Kaitlin Barnett, LMSW
Kaitlin Barnett received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University at Albany, State University of New York at Albany in 2020. While at SUNY, she completed field placements in Albany Medical Center's outpatient mental health clinic and at Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She works with individuals ages 11 through adult. Her clinical interests include women's mental health, especially in the prenatal and postpartum periods, the psychological impacts of taking psychiatric medication, particularly in childhood and adolescence, transitions from adolescence to college and adulthood, and the challenges of living with chronic pain and chronic illness. Her practice modalities include Interpersonal Therapy, psychodynamic/relational therapy, existential therapy, humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mind-body practices.
Before embarking on her MSW, Kaitlin was a freelance journalist and author who wrote extensively about mental health. Her nonfiction book, Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up, chronicled how taking psychiatric medication from a young age impacts young people's development and sense of self. Dosed was called a must-read by the American Psychological Association's book review and the Pew Research Center's Prescription Project. It was cited in The Social Worker and Psychotropic Medication and has been widely praised by psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers for its nuanced analysis and survey of the relevant literature. For several years, Kaitlin blogged on PsychCentral.com about identity and psychiatric medication. She has also written about mental health, medicine and other topics for numerous other publications, including The Boston Globe, Scientific American Mind, Salon, The Guardian and PLOS Blogs network. Kaitlin holds a Master of Science from Columbia Journalism School, where she received honors for her Master's thesis on unschooling, an unstructured form of homeschooling. She graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she edited the daily newspaper and majored in history. Kaitlin is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She lives in the Albany area with her husband and two young children.
Kaitlin accepts the following insurances: Aetna and Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP). Private pay options are also available. Although hours may vary, Kaitlin is remote Tuesday and Wednesday, and in the office Thursday and every other Monday.
Dr. Cathleen McEvoy earned her doctorate at Alfred University in 2013. She received a Master's of Arts (M.A.) degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Psychology, both from Alfred University. She is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and a New York State Certified and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She attended the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT where she completed her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology. Dr. McEvoy has been working in a local suburban school district since 2009. In addition to the public school, she has experience working in a residential setting for adults with developmental disabilities, as well as a private school for children and adolescents with significant learning disabilities, neurological impairments and other developmental disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has provided training to professionals and parents in functional behavior assessment (FBA), positive behavioral supports, and response to intervention. Dr. McEvoy provides a general therapeutic approach and psychological/educational evaluation services for children, adolescents, and families. SHe has extensive experience in completing comprehensive diagnostic assessments, consultation, and intervention planning. This includes assessing ADHD, anxiety, depression, and educationally-based disabilities. In addition, she has extensive experience in behavioral consultation and assessment with both parents and educational teams concerning challenging behaviors. She has experience utilizing play therapy approaches with preschool age and young children. She is interested in working collaboratively with families and schools to help support school-age children and adolescents in their treatment. She is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists.
Dr. McEvoy accepts the following insurances: Blue Shield of Northeastern NY and Capital District Physicians Health Plan. Private pay options are also available. Dr. McEvoy is typically in the office Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:00am-4:30pm.
Shannon Flanigan, LMSW
Shannon Flanigan is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany, and her Bachelor's degree with a dual major in Honors English and Advanced Honors Psychology from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. Shannon has worked with diverse populations in various settings and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults providing services in schools, foster care, home and the community.
Shannon provides strength-based, person-centered treatment, and trauma informed care. Shannon utilizes a number of treatment interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment, regulation and competency treatment. Shannon works with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and grief/loss/trauma, and those diagnosed with ADHD, OCD, personality disorders, and selective mutism.
In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, exploring nature, reading, trivia, playing in various recreation leagues, and cheering on her favorite hockey and football teams.
Shannon works full-time and offers part-time office-based appointments and part-time telehealth appointments. She accepts Aetna, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), and private pay.
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Dr. Zachary Longo
Dr. Zachary Longo is a Licensed Psychologist and a Certified School Psychologist. He holds the degrees of Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology, both from Alfred University in June 2019. He also currently holds a Master of Arts degree in School Psychology from Alfred University (2017), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from SUNY Cortland (2015).
