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.
Amber has been practicing as a social worker for the last 16 years. She has enjoyed working with individuals with developmental disabilities and initially began working in a group home for 6 years while attending college at the University at Buffalo. She has had a special place in her heart for each person she worked with, seeing it as a privilege to come alongside them in life and assist them with daily living and mental health issues as needed. Amber’s sister-in-law has a developmental disability, and she enjoys helping her with mental health and social skills issues that she is working through.
Amber also has 6 years of experience in Social Services, working often with adults who have a developmental disability. She counseled them, and also connected them to resources that would assist them with mental health, parenting, and any other services they needed.
Areas of focus: anxiety, depression, adjustment, coping skills, behavior, anger, self-esteem, relationship and personal safety, grief, and loss.
Treatment approach: Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, problem-solving
Amber primarily provides service via telehealth but can also plan to meet in a location that is agreed upon.
Angela has been a practicing social worker for the last 18 years. Her education and professional training took place at Syracuse University and the University of Rochester LEND fellowship in developmental disabilities.
She worked for nine years in the then “Kirch Clinic” at the University of Rochester with a team of pediatric developmental specialists supporting children and families with the various challenges of caring for a child with disabilities and/or special health care needs.
Angela has experience working with individuals with a variety of developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental delay as well as supporting siblings and parents/caregivers.
In the last few years, Angela has worked in two local emergency rooms providing crisis mental health evaluation, support, and referrals. Most recently Angela has been providing individual, couples, and family therapy and assessment in local mental health practice with some focus on adolescence and young adults.
Areas of focus: anxiety, depression, adjustment, coping skills, behavior, anger, self-esteem, relationship and personal safety over the lifespan, grief, and loss.
Treatment approach: Coaching, family systems, CBT, DBT, relational, interpersonal, problem-solving, wellness and prevention, education, collaborative, mindfulness.
Office based in Canandaigua in an accessible building.
As a social worker, Isaac has worked since 2011 with a diverse range of individuals and families across the Rochester, NY region. This has included work in the areas of foster care, school settings, mental health, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and traumatic brain injury. Isaac received his education through SUNY Brockport and the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He had the privilege of receiving training through the Catholic Family Center, the Rochester City School District, and the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry.
In the last two years, Isaac worked as a primary therapist at the Easter Seals Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Rochester and at his private practice, Enlighten Counseling. Through his experience, Isaac has come to know the variety of complex challenges that many individuals and families face. Isaac understands the importance of taking all this into consideration as he works with clients in order to achieve the most beneficial outcome.
Areas of interest: anxiety, autism, behavioral issues, career counseling, child/adolescent, coping skills, depression, divorce, domestic abuse, family relationships impulse control, infidelity, life transitions, men’s issues, mood disorders, PTSD, relationship issues, sexuality, spirituality, suicidal ideation.
Isaac offers counseling services during the following times: Mondays: 1 pm-9 pm, Wednesdays: 11 am-5 pm, Thursdays: 12 pm-8 pm, Fridays: 1 pm-5 pm.
Jessica is a practicing social worker with 10 years of experience supporting individuals, diagnosed with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her education and professional training took place at Boston University, Master’s of Social Welfare (MSW) program. During her schooling, she worked on the pediatric unit at Albany Medical Center serving children and adolescents experiencing short and long-term illnesses. Jessica utilized play therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to best support the child and family's mental health during the hospitalizations. In addition, she worked in a long-term health care setting providing services to clients diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), as well as serving the geriatric population and their families. While in this setting Jessica provides individualized psychotherapy as well as family and group therapy.
Since 2005, Jessica has worked a variety of roles providing services to Adults and Children diagnosed with developmental disabilities. One of these roles included her work at St. Margaret’s Center, a long-term intensive medical care center for chronically ill children. Additionally, she held roles various including recreational therapy, residential management, and community habilitation supervisor.
Upon graduating with her MSW in 2018, Jessica went on to work as the Care Manager Supervisor at one of New York’s Care Coordination Organizations (CCO). While employed in this role, Jessica provides care management services, advocacy, and support for families, children, and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Jessica volunteer’s her time at Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York, as a wish granter. In this role, she works with children to determine, support, and implement their wishes. Jessica is passionate and dedicated to supporting her clients in managing the stress, navigating the effects of disabilities and chronic illnesses, and advocate for their needs.
Areas of expertise: Chronic Illness, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Life Transitions Anxiety, depression, PTSD, Coping Skills, Grief and Loss
Treatment approach: Person-Centered, Trauma-Informed, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I started my career working with children and adults with developmental disabilities at Wayne ARC in 2006 and spent roughly 6 years as a direct care worker.
After I graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor's degree in Psychology, I attended the Greater Rochester Collaborative program at Nazareth and Brockport College to obtain my MSW.
