MEET THE TEAM
Alison Lager, LCSW, CASAC
The vision of LCS is that of triumph. Alison has always believed that God wants to change peoples lives; that people are capable and powerful enough to change if given the right insight, awareness and tools necessary for the resolution of all of life’s problems. We credit most of the success of each client to our unwavering belief in their ability to change if they are willing. Alison has created an atmosphere that is warm, accepting, down to earth, and aesthetically pleasing to all the senses. She believes the atmosphere a client comes into should reflect our honor for them and their future selves. We NEVER lose sight of their FUTURE SELF. We never give up on the infinite possibilities of all human beings. Our model is Excellence. Our model is simple. Our philosophy at LCS is to be on the cutting edge of learning. Alison provides ongoing training in the latest techniques for healing and recovery. She trains each therapist to specialize in all areas of mental health and clinical technique. The way in which LCS is unique is that once healing and recovery are in place, we work on assisting the client toward excellence in all areas of living.
Danielle Madonna, LMSW
Danielle is an LMSW who shines as a younger clinician who relates well to this generation. This makes her more approachable to kids, teens and young adults. She provides a depth of insight that is unusual for her age that gives her the understanding and ability to see the underlying obstacles to growth. She has a background in Psychology and Social Work that allows her to discuss the inner working of the brain to clients. Danielle believes that through vulnerabilities comes strength. Her personality is easy going and sweet.
"Therapy is the opportunity to challenge/discover yourself in a healthy manner within a safe environment”
Ryan is someone who is very well read, insightful, warm and down to earth. He is the type of person who upon meeting him creates an atmosphere of complete acceptance. He’s the guy who just “gets you”. He is able to work incredibly well with young men which is evident by his following of adolescent, college aged and 20-30 year old males who love working with him. They refer friends and find great relief and growth while working with Ryan. Ryan also has a real way about him that creates comfort for women of all ages. He is unique in his ability to understand where both men and women are coming from.
"The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free”
Mental Health & School Psychologist
Joanna is a school psychologist who is warm, kind, and understanding. Her presence is that of ease and understanding. Someone who genuinely cares while having a long career in psychology.She works well with children and adults. She is a person who makes you feel at ease and open as soon as you meet her. She is a very integral part of our team and is successful and caring with each client.
“Our ability to grow as a person is infinite. Supportive therapy can help improve your overall emotional well being “
DANA WEDIN, ATR-BC, LCAT
Dana is our art therapist. Dana is an amazing clinician who works with people of all ages in a unique and powerful way. She conducts art therapy groups for teens and adults and also does individual art therapy. She works through the medium of different artistic tools to reach the heart of all different emotional issues. There is zero need for artistic skill.
"Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change"
JOANNE AUTERO, LMSW
Joanne is an LMSW who is well educated. She is the beautiful mix of a person who is super smart and completely humble. She is willing to do whatever it takes to bring her clients to their goals because she genuinely cares. If Joanne does not know an answer to a question, she will research all avenues until she finds the best answer. The clients experience with her is one of warmth, comfort, growth, insight, new found empowerment. Joanne has a history of working with children as well as working in education.
"Hope is the anchor of the soul"
JESSICA WELLER, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST (MFT)
Jessica is a warm and caring clinician who has been working in the mental health field for the past 5 years. She has a lending ear and supportive spirit. She works with her clients to identify their strengths and resources while thinking about each individual in the context of their family and community. Jessica provides her clients with skills and strategies to help them overcome challenges in different aspects of their lives. She uses her connection with her clients to empower them to make impactful and meaningful change.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer
Kathleen McKiernan, LMSW
"Kathleen is an LMSW who's passion for mental wellbeing is a driving force informing her practice with clients. She is down to earth, insightful and believes in connection and meeting her clients where they are- human to human. She has experience in working with adolescents and young adults in the clinical setting as well as crisis intervention and traumatic grief counseling with individuals of all ages. Kathleen's dream in working in this profession is decreasing shame and stigma by increasing conversation surrounding mental health."
"No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." - Taylor Swift
Anne has been in the education field for ten years. Her background in meditation and mindfulness will create a safe space to bring about a holistic approach that leads to our best selves. Anne's practice emphasizes a mutual development of goals as well as ongoing evaluations. Her calm inviting nature offers a pathway for utilizing the power of the therapeutic relationship.
"Social Work is the Art of Listening and the Science of Hope."
Chris Scarallo, Intern
Chris is a Counseling Intern who has been working in the mental health field for the past 4 years. He has has experience working with individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Chris enjoys working with the young adult population and is striving to end mental health stigma for men. He believes in the importance of getting outside in nature and has an understanding of the mind body connection. . He is a calm and relaxed approach to therapy, and always meets his clients where they are at.
“When you fall down, focus on the solution, not the problem. You might quit or fail 100 times. Keep that clear picture of where you want to be.” – David Goggins
SUSAN TREES, MS, RN, PMHNP-BC
Susan is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. Her 19 years of diversified Nursing experience afforded her the opportunity to cultivate her passion for Psychiatry. She brings compassion and comprehensive care to all who are seeking a safe and therapeutic environment. Her treatment approach is more than medication management for optimal mental health and wellness. It is a collaborative one; working together to develop an individualized treatment plan to address your needs.
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” Glenn Close
JANE IZEN- AXMAN, MA COUNSELING
Jane is a kind and understanding therapist that likes to help her clients achieve emotional wellness and inner peace. She creates a safe and caring environment for everyone. Jane enjoys working with a variety of clients, including children, adults and those going through addiction. She knows that life can be challenging and supports her clients through many of life's challenges.
"Only you can take inner freedom away from yourself or give it to yourself. Nobody else can."
-Michael A. Singer
CHRISTINE BURROWS, MA COUNSELING
Christine has 20+ years experience with all areas of therapeutic work. Most of Christines work has been working with adolescents and adults within the school system. Christine demonstrates insight that is different than most. She is aware of the neurological blueprints that run behavior and automate repetitive negative patterns in our lives. She is skilled in personal development and any area of psychological difficulty. She is compassionate, understanding, insightful, easy going and completely accepting of every person she works with.
‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you’-Maya Angelou
Keri Scapula, Intake facilitator/ Admin team
Rachel Convertino, Intake Coordinator/ Practice Development and Administration
Keri is our Intake Facilitator and part of our Administrative Support Team. Keri works in the office and believes organization is key when helping maintain a successful practice. With a background in administrative work and assistant roles, Keri ensures the office runs smoothly. Keri truly enjoys engaging with each and every person that calls or steps foot into the practice, she believes a little kindness can go a long way. Keri is an advocate for mental health and therapy, her personal core values align with our core values as a practice. Keri looks forward to using her inviting and uplifting presence to make your experience at Lager Counseling Services all you want it to be. A quote that Keri has lived by her whole life per the advice of her mother;
“Slow and steady wins the race.”
Rachel handles intake coordination. She works closely with clients to make sure that they are being matched with a therapist that fits their needs. She has a background in Neuroscience and Psychology that offer her insight into the needs of new clients. She works closely with both the clinicians and clients, ensuring that the process of welcoming new clients into the practice is a pleasurable and easy experience.
Insurance & Billing Specialist
Valerie works with providers to determine benefits and resolve claims issues. She works with all the providers to be sure that they have all the administrative tools they need to work successfully with our clients. Most her work is behind the scenes and is focussed on keeping the practice running smoothly for everyone.