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Practice Owners:

Samuel Rubenzahl, Ph.D.

Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing for children and adolescents, & Forensic Consultation and Assessment

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1997)
B. S., Hamilton College (1992)

 

Samuel Rubenzahl, Ph.D., earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical-Child Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in December 1997. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hamilton College in 1992. He is a New York State licensed psychologist. Dr. Rubenzahl was the Chief Psychologist and Coordinator of Children’s Services at Lewis County Community Mental Health where he has worked from 1997 until he became a partner at RKA in 2009. At RKA his responsibilities include providing individual, family, and group therapy to children and adolescents, and conducting psychological and forensic assessments. He provides the legal and social services community with well-established sexual abuse validation assessments. Dr. Rubenzahl also supervises several clinical staff. His past experience includes working in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health centers, a specialized sexual abuse treatment program for victims and offenders, the Illinois Impact Incarceration Program, and with Head Start programs in Illinois and New York.

 

Professional Associations:

American Psychological Association (APA)

APA’s Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).

 

Thomas Knudsen, Psy.D., ABPP

Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, & Forensic Consultation and Assessment. 

Psy.D. Wheaton College (1999)
B.A. The King’s College (1991)

 

 

Dr. Knudsen is Licensed in New York State as a psychologist.  He is a board certified in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Psychology.  He received his Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College Graduate School (1999) in Wheaton, IL and his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The King’s College in 1991. Dr. Knudsen also trained for a year as a predoctoral intern at Madison State Hospital where he did rotations in Adult, Adolescent, and Substance Abuse Treatment. His areas of specialty include forensic psychological assessment (child custody, parenting capacity, risk assessment, and competency), adult psychological assessments, adult severe and persistent mental illness, object-relations psychotherapy, stress management, and spiritual formation.  Dr. Knudsen is also an adjunct instructor in psychology at the State University of New York (Jefferson). Dr. Knudsen has recently been involved with research into social media, video gaming, and media on socialization, mental health, and stress management.  He has also done research with the MMPI-2 and co-authored a book in 2005 titled, The Clinical Interpretation of the MMPI-2:  A Content Cluster Approach (Erlbaum).  Co-authored with Edward E. Gotts, Ph. D.

 

Professional Associations:

American Psychological Association (APA)

Society for Personality Assessment (SPA)

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA)

Christian Association for Psychology Studies (CAPS)

 

 

Clinical Staff:

Heidi Abbey, LCSW-R

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families

M.S.W., Syracuse University
B.S.W., The College of Saint Paul

 

 

Mrs. Abbey joined the staff at RKA in 2008. Mrs. Abbey’s areas of specialty include providing psychotherapy for ADHD, disruptive behaviors, child abuse/trauma, anger management, depression, anxiety, and attachment disorders (including attachment parenting).  Mrs. Abbey currently provides therapy services in a school based program, allowing children to meet their mental health needs in the comfort of their school.  Prior to her work at RKA, Mrs. Abbey was the Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator and child therapist at the Lewis County Community Mental Health Center in Lowville, NY. She also worked with children in a therapeutic foster care program and with families to prevent foster care placement. Mrs. Abbey is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Amy Adams, LMSW

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families

M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania (2003)
B.S., Ithaca College (2001)

 

 

Ms. Adams joined the staff at RKA in 2011. Ms. Adams’ areas of specialty include providing psychotherapy for child abuse/trauma, depression, anxiety, disruptive behaviors, and also in working with children diagnosed as being on the Autism spectrum. Ms. Adams currently provides psychotherapy to children and families using a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques. Ms. Adams also works as a School Social Worker for the Carthage Central School District and provides individual and group therapy to elementary school students. Ms. Adams also provides consultation to school staff and parents regarding behavioral management strategies for students with disruptive behaviors and emotional challenges. Through her work in the school setting, Ms. Adams has gained knowledge in providing clinical support to military families who are coping with issues of deployment. She has presented at Fort Drum on several occasions regarding the effects of deployment on children and families. Ms. Adams completed her Masters of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in social work from Ithaca College. She has experience from working at the Emergency Department at Samaritan Mental Center. Ms. Adams is a member of the National Associated of Social Workers.

