Gary Weinstein, LCSW-R, RYT-200

Gary is a licensed clinical social worker and a 1979 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Social Work family therapy program. He has worked clinically in hospital, school, prison, shelter, neighborhood center and public health settings. Gary works with adolescents 12 and up and their families in a family systems approach. He works with adults with personal and marital crises, life transition, bereavement, aging and end of life difficulties ~ and the anxiety, depression and turmoil these experiences create. Gary is a certified yoga instructor and integrates physical, psychological and self-care elements of yoga into his guidance of patients where helpful. He offers meditation training to his mix of psychotherapy approaches. He believes “good listening is good medicine.” (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Margaret Schultz, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist specializing in children with behavioral, emotional problems, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, Autism.  Provides parents with behavior modification techniques to help increase compliance and decrease inappropriate behaviors.  Also social skills training for children and adolescents using play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders.  (Liverpool/North)

Family Therapy

headersBFamily therapy provides the kind of support, direction, and help that can make the difference in your family’s relationships and overall outlook.

Today families are faced with so many challenges. Whether it is relationship problems, work or school stress, major life changes, losses, addictions, anger issues, communication problems or unhealthy patterns, family therapy can help. Great relationships do not just happen. There is investment of time, effort, and commitment. Some of the happiest, closest, and most successful families are those that have undergone some of the most difficult times and committed to work on them together. Family therapy provides a safe place for family members to work through problems, improve relationships, and open up lines of communication.

One of the most common complaints of family members is that they do not feel heard or understood by other family members. A family therapist can help families improve their communication so that they can understand, accept, and respect one another’s perspective. They can start to feel safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings. In family therapy, families can work through anger and bitterness and begin to release it. They can draw closer and experience greater respect, love, and appreciation for one another.

Family therapy can also reduce the chance of problems becoming worse, and relationships drifting or becoming destructive. Getting help to overcome family problems and improve relationships is one of the wisest, most loving things a family can do for their own well-being and for their future. No family need suffer from the pressures of unresolved problems that can lead to even greater problems. There is help and there is hope. Family therapy can provide the help, support, and intervention needed to restore broken relationships and build successful families for life.

Working with your Doctor

Did you know that psychologists and social workers from PHC are now working directly in doctors’ offices? We are currently placed at Crouse Medical Practice, Family Care Medical Group, CNY Family Care, Child Healthcare Associates and have plans to connect with our patients at more medical practices in the future.

Working with your Doctor

Did you know that psychologists and social workers from PHC are now working directly in doctors’ offices? We are currently placed at Crouse Medical Practice, Family Care Medical Group, CNY Family Care, Child Healthcare Associates and have plans to connect with our patients at more medical practices in the future.

Nina Stoeckel, PhD

Nina Stoeckel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with adults who suffer from an acute or chronic medical illness such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, and obesity. She uses a collaborative approach to help individuals adjust to their health condition and make behavior changes including losing weight, exercising more, quitting smoking, and establishing a better sleep routine.Dr. Stoeckel also has expertise in helping adults cope with life crises, anxiety, trauma, or depression. She tailors her approach to the specific needs of each individual client while drawing upon her training in cognitive-behavioral and acceptance and commitment therapy. She spends two days a week at Crouse Medical Group and consulting at Crouse Hospital. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Gregg Engel, PsyD

I have 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. Myexperience includes working with a broad spectrum of clients, including the
severely mentally ill, and clients working to improve self esteem,
relationship issues, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, anger management,
grief. I have also had experience running groups including anger management
groups and couples therapy. When not working evenings at PHC, I am the director of Cedar House, a day treatment program in Oneida (Syracuse/Eastwood).

Philip Zeppetello, LCSW-R

A certified clinical social worker who provides psychotherapy to adolescents and adults utilizing a cognitive/behavioral approach to change. He also works with couples and families to facilitate open communication and build stronger relationships. He has expertise in the areas of chemical dependency and addictions and does treatment and evaluation for DOT, DWI, and EAP clients. He is DOT certified. He has co-facilitated an Intensive Outpatient Program and has developed a Relapse Prevention Group for cocaine addicts. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Karl Sperber, Ph.D.

A clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy, counseling and psychological consultation. He works with adults with a wide range of problems and life issues, helping them toward a more authentic and fulfilling life. He offers individual, couples and family therapy. Specialties include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Chronic Pain and Health Issues. ( Syracuse/Eastwood)

Joel Richman, Ph.D.

Joel Richman, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over twenty-five years. He specializes in the use of cognitive and behavioral techniques, including biofeedback, in the treatment of a variety of psychological and psychophysiological disorders. These include the anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, as well as depression, chronic pain, headache, and personality disorders.

Dr. Richman works both with individuals and with couples who are experiencing problems in their relationships. In addition, he performs psychological and forensic evaluations to assess cognitive and emotional functioning. Dr. Richman is the Administrative Director for PHC. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Ronald Fish, Ph.D.

Ronald C. Fish, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director for PHC specializing in programs integrating behavioral health and medical care. Dr. Fish is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in a wide variety of treatment modalities and populations. He is a Master Trainer for the Trauma Resiliency Model with expertise in the treatment of patients with complex trauma. He has developed behavioral medicine programs employing a psycho-educational approach for fibromyalgia and diabetes. In addition, he has published papers on couples therapy and hypnosis and uses hypnosis for pain management. He has taught extensively on stress management, fibromyalgia, depression, and marital therapy. He is currently working with a variety of medical provider groups on burnout prevention and treatment, in collaboration with Dr. Mitchell Lebowitz. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Katherine Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluation. Her practice is comprised of clients aged eight and older with a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal difficulties. Her special areas of interest include psychotherapy with adolescents, individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, and trauma survivors. (Syracuse/Eastwood, Family Care Medical Group)

David Cannucciari, LCSW-R

A licensed clinical social worker for over 28 years in the field of children’s mental health. He has experience working with children of all ages and their families with a range of issues: from oppositional behavior, depression, anxiety, and ADHD to pediatric bipolar disorder, attachment disorder and child physical and sexual abuse. Previously he was a clinical director of two children’s mental health clinics. He has developed programs for children in schools and home-based services for families and adults. He was also responsible for coordinating children’s and adult crisis services in Oneida County. David also has experience working with adults on a variety of issues from marital concerns to anxiety, depression and childhood sexual abuse.

Antonietta Chairmonte, LCSW-R

A licensed clinical social worker with over 12 years of experience. She has extensive training in domestic violence and trauma. She also specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, parenting and relationship concerns, women’s issues, and stress management. She works with adolescents, adults, couples, and families toward meeting their desired goals for change. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Marilyn Ben, LCSW-R, CASAC

Marilyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Emeritus. She has been in full-time practice since 1983. Her theoretical perspective is eclectic, developed from her educational background in family mental health and experience with adults with substance use issues, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. Her work with individuals and couples is solution-focused, designed to alleviate presenting symptoms and develop more effective coping skills. Realizing that we all have histories that contribute to how we function, her goal is to help people come to terms with their past by taking charge of their present while improving their ability to make choices that can lead to a better quality of life. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Annette C. King, LCSW-R

Annette is a licensed clinical social worker and a 1996 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Social Work. She has 19 years experience working with persons impacted by rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence: having worked for the Rape Crisis Center of Syracuse from 1996 until their merger with Vera House in 2005, and then working for Vera House from 2005 through 2015, serving as Assistant Clinical Director. She was also trained as a nurse, receiving her RN from the Crouse School of Nursing in 1992.Annette is comfortable having conversations about the effects of sexual abuse on sexuality and personal relationships. She enjoys helping clients discover their abilities to have conversations instead of arguments /fights and learning the boundaries involved.

In addition to working with individuals with symptoms of PTSD and dissociation, she also treats those experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief and loss including loss in childbirth, healthy relationships and spirituality.
Annette is trained in the utilization of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, with victims of both trauma and grief. She also works with the Trauma Resource Institute’s Trauma Resiliency Model, a tool for clients to learn to center and ground themselves.

