The Gardiner Center for Stress Management

The Gardiner Center for Stress Management was created with the vision of becoming a resource for those in search of greater balance and perspective in their lives.

Our mission is to provide high-quality, short-term, evidence-based psychotherapy and stress management classes to the central Maine community.

Who We Are

John Agee, Ph.D.
has been a licensed psychologist since 2007. Dr. Agee earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2006 from the University at Albany, SUNY, where he specialized in clinical and health psychology. After completing an APA-accreditied pre-doctoral internship at the Togus VA Medical Center, Dr. Agee then completed a post-doctoral residency at the VA, specializing in PTSD treatment and Integrated Primary Care/Mental Health.

Following residency, Dr. Agee served for 3 years as psychologist & team leader for the Integrated Primary Care/Mental Health program at Togus VAMC. While at the VA, Dr. Agee also facilitated a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class and other therapy groups. Outside of clinical work, Dr. Agee has authored and co-authored several scholarly publications related to health psychology and mindfulness-based therapy.

In private practice since 2011, Dr. Agee provided psychological and neuropsychological assessment services at The Brain Clinic of Central Maine for five years until 2016. Dr. Agee founded the Gardiner Center for Stress Management in 2014, and has been practicing at GCSM full time starting in January, 2017. Professional interests include mindfulness-based therapies, psychological testing, and the integration of mental health and medicine.

Michael McLaughlin, Ph.D
has been a licensed psychologist since 2003. Dr. McLaughlin earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2002 from Oklahoma State University. After graduating, he completed his post-doctoral residency at the Togus VA Medical Center focused on evidence-based treatment of depression, adjustment disorders, PTSD and other anxiety disorders. Following residency, he served for two and a half years at the Tucson, Arizona VA Medical Center as clinical team leader and staff psychologist for the outpatient PTSD clinical team.

Since 2004, Dr. McLaughlin has been employed as a staff psychologist at the Togus VA Medical Center, including in acute psychiatry, outpatient PTSD, and dual diagnosis programs. In his current role, he serves as a behavioral medicine specialist for the Maine VA Healthcare System.

Dr. McLaughlin specializes in relaxation training, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Nancy Slobodnik, Ph.D
has been a licensed psychologist since 2000. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Seton Hall University in 1996, including an APA-approved internship with the NJ State Psychiatric Hospital System. She has worked with children and families in outpatient, school and residential settings. Since moving to Maine in 2005, Dr. Slobodnik has also worked in vocational rehabilitation at the Department and Veteran Affairs and in consulting/ therapy services for adults with developmental disabilities. In 2017, she entered private practice at the Gardiner Center for Stress Management, where she offers individual, group and family psychotherapy.

Yuriy Ustinov, Ph.D.
is a licensed psychologist who earned his doctorate at The University of Alabama in 2013. During his graduate training, Dr. Ustinov specialized in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for insomnia. Dr. Ustinov completed his predoctoral internship at the Togus VA Medical Center, with rotations in Outpatient Mental Health, Integrated Primary Care/Mental Health, and the PTSD Clinic. Dr. Ustinov also completed a postdoctoral residency at the Lewiston-Auburn VA Outpatient Clinic with an emphasis on Rural Mental Health and Telehealth.

Dr. Ustinov is currently working as a psychologist at the Lewiston-Auburn VA Outpatient Clinic. In his current role he provides individual and group therapy and psychological assessment, as well as supervision for psychology trainees. Professional interests include trauma-focused treatment, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Anger Management. At The Gardiner Center for Stress Management, Dr. Ustinov teaches classes and as well as offering individual and group therapy services on a part-time basis.