Center Staff


Meet Our Team of Mental Health Professionals

Our staff is comprised of experienced clinicians, each of whom are skilled in providing clinical psychotherapy, counseling, and psychological & neuropsychological assessment to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.

Please call (845) 787-1350 for an appointment. We will return all calls within one business day.

Clinical Staff

Our staff is comprised of skilled clinicians, each of whom has extensive experience in clinical psychotherapy, counseling, and diagnostic assessment with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Please call the number on the contact page for an appointment. Staff is listed alphabetically.

Dr. Admoni is a counseling psychologist experienced in working with children and adults in various therapeutic settings. She trained at Lehigh University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Dr. Admoni’s professional interests include working with individuals who have experienced trauma, relational/interpersonal issues, depression, anxiety, and identity concerns. She utilizes a strength-based approach which integrates psychodynamic therapy and feminist/multicultural therapy. She is passionate about integrating social justice into treatment and strives to create an empowering therapeutic space.

Director of Practice Operations

Ms. Cardona is a licensed mental health counselor and the operations director of the practice. She has previously worked at the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. and has a background in providing case management, crisis intervention, and consultation services for individuals and families in Orange County.  As a counselor and therapist, she utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and solution focused theories to assist individuals in building positive coping skills. Ms. Cardona is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and via this certification, has specific expertise in working with individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder. She also has a wealth of experience in the treatment of anxiety, mood, and adjustment difficulties in children, adolescents, and adults.

Ms. Donnelly is a licensed mental health counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds. She has been trained in play therapy as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and has provided counseling in outpatient, school, and hospital settings. Throughout the counseling process, Ms. Donnelly endeavors to provide individualized therapeutic treatment. She takes a nonjudgmental, empathetic, and collaborative approach with her clients in order to help them meet their goals and work towards acceptance and change.

Supervising Social Worker

Ms. Eisenberg is a licensed clinical social worker and the coordinator of all group therapy programs at the Center (see the 'Service Offerings' page for further details). Her training at Columbia University included play therapy, art therapy, structural family therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She works with all mental health issues and has specialized training in ADHD, OCD, trauma, and mood disorders.  Ms. Eisenberg also has extensive experience in group therapy and has built the center's group therapy programs into a vital community resource.

Ms. Giordano is a licensed mental health counselor and credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor with over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings. She utilizes the treatment modalities of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) in her work. Ms. Giordano works with each individual or family to understand their unique concerns and to create a life plan that will enable them to maintain wellness.

Supervising Psychologist

Dr. Hannes is a licensed clinical psychologist with a broad-based clinical background. She primarily utilizes psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral techniques in her approach to psychotherapy, and specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults. She is also experienced in providing psychological assessment and clinical supervision. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Hannes was a postdoctoral psychologist at the Orange County Department of Mental Health, providing in-home behavioral support to children on the autism spectrum. Dr. Hannes is a full-time faculty member in the Behavioral Sciences Department at SUNY Orange.

Ms. Lucas is a licensed clinical social worker. Her previous experience includes: play therapy with children, as well as individual, group, and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults. She has experience in a variety of different settings including inpatient mental health, foster care, and in home services. She utilizes several therapeutic techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy while always maintaining a strengths based approach. Ms. Lucas feels it is important for every individual to develop coping skills and strategies that will fit into their lives.

Supervising Psychologist

Dr. Newkirk is a licensed clinical psychologist providing psychodynamic psychotherapy for adults and adolescents, as well as play therapy for children. He has extensive experience and expertise in treating a wide range of emotional, developmental, behavioral, and psychological problems within culturally diverse communities. Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Newkirk was Clinical Coordinator at the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, New York. In addition, he was a psychotherapist on staff at the Ann Martin Center in Oakland, California.

Ms. Patton is a licensed master social worker whose previous experience includes individual, group, and family therapies with pediatric and adult populations. She has expertise in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, as well as in anxiety and mood conditions. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques (including strengths-based approaches) to help individuals develop positive coping skills so as to improve quality of life and feelings of self-worth.

Ms. Taft is a licensed mental health counselor with a decade of experience working in school and agency settings. She has extensive experience working with diverse populations of children, adolescents, and adults. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), an empirically supported treatment for victims of trauma. In the past, Ms. Taft has also worked with substance abuse clients. She has a client-centered approach to counseling and therapy, allowing the client to take an active role in the treatment.

Mr. Wiand is a mental health counselor experienced in treating a wide variety of age groups and behavioral health conditions. He has specialized training in cognitive-behavioral approaches and interventions for the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety. Mr. Wiand has an adaptive, outcome-oriented approach to treatment, tailoring his approach to the specific needs of each client or family with whom he works.

Clinical Associates

Mrs. Alberto-Francis is a licensed clinical social worker with twenty years of experience working with children and adults in various therapeutic settings. She has extensive experience in crisis intervention and management as well as in providing solution for focused treatment and has worked with families struggling with issues of placement and permanency in the foster care system. Mrs. Alberto-Francis utilizes cognitive behavioral and some contemporary psychoanalytic techniques in her work as a therapist. She enjoys working with diverse populations to find solutions to unique and challenging issues.