Aspen Counseling of CNY

Abou​t Aspen Counseling

defining your path

What Really Matters

Communication and Relationships 

The Stages of Change

How to pick the right therapist for you.

Relevant Reading

I chose the name Aspen Counseling as a tribute to my ten years living in Colorado. During that time I developed a love for the Rocky Mountains and the beautiful aspen groves that cover them. I believe the support received from the therapeutic process is similar to how aspen trees grow. In a grove, each tree is unique, however, they cannot grow alone. Under the ground is a system of connecting roots which as they join makes the tree stronger and ultimately allows the entire aspen grove to thrive. At Aspen Counseling a person-centered approach is taken to help the client identify and utilize their already existing strengths, supports and resources. 

Doug Rinko LCSW-R, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of New York with 14 years of experience providing therapy to adults, adolescents, couples and families. He utilizes a spectrum of counseling models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Family Systems Therapy. He has extensive experience working with families of adolescents and he is trained in Multisystemic Therapy, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Person-Centered Planning. Doug uses a person-centered approach with clients to evaluate current life circumstances and help them grow by incorporating positive, healthy change into their lives. 

Doug earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Boston College. Doug's background includes therapeutic work in both inpatient and outpatient settings and clinical supervision to mental health professionals pursuing licensure.

Doug is married with three children. When not spending time with his family, he enjoys fly fishing, travel and golf.


Living a fulfilling and rewarding life


What is important to you and what is important for you might be not always be complementary of one another. Achieving balance between the two can bring balance into your lives. Identifying and staying true to your goals can help you grow into a more confident, stable and happier individual. 

Relief from unwanted symptoms

You can have the life you deserve, free of symptoms and conflicts that are barriers to a successful career, healthy personal relationships, academic achievement and your overall happiness. Just as physical health is important, so is good mental health. There are millions of Americans who suffer with various types of mental illness and mental health problems, such as social anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Psychotherapy is an effective treatment option for mental illness, grief and loss, relationship problems and stress reduction.