Who We Are
Together with Gary Steinberg, Bruce co-founded Academy MetroWest in 1994. In addition to his duties as owner, director, and clinical supervisor, he runs weekly social skills groups, and provides individual counseling and executive function coaching services to children, adolescents, and adults. He also works as a consultant and trainer with schools and organizations on topics such as social skills groups, cooperative play, ADHD, ASD, and other issues. 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.
Hope Notaro, M.A., Counselor
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.
Email: Hope@AcademyMetroWest.com Phone: 508-655-9200
Tim Couto, M.A., Counselor
After spending a year with us as a graduate intern and a year working part-time as an assistant, Tim has become a member of our professional counseling staff. After obtaining a B.S. in Psychology Tim spent a year working at a regional charter school on Cape Cod both as a substitute teacher and as a teaching assistant for students with learning disabilities. Following the completion of his internship at Academy MetroWest, Tim interned at the Worcester Vet Center as a readjustment counselor for active and retired service members. Tim graduated with a Masters in Counseling Psychology from WJC in May 2018. He is available for children and adolescents interested in individual counseling sessions.
Email: Tim@academymetrowest.com Phone: 508-655-9200
Gary Steinberg, LSW, Founder, Director Emeritus, Counselor
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.Gary has retired from his full-time position at Academy MetroWest but continues to work on a part-time basis, running groups, consulting, and offering coaching and mentoring services to children and adolescents.
Stew Pruslin, Ed. M, Counselor
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.
Kelly Ann Colby, Intern
Kelly Ann is a student in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She worked as a peer counselor and clinical psychology intern while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Towson. Her work focused on girls and young women with eating disorders and trauma.
Shannen Gordon, Intern
Shannen is a student in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at William James College. She is a registered behavior technician and brings experience working as an ABA for children at the Early Autism Project in Spartanburg, SC. Shannen did her undergraduate work at Wofford College.
John McCarthy, MPA, Intern
John is a student in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at William James College. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University. John served in the US Army for 10 years. He was deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, and rose to the rank of Major, and earned numerous awards and recognitions in the process.