MEET THE TEAM
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 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.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Renee Comstock is 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 several 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.
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.
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.
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 over 10 years, with a focus on mental health since 2016. 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.
Robert VanMeter has over 30 yr. of experience as a psychotherapist. He works with a wide variety of clients and is a highly skilled clinician. He practices in our Rome location and is also available via telehealth.