A Safe and Compassionate Place to Build Individual Confidence and Develop Healthy Relationships

Jill Weldum

President
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)
NYS Licenced Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Child Centered Play Therapist (CCPT)
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Jill is the president and founder of Alkira Marriage and Family Therapy, P.C., is licensed to practice in New York State, and is also a Certified Child Play Therapist (CCPT). Jill is a clinical member and approved supervisor of AAMFT, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is also a member of AASECT, the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Although having a life-long enjoyment of travel, Jill has lived in Syracuse for most of her life, and has helped clients in Central New York for over 20 years. She has been an approved supervisor of new therapists for over 10 years, and values the excitement and updated educational knowledge and experiences new marriage and family therapists bring to Alkira.

Jill earned her M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. Her work experience includes coordinating the SU Peer Sexuality Program, clinical positions at HelpPeople's Employee Assistance Program and Upstate Medical University's Pediatrics Department, and teaching positions at Syracuse University and SUNY Cortland. From these diverse experiences she has been exposed to every concern imaginable. With these work experiences, she is able to bring non-judgement, compassion, and devotion to her clients.

She is published in two books on family violence and families with disabilities. Jill has presented at national and local conferences, and firmly believes in therapists continuing to educate themselves throughout their careers. In addition to providing educational opportunities to therapists locally on play therapy and other topics, Jill believes in the power of sharing education information in her community. Over the years she has offered workshops to the public on couple relationships, parenting, grief and loss. Jill is one of two LMFTs on the NYS Education Department Ethics Committee for Licensed Mental Health Professionals.

Efrain Agama

Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (M.A.)
NYS Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Spanish Speaking

Efrain earned his Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and is currently completing his doctoral degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Efrain is a licensed, Marriage and Family Therapist who also works at The Brownell Center for Behavioral Health Services serving mostly Spanish speaking individuals, couples, and families.

He utilizes an experiential and structural theoretical framework. He helps clients transform dysfunctional communication styles, increase self-esteem, and establish the appropriate structure and boundaries relationships need. Efrain's extensive experience ranges from working with families, couples and individuals who have experienced severe trauma in their lives to issues related to low self-worth and marginalization.

Dorrie Rose, LMFT

Dorrie Rose, MA LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 27 years of experience working with children and their families. Dorrie is an expert in work with young children experiencing social, family, mental health, and emotional challenges, developmental delays, and spectrum issues. She is able to guide parents in being their child’s best ally through her family based approach. She is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and NYAMFT, and a professional member of the Association of Play Therapy and NYAPT. After completing her clinical training at Syracuse University, Dorrie served as the lead play therapist for Elmcrest Children’s Center’s SPICE Program for 27 years. During her tenure, she has supervised and trained numerous young clinicians and presented at both local and statewide conferences in her specialty area. Dorrie also has extensive knowledge working with teens and couples where communication, self awareness, mental health issues, relationship problems, and social interaction prove to be especially challenging. Dorrie’s approach to therapy is courageous, whole-hearted, gentle, and refreshingly reactive.

Cheryl Hayes

Business Manager

Cheryl is a warm and compassionate and she works with our clients to create a therapeutic relationship built on safety.  She believes in the power of this work and how therapy can transform lives. Cheryl will work with you, hear and understand your story, as a place to begin to work toward healing.

Cassandre Miller, MA, LP MFT

Cassandre Miller earned her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. Her experience is strong with adolescents, LGBTQ folks, anxiety concerns, and intimacy issues in couples and families. She is passionate about experiential therapy, in addition to play with all ages and narrative therapies. Cassandre works collaboratively with clients to create a safe growing environment, where she is able to balance empathy with insight. She seeks to lessen feelings of blame and shame in relationships, looking beyond the problem to help people see their best selves. She believes that change happens through expanding understanding, accepting complexities, and ultimately experiencing oneself and others differently.

Kevin Lewis, MA, LP MFT

Kevin is completing his masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University. He has experience working with individuals, couples, and families.  Kevin is passionate about helping adolescents and their families that struggle with launching, limits, depression, anxiety and grief.

Kevin has extensive experience with spiritual issues and can integrate Christian principles into therapy for those who desire a religious perspective.

Brianna Mason, MA, LP MFT

Pre-clinical fellow AAMFT
Syracuse University

Brianna earned her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Her experience includes working with clients experiencing LGBTQ issues, transitioning for transgender folks, anxiety, depression, anger, and intimacy issues. Brianna provides safe space and holistic care, and is warm and caring in the therapy room. Brianna considers our family systems and multigenerational patterns foundational in treatment, and uses client/therapist collaboration to reach identified goals.

Kristin Ressel, SU Intern

Kristin Ressel is completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. She has experience working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with a variety of difficult situations. She works collaboratively with her clients to create a comforting space for positive growth. Kristin uses an integrated approach to therapy, incorporating narrative and experiential approaches. She is pursuing a certificate of advanced study in trauma and training in non-directive play therapy for children ages 3-10. Her experience also includes working with LGBT+ clients and their families and transgender folks at various stages throughout the process of their transitions.

Meghan Osterbauer

Meghan Osterbauer is completing her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. She has experience working with survivors of trauma, LGBT+ individuals and their families, and transgender folks throughout the process of their transition. She is working toward a certificate of advanced study in trauma. Meghan works to create a safe therapeutic space through genuineness and collaboration with her clients. She uses an integrative approach including on experiential and emotion focused therapies. She works with individuals, couples, and families.