Meet Our Team

Ashley Walko, LMHC (she/her)
Director

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.

 

Session Rates for Individual Therapy: $125-150
Insurances Accepted: BCBS, Kingston Trust Fund, Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford, and Oscar

Brian Aiken, MHC-LP (he/him)
Clinician

Brian holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. He has recently completed an intensive year of psychodynamic and family systems training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in Manhattan. Through this intensive, Brian has become versed in the principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Attachment Theory, Intergenerational Trauma and frameworks of Neuroscience. Brian utilizes a trauma-informed approach, cultivated through a recent 2-week selective scholarship in Puerto Rico which focused on the relationship between natural disasters and trauma. Uncovering and working through trauma – whether through natural disaster or relational – are central to Brian’s approach to therapeutic progress.

Brian strives to empathetically connect with clients of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, and addresses a range of psychological issues – from mood disorders and trauma to sexual dysfunction, anxiety and substance abuse. He draws upon his clinical training as well as his own life experiences – living abroad and performing in the arts – to create an insight-based, exploratory journey in which he travels alongside each one of his clients. Above all else, Brian seeks to connect with clients in a compassionate, patient and exploratory manner, providing insight and relief for those who seek it.

Brian works with children (ages 10+), teens, young adults, and adults. Areas of focus include family issues, highly sensitive people, mood disorders, existential issues, sexuality, spirituality concerns, life path issues, trauma, anxiety, and artists/creatives.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $90 ($110 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna

Margaret Ali, MHC-LP (she/her)
Clinician

Margaret has a Master’s degree in Community and Counseling Psychology. She holds Certificates of Advanced Studies in School Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, and is also certified in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). With over 20 years’ experience as a school psychologist, Margaret’s specialties include working with children (ages 7 and up), teens, adults, families, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. She looks forward to meeting and working with each client as a support and witness to their unique journey.

Margaret has extensive experience working with children, teens, and families to provide mental health services for a wide variety of issues, including behavioral issues, ADHD, self-esteem, gender identity and sexuality, and relationships within and outside of the family. She uses an eclectic approach to provide individualized treatment to meet the special needs of each client, employing modalities such as CBT, DBT, and Attachment Theory. Although therapy can be hard work, Margaret believes that a sense of playfulness and creativity is an integral part of treatment. Whether it be expressing feelings through conversation, art, physical movement, or simply using the great outdoors as a setting for healing, each client will receive an individualized program designed to help them reach their full potential. Margaret deeply cares that each client has a counseling experience that is unique to them and their particular needs.

Margaret firmly believes in the power of community and strives to work collaboratively with all parties involved in client care. Her familiarity with community resources helps clients and their families receive comprehensive care that addresses the whole person. She can also be a resource for parents with children in Special Education and/or parents pursuing Special Education for their children.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $90 ($110 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna

Soren Beck, MHC-LP (she/her)
Clinician

Soren holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. She works with people of all ages and feels passionate about being able to connect with both children and adults in her practice. Human beings thrive when they are connected in meaningful ways to themselves, others, and their environment. However, children and adults alike are so often told what to do and who to be, that they lose sight of their intrinsic, genuine selves and desires. Soren aims to help her clients achieve this holistic connection through changing or accepting their life circumstances, and expressing themselves in authentic and fulfilling ways throughout. Above all, she values the ability to share in her clients’ worlds and provide them with the warmth, understanding, and safety they deserve. 

Soren understands that counseling is a journey that can be challenging at times, but she also believes it should be enjoyable and something that her clients look forward to in the week. She utilizes child-centered play therapy in her work with children and knows that sharing in the language of play is the key to understanding their inner worlds. Soren is not afraid to invite laughter, creativity, and joy into her sessions with clients of all ages and has found these experiences to be fundamental in building authentic relationships. Welcoming light and dark into therapy helps people appreciate the natural balance of their emotions. 

Soren knows that no one understands her clients better than they do. For this reason, she encourages her clients to be the expert in the room by leading the session in whatever way feels most natural. She will meet them there and help them travel in whatever direction they choose. Each person has the ability to feel whole, valuable, and content in their lives. Soren gives her clients the support and perspective that they need to fulfill this potential.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $110 ($135 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna

Mike Garda, LMHC, C-DBT, NCC (he/him)
Clinician

Mike is a licensed mental health counselor and certified dialectical behavior therapist (DBT) with a background in art therapy and is passionate about working with adolescents and young adults. Mike has recently enrolled in a post-graduate certificate program in Veterinary Social Work and has become a certified animal-assisted intervention specialist. Penny is Mike’s canine co-therapist who is a registered therapy dog with Pet Partners; Penny has been formally trained, evaluated, and insured to assist clients with building healthy attachments, coregulation, and reducing stress levels. In the future, he plans to open an animal rescue that offers therapeutic services for clients and volunteers. Mike’s queer identity has a strong influence on his practice, as he hopes to be the supportive person he wished he had himself growing up. He values the role of therapists as agents for social change and believes in acknowledging and addressing the systemic issues impacting mental health. He is an advocate for the queer community and challenges himself to be a better ally to POC and marginalized communities. 

