Mike Petracca is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked with LGBTQIA+ youth at Safe Homes since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from SUNY Geneseo before moving to Worcester in 2009 where he received his master’s degree from Assumption College. Since that time, he has also worked in schools in Worcester and surrounding towns.
In his work, he uses a client-centered, strengths-based approach, employing strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. In his free time, he enjoys salsa dancing, drumming, and playing in a flag football league.
BECKY NELSON (SHE/HER) - SAFE HOMES CLINICIAN
Becky is a Safe Homes clinician, originally from upstate New York. She moved to Worcester in 2007 to pursue a master’s degree in counseling psychology, which she obtained in 2009 from Assumption College. She obtained her Massachusetts mental health counselor license thereafter and has been working full-time in school systems since 2009. She started as a volunteer at Safe Homes in 2010 and began as a part-time clinician in 2014. As both a volunteer and clinician at Safe Homes, she has worked with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender queer, gender nonconforming, and questioning youth. She has also co-facilitated trainings on working with LGBTQIA+ youth to youth-serving agencies in the community, substance use and mental health facilities, and schools, and attended professional trainings on gender therapy and supporting LGBTQIA+ youth and adults. Her role at Safe Homes primarily involves providing gender and mental health counseling to LGBTQIA+ youth at the drop-in center, as well as supervising and co-facilitating programs and activities at the drop-in.