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Addiction Psychiatrist and Founder
“It is such a relief to find a Doctor who actually listens to me, and understands exactly how I felt. For so long, I’ve felt frustrated, starting different medicines, feeling rushed in and out. It is wonderful to be making some real progress in my life at last.”
Mark graduated (UK version of) summa cum laude in Neurobiology and then completed his medical degree at University College London. He came over to NYC for his Psychiatry residency then an Addictions fellowship (Payne Whitney Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center), and later conducted research in the neurobiology of addictions at Rockefeller University. He’s been on Faculty at Cornell (Asst. Prof), Vermont (Asst. Prof), and Harvard (Instructor) Medical Schools. He is dually boarded by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both general psychiatry and addictions.
Since graduating in 1999, Mark has set up & run addiction treatment programs (NYC, Vermont), directed supreme evidence-based dual disorders programs, overhauled national addictions and pain programs (Kaiser Permanente, Colorado) and treated thousands of patients.
Mark is an expert psychotherapist. He is trained in many modalities: psychoanalytic, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, motivational, hypnosis, and others. He’s currently receiving training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy. Dr. Green’s therapy approach is relational, pragmatic, structured, direct, and emotionally vivid.
He is an expert psychopharmacologist, remaining cutting edge without taking undue risks with you, using what’s tried and tested, and imaginatively minimizing side effects. He often helps people get off med cocktails they’ve been stuck on for years. He sees medications as facilitating psychotherapeutic change.
Mark completed training as a psychedelic psychotherapist with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) in MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD, and in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) with Phil Wolfson at the Ketamine Training Center.
He has written many articles in neurobiology, psychiatry and addictions, and lectured at major conferences nationwide.
Registered Nurse, Family Therapist
“He’s the best nurse I ever worked with. We worked together for 6 years at WestBridge and I am really lucky he agreed to work with me at Psych Garden. He’s thorough, conscientious, caring, humble, courageous, honest and wicked smart.”
Drew Welch is a licensed registered nurse & therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with co-occurring disorders as well as their families. He has extensive training in evidence-based practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapies, family therapy, vocational rehabilitation and integrated dual disorders treatment and has supervised and taught others these skills.
Drew was at WestBridge Community Services for 7 years as their nurse care manager, team leader and national wellness coordinator. Prior to that he was the Nurse Manager for the Co-occurring Disorders Unit at Bournewood Hospital.
Drew has more than 20 years of sobriety. He understands how impossible recovery can seem and that no single path works for all. He knows the importance of education, support and hope. These days he uses all his training, experience and passion to help others feel freer, prouder and more connected. Sometimes 12 step approaches help, sometimes CBT, sometimes a focus on exercise and diet (Drew recently completed his first triathlon). Side-by-side coaching can be invaluable to rebuild the self-confidence withered by addictions and psychiatric illness; so he’ll do that too.
Psychotherapy Supervisor (Couples and Family)
Danielle received her MSW from Columbia University in 1993 and completed 5 years of further specialist training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, in New York City.
She worked and taught at Cornell Medical Center for 10 years before relocating to Boston to serve as Clinical and Training Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program, at the Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. There, she trained social workers, psychiatrists and psychologists, and taught throughout the Harvard system. Danielle was certified as an EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) therapist in 2010 and as a certified supervisor in 2011.
She has studied AEDP and trauma work with Janina Fisher and has recently embarked on studying Peter Levine’s work on Somatic Experiencing. Her areas of specialty are distressed relationships, and relational crises such as affairs. Danielle helps couples develop skills to restore trust, communicate and express feelings effectively, understand and resolve differences to create a secure and lasting bond with those who matter the most. Danielle also offers supervision to advanced practitioners.
Danielle has been married for 20 years and has three children; so she is able to relate to the ups and downs of long-term relationships and parenting. Danielle also founded and works at the New England Center for Couples and Family.
Field Coach/ Fitness Coach/ Rehabilitation Specialist
Kerri has more than 10 years experience as a field coach for persons with mental health challenges and addictions, first at BU Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation, then at Westbridge Community Services.
She is incredibly warm, and supportive; and has an uncanny ability to inspire people through identifying values, goals, and courage to pursue work, education, social connection, and healthy living. She is a certified personal trainer and believes exercise is a key path to building self-esteem, gaining acceptance with one’s body and feelings, and attaining balance in life.
Miles received his initial training on a farm in rural OK before an internship in Belmont and further training at the Psych Garden.
We are honored that he has chosen to continue his studies with us and contribute his warmth, gentleness and insights. He is a hypoallergenic poodle-cavalier mix. Like our other staff, he doesn’t bark or bite.