Our Team

All of our counseling staff are either licensed in mental health counseling or social work, or are supervised by a licensed provider. We all specialize in tele-mental health services.

NOTE: New providers may not be listed yet as our team continues to grow

Timothy Crumley, LMHC, BC-TMH, CEO and Psychotherapist

Timothy is the CEO of CommonSense Mental Health, as well as a psychotherapist and licensed mental health counselor specializing in substance use-related issues, gender and sexuality development and issues related to general anxiety and depression. He is a Rogerian and Client-Centered therapist and one of his core beliefs is that most distress is related to living a life that may not be yours.

One of the main goals of therapy is to identify your path and true goals, and to begin taking steps toward your ideal self. Timothy also believes this process can often be best accomplished online and through secure forms of digital communication (including text and video-based services). 

In his spare time Timothy has also managed a substance abuse rehabilitation facility in Albany, New York, as well as served as a psychotherapist at a private practice and on other online platforms. He is an avid cyclist and runner.


  • Addictions

  • Issues facing the LGBTQ+ community

  • Relationship counseling

  • Family counseling

Years of Experience: 5


Meagan Rivenburgh, MHC, CASAC, Psychotherapist

Meagan is a mental health and addictions counselor who, in addition to providing psychotherapy, assists our practice with community outreach, collaboration, and training. Meagan strongly believes the interaction of personal identity, family, community, and career can lead to challenges in multiple life-areas when one aspect becomes particularly stressful. Meagan enjoys assisting individuals and families to identify those aspects of self that have already proven to be successful for each of us, and to discover new ways to apply these to challenging patterns that may no longer be as effective for our goals. Meagan takes a client-centered, integrated approach that often emphasizes psychodynamic and family-systems theories.

Having lived and worked in various parts of the United States, she currently resides in the Albany, New York area. Through her experience personally and professionally, she knows first-hand the challenges of developing and maintaining an alliance in counseling when life and work get in the way and strongly believes in flexibility and accessibility. Having worked with multiple age groups in multiple treatment settings, she has developed a passion for aiding individuals and families with identifying and obtaining personalized supports, services, and resources to increase enjoyment and fulfillment. Meagan believes that counseling can provide an avenue of self-discovery that goes beyond the alleviation of symptoms providing pathways to thrive.

In addition to Meagan’s work with our practice, she enjoys working with other helping professionals to build upon their own strengths in their work and personal lives. In her spare time Meagan enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with friends, family, and two very cool miniature schnauzers.


  • Life Transitions

  • Addictions

  • Trauma

  • Chronic Illness and Pain

  • Family of Origin

  • Relationships

  • Communication

Year of Experience: 16


Paula Carciu, LMHC, Psychotherapist

Paula is a licensed mental health counselor specializing in substance abuse, co-occurring mental health diagnoses and coordination of client services. Her clinical experience includes treating individuals recovering from substance use disorders and mood disorders. Her theoretical orientation includes focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques with an emphasis on solution-focused approaches. In addition to part-time counseling services, Paula currently practices as the Clinical Supervisor of an intensive residential substance abuse program in Albany, NY.

Paula believes client-centered and solution-focused approaches allow individuals to begin to feel empowered to regain control of their lives. Individualized therapy can serve as an individual’s safe platform to understand any level of personal discomfort and work towards a life of greater fulfillment. Having treated various age groups, she believes optimal fulfillment occurs when an individual is able to freely and authentically express their true selves.  Additionally, she believes in the importance of practicing self-care and introspection processes on a regular basis. In her spare time, Paula enjoys hiking, playing with her dog Luna, spending time with friends, family, attending live concerts and reading poetry.


  • Addictions

  • Trauma

  • Family counseling

  • Mood disorders

  • Group counseling

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Years of Experience: 3

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Emma Cranston Blundell, MHC, Psychotherapist

Emma Cranston Blundell is a mental health counselor based in Albany, NY. Emma fosters client independence through a supportive and client centered approach, which encourages self efficacy and self determination. In her practice, Emma utilizes cognitive behavioral approaches to challenge unhelpful belief systems and thought patterns in various life areas. She commonly utilizes client-centered methods of challenging these belief patterns as part of her practice. Emma has experience working with substance use, mood disorders, trauma, transitions, and family or social functioning issues. 

In her spare time, Emma is a full-time counselor in a residential substance use treatment program in Albany, NY. She enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures, spending time with her cat, Khaleesi, painting, and spending time with friends.


  • Addictions

  • Trauma

  • Family counseling

  • Mood disorders

  • Group counseling

Years of Experience: 3


Monika Ostrowidzki, LMHC, Psychotherapist

Monika is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who believes in an acceptance-based, skill-building approach. While working in a community mental health agency in Upstate, NY she has had the opportunity to engage with clients of all ages and concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, substance abuse, identity development, complex trauma and more. Through this work she has become very familiar with the tough balance many individuals face between work, life, and one’s self.

Through an empathetic and (if you ask her) humorous style she works with her clients on healthily processing the good and bad of life; developing adaptive thought patterns, as well as building skills in mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional regulation, and distress tolerance. She has adopted the use of multiple evidence-based orientations including Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Rogerian as well as Acceptance and Commitment-based approaches to most effectively help clients enhance and improve their overall well-being.