In 2013 I received my MSW and began working for St. Ann’s Community in Rochester. As a social worker at St. Ann’s I worked with the elderly population in a long-term care setting, short-term rehab, and an acute hospice unit. After St. Ann’s I worked for a brief period at iCircle as a care manager and decided that I preferred the face to face contact with the clients I serve.
I now work for Loretto in Auburn as a social worker in the short-term rehab. The individuals I have worked with throughout my career have provided me with experience in working with a multitude of individuals with mental health needs.
I frequently work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, addiction, and grief and loss among many others. I have a strong desire to work with older adults and have devoted most of my career to that population. I have an interest in working with children and families. My areas of interest are grief and loss, coping skills, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and self-esteem.
After raising four children and selling her farm, Katie earned her master’s degree in social work
(MSW) from the University of Southern California (USC). She spent two years providing mental
health therapy for a tribal program in Northern Minnesota before returning to New York and
completing her doctorate in social work (DSW).
Katie is excited to return to clinical social work practice in her home community of Tompkins
County, NY. Katie strives to ensure that people with diverse needs gain access to the
comprehensive services necessary to live their best lives. She enjoys supporting individuals and
groups as they identify and use their strengths, talents, and experiences to enhance well-being.
Areas of focus: Katie works with individuals of any age, sex, and gender. Her primary
experience is in supporting individuals who are struggling with mental health and substance use.
She has special training to support caregivers and children under five using the Diagnostic
Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood
(DC: 0-5), and particular experience with maternal substance use and infants experiencing
neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). She also has experience with the unique needs of the
the aging population and is a Clinical Fellow in Trauma-Informed Palliative Care through the Ithaca
College Gerontology Institute.
Problems Addressed: adjustment, anxiety, chronic illness, coping skills, depression, domestic
violence, grief, and loss, life transitions, relationship issues, trauma, women's issues, workplace
Treatment Approach: Katie utilizes person-centered approaches, vigorously promoting
self-determination and culturally-based, trauma-informed responses. She is certified in Cognitive
Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
(REBT). During the therapeutic process, she utilizes a combination of treatments that are tailored
to meet the communication and reasoning skills of each person.
Meeting Locations: Katie provides services to individuals and their families in their homes in
Tompkins County, electronically (video or telephone), and in the community, according to the client
Katie is a Licensed Social Worker with over 30 years of experience, most of it working with individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
During her tenure as Director of Social Services at The Resource Center (Chautauqua ARC Chapter), Katie developed a passion for person-centered planning and ensuring full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the lives of their communities.
In 2011, Katie left her administrative job at The Resource Center to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University at Buffalo; she completed this degree in February 2019 by defending a dissertation focused on understanding how organizational factor impact employee attitudes toward inclusion of people with developmental disabilities (in lay terms, Katie believes that large organizations sometimes get in the way of the good work that we do).
Areas of focus: Katie is willing to work with individuals of all ages. She has expertise in person-centered planning approaches, promoting inclusion, helping with adjustment to new environments, and addressing mental health concerns. Katie also has experience supervising a Mobile Crisis Outreach program and through that role has responded to individuals experiencing a variety of mental health crises, including suicidal ideation. She is certified as an ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) instructor and has co-facilitated this workshop on a number of occasions. in Chautauqua County and the surrounding areas.
I began working with individuals with developmental disabilities in 2007, in a day habilitation program, supporting individuals with dual diagnoses and have experience in most direct care settings. I moved into Medicaid Service Coordination, and was the Manager of Service Coordination with Catholic Charities Disabilities Services prior to the transition to Health Home Care Management in July of 2018. In this role, I assisted with the development and implementation of HARP HCBS services; community-based services for managed care enrollees with substance abuse and mental health disorders. I also provided Service Coordination to individuals enrolled in the Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver. I transitioned to Care Design NY in July 2018 and am currently a Care Manager Supervisor in the Capital Region. I also have approximately ten years of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders.
Throughout the years, I was able to apply the skills I acquired in these settings to manage unique situations with individuals and families. I also became more and more aware of the gap in services that existed for individuals with developmental disabilities in need of mental health and substance use services and this inspired me to return to graduate school. I graduated from the Case Western Reserve University Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and went on to obtain my LMSW.
Area of Focus: Substance use, Traumatic Brain Injury, women’s needs, trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, coping skills, relapse prevention, crisis intervention.
Treatment Approach: I always strive to take a person-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed approach to services. I prefer to combine approaches and techniques in order to best meet the needs of the person and ensure that treatment is collaborative.
I can provide the most flexibility through telehealth; however, I feel the priority should be what best meets the needs of the individual and would be open to a blend of in-home, community, and telehealth.
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.
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.
Lauren is a practicing social worker with eight years of experience supporting individuals, and their families, with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Her education and professional training took place at the University at Albany’s Master of Social Welfare (MSW) program. During her schooling, she worked with clients at the Albany County Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center, where she provided crisis mental health services using a trauma-informed approach. Lauren also worked for six years at Living Resources in many different capacities, working in their day programs, care management department, and as their Assistant Director of Residential Services for two years.
