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.
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 has a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her goal is to ensure that her clients feel safe, comfortable, understood, and supported within a therapeutic environment.
If you are someone who is looking to create and maintain a meaningful life, trying to navigate through life transitions, or experiencing issues such as those related to grief, relationships, or stress, Whitney can offer you guidance and support. She understands pain and distress can feel debilitating, but she also believes in the strength and potential of every individual to overcome when given the appropriate care.
Whitney has experience working with a variety of problems within a diverse population, including young adults, adults, and older adults. She believes it is imperative to provide services that are collaborative and unique to each individual and their experience. 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.
Helena King, LMHC
Helena King is a licensed mental health counselor and licensed behavior analyst with 16 years’ worth of experience working with people diagnosed with various mental health disorders and individuals who are dually diagnosed (both cognitive and emotional issues). She has been providing individual and group sessions in outpatient clinics since 2012 and has provided in-home consultation working with families since 2014.
Ms. King takes a humanistic and person-centered approach with all her clients but works primarily in the therapeutic framework of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). She has extensive experience working with people experiencing transition in their lives, struggling with relationships, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bi-polar disorder, and dually diagnosed populations. She has advanced training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Integrative Psychotherapy, brief and solution focused therapy, risk assessment for forensic populations, and working with people who have experienced trauma as a result of sexual abuse or domestic violence. She also specializes in codependency issues resulting from substance use/abuse within the family environment and insecure attachments early in life.
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, marketing, communications, and general organization for the practice.
Johanna graduated from Alma College with a BA in Dance with a French minor. 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 professional experience has been in the administrative realm, and has included work in office settings, development and donor relations, and property management.
In her free time, Johanna is an avid knitter and tea-drinker and enjoys reading, dancing, yoga, and most of all, spending time with her son.
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.