Meet the Team
Qualifications and Experience
Polly Charette, LCSW
Polly Charette is a licensed clinical social worker with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine at Orono. During her time at the university, she served as the President of Psi Chi, a National Honor Society for Psychology Students, and graduated Cum Laude. She went on to pursue her Masters of Art degree in Clinical Social Work at Boston College.
During several years following the tragic events surrounding September 11th, Ms. Charette worked as a psychotherapist for the United States Naval Service at the San Diego Naval Base. Her specialization was working with military families, focusing on issues related to trauma, violence, unresolved anger, grief, loss, readjustment stress, separation, and the impact of military deployments and trainings on relationships. Following these years she has been among a small team opening a Vet Center specific to Military Trauma and PTSD, supporting numerous veterans heal symptoms and regain quality of life. She now has a private practice and continues her work with ongoing passion to help people find happiness again. She works with diverse populations of people who have suffered trauma from military, childhood, accident and crime victims. She is also an Adult Children of Alcoholics ACoA informed therapist.
Ms. Charette has knowledge and specialized training in a spectrum of Anxiety Disorders, including Combat Stress Reaction, PTSD, Acute Stress Reaction, Panic Disorder, and effects of Traumatic Brain Injury. She specifically tailors her treatment approach to address the concerns and symptoms of each individual. She emphasizes the importance of psycho-education, as it is crucial for clients to understand the biological processes, development, patterns, and rituals behind their symptoms. Her therapeutic techniques include a combination of education, Brainspotting, EMDR, Somatic Therapy, exposure therapy, biofeedback, desensitization, cognitive distortion challenging, and anxiety reduction techniques. Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and Integration is a highly specialized and available approach if appropriate for the issues being treated
Overall, Polly Charette, LCSW, is a dedicated therapist with expertise in anxiety disorders and trauma-related issues. Her approach combines evidence-based techniques, personalized treatment plans, and the use of high level training to empower her clients and facilitate their healing and growth.