After graduating with her MSW in 2018, Lauren went on to work as the Director of Intake Services at one of New York’s major Care Coordination Organizations (CCO), Tri-County Care. Currently, she serves as the Director of Program Research, Development, and Policy at the Home Care Association of New York State.
Lauren always uses a strength-based and person-centered approach to inform the direction of her plans and strategies that are uniquely designed to meet each individual’s diverse needs. She also devotes time to research and information gathering to develop a deeper working knowledge of the diagnoses in the field.
Area of Focus: Lauren always puts the focus on the person as a whole, while directly facing issues surrounding life transitions, adjustments, anxiety, depression, OCD, relationship issues, trauma, and chronic illness.
Treatment Approach: Lauren utilizes a combination of treatment approaches, techniques and skills that are tailored to meet the needs and skills of each person. Her approach is always person-centered, culturally responsive, and strength-based.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Lauren is providing support services through telehealth and is now accepting referrals.
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.
Mary Gomez DeSantis is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment for nearly 25 years. She has worked with adolescents, adults, men, women, couples, families, and LGBQQI & T persons in a variety of areas including inpatient, outpatient, correctional and private settings. I have a strong background in Mental Health & Addictions and am a native Spanish speaker.
Areas of focus: Anxiety, depression, adjustment, coping skills, behavior, anger, self-esteem, relationship and personal safety, grief, and loss.
Treatment approach: Services currently being provided via Tele Health.
Person-Centered Care, Motivational Interviewing, Holistic Approach, Empowerment, CBT/DBT.
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.
Roxanne has had diverse experience in the child welfare system and extensive experience working with family systems.
She studied at Keuka College and received her Masters in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College.
Roxanne worked for several years in foster care and adoption and is currently working in Early Intervention where she has been for the past three years.
Roxanne has worked with clients struggling with mental health issues and families who have a child with significant medical concerns. She is very familiar with working with individuals who have a disability and enjoys coming alongside the client to reach their goals.
Roxanne is trained in Trauma-Informed Care and attachment theories. Roxanne is highly knowledgeable about resources available in the community and how to assist clients in accessing those resources and working through different systems.
Roxanne considers herself a lifelong learner and is consistently attending training and expanding her skill set.
Areas of Focus: Roxanne's focus is on the person as a whole and helping that person and/or family system function at their highest potential.
Treatment Approach: Roxanne utilizes play therapy techniques, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education, trauma theory, attachment theory, and skill-building.
Stacie has been a practicing social worker for the last 10 years.
She received her education at the Greater Rochester Collaborative of SUNY Brockport and Nazareth College. Stacie received her Certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Stacie has worked with individuals with disabilities for 13 years.
She has worked with foster/adoptive children and their families for 8 years. Stacie has worked with agencies developing programs specific to individuals with disabilities and programs for at-risk youth.
Areas of Focus: Stacie’s focus is on the person as a whole and helping the person and/or family system function at their highest potential. Stacie’s approach is holistic. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, anxiety, depression, coping skills, behavior, self-esteem, social skills, grief/loss, and adjustment to new situations.
Treatment Approach: solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, trauma theory, attachment theory, mindfulness, and skill-building/coaching.
Stephanie has been in the human service field for about 10 years working with various populations. Her education and professional training primarily took place at SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth University in Rochester, NY. Stephanie worked for the Arc of Monroe for 4 years as a Behavior Intervention Specialist (BIS) supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in day habilitation settings and at home. Many of the people she supported during her time as a BIS experienced severe symptoms due to their dual diagnoses. She is familiar with the complexities of mental health conditions, and how they are affected by other diagnoses and environmental factors. Stephanie is skilled in crisis intervention and was a certified SCIP-R (Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention-Revised) trainer during her time at the Arc of Monroe. She values creativity and autonomy when it comes to helping people achieve their goals and live fulfilled lives. She recognizes the importance of collaboration and support among team members to create a safe space for growth and learning. Stephanie’s training and approaches to treatment include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, wellness, and mindfulness.
Areas of Focus - Behavior, social skills, relationships, coping skills, dementia, anxiety, self-esteem, health, and wellness.
Stephanie is now accepting new referrals.
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.
Tammy is now accepting new referrals.
I received my Bachelor’s of Social Work from Stony Brook in 2017 and my Master’s of Social Work from Hunter College in 2018. Since graduating I have worked in a high school in Brooklyn as the Assistant Director of Community Schools. Recent training includes completion of the NYS School Social Worker certification, Implementation of DBT Steps-A curriculum training, Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools training, Using Trauma-Informed and Healing-Centered Practices training.
I am very passionate about working with young people and supporting them on their journey.
Toni Ann is accepting in-person referrals for the Queens/Brooklyn area and is accepting telehealth referrals for all 5 boroughs and Long Island. She is available after 3 pm on weekdays and on the weekend as needed. Services can be delivered in the home or community.