She believes in the healing power of laughter; when her clients can again laugh, she knows they are on the path toward healing. She works with adults ages 18-85+.

Nadine M. Cuffy, Ph.D.

Dr. Cuffy is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. Her specialties include adolescent, adult and couples therapy exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, domestic violence, and survivors of child abuse. Dr. Cuffy has particular experience in treating women, and ethnic populations. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Carl Vonden Steinen, Psy.D.

A licensed clinical psychologist providing psychological services to clients of all ages who present with a broad range of problems and issues. He has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents, and in working with their families. Dr. Vonden Steinen is also on the staff of the child/adolescent inpatient unit at the Hutchings Psychiatric Center. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Lauren Guest O’Brien, LMHC, CRC

Lauren is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has over ten years of experience. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for SUNY Albany teaching courses in addictions treatment. Prior to joining Psychological Healthcare Lauren was in private practice in the Saratoga Springs, NY area. Her areas of expertise include trauma and loss, co-occurring disorders, anxiety-related disorders, developmental disorders, vocational counseling, LGBT related issues, sports related counseling, and perinatal disorders. Lauren has a holistic approach to therapy and uses a more direct, solution-focused style to treatment. At Psychological Healthcare, Lauren enjoys working with individuals of all ages and from an array of backgrounds. (Liverpool/North)

James Dodd, LCSW-R

A certified social worker with over thirteen years of clinical experience and a former employee of St. Joseph’s Hospital where he worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs. He has experience treating sexual abuse problems having led therapy groups for both survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse. He works with adults with a wide range of presenting problems including mood and personality disorders, grief and loss, delusional disorders and he has had a special interest in the treatment of marital problems and divorce recovery. (Liverpool/North)

Fredi Shapiro, LCSW-R

Ms. Shapiro has extensive experience treating children, adolescents, young adults and their parents in a variety of settings who have had anxiety, depression, disruptive/oppositional behavior disorders, and traumatic adjustments to loss, self harm and relational issues. Ms. Shapiro specializes in the treatment of children, youth and families who struggle with managing emotions and engaging in impulsive behaviors. She also works with clients who have relationship difficulties, substance abuse, as well as suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors. Ms. Shapiro has intensive training in evidenced based treatments, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Anger Replacement Therapy. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Cynthia Ackles, LCSW-R

An experienced Clinical Social Worker specializing in work with individuals and groups, ages 18 and up. She employs integrative clinical approaches to assist those experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, agitation, mood swings, life changes, and chronic pain. Clinical approaches include CBT and DBT frameworks, skills-building, mindfulness, stress-reduction, relaxation and creative therapies tailored to assist each client in gaining knowledge and developing skills to meet challenges and achieve their goals. (Liverpool/North)

Panayotis (Taki) Petrou, Ph.D.

I am a licensed psychologist offering counseling and psychotherapy services to adolescents, adults, couples and families with a broad spectrum of mental health issues. My treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral, relational, insight-oriented, and psychoeducational. Areas of interest include anxiety, depression, impulse-control issues, self-defeating behaviors, chronic pain, stress management, anger management, behavioral problems, parenting issues, interpersonal conflicts and relationship problems. I also have an extensive experience with religious and spiritual issues. I strive to tailor treatment to the particular needs and sensitivities of each individual client. (Liverpool/North)

Joan Marie Myers, LCSW-R

Received her MSW from Catholic University in 1984. She has extensive clinical and supervisory experience with both mental health and substance abuse populations. Ms. Myers areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma with special emphasis on adolescents and children. She is also on the staff of the Syracuse Rape Crisis Center. (Liverpool/North)

Lenore Griffiths, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Syracuse, NY area since completing her academic and professional training. Dr. Griffiths works in psychotherapy primarily with adults and adolescents, although her experience includes working with children and families as well. Dr. Griffiths works with people presenting with a variety of mental health problems, and has particular interest in the areas of mood disorders and adjustment issues. (Liverpool/North)

