Lynn Cormier-Sayarath, MSW, LICSW, maintains a private counseling practice in Templeton, Massachusetts.
Lynn received her Master Degree in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. Lynn has over 20 years of expereince working in the mental health field. She has experience in a variety of settings including community mental health and school based services. Lynn spent seven years working for Community Health Link, one of the largest mental health agencies in the state of Massachusetts. She was the lead social worker for Lipton Academy, a small private special education school under the direction of the agency. She provided school based counseling and consultation to a varieity of schools in North Central Massachusetts including Gardner High School, Gardner Middle School, Toy Town Elementary School, Leominster High School, and the North Central Charter School.
She has treated individuals with a variety of mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, grief related struggles, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, ADHD, self-harm behaviors, suicidality, grief, schizophrenia, obcessive compulsive disorder, substance abuse, post-partum and other women's issues and many more.
Lynn is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Massachusetts. Check her licensure status here. She is also a Licensed School Social Worker/Adjustment Counselor through the Massachusetts Department of Education.
Lynn has been teaching in higher education for the last 18 years. She is a member of the full time teaching faculty at William James College in Newton and previously an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. Lynn was also an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Becker College in Worcester, MA for 16 years before the college closed in the Spring of 2021. She began teaching at Becker College in the Continuing Education Department in the Spring of 2005, and transitioned to the Center for Accelerated Studies shortly after its inception. Lynn has taught Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Adolescent Development, Tests and Measures, and Understanding Diversity at the Undergraduate level and Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling and Human Growth and Development at the Masters level.
Lynn is the Leadership Chair for the Greater Gardner Women's Circle of Giving, a philantropy organziation committted to supporting local non-profits serving women, children, and families in our community. She is also on the Advisory Board for Holy Family Academy, a private Cathloic Pre-K - 8 primary school in Gardner. She is also involved in many other community related events and fundraising.
Lynn has been an advocate for nursing mothers rights in our community. She has participated in World Breastfeeding Week panel presentations at Heywood Hosptial on Feeding Your Baby - Why Breast is Best! Lynn was featured in the Heywood Hospital Healthy You Magazine Article Breast is Best: Important Benefits for Mom and Baby.
Lynn coached field hockey at Gardner High School, for twenty years before retiring in the Fall of 2022 to focus on Athlete Mental Health Issues. Lynn has treated a variety of local athletes and has a full undestanding of the MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athlectic Associations) guidelines and regulations for student athletes. She has a clinical specialty in Eating Disorders and the clinical implications for athletes.
Lynn is the Co-Founder of Girls on the Run Worcester County which was established in 2015. Girls on the Run is a Non-Profit organization that teaches girls in grades 3-8 to be joyful, confident, and healthy through a curriculum based program that integrates running as an activity. Programs are offered at schools and public locations across Worcester County in the Spring and Fall. To learn more about Girls on the Run and how you can get involved visit our website at www.gotr-worc.org.
Lynn currently serves on a number of committees and advisory boards including the Holy Family Acdemy School Advisory Board, the Adolescent Substance Abuse Policy Task Force, The Gardner High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee, The Andrew Boucher Memorial Scholarship Committee, and the Greater Gardner Community Action Committee.
She is the founder and creator of TEAM (Tackling Every Athletes Mental Health) a curriculum based program combines education and personal story telling to address the unique physical, social, and emotional needs of student athletes. The program addresses a vareity of topcis from Sports Nurtition, Sport Psychology, Substance Abuse Prevention, Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, Leadership, Social Media Literacy, Managing the psychological impact of injury from sport, Transition out of sport, and many other topics! The program is being piloted at Gardner High School during the 2023 - 2024 school year.
In her free time, Lynn enjoys staying active and believes exercise is the prescription for good mental health. She enjoys running, CrossFit, sking, swimming, golfing, hiking, and spending time with her family. Lynn has completed twenty-two Marathons and one Ultra Marathon in 17 different states and ran the 2019 Boston Marathon for "Hyland's Team of "Healers" Lynn was selected to be a member of the 2019 team because of her work within the field of mental health with a focus on suicide prevention and holistic mental health - as a "healer of the mind and soul" Lynn looks for every opportunity to have a voice for Mental Health needs as part of this amazing team of healers from across the country!
As a Clinical Social Worker, I was trained under the guidelines of the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics - The NASW Code of Ethics offers a set of values, principles and standards to guide decision-making and everyday professional conduct of social workers.
It is relevant to all social workers and social work students regardless
of their specific functions or settings.