Name Specialty Areas

deb_callaghan photo Deborah Callaghan
Staff Therapist

  • Children and families
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress and health
  • Coping skills
Deena Dement
Staff Therapist
  • Adolescents
  • Family therapy
  • Premarital counseling, Couples counseling, Marriage enrichment
  • Emotional management
  • Stress management
  • Grief & Loss
Margaret Hanson
Staff Therapist
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression in the elderly
  • Conflicted couples
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorder
Lois Koston-Chojnacki
Staff Therapist
  • Women in crisis experiencing Anxiety & Depression
  • Severe mental health illnesses such as Schizophrenia
  • Trauma, past and present
  • Use of EMDR to lessen the effects of trauma
stefanie pickens photoStefanie Pickens
Staff Therapist
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pre- and Post-natal issues/adjustment to parenthood
  • Wellness and stress management
  • Relationships and assertive communication
jan_prentice photoJan Prentice
Staff Therapist
  • Anger management
  • Women struggling with relationships
  • Focused problem solving

terry sanders photoTerry Sanders
Staff Therapist

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Empowerment
Mary Sze-tu photoMary Sze-tu
Staff Therapist
  • Individuals and couples
  • Trauma and healing
  • Couples’ relational work
  • Sex and physical intimacy

Betsy Waples, counselor Betsy Waples
Staff Therapist

  • Children, Teens and Families
  • Couples Counseling
  • Coping Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Trauma and healing
  • LGBT Youth and Teens

Annete Blake, counselor Annette Blake
Staff Therapist

  • Help for those who had sexual or physical abuse or neglect or difficult childhoods
  • Relief from depression, anxiety, and emotional pain
  • Adjustment to life transitions such as marriage, parenthood, illness, divorce, grief
  • Support around gender issues, sexual identity, desire issues and sex addiction
  • Couples Counseling, addressing friendship, distancing, infidelity, conflict, communication

Renee Gallagher, counselor Renee Gallagher
Staff Therapist

Jill A. Lloyd, counselor Jill A. Lloyd
Staff Therapist

Bobbie Jo, counselor Bobbie Jo Deuel-Lewis
Staff Therapist

Deborah Callaghan – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W., Marywood University
B.S.W., SUNY Brockport

Deb has worked in Broome County for many years in medical and community settings. Working with children and their families is a particular interest as there are so many issues (individual and global) that impact the family system. Deb loves to learn from the people she has worked with, and hopes to be able to offer insight and coping skills that an individual can use throughout their lifetime.

Deb has joined Samaritan Counseling Center to further her work with children and their families, with the goal to enhance functioning at home, school, and in the community. She believes all individuals have strengths and the ability to succeed, but who also may, at times, need help with issues that challenge their progress.

Deena Dement – Staff Therapist

LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)
M.S. – Oklahoma State University
B.A. – MidAmerica Nazarene University

In 2011, Deena moved to Binghamton from the Kansas City area where she had practiced Marriage and Family Therapy since 2004. Deena has extensive experience working with all ages including children and adolescents. She received post-graduate training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Integrated Treatment of Complex Trauma. Deena specifically chose to study and practice Marriage and Family Therapy because she was drawn to using an approach based on Systems Theory to address individual, couple and family problems. A premise of Systems Theory is that a person’s mental, emotional, and even physical health must be considered in the context of their relationships. Using a systemic approach to therapy, Deena enjoys collaborating with individuals, couples, and families to resolve problems and achieve personal and relational growth.

Deena is an active member of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She enjoys traveling and has lived abroad with her husband. These experiences in other cultures have broadened her perspective and enriched her relationships.

Margaret Hanson – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W., Marywood University
M.A. – The Catholic University of America
B.A. – The College of Saint Rose

Margaret is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. She came to work at the Samaritan Counseling Center after retiring from a position of clinical social worker in in-patient psychiatry at Binghamton General Hospital, a position she held for 23 years. During that time, she has provided mental healthcare services to individuals, couples, families and groups in the greater Binghamton area.

Margaret is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD), a national credential issued to advanced practitioners by the America Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work. BCD re-certification is annual and based on the attainment of specified levels of continuing education, currency of practice, and maintenance of state licensure in good standing.

