commonwealth, where she now serves in a managerial position. She is a Certified Life Coach, Nurturing Families and My Life My Choice Facilitator. Kendra is a dynamic orator who hopes to lend her skillset in working directly with people to speak their truths and live full lives. Kendra is skilled at creating relationships and de-escalation, which lends comfort and authenticity to a therapeutic environment.

Gina Pasquale 

Coordinator of the Parenting Program

Samantha Parris 

Katie O’Donoghue 

Katie O’Donoghue joined The Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families in 2022. She has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University and specializes in trauma-informed work with children, youth, and families. She has spent several years working in middle and high school settings with diverse student populations. Katie focuses heavily on building a safe, trusting environment where clients feel supported in their growth.

Katie has worked with clients impacted by a number of experiences including anxiety, depression, gender and sexual identity, grief, self-harm, substance use, domestic violence, sexual assault, community violence, family conflict, and life transitions among many others. She has a flexible approach to therapy and always looks to the client to guide the work. Some of the treatment modalities Katie utilizes most often are narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, and play therapy. Katie believes that everyone can be successful with the proper support, and she looks forward to supporting new clients on their therapeutic journeys.

Valerie Smith 

Valerie Smith, is the Office Manager for the Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families. Valerie has been working with Ms. Brady since the inception of the program. Valerie provides a welcoming presence to everyone who visits the office. Valerie has a business background and excellent interpersonal skills allowing her to provide comfort to those in crisis, overseeing intakes, and supervising parenting time sessions. Valerie brings a warmth to the office making her a strong member of the team.

Christina Peledge 

Christina, is the Assistant Office Manager for the Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families.

Child Life Specialists

Genevieve McCarthy

Carolina Nunes

Melissa Ciarcia
Child Care Worker

Jacquelyn Ciarcia

Arianna Langston

pbcbrady@patriciabradyandassoc.com  /   (781)395-0828   /   42 High Street - 2nd Floor, Medford, MA, 02155

Disclaimer: No legal services are provided by the Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families or its personnel. The Attorney-Client Relationship does not exist between the Center for Achieving Balance for Children and Families and its Clients.