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.


Suzanne Bouchard, MHC

Ms. Bouchard is a mental health counselor with a background in child and family work.   She has worked with children in foster care, and has specific experience in Early Intervention Services  with children diagnosed with developmental disabilities.  With young children, she utilizes play therapy techniques to help children with self-expression and to strengthen the child's sense of self.  With older children, teenagers, and adults she utilizes verbal techniques to engender self expression and to help develop coping skills.  She has also worked as a marital relations therapist and in drug/alcohol rehabilitation settings.


Bobby Bui, Ph.D.

Dr. Bui is a graduate of New York University.  He provides therapy and assessment for children, adolescents, and adults.  Although trained in multiple therapeutic techniques, his approach is mostly informed by contemporary psychodynamic theory.  Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Bui worked at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York City, administering psychoeducational assessments and consultation.  He is also a full time faculty member in the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz


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 experience 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.  She has expertise 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.


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.

Melisa Idelson, LCSW

Ms. Idelson is a licensed clinical social worker with experience providing therapeutic services to a wide range of client populations.  She provides services to adults, adolescents, children, and older adults with a variety of issues.  Ms. Idelson holds an advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work and has experience providing case management and crisis intervention services.  She has training in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, as well as other treatment modalities.  Ms. Idelson also has expertise in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, bereavement and complex grief, adjustment issues, and anxiety and depressive disorders.  She uses a strengths bases approach that emphasizes mindfulness, compassion, and a deeply held belief that each individual has the capacity and internal resources to develop into their best self.


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.


Katherine Otero, MHC

Ms. Otero is a mental health counselor with a background in pediatric and family counseling.  She has worked with children and adolescents in various settings and has experience providing case management for individuals and families in residential and community settings.  Ms. Otero has a specific expertise in treating adolescents with ADHD and autistic-spectrum difficulties.  She utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques to help individuals develop positive coping skills, recognize and utilize strengths, and move towards goal-directed thinking.  Ms. Otero also has specialized training in academic remediation techniques and is an academic support specialist for Hudson Valley Academics (see link above).


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.


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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.


Kristen Nasta, LMHC

Ms. Nasta is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked extensively with families and at-risk youth, providing intensive, culturally competent counseling for a variety of therapeutic needs.  She specializes in the treatment of attention disorders, trauma, behavioral modification, parenting skills, career and motivational counseling.  She is experienced in the provision of counseling to all ages, couples, and groups.  Ms. Nasta also has expertise in multisystemic therapy an facilitating team based care coordination and school support.  She has practiced in outpatient clinics, hospitals, educational, and residential settings.  Clinically, she primarily utilizes strength based cognitive behavioral therapies, providing an empathic and insightful approach to promote mental health wellness.


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.