 

Mollie Caterham, MS, LMHC

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families

M.S., Medialle College (2011)
B.A., State University of New York, Empire State College (2007)

 

 

Ms. Mollie Caterham is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing services to adolescents, adults, couples and families. She graduated for Medialle College in 2011 with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. She joined RKA in January 2017. Ms. Caterham is a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).  Prior to her work at RKA, she worked at Credo Community Center for 3 years in their outpatient addiction treatment program providing individual and group therapy. She also worked at Transitional Living Services for 8 years in areas of direct care, treatment coordination, and case management.

 

Michael Hohs, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapy for Adults, adolescents, and families

M.A., Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado (2002).
B.A., Ohio University (1994).

 

Michael Hohs, MA-LMHC earned his Master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, in June, 2002. He achieved a 3.9 cumulative average in the program. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Ohio University in 1994 where he made Dean’s List. He is acknowledged as a New York State licensed mental health counselor. Mr. Hohs did wilderness therapy in Virginia with adolescents, and then worked in Colorado on the Emergency Psychiatric Services team for 3 years doing psychological evaluations with psychiatrists in 5 hospital emergency rooms and inpatient units. He also worked as lead on the suicide hotline there. Mike ended his 8 years working at the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless with the title of Supervisor. He returned as liaison between the Boulder County Mental Health Center and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, creating cooperation between Rape Crisis, Protective Services, the Police, and the Addiction Recovery Center while maintaining a caseload of mental health clients at his office at the Shelter. He held 4 different mental health volunteer positions including working on the team of Friendship House which is based on the Windhorse Model of mental health. He then moved to Watertown and started his own business and raised his family. He has worked locally at Family Counseling Service, Samaritan Medical Center, and the USDA. Most recently, Mr. Hohs has just finished providing individual and group therapy for over 3 years with active duty military personnel with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, at the River Community Wellness Program at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, NY. At RKA, Mr. Hohs provides adult individual, couple’s and family counseling. He works with those who suffer from depression, anxiety, addictions, and spiritual issues.

 

Matthew Kirkwood, MS, LMHC

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families

M.S., State University of New York at Oswego (2006)
B.S., State University of New York at Potsdam (1991)

 

 

Mr. Kirkwood is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor providing services to adolescents, adults, couples and families.  He graduated from the College of Oswego Counseling Services Program with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. He joined RKA in January 2012 and provides services in both the Watertown and Lowville offices.  His specialties include depression, anxiety, Christian counseling, anger management, martial issues, and trauma.  Mr. Kirkwood also is an adjunct instructor at Columbia College teaching various courses in Psychology and Human Services.

 

Heather McManaman, LCSW

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families

M.S.W., Syracuse University (2012)
B.S., State University of New York, Cortland (1999)

 

 

Ms. McManaman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker providing individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2013 with a Masters in Social Work. She joined RKA in November 2016. Ms. McManaman has a certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with specialties including depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, and trauma. Prior to her work at RKA, she worked for 12 years at Transitional Living Services in areas of direct care, case management, and Intake Coordination.  She has also worked in the areas of treatment of sexual trauma and in the emergency department at Samaritan Medical Center.

 

Megan McRae, Psy.D.

Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing for children and adolescents, and & Forensic Consultation and Assessment

Psy.D.,  American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (2011)
B. S., Robert’s Wesleyan College (2005)

 

 

Dr. McRae is a licensed clinical psychologist New York. Dr. McRae provides individual, couple, and family therapy for children, adolescent, and adult clients, as well as conducted psychological assessments to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning for cognitive, academic, and emotional concerns. Dr. McRae trained to provide behavioral specialist consultant services in the Behavioral Rehabilitation Services for children and adolescent clients in the school and home environments. She has had extensive training administering assessments at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and The Women’s Center of Fairfax VA.  She has worked with children and adolescents through the D.C. Superior Court Child Therapy program.  Dr. McRae has also worked in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and is currently training in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

Professional Associations: American Psychological Association.