Monika assists clients in working towards their goals, regardless of where they’re starting. She provides clients an atmosphere where they can authentically be themselves while encouraged to do what works. Within her practice an integral part of therapy is to learn what works for you.

When she’s not practicing psychotherapy, Monika enjoys travel, trivia, and old movies.


  • Trauma

  • Grief and loss

  • Mood disorders

  • Emotion regulation

  • Issues facing children/adolescents

Years of Experience: 3

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Ashley Whiteside, LMSW, Psychotherapist

Ashley is a healer of self and others and lover of humanity. She believes that choosing to heal is a radical act of self-love. Once we take the time to learn and heal ourselves and our wounds we can emerge toward collective empowerment. She is a trained Social Worker currently working in day treatment with youth in a school setting who have mental health and developmental disabilities. Ashley has experience working with diverse populations but her main focus is supporting the needs of girls, women, and communities of color. She is fueled by her passion to help black and brown girls and women to achieve their dreams through education. She believes that education in any form is the gateway to creating a full life that can lift families and future generations out of poverty and struggle.

Ashley considers herself a “student of life” consistently learning from the world around her. She works with others to rediscover, redefine, and effectively utilize their power to live a fulfilling life through education, awareness, discovery of self, and accountability. She works with individuals to recognize their multi-faceted nature and show compassion to each version of themselves.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys taking adventures in new places, being out in nature, and reading good books.


  • Issues facing women and communities of color

  • Identity development

  • Strength-based identification and application

  • Life and systems-related stress

  • Career development

Years of Experience: 2


Kathleen Hoffman, LCSW-R, Psychotherapist

Kathleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and graduated with her Master's Degree in Social Work from The State University of Albany in 1994. Since that time, Kathleen has worked extensively with both inpatient and outpatient clients in a variety of mental health settings.

Seeing the benefits of healing the mind, Kathleen pursued healing the body as well and became a Licensed Massage Therapist from the Center of Natural Wellness in 2002.

For the past 8 years, Kathleen has had a special interest in working with clients who have had a traumatic past because of their childhood, occupation or military experience. In 2016 Kathleen  obtained Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR. an evidence-based treatment for trauma.

Since 2018, Kathleen has had the privilege of working with the Headstrong Project,  a non-profit agency based out of Weill-Cornell Medical Center. The Headstrong Project provides services to post-9/11 military men and women who have experienced a traumatic event(s) while in the military. The cornerstone of treatment is EMDR. There is no cost for the service member to obtain treatment. For more information visit: www.getheadstrong.org


  • EMDR therapy

  • Trauma

  • Veterans and military-related issues

Years of Experience: 25


Susan Mackert, LCSW, Psychotherapist

Suzie is a licensed clinical social worker who is always learning - about herself, human nature, the world, and beyond. She blends this knowledge into a therapeutic approach centered on moving you closer to connection, peace, and wholeness. Guiding you through this process is a true joy to her, and is often accomplished through tapping into your natural power to explore, process, and express emotions and needs in positive and effective ways.

Through serving at a community mental health center over the past several years, Suzie has worked with individuals from diverse populations presenting with a variety of concerns. Something she has found to be essential for lasting growth in all walks of life is relating with our selves and experiences with an attitude of kindness, curiosity, and compassion. Instead of avoiding or turning away from reality because of discomfort or fear, we can choose to turn towards and listen to the wisdom of our experiences in order to build a fulfilling life - both inside and out.

When you are ready, Suzie looks forward to walking alongside you step-by-step on this journey, following your lead as you access your strengths, explore your truths, and care for your self.


  • Communication/Assertiveness

  • Emotion processing and regulation

  • Youth and young adults

Years of Experience: 4


Sandra Smith, RN, LNC, Nurse Consultant

Sandy is our nurse consultant and a registered nurse with the State of New York. She has over 25 years of experience, and she is passionate about helping caregivers navigate the difficult task of caring for a family member or friend. She provides one-on-one consultation over video, phone, or text message, as well as manages our caregiver support groups.

In her spare time, Sandy enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her dog Liza, researching and keeping up to date with various nursing topics, as well as reading and keeping up with current events. 

Years of Experience: 25


Carlos Merced, Chief Operations Officer and Intake Coordinator

Carlos is the Chief Operations Officer of our practice and has over 10 years of experience in customer service. He takes pride in assuring clients and staff are treated with respect, dignity, and care: that they not only expect, but deserve. 

Carlos seeks to provide empathy in any and all interactions he has with clients coming on board with CommonSense Mental Health. He also has experience in managing medications for clients in a substance use treatment facility, and in his spare time Carlos is an avid gamer and enjoys cooking.

*PLEASE NOTE: teletherapy and online mental health services are often not sufficient in the event of a crisis or emergency, as these services may not provide adequate assistance in these instances. Moreover if you are in crisis or someone you know is a threat to themselves, you should call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (where you can receive 24/7 support), contact local crisis services, or call 911

Address: 75 Railroad Pl., Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866   

Email: intake@commonsensemh.com

Phone: (518) 545-4691

Fax: (518) 704-4727