Bri-Ann Richter-Abitol, MS, LCMHC, LMHC
Counseling Program Director
Bri-Ann is a graduate of Long Island University, C.W. Post's CACREP Certified Master's program in School Counseling with an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated as a member of Chi Sigma Iota, Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society which recognizes high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the field of counseling. She has many years of experience interning and working with children in schools and in a psychiatric inpatient unit. Her proudest and closest to heart experience was training and working under Jeffrey A. Roosa, LCSWR of Roosa Counseling Services, where she served as a Staff Therapist. Bri-Ann saw adults and couples on top of working with Jeff in his successful play therapy program.
Bri-Ann has always held an interest in the counseling field and helping people. Dating back to her childhood, she could be found pretending to have her own practice and clients. During her time as an undergraduate in Psychology at the University at Albany, she was accepted by the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Hotline Program where she helped students cope with emotional, social and other life issues. She strongly believes in the benefits of counseling. Bri-Ann loves to provide individual and group counseling to kids in the play therapy and adolescent counseling program; and she feels lucky to work with an awesome team of counselors! 😊
Bri-Ann’s true passion (besides her two little girls) is anxiety. She says "Anxiety counseling really is our jam! I don’t like that so many people struggle with anxiety, but we believe you got this!" She is committed to helping children, adolescents and adults overcome their anxiety using cognitive behavioral therapy. This theory assumes that faulty thinking patterns cause maladaptive behaviors. She works with her clients to change irrational thoughts and behaviors in order to make progress and reach therapeutic goals. She specializes in anxiety treatment, anger management, improving relationships and coping skills.
Accepting Children & Adolescents for Play Therapy