Lois Koston-Chojnacki – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W., Marywood University
B.A. – Binghamton University

Lois is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State. She joined the Samaritan Counseling Center in February of 2002. Lois has 10 years experience working at Broome County Social Services. She has also worked for Gateway and the United Health Services EAP. She brings her extensive experience working with youth and families. Lois is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which helps with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and other traumas. She is also trained in sexual abuse counseling for children and adults.
Lois is Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Christopher’s Roman Catholic Parish. She enjoys a good mystery book and Sunday dinners with family and friends.

Stefanie Pickens – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W.- Binghamton University
B.S.- Wingate University, North Carolina

Stefanie grew up in the Binghamton area and received her MSW from Binghamton University. She joined the Samaritan Counseling Center in 2015, after working for 8 years in a community mental health setting where she provided mental health services to individuals of all ages, as well as couples, groups, and families. Stefanie has experience using a variety of treatment modalities including CBT, DBT, and ACT. She draws heavily on the concept of mindfulness, the practice of awareness and living in the present moment without judgment. As a lifelong athlete and outdoor enthusiast, she is also very interested in wellness, fitness, and believes in taking a holistic approach to emotional well-being.

As a parent of young children, Stefanie can relate to the challenges inherent during this phase of life. She is interested in helping new parents cope with the myriad of changes (both individually and within the family unit), as well as pre- and post-natal issues. Stefanie enjoys yoga, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.

Jan Prentice – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W., Marywood University
B.A. – Binghamton University

Jan has been a counselor at Samaritan Counseling Center since 1999. She received her Masters of Social Work from Marywood University in 1998. Her work as a counselor centers mainly on marriage and relationship skills and life coping skills. She considers herself a lifelong learner and loves to share her insights with clients. Before coming to counseling she worked as a Chemist in the laboratory at LourdesHospital. Her background in science helps her approach subjects with curiosity and logic. In her view, problems only present interesting challenges to be overcome.
Life experiences that have enriched her personal perspective include marriage, adoption and parenting. Jan believes the process of counseling helps people see their situation more clearly and opens up more possibilities for solutions to problems. Jan also enjoys teaching adults. Her strength is being a lively presenter with an enthusiastic approach. Her engaging style invites participation and reflection on the material being taught so you can take away skills you can use. Her goal when teaching is for her audience to find personal applications of the principles being taught.

Terry Sanders – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Terry is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of New York. He relocated to the Broome County area over 30 years ago, and has worked in the field of social services and mental health services since. He has over 30 years experience working with at risk children, adults, and their families, as well as working with seriously and persistently mentally ill persons, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. He enjoys his work and makes every effort to respect the cultural identities and religious beliefs of the individuals he has the opportunity to work with.

Terry’s speciality is the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and other treatment modalities such as DBT (Dialectic Behavioral Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), to assist individuals in managing their emotional and psychiatric wellbeing, with a special interest in anger management.

Terry enjoys traveling, cooking, playing and watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Mary Sze-tu – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W.- Marywood University, Pennsylvania
B.A.- Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania

Mary Sze-Tu is delighted to return to the Samaritan Counseling Center and offer individual and couples counseling sessions. Her style integrates respect for every person’s wholeness and authenticity with the many aspects of psychotherapy she has encountered in her studies and life-learning; including psychodynamic and self-psychology approaches, dozens of trainings exploring depression, trauma, and anxiety, couples’ relational work, and sex and physical intimacy therapy. Married over twenty-five years and together raising three amazing young people; two daughters and a son, she enjoys traveling with them very much, and other passions such as building with Habitat for Humanity, social swing and ballroom dancing, skiing, and gardening. A beloved terrier demands a hike each day regardless of weather, then supervises some outdoor yoga and meditation. And while living in each moment is essential, she believes none of her moments would be possible without a sense of humor and a sense of faith, available whenever sought intently.

Betsy Waples – Staff Therapist

LCSW – R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W. – Marywood University. Pennsylvania
B.A. – SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York

Lizabeth (Betsy) Waples is thrilled to join the amazing staff at Samaritan Counseling Center. Betsy grew up in the Binghamton area and has remained in the area with her husband of 25 years. Betsy and her husband have 2 adult sons who also live and work in our Broome County Community.