Tiffany McLallen, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families

M.S., State University of New York, Oswego (2009)
B.S., SUNY Institute of Technology (2003)

 

 

 

Ms. McLallen is a licensed mental health counselor in New York.  She is a 2009 graduate of SUNY Oswego Counseling Services Program with a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling.  She is a Certified Child Centered Play Therapist through the National Institute of Relationship Enhancement in Bethesda, Maryland. She has worked at various social service agencies throughout the North Country, including both community mental health and private practice agencies.  She joined the staff of RKA in January 2012. Tiffany enjoys working with all ages, and has experience assisting people who struggle with behavioral challenges, depression, anxiety, divorce, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (including the Autism Spectrum), trauma, domestic violence, abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), gender dysphoria, LGBTQ issues, as well as change of life issues.  She has significant training in Applied Behavior Analysis, Play Therapy, Sand Therapy as well as Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapies.   In addition to the fundamentals of her training, she has a strong passion in working with a faith based perspective.  Her core belief in treatment planning is to assist others in gaining insight to their feelings and behaviors to maintain behavioral changes that foster personal growth and emotional stability.

 

Jennifer Metzler, LMSW

In home attachment-based services.

M.S.W., Roberts Wesleyan College (2007)
B.S.W., Eastern College (2004)

 

 

 

Jennifer Metzler is a licensed social worker in New York.  She provids In-Home Attachment Parenting services. She graduated from Eastern College with her her Bachelors of Social Work and from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Masters of Social Work. She joined RKA in September of 2015 and works part-time with parents to increase their positive interactions and parenting strategies with children who have attachment or behavioral difficulties. Ms. Metzler is also a foster and adoptive parent.

 

Amanda Sweet, Psy.D.

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Psychological testing.

Psy.D., Alfred University (2013)
B.S., State Univerity of New York at Potsdam (2005)

 

 

 

Dr. Sweet is a Certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist. She provides psychological evaluations for Children and Adults.  She specializes in children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities.  She has both School and clinical experience with preschool students, emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and adolescents, psychological trauma and grief, the dually diagnosed population (comorbid mental health diagnosis and intellectual/developmental disabilities).  Her past research focus has been on the mental health care of military children and quality of pretend play in preschoolers. Dr. Sweet teaches several undergraduate psychology courses with web-enhanced features, including upper division classes.

 

Lee Vance, Psy.D.

Psychotherapy, psychological testing, & Forensic Consultation and Assessment.

Psy.D. Wright Institute (2014)
M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary (2009)
B.A. Messiah College (2004)

 

 

Dr. Lee Vance is a Licensed Psychologist.  He specializes in both clinical and forensic psychology. He is a mindfulness-based clinician and forensic evaluator. He graduated with a Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California and received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute, located in Berkeley, California. His APA internship was completed at King’s County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York. He has particular interest in spirituality, social justice, culture, and the interrelationship between psychology and the legal system. He primarily works with adult individuals, couples, and families. He is eager to see people that feel deeply entrapped in social or psychological pain and attempts to take a non-judgmental approach to every client. 

 

Dr. Vance earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA in June, 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Messiah College in 2004 and his Masters in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009.  Dr. Vance has worked and trained in children’s homes as well as in community mental health, inpatient hospital, and public city hospital settings. He completed his APA-accredited internship at King’s County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Vance is the past-chair of the California Psychological Association of Graduate Students and has published on the topic of relationships and death anxiety.  He has particular clinical interests in existential and spiritual concerns, in addition to addiction, trauma, anxiety and depression.

 
Professional Associations:
American Psychological Association (APA),
APA’s Society of Humanistic Psychology.
 

Elizabeth Wilson, MA, LMHC

    Psychotherapy for Adults, adolescents, and families & Forensic Consultation and Assessment.

M.S., State University of New York, Oswego 

 

 

Ms. Wilson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York State providing services to adolescents, adults,  and families.  She graduated from the College of Oswego Counseling Services Program with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She joined RKA in November 2016 and being in private practice for ten years prior. she provides services in both the Watertown and Lowville offices.  Her specialties include depression, anxiety, sexual abuse and trauma. Mrs. Wilson is adjunct instructor for Columbia college teaching psychology and human services classes.

 

 

Clinical Staff Emeritus

Donald Danser, Ph.D.

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Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, & Forensic Consultation and Assessment.

Ph.D, Virginia Commonwealth University (1980)

 

 

 

Kirsty Macdonald Ruparelia, LMSW

Kirsty-MacDonald

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families

M.S.W., Carleton University (1988)
B.S.W., St. Thomas University (1984)

 

 

Albert Richter, MS, CSP

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Psychotherapy, Psychological Testing, & Forensic Consultation and Assessment.

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Wilkening, MA, LMHC

Sharon-Shumac

Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families

M.A., Marymount University (2003)
B.S., Utica College of Syracuse University (1993)