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Meet the Staff

Laura Bustos Ortiz, LCSW (she/her)
Community Therapist • 617.879.7571

Laura is a Clinical Social Worker who completed her education at Boston University, earning an MSW from the School of Social Work as well as a BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Laura is interested in a holistic, feminist, and social justice-oriented approach to psychotherapy that acknowledges the larger systems that may interfere with an individual’s well-being. Her therapeutic approach is collaborative and strengths-based in order to help students at MassArt feel supported and empowered. Her clinical interests include helping students navigate interpersonal relationships, generational trauma, identity development, and life transitions. As an immigrant from Colombia, she is also interested in unpacking the effects of intersectionality and immigration on mental health. In her spare time, Laura enjoys taking naps, watching movies, playing video/board games, watching futbol, and going to concerts.

Jessica Visconti, LMHC (she/her)
Assessment and Referrals Specialist and Therapist • 617.879.7763

Jessica Visconti is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and expressive arts therapist. Jessica completed her education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. Prior to coming to MassArt, Jessica has worked as an outpatient therapist, developed CreativeGrounding, an arts and mindfulness based program with Bristol Community College. Additionally, she has worked in outpatient substance abuse treatment, and other community based work in the greater Boston area. Jessica is passionate about mental health advocacy and finding creative ways to help students connect with community resources. Outside of mental health work, Jessica enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and eating new foods, dancing, traveling, and spending time at the beach.

Nicole Pimentel (she/her)
Administrative Assistant • 617.879.7760 x2

Nicole holds a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Advertising from Salem State University. Prior to joining MassArt, Nicole worked with assisting first-generation and low-income high school aged youth at a college access program for six years. She also worked at various publishing companies in sales and marketing. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys baking, cooking, reading, traveling, and attending book events.

Mauricio Montes (he/him)
Clinical Counseling Trainee • 617.879.7760 x2

Mauricio is a counseling psychology doctoral student at Boston College. Mauricio completed his BA in psychology and BS in human development at Binghamton University and worked as Clinical Research Assistant at The Road Home Program, a treatment center for veterans with PTSD. Mauricio's therapeutic approach integrates elements from relational-cultural (emphasizing the importance of relationships), feminist (considering gender and societal influences), and cognitive-behavioral (focusing on thoughts and behaviors) frameworks to foster affirming and empowering healing journeys. Mauricio also aims to help folks understand how trauma can uniquely affect marginalized communities (e.g., queer, POC) and the consequences of oppression and discrimination on mental well-being. In his free time, Mauricio enjoys going for walks, petting doggos, and playing Mario Kart. 

Sade Prithwie (she/her)
Clinical Counseling Trainee • 617.879.7760 x2

Sade Prithwie is a Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student at Northeastern University. She earned her M.S.Ed with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as her B.S.Ed. with double majors in Human and Social Development and Spanish from the University of Miami. Prior to joining MassArt’s Counseling and Wellness Center, Sade provided individual, couples and group therapy in Miami, FL. Sade’s approach to therapy is an integrative, anti-oppressive model of care that draws from many treatment modalities including family systems, multicultural and existential therapy. Sade also incorporates psychodynamic and emotion-focused techniques. Her clinical interests include working with LGBTQIA+ folx of the Global Majority, interpersonal and romantic relationship concerns, identity development, adjustment concerns, acculturative stress, anxiety and depression. Sade takes a collaborative and social justice centered approach when working with clients that honors where they are and where they want to be. In her free time, Sade enjoys cooking, practicing yoga and traveling to see friends and family.

Cindy Ryan, LMHC (she/her)
Psychotherapist • 617.879.7760 x2

Cindy Ryan is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and expressive arts therapist. Cindy holds a Masters in Counseling from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. an advanced degree in Graphic Design from Basel School of Design in Switzerland, and a BA in Fine Arts, minor in Political Science from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Cindy runs a private practice and sees clients virtually; she also meets with students in person at MassArt's Counseling and Wellness Center. Cindy takes a 'person-centered' approach to counseling and likes to combine strength-based, psychodynamic and cognitive techniques so that her clients can benefit from new strategies and insights. Her past experience includes working with people dealing with medical trauma, grief and loss, as well as anxiety and depression. In her free time, Cindy is a gardener, bee-keeper and fine-artist.