Betsy has been providing services to children, teens, and their families since 1980. First as a caseworker with The Broome County Department of Social Services, Children’s Services Division. In 2001, Betsy began working as a School Social Worker with the Binghamton City School District.

Betsy retired from the Binghamton City School District in June 2016. She joined Samaritan Counseling Center November 2016.

Along with enjoying her work with children, teens, and their families, Betsy has found a new joy meeting and working with couples.
Betsy enjoys gardening in her free time. Betsy takes pride in her family and friends and feels it is important to live each day with a sense of humor and see the positive in everything that life offers.

Annette Blake – Staff Therapist

In holistic practice, we explore how you may become comfortable in your mind, body, spirit, and in connection with others. Together in the therapy room, we work to change the painful stories you experience in your body as you move through the world. Polyvagal Theory is the science of connection, attachment and regulation that informs our work. I have completed the Intensive Training program focusing on the treatment of abuse and trauma through its clinical application. My practice includes work on issues of trauma, illness, depression, anxiety, sexuality and gender. Couples work is included; I’ve practiced the Gottman Method (Level 3) for many years. By summer 2019 I will bring EMDR treatment into the room, to help reduce the toll very painful events have on the body-mind.

I spent sixteen years in solo private practice before joining the Samaritan Counseling Center. As a psychotherapist I have been shaped by my work before private practice. Early on, I worked with disabled children and their parents, then I worked with terminally ill persons and their families in Hospice. At The Family and Children’s Society I worked with elders, supervised a small group of therapists, students, and volunteers, and ran some special projects. I like to focus on strengths. I am a grandmother, a playful, feminist, cis-gendered person. I like to focus on the innate healing qualities and strengths of the person sitting with me.

Renee Gallagher – Staff Therapist

Renee has over 15 years of experience working as an outpatient mental health therapist. She has significant training in attachment,temperament, trauma, addictions and social development related concepts that help to guide her work with clients.

Jill A. Lloyd – Staff Therapist

LCSW – R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
Clinical Supervisor at The Addiction center of Broome County (ACBC)

Jill Lloyd currently supervises a multidisciplinary staff at the Trauma and Addiction Recovery Center, an outpatient clinic of ACBC, located in Endicott, NY. Jill is finishing her master’s degree in social work at University at Buffalo and is currently a student intern at Samaritan Counseling Center. Motivations and aspirations in the field of social work include assisting survivors of trauma utilizing trauma-informed interventions. At both ACBC and Samaritan Counseling Center, Jill has the privilege of utilizing EMDR, Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) to serve clients with trauma histories. Jill also teaches alcohol and substance use and psychology classes at SUNY Broome Community College.

Bobbie Jo Deuel-Lewis – Resident-In-Training

Bobbie is a warm and genuine clinician who focuses first and foremost on meeting each person where they are. She believes as evidence based research has shown, that the therapeutic alliance is the best predictor of successfully achieving your goals, so creating a safe space for you to be open and real is her primary goal. Bobbie uses a holistic approach to evaluating, understanding and intervening with the concerns that brought you to therapy. Together you will explore your strengths, core values, barriers you may face, ways to change the things you can and coping skills to accept things you cannot. Bobbie
uses and teaches Mindfulness practice without judgment as a baseline for therapy and finds this helpful alongside CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Narrative and art therapies. She enjoys working with individuals and couples and specializes in depression, anxiety, emotional regulation and relationship issues.

Bobbie grew up in the Binghamton area. She has 15+ years of experience working with parents with children with special needs, at risk families and other vulnerable persons in Broome County. Opting to further her career, in 2017 she pursued experience in clinical counseling during her MSW graduate work at Binghamton University and provided counseling services to a wide variety of clients at Lourdes Center for Pain & Wellness, the Addiction Center of Broome County, Lourdes Primary Care and an OMH Mental Health clinic.

Bobbie spends as much time outdoors and near the water as possible. She and her husband enjoy visiting nearby lakes and waterfalls, listening to live music and spending time with their 3 young adult children whenever fortunate enough to have everyone in one place.

Bobbie is excited to join Samaritan Counseling Center as an RIT clinician.