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Counselors of Fortitude

Get to know us 

Jessica Carson

Founder & CEO

"I believe strongly in the importance of a healthy mind for whole-body wellness.  My goal is to help people discover strengths, heal, and grow as individuals while recovering from life's hardships. You can gain the development of skills and techniques to cope with distress and difficult thoughts, improve focus, decrease stress, and become aware of your thoughts and feelings through mindfulness. I describe myself as direct, humorous, and compassionate. I completed my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at SUNY Oswego in 2015 and have experience working with people from all backgrounds and challenges."

(315) 591-8281


Lorie Boyd

Licensed Mental Health and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Lorie Boyd is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology before going on to receive her Master's in Rehabilitation Counseling.


With more than 24 years of counseling experience, she has worked with many diverse populations. She especially enjoys working with individuals addiction and chronic mental illnesses, as well as individuals with incarceration histories who are striving to re-enter society. In addition, Lorie is a Vocational Rehabilitation specialist skilled in assisting with career related issues and crises.

Lorie provides specialized expertise in working with couples. She creates an inviting and supportive environment for couples to rebuild foundations and build stronger connections to promote the healing process. 


Dr. Susan McInvale

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist

Dr. Susan McInvale is a psychologist and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist with 10 years of experience as a therapist. She specializes in CBT, DBT, Gestalt, Positive Psychology, couples counseling, and Existential therapy.


She is passionate about working with people who struggle with anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. She provides cognitive behavioral therapy which helps her clients understand that the way they think is not often the best view of themselves. Their thoughts can be distorted and affect how they process the world around them.


She has experience working with a variety of age groups from teens to older adults. She especially enjoys working with young adults who are searching for meaning in their lives and focusing on career development—which comes naturally to her after 25 years as an educator! Understanding and improving ourselves is what most people desire.


Her clients have all the ability within them to live without a panic attack, ruminating thoughts, sadness, and anxiety. When they work with her to learn how they can control negative thoughts and reduce depressive symptoms, they are on the right path to self-awareness and success.

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