Nancy Avery, LMHC — President
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Nancy R. Avery earned her master’s degree in Community Counseling from Scranton University. She has been a National Certified Counselor since 2008. She obtained her New York State licensure in 2011. She most recently obtained certification as an Employee Assistance Specialist-Clinical in 2014.
Prior to obtaining her Master of Science, Nancy served her community working and volunteering in the human service field in a variety of capacities. The first 10 years of Nancy’s career focused on working with children and families dealing with abuse, neglect, severe emotional disturbance, and delinquent behavior to prevent out of home placement. She provided intensive in-home and community services for families in Broome County working with a range of agencies, providers, services, and schools. She has held positions at Catholic Charities, Youth Advocate Program, Northern Tier Counseling, Family Enrichment Network, and UHS.
Nancy currently specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and has extensive background, training, and experience working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She currently practices individual and limited family therapy at her private practice, Elemental Counseling, in Johnson City, which she opened in 2011. She has also held a temporary position at Binghamton University in the Counseling Center as a Senior Counselor providing psychotherapy to University students since 2012.
Nancy has been facilitating groups, involved in community education, administration, outcomes, program development, and providing crisis intervention and management since her career began, and in every job she has secured. She has worked with males and females ranging from 3 years old to 70 years old.
Nancy looks forward to utilizing her skills and experience to create a treatment modality and resource network that fills the long over-looked needs of this client population.
Amy Levy — Founder
Amy is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. As she struggled through the healing process, she realized that there is a tremendous need for services to help survivors in our area. Now that she has progressed far enough in her healing to help others, she is moving forward with her dream of opening the Healing House. Amy is a lifetime resident of Broome County and has raised two daughters.
Deborah Kane — Vice President
Deborah Kane received her MS in Educational Counseling from SUNY Oneonta (1994), and her BA in Social Science from Binghamton University (1991), with a focus on human development, psychology, and women’s studies. Debbie has worked in the mental health field for almost two decades. She has worked for the Department of Social Services, Children’s Home of Wyoming Conference, Catholic Charities, and Vestal School District. Debbie worked as an Intensive Case Manager for Hutchings Psychiatric Center for seven years. Debbie currently works in the social work field for The Greater Binghamton Health Center. She is regular contributor to The Greater Binghamton Health Center’s newsletter “Together We Heal.” Her articles have helped many survivors feel safe enough to share their stories with her and seek out the therapeutic supports they need to begin healing.
As an adult survivor herself, Debbie knows first-hand how difficult healing was, especially because the subject was so unnerving for many professionals. There was very little understanding of the ripple effects for this crime “that is too cruel for mind and memory to manage” (Gloria Steinem). She knows that finding the words that she needed to understand the void that childhood sexual abuse left within her took years to articulate. She is passionate about bringing awareness about the role that mental health stigmas play in when someone is trying to recover.
Debbie is a strong advocate and educator and her mission is to help survivors find their words to tell their story in a way that is most helpful to them. She knows that healing requires a lot of personal investment from the adult survivor and that recovery is hard work. Her journey to recovery was done in silence and it was a very lonely place to be. She believes that, as a community, we can work together to create and environment that support this healing and is excited about working with Healing House.
John A. Davidson, LCSW-R — Director, Clinical Services
As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, I believe I understand some of the complexities faced daily by an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse (ASCSA). As a practicing clinician, I understand the complexities faced by trauma-based patients. I’ve seen an increase in treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
The Healing House is an opportunity to share in the creation and delivery of needed services that are targeting a population which “stands alone” uniquely with its trauma-based characteristics. My experience has been in many areas such as Addictions and Recovery, Geriatric Psychological Services, Children and Family Services, and many community-based programs.
Increasing numbers of survivors are seeking treatment and are searching for an appropriate healing process for them in our community. As many other practitioners and clinicians will attest, adult survivors are actively seeking individualized and group treatment.
The Healing House’s services will add validity, reduce the prevalence of stigma oriented ideas, represent a voice for the survivors, and essentially add a valuable link to the chain of care which exists in our community.
It is with gratitude and with great anticipation that I serve the Healing House and its mission to adult survivors and the community at large.
Christina Cramer — Secretary
With past experience in local activism, graphic design, and administrative functions, Christina acts as the secretary for the Board and the Communications chair for the organization. Christina earned her Bachelors in religion and organizational leadership from Davis College and is currently finishing her Masters of Public Administration at Binghamton University.
Though she has not experienced childhood trauma, Christina has witnessed the deep influences of this trauma as she supported a partner through the struggles. She has seen and experienced the power of therapy, community, and trust in overcoming trauma, anxiety, and depression.
Anastasia Spiratos, MS Ed – Member
Anastasia holds two masters’ degrees: a Masters of Arts and Social Science obtained at Binghamton Unversity and the second from Elmira College, Master of Science in General Education. She has been a UHS employee for 12 years, having worked at CPEP since 2004 as a Crisis Evaluator. She is now a Behavorial Health Specialty, completing psychiatric consults on the medical unit both at Binghamton General Hospital and WMH.
Working in the mental health field for the past 18 years, Anastasia has dedicated her professional life to educating adolescents, adults with mental illness, survivors of sexual abuse, and those in crises the ways to believe in themselves, to search for the strength and courage to survive, and the ability to find the gold in tragedy. In the process, she has become certified in child sexual abuse/rape counselor, trauma response, and most recently, a Master Trainer of Disaster Mental Health.
Anastasia believes in education as the greatest source of overcomming anything in life, whether it’s learning about a mental illness to strategize ways to cope, learning an alternative holistic approach that enables healing from within, or a topic to become a better healthcare provider.
She regularly presents on how to identify suicide and violence risks, how to manage and de-escalate a violent patient, how to respond to active shooting scenario, how to take care of self when responding to crisis/disasters. These presentations allow her to keep her skills sharpened and share her knowledge among caring professionals who are always willing to learn.