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Seacoast Youth Services serves children, adolescents, and families who are dealing with behavioral problems, emotional disorders, and substance abuse.

If you are the parent or caregiver of a youth or young adult from age 3-18 whose emotional or behavioral issues limit their daily functioning in the home, school, or community we would like to help.

Seacoast Youth Services, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency based in Seabrook, NH.

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Vic Maloney Executive Director

Vic helped found Seacoast Youth Services in 2001. The agency was initially created to provide youth and their families a “second chance” to address negative social behaviors and to avoid involvement with the court system. Over the years, the agency has grown in response to the community need for prevention, intervention and treatment services for teens struggling with mental health and/or substance misusing behaviors. With one of the largest after school programs and the only co-occurring adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program in the region, school based therapists, and contracts to provide numerous state services in both Rockingham and Strafford Counties, SYS is serving many youth that otherwise could fall through the cracks.

"Most adults agree about the kinds of things that are important for them to do for the young people in their lives: encourage success in school, set boundaries, teach shared values, teach respect for cultural differences, guide decision making, give financial guidance, and so on. However, for a myriad of reasons, many adults lack the skills necessary to provide the guidance and support young people need, particularly during adolescence. When children and families are struggling and out of control, they really need someone in their corner. SYS's clinicians and staff try to be that person by providing youth and families support, guidance, education, and resources they need to implement positive change. It is my hope that working with SYS will provide youth and their families the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to be successful."

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Sarah Fetras LCMHC, M.Ed.

Sarah joined Seacoast Youth Services in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of the Odyssey Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Sarah holds a M. Ed. from Cambridge College in Mental Health Counseling and School Adjustment Counseling and specializes in both adolescent and adult populations. She attributes her foundation in group dynamics to the practice of dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) at McLean Hospital's Hill Center. Sarah is originally from the Seacoast of New Hampshire and is deeply connected to this community and committed to working with its youth and families.

When away from work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, as well as taking advantage of beautiful New England through snowboarding in the winter and running along the beach in the summer.

“Part of what makes working at SYS so amazing is the commitment to local families and the community in which we live and work. This organization has solid roots, and it shows through the staff and their love for this field. Not only do we dedicate ourselves to serving this community, but as a staff we are dedicated to supporting one another."

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Stephanie Wright MSW, LICSW, Deputy Director Of SYS

After obtaining her undergraduate degree in Family Studies, Stephanie discovered her passion for working with young people and their families. She went on to earn her master’s in social work in 2011. Stephanie has provided various clinical services, including outpatient community therapy, school-based student assistance counseling, and adolescent residential treatment. Her experience as a program developer, state service director, therapist, and supervisor has afforded her an intimate understanding of the key ingredients for providing quality treatment and the essential components of a strong clinical and organizational team. She currently serves as the Deputy Director.

In her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking outdoors, taking trail walks with her dog, and enjoying the beauty of the seacoast NH with her husband and two children.

"What I love about SYS is our wonderful work family. To me, it is about intention and heart. Showing up to work is easy when surrounded by people who genuinely desire to do 'whatever it takes' to help the youth and families they serve."

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Julie Golkowski LCMHC

Julie has been involved with Seacoast Youth Services in multiple capacities for over 10 years and currently serves as Clinical Staff Supervisor. She received her MA in Counseling from New York University and has a professional diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, Julie is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. With over 25 years of serving vulnerable youth and their families, she has a passion for dealing with the effects of trauma on individuals and those who care for them. Julie has been a statewide and national trainer/presenter at conferences covering the fields of resilience, trauma, mentoring, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicide prevention / postvention, and substance abuse. She has also provided training, webinars and consultation to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention grantees, Department of Defense grantees, Child Protective Services, community agencies, and public schools.

In her free time, Julie enjoys ceramic art, painting, yoga and learning.

“It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with Vic Maloney and his wonderful staff and share his passion, mission and vision for helping youth and families.”

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Ross Randall LMFT

Ross joined Seacoast Youth Services in August 2019 as a State Services clinician, providing home-based family and individual therapy to clients around Seacoast and Lakes Region. He holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, as well as a BA in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire. Ross is clinically trained in evidence-based practices and provides experiential, solution-focused approaches that help guide families and individuals toward their goals.

Originally from New Hampshire, Ross loves to spend his time outside exploring all the beauty this great state has to offer.

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Nichole Bouchard LMFT

Nicole joined Seacoast Youth Services in August 2019 working in State Services, providing home-based family therapy. She holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire as well as a BS in Psychology from the University of Tampa. Nicole is clinically trained in research-based practices and provides a solution-focused, experiential approach to guide families and individuals towards their goals.

A New Hampshire native, Nicole enjoys spending time in nature whether it's at the beach or in the mountains.

"I am honored to work in an environment that is truly driven towards the success of their clients, as well as their staff. I believe in the SYS mission and its commitment to the Seacoast community."

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Jennifer Bostwick LMFT

Jennifer joined Seacoast Youth Services in August 2020 as a State Services clinician, providing home-based family and individual therapy. She holds an MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of New Hampshire, as well as an MA in Political Science from the University of California-Santa Barbara. Jennifer is clinically trained in evidence-based practices and provides experiential, solution-focused approaches to help guide families and individuals toward their goals. In addition, Jennifer is trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy, providing support for children birth to age 5 and their caregivers after stressful experiences.

