Brenda Arley, M.A., RNCS, LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult Mental Health
Brenda Arley has been working with individuals and families in the Glens Falls area since 1987, first as a graduate and post-graduate trainee, then as a clinical staff member at the Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center. She began working in 1993 in private practice until her association with True North. She is guided in her psychotherapeutic practice by family systems theory, Relational-Cultural Theory (RCT), mindfulness, and the neuroscience of human relationships. It is her understanding that, when we experience relational disconnection, we feel pain and distress; and when we experience relational connection, we thrive and grow. A special interest for Brenda is mindfulness meditation as a way of moving toward fuller relational connection with ourselves, others, and with life itself. She also offers Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses.
L Gail Haines has practiced and taught Gestalt and family therapy concepts for over thirty years. She is presently offering supervision, training, and consultation to professional psychotherapists and others in the mental health field.
"I remain continually excited about facilitating a process that encourages people to 'see' differently, and supports them to bring forth as much of themselves as possible in their professional and personal lives."
Debra Pietrangelo is a licensed psychologist and the founder of True North at 499 Glen. Dr. Pietrangelo has been in the mental health field for over 35 years. She has worked in schools, pre-schools, colleges, and clinical settings. After working in local public schools, she went into private practice sixteen years ago. She works with clients of all ages and facilitates a transgender support group. Throughout her career, Dr. Pietrangelo has witnessed the value of integrating a variety of health treatments with talk therapy in order to help people live their best lives. Nine years ago she opened True North at 499 Glen to provide integrative health services to our community with the hope of helping people change, heal, and transform as they strive to live fully and happily.
Dr. Debra Pietrangelo, PsyD Licensed Psychologist
Todd Kuntz has been a NY licensed Clinical Psychologist since 2001. His training and professional experience has included inpatient and outpatient substance dependence, outpatient mental health clinics, and private practice settings. He treats a wide variety of psychological, emotional and behavioral issues in children, adolescents and adults, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse/dependence, attention deficit-hyperactivity, oppositional behavior, pervasive developmental disorders, parenting/marital/family difficulties. Problems may arise from family relationships, academic issues, or biological factors which are factored into each client’s unique treatment plan. Growth and change in unhealthy thinking, emotional, and behavior patterns are accomplished as a process of increased insight into ones’ self, relationships, and other factors which are impacting each client’s life coupled with making active changes which replace destructive patterns with new constructive ones.
Dr. Todd Kuntz
Joseph M. Macura, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Joseph Macura is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, offering individual, couples, and family therapy. After graduating with his Master’s Degree from the University at Albany, he completed his postgraduate residency at Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center, and has continued to work as an outpatient clinician. Joseph treats a wide range of mental health issues, with special areas of interest including working with military service members and their families, couples, adolescents, and young adults. His therapeutic goals focus on providing an environment conducive for self-exploration and growth, while also helping clients to build and maintain positive and emotionally satisfying relationships with others.
Diana Palmer, LMFT
Diana Palmer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Diana studied psychology at Boston University and California State University Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Psychology and her MS in Counseling. She began her work in the mental health field in 1999 as a rape crisis counselor at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Since that time, she has worked with a variety of populations in inpatient and outpatient settings. Diana particularly enjoys helping clients navigate life transitions such as marriage, having children, changing careers, divorce or separation, retirement, etc. She has a collaborative approach to working with clients - utilizing and building upon clients’ strengths to achieve therapeutic goals. Diana is a member of the Red Cross’s Disaster Mental Health Team. She is also a clinical fellow with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and currently serves on the NYAAMFT Board of Directors as the Albany/ Hudson Valley Chapter President.
Michelle is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Plattsburgh State University and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with her Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany. Throughout her academic career, Michelle conducted research in the field of psychology, focusing specifically on mood, personality, multiculturalism, diversity issues and cognitive science. Michelle has been a practicing clinician since 2014 and has experience in inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities as well as community agencies serving children, families, and adolescents.
She is especially skilled at assisting clients with adjustment issues, life transitions, prenatal and post-partum issues, and mood disorders, and particularly enjoys working with late adolescents and young adults. Michelle’s therapeutic focus places emphasis on establishing a strong, connected relationship with her clients: something she believes is pivotal in providing the foundation to make changes and promote wellness. She uses a range of techniques to assist her clients in improving insight in order to achieve emotional balance and growth, while providing a safe and supportive environment to challenge difficult areas.
