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.
Lynn Edgerly earned her Bachelor's Degree from San Francisco State University with a dual degree in Psychology and Dance Therapy. She later graduated from the University at Albany as a Master's Level Certified Social Worker. She also received a Certification in Drug and Alcohol Abuse from Russell Sage College and extensive training in Psychodrama. She worked for the NYS Office of Developmental Disabilities as a dance therapist and later as QWL/EAP Coordinator. She has been in the Human Service field for over thirty years working with individuals with a wide range of mental health needs. She has been working at Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital for the past 19 years, 12 years full time and the past 7 years as a consultant/contractor. She currently provides group therapy at the Partial Hospitalization Program at Four Winds Hospital. She has been at ECS Psychological Services for the past 7 years where she specialized in treatment of eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has a wealth of experience in treating adults, children, couples, and families. Her goal is to treat each person as an individual and create the treatment plan which best meets their needs.
Lynn Edgerly, LCSW-R
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 35years. 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
Nancy Howland is a licensed clinical social worker who has worked with children and families throughout New York State. She has significant experience in trauma treatment, attachment therapy, play therapy, including the use of expressive arts and sensory approaches to treatment. She also has experience in assessing for suicidal and homicidal ideation that put self and others at risk. Nancy uses a holistic and strength-based approach in treatment. She has expertise in addressing identity issues including sexual orientation, life adjustment issues, and relationship challenges. Her work focuses on helping individuals to grow as they work toward achieving emotional, cognitive and spiritual balance in order to be successful in their environment.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Joanne DellaValle, LCSW-R
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Joanne DellaValle has been working with individuals, children, and families since 1994. She has an extensive background in mental health diagnosis and treatment, trauma concerns, and legal advocacy. She brings with her a strong background in women's studies and a deep commitment to women's issues. She taught courses at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York on the Multigenerational Effects of Violence Throughout the Life Cycle, as well as Introduction to Drugs and Alcohol. She maintained a private practice on Long Island and now the North Country. Her speciality certificates are in Alcohol and Substance Abust, Rape Trauma Syndrome, Battered Women's Syndrome, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Joanne believes in a holistic approach to therapy; one that builds on a person's strengths and encourages authenticity.
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 studies, Michelle conducted academic research in the field of psychology, focusing specifically on mood, personality, and cognitive science. Michelle’s clinical experience encompasses both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services, and she has spent the last 2 years working as an outpatient provider at a community agency for children, adolescents and adults. Michelle is especially skilled at assisting clients with adjustment issues, life transitions, and mood disorders, and particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults. Michelle places emphasis on establishing a strong, connected therapeutic relationship, something she believes is pivotal in providing the foundation to make changes and promote wellness. She uses a range of techniques to help her clients improve insight in order to achieve emotional balance and growth in a safe and supportive environment.
Licensed Mental Health Counsleor
Liscensed Massage Therapist
Kathleen is a Licensed Massage Therapist for NYS and is also Nationally Certified. She is a graduate of Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy and has received her Reiki II Attunement. Kathleen has experience with a variety of modalities including; Swedish and shiatsu massage, sports massage, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, polarity and reflexology, neuromuscular therapy, aromatherapy, pregnancy and geriatric massage, and chair massage. Her passion to further her education and skills keeps her constantly studying and practicing new techniques. She knows that our mind, body, and spirit are intertwined and can be positively influenced by both massage therapy and energy work. Kathleen integrates her knowledge and her intuition to create a relaxed, comfortable, and therapeutic journey for each individual.
Jo Anne is a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern who studied Psychology at State University of New York at Albany and Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. Jo Anne also holds a degree in Business Administration from Empire State College. She began her work in the mental health field in 1982 as a crisis counselor at Albany’s Middle Earth Crisis Center where, with a primary focus on alcohol and drug prevention, she helped students with emotional, social, and life issues. Jo Anne worked part-time as a Life Coach and Mentor (Cherie Blair’s Foundation for Women) while working full-time in the financial sector for more than 25 years. She brings a very balanced, real-life approach to assisting Individuals, Couples, and Families with their therapeutic goals. Jo Anne, working under the supervision of Diana Palmer, LMFT, strives to assist clients in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships. Jo Anne currently serves on the NYAMFT Board of Directors as Treasurer.
Jo Anne Mitchum
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
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
Licensed Clinical Social Worker