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.

Gifty Ampadu, Ph.D.

Dr. Ampadu is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Rhode Island, and completed her internship at Mt. Sinai St. Luke's Hospital.  She provides therapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.  Her therapeutic approach is grounded in cognitive behavioral therapy and multicultural theory.  This enables her to provide her clients with services in a cultural framework,  thereby assisting  individuals to understand and improve functioning.

Amanda Asam, MHC, LP

Ms. Asam is a mental health counselor experienced in working with children, adolescents, and adults.  She has specialized training in play therapy for use in pediatric populations, including trauma-informed methodologies.  She also utilizes dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) where needed and appropriate.  Ms. Asam has worked with clients from diverse backgrounds in both residential and outpatient settings.  She is also experienced in treating substance use disorders.

Anjuli Bodapati, Ph.D.
Director of Assessment

Dr. Bodapati is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist and administers assessments with both pediatric and adult populations.  She earned a B.A. from Tufts University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Dr. Bodapati  completed a 2-year APA-accredited APPCN member residency program specializing in neuropsychology at the Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  She is highly trained in neuropsychological evaluations of patients with major and mild neurocognitive disorder (i.e., dementia and mild cognitive impairment) with a wide range of etiologies including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular disease, and traumatic brain injury.  She is also experienced in evaluations of medical and financial decision-making capacity, and in the assessment of learning disorders and other childhood psychological and neuropsychogical conditions (i.e. - ADHD).

Carly Cappello, MHC​, LP

Ms. Cappello is a mental health counselor who is experienced in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults in diverse settings.  She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques, adapting herself to the need of each case, but specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches.  Individuals clients are encouraged to take an active role in their own treatment.

Lisa Cardona, LMHC
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.

Maura Donnelly, LMHC
​Quality Assurance Specialist

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 non-judgmental, empathetic, and collaborative approach with her clients in order to help them meet their goals and work towards acceptance and change.

Farrell Eisenberg, LCSW-R
Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Group Services

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.

Samantha Favara, LMHC

Ms. Favara is a licensed mental health counselor who is experienced in working with adolescents, children, and adults from various backgrounds.  She has expertise in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and in the evaluation and treatment of general behavioral and emotional difficulties.  She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solution Focused therapies to enhance the quality of her clients' experience.  More specifically, she aims to help individuals develop more adaptive coping mechanisms, recognize strengths, and build self-esteem so that they might live their lives more effectively.

Joanne Giordano, LMHC

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.

Emily Huls, Psy.D.

Dr. Huls is a licensed clinical psychologist who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families.  She graduated from Princeton University before moving to Chicago to complete her doctorate in psychology.  Dr. Huls is experienced in treating individuals with anxiety, ADHD, learning disorders, depression, chronic health conditions, and more.  She utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach while incorporating aspects of structural family therapy, mindfulness, and strengths based approaches.  Dr. Huls believes that open, honest communication at developmentally appropriate levels is most effective in promoting long-lasting, positive change.

Scott Newkirk, Psy.D.
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.

Angelina Patton, LMSW

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.

Julie Taft, LMHC

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.


Clinical Associates

Judy Alberto-Francis, LCSW-R

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 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.

​Lore Hannes, Ph.D.

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.

Jacquelyn Rizzo, LMHC

Ms. Rizzo is a licensed mental health counselor who has experience with a broad range of populations, including children, adolescents, and adults from diverse backgrounds.  In clinical settings, she utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and solution-focused therapy, and promotes a strengths based approach.  Ms. Rizzo has extensive prior experience working in acute care environments, providing treatment for anxiety, depression and helping individuals develop adaptive coping skills.  She strives to create a warm, accepting, and supportive atmosphere in her counseling work.