Licensed Mental Health Counsleor
Emily has been working with children, adolescents and families since 2005. She has spent time as a direct care staff person in two different youth crisis shelters, was the shelter administrator at the CAPTAIN Youth Shelter, worked in NYC for the Early Intervention program, and was a psychiatric social worker for the Glens Falls Hospital for 6 years. She has also had the privilege of spending multiple spring and falls sessions at Cindy’s Comfort Camp as a healing circle leader. These camps weekend long retreats at the Double H Ranch and are designed to help children and adolescents who are living with an adult who has a terminal illness, or who have had an important person in their life die. As a clinician for the Hospital, she spent time in both the Emergency Room completing psychiatric assessments for clients ages 5 and up and she also worked as a psychotherapist at the Center for Children and Families. Emily has completed numerous trauma-based trainings and has been certified as a Youth Trauma Specialist. She has extensive experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This specialty has involved work with clients who have anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, ADHD, school anxiety, self-esteem difficulties, those who have experienced trauma or loss and those who are struggling with family relationships. Emily has helped create and facilitate emotion regulation groups for children, and grief groups for children and teens. Emily is passionate about empowering her clients to see their inner most beauty and creating a better sense of self-worth. She believes this is done by using a strengths-based approach to help the client build trusting and safe relationships therefore promoting self-growth and a healthier lifestyle.
Emily Welsh, LCSW-R
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Samantha E. Davis, MS, LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Samantha is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is passionate about helping others. Samantha received a Master’s degree from Plattsburgh State University and since that time, has worked in a variety of treatment settings. She has worked with children, teens, adults, couples, and families, providing individual psychotherapy as well as group therapy. Samantha has spent the last four years providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults in an outpatient agency setting.
Samantha enjoys assisting individuals in processing their specific barriers or challenges, accessing their personal strengths, and achieving valued life goals. She utilizes a holistic treatment approach in therapy, tailoring the therapeutic experience to the specific needs of each individual, couple, or family whom she has the privilege to work with. Samantha is passionate about partnering with clients to foster healing, self-discovery, and lasting positive changes in their lives.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” –Carl Rogers
Samantha Foster LMHC
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Samantha is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with her Master’s degree in counseling from Alfred University. She has experience working in a variety of therapeutic settings including psychiatric units, halfway houses and clinics. She is currently working with children and youth and families. She has a strong passion for helping young people navigate areas of difficulty including depression, anxiety, school issues, and family transitions. For the past five years she has provided individual therapy to children and adolescents struggling with psychological,
behavioral and familial issues. Samantha is a kind and supportive individual who believes in creating a safe and understanding therapeutic setting where children and adolescents can feel free to be themselves as they learn how to cope with the issues that are of concern to them.
“Don’t give up. I believe in you all. A person’s a person no matter how small.” Dr. Seuss
Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working in the
field since 1997. She has experience providing individual, group, and family
counseling to children, adolescents, and adults. She graduated from SUNY Albany
with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s
Degree in Social Work from Fordham University.
Rachel was most recently employed at Glens Falls Hospital-Center for Recovery in
Hudson Falls, an outpatient clinic for people with Substance Use Disorders. She
started as an Adventure Based Counselor for the Challenge Program prior to
moving into the role of Program Director for the Washington County Clinic.
Rachel’s professional experience also includes working with victims of domestic
violence in a shelter environment, children affected by substance use in their
families, preschool children with disabilities, and adolescents at high risk of
residential placement. She also facilitated community and school-based
programming for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Rachel is dedicated to building a solid therapeutic partnership with clients using a
holistic approach to improve overall well-being. A variety of techniques are used
to help empower clients to determine their own goals and work towards reaching
Rachel Wolfield, LCSW-R
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Stephanie O'Hanlon-Kayalar, RN, BSN, MFT Intern
Under the supervision of Diana Palmer, LMFT
Stephanie is a Marriage and Family Therapy intern under the supervision of Diana Palmer LMFT. She finished her didactic education at Northcentral University, Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Program in 2021 and is currently working towards licensure. She graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and worked both as an Intensive Care Nurse at Glens Falls Hospital as well as a clinical instructor for the nursing program at SUNY Adirondack. In addition to her MFT training, she is certified as a Level I and II Gottman Method Couples Therapy practitioner. Stephanie also utilizes Solution-focused Therapy which is a future focused therapy that helps clients discover their strengths and resources to solve problems. She works with individuals, couples and families to assist them in moving through life transitions such as marriage and relationships, divorce and separation, acute and chronic illness as well as anxiety and depression to find healing, happiness and new meaning in life.