Meet the Karner Psychological Associates Licensed Clinicians
All licensed therapists at KPA specialize in children, teens, family and adult therapy.
Luann Alimena, LCSW-R
East Greenbush Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext 468
Luann is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience working in the fields of prevention, developmental disabilities, mental healthy and education. She received her BS in Psychology from SUNY Oneonta and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. Luann has been employed for 23 years with the Capital Region Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), working in two of the areas’ urban school districts and currently in their adult education program.
Luann is comfortable with all ages and issues. She has a practical, solution focused approach. Hours available are late afternoon through early evening.
Julie Ball, LCSW-R
East Greenbush Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 466
Julie Ball is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 34 years of experience working with children, adults and families. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology/Social Work from the College of Saint Rose and her Masters in Social Work from SUNY-Albany.
Julie was employed at Parsons Child and Family Center where she worked as a clinician, supervisor, consultant and trainer over her 34 year career. She has also worked in the addictions field focusing on children and adult children of alcoholics. Julie joined Karner Psychological Associates in November of 2012.
Particular areas of interest are depression and anxiety in children, adolescents and adults, trauma, grief and loss, behavior problems addiction issues, parenting and couples issues.
Donna Bjorkman, LCSW-R
Clifton Park Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 459
Donna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 25 years experience working in the mental health and substance abuse fields. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from SUMY at Oswego and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York.
Donna was employed at the Capital District Psychiatric Center for 20 years and worked for several years in the Intensive Care Service and the Forensic Unit.
Donna enjoys working with adults, teens and children in individual, family or couples therapy. Areas of interest include working with chronic mental illness, depression, anxiety, addictions, trauma and adult sex offenders.
Howard Cohn, Ph.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 206
Dr. Cohn is a psychologist and former special education teacher and Professor of Special Education, with decades of experience specializing in developmental and emotional disorders of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, and learning and behavior problems throughout the life span. Dr. Cohn also has years of experience in conducting general psychological evaluations, court ordered evaluations for custody, and evaluations for specific learning disabilities and attention deficits.
Katherine Crouch, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 461
Katherine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 28 years of experience in the field of mental health. She specializes in working with adults, couples, families and adolescents from diverse ethnic and income groups.
She worked for 22 years in an outpatient state-run mental health clinic (14 years as clinical supervisor), 3 years at the Capital District Psychiatric Center inpatient Trauma/Young Adult unit, 1 year each at the VA medical center in the Chemical Dependency unit, a children’s residential treatment center, school social work, & administration for office of Children & Family services.
Her areas of expertise include trauma, PTSD, depression, women’s issues, major life transitions, marital/relationship difficulties, chronic mental illness & substance abuse. She uses a combination of cognitive-behavioral, DBT, and motivational interviewing techniques in her therapies.
Lisa diTargian, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 477
Lisa diTargian is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) with over 15 years experience in multiple settings with a variety of populations across the lifespan. She received her MSW from Adelphi University and has multiple post-masters certificates including one in Clinical Ethics from The Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center. Lisa’s areas of interest include children and adolescent behavioral issues, parenting and family issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, couples, and woman’s issues.
Lisa believes that each client is an individual and strives to tailor the treatment to the client, borrowing from multiple treatment modalities, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Family Systems Theory. She is a professional member of both NASW and NACSW, and actively seeks to stay on top of current trends in the mental health field.
Frank Doberman, Ph.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 204
Dr. Frank Doberman is Co-Founder of Karner Psychological Associates (KPA). Established in 1985, KPA is the largest private provider of mental health services in the Capital Region of New York State. In addition to seeing private clients, he provides consultation and training for parents, clinicians, educators, family care agencies and hospitals.
He is also sought after for his expertise in both witness testimony and applying clinical skills for business consultation. He is the author of two parenting books: “How to Build a Happy Family,” a guide for parents who feel they just don’t have enough time, and “Parent Up,” a self-help guide for answers to your daily parenting problems.
Dr. Doberman is a leader in the fields of Clinical Psychology, is a Licensed Psychologist, and is certified in School Psychology and Educational Administration. He is a nationally recognized speaker on topics of family preservation and learning disabilities. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center; where he was the course director for Behavioral Pediatrics. He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at SUNY Albany. Dr. Doberman is Chairman of the New York State Health Department Psychologists Medical Access Review Committee.
Although Dr. Doberman is proud of all the above accomplishments, his greatest joy is in being a father of two and a grandparent of ten.
