Maria Horan & Associates

Maria Horan, LCSW-R, PC & Associates
2626 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13502
Phone: 315.724.5344
Fax: 315.724.3148

We offer the most sought after therapists in the Utica/Rome area. Our clinicians offer many years of combined clinical experience. Each therapist has special areas of focus and specific treatment techniques for approaching various mental health conditions.

  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Grief/Loss
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Sexual Orientation Issues
  • Pain Management
  • Anxiety
  • Child/Adolescent Behavioral Disorders
  • Parent/Child Conflict
  • Personality Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • We offer the following consultation services:

    • Psychiatric Referrals/Medication Management
    • Life Coaching
    • Divorce/Custody Mediation
    • Relaxation/Stress Management Techniques
    • Suicide Risk Assessment
    • Independent Living Assessment

    Clinical Hours Available From: 8:15am - 8pm - Mon-Thurs
    Friday, Saturday & Sunday: By Appointment Only

    Our Therapists

    Maria Horan, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in this area for 20 years. She received her Bachelorís Degree in Psychology from Oneonta State University and her Masterís Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Maria has worked as a School Social worker, Intensive Case Manager, Crisis Counselor, provided mentoring and clinical supervision and owned a private practice in Rome for ten years. Maria has extensive experience and expertise in working with adolescents, couples, and families. Maria has now dedicated her career to private practice and is the owner and manager of Maria Horan, LCSW-R, and Associates. Maria lives locally in Deerfield, NY with her husband and three children.

    Colleen Vernold, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, practicing since 1993, serving children, adolescents, adults and couples. Colleen has operated both in the public and private sectors of her field. Colleen received her Bachelor of Science Degree from LeMoyne College and Masterís Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Colleenís specialties include interpersonal problems/relationships, depression, anxiety, couples and trauma. Colleen utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach with her clients to assist them in effectively addressing their personal life challenges.

    Thomas Wildenger, LCSW-R has been in the field of child and adolescent welfare since 1975. He has worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1985 with a Masterís Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University. Tomís area of expertise includes child and adolescent issues of anxiety, depression and anger management. Tom works not only with children individually but also adults, couples and families. Tom utilizes an approach of insight oriented, cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Annette Maliani-Hand, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in both the public and private sector for over 25 years. Annette obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree from SUNY Oswego, and Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help clients change thoughts and behaviors in order to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. She provides short term and long term therapy to adult individuals and couples. Specialties include anxiety disorders, depression, grief/loss, co-dependency, substance abuse, stress management and relationship issues.

    J. Michael Daly, LCSW-R is a 1992 graduate of Syracuse University and has been providing social work services for nineteen years in a variety of settings. Mike has a long history of serving children and their families and also has served adult with challenging personal situations. Mike is comfortable working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.

    Graceann Guzski, LCSW-R, is a licensed clinical social worker, who has been providing social work services for 27 years in a variety of settings. Graceann received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and Master of Social Work Degree from Syracuse University. Graceann has served children and families through a variety of challenging situations. She has vast experience in assisting children and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive behavior, grief and loss, self-esteem, and relationship issues. Graceann utilizes a strength based and cognitive behavioral approach to help improve the quality of life.

    Christine Reister, LCSW-R is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Bachelorís Degree at the University of Buffalo and her Masterís in Social Work from Syracuse University. She has worked in the public and private sector for over 30 years. She utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy with an interactive modality to help individuals and couples to reduce symptoms and improve the quality of their lives. In her current and past practices she has specialized in depression and anxiety disorders, addicted individuals and their families, stress management and relationship issues.

    Roger Fontana, LCSW-R has been working in the child welfare field for the past 35 years, providing individual, group and family therapy, in addition to clinical supervision, in various foster care settings. Roger received his B.A. in Behavioral Science from S.U.C. at Utica/Rome, and his Masters in Social Work from SUNY/Albany in 1981. Roger currently works with older children, adolescents, families and individual adults, utilizing CBT, TF-CBT and Mindfulness to assist clients in managing challenges related to anxiety, depression, loss, and anger management related to stress and trauma. Roger and his wife Paula reside in Deerfield N.Y.

    Paul Dischiavo, LCSW-R†is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has provided counseling and social work services for over eighteen years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology/Child Life from Utica College and his Master of Social Work degree from SUNY Albany. Paul is comfortable working with a variety of issues and populations, but has particular expertise with children and adolescents. His areas of specialty include: anxiety, school-based concerns, behavioral problems, grief and loss, and depression. Paul utilizes a strength based approach that focuses on problem solving, teaching specific coping skills, and helping the client to take charge of their own situation.

    Referrals available for Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors upon request.

    Reviews & Comments

    ~ I have been coming to this practice off and on for the last 5 years. Ownership of the practice changed to Maria Horan in 2008 and I have to say the cosmetic changes in the office have made for a warm welcoming environment.

    ~The clinicians in this practice are awesome!

    ~Be sure to book your evening appointments in advance. It's obvious that these therapists are in demand in this area and it has sometimes been difficult getting appointments for my son after school hours. I have found that if I can plan a few in advance it's easier to get the times I need.

    ~My therapist has become one of the most important people in my life. I can always count on him for guidance and support.

    ~I was going through one of the most traumatic experiences one can imagine. I sought grief counseling from this practice based on a word of mouth referral. I was hesitant as I had never been to counseling before and was unsure of how "talking" would help. I began my counseling and have been seeing someone there for the last 6 months. I cannot tell you enough how this person has helped me at a time where I was devastated. Meeting with her will never replace the person lost to me but it eases the pain to share my wonderful memories with someone so eager to listen and help.

    ~Offices are cozy and clean.

    ~It's nice to always see a familiar face. This is not an office where you will see new staff every time you go in. Staff typically knows who you are and who you're seeing. It's nice to be treated as a person and not just a name on a schedule.

    ~Waiting room is too small.

    ~I searched for months to find an office that took my insurnace. After many frustrating phone calls and no's I heard about Maria's office. I called and was told that not only did they take my insurance but I could get an appointment 2 days from then!

    ~It's an inconvenience that they do not take credit cards. Be sure to have your checkbook!

    ~I couldn't have lost my health insurance at a worse time! I was in terrible need to continiue counseling. Maria was so understanding and genuinely concerned. We were able to negotiate a rate that worked for both of us. Nice to see a practice more concerned about their actual patients than about their bottom line. I can't thank you enough for all you do!!!!


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