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Donna Abram-Cioppa

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. Additionally, Donna works with and helps those who live each day suffering from chronic pain or illness.

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Abuse survivors
  • Bipolar disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Thought disorders
  • Self injury
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Gender issues
  • LGBTQIS2 specific issues
Matthew Niemiec

Matthew Niemiec, LCSW-R

Matthew Niemiec is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) and has been practicing for over 8 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, and his master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Matthew was born and raised in Western New York and currently resides here with his wife and three children.

Matthew specializes in the treatment of adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He utilizes a client-centered, strength-based perspective, which allows him to effectively build clinical rapport and engage with clients from the initial session.  He is able to quickly gain his clients’ trust, enabling them to take those first steps toward self-improvement very quickly.

Matthew uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Therapy, to empower clients to resolve issues, achieve growth, and respond to challenges in a healthy way. He has experience treating and counseling clients through many issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Adjustment disorders
  • Co-dependency
  • Depression
  • Family and couples’ conflicts
  • Healthy parenting
  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy
  • Personality disorders
  • Stress and anger management
Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O’Brien, LCSW-R

Stephen O'Brien is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) who has been practicing for 24 years. He received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia College, and his master’s degree in social work, with a focus on children and families, from the State University of NY at Buffalo.

He specializes in child, adolescent, adult, and family therapy, utilizing a variety of approaches to maximize comfort and growth during sessions. Stephen has experience treating many issues including:

  • ADHD
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Chemical dependency issues
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Marital and couples counseling
  • Parenting issues
  • Physical abuse issues
  • PTSD
  • Sexual abuse issues

Stephen combines a trauma informed strength-based approach with compassion and dedication. He has a natural ability to develop and form trusting relationships with his clients, which empowers them to make positive life changes.

Stephen is a native Western New Yorker, and currently lives in Buffalo.  Outside of work, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Jackie Richter

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:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Co-dependency
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Family and couples conflict
  • Parenting
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Addictions
Danielle Catanzaro

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:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • adjustment disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance use combined)
  • anger management
  • parenting skills
  • schizophrenia
  • personality disorders
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.

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