Capital EAP Albany New York Amanda Keller

Amanda Keller, LCSW-R, SAP

Amanda received her Bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany in Psychology and her Master’s degree from Adelphi University in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in working with adults and children with developmental disabilities and adults with mental illness. Amanda was the clinical supervisor of a mental health day treatment program, where she was responsible for the direct oversight of all clinical and psychiatric rehabilitation services, as well as the supervision of the clinical staff and student interns. She has several years’ experience in group and individual psychotherapy, with specialties in psychiatric, mood and anxiety disorders, as well as grief and bereavement counseling. Amanda employs a client-centered approach when working with clients, encouraging them to take a very active role in their own wellness and recovery. She uses a wide variety of therapeutic interventions, including cognitive behavioral, dialectical, motivational interviewing and solution focused approaches. Amanda has also taught as an adjunct professor with the University of Albany in the Social Welfare graduate program.

Capital EAP Albany New York Marion White

Marion White, MHC-LP

Marion received her Bachelor’s degree from University at Albany in Psychology with a double minor in Education and Sociology. She received her Master’s degree from University at Albany in Mental Health Counseling. While in school, she participated in a research lab for several years focusing on multiculturalism and the effect of racism on mental health and wellness. Marion has experience working with individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury, Grief and Loss, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Generalized Stress, Interpersonal Relationships, Personality Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Neurological Disorders. Marion specializes in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Adjustment and Rehabilitation Counseling, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Marion is a firm believer in a client’s independent role in their own treatment, and encourages clients to actively use various tools and strategies to live a more fulfilling life.

Capital EAP Albany New York Winell J. Jones

Winell J. Jones, LMSW

Winell J. Jones is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York specializing in the area of chemical dependence. She has over 14 years’ experience in human services, which includes addressing issues related, but not limited to Substance abuse disorders, vocational and educational attainment and change, women’s health, spirituality, individual and community empowerment, cultural concerns, as well building and maintaining healthy relationships , etc.Her educational background includes a Masters Degree in Social Work and a Masters in Africana Studies with a major concentration in African Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. In addition to the above, she is an experienced trainer, with a talent for motivating, inspiring, and captivating her clients by meeting the individual, audience, and participants where they are. Her mission is to appeal to and empower her clients to envision and begin an active journey towards enlightenment, self-fulfillment, and success. Specializations: Substance Abuse Disorders, Spirituality, Family and Relationship issues, early/midlife transitions, cultural issues, solution-focused/goal oriented interventions.

Winell is not currently taking new clients.

Ashley Vazquez, MA

Ashley received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and her Masters from Chapman University in Psychology. She has over 10 years of experience in the human service field, working with adults and children with severe mental health diagnosis, to include depression, anxiety, loss and grief, PTSD/ trauma, and childhood disorders such as ADHD and Autism. Ashley has utilized trauma focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, solution focused therapy, family systems among other modalities to assist clients with coping with stress and the overall healing process. Ashley enjoys assisting people in finding their own sense of autonomy.

Capital EAP Albany New York Brenda Gausby

Brenda Gausby, LMHC

Brenda received her Master’s in Counseling and Community Psychology from the Sage Colleges in Albany. She works within Capital EAP and the Center for Problem Gambling programs of Capital Counseling. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, mindfulness and goal-oriented interventions and she works with adults, adolescents, couples and facilitates therapeutic groups. Brenda blends interventions from cognitive behavioral, solution focused and positive psychology theoretical perspectives and delivers services telephonically and in face-to-face sessions.

Brenda is not currently accepting new clients.

Capital EAP Albany New York Chaina Porter

Chaina Porter, MHC-LP

Chaina holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University at Albany. Chaina’s treatment focus empowers clients to identify and overcome experiences and behaviors that hinder them from living joy-filled lives. Chaina’s approach provides a non-judgmental and compassionate atmosphere in which clients can safely explore and work through conscious and subconscious feelings, thoughts, emotions and beliefs.“I use a variety of treatment approaches based on the needs of the individual client. I view therapy as a collaborative experience. Clients should feel comfortable, hopeful, and truly understood while they work to unpack their obstacles and emotions.” Chaina’s community organization involvement includes YWCA-Greater Capital Region, Habitat for Humanity and Big Brother Big Sisters of America.

Capital EAP Albany New York Kelsey Russell

Kelsey Russell, MHC-LP

Kelsey graduated from the Mental Health Counseling program at the University at Albany. She obtained her bachelors degree in social work at Skidmore College and began her career working with the elderly at the Guilderland Center Nursing Home as a social worker for the rehabilitation wing. Following her work at Guilderland Center Nursing Home, Kelsey began working at HPA/LiveWell as the case manager for their intensive outpatient program for eating disorders.

Currently, Kelsey works as the Case Manager Supervisor and Outreach Coordinator for HPA/LiveWell along with Capital EAP. Kelsey is working towards developing her theoretical background, but enjoys identifying individuals strengths and helping them develop new and healthy coping skills.

Terry McMaster, MLS, LMSW

Terry received his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the State University of NY at Oswego and received his master’s degree from Syracuse University in social work. He studied family systems theory and therapy, worked for several years as a family therapist, and then worked as a psychiatric social worker at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse. Terry then entered the field of chemical dependency treatment when he was employed at Tully Hill Treatment Center in Tully, NY. He worked in the outpatient program, ran the family program, and later coordinated the recreation and leisure program at Tully Hill, teaching yoga, NIA and expressive arts. He has worked for 20 years in the field of addiction, mostly in chemical dependency, often using meditation and art techniques to help clients outside the normal modality of talk therapy.

Terry completed certificates in Creativity Coaching and Creativity Mentoring (expressive arts) in 2002 and 2003 at Glass Lake Studio in Albany. Between 2002 and 2003 he also completed certificates in Clinical Hypnotherapy and Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy from the Wellness Institute, Issaquah, WA. In June 2013 he received his 200 hour certificate in Essential Yoga Teacher Training from Open Sky Yoga Center, Rochester, NY. Terry uses a variety of therapeutic interventions, including CBT, motivational enhancement therapy, expressive arts and solution- focused approaches. Terry has taught classes in “Human Development,” “Child Development” and “Alcohol, Drugs and Society” as an adjunct instructor with the State University of NY at Canton since 2013. Terry works as a counselor for the Center for Problem Gambling at Capital Counseling and for Capital EAP. He is in the process of obtaining his certification as an International Co-Occurring Gambling Specialist (ICOGS).

Jessica Lau, MHC Intern

Jessica is a graduate student in the Mental Health Counseling Master’s program at University at Albany. She received her double bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from University at Albany. As an international student from Malaysia, Jessica is passionate to learn about multicultural and diversity issues, she is then eager to work with individuals from a collection of backgrounds, irrespective of clients’ gender, sexual orientation, religious background, ethnicity, and race. In terms of therapeutic style, Jessica uses an integration of several counseling approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and psychodynamic. Jessica is motivated to work collaboratively with clients during the journey of moving towards recovery or achieving a better self.

Victoria Reid, MHC Intern

Tori is a graduate student at The University at Albany working towards obtaining her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Tori received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2020. Tori plans to further her education in order to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Tori’s therapeutic style encompasses aspects from cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, as well as aspects from a psychodynamic approach. Tori’s goal for her clients is to help them gain self-awareness, self-acceptance, and overall improve their quality of life.