Next Chapter Welcomes New Staff Members!

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We at Next Chapter are dedicated to providing each and every one of our patients with the most comprehensive and personalized care available. In order to provide such unparalleled care, we have put together an devoted team of compassionate and experienced professionals, all experts in their respective fields and dedicated to providing the same level of care others have come to expect from Next Chapter. We are beyond thrilled to have recently added several more amazing clinicians to our staff.

Please see more below in order to get further acquainted with these new additions to the Next Chapter staff.

Ryan Soave, MA, CTT ~ Program Director


Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Trauma Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and meditation instructor. Ryan is also an Advanced Student of Somatic Experiencing. He has extensive experience working with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and unresolved trauma. He is an expert in the practices and teachings of mindfulness. Ryan believes that each individual has the path to healing within. The trauma treatment process is an uncovering, during which the individual remembers his or her true self.





Malia Birk, LCSW ~ Primary Therapist


Malia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Master’s degree in social work from Florida Atlantic University, where she graduated with honors. Malia has been in the addiction field since 2010, working with young adults with addiction and educational issues, adults and families, veterans and has a passion for working with trauma. She has studied various treatment modalities and favors experiential work, narrative therapy, family of origin work and Post-Induction Therapy (PIT). Malia has a strengths based perspective and loves to continually learn and believes that everyone she encounters has something to teach her. She often tells her clients “I hold the light; you do the work…until you can hold the light for yourself”.


Lynn Carroll, LMHC, SEO, CST ~ Somatic Experiencing, EMDR


Lynn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, who has extensive experience as a bodyworker. She received her Master’s in counseling from Fairfield University. Lynn has trained for years as a body worker, including attending two craniosacral programs. She further developed her knowledge of the mind/body connection through studying attachment theory intensively at The Kutenai Institute of Integral Studies three-year program with Myrna Martin. Lynn also attended the three-year Somatic Experiencing training and have assisted several trainings since then.



Jessica Baum, LMHC, CAP ~ Family Therapist


Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from South University.  As a certified addiction specialist, her focus is chemical abuse and dependency, co-dependency, eating disorders, family of origin issues, and personality disorders. Jessica has extensive training in psychodrama and experiential therapy. She is also skilled in cognitive therapy and dialectical behavior therapy. She is trained in EMDR therapy and has done a lot of work with trauma. Jessica is also trained in Imago Therapy. Using this approach, Jessica helps treat family systems and couple’s issues with an extensive knowledge on relationships.




Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our staff or our services at Next Chapter. We look forward to hearing from you soon!