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, LICSW, MSW
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.
LAUREL HEMMER, LICSW
Since becoming a Social Worker in 1995 my love has been working with children and their families. I believe all people have the capacity to grow and change in positive ways. Life presents all of us with challenges and struggles and one of our goals in life is finding ways to face our problems, challenges, hopes and fears with positivity, openness, support, and, yes, hard work.
In the fall of 2005 I was introduced to the world of play therapy and have become a Registered Play Therapist. Although this is not the only model I use with children and their families, it is prevalent in how I work. Children’s natural language is play and therapy can be difficult. Using a language they understand is extremely helpful in creating opportunities to support children in facing their struggles and in working towards their goals.
RICK MCMANUS, MSW, MPP
Rick McManus, MSW, MPP is the Vice President of Operations for McManus Counseling. He is a seasoned administrator with over 15 years experience managing and directing complex health and human service systems. Rick oversees all billing, finance, and administrative issues for McManus Counseling.
Rick earned his bachelor's of social work from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and his Master of Social Work and Master of Public Policy degrees from the University of Michigan.