Center Staff

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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 to two business days.

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.

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 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.

Mr. Cheairs is a mental health counselor with experience treating clients with co-occurring disorders. As a therapist, he utilizes techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing, though all of these techniques are informed by principles of analytical psychology. Mr. Cheairs uses a holistic approach that takes into account all aspects of the life of the client. His goal is to help the child and adult client to gain knowledge about his/her self so that the individual's full potential may be achieved.

Ms. Deutchman is a mental health counselor who treats child & adolescent clients from diverse backgrounds utilizing treatment approaches based on the developmental level of the youngster. She also has experience treating adults and employs supportive therapies for families. She has specific training and experience in treating individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. Ms. Deutchman incorporates mindfulness, and stress and anxiety reduction techniques into her therapy approach, as part of a supportive and goal-directed philosophy.

Dr. Doherty is an experienced psychologist with a background in school psychology and psychological assessment.  She has highly specialized experience in psychoeducational testing; she also has expertise in the development of individualized education and 504 plans, child & adolescent counseling, behavior management, group therapy, and school consultation.  Dr. Doherty’s clinical and assessment interests include: children & adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, behavioral disorders, and learning difficulties.

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.

Ms. Haas is a licensed mental health counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group therapies. She has worked in outpatient settings providing services for children and families with a wide variety of needs, as well as in adult settings for those with substance use and co-occurring difficulties. Ms. Haas primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) with her clients, but she also will utilize other treatment modalities to adaptively meet the needs of the individual or family. She strives to create a warm, empathetic, and encouraging environment by utilizing a collaborative and strengths-based approach. Her core belief is that the establishment of a positive therapeutic relationship is what gives clients a safe place to grow, learn skills, and to achieve goals.

Dr. Krishna has experience in assessment and treatment across the lifespan from childhood to late adulthood. She has worked in diverse settings including inpatient, partial hospital, and outpatient programs. Her most recent position was at the Counseling & Wellness Center of the New College of Florida, where she treated college students. Dr. Krishna's primary theoretical approach is psychodynamic, but she utilizes both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral approaches to meet the individual needs of each client. Her clinical interests include trauma, mood disorders, and relationship issues. At the Hudson Valley Center for Development, Dr. Krishna serves primarily in the role of an evaluator, administering psychological and neuropsychological assessments to children and adults.

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. Soss is a mental health counselor with experience in both individual and group therapies with children, adolescents, and families. She received her counseling training at Baruch College in New York City. Ms. Soss has worked with clients with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, self-esteem and general behavioral issues. When working with adults and children, she primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, but will employ other therapeutic modalities if necessary to assist her clients. Her goal is to create a safe, empathetic, and inviting environment to help clients achieve their goals and build enduring skills.

Mr. Wiand is a mental health counselor experienced in treating a wide variety of age groups and behavioral health conditions. He received his training in both mental health counseling and rehabilitation counseling from Rutgers University. Mr. Wiand has specialized training in cognitive-behavioral approaches and interventions for the treatment of eating disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety. He also offers specialized treatment for the LGBTQ+ population, career counseling and support, and rehabilitation counseling interventions for individuals with disabilities. He 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.