Counselors

Patricia Kelsey, LCSW-R, CASAC

Ms. Kelsey received her bachelor’s degree from St. John Fisher College and master’s degree from the University of Buffalo. She has fifteen years of experience working with children, families and individuals struggling with adjustment problems and/or mental health issues. Ms. Kelsey is also certified in Substance Abuse Counseling. She works with individuals of all ages.

 

Gail Peterson, LCSW-R

Gail Peterson received her MSW from Syracuse University. Following this, she completed the Family Therapy Training Program at the University of Rochester as well as Bereavement Facilitator Certification through the American Academy of Bereavement, Tucson, Arizona. She is also a member of the Disaster Mental Health team for the American Red Cross. Ms. Peterson has extensive experience working with children, adults, couples, families, and groups. Her AAS degree in Sign Language has allowed her to expand these services to the deaf community.

 

Connie Mastowski, LCSW-R

Ms. Mastowski received her master’s degree from the University of Buffalo. She has 17 years of experience as a therapist and clinical supervisor working with children, families, adults and couples. Ms. Mastowski works with a variety of mental health and/or life challenges and also has experience working with individuals with disabilities.

 

Stephen Karl, LCSW-R

Mr. Stephen Karl received his master’s degree in clinical social work and public policy from Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Social Welfare in Albany, NY. He has 15 years of clinical experience in a range of settings, including a child and adolescence team supervised and trained by child psychiatrists. His current practice focuses on children with presenting issues of ADHD, depression, adjustment disorders and family therapy. Mr. Karl also has extensive experience in the treatment of addictions and their impact on families and significant others. Further practice focus includes men in transition, brief solution focused therapy, and cognitive therapy.

Michael Wright, LCSW-R

Mr. Wright is an MSW graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. He completed his undergraduate program in Biology at Texas A&M University. He has 21 years of experience in the mental health field. Mr. Wright's practice focuses on drug/alcohol addictions, depression, anxiety, family and couples issues, youth problems, and Obsessive Compulsive. He also has supervisory experience. He is listed as a provider of evaluation and treatment for the NYS Driver Impairment System. 

Linda Favitta, LCSW-R

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York providing psychiatric assessments, and psychotherapeutic interventions to youths, adolescents and adults with mental health and/or behavioral challenges.

 

Over 25 years practice as a Social Worker in this community, with the last 10 years focused on psychiatric interventions in hospitals, mental health clinics and in private practice. Most of my experience has been provided to individuals, parents, co-parents and couples with special needs children dealing with issues of grief and loss, family dynamics, behaviors and self esteem challenges.

 

Linda is especially experienced with assessments and treatments geared towards depressive and anxiety symptoms to include suicide prevention, self mutilation,  PTSD, Crisis Intervention, School Avoidance, Life Transitions, and Trauma. She has experience working with people of diverse populations, and she is an ally to the LGBTQ community with an empathetic and nonjudgmental presence.

Bill Schubmehl, LCSW-R

Bill received his MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has 30 years of experience working with the full range of presenting mental health issues with particular expertise in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, personality disorders, self-defeating behavioral patterns, and Co-Occurring Disorders (mental health/substance abuse). Bill has worked at Unity Behavioral Health, Genesee Psychiatric Group, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, and Wegmans E.A.P.

Madlyn Cassata, LCSW-R

Ms. Cassata received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Empire State College, and her master’s degree in social work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program. She has 19 years of experience ranging from emergency services at Strong Memorial Hospital and Hillside Children’s Center. Ms. Cassata also has experience working at the Veterans Administration focusing on crisis management and PTSD, anxiety, and depression. She is also trained in CBT, Trauma focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy and has worked with adolescents, young adults, adults and seniors.

 

Christine Kaiser, LCSW

Christine received her MSW from SUNY Albany Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Social Welfare in May 1993. Christine has 24 years in the field of social work working with children, adolescents and adults in a wide range of settings including residential treatment, school based, home based, and hospital setting. Christine completed a one year fellowship (Leadership in Adolescent Health) with the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital. Christine uses a solution focused model to promote over all health and healing. 

 



Linda Harris, LCSW-R
Linda Harris attended SUNY Brockport for her undergraduate degree in Social Work, and then attended Robert’s Wesleyan College for her Master’s degree. Linda has over 26 years of experience working with couples, individuals, families and children. Linda has worked in Community Based Services, Foster Care, and Adoption programs. Linda also has experience working with depression, anxiety, parenting issues, physical health issues, trauma, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. She has also had the opportunity to facilitate grief/loss groups in the community.


