Staff

Name Specialty Areas

deb_callaghan photo Deborah Callaghan
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist

  • Children and families
  • Grief and loss
  • Stress and health
  • Coping skills
Theresa Dearie
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist
  • Children
  • Teens
  • Grief & Loss
Deena Dement
LMFT
Staff Therapist
  • Adolescents
  • Family therapy
  • Premarital counseling, Couples counseling, Marriage enrichment
  • Emotional management
  • Stress management
  • Grief & Loss
Margaret Hanson
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression in the elderly
  • Conflicted couples
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorder
Lois Koston-Chojnacki
LCSW-R
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
jan_prentice photoJan Prentice
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist
  • Anger management
  • Women struggling with relationships
  • Focused problem solving
stefanie pickens photoStefanie Pickens
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Relationships and assertive communication
  • Wellness and stress management
Mary Sze-tu photoMary Sze-tu
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist
  • Individuals and couples
  • Trauma and healing
  • Couples’ relational work
  • Sex and physical intimacy

terry sanders photoTerry Sanders
LCSW-R
Staff Therapist

  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management and Relaxation
  • Trauma Recovery
  • Empowerment

Betsy Waples, counselor Betsy Waples
LCSW-R
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

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.

Theresa Dearie – Staff Therapist

LCSW-R (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
M.S.W., Marywood University
MASS – Binghamton University, Human Services

A graduate of Marywood University, Theresa has over twenty years of experience working with children and adolescents. She has worked with youth in crisis and autistic and brain-injured youth at the Children’s Unit at Binghamton University. She worked for many years at the Crisis Center at Binghamton General Hospital.

A life-long resident of this area, she believes children are resilient and constantly teach all of us about hope, forgiveness and love. She looks forward to working with youth and their families who are dealing with many of life’s issues and burdens, joys and grief. Theresa believes that hope is a constantly renewing gift that should be shared.

Theresa loves to travel and tries to attend several car races annually with her favorite being the Daytona 500. She shares her home with two dogs and three cats who help keep life interesting! She also likes to write and has published several poems.

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.

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.

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. For the past 8 years, she has provided mental health services to individuals, couples, groups, and families of all ages in Chenango County as part of a multidisciplinary team. She has worked extensively with children and families, as well as collaborated with school and community providers.

Stefanie has learned and used principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT); one of the main tenets of DBT is 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 the mind-body-spirit connection. She believes in taking a holistic approach to emotional well-being. Stefanie enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and two dogs.

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.

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.

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.

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