Marjorie Gang, LCSW-R
East Greenbush Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext 473
Marjorie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) who received her Bachelor’s Degree form New York University and her Master’s Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. She has years of experience in adult psychotherapy, helping people cope with issues of depression, anxiety, aging, bereavement, illness, marital discord, infidelity and divorce. While working at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, she dealt with people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including working with individuals and families with chronic mental illness. Marjorie uses strength-based and solution-focused techniques to help people overcome challenging times in their lives. She is skilled in group therapy as well. Marjorie is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Joseph Germano, LCSW-R
Clifton Park Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 250
Joe has over 18 years of clinical and administrative experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. He has practiced in a variety of mental health settings, including inpatient, residential, partial hospital and outpatient programs. He also has done many clinical presentations, both on a local and national level. His current therapeutic specialties include couples and family therapy and working with adolescents. He has been in practice with Karner Psychological Associates since January 2000.
Elizabeth M. Gilston, LCSW-R
Guilderland & Clifton Park Offices
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 368
Betsy has 15 years of experience providing therapy to couples, adolescents, children, families, and groups. She has post graduate training in solution-focused therapy, thought field therapy and anger management. Betsy is experienced both as a school based social worker and as an outpatient mental health provider. She also has provided clinical supervision for over 6 years.
Barbara Henderer, LCSW-R
East Greenbush Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 253
Barbara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Capital Region for the past 25 years. Barbara has spent 10 of these years in a medical setting. Barbara enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family or couples therapy. Her areas of interest are women’s issues, relationship issues, adolescent and adult depression, and anxiety disorders. Barbara has been in practice with Karner Psychological Associates since March, 1998.
Julie Lloyd, LCSW-R
Clifton Park Office
456-5056 Ext. 425
Julie Lloyd is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 10 years of experience in the mental health field in a variety of settings. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University at Albany, and her Masters degree in Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Julie worked for 8 years for Ellis Hospital, providing individual and group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention services. Julie’s areas of interest and expertise are trauma issues, depression and anxiety in adolescents and adults, grief and loss issues, and relationship issues.
Shirley McMorris, Ph.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 282
Dr. McMorris is a licensed clinical psychologist with almost 20 years experience in psychotherapy. She is also a registered professional nurse and has an extensive background in behavioral medicine, anxiety and depressive disorders, stress management, and bowel disorders.
Dr. McMorris was Associate Director at Four Winds Hospital in Saratoga for many years and has expertise in treating individuals, couples, families, and facilitating groups. She developed an anxiety treatment track for patients needing a cognitive-behavioral focus for treating anxiety disorders; she also was the professional sponsor for many years for the hospital’s annual Anxiety Disorders Screening Day. Dr. McMorris trained at SUNY-Albany’s Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders and did both graduate and post-graduate work at this world-renowned Center. Dr. McMorris has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of topics. Dr. McMorris treats children, adolescents, and adults in her full-time practice at KPA.
Alphonso Mitchum, MSW, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 458
Alphonso is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Welfare. Upon graduating from University at Albany in 2000, Mitchum worked with Albany Citizens Counsel on Alcoholism of Albany County, specializing in counseling to improve the lives of men, women, adolescents, families and children throughout the Capital Region who were in need of healing from alcohol and substance abuse addiction.
In 2001-2009, Mitchum accepted a position at Hudson Valley Community College and the University at Albany as an Adjunct Professor, turning his focus towards teaching students interested in the Social Work field of study. He then went on to work at the Stratton VA Medical Center, where he currently serves as the Inpatient Psych Discharge Planner. At Stratton VA Medical Center, Mitchum is also, responsible for supervising and evaluating University at Albany interns in the Social Welfare master’s program.
After years of valuable experience in the social work field, Alphonso Mitchum has decided to join the team at Karner Psychological Associates private practice. He currently works with adolescents and adults, focusing on a wide range of presenting problems including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, ADD/ADHD and children impacted by divorce.
Mitchum strives to provide a safe and trusting environment for all his clients. When providing therapy, he works with each client to determine goals and to create a customized treatment plan to meet the specific needs of the individual. Mitchum uses both cognitive and behavioral techniques for treatment and provides both short-term and long-term therapy methods.
W. Terrence Mooney, Ph.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 204
Dr. Mooney is a KPA Director and has over 25 years experience helping individuals and families de-stress their lives. Dr. Mooney specializes in Life Coaching and sees clients both in the KPA Guilderland office and via Internet with e-coaching.
“I’ve worked with hundreds of clients over the past 25 years and have found one common denominator in all of them: the need to successfully manage their quality of life experiences.
I work as your coach. I’ll listen to you and treat you with the respect, compassion and understanding while encouraging and motivating you to move forward into the man or woman you desire to be.” – Dr. Mooney
June Morier, LCSW-R
Clifton Park Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 210
June is a NYS Certified Social Worker with over 18 years of experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Skidmore College and her Master’s in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. She later served on the Alumni Practice Committee and the Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee at SUNY for a total of nine years of service.