Cynthia Consaul, LCSW-R
Cynthia received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College, and her master’s degree from Syracuse University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has over 25 years of experience in mental health treatment. Cynthia works with children, adults, families and couples. She also has over 15 years of experience with crisis assessment and interventions. Trained in debriefing after a death within an organization or within the community.

Rusty Griffith, LCSW

Rusty Griffith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker that received his MSW from Florida State University and received his BSW from the University of West Florida. Rusty has 14 years of experience in the field of mental health primarily working with a wide range of populations which includes: children, adolescents, and adults. Rusty has worked with school aged children and adolescents for 9 years. His practice focuses on individuals or families dealing with mental health issues. 

 


Matthew Pirro, LCSW

Matthew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over twelve years of experience working with adolescents, adults and families. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Nazareth College and went on to earn his Master’s degree in Social Work from Syracuse University.  He began his career as a School Social Worker and has spent the last eight years as a therapist in an outpatient mental health clinic.  He works with people who have a wide variety of mental health and social challenges.  Matthew approaches each person as an individual with unique strengths and needs.  He works to partner with clients using a bio-psycho-social approach to address all aspects of life.   

Cheryl Conolly, LCSW

Cheryl obtained her Master of Social Work degree at Roberts Wesleyan College in 1998 and her Bachelor of Psychology degree at St. John Fisher College in 1994.  She has worked as a Social Worker for the NYS Office of Mental Health at Rochester Psychiatric Center for 20 years, and joined Life Solutions as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in May of 2018.  Cheryl works primarily with teens, adults, and couples, and specializes in problems with Depression, Anxiety and Grief/Loss.  With an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cheryl strives to make therapy a collaborative effort between the client and the therapist.

Ginger Calberg, LCSW-R

Ginger received her Master's degree from Syracuse University. She has eighteen years experience as a therapist working with children, adolescents and families in a range of settings including schools, home-based and clinic. Ginger's focus is on crisis intervention, depression, anxiety, self-harm, trauma, behavior problems.

Wanda Carmel, LCSW-R

Wanda Carmel is a 1995 Graduate from SU who has provided counseling to individuals, families, veterans and couples in the community and in mental health centers. She has provided crisis and long term counseling. She teaches skills to help manage symptoms better. She provides care to individuals ages 14 and older. Special interest in people with mental health, health care and women's health issues.

Crystal Campbell, LCSW

Crystal received her MSW from Roberts Wesleyan College and her undergraduate degree in psychology and social work from SUNY Brockport. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she has over a decade of experience of practicing various modalities of psychotherapy within individual, family and group treatment settings. Crystal has experience with assisting individuals with co-occuring developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. Her particular area of focus is working with children and families.

Nina Ruffin, LCSW

Nina Ruffin received her MSW degree and a Master's Certificate in Trauma-Informed Counseling from University at Buffalo. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health counseling, crisis management, human services and case management; her work experience includes Rochester Mental Health Center, Rochester General Hospital Crisis Intervention Unit and Rochester City School District. Nina works with children, adults, couples and families. Her practice focused on behavioral issues, coping strategies, trauma/abuse, family conflict, relationship issues and grief/loss.

Ebonesha Graham, LCSW

Ebonesha obtained a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Buffalo and a Master’s degree in Counseling from the College at Brockport.  She has provided therapeutic services to children, individuals, and families in various community locations including hospital, school, and home-based settings. Ebonesha specializes in solution focused, conflict resolution, relationship issues, and emotional regulation counseling.   She has a strong background in the areas of children and adolescents, anxiety, depression, behavioral issues, grief and loss, trauma, and suicide prevention.

Mary MacLeod, PhD, LCSW-R, CGP, ACS

Dr. Mary MacLeod has received her doctorate degree in Mental Health and Human Development from the University of Rochester. She also has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Buffalo. In addition to being a Certified Group Psychotherapist, she is also nationally recognized as an Approved Clinical Supervisor in Mental Health. Dr. MacLeod has over 20 years’ experience in various settings and is a retiree of the University of Rochester. Dr. MacLeod utilizes a Humanistic framework in providing services for Anxiety, Trauma, Relationship issues, as well as grief and loss.

Jason Knupp, LCSW-R

Jason Knupp is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 15 years of experience. Jason has worked throughout Monroe, Orleans, and Wayne County providing mental health and addictions counseling. . Areas of expertise include trauma response, anxiety, stress management, depression, and relationship conflicts.  Jason also has extensive group and individual counseling experience dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. Jason has trained and presented on topics including compassion fatigue, burnout, and effective communication. Jason has worked very closely with police, fire fighters, and other first responders.

© 2014-2017 Life Solutions Psychotherapy

Website by GHAX