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.
Brittany is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She finds joy in working with individuals, couples, and families from a systemic, attachment-based, spiritually minded and integrative perspective. Brittany works with a variety of issues, specializing in working with those who have experienced varying degrees of trauma, as well as PTSD, anxiety, depression, intimate partner conflict, attachment disorders, and self-harm.
Brittany works to create a safe, therapeutic environment in order to safely process through the issues at hand. She values transparency during therapy and believes a collaborative relationship with her clients can strengthen growth in therapy. Brittany shifts her therapeutic style to meet her clients’ emotional and psychological needs in therapy.
Brittany’s practice is informed by Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Informed Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Mindfulness, Art Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, interpersonal neuropsychology, and elements of yoga.
Holistic healing and change stems from acceptance, love, hope, motivation, and a safe, welcoming therapeutic environment. Brittany will work with you to rediscover your resources, strengths, and resiliencies within. You can be an agent of change in your life and the lives of others with the foundation that hope, love and acceptance sparks connection, growth, and healing.
Know that you possess so much love, light, and strength within you.
Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families. Kristen strives to understand people in the context of their relationships and larger systems such as school, work environments, churches, and cultures.
She works with a variety of concerns including mood issues, anxiety, trauma, family development, substance issues, sexuality and spirituality/religion. She believes that it is important to acknowledge all aspects of being human and as such uses modalities that involve the heart, mind, body, and spirit according to the comfort level of each client to create a holistic therapeutic experience.
Kristen strives to help people remove obstacles that stand in the way of them connecting better with one another, with themselves, and with their own higher power. She works to help people discover the inner peace and joy that exists beneath the turbulence in life and create meaning out of the chaos.
Kristen is strength-based and believes that everyone has a purpose in life and something special that only they can uniquely offer to the world. Kristen is interested in not only helping her clients to cope, but to heal and discover their deepest potential.
Kristen’s work with clients is informed by Family Systems therapy, Attachment Based Therapies, Mindfulness, EMDR, CBT, DBT, EFT, Somatic Therapies, neuropsychology and interpersonal neurobiology.
Mary Dombeck is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is a Clinical Member of AAPC (American Association of Pastoral Counseling, AGPA (American Group Psychotherapy Association), and AAMFT (American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy).
She is also certified by the American Nurses Association as an Advanced Practice Nurse in mental health/psychiatric nursing. Mary provides long-term or short-term psychotherapy.
She specializes in Family of Origin issues, spiritual guidance, dream work and Enneagram. Mary also provides clinical supervision and consultation to professional counselors and therapists.
Katie Glenwright Fornof –– LMFT, LCSW
In Katie's therapy room, you're allowed and welcome to take up space. She has proudly partnered with people from many different statuses and groups, and derives great pleasure from working with people who are both alike and different from herself. Katie guides people in the process of deepening connection, whether that be connecting/reconnecting spiritually, connecting/reconnecting with themselves, and connecting/reconnecting in their relationships. Katie earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and M.A. in Social Work from Syracuse University and holds a license in both professions.
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 The Congogram Congregational Counseling Process and to read Lynn's system's blogs for leaders go to Congogram