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OUR CLINICIANS

Learn more about our different areas of specialization and clinical expertise.

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CLINICAL STAFF

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Kimberly Baker, LCSW-R

Kimberly Baker, LCSW-R

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 608

Kimberly Baker is a licensed clinical social worker with over 17 years experience providing counseling services to adolescents, adults and children. She has practiced in both outpatient and intensive outpatient settings providing individual counseling and group therapy services. Kim’s focus is on supporting those managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, and social emotional stressors. Kim received her master’s degree in clinical social work from New York University in 2004. She believes in a client-centered approach to therapy and uses multiple treatment methods to help people reach their goals.

Todd Bater, LCSW

Todd Bater, LCSW

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 612

Todd Bater, LCSW, has provided mental health services in the capital region since graduating from the State University of New York at Albany with his MSW in 2008. He has vast experience in crisis intervention and both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric treatment with children, youth, adults, and couples.

Todd specializes in supporting teens, adults, and couples in achieving their therapeutic goals. His approach to therapy is to allow individuals to explore their presenting problems in a thorough and safe environment, with an emphasis on understanding the context and basis for their decisions and behaviors. Therapy offers a protected space to step away from a crisis or emotionally-charged situation to explore it and identify strategies and skills to keep from being overwhelmed in the future.

Todd grew up in a quiet neighborhood in Western NY, has lived in many communities across the US, and is happy to have settled in the Capital District. When he is not working, you can find him playing music with his band, fishing with friends, or just enjoying life as it comes.

Jacquelyne Bopp, LMHC

Jacquelyne Bopp, LMHC

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext 491

Jackie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in individual, couples and family counseling for all ages. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology at Siena College and then moved out to Massachusetts for a few years where she received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology at William James College.

Jackie has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient and inpatient settings giving her a unique perspective of all levels of care and the ability to meet her clients where they are at. Jackie’s areas of special interest include dual diagnosis, family issues and trauma informed care. Jackie has extensive experience with DBT, CBT and narrative therapy and tends to take a humanistic approach with her clients. Her overall goal is to help clients feel empowered and have the strength to feel present and whole in their own lives.

Donna Brent, Psy.D

Donna Brent, Psy.D

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 618

Donna Brent has been a licensed psychologist for more than 20 years. Her experience includes working as a school psychologist and as a college professor. Dr. Brent has a number of areas of speciality and interest, including treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a broad range of relationship issues, and coping with the challenges of aging. Working in collaboration with clients, therapy focuses on developing practical strategies for changing negative patterns, so that people can lead more satisfying lives. Dr.Brent’s training in mindfulness and meditation are also available to assist people who struggle with anxiety.

Gladys Brusa, LMHC

Gladys Brusa, LMHC

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 610

Gladys Brusa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 24 years experience. She is versed in broad range of patients. Her patients are challenged by anxiety, depression and various other life stressors. She focuses on areas to improve self-esteem and getting past difficult life experiences or traumas. Gladys enjoys collaboratively working with clients to develop strategies that meet their needs.

Krina Cozart, LMHC

Krina Cozart, LMHC

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 611

Krina Cozart is a licensed mental health counselor with over 8 years of experience. Since she can remember, she has always loved to talk and help others! Krina is  fascinated by people’s stories and life experiences and loves to help them solve their problems.

Krina attended the College of Saint Rose where she got her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the College of Saint Rose in 2011. She specializes in addiction and co-occurring disorders including anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders. Throughout her career she has facilitated group therapy on anger management, mindfulness, and trauma. She especially enjoys working with adolescents, adults, and couples. Her counseling style is client-centered and involves Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  “I work to empower my clients to focus on what they can control and to soar with their strengths!”

Katherine Crouch, LCSW-R

Katherine Crouch, LCSW-R

Guilderland Office

(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 the 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 diTargiani, LCSW-R

Lisa diTargiani, LCSW-R

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 477

Lisa diTargiani 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 expertise  include children and adolescent behavioral issues, parenting and family issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, couples, and women’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. (Co-President)

Frank Doberman, Ph.D. (Co-President)

Guilderland Office

(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.

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Elizabeth Donovan, LCSW-R

Elizabeth Donovan, LCSW-R

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 613

Elizabeth Donovan has been helping individuals and families adapt to life’s challenges for over 30 years, and sees adults, couples and families through telehealth. Educated at Cornell University (BS Human Development) and University at Albany School of Social Welfare (MSW), she is an experienced licensed clinical social worker.  She is certified in Cognitive Processing for PTSD, as well as Behavioral Family Therapy. She believes that all humans have strengths that aid in recovery. Self awareness, sustained effort, and developing a roadmap are things that therapy can help with as you face unexpected setbacks. When not working, she might be making pottery, spending time with family, or spending time outdoors.

