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Support for Every Life Stage... Every Step of the Way

Our Practice

Strength-based and person-centered support
designed to meet the individual needs of each person 

  Anxiety 

  Depression 

  Foster Care / Adoption Issues 

  Grief 

  Coping with Divorce
        or Separation 

  Relationship conflicts 

  Parenting struggles 

  School Concerns 

  Behavioral Issues 

  Work-related Stress 

  Children with special needs
        and their families 

  Step-parenting 

  Women’s issues including
        postpartum support 

  Early childhood
        development including work
        with preschoolers 

Our Services

Play therapy for children as young as 2 years old

Parenting support including help answering questions and developing strategies from toilet training and bedtime to how to talk to your teen

Social coaching for children to help them develop social skills within the context of a social setting

Collaboration and coordination of services with schools and medical providers

Our Therapists

Leslie Shakespeare
Owner/Therapist
Leslie Shakespeare
Leslie cofounded Life Stages Counseling in 2004 with her colleague, Maria Muscente. Leslie has over 25 years of experience as
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Maria Muscente
Owner/Therapist
Maria Muscente
Maria cofounded Life Stages Counseling in 2004 with her colleague, Leslie Shakespeare.  Maria holds a strength~ based philosophy and focus
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Lisa Pate
LCSW-R
Lisa Pate
Lisa grew up in downstate NY and came to Ithaca in 1987 to attend Cornell University. She completed her BS
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Travis Winter
LCSW-R
Travis Winter
Travis is a graduate of Tompkins Cortland Community College with an AS degree in Social Science (1991), Ithaca College, With
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Amanda Spaulding
LCSW-R
Amanda Spaulding
Amanda has been a practicing social worker since 1994. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in psychology and
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Deborah Loewe
LCSW-R
Deborah Loewe
Deborah received her MSW from Rutgers University and has been working in the field of social work in a variety
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James Burnham
LCSW-R
James Burnham
James graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Master’s degree in social work. He has
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Jessica Massaro
LCSW-R
Jessica Massaro
Jessica received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and her Master's Degree in Social Work
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Pat Dematteo
LCSW-R
Pat Dematteo
Pat graduated from Penn State University with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Spanish and SUNY Buffalo with an MSW. More
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Lynn Podhaski
LMHC
Lynn Podhaski
Lynn has over 30 years of experience as a therapist, working with adults, adolescents and couples.  His past experience also
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Rebecca DeBell
LCSW-R
Rebecca DeBell
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from State University of New York at Potsdam in 1996 and her
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Testimonials

We are so thankful to have Life Stages in our lives! Our family has been going to Life Stages Counseling for the last 4 years, starting with sessions for our then 3 year old daughter. Along the way they have always made themselves available to help us when we need them. They offers support and perspective on parenting, and now as our daughter gets older we are seeing her use a lot of the tools she’s learned from her sessions at Life Stages.

Mothers of a 7-year-old

Life Stages Counseling has been a blessing for my children. They have learned strategies to help with their anxiety. It has also been a great outlet for them to have someone to talk to other than mom. Life Stages is a safe space for my children to share what is going on without any judgement. They know that what is said there, stays there.

Mother of two teen girls

Life Stages Counseling has helped me in many ways with my anxiety and depression. If I hadn’t talked to the people there and gotten help, I would continue to be suffering from severe depression and anxiety. I do not know if I would be here today, so I would strongly recommend this agency to people.

15-year-old high school student

Life Stages Counseling took me through my teen years into adulthood as I transitioned from high school to higher education abroad. This time of therapy and self-reflection taught me the tools I needed to manage emotions and hard life events. I feel strong and empowered, knowing that I am not being controlled by my life, but rather am in complete control myself.

20-year-old college student

Life Stages Counseling has been a lifeline for my family. They have helped us navigate our son’s autism diagnosis, and given us great insight into how to best advocate for our son’s needs with his school and in the community. Life Stages truly listens to my concerns as a parent, and has been so helpful in strategies and advice for navigating challenging behavior and situations.

Mother of a 4-year-old

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Our phone system typically operates as a voicemail center. We retrieve messages throughout our work day, and call our clients back in a timely way. IF you are an established client and need to speak to a therapist urgently, please call 607-351-1562, or 607-351-1482, and a therapist will call you back within ½ hour. Please do not use cell phone numbers for referral requests or non-urgent matters.

In the event of an emergency or if you are calling in a crisis, please do not leave a message on this phone line, as we can not ensure immediate response.

Please call the local Crisis Hotline at 607-272-1616. Or, in the event of an emergency, dial 911, or proceed to the nearest Emergency Room.

DO NOT email urgent messages.

location

121 West Court Street
Suite 101
Ithaca, New York 14850

We are in the white house across from “Court Street Chiropractic”. Metered parking is available on Court Street, and free parking is available on Geneva Street, one block west of our offices. You are NOT allowed to park in the parking lot next to our building.

Parking meter fees can be paid directly from your phone by using the ParkMobile App: Zone 2311