Robert J. Foresti, MS, CAS, LCSW-R

Provides individual, family, couples, and group therapy to adults suffering with grief/loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, abuse, trauma, anger management, and interpersonal relationship issues. He offers treatment, psycho-education and coping skills training through a variety of modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and prolonged exposure therapy techniques. (Liverpool/North)

Kay Levering, LCSW-R

Kay is a certified social worker with over 25 years experience working with a wide variety of mental health issues. Special areas of interest include trauma, grief and loss, coping with disability and illness, aging, anger and assertiveness. She uses creativity and a focus on strength. Kay works with adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and groups. (Liverpool/North)

Diana D’Eredita, LCSW-R

Diana D’Eredita is a licensed clinical social worker with 11 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. She provides treatment through a variety of treatment modalities, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and solution-focused therapy; but also focuses on a holistic approach to wellness which includes mind, body, and spirit practice. Her expertise is in working with anxiety disorders, depression, loss and grief, trauma, and women’s issues. She also has experience in working with issues of developmental life stages, parenting, and relationships, as well as providing support and education for chronic pain, stress management and anger management.(Liverpool/North)

Susan Fabian, LCSW-R

A licensed clinical social worker with school based and agency experience as well as clinical affiliation. She has worked extensively with developmentally disabled children and families, multiply challenged children, individuals, couples, and families. Ms. Fabian offers treatment with a focus on the strengths of the individuals/families, and the use of their own story, toward creating a vision for change, growth, and healing. Susan provides help with loss, grief, divorce, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. (Liverpool/North)

Barbara Meyer, LCSW-R

Has extensive experience working with individuals ranging in age from adolescents through later adulthood with mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis/delusional disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, substance abuse and chemical dependency, and sexual identity disorders. She has experience working with families, marriages and same sex relationships, bereavement issues such as infertility and other health losses, as well as traditional losses due to death or divorce. (Baldwinsville/Radisson)

Jack Houk, Ph.D.

Jack Houk, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and dealing with life stressors. His expertise is in adjustment and coping problems in school, work, family and social settings. He also does personality assessment for clarification of diagnostic issues, neuropsychological evaluations and psycho-educational evaluations. (Baldwinsville/Radisson, Syracuse/Eastwood)

Wendy Hockenbary, LMHC

Ms. Hockenbary has over 15 years experience treating children, adolescents and adults in the age range of 5-80. Her areas of expertise are: depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, abuse, personality disorders and work/employment problems. She also provides treatment for children who have concerns with underachieving, defiance, phobias and social/relational issues. In addition to individual therapy, Wendy also works with couples and families. (Baldwinsville/Radisson)

Lisa McDermott, LCSW-R

A certified social worker specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families through a variety of treatment modalities including individual and family therapy. Ms. McDermott received her Masters Degree from Syracuse University and has worked in various setting including an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, a school setting, and an outpatient mental health agency. She is especially interested in the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relationship issues. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Toni McCormick, Psy.D.

Dr. McCormick has 20 plus years of clinical experience treating a wide variety of psychological problems in adolescents and adults.  In addition to anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders, she has specific training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Eating Disorders.  She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT),  psychodynamic therapy, dream work, relationship/interpersonal/therapy, to achieve realistic goals.  She also enjoys working with couples.

Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Often the child or adolescent doesn’t understand or even know why they are behaving the way they are.

Often psychological interventions for children focus on educating the parent on how best to change the child’s behavior problems through changing the environment, including the use of appropriate consequences. For some problems, however, such behavioral strategies are not enough.

During childhood, adolescence, and the teenage years, it’s is common for children to experience occasional problems as they grow and mature. They experience conflicts at home over such issues as toilet training, bedtime and homework. Children encounter problems with parents and peers as they attempt to establish a personal identity and practice relating to others.

As a child is faced with new situations, demands and expectations, it is common for the child to experience emotional ups and downs characterized by feelings of sadness, fear and anger. Often the child or adolescent doesn’t understand or even know why they are behaving the way they are. They only know that they feel pain, worry, sometimes fear. So, how does a parent know when it is time to seek professional assistance for their child? AT Psychological HealthCare, we look at a number of factors in determining the appropriateness of therapy. First, we evaluate if the emotional distress is disrupting daily functioning, threatens to overwhelm the child or interferes with the achievement of age-appropriate developmental milestones.

