EAP Staff

Strong EAP staff has earned the reputation for achieving high clinical standards in our industry. All staff hold a master’s degree in the mental health field and have experience with a variety of sub-specialties, which include: Crisis counseling, marriage/family therapy, substance abuse counseling, child and adolescent counseling, and critical incident stress debriefing.

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Joanne A. Dermady, LMHC, CEAP, NCC, SAP

Joanne Dermady MS, LMHC, CEAP is the Director of Strong Employee Assistance Program. Ms. Dermady holds a Master's Degree in Counseling. Her credentials include: Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional. Joanne has over 18 years of EAP administrative and clinical experience and has designed and implemented EAP's for all sizes and types of organizations. She joined Strong EAP in 2001. Joanne's areas of expertise include workplace consultation, conflict, change and transition management, as well as stress management. In addition to her consultative proficiency, Joanne treats individuals and couples with a variety of mental health and interpersonal issues. She is especially interested in the specific mental health issues related to emergency services personnel and is responsible for the oversight of the Critical Incident Stress Response Team.

Beth Danehy

Beth D. Danehy, MA

Beth Danehy holds a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution and additional graduate education in counseling and dance and movement therapy. She has more than 16 years experience working with individuals, couples and families in transition. Areas of expertise include relationship and family conflict, mediation, change and transition management, conflict coaching as well as grief and loss. Beth has facilitated numerous workshops and provided training locally and nationally on communication, conflict theory and transformation. Beth joined Strong EAP in May 2012. In addition, she maintains a private practice providing mediation services and facilitating in Collaborative Family Law. She serves on the Advisory Board of ACT for the Children (Assisting Children through Transition), a parent education program for parents living apart.

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Sigrid Adler, LCSW

Ms. Sigrid Adler, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York. Ms. Adler is skilled in providing psychotherapy and crisis intervention to individuals, couples, and families dealing with such issues as; mood disorders, anxiety, marital discord, parent/child conflict, workplace stress, and the impact of trauma. Other areas of expertise include the provision of service to emergency services personnel; including law enforcement and first responders. Ms. Adler is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She has been an employee of Strong Behavioral Health for over 13 years.

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Lynda Speigel M.S. ED; NCC

Lynda holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from SUNY Brockport and is working towards her Ph. D. in Counseling at the University of Rochester’s Warner School. She is a National Certified Counselor and a New York State Certified School Counselor. Lynda is a retired Lieutenant from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office where she spent 22 years on the road patrol. She held positions in various units in the Sheriff’s Office including Training, Community Services, Research, and Records. She taught courses in the Basic Police Academies, Police Supervisor Training Program, and Field Training Officer Program including Dealing with Emotionally Disturbed Persons, Report Writing, and Documentation. After she retired, Lynda served as a parent member for Pittsford Central School District’s Committee for Special Education, and later accepted a school counselor position. She completed her clinical internship at Crestwood Children’s Center as a children’s mental health therapist and taught social skills to children with autism for Continuing Developmental Services. Lynda facilitates support groups for parents of children with disabilities. Her research interest includes families of children with developmental disabilities through an Ambiguous Loss lens.

Jason Knupp

Jason Knupp, LCSW

Jason Knupp is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 10 years of experience. Jason has worked throughout Monroe, Orleans, and Wayne County providing mental health and addictions counseling while also maintaining a private psychotherapy practice for individuals and couples. Areas of expertise include anxiety, stress management, anger, depression, and relationship conflicts.Jason also has extensive group and individual counseling experience dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. Jason joined Strong EAP in June 2012.


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Colleen LeFay

Colleen LeFay is the Office Coordinator at Strong EAP. Her previous work experience includes more than 20 years of administrative skills in customer service, finance, credit, and information technology departments. She joined Strong EAP in October 2010. She is skillful in fostering a confidential, comfortable and safe atmosphere for employees and their family members as they seek assistance from Strong EAP.