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 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.
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 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 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 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 completed 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.