Through beginning to understand the problem we can help the child or adolescent understand themselves as well as the parents understand and how to best help their child. Talking with a therapist can help determine what is typical behavior and when a parent should be concerned.

Therapy for Individuals

headersCPsychological counseling can be a powerful tool that can make a difference in personal happiness and life satisfaction.

Are you feeling unfulfilled, depressed, anxious, isolated, driven, or out of touch with yourself and with life around you and nothing seems to help? Maybe you’ve tried to fix things on your own, but that hasn’t worked. Sometimes it can be awkward and difficult to talk with those around you about what is troubling you. You may feel criticized, misunderstood, inarticulate, or maybe you are even concerned that you are boring or burdening others. You might notice yourself finding unproductive or destructive ways of dealing, and coping such as withdrawal, denial, addictions, avoidance or by being overly controlling.

Psychological counseling can be a powerful tool that can make a difference in personal happiness and life satisfaction. Therapy can produce results in overcoming self-defeating thoughts, emotions and behaviors. We start by looking at what it is that is concerning and troubling to you, or if you can’t identify it, you and your counselor will begin with whatever is on your mind. It can sometimes feel awkward to be opening up to a stranger, but there are a lot of benefits. You are not required to worry about the counselors needs, and counselors responses will be accepting, interested and non-controlling. Our job will be to recognize your uniqueness and understand your concerns. As you are moved to open up more, we will collaborate in finding meaning in what you share, and in doing so, uncover what is authentic, joyful and loving individual inside of you.

The Stresses of Chronic Illness

The Stresses of Chronic Illness: Chronic Pain, Headache,  Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, IBS

Stress is a part of everyone’s life whether they have a chronic illness or not. Stress happens when changes we are not in control of occur. Having a chronic illness only intensifies the situation. And knowing that you will never be in control of your illness doesn’t mean you have to be overwhelmed by it either.

The chronic disorder, treatment requirements, hospitalization, and possible surgery all increases your worries about physical appearance, maintaing your independence, and disrupting your relationships.

In some cases, having a chronic illness can touch off depression, a potentially serious but treatable illness itself. The challenge for the therapists and the patient is to decide whether symptoms of depression are just a normal reaction to the stress of having a chronic medical condition, or so intense or disabling that they require additional specific antidepressant treatment.

Psychological HealthCare’s goal is to work as a team to create for you mental, emotional and physical health plan that is unique in its focus on the experience of chronic illness from your perspective.

The Behavioral Management of Pain

SS26037The Behavioral Pain Management Program at Psychological HealthCare employs psychologists and clinical social workers who specialize in the behavioral management of pain and work with physical medicine physicians to help patients manage and reduce their pain.

Our behavioral pain management specialists can help reduce physical pain in many ways. The can teach relaxation technique such as progressive muscle relaxation. They can use imagery and hypnotic techniques designed to reduce the experience of pain. They can employ psychotherapeutic techniques to change cognitions and behavior that affect pain.

Chronic pain patients often become anxious and depressed because they are in constant pain, and the pain keeps them from functioning in many important life roles such as family, recreational and occupational activities. These functions include the ability to work and provide for their families, and to function normally in their relationship roles, including their sexual relationships. Financial hardships frequently accompany chronic pain problems due to the patient’s inability to work, which then affects feelings of self-worth and can lead to increased depression and anxiety.

Cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy can be used to help patients modify their emotional reactions to pain. This therapy can be employed to restructure thinking and shift any negative self-defeating pain-enhancing thoughts to more relaxation-oriented and reality-based thinking. It can also be used to motivate the patient to make life-style changes that could decrease pain such as beginning a moderate exercise program or losing weight. Changes in perception brought about by this therapy reduce the negative effects of these life stressors, that in turn reduces levels of anxiety and depression, increases feelings of self-worth, and thereby decreases the perception of pain.

All of these issues are often successfully addressed in a comprehensive pain management program that includes cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy, relaxation training, hypnosis, and guided imagery.