Who We Are
Bruce is a a consultant to public schools and other agencies regarding ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and NvLD. He also works with schools to establish in-house social skills groups. In addition to running groups, Bruce also provides individual counseling and executive function coaching services at Academy MetroWest.Prior to establishing the Academy MetroWest practice in 1994, Bruce worked as a therapist at the Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton, MA. While in that position, he created and directed Camp Nonantum, a therapeutic summer program for children with special needs.
Gary Steinberg, LSW
Founder, Director, Therapist
Gary has been working with children in groups that specialize in improving social skills and self esteem for more then thirty years. He has worked extensively with children dealing with the challenges of ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, as well as learning based issues. He has developed and implemented many of the activities and techniques that are used in the Academy MetroWest program.Prior to establishing the Academy MetroWest practice in 1994, Gary was a group therapist and the program director at the Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton for more than 20 years.
Hope Notaro, M.A.
Hope joined Academy MetroWest’s staff in June, 2015. She earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a specialization in School and Community Counseling, during which time she interned at The Academy of Physical and Social Development in Newton, MA and the Edith Baker School in Brookline, MA. Hope also worked as a staff member at the Academy of Physical and Social Development for a year following the completion of her internship, giving her valuable experience conducting social skills groups that employ cooperative, non-competitive physical activity as a means. Hope is a full time member of our staff, working with us as a group leader, and conducting initial interviews. Hope is also available for children and adolescents interested in individual counseling.
Stew Pruslin, Ed. M
Stew brings us a wealth of experience including 13 years as a 3rd grade teacher in North Reading, 7 years as a counselor at the Newton Academy and over 20 years of coaching youth basketball in North Reading. He also directs his own cooperative activities program called Group Dynamic. Stew is exceptionally creative and has an extraordinary ability to connect with children.
Adam Hurley is a counselor in our school year program and camp. He joined the Academy MetroWest staff in 2005.