Meet our staff
Thomas Knudsen, Psy.D., ABPP
Psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, and families
- M.A., Marymount University (2003)
- B.S., Utica College of Syracuse University (1993)
Ms. Shumac is a licensed mental health counselor with seven years in the mental health field and four years in the criminal justice field. She obtained her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1993 after completing an internship at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. She then began working with the District of Columbia Pretrial Services Agency which provided supervision, case management, and counseling to individuals facing criminal charges in the District of Columbia.
In 2002, she relocated New York and began working at Lewis County Community Mental Health Center while completing her Master's Degree. At Lewis County Community Mental Health, she worked with at-risk youth in a grant-funded program until completing her Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2003. She then began providing psychotherapy to individuals and families as well as managing the Trauma Survivor's Resource Center of Jefferson and Lewis Counties.
Ms. Shumac’ s specialties include domestic violence, sexual abuse/assault, trauma, family and couples counseling, and eating disorders. She is currently offering individual, group, family, and couples counseling for adolescents and adults. She will be practicing in both the Watertown and Lowville offices of Danser and Knudsen.
Psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and families
M.S.W Syracuse University
B.S.W. The College of Saint Paul
Ms. Abbey joined the staff at Danser and Knudsen in 2008. Ms. Abbey’s areas of specialty include providing psychotherapy for ADHD, disruptive behaviors, child abuse/trauma, anger management, depression, anxiety, and attachment disorders (including attachment parenting).
Prior to her work at Danser and Knudsen, Ms. Abbey was the Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator and child therapist at the Lewis County Community Mental Health Center in Lowville, NY. She provided psychotherapy to children, adolescents and families in both clinic and school settings. Ms. Abbey worked with numerous schools and community agencies to identify those children at the highest risk of placement in out-of-home settings. She developed strategies to manage these children in their home communities, while ensuring that individuals referred for services were matched to the appropriate levels of care based on need. She also with children in a therapeutic foster care program and with families to prevent foster care placement.
Ms. Abbey is a member of the National Association of Social Workers
Ms. McLallen is a new member of our full time staff seeing adults, children, and families. Check back soon for more information.
Psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Psy.D. Wheaton College (2000)
B.A. Wheaton College (1991)
Craig Brower has over 18 years of experience as a psychotherapist. A graduate of Wheaton College in 1990, he began his clinical training in vocational rehabilitation counseling/family therapy with persons who are hearing-impaired and graduated from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL in 1993. He earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Wheaton College in 2001. He is a New York State licensed psychologist. His pre- and post-doctoral training focused upon learning intensive marital therapy, conducting a wide variety of evaluations, grant writing, and directing the Clergy Care program at Philhaven Behavioral Healthcare Services in Lancaster, PA.
His past professional experience has involved work in a variety of settings including intensive psychiatric rehabilitation treatment, group homes for persons with developmental disabilities, church-based counseling and leadership development services, private practice, and most recently in community mental health in Lewis County, NY. Dr. Brower specializes in emotionally focused marital therapy, college-age and adult individual psychotherapy, family therapy, addressing protective personality features, psychological/ADHD/learning disorder evaluations, and the integration of spiritual, emotional, and personal growth in the context of relationships.
American Psychological Association (APA)
Ms. Brower is a part time therapist seeing children and families. Check back soon for more information.
Ms. Adams is a part time therapist for children and adolescents. Check back soon for complete information
Dr. Wise is a part time consulting psychologist. Check back soon for complete information.