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About Our Team

We are a committed group of people who demonstrate our values of compassion, thoroughness, and results-orientation in everything we do. Feel free to contact us at any time and we will be happy to help you.



Michael McManus, MSW, LICSW is President and Owner of McManus Counseling. He is a mental health therapist with a passion for helping adults, children, youth, and families. Over the last 20 years, Michael has served children and families in Massachusetts through various past positions in the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF), as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance in the Office of Foster Care and Adoption at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and in private practice. His background in social work and his experience as a foster and adoptive parent inform his work. Michael is also a Senior Associate with MJ Henry and Associates, a practice-based education and consultation firm that specializes in education and consultation services for individuals and organizations working to support children, youth and families, especially those who have experienced adversity. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Psychology at Becker College and frequent lecturer in the social work program at Wheelock College.


Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Ithaca College and his Masters in Social Work from Springfield College. He is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), the highest level of certification for social workers.

John Dwyer, LICSW

A graduate of Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, John has a myriad of experiences in social work from nursing homes (geriatric and specialty homes, ventilators, and TBI) to hospice to counseling children and adults.  John is the father of 4 children ranging from 26 to 15 years old and uses all of his life's experiences to shape his practice. 

John current accepts: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, and Medicare.

Vanessa Muscente, LICSW​

Ms. Muscente specializes in older children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. She has expertise in behavioral therapy, couples therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and treats a wide range of mental health conditions. She holds a MSW from Boston College and has over 5 years experience treating complex clients across multiple settings.

Vanessa currently accepts: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Tufts, Optum, and Medicare. Please call the office to make an appointment.

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