William Donovan

William Donovan

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 624

William Donovan received his BA in Psychology and his MS in Mental Health Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany. He believes in taking an eclectic approach in therapy, as there is no “one size fits all.” He has also facilitated over 500 groups, with an emphasis on anxiety disorders, substance use, depression, and PTSD. In addition, he has gained significant experience working with adolescents ages 12 and up. “I firmly believe my role should function, among other things, as a source of stability for my clients.” When William is not working, he is engaged in a variety of hobbies which include billiards, reading, and taking care of my aquariums and reptiles.

Joanne Elliott, LMHC

Joanne Elliott, LMHC

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 499

Joanne Elliott, LMHC, CPRP is a licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner with more than 25 years of experience providing direct clinical services to individuals and families. Her scope of experience includes assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health and addiction issues including mood and psychotic disorders; equine-assisted therapy; and trauma recovery.

Elaine Ernst, LMHC

Elaine Ernst, LMHC

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 488

Elaine is a licensed Mental Health counselor with over 20 years of clinical experience treating adults and adolescents with a range of socio-emotional challenges. Elaine is interested in working with clients who present with anxiety, stress, depression, adjustment issues, trauma/PTSD, interpersonal relationship problems, difficulties with emotional regulation or anger management, grief and loss, as well as chronic disabling conditions. She also has an extensive background in the rehabilitation of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Concussion Syndrome. Using an individualized approach to treatment, Elaine integrates cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered and strength based techniques, as well as mindfulness-based stress reduction, and the development of self-care and compassion practices. Her therapy style involves a collaborative, holistic process that assists clients with increasing their emotional management, improving interpersonal skills, while building assertiveness and empowerment to support effective functioning and an enhanced quality of life.

Marjorie Gang, LCSW-R

Marjorie Gang, LCSW-R 

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 473

Marjorie is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R) who received her Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and her Master’s Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work.  She has many years of experience helping people cope with issues of depression, anxiety, aging, bereavement, phase of life issues, illness, marital discord, infidelity and divorce. She has worked in a variety of settings and dealt with people experiencing a wide range of mental health issues, including working with individuals with chronic mental illness.  Marjorie uses cognitive behavioral therapy, strength- based and solution-focused techniques to help people navigate through challenging times in their lives. Her approach helps clients examine negative coping mechanisms and explore more positive ones, which helps each client develop resiliency and create change. She individualizes her treatment plans and goals based upon each client, couple or family’s presenting problem.   She is skilled in group therapy as well, where she creates a trusting and supportive environment for group members. Marjorie is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Joseph Germano, LCSW-R  (Clinical Director)

Joseph Germano, LCSW-R  (Clinical Director)

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 250

Joe has over 30 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

Elizabeth M. Gilston,
LCSW-R

Guilderland & Clifton Park Offices

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 368

Betsey is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from SUNY Geneseo and the University at Albany with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has more than 35 years of experience in the social work field. Her work, before joining Karner Psychological Associates, included working as a caseworker for the Department of Social Services in foster care and child protective services. She has also worked in the private sector as a school based counselor, a family and individual therapist, and has also provided clinical supervision for the clinical staff. She has provided anger management group therapy for both men and women. Betsey has extensive experience and training in trauma treatment, solution focused therapy, family systems therapy, grief work, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Joel Haynes, LMHC

Joel Haynes, LMHC

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 

Joel Haynes, LMHC Bio I received my second master’s degree in community and counseling psychology at Sage Graduate School. My first master’s degree was in Africana studies at Suny Albany. I have over 10 years of experience working with culturally diverse adult populations who had a dual diagnosis. Both degrees have allowed me to not only look at individuals but also their cultural background in order to use it as a form of healing. I’ve treated individuals with addiction, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, psychosis and trauma. My journey in the field of mental health has allowed me the work in many settings which has enabled me with the opportunity to meet, help and guide many individuals that have crossed my path so that I can assist them with their journey to recovery from the pain and trauma of their past and current experiences. I’ve worked in many settings from outpatient clinics to inpatient psychiatric units. I currently specialize in couples therapy, adult individual therapy and trauma. It is my hope to bring couples closer together, help individuals reach their true inner/outer potential in life and to release the pain that so many trauma survivors still harbor in their mind and body.

