Mental Health Counseling

We are beyond excited to welcome our Licensed Clinical and Mental Health Counselors to the Institute! This is such an amazing opportunity and resource for our community.

Christopher Thomas LCSW, Jamie Castellano- Gates LCSW and Christopher Bruzee, LMHC are personable and astute professionals who are here for you.

✅ Whether you are coping with situations without the use of medication and need to talk to someone 

✅ Maybe you’d like to end self sabotaging behavior that affects your ability to be your best version

✅ Maybe you have a desire to experience a deeper connection and fulfillment with personal relationships

✅ Needing some guidance in redirection of your life goals.

From Left to Right: Jamie Castellano- Gates LCSW; Christopher Thomas, LCSW; and Christopher Bruzee, LMHC
Chris Thomas is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 20 years of counseling experience with diverse populations. He got his Masters of Social Work in 2016 from Greater Rochester Collaborative School of Social Work and his Master of Science in Criminal Justice in 1996 from University of Cincinnati. Prior to this he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1995 from SUNY Geneseo. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor, Master Level (CASAC-M). He specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, alcoholism/addiction, men’s issues, anger management and relationship discord. Chris is a very person-centered, strength-based clinician who is solution-focused. His holistic approach is aimed at helping his patients reach their full potential. He is trauma informed and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Task Centered approaches and interventions. He works with ages 18 and up. His Services includes but not limited to Intake/Assessment & Individual Therapy Sessions He is now accepting new patients at the Kabari Wellness Institute. Please contact Chris Thomas at 315-904-1207 or email Afterhourscs81@gmail.com to make an appointment or for more information! Also visit the website at https://afterhourscounseling.wixsite.com/afterhourscs Payment: Cash, Credit, or Debit accepted.

Jamie Castellano- Gates is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience in counseling diverse populations. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2010 from Nazareth and Brockport. Prior to which she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology/Human Development and Spanish from SUNY Oswego in 2006.

She has experiences in working with children and adolescents as she was previously a preschool teacher and 1:1 aide for a high school student with autism. These positions taught her the importance of incorporating flexibility and creativity to every session to better address oncoming barriers.

Her specialties include working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse and various addictions. Therapeutic interventions and approaches include cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), therapeutic journaling, narrative therapy and trauma informed.

Presently, she supervises the outpatient addiction services and additionally provide therapy to those struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety. She has learned so much from clients to really be able to empathize with whatever struggles they are facing and how to provide unconditional support and encouragement in a non-judgmental setting. She creates foundations that are a safe and comforting environment so that together strategies can be worked on. Therefore allowing one to cope with and address the root causes of difficulties in building meaningful social connections.

Jamie believes, “Adversity is an opportunity for growth and prosperity. Your unique experiences have led you to begin this endeavor and through such hardship I believe we can uncover strengths and skills to develop your inner-power and reach your full potential. Overcoming challenges with a strength base, person-centered approach tailored to your specific needs will guide us to finding the solutions and peace you are searching for. I am so pleased and excited to begin this journey with you.”

Her techniques are versatile and she is able to make therapy sessions exactly the way the patient expects. She is currently accepting new clients.

Please contact Jamie Castellano- Gates LCSW at (315)-690-3060 or jamielcastella@yahoo.com

Visit her website at https://afterhourscounseling.wixsite.com/afterhourscs for more information as well.

Christopher Bruzee has been in the field of Psychology for sixteen years with a concentration in Licensed Mental Health Counseling for the past six years. He was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from Medaille College, and his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005, likewise from Medaille College.

He has significant experience working with those who struggle through anxiety, depression, anger management, difficulty coping, difficulty with self-esteem, men’s issues, antisocial personality, disorder, and issues related to being in the field of first responders. He offers counseling services in a welcoming, confidential, judgement free, insightful space.

Currently, Christopher oversees programs that respond to urgent mental health and substance abuse issues. Prior to this current position, He worked as part of a County Jail Forensic Team. He has a wealth of experience in the field of Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergencies, and Drug Prevention Counseling.

Christopher works with age groups eighteen and older. Services currently provided are assessments and individual therapy. His therapeutic style, is a person-centered, strength-based approach and apply integrative therapeutic strategies to best suit the unique, individual needs of each client.

Christopher readily engages with any subject matter brought up and include stories as well as humor when appropriate. He will foster the experiential, personal growth that one looks for when deciding to attend counseling.

In Christopher’s words, “Welcome! You are taking a positive step towards your journey through life. I am an active participant in this journey with you and will assist you in navigating through the turmoil as well as any adversity you may face in your voyage. I look forward to meeting with you!“

He can be contacted at 315-274-1013 to schedule appointments. Now accepting new clients at Kabari Wellness Institute. He does not accept insurance at this time, but will work with you to make your care affordable!