Meet Our Team
Ashley Walko, LMHC, Practice Owner
Ashley primarily works with teenagers, young adults and middle-aged adults through a psychoanalytic, relational framework. She infuses her background in inpatient behavioral health, school-based mental health, and experience educating at the collegiate level into her clinical work. Ashley appreciates the impact that childhood and family dynamics have had on the development of presenting problems. She helps her clients gain greater insight, acceptance and then forgiveness for the people and situations that have hurt them. She collaborates with clients to identify relational and behavioral patterns through gentle, non-directive exploration.
In the beginning of treatment, trust building is of the utmost importance, assessment is prioritized, and goal setting is implemented. Throughout the course of treatment, clients utilize the therapy space by delving deeper within themselves to get to the root of the issues they’ve been experiencing. By doing so, healthier and more adaptive approaches to life become apparent. Ashley meets her clients wherever they are in their development and helps bring them closer towards greater awareness of themselves and their core values.
Ariel Bailey, MHC-LP
Ariel Bailey holds a masters degree in mental health counseling. His experience in education – working for over a decade as a high school teacher and a school counselor in both Israel and New York – led him into the field of mental health. Drawing on his experience with teens and their families, Ariel strives to cultivate trust and comfort with his clients and works to understand their story as they see it. In doing so, Ariel helps his clients explore their feelings, perspectives, and habits, and create narratives that would work better for them in the context of their family, school and work lives. Ariel walks beside his clients as a companion, mentor, and witness, helping them to discover themselves in the best way possible, through their challenges and successes.
Ariel works with teens, young adults, couples, parents, families, older adults, and veterans. He advocates for more compassion and less judgment towards oneself while focusing on current life situations. He utilizes Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness in his work with clients, customizing his approach to fit the unique needs of the individual.
Gillian Hammond, LMHC
Gillian is a licensed mental health counselor and holds an advanced certificate in trauma and disaster mental health. Her goal is to create an empathic, collaborative, and reflective space where clients can feel comfortable, heard, and safe. She is invested in recognizing each person’s individuality and intersecting identities while supporting clients in developing deeper insight through exploration of their experiences.
Gillian’s approach is eclectic, depending on individual needs. She typically emphasizes humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based techniques. From a trauma-informed framework, she supports clients in building a sense of empowerment, enhancing self-awareness, encouraging personal growth, and identifying ways to create sustainable changes in their lives.
Gillian is committed to working with adults and young adults who are seeking support related to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, women’s issues, life transitions, communication issues, career development, grief and loss, trauma, and relationship difficulties. She is dedicated to supporting individuals in the LGBTQ+ community and students in higher education.
Whitney Harnen, MHC-LP
Whitney Harnen holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and works predominantly with adults ages 18 and older. Whitney is invested in ensuring that her clients feel safe, comfortable, understood, and supported within a therapeutic environment. In her work, she utilizes a mix of evidence-based frameworks including cognitive-behavioral therapy and psychoanalytic therapy. She believes in connecting with clients on a human level through conversational sessions, while also maintaining professionalism. Ultimately, Whitney treats each client as a unique individual and works collaboratively with her clients to guide treatment, as she believes it is essential for clients to see that they are the expert of their own experience.
Whitney can offer you guidance and support through many life challenges, including creating and maintaining a meaningful life, navigating through life transitions, or processing and growing acceptance for issues such as grief, relationships, finances, or other life stressors. She understands that pain and distress can feel debilitating, but believes in the strength and potential of every individual to overcome when given the appropriate care and support. The experience of emotional hurt or psychological distress does not mean that you are broken or have failed. Whitney works with clients to help them create a new understanding of their life experiences, which she believes can be key to transformation. Whitney strives to provide a space where people can exercise autonomy, feel empowered, and talk freely with no judgment while working towards specific goals for an optimal lifestyle.
Jessica Joy, MHC-LP
Jessica Joy has a Master’s degree in Psychology, Counseling Specialization. Her clients usually grew up feeling somehow different from the rest of the flock and are now learning how to find and love their selves, to repair and grow relationships with their selves and other people in their lives, and to work on healthy coping mechanisms for anxiety and depression in this wild world.
