HOPKINTON — East Coast Mental Wellness, based in Providence, has announced the opening of a second office at 211 Main St. in Ashaway. A grand opening will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19.
Owner Melissa DaSilva, a licensed social worker, said the therapeutic service has teams of clinicians with a multitude of specializations in individual, family, couples and group therapy. "I am very well aware of the lack of mental health services available to the residents of South County," she said in her announcement.
"My hope is that ECMW will provide additional support and resources to all those in need of mental health services. We have been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield for our commitment to ensuring safe and affirming care for members of the LGBTQ community and we hope to continue to service vulnerable populations with the addition of our Ashaway office.”
The practice said it hopes to partner with local school districts to provide school-based therapy to children, adolescents, and families, since therapy sessions in a school setting "removes many of the barriers students and families often encounter when accessing mental health services," such as transportation or time constraints. Tracy Young, a licensed social worker and longtime resident of South County, will oversee the school-based therapy programs in addition to providing outpatient services in the Ashaway office.