Meet our Providers
Stacy Essex, LCSW-R
Stacy Essex is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing for 26 years. Originally from New Jersey, Stacy has lived in WNY for almost 15 years. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology, and her master's degree in social work, from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey.
Stacy has spent her entire career working with children, adolescents, and families. She uses a variety of tools and techniques when working with her younger clients, and has an innate ability to quickly earn their trust.
Stacy has experience treating a number of issues including, but not limited to:
- Anger management
- Family conflict
- Adjustment issues
- Sexual orientation
- Sexual victimization
- Other traumas
Stacy is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC). She has provided trainings on child sexual victimization at the local, state and national levels. She also provides expert witness services and mental health consultation for cases of suspected child sexual victimization.
Danielle Catanzaro, LCSW
Danielle Catanzaro, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, received her BA in Health and Human Services, with a concentration in Mental Health, as well as her Master’s Degree in Social Work, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Danielle practices from a client-centered approach engaging her clients in a way that enables her to quickly build a positive rapport and earn their trust. She uses a diversified approach specific to the needs of each client. As a result, she is able to affect positive growth and change with her clients.
Danielle specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, & families. She utilizes a variety of modalities, including Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and SAMHSA anger management criteria. She has experience treating many issues including, but not limited to:
- adjustment disorder
- bipolar disorder
- co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use combined)
- anger management
- parenting skills
- personality disorders
Jackie Richter, LCSW-R
Jackie Richter is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing for 16 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in social work from Buffalo State College, and her Master’s Degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jackie is innately warm, compassionate, and non-judgmental, and is committed to helping others, as both a clinical social worker, as well as in her daily life away from work. She develops a safe and trusting relationship with her clients and works with them to achieve their self-identified goals. With Jackie’s help, her clients become empowered to problem solve and manage life’s challenges on their own.
Jackie works with adolescents, adults, and families. She uses a number of proven therapeutic approaches, including strength-based, cognitive behavioral therapy, client centered, systemic therapy, and humanistic therapy, among others. She has experience helping clients with many issues, including, but not limited to:
- Stress management
- Anger management
- Family and couples conflict
- Adjustment difficulties
Donna Abram-Cioppa, LCSW-R
Donna Abram-Cioppa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience. Donna received her Bachelor’s Degree from Medaille College, and her Master’s in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Donna has worked in a variety of venues, including managing community mental health centers, as well as operating her own private practice. She has even developed programs currently being used in Buffalo Public Schools as well as schools in eastern Maine.
Donna has great experience working with trauma victims, as well as working with the LGBTQIS2 community. She has also provided counseling services to transgender clients who are going through the gender confirmation process, as well as provided bariatric surgery assessments for candidates of that surgery.
Donna works with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. She uses a person-centered, strengths-based perspective to walk with clients through their difficult times. She is a warm and empathetic individual with great compassion for her clients. She incorporates some holistic perspectives in her work, and is humbled by the gifts she has been given to help and heal others.
Some of the issues and diagnoses Donna has experience with include, but are not limited to:
- Trauma and PTSD
- Abuse survivors
- Bipolar disorders
- Mood disorders
- Thought disorders
- Self injury
- Adjustment disorders
- Gender issues
- LGBTQIS2 specific issues
Cheryl Mills, LCSW-R
Cheryl Mills, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker with over 25 years experience. She received her BA in Sociology, with a concentration in Gerontology, from the State University of NY College at Cortland, and received her MSW from the State University of NY at Albany, School of Social Welfare.
Cheryl utilizes a variety of therapy methods when working with her clients, tailoring her approach to the specific client’s goals, ensuring a positive therapy experience and positive results for her clients. She has experience treating a number of issues, including anxiety, depression, aging issues, life challenges, life transition, and coping with chronic health challenges, among others.
Cheryl has great experience in counseling those who have been recently diagnosed with, and are currently fighting cancer. She also has vast experience working with the older population as they navigate their lives while coping with the grief associated with the loss of their spouse or partner.
Cheryl, originally from central New York State, has been a resident of Western New York for 28 years. Outside of work, she enjoys keeping physically fit, reading, spending time in nature, traveling, and visiting with friends and family. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the NY Chapter, Western Division.
Wendy Sadkin, LCSW-R
Wendy Sadkin is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) who has been practicing for 23 years. She is a native Buffalonian who was born and raised in Amherst and now lives in Western New York with her husband and two children.
Wendy received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College, and her Master’s Degree in social work, with a focus on mental health, from Syracuse University.
She specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Wendy utilizes a variety of approaches in treating many issues, including:
- Anger management
- Adjustment difficulties
- Women’s issues
- Marital and couples conflict
- Sexual abuse issues
- Eating disorders
- Chemical dependency issues
Wendy is an extremely dedicated and compassionate counselor who loves helping all her clients. She has an innate ability to earn and build trust with her clients and to see things from their perspective, helping them to solve problems and enact positive, empowering changes in their lives.