A major focus of Jessica’s work is Complex Relational Trauma – the trauma that can result from abuse or neglect in childhood, repeated abusive relationships as an adult, or the insidious trauma that many marginalized people experience daily. She has specific experience and training working with LGBTQIA clients and is gender, sexuality, and multiculturally affirming.
Jessica serves adults of all ages (18+) with Person-Centered Trauma-Informed care, often using Expressive Arts, Internal Family Systems, and Family Systems Theory in her work. It is an honor for her to hold a safe, collaborative space for her clients’ life stories and processes of meaningful change.
Liz Rogers, LMHC
Liz believes that the therapeutic relationship itself is the key to transformation and growth. She works with children, adolescents and adults, using Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness, and Expressive Arts Therapy, addressing a wide and diverse terrain of experiences and issues.
Therapy with children takes place in the context of play. Liz invites children to express their experiences through drawing, painting, clay work and sand-tray. These modalities help support children as they navigate stages of development, changes to family structure such as separation and divorce and a range of emotions and behaviors.
Liz’s work with adolescents is based on dialogue but supported by Expressive Art Therapy including sand tray. In sand tray, the adolescent can choose objects that symbolize and reveal themes such as, family dynamics, social issues at school as well as inner states including anxiety and depression.
In Liz’s work with adults, relationship conflicts, substance use, grief and loss, 12-step recovery and life pursuits are some of the themes addressed through a combination of traditional talk therapy, mindfulness, and sometimes Expressive Arts Therapy. Family of origin is often explored to understand how early relationships have impacted present life behaviors. Identifying and encouraging individual strengths are also key to supporting positive change.
Chrystal Rubang, MHC- LP
Chrystal Rubang is a Mental Health Counselor with over 11 years of experience working within the field of mental health. A majority of her background includes counseling children, adolescents and their families. Chrystal is well versed in topics including but not limited to trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Family Conflict and Behavioral Disorders. Chrystal utilizes an evidenced-based framework including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, Exposure, Education, and Play therapy. She is also a Certified
Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, which deepens her understanding of both medical and holistic approaches.
Chrystal operates under the belief that everyone has a unique journey and she wants to understand the world through her clients’ perspective. She thinks that building a strong therapeutic rapport is the number one agent for change. Chrystal provides an open and non-judgmental space where clients can relax and feel comfortable. Her role is to advocate, support, and encourage individuals to tell their story. She encourages individuals to find their own voice and define their own happiness by helping them go deeper.
Chrystal sees the strengths in all her clients even when they cannot see it in themselves. She isn’t afraid to use humor and she knows how to encourage creativity with clients where it is appropriate. Chrystal helps her clients find hope, meaning and deepening peace within themselves. Even through adversity, she believes that when the client is ready, positive transformation is possible.
Johanna Thompson, Administrative Assistant & Intake Coordinator
Johanna’s role at Infinity is to help keep things running smoothly behind-the-scenes. She assists with intakes, billing, marketing, communications, and general administration of the practice. If you call the intake/general line you will most likely speak with Johanna, whose goal is to make sure that each client feels supported and comfortable in starting the therapy process.
Johanna has a bachelor of arts degree in dance with a french minor from Alma College in MI. Her dance training instilled in her discipline, attention to detail, creative problem solving skills, and a sense of joy. She has years of experience as a performing artist and dance instructor. More recently, her career has led to a focus on administrative work in humanitarian organizations, where she can use her skills for the higher purpose of serving others.
Salvatore Caravella, Intern
Our intern, Salvatore (“Sal”), is a SUNY New Paltz graduate student currently working towards his degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, with a focus on peer crisis counseling. His role at Infinity involves supporting the administration of our Infinity Presents series as well as assisting with outreach and marketing for the practice. Through working at Infinity, Sal is gaining experience and knowledge about the mental health field as he works towards his degree. He is always willing and eager to lend a helping hand.