Tony Cotraccia, LCSW-R

I have been practicing psychotherapy for over 16 years as a clinical social worker. My work has been shaped by the convergence of two questions that continue to captivate me. One comes from my early interests as a student of social work and political science. “What fundamental principles related to healthy family functioning would best guide social, political, and economic policies?” During my graduate studies in family mental health I became intrigued by the application of dynamic systems theory to biological and social systems. The second question emerged at that time. “What is it that leads an individual to orient her/his life around creating a more loving world?”

In keeping with my strong interest in interdisciplinary study as a practicing clinical social worker, I found the two questions above fit together nicely into the following: “What combination of biological, psychological and social forces influence individuals and societies to organize their behavior around compassion?” My current professional interest is fueled by a preliminary answer to this question. Born out of my experiences as a clinical social worker and advances in adaptive information processing, attachment theory, affective neuroscience and philosophy of mind, it includes what I have observed from a “biopsychosocial” worldview and the healing capacity of Eye Movement Desensitzation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I have been honored to hear thousands of stories over the years, each of which I believe has had some element of what seems to be an experience many of us yearn for, to grow in complexity and leave the world a better place than we found it.

A clue related to the answer to my question seems to lie in what seems to be an innate tendency for humans to “move in the world with awareness”. The adaptive integration of disturbing life experiences seems to promote compassionate behaviors and the pursuit of creativity. The adaptive processing of disturbing life experiences consistently results in a more realistic sense of responsibility for what happened, a sense of safety, and an awareness that disturbing experiences can be used to create more choice for future behavior. As result people seem more loving not less and appear to develop a propensity to want the same for others! Biological, psychological and social resources that allow us to make sense of what is happening in the world in a way that allows us to use our experience to grow, I believe, are key components of both individual and social systems which are organized around adaptive information processing.

I hold a bachelors degree in social work from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a masters degree from Syracuse University. I am a member of the EMDR International Association. I am an EMDR certified therapist and approved consultant and I have presented locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to EMDR, trauma, dissociation, depression, parenting, oppositional defiant disorder and adjustment disorders.

Why Syncopation?

I chose the  name “syncopation” to refer to my practice for two reasons.  The first is that I love music and in particular rhythm.  The second is that the musical term refers to adding a beat previous to an expected beat and then accenting the anticipated beat.  This gives our ears a surprise that is interesting and pleasant to hear.  We live in a culture we are embedded in.  When we participate in our own unique way, I believe we are adding an interesting and fun twist (on purpose) to a world which so often determines how we will live without our input.  This is living for us humans, this is “syncopation” human style.  The rhythm of a life worth living.


Camille Waldron, LMSW                                                camille

For as long as I can remember, it has my interest and passion to help others grow, in the way they see themselves and in their relationships with the important people in their lives. As a solution-oriented therapist, it is my goal to motivate and empower my clients to become self-fulfilled and at peace with themselves and others. I am sensitively in tune to the experiences of my clients, whether difficulties surrounding anger management, maintaining and developing relationships, overcoming addictive tendencies, managing emotions, coping with post-traumatic stress, and more. I have provided guidance and support to clients who are from many different backgrounds and walks of life. My ability to understand, relate to, and support my clients encourages the development of a trusting and safe environment conducive to therapy.

It is important to me that I impart to my clients direct life-enhancing skills that encourage long-lasting changes in lifestyle and life experiences. I’ve found the evidence-supported interventions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy promote clients’ overall well-being. My adaptive and kind-hearted approach in concert with these therapeutic techniques positively influences my clients’ thought processes, ability to regulate their emotions, behavioral habits, and ways of relating with others. Furthermore, I provide the services and guidance necessary to ensure that my clients are receiving care that meets their holistic needs. I offer intensive case-management and wrap-around services as needed.

My devotion to self-growth as a psychotherapist is evident in my commitment to providing therapeutic interventions that are current in taking into account new research regarding human development, and that are proven through evidence to be effective. In working toward this effort I am currently trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing and in consultation to be an EMDR-certified clinician. My educational foundation includes a Bachelors degree in Human Development from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Social Work from Syracuse University.