Meet Our Staff

Welcome to Freedom Health, your trusted mental health and substance abuse outpatient program in Framingham, MA. Our dedicated team comprises compassionate professionals committed to your well-being. With expertise in diverse specialties, we offer personalized care tailored to your unique needs. At Freedom Health, we understand the importance of holistic support on your journey to recovery. From licensed therapists to experienced counselors, our staff is here to provide guidance, encouragement, and understanding every step of the way.

We prioritize creating a safe and welcoming environment where you can feel empowered to explore and address your challenges. Your health and healing are our top priorities. Get to know the faces behind Freedom Health as we work together towards your brighter, healthier future. We’re honored to be part of your path towards wellness.


Clinical Director

Nik Protasenia, LMHC, LPC (NJ)

Meet our Clinical Director, Nik. Nik is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC1) in the state of Massachusetts. Nik enjoys getting to know his patients and is looking forward to eliminating the stigma that many feel about entering counseling. Nik has led client-breakthroughs, recovery from severe trauma, improving self-esteem, helping guide clients toward self-actualization, and building better relationships. As the clinical director at Freedom Health Treatment, he is looking to impart his experience in the field with the clinical staff to ensure that the patients get the best care possible. Nik loves reading, cooking, spending time with his friends and family, playing hockey, swimming, yoga, running, bike riding, and trying to improve himself each and every day. He encourages patients to do the same for themselves.

Program Director

Corey Brooks, LCSW

Meet our Program Director, Corey Brooks. Corey was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. Corey graduated with his Masters from Umass Boston and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He has been working in the field of mental health and substance use for over 10 years. As the Program Director at Freedom Health Treatment Corey oversee's the day-to-day operations for our clients and staff. Corey has always had a passion for helping others become the best version of themselves, and in all my years of experience there has been no better place to do that than Freedom Health.

Primary Therapist

Katelyn Goodwin, MSFP

Meet Katelyn, one of the primary therapists here at Freedom Health. Katelyn has experience working with children, families, and adults with histories of trauma. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology. Katelyn has been trained in trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, CBT, and DBT. She also helps facilitate groups in which she covers a wide variety of topics that involve both mental health and substance use. Katelyn likes to incorporate mindfulness techniques into my work to bring together mind, body, and spirit. Katelyn looks forward to working with you!

Primary Therapist

Christian Taguinod, LCSW

Meet Christian, one of the primary therapist here at Freedom Health. Christian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who's professional experience includes outpatient therapy for adolescents and young adults. Christian specialize in working with those experiencing substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders in substance use treatment. Christian's treatment modalities are as follows: Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, person- centered therapy, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Christian attended Salem State University where he earned a Bachelors degree and Masters of Social Work degree. Christian held internship positions at Boston Children’s Hospital - Adolescent Substance Use and Addiction Program in Brookline, MA and Youth Villages in Raynham, MA.

Primary Group Facilitator

Stacey Stefanini

Meet Stacey, our Primary Group Facilitator at Freedom Health. Stacey has spent the last ten years working in various mental health and substance abuse settings. Stacey's goal is to assist people through their recovery journey and help them improve their overall well-being. Stacey was born and raised just west of Boston. Stacey enjoys spending her free time with family, her husband and son. You can find Stacey at the barn as she is an avid equestrian with a passion for horses.

Group Facilitator

Gerard Touchette

Meet one of our Group Facilitator's, Gerard Touchette. Gerard is a person in long term recovery, Gerard specializes in holistic and overall health group topics.

Case Manager

Courtney Saunders

Meet Courtney, one of our Case Manager's at Freedom Health. As a person in recovery, Courtney enjoys aiding others in their mental health and substance use recovery. Courtney is a mom of three wonderful children and three fur babies. In her free time Courtney is invested in her recovery, attending meetings regularly and helping other individuals find recovery. In her free time Courtney enjoys exercising and listening to music.