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MEET THE TEAM

 

ANDRE CUDA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (R)

Andre Cuda grew up in upstate New York and went on to attend Ithaca College where he received a Bachelor's degree. Andre then completed a Master's program at the University of New Hampshire where he received his Licensed Master Social Work degree.  

After the completion of his Masters degree, Andre returned home  to help his community and be closer to his family. Andre started Cuda Counseling in 2017 and has continued to expand in order to reach a greater population of clients in need.

"I look forward to working with clients and find the solutions that work for you."

JENNIFER HAND

Office Manager

Jennifer Hand has been the Office Manager at Cuda Counseling since its opening in June of 2017 and has over a decade of outpatient office experience. Jennifer is usually the first contact for our clients and she is personable and knowledgeable. She is also adept at answering insurance and billing questions, which can be a difficult vortex to navigate. Jen always happens to be a wonderful listener with a good sense of humor; she is the machine that keeps the office running.

RENEE COMSTOCK

Licensed Master Social Worker

Renee Comstock is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) who is currently working toward becoming a licensed clinical social worker.  She uses compassion and empathy within her practice and promotes a comfortable, non-judgmental environment to help clients feel supported in their counseling journey.


Renee obtained her undergraduate degree from SUNY Empire State College and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England.  Renee has 6 years of experience working in different settings with culturally diverse populations, including both long-term and brief interventions.  She has worked with refugees in a community health clinic setting, as well as with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in a non-profit organization and private practice.  She is eclectic in her therapy approach tailoring it to the unique needs of each client.  She primarily uses Solution-Focused therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and play therapy. 

NATALIE POWERS

Mental Health Counselor

Natalie R. Powers is a mental health counselor, who is currently working towards earning licensure in mental health counseling. Natalie specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy aiding in the treatment of a number of different psychological disorders which include but are not limited to: ADHD, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, and depression.


Natalie is a graduate of Utica College with a Bachelors degree in Psychology, as well as a graduate of Medaille College with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Natalie has clinical experience in assessment and testing as well as group therapy. Her focus surrounds the treatment of children and adolescents, while implementing prevention strategies for future success.

KIRSTEN BONNELL

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Kirsten Bonnell, LMHC has been practicing mental health counseling since 2011.  She is currently working on becoming a credentialed play therapist through NIRE and specializes in working with children, adolescence and their families.  She also has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with many different types of addiction.  Kirsten utilizes Internal Family Systems, CBT, motivational interviewing and DBT in her treatment approaches which are all evidence based.  

PARIS PEARSON

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Paris L. Pearson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York. Paris obtained her undergraduate degree in Education from Utica College of Syracuse University and is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany with a Masters in Social Work. She has been in the Human Services field her entire career, and practicing as a Social Worker for 7 years serving a diverse population. Paris has extensive knowledge working with children, adolescents and their families. She has experience with diagnostic evaluations, assessments and treatment planning, including brief interventions and long term strategies. She utilizes a various treatment modalities to meet the specific, individual needs of each client; including but not limited to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Solution- Focused Therapy (SFT), and play therapy techniques. Paris’ experience includes treating depression, anxiety, grief and loss struggles, relationship issues and assisting others to acquire the skills needed to resolve social, emotional and behavioral concerns. Paris’ approach is always trauma informed, culturally sensitive and strengths based.

TRACY ZARATE

Licensed Master Social Worker

Tracy is a Licensed Master of Social Worker (LMSW) in the state of New York. Tracy graduated from Stony Brook University with her graduate degree in Social Work. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from St. John's University as well.

Tracy has six years of experience working with children and families providing case management and crisis de-escalation. For the past three years she has worked with the aging population and is comfortable working with all ages.


Tracy considers herself a life-long learner and is continuously seeking to gain more skills and broaden her education. Most recently, she became a Certified Care Manager.

Tracy believes that helping a client achieve their goals happens when given the guidance they need to utilize their strengths and realize their potential. Tracy wants her clients to live fulfilling lives and strives to provide an environment of compassion and support.

SARA BESSETTE

Mental Health Counselor

Sara is a Mental Health Counselor who was formerly a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Texas before moving to New York in November of 2018.  Sara obtained her Master’s from Texas Woman’s University in Counseling and Development after getting her Master’s from the University of Texas at Dallas in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders.  She has been working with children and families for almost 10 years, with a focus on mental health for almost the last two years.  Sara has worked with children, families, couples, adolescents and individuals and has experience working with child abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, anxiety, depression, PTSD, attachment disorders, nonfinite loss and grief (related to disability), children with disabilities - ADHD, Autism spectrum, behavioral disorders, and problematic sexual disorders.  She is trained in Child Centered Play Therapy and Child Parent Relationship Therapy and is working towards her certification as a Registered Play Therapist.  She has also completed the basic training for EMDR and is building her skills in this evidence based approach, along with training in the Gottman method,  Judith Herman’s Trauma and Recovery approach, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and  play-based assessments of developmental delays.  Sara utilizes a trauma-informed integrated approach that addresses the unique individual needs of her clients and is constantly seeking new information and opportunities to help each person reach their goals.