Behavioral Health Team
Merrilee Dahm Larsen, LCPC, CCS
Merrilee Dahm joined the Sequel Youth and Family Services family in 2014 as our Clinical Director. Her drive and dedication to serving children and families was quickly noticed and her role within Sequel began to grow. Over the years Merrilee has taken on additional responsibilities to help our programs grow and develop. She added Director of Development and Operations to her title in 2016. Merrilee is accredited as an Adolescent-Community Reinforce Approach (ACRA) Supervisor, allowing her to oversee our adolescent substance use treatment program in Waldo and Knox Counties.
While at Sequel she has developed an interest in helping staff to increase skills and in helping teams to work toward excellence in the treatment and support of our families.
Prior to her work with Sequel, she worked with children and families in rural Maine.
Jill McKenney has been an integral part of the SequelCare of Maine team since 2009. She graduated from University of Maine Farmington in 1995 and she gained invaluable experience working in a hospital setting with children. Jill then took a position with a local daycare and grew quickly into the role of Executive Director. She served in that role for 10 years before joining the SequelCare of Maine family as the Behavioral Health Coordinator.
Jill’s responsibilities in that role shifted and in 2012 she began working closely with our children’s in-home support program. In 2013, Jill was promoted to Regional Program Manager of our Bangor office overseeing all of our Behavioral Health Programs in the Greater Bangor area. Jill was chosen in 2014 to be one of SequelCare of Maine’s representatives in a National Leadership Development Initiative and has taken on top leadership roles in the agency. Jill is now the Program Manager, statewide, for our in-home support program for children with developmental disabilities.
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Behavioral Health Home Manager
Kristy is our Behavioral Health Home Program Manager for our northern region. She is a graduate of Keene State College, where she earned her BA in Psychology. She began working in the mental health field right out of school as a youth counselor in residential programming. Over the next several years, Kristy worked in community-based services as a Behavioral Health Professional and Case Manager for different local agencies. In 2016 she joined the Sequel team as a Case Manager. As the needs of the program grew, Kristy’s expertise in the field was noticed and she was promoted to oversee the Behavioral Health Home program.
When outside of work Kristy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, baking, snowmobiling and camping. She loves all of the wonderful things Maine has to offer.
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Ashley Leeman, LCSW provides clinical supervision and oversight to our HCT and OPT programs in Southern Maine. Ashley has a wide range of clinical experience working with young children through older adults. She graduated in 2010 with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of New England, concentrating in counseling with individuals and groups. She has experience working with young children, adolescents and their families through school-based outpatient and HCT programs. Ashley joined the SequelCare of Maine team initially in 2013 as a per diem clinician. In 2015, she joined the team as the Clinical Supervisor.
She is passionate about strengthening family relationships and works cohesively with the family system in order to support the positive behavioral changes in children. Ashley has advanced training in Trauma-Focused Play and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, DBT, Structural Family Therapy and Motivational Interviewing offering a client-centered, relational approach.
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Paula Cookson, LCSW
Paula Cookson has been in social work for nearly twenty years. She started in case management for a Family Literacy Program and caught the social work bug from there and never looked back. After working in a variety of settings, she realized that her passion and interest was in learning the stories of her clients. She wanted to learn more about what shaped people and brought them to this place in life, and to be part of that growth in a clinical capacity. Paula returned to school and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2008. Since that time she has practiced as an LCSW in home-based counseling, residential settings, in a clinic and in a busy medical practice. While new to the role of clinical supervisor with SequelCare of Maine, she looks forward to learning more about this aspect of the field and enjoys continued work with a small caseload of clients.
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Adam Perkins, LCSW
Adam Perkins, LCSW, is a graduate of the University of Maine-Orono. Adam started with SequelCare of Maine in 2016 as a clinician. Prior to that, while finishing up his degree, he gained invaluable experience in the field as a Behavioral Health Professional. He currently works as a clinician in many of our outpatient programs, as well as provides clinical supervision to our direct care staff in Southern Maine. Adam considers himself an active therapist, combining experience, education, creativity, and sense of humor with a down-to-earth, realistic approach to counseling.
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