Our Team

At Tili, we believe our clients are the experts on their own lives – we know our clients come to us with much more than the problems that constrain them. Guided by this core philosophy, Tili clinicians listen in a supportive, non-judgmental and interactive way. We are interested in your story and the strategies you developed to live in that story. We focus on strength, hope and possibility as we collaborate with you to help you live your life with meaningful and mindful intention.

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Elissa Riggio Tosi

Owner & Clinician

Elissa began her career with a passionate focus on family therapy working in community mental health centers on the north shore of Boston. She became the Clinical Director of Family Continuity Program in Beverly, and Children's Friend and Family Service in Salem. Since 2003, she has been in private practice which subsequently lead her to start Tili. Elissa is thrilled to expand her practice to include colleagues who share her enthusiasm, mission and philosophy for the work.

Elissa enjoys working with adult individuals and couples. She has lots of experience treating anxiety, mood disorders including depression, relationship issues including recovering from affairs and divorce coaching, life transitions, and trauma.

Joan Lovins


Joan received her Master’s degree from Tufts University. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals age 5 and older, couples and families. Her specialties include trauma, grief, parenting, ADD, women in transition and mood/anxiety disorders. Using a strength based, collaborative approach Joan utilizes various treatment modalities to assist clients in their journey towards empowerment and growth.
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Emmeline Kim



Emmeline is a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from William James College (formerly known as the Massachusetts School of Professional
Psychology), and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Emmeline enjoys working from a strengths-based perspective in collaboration with her clients. She has experience supporting clients through trauma, depression, grief and loss, stress and anxiety, substance
abuse, relational/interpersonal concerns, social justice issues, and family of origin challenges. Her empathetic and adaptive approach is influenced by mindfulness, narrative, cognitive behavioral, and compassion-focused therapies, as well as her previous career and life experiences.

Emmeline strives to help her clients develop a greater understanding of themselves and make desired changes within their lives to further healing and meaningful growth.


Linda Werbner


Linda enjoys helping people move toward realistic and empowering solutions to problems that may seem intractable. As a solution-focused, strength-based therapist, she draws from an eclectic mix of treatment modalities from Cognitive Behavioral and Emotionally Focused Therapy to Narrative, Motivational Enhancement and Mindfulness. 


As a seasoned trauma-informed clinician, she has extensive experience working with clients through grief and loss, medical trauma and diagnosis, post-partum depression and mood disorders, coping in the aftermath of miscarriage, suicide, violence and overdose. Linda also has experience with problems of estrangement, low self-esteem, anxiety, caregiver stress and life transitions. 


Working overseas with immigrant and refugee communities has imbued her with cultural competence as well as a deeper understanding of the challenges in navigating a new culture. She speaks fluent Russian and has a working knowledge of Spanish. She continues to enjoy working with immigrants and acculturation.  

Tara M. Sayegh

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Tara Sayegh is a licensed and board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Masters Degree in Advanced Practice Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions.


She has been practicing adult psychopharmacology since 2008. Her areas of clinical interest include depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, adult ADHD and substance abuse. Tara also is experienced in the treatment of chronic pain through a holistic mind-body paradigm/approach and psychiatric medication management.


Jennifer Calvani


Jennifer comes to Tili with 20 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has worked in varied programs through the years, but has found her passion working with individuals and couples engaged in a therapeutic process. ​Jennifer received her MSW from Missouri State University. Her areas of clinical interest include anxiety, depression, and the effect of trauma on individuals. 
Jennifer uses CBT, DBT, and IFS when working with her clients. She honors her clients by helping them recognize their individual strengths and challenges as she helps them navigate toward their desired goals. 

Philip West


Philip seeks practical, compassionate alliances with clients so that they feel heard and validated wherever they begin in the therapeutic process. He works with adults of all ages who seek help adapting to change, coping with anxiety, depression, traumatic experiences and loss.
Trained and licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Philip completed additional graduate studies at NYU and the City University of New York in Music, Philosophy and Environmental Conservation. Philip sees clients as people with many dimensions, strengths, needs and desires and not just as the problems they are trying to overcome. He draws from Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapies as well as from Humanistic Perspectives and Mindfulness. 
Philip is married to a visual artist and has acting and musical performance experience himself so he has a particular interest in working with those who have their own creative pursuits who may be struggling to engage with their work for various reasons. Philip also enjoys providing field supervision for students at Salem State University and Simmons University.

Jennifer Howland


Jen is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) that earned her masters degree from Salem State University. Jen has worked with individuals, couples and families in non-profit agencies, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, and as an outreach therapist providing in-home services. 

