Allison Fuller is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing social work in the Albany, NY area since 2001.
She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from Nazareth College in 2000 and her Master’s in Social Welfare through the advanced standing program at the University at Albany in 2001.
She is currently the Clinical Therapist for the College Experience and CareerNext programs at Living Resources working with students diagnosed with disabilities.
With over 18 years of experience, she specializes in working with individuals, groups, and staff to use their strengths, talents, and experiences to enhance their lives and those with whom they are connected.
Allison began her career working with individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness at ClearView Center in Albany (now Equinox) before transitioning to work with individuals living with intellectual and or developmental disabilities at Center for Disability Services and later Living Resources.
When Allison joined Living Resources in 2006, she joined a newly formed Clinical Department where professional social workers and mental health counselors worked to address the co-occurring mental health, cognitive, and behavioral needs of individuals while closely working with staff in training and workshops.
As part of continuing to broaden the experiences of aspiring social workers and mental health counselors, she supervises students in local undergraduate and graduate programs.
Allison meets with individuals 18 years of age and older. She primarily meets with individuals in their homes or in a mutually agreed upon location.
Areas of focus: Developing relationship and social skills, enhancing self-esteem, problem-solving, coping skills, managing emotions, coping with change, grief, and loss, depression, anxiety, sexual and healthy relationship education, gender identity, & sexual orientation.
Treatment approach: Utilizing Character Strengths, validation techniques, and DBT, CBT, Solution-focused, Person-centered, Trauma-Informed, psychoeducation, task-centered.
Kelly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with individuals diagnosed with developmental and/or intellectual disability since 2012.
She worked as an Early Intervention Social Worker in Rochester, NY prior to her current social work role at a Chemung County agency that provides clinical, residential, family support, and vocational services to people who are OPWDD-eligible.
She provides individual therapy to people of all ages, but a significant portion of the individuals she works with are youth and young adults. She collaborates with other service providers, family members, and key members of individuals’ support systems to promote high-quality services and positive outcomes.
Prior to her work with individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, she worked for five years in the youth development field creating events, programs, and training for youth and the adults who support them.
Kelly earned her B.S. in Social Work in 2010 from Nazareth College and her MSW from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program of Nazareth College and SUNY Brockport in 2011. Her program concentration in graduate school was Family and Community Practice, which is a focus she continues to find value in her current work.
Treatment modalities include (but are certainly not limited to): Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. Kelly is open to exploring a wide variety of therapeutic interventions to identify which are most effective and meaningful for each individual she supports.
She also has substantial experience developing and facilitating group therapy curricula for topics such as anger management, grief and loss, empathy, aging, managing transitions, and healthy relationships.
Specialty areas on which Kelly has focused her extensive professional development include trauma-informed counseling, addressing mental health needs and challenging behaviors in individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. She is certified as a safeTALK trainer through LivingWorks and provides community training to promote suicide alertness and create safer communities.
Kelley Haggerty is a licensed clinical social worker with
experience working in the school system, health care, and with individuals with developmental disabilities. She received her bachelors and masters degree from the University at Albany. Over the years, Kelley has provided individual, group, and family therapy, as well as crisis intervention.
Areas of Focus: depression, anxiety, coping skills, anger, self-esteem, and relationship & personal safety.
Treatment Approach: CBT, DBT, Solution Focused, Skill Building, Wellness and Prevention, and Mindfulness.
Kelley provides services and support through telehealth.
Laura has been a practicing social worker for the past 8 years. Her education and professional training took place at the University at Buffalo. She worked for 6 years at Community Services for Everyone, as a Direct Support Professional. In this position, she taught life skills and coping mechanisms to adults with developmental disabilities. She also worked as a mental health counselor at Endeavor. In this position, she provided counseling services to children, adolescents, and families. Additionally, Laura has a developmentally disabled sibling.
In the last few years, Laura has worked at Hospice Buffalo. She currently provides end-of-life education and planning. She also provides grief counseling to patients and families.
Areas of focus: anxiety, depression, coping skills, life skills, trauma, anger management, self-esteem, grief and loss, interpersonal relationships, and adjustment to new situations.
Treatment approach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) , Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), anger management, family interventions, behavioral therapy.
Maria has been working in the field of social work for over 20 years. She is fluent in Spanish and English and has years of experience working with the Latino community in the local Rochester area. Her education and professional training took place at SUNY Brockport with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and she received her Master's degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo. She worked 8 years as a service coordinator at Continuing Developmental Services and then Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth, providing case management services, advocacy, and support for children, adults, and families with Autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities. Maria has also worked as a regional resource development specialist through the Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver program, qualifying individuals with brain injuries for the program and monitoring the services they received.
Since 2018, she has been working at Unity Hospital’s Outpatient Dialysis Clinic, as a member of the multidisciplinary Nephrology team, providing direct patient and family assistance to solve frequently occurring problems related to end-stage renal disease and its treatment. Prior to this, she worked on the inpatient unit at Unity Hospital as a medical social worker, providing direct patient and family interventions, including counseling, crisis intervention, education, and referral to impact problems related to medical and physical health needs, environmental needs, family and interpersonal conflict, substance abuse and mental health issues.
Areas of focus: adjustment, anxiety, chronic illness, coping, depression, domestic violence, grief and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, women's issues, workplace issues.
Treatment approach: collaborative, culturally competent, CBT, solution-focused, family systems, motivational interviewing, person-centered, health and prevention.
Maria is available to provide support services from her office that is spaced in a handicap-accessible building in Rochester, New York. She is also available to provide services in the client’s home or in the community based on client needs.
Michelle is a 2011 graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She has worked with families of children with emotional disturbances, children and adolescents in foster care, and adults with developmental disabilities. Michelle has a passion for working with special needs populations.
Michelle worked for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems in Warren, PA, Gateway Longview in Buffalo, NY, and Genesee County Mental Health Services in Batavia, NY.
Areas of Focus: Anxiety, depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, autism spectrum disorder, anger management, trauma, SPMI.
Therapies used: CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2011 from the University of Buffalo and have been practicing mental health treatment for 10 years with a specialty in trauma-focused therapy. My full-time job consists of a multidisciplinary team approach working with children and families who have experienced trauma or abuse. I also have experience working with children and families in residential placement as well as using a wraparound approach to supporting families with children who needed extra support in the home, community, and school.
Area of focus: Trauma, anxiety, depression and family issues, behavioral needs, problematic sexual behaviors, social skills, and coping techniques.
Treatment approach: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Problematic Sexual Behavior- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (PSB-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy.