Adult Counseling Services

Short-term therapeutic counseling services for individuals and families managing the impact of cancer.

Find a Haven of Support

Find the support you need while on your cancer journey at the Dempsey Center. Whether you are a patient, survivor, care partner, friend, or family member, we are here for you. In addition to our numerous counseling services, you’ll find links to trusted resources to help your journey at the link below.

*Counseling services are currently only available to Maine residents.

One-on-One Counseling

Provided by specially-trained LCSWs, talk to someone who understands the cancer journey.

Grief and Loss Counseling

Counseling, classes, and other programs are available to those that have lost a loved one to cancer.

Legacy + Life Reflections

Professionally guided and recorded interviews, available to patients with advanced or metastatic cancer.

Support Groups

Support groups to help better manage the wide range of feelings and fears experienced before, during, and after treatment.

Kailie Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-C Oncology Counselor, Associate Director of Client Experience – Counseling

Kailie Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-C, has worked in oncology care settings since 2008, including Massachusetts General Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University and holds Board certification in Oncology Social Work. She has served as a state representative for the Association of Oncology Social Work since 2019. Kailie utilizes a trauma-informed and strengths-based approach, helping clients impacted by cancer to identify and build resiliency. She employs a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She regularly incorporates mindfulness and expressive arts into her practice. Kailie is also trained in play-based therapeutic modalities for work with young clients as part of the Healing Tree program.

Sarah Walters, LCSW Oncology Counselor, Youth and Family Services Manager

Sarah Walter has more than 10 years of experience supporting children, teens, adults, and their family members through life transitions, trauma, and loss. She earned her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees at the University of Utah’s Graduate school of Social Work in 2016. Sarah has worked as a clinician supporting children and their families at Sweetser’s Eslie J. Parquette school, community behavioral health clinics, and as a Field Instructor at a wilderness therapy program in Utah. Sarah was previously licensed as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and has experience treating adults and adolescents with Substance Use Disorders. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), the Attachment Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, and Structural Family therapy. 

Christine Brome, LCSW Oncology Counselor, Psychosocial Services Manager

Christine Brome, LCSW, earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of New England Graduate School of Social Work in 2019. Prior to coming to the Dempsey Center, Christine was a part of the Northern Light Mercy Cancer Care team, where she has spent the past few years having the opportunity to provide emotional, practical, and financial support to patients and families impacted by cancer. Christine has experience working with a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Narrative Therapy and believes in using a strength-based, trauma-informed approach when working with those impacted by cancer. She has a special interest in offering support during end-of-life care, legacy and life review, and transition to survivorship.

Michelle S. Hayes, LCSW, OSW-C Oncology Counselor

A Board-certified Oncology Social Worker, Michelle earned her Master of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in 2001. She brings experience from a variety of social work settings, including most recently the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, serving Mid-coast Maine through Oncology Social Work Navigation. Michelle draws on a variety of therapeutic modalities in her practice with both individuals and groups, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She utilizes a person-centered approach highlighting the strengths each individual and family possess. Michelle joined the Dempsey Center in 2021.

Erin King, LCSW, APHSW-C, CGS Oncology Counselor

A social worker at heart and through education, Erin King, LMSW-cc, worked with Hospice of Southern Maine in the Bereavement Department prior to making her way to the Dempsey Center. As a grief counselor with HSM, Erin helped loved ones navigate life after the death of a central person in their world. Erin recognizes the role loss plays in moving through a cancer-impacted world as well as the power humor can have throughout the healing process. Utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and a strengths-based approach, Erin strives to collaborate with those who have been affected by cancer. 

Elaina George, LMSW-cc Oncology Counselor

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Kristen Breault, LCSW Assessment + Triage Counselor

Kristen Breault, LCSW, earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of New England in 2014. She has a range of social work experience, including as a bereavement counselor at the Hospice of Southern Maine, as a school-based therapist, and most recently, as a clinical supervisor of a team supporting foster and adoptive parents. The common thread in all of Kristen’s experience is her passion for supporting others in times of stress, transition, and loss. Kristen utilizes a number of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. She believes that healing and positive change occur within the context of a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship and strives to create a non-judgmental, strengths-based, and collaborative environment for all the individuals and families she works with.