Jen's approach is influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and cognitive analytic therapy (CAT). She has experience treating mood and anxiety disorders, grief, life transitions and anger management. 

Jen is devoted to helping others become empowered, find focus in their strengths, and move toward healthy changes at a pace her clients are comfortable with.

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Frank Militello


Frank is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with wide-ranging experience in the mental health field, working with individuals and families. His therapeutic interests include helping people through the struggles of depression, anxiety, and trauma, especially brought on by difficult life transitions, such as unemployment and job difficulties, school struggles, grief and loss, change in health, and relationship issues. His approach to therapy, influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and traditional talk therapy, recognizes the healing value of honestly telling one’s story while developing practical solutions for today through the instrument of a collaborative therapeutic relationship.


Frank is compassionate and brings to the therapy session the wisdom of life experiences. Frank earned a bachelor’s degree at Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI while serving in the United States Navy. Frank earned a master’s degree and certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in counseling psychology from Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA while working full-time in non-profit agencies on the North Shore, MA.


Jerry Schwartz


Listening carefully, being attuned fully, curiosity, and non-judgmental empathy are the hallmarks of Jerry Schwartz’s style of psychotherapeutic healing. After 35 years of practice in a variety of roles using a variety of therapeutic techniques,  Jerry brings an integrated perspective, understanding, and diverse set of skills to his work with individuals, couples and families.

Jerry earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkley, CA receiving an exceptional foundation in psychodynamic theory. He went on to be the Director of an adolescent and family counseling program in Alameda, CA which was based on a narrative therapy approach. While in the Bay Area he was also very involved with men’s groups and retreats as both a participant and leader. 

Jerry has been practicing on the North Shore since 1994. He has done some college teaching and for almost 20 years he has focused on end of life and palliative care work with individuals and their loved ones. This work has led to an understanding of the profound impact that chronic and advanced illnesses have on a person and their family.  He also received training as a non-denominational chaplain at Beverly Hospital.

 From all of this experience, along with a love of poetry, a meditation practice, and an awe of the beauty of life all around, Jerry incorporates a sensitivity to and respect for the diversity and importance of the socio/cultural context of a person’s life. 


Vera Katsnelson


Vera is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) who received her Master’s degree from Lesley University.


Vera believes in a holistic person-centered approach towards healing. She strives to help people increase insight into the mind/body connection as a way of encouraging self-care and relaxation techniques. She also utilizes Psychodynamic, Internal Family Systems, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness therapies. Vera has experience working with individuals of all ages who struggle with a wide range of challenges including anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, trauma, and self-esteem.

Vera supports individuals with feeling empowered through telling their story. She honors the vulnerability it takes to share parts of one’s life in order to feel heard and seen. Vera collaborates with each person to decide what is needed in order to create change and healing.

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Jennifer Zocchi


Jennifer is a Licensed Independent Clinicial Social Worker (LICSW). She has a masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, MA

Jennifer has used her training in CBT and DBT to work with people struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental health concerns. Her years of experience include both inpatient and outpatient settings.


Jennifer's gentle approach is influenced by her use of meditation and mindfulness in her own self care. She works collaboratively with clients to overcome barriers to well-being in a safe and supportive environment. Jennifer subscribes to a strength-based, authentic and validating therapeutic approach to promote healing, change and ultimately growth in her client's lives.


Stephen Luippold

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Stephen offers psychiatric care and medication management for psychiatric disorders including anxiety related disorders, depressive disorders, trauma related disorders and ADHD spectrum. He has worked extensively with those experiencing forms of chronic illness and pain syndromes.


In 1999, Stephen completed his Master’s Degree in Advanced Practice Psychiatric Nursing from Boston College. He has had faculty appointments at  UMass Medical School as an Instructor in the Department in Psychiatry, Tufts School of Medicine as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and MGH-Institute of Health Professions where he taught Psychopharmacology and Biobehavioral Health. He is a longstanding member of The International Honor Society of Nursing.


Stephen has experience working in varied clinical settings, caring for medically complex and culturally diverse client populations across the lifespan. He is dedicated to lifelong learning, social justice, health equity, and eliminating mental health stigmatization. 


Through the fullness of his experiences comes a deep appreciation for the moments that arise when client and clinician sit face to face. For Stephen, beyond the dialogue needed for assessment, diagnosis and treatment, is the  opportunity to listen, to be present with gentleness and open-hearted curiosity leading to true human connection for which he is grateful.