Zachary has experience providing a range of services to people of all ages, including psychoeducational and psychological/diagnostic evaluations, individual and group counseling, and consultation for families and school-based professionals. He focuses on providing services for children and adolescents with social, emotional, behavioral, and developmental needs; however, Zachary will also work with adults struggling with anxiety and/or depression. In session, Dr. Longo works hard to understand which theoretical orientation will serve the client best. He generally operates from a cognitive-behavioral framework with elements of solution-focused therapy. Other techniques he will incorporate include exposure therapy, client-centered therapy, play therapy, and behavior modification. He has particular expertise in behavioral consultation for children/adolescents with ADHD, 504 accommodation planning, contribution to the creation and/or revision of Individualized Education Plans (IEP), and evaluation for the purpose of College Board documentation.
Zachary has published and presented research in the area of positive psychology. His dissertation explored the role of executive functioning in externalizing behavior problems (i.e., emotion dysregulation, ADHD).
Zachary is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Longo accepts the following insurances: Aetna, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY), and Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP). Private pay options are also be available. He is in the office Monday through Friday with daytime and some after school availability.
Griffith Jenkins, LMHC
Griffith Jenkins is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Griffith earned his Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He also received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Idaho State University. Griffith has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in diverse populations and in a range of settings including schools, foster care, and private agencies.
Griffith has training and expertise working in-person and through telehealth for a range of needs, including emotional and behavioral regulation difficulties, trauma, crisis-management, depression, anxiety, addiction, interpersonal, and school-related issues. In addition to previously working through a local agency in the public-school setting, he has experience working in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing counseling and referrals to additional community resources. Griffith has a person-centered approach and utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, rational emotive behavior therapy, play therapy, solution-focused skill building, and creative activities to challenge and build upon his clients' strengths. Outside of providing counseling, Griffith loves to spend time with his family, play games, and spend time in the great outdoors.
Griffith provides individual, group, and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Griffith accepts Aetna, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY), and Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP). Private pay options are also available. He will be accepting Tricare. He is in the office Monday through Friday with some after school availability.
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. Dr. Smitkin is also holds a Certification in Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals.
Prior to Psychology Wellness Practice, PLLC., Dr. Smitkin was a practicing 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 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. Specific expertise in the process of special education and 504 Accommodation planning is highlighted, as is providing the comprehensive documentation required to obtain College Board accommodations. Her practice is unique in its focus on health and wellness for clients of all ages, targeting behavioral health symptoms from a functional and integrative perspective. Those who choose to work with Dr. Smitkin are prepared to view the process through a holistic lens, focusing on whole body health rather than the compartmentalization of symptoms. Through her extensive clinical interviewing, Dr. Smitkin identifies key vulnerabilities in the health of her patients, and she provides information about the functional connections of sleep, nutrition, physical activity, and stress management related to sound behavioral health outcomes.
Dr. Smitkin volunteers her time in the Children’s Ministry of her church. As a Christian, she believes spirituality is an integral aspect of mental health, and she practices from a bio-psycho-social-educational-spiritual model.
Dr. Smitkin accepts Aetna, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY), Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), Tricare, and private payments. She is in the office Monday through Friday, with some after school availability.
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Jenna Korim, LCSW-R is a licensed clinical social worker with over 10 years of experience providing individual therapy in community settings. She earned her Master of Social work from The University at Albany, State University of New York (2009). Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Binghamton University (2007). She is also a Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant (AFPA). She has background in managing the operations of an outpatient mental health clinic. Most of her work has been in providing individual psychotherapy in outpatient clinics and in primary care.
Jenna has training and expertise working with adults to address depression, anxiety, relational issues, trauma, healing from abuse, chronic pain, grief, body image, and eating disorders. Jenna uses a person-centered approach in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care, and strength-based approaches to help individuals address the feelings, thoughts, and behaviors that surround their presenting concerns. Jenna has a particular interest in understanding the role that food and exercise can play in healing. She hopes to provide a supportive environment for individuals on their journey to living meaningful lives. Outside of work, Jenna enjoys family time, hiking, traveling, time in the mountains, marathons, and triathlon training.
