MEET THE TEAM

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Alison Lager, LCSW, CASAC

Owner

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 MADDONA,
LMSW

Danielle is an LMSW who shines as a younger clinician who relates well to this generation. This makes her more approachable to children, teens and 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 allow 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.”

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RYAN ALBRECHT,
LMSW

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 20-50 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 and does excellent work with the female population. 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.”

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JOANNA GILMOR,
 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. Joanna works well with children and adults of all ages. 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 one of our Art Therapists. 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 offers 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. Dana also works with a wide variety of adults who are navigating through various life stressors such as anxiety, family dynamic matters, and depression.

"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 also has a history of working with children as well as working in education.

"Hope is the anchor of the soul."

JOHN CURRAN, LMSW

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 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 

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ANNIE RUVOLO,
LMSW

Annie 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. Annie'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. Annie works with clients of all ages, both male and female and is able to help her clients navigate through various mental health matters.


"Social Work is the Art of Listening and the Science of Hope."

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JENNA SANTOS,
ART PSYCHOTHERAPIST

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COLLEN BLYSKAL, 
LMSW

Colleen is an LMSW with a laid back personality who provides a safe and relaxed environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. She is an LGBTQ+ ally and has experience in working with adolescents and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, life stressors, transitions and eating disorders. Colleen enjoys helping clients identify the patterns that keep them "stuck" while developing a personal tool kit to help them navigate life.

"We all have everything we need within us to create our fullest potential." Abraham Maslow

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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

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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

RACHEL CONVERTINO,
Practice Development and
Office Manager

Rachel is our Practice Manager and assist with office development. She has a background in Administration, Neuroscience and Psychology. She works closely with our Intake Coordination Team to ensure that new clients are properly placed with therapists that will fits their clinical needs. Rachel's leadership skills ensure the functioning of the practice, while offering an organized and motivational aspect to our team. She works closely with both the clinicians and clients, ensuring that the core values of Lager Counseling Services are maintained and that any person who walks through our doors has a pleasurable and welcoming experience.

"Life is a beautiful thing."

KERI SCARPULLA,
Lead 
Intake Coordinator 

Keri is our Lead Intake Coordinator and part of our Administrative Support Team in our Bohemia location. Keri works closely with new clients to ensure they are being paired with a therapist who will most suit their therapeutic needs and goals. 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 which makes for a great pairing. 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.”

BOARD CERTIFIED
NURSE PRACTITONERS 

Here at Lager Counseling Services, we have a team of Board Certified Nurse Practitioners who can help our clients interested in Medication Management Services. Our NP's are able to prescribe and manage cleints' medication through follow up appointments in person or via Zoom. Our NP's are highly skilled and trained in the field of psychiatric medications and client care. Our NP's work with all clinicians collaboratively to ensure consistent client care and encourage the process of growth. 

VALERIE CANELA,
Insurance & Billing Specialist  

Valerie works with providers to determine benefits and resolve claims issues for our clients. 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 focused on keeping the practice running smoothly for everyone.

"You're off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"

Dr. Seuss

ABBY WALKER,
Intake Coordinator 

Abby is a part of our Administrative Support Team as well as one of our Intake Coordinators in our Wantagh location. Abby truly enjoys her position in working with all new and potential clients, helping them learn about our practice and our Core Values. One of her favorite parts of her job is working with the rest of the Intake Team to pair clients with a therapist that will best fit their needs. Abby has Bachelors's Degree in Psychology and is currently in graduate school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She hopes to become a full-time therapist in the near future. Abby is a huge advocate for mental health and enjoys watching each client grow and overcome any obstacles they may be facing. She looks forward to meeting and speaking with each client and is excited for them to take the next steps they need to become a better version of themselves. A quote that Abby likes to live by is;

 

“It’s only when you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” - Roy T. Bennet.

Jenna is an Art Therapist who joins our team with enthusiasm to bring a creative outlook to the therapeutic space. She works from a collaborative, strength-based approach, always believing in her clients power to flourish and thrive. Jenna works both individually and in group settings with clients of all ages. There is zero need for artistic skills, artistic experience is never a requirement to participate in Art Therapy; Art knows no bounds. Jenna's work utilizes the art medium as another from of communication and self-expression. In addition to Art Therapy, Jenna also works with adults struggling with substance use and helps her clients navigate in a safe and healthy way. Our paths of personal and emotional growth are always intertwining. Jenna joins her clients on their paths with a supportive and kind nature. 

"Art invites us to know beauty and to solicit it, summon it, from even the most tragic of circumstances." 

Toni Morrison