Sanon Jerome, LCSW

Sanon Jerome, LCSW

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 616

Sanon Jerome attended the University at Albany for his undergraduate and graduate degree.  There, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2002 and a Masters in Social Work in 2006.  He previously worked as a direct care worker with Vanderheyden Hall in Wyantskill and have worked in mental health, inpatient and outpatient for over 14 years. Sanon’s area of expertise is relationships and families.  In his free time, when not attending to the health and happiness of his patients, he enjoys reading science fiction.

Isaiah J Vail, LMHC, M.S.ed

Isaiah J Vail, LMHC, M.S.ed

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 476

Isaiah Vail is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 20 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.

Kathleen Mullaney, LCSW-R

Kathleen Mullaney, LCSW-R

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 487

Kathy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has over 30 years experience working in both public and private schools with students and their families.  Kathy provides therapy services to children with behavioral challenges; children diagnosed with anxiety disorders, ADHD, or autism; and children experiencing emotional upset (divorce, death) in their lives. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology and Counseling from Empire State College and her Master’s Degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University.

Kathy works with children, adolescents, and young adults in individual and family therapy. Her areas of interest are working with children and adolescents who are experiencing situations that interfere with their abilities to function in a positive manner at home, at school and/or in the community. She utilizes both indirect and direct play therapy with children and cognitive behavior therapy in her practice.

Tara Penesso, LCSW-R

Tara Penesso, LCSW-R

Clifton Park Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 605

Tara Nagle Penesso is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) with over 30 years of experience in the field. She graduated with a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University School of Social Work.

Tara has experience working in outpatient settings in the Capital Region, including nonprofit family service agencies and The Center for Disability Service; and in group private practices.

Tara specializes in providing individual and family therapy with people of all ages and concerns, such as struggles with anxiety, depression, loss, relationships, and parenting. She utilizes various treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, within a collaborative and individualized approach.

Julie Strong, LMHC

Julie Strong, LMHC

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 602

Julie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). She is originally from Syracuse, NY and received her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Childhood Education from Le Moyne College. Following that, she received her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at the University at Albany. Prior to working for KPA, Julie provided psychotherapy services at a private practice in Delmar, Upstate Physician Services. Before her work in Delmar, she provided psychotherapy services to many patients and families at Northeast Parent and Child Society’s Schenectady outpatient clinic and has worked as a clinical care manager for a behavioral health insurance company.

Julie enjoys working with a variety of patients , including children, adolescents, young adults, adults, couples and families. Her approach is a collaborative one. While using a variety of treatment modalities, she encourages patients to be active participants in their treatment to gain insight into their presenting concerns, and to improve overall well-being.

Wendy Williams, LMHC & CASAC

Wendy Williams,
LMHC & CASAC

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 493

Wendy Ide Williams works with people across the ages over 10 years, to help strengthen and clarify goals, core values, and the emotions connected. Mindful acceptance and understanding can be achieved within the therapeutic relationship with the use of individual interventions and modalities that are unique for each situation and person. Wendy gratefully receives the stories that make up a history without judgement, tapping into creativity and honesty for healing. With a special interest in family dynamics, trauma, chronic illness and adversity, as well as identity struggles, she tries to guide with a sense of partnership. She works to coordinate care with other providers as needed to maximize all resources that could be part of the clinical plan.

Wendy has 15 years in the field that covers inpatient, outpatient, residential and one on one counseling as well as a background in expressive arts, addictions, and mental health. She has a BFA and and MFA in painting and attended Maria College for nursing, receiving a Masters in Science in Counseling for The College of St. Rose as a second career. She maintained a CASAC for 14 years and has published in The Journal of Complex Trauma.

Lillian Smith, LCSW-R, MPA

Lillian Smith, LCSW-R, MPA

Guilderland Office

(518) 456-5056 Ext. 

Lillian has over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience working with children, adults, and families.  She graduated with a Master of Social Welfare from SUNY Albany then went on to earn a Master of Public Administration as well.  Throughout her many years of running programs, she always strived to combine clinical interventions with concrete services to provide a more holistic experience.

Lillian is well versed in both individual and group therapy.  Her experience includes assessment and treatment of issues related to mental health, addiction, and trauma recovery.  She has also provided clinical supervision for administrative personnel.  Lillian’s approach to treatment is person centered, holistic and eclectic, utilizing various techniques including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, emotional regulation, self-care, and dimensions of wellness to assist patients in eliminating negative self-images, gaining insight, and promoting improvement in overall wellbeing. 

The reality is that we can all agree that change is not easy, and it can be uncomfortable.  However, it is so rewarding when we get beyond the pain and confusion, and we get to experience clarity and growth. One of my favorite sayings is from a song,  “if you get the chance to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!”