ABOUT

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"

-Anais Nin-

Leslie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with extensive clinical experience ranging in various ages from children, teenagers and adults. Leslie can provide support for both individual and couples seeking counseling. Leslie's clinical experience includes working within a residential facility for at-risk youth and a community mental health clinic. This experience has allowed her to become therapeutically versatile within a wide range of populations. She has a particular interest in helping those struggling with life transitions, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, chronic illness, grief and health and wellness. She is also able to provide collaborative care through working within the community to include; medication management providers, other mental health professionals, integrative providers, school social workers and traditional medical doctors in order to help the client be supported as a whole. Like they say, it takes a village!

 

Leslie's training was deeply rooted in person-centered therapy and other evidenced-based theories which ground in the basic thoughts that the client knows themselves best and the importance of creating an authentic relationship for healing to flourish. She is focused on working with her clients through a holistic approach, and holds the belief that we are all a sum of all our experiences, thoughts, feelings, systems, supports and health.  She works to help clients build skills and strategies that they can utilize to manage current struggles and discomfort. Leslie supports her clients through a strength-based approach, including psycho-education and reflection related to understanding our choices and how they manifest in our lives and interactions with others. 

 

Leslie personally brings a dedication to the holistic model of wellness and dedication to self-care as a practitioner. She works hard to model wellness and remains committed to her own healing journey and willingness to take risks and continue to grow as a person. She is a mother, a lover of warm weather and sunshine, dance classes, cooking gluten-free and exploring alternative methods of healing such as essential oils, crystals and Reiki.

 

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Education

State University of New York at Oswego 

Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling

 

State University of New York at New Paltz                          

Bachelors of Arts, Communication & Media

 

Memberships

  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA)

  • American Counseling Association

 

Certifications & Professional Development

  • Certified Mandated Reporter

  • Certified First Aide Responder

  • Specialized Sexual Abuse Services trained (SSAS)

  • Residential Child Care Project (CARE) trained through partnerships with Cornell University

  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) trained through partnerships with Cornell University

  • Risking Connection: Transforming Your Work with Survivors of Childhood Abuse

  • Co-facilitator for a graduate level course: Play Therapy I

  • Calming the Brain through Mindfulness: Rewire Emotions with the Power of Neuroplasticity

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Certificate Course

  • Better Habits, Better Health: Preventing & Managing Chronic Illness

 

Media

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Maggie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with experience primarily working with young adults in the college setting, particularly undergraduate and graduate students.  Maggie's training is rooted in a person-centered, humanistic and social justice-informed approach to therapy and this helps guide her when making connections with clients. Her experience's include working with individuals with presenting struggles such as anxiety, career counseling, codependency, depression, domestic abuse, life transitions, mood disorders, relationship concerns, and eating disorders.  Maggie also has extensive experience working with individuals in the LGBTQ+ community and helping support individuals struggling with mental health concerns that arise as a result of societal oppression and marginalization.

Maggie has a deep belief that the human spirit is capable of infinite resilience.  She believes the pain we feel and struggles we face do not have to define us. Maggie works to create a strong therapeutic alliance in order to foster trust, compassion, and safety necessary to begin the healing process.  She believes there is is no "one size fits all" for healing and growth, so she works to personalize your therapeutic experience. Maggie works with clients to help them define their goals and illuminate avenues to work toward those goals in ways that a person may not have previously seen. In addition, she helps clients explore strategies to help people cope with the stressors of their lives and skills to engage in healthier patterns that improve their well-being.

Maggie personally connects to the idea that because life can challenge us with various struggles and pitfalls, that finding self-care strategies to keep you afloat is essential.  Maggie connects with activities such as snuggling with her bear-sized puppy, going for a run, or cooking a delicious meal.  She believes that identifying what makes us feel whole and working diligently to find breathing room to engage in those rejuvenating activities is so deeply important in the healing and growing process we're all a part of. 

Education

State University of New York at Oswego

Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling

State University of New York at Oswego                         

Bachelors of Science, Wellness Management

Memberships

  • International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation

  • American Counseling Association

  • American College Counseling Association

Certifications & Professional Development

  • Certified Mandated Reporter

  • Certified Mental Health First Aide Trainer

  • When Violent Death Occurs: Supporting Grief Process for Individuals and Families

  • Subtle Discrimination and Microaggression: What Does it Mean for our Clients?

  • Empowering and Supporting the Engagement of Black Males in Their Own Treatment

  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for On-Campus Eating Disorders and Depression

  • Building Bridges through Group Work: Facilitating Courageous Conversation

Media

         

Gillian is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor  (LMHC), National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) with experience working with children, teens, and adults in settings including school-based and in an outpatient community mental health and substance abuse clinic. Being able to work in these settings has allowed Gillian to work with people from a variety of backgrounds and with different presenting challenges. Gillian has experience working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, substance use/abuse, self-esteem, stress, and goal attainment, while honoring and acknowledging each person’s unique experience. 

 

Gillian’s training and therapeutic framework is trauma-informed and oriented in Person-Centered Therapy, allowing for each person to be their own catalyst for change, while supporting them on their journey toward healing and growth. She also incorporates other various evidence-based practices as well as mindfulness techniques in the effort to make each person’s experience unique and special. Gillian believes that one of the most important aspects in therapy is the therapeutic rapport and will make every effort to provide a safe, compassionate, and healing atmosphere. 

 

Gillian believes the most important relationship we have is the relationship we have with ourselves. She subscribes to the notion that mindfulness and self-care are deeply important to feeling connected and grounded to the present moment. Gillian likes to devote some of her time to traveling, hiking, reading, writing and spending time with loved ones. 

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Education
St. John Fisher College
Masters of Science, Mental Health Counseling

Niagara University
Bachelors of Arts, Sociology

Memberships

  • National Board for Certified Counselors 

 

Certifications and Professional Development

  • Certified Mandated Reporter

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid Certified 

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills Course

  • Play Therapy Skills Course

  • Ethics for Addiction Counselors Certification

  • Cracked Not Broken: The Art of Living Mentally Well

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North Syracuse, NY 13212

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Fax: (315) 996-1984

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