Jenna accepts the following insurances: Aetna, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY), and Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP). Private Pay options are also available for those out of network. Although hours may vary, Jenna is in the office Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with remote hours on Tuesday.
Kim Corker, LMSW, CBLC
Kim is a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker, Certified Biblical Life Coach, Stress Management Coach and Ordained Minister. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work and her Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Kim has over 20 years of experience working with children and families, the adult serious mental illness (SMI) population; eight years were at the supervisory level. She has worked collaboratively with various multidisciplinary teams, collaborative action teams and juvenile assessment teams. She also has experience in dual disorders, crisis intervention and suicidal behaviors.
Kim believes that every patient has their unique story. She’s a good listener, insightful, and provides a non-judgmental environment. She uses a wide range of evidence based modalities including psychoeducation, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, solution focused therapy, and strength based approaches. Upon request, she will provide faith based therapy.
During Kim’s spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and their seven children. She is currently in Bible College working on a double doctorate in Divinity and Christian Counseling. She will also be a Certified Disc Facilitator, and credentialed in other coaching specialties in the coming months.
Kim provides individual, group, and family therapies, for adolescents and adults. Kim works full-time and offers part-time office-based appointments and part-time telehealth appointments. She accepts Aetna and Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP), and private pay.
Dr. Jennifer Rickert received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Doctorate in School Psychology from the University at Albany. Dr. Rickert is a practicing school psychologist and has worked with individuals age 5 through 21 and their families. In addition to working in the public school setting, she has experience working at a residential treatment facility for students with behavioral disorders and a private school for children and adolescents with significant learning disabilities and other developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Rickert has co-led parent trainings and offered counseling groups for children with a wide range of emotional and behavioral needs. She is experienced in conducting psychoeducational evaluations for students with learning challenges and behavioral regulation difficulties. Dr. Rickert enjoys working collaboratively with school staff and parents in the development and implementation of school and home-based interventions.
Dr. Rickert accepts the following insurances: Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Private pay options are also available. Dr. Rickert is typically in the office Monday evenings.
Andrea (Janczyk) Kay, LMHC
Andrea Kay is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. Andrea earned her Masters of Science in Education Degree (M.S. Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from Siena College in Loudonville, NY in 2013.
Andrea has experience providing crisis counseling for those who need immediate support and de-escalation, safety planning, and linkages to services in the community. Additionally, Andrea has experience in online counseling providing telehealth services to those experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, family/marital issues, obsessive compulsive disorders, low self-esteem, personality disorders, and self-harm behaviors.
Andrea has a passion for working in this field and helping people to live their best life possible. Andrea operates from a holistic approach, treating from the perspective of this interconnected relationship with mental health. Andrea enjoys utilizing cognitive behavioral approaches, dialectical behavioral therapy, positive psychology and strength-based perspective when working with clients. However, she understands that therapy is person-centered and will gear her techniques to what works best for each individual.
Andrea additionally volunteers her time working in youth ministry through her church. Andrea has a passion for her faith and loves to help others grow in their own faith. Upon request, Andrea can provide Christian-based counseling, as she believes this is a fundamental aspect of mental health.
Andrea provides individual, group, and family therapies, for adolescents and adults, full-time at PWP. Andrea accepts Aetna, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York (BSNENY), Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), and Tricare.
Joshua Gelber, LCSW-R is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified school social worker who has been providing counseling services to children, adolescents, and adults for more than twenty years. Josh earned his Master's degree in Social Work from Hunter College, School of Social Work and completed his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University at Albany. Josh has worked with diverse populations in a range of settings including schools, foster care, and private agencies. Josh has extensive training and expertise working with behavioral regulation difficulties, post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), crisis-management, anxiety, interpersonal and school-related issues such as bullying and special education needs. Josh has a person-centered approach and utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, skills building and creative activities to build upon his clients' strengths. He has earned a reputation for kindness, concern and good humor among the many individuals and families with whom he has worked.
Josh accepts the following insurances: Blue Shield of Northeastern NY and Capital District Physicians Health Plan. Private pay options are also available. Although hours may vary, Josh is typically in the office on Monday and Wednesday from 10:00am-6:00pm, Tuesday from 11:00am-8:00pm and Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm.