Independent Practitioners Integrated for Health and Wellness
Rebekah Cotner, LMHC is a New York State Licensed Mental Health counselor who provides therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, and consultative services to parents and agencies. She received her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Lincoln Christian University and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She approaches clients from a strengths-based perspective and tailors therapy to the needs of the individual or family. Rebekah utilizes client-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy most often, and she utilizes art and play therapy with children.
Rebekah specializes in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, and family dynamic/relationship issues, and she has experience with the foster care/adoption system. She has also worked with parents and children in unique areas related to attachment and bonding, special needs, divorce, co-parenting, adjustment, and behavior management. She is known for her calming presence, ability to engage children in the therapeutic and skill-building process, and collaborative, solution-focused approach with parents.
Rebekah accepts Capital District Physician's Health Plan and Blue Cross Blue Shield insurances. Private pay options are also available. She is in the office on Monday and Wednesday evenings (1:30-7:30pm), Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:00am-2:00pm) and Fridays (10:00am-2:00pm).
Dr. Jennifer Smitkin is a Licensed Psychologist, Certified School Psychologist, and owner of Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC. Dr. Smitkin earned her Doctoral degree (Psy.D.) in School Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York in 2007. Prior to that, she received a Master’s of Science (M.S.) degree in Educational Psychology and Statistics, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Psychology, both from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology from Siena College in Loudonville, NY, with a concentration in Education.
Prior to Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC., Dr. Smitkin worked as a School Psychologist in the NYS public school system. She also served as an adjunct professor at Hudson Valley Community College, and taught graduate courses at The University at Albany, State University of New York. Dr. Smitkin began practicing privately in 2008. She has presented and published research related to students with emotional and behavioral disorders and sexualized behavior of students with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Smitkin specializes in providing comprehensive diagnostic psychological evaluations for individuals of all ages, and psycho-educational evaluations for children and adolescents. She utilizes a team approach to treatment for school-age children and adolescents, providing consultative services to schools (at parent and school request) and parenting education for families. Parent consultation services are offered following the evaluation process to assist in the implementation of recommendations proposed. Specific expertise in the process of special education and 504 Accommodation planning is highlighted. Her practice is unique in its focus on health and wellness for clients of all ages, targeting behavioral health symptoms from a functional perspective.
Dr. Smitkin accepts the following insurances: Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, Capital District Physicians Health Plan, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Out of network benefits and private pay options are also available. Dr. Smitkin is generally in the office all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays (last appointment time slot begins at 4:45pm).