Mike considers the core of therapy to be the relationship clients form with their therapist and emphasizes collaboration and feedback throughout the therapeutic process. He is here to assist you in identifying goals that feel authentic and tailors his approach to each individual’s needs. Mike embodies a humanistic approach grounded in DBT and incorporates different modalities including creative expression, parts work, motivational interviewing, and CBT.

Mike strongly believes that therapy is much more than sharing trauma and problems, but can also be conversational and an opportunity to share in moments of joy and celebrate successes.

Mike facilitates a weekly DBT skills group as well as a monthly social group for queer young adults. Mike is happy to be launching additional offerings for peer supervision in 2024: queer peer supervision and peer supervision for new counselors. Click here to learn more!


Session Rate for Individual Therapy:
$110 ($135 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, BCBS, United Healthcare, Oxford, and Oscar

Gillian Hammond, LMHC (she/her)
Clinician and Director of Clinical Services

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.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $125 ($150 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford, and Oscar

Whitney Harnen, LMHC (she/her)
Clinician, Outreach Coordinator, and Internship Program Supervisor

Whitney Harnen is a licensed mental health counselor 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.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $125 ($150 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna, United Healthcare, Oxford, and Oscar

Meagan Hutcheon, MHC-LP (she/her)
Clinician

Life is full of challenges, and it’s also filled with moments of joy and humor.  Meagan invites all of these elements into the therapeutic process. Through an authentic, supportive and collaborative relationship, Meagan partners with her clients as they explore their thoughts, feelings, values, and create meaning out of their life experiences. Meagan seeks to support and empower her clients as they navigate life’s challenges, celebrate life’s joys, and gain better awareness of themselves and their place in the world. Above all else, Meagan strives to create a genuine connection with her clients built on a foundation of trust, care, and support. 

Meagan’s approach to therapy is integrative while being rooted in person-centered, existential, relational, and strengths-based principles. Meagan understands that every client is unique, and so she tailors her approach to best suit the individual’s needs and presenting concerns. Meagan strives to practice in a culturally-attuned manner, recognizing and honoring the profound impact that one’s cultural background has on their worldview and life experiences. Meagan encourages her clients to bring all aspects of their identity into the therapeutic journey.

Meagan works with teens (11+) and adults across a wide variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, loneliness, identity conflicts, grief and loss, sex and sexuality, intimacy concerns, family / social conflict, relationship issues, phase of life challenges, career and/or life transitions, and much more. No matter what concern brings you to therapy, Meagan believes every person deserves to feel heard, understood, and supported.

Meagan was born and raised in the Hudson Valley and has spent time living and working in NYC and San Francisco. Meagan cares deeply for the local community and is honored to be able to offer her support and therapy services to fellow community members. Meagan holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Palo Alto University and a BA in Psychology from SUNY Albany.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $90 ($110 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna

Raphaela Kramer, MHC-LP (she/her)
Clinician

Raphaela holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling and is passionate about assisting people find their voice and safe space in the world, especially when dealing with issues such as social justice, inclusion, and diversity. She has studied the histories of various marginalized groups and intersectional identities and strongly believes in the importance of incorporating this into her work. Though her favorite life stages to work with are adolescents and young adults, she supports clients of many ages and stages, starting with 10 years and older.

Raphaela takes an eclectic approach to counseling that is informed by DBT/CBT, humanistic and existential theories, narrative theory, feminist theory, and multicultural awareness. Through utilization of these various approaches, treatment is tailored to each client’s specific needs and circumstances. She is passionate about helping clients with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and working collaboratively to meet the goals of her clients. Each client is a unique individual, and Raphaela strives to enable the expression of an authentic, healing experience in which the client is empowered to create a sense of health, serenity, and inner wisdom.

