About Us - Who We Are...
We are a group practice of therapists in North Syracuse who are systemically and relationally trained Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and MFTs in training, working with individuals and couples that come to us because of our wide variety of skill sets and expertise. As therapists, we have great insight and knowledge about the field we work with along with other backgrounds that allow us to have other perspectives important to the clients and the community that we serve.
Our clinical work is founded on a belief in the healing potential of the therapeutic relationship and the importance of providing a safe environment for all of our clients. This foundation supports all of the work we do: with clients, as well as our own community.
We strive to encourage ourselves as therapists to have an unique voice and we grow through our authentic peer supervision, interaction, and mutual support. Our therapists are dedicated to deepening their relationships to self and to the work they provide with their clients.
Supervisor & Clinician
B.A. / M.A. / LMFT
SUNY Empire State College Professor
Hello! I’m Sara Farmer and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Central New York and the President and Clinical Supervisor of Aisling Marriage and Family Therapy, PLLC. I am also employed at SUNY Empire State College.
I graduated from Syracuse University with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy. There I began working with couples and individuals to restore their connections with themselves and their loved ones. I also gained a great deal of insight by working with couples and Veterans at the Vet Center. Finally, I started my work with the Transgender community and co-published an article to help assess for hormone therapy.
My theoretical approach is an integration of systematic, strategic, and narrative theories. I understand that therapy is a relational endeavor meant to offer people a place to come to know their inner lives and transform their relationships. Today, I am thrilled to be doing what I’m most passionate about – helping people to improve, understand, and enhance intimacy and desire. Exploring and discovering your sexual self can be accomplished with yourself and/or your partner.
Types of concerns Sara primarily works with: Anxiety/Depression, Couples, Sexual/Intimacy Issues, & Transgender individuals and their families.
B.A. / M.A. / M.S. /PLMFT
I am Jessica Braun and I am currently working towards my licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy and also have a Master of Science in Teaching with a concentration in Health Education. I have experience working with families, couples, individuals, adults, adolescents and children that are struggling with communication, self-esteem, depression, anxiety or relationships.
I work from a systemic approach providing insight to multigenerational patterns that are influencing present issues, concerns and behaviors. One of my strengths is that I have the ability to meet each client's unique needs by developing a personal understanding of each of them and assist them in the exploration of self within their system.
I have a passion working with couples that are preparing for marriage as well as law enforcement and military individuals, couples and families, as they all have unique stories, journeys and challenges.
Types of concerns Jessica primarily works with: Pre-Maritial Counseling, Couples, anxiety/depression, military/law enforcement (individuals, couples, & families).
B.A. / M.A. / Human Services - Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
I am Cathy Alston and I am currently completing my practicum clinical hours for my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have experience working with families, couples, individuals dealing with communication, emotional intimacy, grief, anxiety, interpersonal issues.
I am trained from a systemic perspective and believe that often times people feel stuck because they think they have no choices. Accordingly. one of my strengths is to map out possible choices with clients and encourage them to be the author of their own life. My academic background in human services also allows me to be able to examine and uncover one's underlying assumptions, feelings, and emotions.
I am passionate about working with the youth, couples, and families. I consider my work as a therapist as something I was called to do. I want to help people tap into their inner strengths to overcome their most difficult struggles.
Types of concerns Cathy primarily works with: Anxiety/Depression, , children/youth, Individuals, Families, Couples, addictions, and spirituality.
Sara Farmer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in good standing with New York and a Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists. Supervision includes but is not limited to case consultation of the assessment and diagnosis of presenting problems, development and implementation of treatment plans, and the evaluation of the course of treatment. Contact us for more information on Clinical Supervision.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) publishes Standards of Care (SOC) which recommend a mental health evaluation for those starting cross-sex hormonal therapy, and an approach to transition that includes living in the preferred gender role, hormonal therapy, and later, surgery if desired, with mental health assessments for hormonal and surgical therapy, and psychotherapy if deemed necessary by the mental health provider. Trained with years of experience, our caring and compassionate therapists provide this assessment along with support during the whole transition process.