Our Professionals

Erin M. Ruston | MSEd, LMHC

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 almost 20 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.

Email eruston@aldencounseling.com

Elizabeth “Betty” Bennett | LCSW-R

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

Email bsbennett@aldencounseling.com

Kris Sokolofsky | LCSW

Kris has over 20 years experience providing clinical services to individuals (ages 2-100) and families in crisis, coping with life challenges, with mental health diagnoses and with multi-system involvement, including forensics and court.

She has worked in a variety of settings and with a variety of diverse populations including high risk youth, children and families (home and office based), residential settings, prison populations, seriously mentall ill adults, substance use and behavioral addictions and integrated behavioral health within the primary healthcare system.

Kris beleieves in treating the whole person to enhance wellness in all spheres (emotional, familial, physical, spiritual) using a person cenetered approach integrating elements from evidenced based interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Committment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Loretta Felder | LHMC

Loretta Felder is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She earned her Master’s of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Medaille College. For over twelve years, she has worked in the Western New York Mental Health community as a clinical therapist. Loretta has experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings, including hospital outpatient clinics, foster care, residential and pediatric practices. She currently works as an Integrated Behavioral Health Consultant at a Pediatric Office.

Loretta provides consultation to clients and families for life issues and transitions, guidance to parents on behavior management, as well as, counseling for Mood Disorders and Anxiety. Loretta’s approach includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Trauma Informed Care.

Sarah Fitzgerald | MSEd, LCSW-R

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.

Email sfitzgerald@aldencounseling.com
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