Lynn McDonald has 16 years experience providing therapy to youth, individuals, couples, groups and families in a wide variety of settings.
She has specialized experience treating alcohol and substance abuse, individuals with dual diagnoses, including treating those with developmental/intellectual disabilities and cognitive impairments, medical illnesses, serious mental illness, trauma history, anxiety disorders, depression, and conducting emergency psychiatric evaluations. She has experience working in school and judicial systems, private practices, outpatient mental health/chemical dependency and medical settings.
Lynn believes that counseling is a pathway for growth and healing of the whole person; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. She has experience with and is passionate about working with people from various cultural backgrounds.
Lynn has training in evidenced-based models include: CBT, Solution- focused Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques and CBT Stress Reduction Methods. Her areas of interests include: brain plasticity, body, mind, spirit connection, aging adults and individuals negatively effected by toxic vs health religion.
Professional affiliates: New York Mental Heath Counseling Association, American Association of Christian Counselors, American Counseling Association.
Susan comes to the group with over 40 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
She has expertise in individual, family and group therapy using an eclectic approach preferring to apply the appropriate treatment based on evaluation as well as buy-in by the client or clients.
Areas of expertise include but are not limited to family therapy, addiction issues including co-dependency, phase of life/grief issues, PTSD, veteran reintegration, transcultural issues, all forms of mental health issues: depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar, adjustment issues etc. She has at her disposal psychiatrists to refer to in the event of need for medication.
Susan strives to stay current. One example of this is working with individuals/families who are experiencing addictive issues caused by technology which can have a severe negative impact on the family system, individual, work situation etc., which is a more recent development in our society.
Susan has worked primarily in community mental health preferring to offer services to those who would otherwise not seek assistance in coping with personal struggles, family dysfunction or other issues which prevents a person from reaching their optimum potential as well as a sense of peace and resolution.
In all her years of work she is often struck by the belief system that people express regarding the purpose of therapy. Reframing this notion so that therapy represents a more inviting and personal growth experience has always been her goal. She welcomes the opportunity to work with anyone who wishes to achieve mind/body fulfillment and a desire to know oneself on a deeper level.
Lynn is a mental health counselor who focuses on the whole person, mind/body/emotion/spirit, as well as family and community systems. She is a calm, centered caregiver with an ability to guide people in seeking creative solutions to life’s challenges.
Her specialties include grief, relationship issues of all types, anxiety and depression, clergy issues, family and congregational systems and spiritual direction. Lynn uses a holistic and spiritually inclusive approach to counseling . She is open and affirming.
Lynn draws from her 16 years of experience as a congregational pastor, a hospice and a hospital chaplain. She is a member of the American Counseling Association.
Direct line: 585-330-1340.
For more information on Lynn's congregational work and to read her blogs see: Congremap: Congregational Systems Consulting.