Salem Clinicians

Warmth and Professionalism

While we may use somewhat different approaches, each therapist at Kendall Psychological Associates is committed to the principle of respect for our clients, and each therapy proceeds with non-judgmental careful listening, warmth, and professionalism. 

Michael Collins, Psy.D.

Clinical Director, Salem

Dr. Collins works with adults, providing evidence-based treatments for a variety of challenges and concerns. His areas of interest include: Trauma, anxiety, OCD, depression, insomnia, and stress reduction. Dr. Collins' primary treatment approach is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which incorporates mindfulness and a focus on finding meaning by exploring clients’ values through the lens of self-compassion and acceptance. He also provides CBT, Exposure and Response Prevention, and empirically validated treatments for trauma. He graduated from Boston College and received his doctorate from La Salle University. Dr. Collins has worked in various multidisciplinary outpatient and hospital settings prior to joining Kendall Psychological Associates.

“People often come to therapy in times of crisis, but individuals certainly don’t need to be experiencing crisis to seek out and benefit from therapy. In fact, everyone struggles at one point or another and often we need just a little bit of help to move a more positive direction. Therapy should be a collaboration between clients and their therapists with the goal of exploring what is most important to them and what they want their lives to be about. Together, we can work to establish new ways of viewing and approaching struggles so that they are more able to build and live a rich, full and meaningful life.”

Lance Linke, Ph.D.

Director of Child and Adolescent Services

Dr. Linke’s clinical interests include anxiety, depression, OCD, academic problems, and relationship issues, with an expertise in emotion regulation, cross-cultural psychology and trauma recovery. Dr. Linke uses leading, empirically-validated approaches (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma) to tailor therapy to clients' individual goals.

Dr. Linke holds dual doctoral-level degrees in both clinical and educational psychology, and has worked nationally and internationally with departments and ministries of health and education. Dr. Linke graduated from Colgate University and received a Masters degree from Marquette University. His doctoral degree in Educational Psychology is from University of Hawai'i, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology is from University of Missouri-Saint Louis. Dr. Linke has held faculty positions at Hawaii Pacific University and Yale University School of Medicine. He is published in the fields of cultural, educational and clinical psychology.

"We all enter therapy with individual aims, intentions and motivations. I integrate the most current, empirically established treatments to individually customize therapy to your personal aims and goals. My approach to behavior change reflects advances in developmental, cultural and interpersonal psychology. My purpose is to provide knowledge and skills that improve our ability to manage thoughts, feelings and relationships in a way that creates less stress and more enjoyment in life. Working together, we will discover specific ways to enhance clarity, optimism and enthusiasm for reaching your personal goals."

Kate Samson, Psy.D.

Staff Psychologist

Dr. Samson has a broad range of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Her areas of interest include: trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, OCD, relationship concerns, life transitions, and serious medical illness. Dr. Samson graduated from Bates College and received her doctorate from Widener University. Dr. Samson has had the opportunity to work in a number of different settings including college counseling centers, schools, and private practice.

“My approach is grounded in the humanistic understanding that each individual is unique and influenced by their particular life experiences. I value building a therapeutic space where we establish trust and our work is collaborative, supportive, and based on the best available research. I bring a background in cognitive-behavioral (CBT), relational, mindfulness, solution focused and insight oriented approaches with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).”

Katherine Murphy, PMHNP-BC

Staff Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Kat is the staff nurse practitioner at KPA’s Salem location and is available for medication consultations. However, she is only accepting appointments for patients who are currently in psychotherapy at Kendall Psychological Associates.

Kat works with adults of all ages and backgrounds. Her areas of interest include: Depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, college student health and working with LGBTQ patients. She also has a particular interest in working with geriatric patients living with chronic medical illnesses, as well as their caregivers. Kat incorporates acceptance and mindfulness in her approach with patients in combination with psychopharmacology.

Kat graduated from Endicott College with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and completed her nurse practitioner clinical rotation at Cambridge Health Alliance in their Victims of Violence Program. She will receive her Doctorate in Nursing from Endicott College in December. She graduated with her Masters of Science degree from Boston College with a specialization as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Prior to beginning to work independently as a nurse practitioner, Kat completed a yearlong interdisciplinary fellowship at the Bedford Massachusetts VA Medical Center. In addition to her position at Kendall Psychological Associates, she is also a staff Nurse Practitioner in the University Health and Counseling Center at Northeastern University.