June is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, holds certification as a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). June provides individual, couples, and family therapy. She specializes in the treatment of trauma with EMDR therapy (e.g. domestic abuse, assault, sexual abuse, natural disasters, automobile traumas, and persons traumatized by witnessing abuse). She uses EMDR therapy to address a variety of other issues and concerns such as anxiety, depression, loss of loved ones, and self-esteem issues. She has presented locally and on the international level on the use of EMDR to treat traumatized children and adults.
Stephen Phelps, Psy.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext 224
Dr. Phelps is both a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist. He is a retired school psychologist after 33 years in public schools and has been a part-time licensed psychologist for KPA for over 20 years. Dr. Phelps specializes in psychological evaluations (ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental issues and behavioral disorders), as well as short-term, individual psychotherapy with children and adults. He brings a practical and low-key approach to his work with families.
Rebecca Rourke, Psy.D.
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 479
Dr. Rourke is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults. She does individual, group, and family therapy as well as psychological assessments. She received her Masters Degree in Counseling at St. Lawrence University and her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Dr. Rourke completed her APA approved internship at the University of Buffalo Counseling Services. She also has clinical experience working in a residential treatment center for youth who experienced complex developmental trauma. Most recently Dr. Rourke ran a private practice in Manchester, Vermont.
Dr. Rourke is a generalist by training and skilled in several therapeutic approaches, but her particular areas of interests include working from a relationship based approach on issues of adolescent development, anxiety, trauma, and parent-child communication.
Janet C. Shorr, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 371
Janet earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. She has worked for 12 years with children, adolescents and families of Albany County in Prevention programs at St. Anne’s Institute, LaSalle School for Boys and Catholic Charities, and Community Maternity Services. In her work with patients, she utilizes an eclectic therapeutic approach to problem solving by using techniques from a variety of therapies such as Family Systems Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, Strengths Based Therapy, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Her areas of interest and experience are adolescent and family issues, depression, grief and loss, anger and stress management and women’s issues. Janet joined KPA in May of 2005.
Christene Smart, LMHC
East Greenbush Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 478
Christene received her BA in Psychology and her MS in Rehabilitation counseling from the Sate University at Albany. Ms. Smart gained much of her clinical experience working on an inpatient psychiatric unit for five years. Christene works with all age groups and draws upon multiple theoretical genres. Ms. Smart possesses a broad knowledge base in metal health counseling including focus in neuropsychology, behavior modification, early intervention, addiction, etc. Ms. Smart chose to focus her studies on the infinite constructs associated with the brain from neuronal function to the means by which neurochemistry affects behavior and mood. Forever curious about the etiology of presenting symptoms, Ms. Smart applies skills and knowledge to assist patients in finding the answers which they already possess. Through her use of therapeutic techniques, Ms. Smart assists individuals in finding their way to empowerment, leading to improved sense of self and well-being.
Lynne C. Stone, MA, Ed M, MSW, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 456
Lynne’s extensive clinical background includes working with diverse mental health, ethnic and income populations – adults, couples, seniors, families, people with disabilities, children, and groups – in day treatment programs, hospital, psychoanalytic institute, community mental health, and private practice settings.
Before joining Karner Psychological Associates, Lynne was owner and managing member of Knosis Counseling and Psychotherapy, LLC in Danbury, CT.
Lynne holds an MSW from New York University and two graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Additionally, she is trained in Analytic Group Psychotherapy by the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health in New York City and is qualified by CPP Inc. to use a personality testing instrument: the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).Lynne specializes in counseling services for addictions, anger management, anxiety disorders, bereavement, co-occurring disorders, creativity issues, depression, divorce and separation, dream work, gay and lesbian issues, life transitions, relational issues, stress management, therapy for artists, trauma and women’s issues.
Laura Tice, LCSW-R
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 451
Laura Tice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has many years of experience providing individual, group and family therapy. She specializes in working with adolescents and their families; trauma issues including sexual abuse; emotion management; and substance abuse issues. She uses a variety of therapeutic techniques including progressive muscle relaxation and stress reduction activities and is also trained in EMDR.Laura is an experienced therapist who works with adults, families, children and adolescents.
Isaiah J Vail ,LMHC
Clifton Park Office
(518) 456-5056 Ext. 476
Isaiah Vail is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 13 years of experience working with a wide population of children, adolescences and young adults; along with their families. He provides treatment to those facing social emotional struggles, adjustments and many disorders that interfere with life function. His work experiences include residential, nonprofit agency and public school settings. This background along with significant work in counseling has allowed him to actively work toward providing professional services without a ‘cookie cutter’ approach. Isaiah views all patients as individuals with individual desires to change.