In addition, Raphaela holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology, and seeks to incorporate the principles and practices of this science, knowing that the most resilient of us do what we can to manage the stressors in our lives, while incorporating practices that elevate a grounded optimism and an internal sense of one’s worth and capacity. Through this work she brings a strength-based approach to treatment, considering the virtues, character strengths and values of the client as important resources in wellbeing and in growth. Clients who meet with Raphaela can expect to feel met where they are with compassion, warmth, and no judgment. Clients will be partners in establishing goals and will help guide the path of treatment while being met with support and insight.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $90 ($110 for intake)
Insurances Accepted: Aetna

Kymberly Kline (she/her)
Graduate Student Counselor

Kymberly is an intern completing her Mental Health Counseling degree at Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked as a teacher, mentor, and community organizer for over 15 years utilizing nonviolent communication (NVC), mentoring skills, and inclusive community facilitation to help youth and adults develop confidence, resilience, and leadership skills. She is committed to creating safe spaces where quiet and marginalized voices can be heard, advocating for individuals from diverse ethnic, religious/spiritual, socioeconomic, ability, and mental health backgrounds. Her experience includes working with neurodivergent individuals; volunteering with a crisis line; mentoring and advocating for immigrants; and working with culturally-diverse groups of children, teens and adults.

Kymberly’s approach is person-centered, honoring each individual’s unique needs and goals. Authentic connection and unconditional positive regard are her foundations for fostering acceptance, growth, and self-actualization. She is committed to helping both youth and adults improve their overall wellbeing, increase their self-awareness, and realize their self-identified goals. She values creativity and playfulness in the counseling process and seeks to accommodate her approach to each client’s natural inclinations. To this end, she utilizes aspects of existential theory, CBT, narrative theory, Adlerian theory, relational-cultural theory, NVC, the internal family systems model, nature-based therapy, and others.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $65 (no insurances accepted)

Daphne O’Leary (she/her)
Graduate Student Counselor

Daphne is a graduate level intern working towards a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree at SUNY New Paltz. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Disaster Studies from SUNY New Paltz. Daphne’s clinical experience is shown by her dedication to learning and growing in this field. Her background includes working as a supervisor at a crisis center as well as working with adults struggling with severe and persistent mental health challenges and substance use disorders. Daphne has worked clinically with children, adolescents and young adults within the foster care system, successfully supporting these clients with challenges such as understanding and managing their emotions, learning how to communicate with their family and friends, managing conflicts within their life, and strengthening their self esteem.

If you are experiencing challenges such as emotional instability, social or familial relationship struggles, anxiety, depression, or undergoing a significant life transition, Daphne will meet you where you are to begin this journey. Her treatment approach includes creating an individualized plan with methods that best support your specific needs throughout this process. Daphne utilizes a variety of approaches, including person-centered therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, multicultural therapy, and other modalities within her clinical work. 

Daphne values curiosity, empathy and understanding when looking at herself, others, and the world around her. She creates a judgment-free space where you can wholeheartedly be yourself. Daphne acknowledges the courage and vulnerability that this process takes, as well as how challenging it can be. She is grateful to hear what you are comfortable sharing with her, in allowing her to listen to your story.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $65 (no insurances accepted)

Sarah Ryan (she/her)
Graduate Student Counselor

Sarah is an intern completing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College. As a former middle school ELA/Literacy teacher, Sarah has several years of experience working with adolescents of various needs, backgrounds, and abilities. Sarah acknowledges that adolescence is a developmental stage that presents great change, challenges, and opportunities. She seeks to guide her young clients throughout this complex stage of life by providing them with the skills they need to better understand themselves and the world they live in.  

Sarah is also eager to work with young adults to help them navigate the bridge from adolescence to adulthood. Specifically, Sarah is passionate about helping her clients navigate issues such as work-life balance, self-discovery, career choice and career change, and relationships.

Sarah favors an existentialist approach to counseling, which allows her to meet her clients where they are, and work collaboratively with the client to develop a therapeutic process that is authentic to the client’s needs and lived experiences. In her personal life, Sarah practices meditation, hiking, and creative writing, which she is eager to incorporate into her counseling practice when appropriate. Sarah also seeks to discover her client’s own strengths and passions to incorporate into her sessions in order to provide a therapeutic process that is engaging and authentic. She hopes to provide a space where her clients can feel empowered to be their most authentic self.

Session Rate for Individual Therapy: $65 (no insurances accepted)

Johanna Thompson (she/her)
Practice Manager

Johanna oversees all administrative functions of the practice. She manages new client inquiries, billing and insurance, communications, payroll and other HR issues, and is an integral part of providing staff support, onboarding new employees, and the creation and development of practice policies and procedures. If you call our intake/main office line, you will most likely speak to Johanna, whose personal goal is to make sure that each person feels supported and comfortable in starting the therapy process at Infinity.

In addition to a long history of holding various administrative roles, Johanna has a background in dance and performing arts, and greatly enjoys creative things such as fiber arts, painting, music, and crafty projects. She has a bachelor of arts degree in dance with a french minor from Alma College in MI.

Let Us Help You

Please call our office at 845-419-3939 or email us: info@infinitymentalhealth.com
For emergencies, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital.

845-419-3939

Fax number: 845-265-8291

15 North Chestnut Street

New Paltz, NY 12561