Our Professionals


Erin M. Ruston | MSEd, LMHC


About Erin

Erin M. Ruston is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New York. Erin is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Suicide Prevention Instructor. Erin received her Masters of Science in Education-Agency Counseling Degree from St. Bonaventure University. She has been in the field for over 15 years and has a wide-array of experience, ranging from agency counseling and counseling preschoolers in the education settings, to crisis management in hospital emergency rooms and jail settings. She also worked in day treatments and residential facilities, for both mentally-ill and developmentally disabled. Erin currently works in an integrated medical office as a Behavioral Health Specialist. She has had her private practice since 2007. Erin’s focus of clinical practice includes Childhood Disorders, Depression, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Sexual Abuse/Trauma, Insomnia and completing DWI Screening and Assessments. She also enjoys working with couples, veteran’s, and families.

Erin also has experience with Career Counseling, such as writing resumes, cover letters, exploring transferable skills, and job searching.

Contact Info

Email eruston@aldencounseling.com

Erin’s Hours



Sarah Fitzgerald | MSEd, LCSW-R


About Sarah

Sarah Fitzgerald, LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field. She has a Master of Social Work from SUNY Buffalo. She has worked in residential treatment facilities and outpatient counseling centers. Her specializations include: couples counseling, conflict resolution, working with individuals who struggle with anxiety, depression, and Bipolar Disorder, Eating Disorders, as well as counseling people who have health problems that create emotional distress, including HIV and AIDS. Sarah also specializes in working with young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, who are dealing with difficult life transitions.

Contact Info

Email sfitzgerald@aldencounseling.com

Sarah’s Hours



Betty Bennett | MSSA, LCSW-R


About Betty

Elizabeth “Betty” Bennett, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience in the mental health field. She has a Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University. Her past 15 years have been spent in an outpatient mental health setting providing individual, couples and group therapy to adults.

Therapy can be provided to encompass a wide range of problems — from chronic thought disorders to loss and life transitions. Emphasis is placed, where appropriate, on solution focused, time efficient therapy. Betty is particularly skilled in using cognitive behavioral approaches to help people dealing with anxiety, depression, grief and loss issues. and relationship difficulties. She is also experienced in personal adjustment training and behavior modification for developmentally disabled adults.

Contact Info

Email bsbennett@aldencounseling.com

Betty’s Hours



Samantha Sessamen | M.S.


About Samantha

Samantha Sessamen, M.S. is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who received her Master’s Degree at the University of Buffalo in 2012. Sam has worked in both agency and private practice settings with a wide range of populations. Sam specializes in children, adolescents, and families. She offers both individual and family sessions and utilizes a strength-based systems approach. This approach assumes all individuals and family members have the resources they need and can access them when provided with the right tools. Sam provides a space for clients to work at their own pace and supports them in finding and strengthening their ideal self.

Contact Info

Email samanthas@aldencounseling.com

Samantha’s Hours