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: Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) and Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, and Aetna. Private pay options are also available. Although hours may vary, she is typically in the office Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday with morning and afternoon availability. 

​139 Vly Road, Albany, NY 12205 • 518-608-4271 • reception@pwpractice.com

Sharon Emerson, LCSW​

​Sharon Emerson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience providing counseling to individuals, couples, and families in the Capital Region. Sharon has a unique background in the medical field, home education, nutrition, and addictions through her work in hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, home-based care, education, addiction treatment programs, medical offices, and private practice. She combines her knowledge and expertise to assist her clients in achieving a sense of physical and emotional wellbeing through an eclectic approach of mindfulness, self-awareness, and integration. Sharon approaches her work from a strengths-based perspective using DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), inner child work, 12-step modality, and nutritional support. She is committed to enhancing her client's quality of life both physically and emotionally. 

Sharon is a dedicated professional and proud alumna of the University at Albany School of Social Welfare, where she received a Master’s degree in both the macro (management) and micro (clinical) Social Work programs. Sharon is a mentor to students and colleagues in the Social Work profession through her work as a field instructor, teaching at the University at Albany, and various speaking engagements. 

Sharon was the founder and director of the Live and Learn Co-op for home educating families in the Capital District and the owner of Wholistic Counseling and Healing. She is certified in Reiki I and II. Sharon is kind and compassionate while also being a strong advocate for her clients and her profession. 

In addition to her professional work, Sharon has provided childbirth assistance and lactation support to nursing mothers. She is a homebirther, home educator, and devoted mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She derives her strength and inspiration from various world renown speakers, continuous research, a commitment to personal growth, yoga practice, meditation, a loving family, loyal friends, and dedicated nurses, doctors, clergy, and social work colleagues.

Sharon accepts Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, Capital District Physician’s Health Plan, and Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield.​ Although hours may vary, Sharon is typically in the office Monday through Friday with morning and evening availability.

Dr. Jennifer Smitkin

Dr. Zachary Longo

Dr. Zachary Longo is currently 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, Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Private pay options are also be available. He is in the office Monday through Friday with daytime and evening availability.

Dr. Heeyeon “Ceecee” Chung​

​Dr. Heeyeon “Ceecee” Chung earned the degree of Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the University at Albany, State University of New York in June 2020. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in School Psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Educational Psychology and Methodology both from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Prior to that, she attended the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where she received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science.

Dr. Chung's experience as a psychologist spans a wide range of ages and settings.  Throughout her training and professional career, she has worked with students in schools (Pre-K through grade 12), engaged in collaborative support services with families in the home, and provided psychological support to adults with significant disabilities via community-based services.  Some of her areas of interest and experience include working with children, adolescents, and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, depression, anxiety, a history of trauma, and behavioral challenges.  In addition, she has specialized training and extensive experience in evaluation (psychological and educational) and behavioral consultation (Functional behavior assessment/FBA and behavior intervention planning/BIP). 

Dr. Chung’s clinical philosophy and approach stems from multiple therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy. She also utilizes the holistic wellness model which recognizes the body, mind, and spirit as an integrated and coherent whole.

Dr. Chung is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and is bilingual in Korean and English. Dr. Chung accepts the following insurances: Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP), Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna. Private pay options are also available. Although hours may vary, she is typically in the office Tuesday and Thursday with morning and afternoon 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.

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 perspective. Dr. Smitkin utilizes a holistic view of individuals, 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 psychoeducation of sleep, functional nutrition, physical activity, and stress management related to sound behavioral health outcomes.

​Dr. Smitkin accepts the following insurances: Blue Shield of Northeastern NY, Capital District Physicians Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Tricare​.  Private pay options are also available.

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