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Amy Pfeffer

Amy Pfeffer, LCSW

Amy Pfeffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her MSW from Daemen College with a concentration in child and family treatment.  She works with children, adolescents, and families.

She has vast experience working with children and teenagers who have experienced trauma in their lives.  She is also a certified autism provider and has exceptional clinical skills working with children on the autism spectrum.

Amy helps to empower her clients to resolve issues, achieve growth, and respond to challenges in a healthy way.  She uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Play Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Trauma-Informed Therapy.

She has experience treating a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:

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

Amy is a combat veteran of the US military and has a service dog, Roxy, who assists Amy in her sessions. She is a native of Western New York and currently lives in the area with her husband and daughter.

Lindsay Richardson

Lindsay Richardson, LCSW

Lindsay Richardson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who received her BA and MSW from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Lindsay provides counseling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Lindsay is warm and genuine in her work with clients.  She understands that often, one has already been down a long and difficult road before they are even ready to seek therapy. Making the decision to advocate for one self is truly half the battle, and a huge achievement in itself. Once you finally arrive at your first appointment, she hopes that you are able to breathe a little easier knowing that someone is truly there for you, and in your corner.

She has a great deal of experience providing therapy to individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. Lindsay feels strongly that everyone should have the right to mental health treatment that is well-informed and sensitive to wherever they may fall on the spectrum of gender and sexuality. She is dedicated to creating a sense of safety and respect for people of all backgrounds.

Lindsay uses a variety of different treatment modalities when counseling her clients, such as: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy, among others.  She is currently pursuing certification in EMDR, which is an effective, evidence-based treatment for trauma survivors and those suffering from PTSD.

Lindsay is experienced in providing dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  She is experienced in treating a wide range of concerns, including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • LGBTQ+
  • ADHD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Parenting
  • Behavioral concerns
  • Trauma-related disorders

In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with family, baking, being outdoors in nature, and antiquing at local flea markets. She looks forward to learning about the things you enjoy, and what makes you who you are!

Sheryl Fowler

Sheryl Fowler, LCSW-R

Sheryl Fowler is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) with over 30 years of clinical expertise in a variety of practice settings, including private practice, substance abuse clinics, hospital in-patient programs, and caring for those suffering with chronic disease and illness.  She received her BA and her Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from the State University of New York at Albany.  She specializes in the treatment of adults, couples, adolescents, and families.

Sheryl practices from the perspective that mental health is integral to an individual’s overall sense of well-being. Her focus is to assist clients and families in identifying their unique positive coping skills and inherent strengths, to reduce stress, and promote self-care and self-worth.  Life challenges can be difficult to navigate, and Sheryl offers a safe and supportive place for clients to feel heard and understood.

With a compassionate and empathetic approach, Sheryl strives to facilitate and guide her clients to personal growth, self-awareness, empowerment, and change, while reducing their emotional distress.

Sheryl has experience treating a variety of issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Divorce/separation/marital strain
  • Parenting concerns
  • Life transitions
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • LGBTQ issues

Sheryl lives in the WNY area with her husband. She has two grown sons and a young granddaughter. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as gardening, reading, and volunteering with local animal rescue organizations.

Thomas Szczygiel

Thomas Szczygiel, LCSW-R

Thomas “Tom” Szczygiel is a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 16 years’ experience in the counseling field. Tom received his Associates Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at Hudson Valley Community College and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany.

Tom has worked in multiple treatment settings, including adult and adolescent substance abuse treatment programs, in-patient and out-patient mental health programs and talk therapy programs.

He works with individuals and families that experience a wide range of behavioral and emotional impairments, including depression, anxiety, grief/loss, stress management, PTSD and addictions.

Tom recognizes that change and loss, as well as unexpected and unwanted circumstances, can impact life and foster a sense of hopelessness. Understanding that these changes may be painful and often times debilitating, he seeks to provide a safe, trusting and supportive environment to promote healing and growth in each and every client he works with.

Tom’s approach to therapy is tailored to each individual client.  Among the approaches he uses are solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and when appropriate, holistic therapy.  He has experience treating many issues including, but not limited to:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thought Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Faith-based counseling (upon request)

Tom is a native of WNY and lives in the area with his wife and two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and cheering on the Bills and Sabres.  He is constantly seeking ongoing education to enhance his ability to provide the highest quality of service to his clients.

Jennifer Burt

Jennifer Burt, LCSW-R

Jennifer Burt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) who has been practicing for 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College with a major in psychology and a concentration in developmental disabilities.  She received her master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a concentration in adult mental health.  She currently lives in the WNY area with her husband, daughter, and their beloved dog and cat, spending lots of time together enjoying the outdoors whenever possible.

Jennifer is a very knowledgeable and empathetic therapist.  She has experience counseling diverse populations in a variety of clinical settings.  She works with individuals and couples, helping her clients work towards achieving their specific therapy goals.

Jennifer employs a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities when counseling her clients, such as: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Self-Actualization, and Solution-Focused Therapy, among others.  Jennifer also has experience working with trauma victims and practices from a trauma-informed model.  In addition, she is trained in EMDR and incorporates this therapeutic technique when appropriate.

Jennifer has experience treating clients with several different challenges, including, but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Serious and persistent mental illness
  • Personality disorders
  • Co-dependency
  • Substance abuse
  • Adjustment difficulties
  • Emotional emancipation
  • Eating disorders
  • Childhood trauma
  • PTSD
  • Relationship problems
  • Christian counseling (upon request)

Jennifer also has a passion for fitness and nutrition and has been a group fitness instructor for the past 14 years.  She has completed a certification in Integrative Medicine and Nutrition for Mental Health and, when relevant, incorporates her knowledge of nutrition, lifestyle and overall wellness into her practice.

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.

Danielle Catanzaro

Danielle Catanzaro, LCSW-R

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 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
  • LGBTQ/Transgender Issues
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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