Originally from California, Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking, and cycling.

"I am honored to work with the team at SYS and inspired by the families in our community."

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Megan Poirer MA, Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Megan joined Seacoast Youth Services in January of 2022 as a State Services Clinician providing in-home individual and family therapy services. She holds a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from SNHU and a BA in Psychology from SNHU. Megan is clinically trained in evidenced-based practices and has a background in substance use counseling. She utilizes a solution-focused, individualized approach to help guide each family and individual toward their goals.

Megan was born and raised in the Seacoast area and enjoys spending her free time at one of her favorite local beaches.

"It is a joy and an honor to work for an organization that takes so seriously their mission to help improve the community"

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Nicole Pinierio MA, Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Nicole joined Seacoast Youth Services in the spring of 2022 as a Therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program and holds a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern New Hampshire University. Nicole brings with her a strong business background and as well as a great passion for working with adolescents which is showcased in her years of volunteerism through local non-profit organizations aimed at providing sport opportunities for youth in the community. Nicole creates meaningful therapeutic alliances with clients by using a client-centered approach to build connections and assist teens in navigating their goals and commitments towards change.

When not working, Nicole enjoys running throughout the seacoast, reading for fun, and camping with family.

“I believe every client can walk away from SYS having gained something significant. Whether it be tangible change around substance use, improved family relations, or healthy connections with peers and/or adults, there is something here for everyone.”

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Julie Greene M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Julie joined the SYS team as a therapist in the winter of 2022 after completing her master’s level internship in the Intensive Outpatient Program. Julie brings with her 8 years of experience in positive youth development and substance youth prevention in New England. Julie attended Cambridge College where she obtained her M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Her successes in the mental health field can be attributed to her commitment towards substance use prevention with community coalitions and restorative practices for adolescents with alternative to suspension programming. Julie has a passion for working with at-risk youth and providing safe environments for evidenced based practices to therapeutically explore and stimulate change.

Originally from the Seacoast area, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors, going to the gym, painting, and spending time with friends and family.

“I’m honored to work with the SYS team who truly embody the mission of whatever it takes.”

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Mariah Ouellette MFT

Mariah joined Seacoast Youth Services in September 2022 as a States Services clinician to provide home-based individual and family therapy. She holds a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a BA in Psychology, from the University of New Hampshire. Mariah is clinically trained in research-based practices and integrates various therapeutic approaches to best meet the needs and goals of her clients.

Mariah is a New Hampshire native who enjoys yoga, reading, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her family and friends.

“It is an honor to work at Seacoast Youth Services with a team that is truly passionate and committed to serve the community, and with clients who are so resilient.”

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Kelly Lord APRN

Kelly joined Seacoast Youth Services in August of 2022 and works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She graduated from Rivier University with a master's degree as a Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She specializes in treating children and adolescents along with substance use disorders. Kelly works to form collaborations with clients and their families and communicate with community providers to ensure a smooth transition of support services into and out of our 10-week program. She reviews psychiatric symptoms, family psychiatric histories, and the client's response to prescribed pharmacology. Kelly enjoys gardening and spending time at Lake Winnipesaukee during her free time.

"I feel so lucky that Seacoast Youth Services reached out to me and welcomed me into their family. I love working with our clients and hope to add the value of medication assessment and management to the extraordinary programming already provided."

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Julia Mello MFT

Julia joined Seacoast Youth Services in December 2022 as a State Services Clinician providing home-based family and individual therapy. She holds an MS in Marriage and Family therapy and a BS in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Julia is clinically trained in evidence-based practices and draws from an integrated and systemic approach. She uses therapeutic models that are clinically sound, trauma-informed, and developmentally and culturally appropriate to the families and individuals she works with.

Julia is originally from Maine. She enjoys spending time by the beach, as well as going on hikes to explore nature. She enjoys art, animals, and meditation.

“I am excited to be a part of such a supportive team that truly values the well-being of the families in the community!”

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Janine Richards LICSW

Janine joined SYS in 2023 as the Director of Program Development. Janine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Janine received her BA in Political Science and Master's in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. Janine additionally attended Southern New Hampshire University, where she obtained a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in District Leadership. Janine joins SYS after being employed as a school social worker and Director of Staff and Student Wellness in the Hampton, Seabrook and Concord School Districts over the past decade-plus. Janine's experience in school-based interventions, understanding of complex family structures and dynamics, and deep knowledge of trauma-informed care will pair well with the work at SYS.

Janine is from a small NH town but has called the Seacoast home since her days at UNH. When not at SYS, Janine enjoys exploring new places with her family and trying to keep up with her kids, husband, and rambunctious yellow lab.

"What I love about SYS is that it is an agency full of hope and opportunity. The programs offered at SYS have grown to meet the high community demand and will continue to do so to ensure our work remains impactful for our region. Being part of an agency with innovation and new ideas and the dedication to staying true to its mission of 'whatever it takes' makes me incredibly proud."