Westminster Outpatient Team

Christiana Ellis-Morris PhD, LSW

Director of Outpatient Services

Christiana Ellis-Morris, PhD, LSW has nearly two decades of experience working with at-risk populations to include various levels in the Addictions and Mental Health fields from direct care to program director. She has worked in various models within outreach, outpatient, and residential treatment. Prior to RCA, Christiana successfully directed, licensed, and accredited both Clinical Stabilization and Outpatient Clinic Services.

She is a Massachusetts Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and holds a Doctorate Degree in Psychology from Capella University. She is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. Christiana is passionate about helping those in need in identifying opportunities of personal growth.

Laura O’Brien

Primary Therapist

Laura O’Brien, LCSW, EMDR began her career in addiction treatment in 2013 with the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center as a Substance Abuse Counselor. From there, she moved into the role of an Early Intervention Service Coordinator with South Bay Mental Health and then on to Senior Clinician with NFI MA, where she continued to serve clients with a variety of mental health diagnoses including Substance Use Disorder.

Laura brings her 7 years of experience to RCA at Westminster, as she counsels patients through Outpatient treatment. As a therapist, Laura hopes to help patients better understand the disease of addiction, individual triggers, urges and cravings, and forgiveness as they cultivate renewed health and hope for their futures.

Michael Britcher

Corp. Director of Outpatient

Mike, MS, ODL has worked in the mental health/behavioral health and substance abuse fields for 28 years. He has held various positions including Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director of Residential Services and Chairman of the Behavior Management Committee. Most recently Mike served as the CEO/Vice President of Onward Behavioral Health. He was responsible for all aspects of a 25 office Outpatient Treatment company.

Mike earned his Master’s Degree for Organizational Development and Leadership from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has co-facilitated graduate level classes at PCOM and been a guest lecturer for The Administration of Human Service Programs at the University of Scranton, Department of Counseling and Human Services.

He holds a personal patent for the Safety Shield® and copyright for Positive Outcome Intervention Strategies for Effective De-escalation (POISED), an early detection and proactive intervention training program for crisis intervention and de-escalation situations.

“Punishment does much but encouragement does more.”

Liz Azzariti

Primary Therapist

Liz Azzariti, LCSW, EMDR embarked on a new career in addiction and mental health treatment in 2015 after returning to graduate school to complete a master’s degree in social work. Since 2015, Liz has worked as a primary therapist in various levels of care including ATS, inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and general outpatient services of addiction treatment. Additionally, Liz has experience helping individuals recover from addiction as well as observing the major transformation that occurs for people desiring a new way of life.

Lindsay Hassett

Alumni Coordinator for Westminster

Lindsay Hassett serves as RCA as the Regional Alumni Coordinator for RCA at Westminster in Westminster, Massachusetts. Prior to Lindsay’s arrival to the Alumni Team, she received a bachelor’s degree in Business at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. Before joining the team at RCA, Lindsay diligently worked in operations and collegiate alumni relations as well as at an inpatient residential treatment center for women. Her background and experience in both alumni relations and substance use disorder makes Lindsay an exceptional, welcomed addition to the Alumni Team here at RCA where she works passionately to help connect our patients to their peers and grow a strong community of volunteers at Westminster.

If you would like to get in contact with Lindsay regarding alumni volunteer opportunities, events, or meetings for RCA at Westminster, please email lhassett@recoverycoa.com

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