Dr. Bennett is a Licensed Psychologist, practicing in the field since 1982. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Colgate University, with Master's and Doctorate Degrees in Psychology from Virginia Tech. He founded CTTC in 1999 and serves as its Director. Dr. Bennett works with clients of all ages, but specializes in psychotherapy with children and families. He also conducts psychological evaluations, addressing issues such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disorders, and others. Dr. Bennett has consulted with many schools and agencies in the Mohawk Valley, and he has presented numerous workshops for parents, teachers, and other professionals.
Carol Buchholz Blackburn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has an MSW degree from University at Albany. She has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Internal Family Systems Therapy. She has also trained extensively in promoting trauma recovery. Ms. Blackburn works with clients of all ages, childhood to adults, in the areas of trauma, personality disorders, anxiety, depression and adjustment.
Dr. Lester obtained her Doctorate degree in Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She provides psychotherapy for individuals age 16 and older. Her knowledge and experience with several different styles of therapy leads to a flexible approach to meet the unique needs of her clients. Dr. Lester invites prospective clients to call and discuss the concerns that are leading them to explore therapy, and any questions or curiosities they might have about her approach or her services. Dr. Lester also is available to perform psychological assessments and neuropsychological assessments for individuals over the age of 18.
Ms. Morris received her BA from Wells College and her MSW from SUNY Albany. She has been a practicing Clinical Social Worker for forty years, in both child and adult psychiatric units, as Therapist and Director of Professional Services at a Family Service agency, School Social Worker, consultant, clinical supervisor and adjunct lecturer in Psychology at Hamilton College. In her current practice Ms. Morris works with children, adults and families experiencing behavioral and/or adjustment issues as well as those with anxiety, depression or other factors impacting mental health.
Julia Grant, Ph.D. received her doctoral degree from Syracuse University’s Clinical Psychology Training program in 1987. She completed a two year internship in clinical hypnosis, as well as additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy, biofeedback, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). These areas of expertise inform specific treatment interests that include the resolution of trauma, behavioral healthcare issues, such as pain management and coping with chronic illness. Other areas of interest include the treatment of depression and anxiety, as well as specific issues which affect women. Her approach toward therapy emphasizes the collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client, focusing on their particular strengths and needs. Dr. Grant's practice is focused primarily on adults, as well as the challenges facing older adults.
Ms. Muller received her MSW from the University of Washington in Seattle. She has been a practicing Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years in a variety of settings, including medical settings, educational environments, and mental health centers. Ms Muller has significant experience in working with individuals on issues of grief/bereavement, trauma (including childhood abuse as well as trauma experienced as an adult), and life transitions; she also has extensive experience in treatment of anxiety and depression. Ms Muller sees successful treatment as being dependent on the development of a therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. Her approach to treatment is based largely on Cognitive Behavioral and Insight-Oriented Therapies.
Dr. Berg is a Licensed Psychologist who has practiced for 30 years, during which time she has worked with individuals experiencing many kinds of difficulties, including anxiety and mood disorders, severe mental illness, intellectual disabilities, relationship issues, trauma and poor self-esteem. Her approach to therapy is tailored to the needs of the individual, but most often she uses relationship-oriented and cognitive-behavioral therapies. In Dr. Berg's experience, therapy is most successful when an individual learns to accept who they are at the moment but also is willing to work to change thoughts, feelings or behaviors that cause them distress. As a therapist, she aims to provide a safe environment so that the person feels comfortable enough to express his/her needs and also to collaborate with the person so that s/he can learn new skills.
Ms. DeAngelo is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Social Work, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Women's Studies from Syracuse University. Ms. DeAngelo has specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and uses family systems therapies in her treatment approach. She works with individuals, couples and families.
Ms. Rayne is a psychiatric mental health clinical nurse specialist. She received her BS in Nursing from Duke University and her Master's Degree In Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She provides individual and couples therapy for individuals with depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, using insight problem oriented and family systems therapies in her treatment approaches. Ms. Rayne also has training and expertise in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Ms. Chabot is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Registered Professional Nurse. She has worked in the health field for more than 10 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and a Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Hofstra University. Ms. Chabot works with both couples and individuals, particularly young women. Her areas of expertise include relationship issues, sexuality, eating disorders, anxiety problems, self-esteem issues and stress management. While her therapy approach is eclectic, it mainly draws from the models of Structural Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the Gottman Method for working with couples.
Ms. Porter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Masters in Social Work through SUNY Albany in 1986. Her past experience has involved working with children, families, and adults in private practice, family counseling agencies, and schools. Ms. Porter's current work centers on strengthening families and treating individuals with emotional and situational challenges, past traumas or mental health issues. Her approach is systemic with an emphasis on both understanding the child, adult or family in the context of their world and helping them develop the strengths, skills and resources to manage and enjoy their lives better.
Ms. Dewey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, practicing in the field since 1987. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the College of St. Rose and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from SUNY Albany. She works with children and families, couples and individuals. Ms. Dewey has specialized training in Internal Family Systems Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), with a special interest in treating psychological trauma. Her other areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety disorders, family relationship issues, ADHD, and depression. She is a clinical consultant with the local Obsessive Compulsive Disorder support group, an affiliate of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation.
Ms. LaPolla received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from St. John Fisher College, and a Masters Degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling from CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2011. She has provided psychotherapy to adults of varied backgrounds, facing many challenges, including anxiety, depression, adjustment issues, and self esteem. Ms. LaPolla practices a collaborative approach between the therapist and client, tailored individually to each person's needs, in order to yield the best results from therapy.
Kristie Burke, Office Manager
Ms. Burke (who is available by phone at Extension 21) is available for all issues regarding billing at CTTC, including questions regarding client bills, insurance coverage and submissions, and fees for our services. She also is available to take credit card payments by phone. Ms. Burke also can answer general questions about our practice, and she can direct prospective clients to appropriate providers for them. However, Ms. Burke does not schedule appointments for clients; all scheduling is conducted between clients and their individual providers.
Since all CTTC staff members set their own office hours, sessions with them are by appointment only. Please contact a staff member directly to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are available during the day, on most evenings, and on a limited basis on Saturdays.
While each CTTC staff member participates with different insurance plans, within the agency overall we participate regularly with Excellus BC/BS, other BC/BS plans, the Empire Plan, United Healthcare, CDPHP, RMSCO, POMCO, Tricare, Fidelis, and Medicare. Our office is not affiliated with Medicaid at this time.