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Stacy Essex

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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Family conflict
  • Adjustment issues
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender
  • 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.

Wendy Sadkin

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:


  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • 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.

Cheryl Mills

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.

Thriveworks Counseling
8612 Main Street, #1
Buffalo, New York 14221

Tel : (716) 541-0841

Mon-Fri: M-Th: 9AM-9PM | Fri: 9AM-6PM
Sat-Sun: Sat: 9AM-4PM | Sun: By request only

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