NNY Native, Former Substance Abuse Prevention Educator Begins Work as Therapist
Carthage Area Hospital is pleased to announce that Angela Nasworthy, LMSW, has joined its Carthage Behavioral Health team at 3 Bridge St. as a general therapist. She is scheduling patients beginning April 2 and will focus her practice on a wide range of therapy needs for adults and children.
A Watertown native, Nasworthy attended local schools, graduating in 1997 from South Jefferson Central School District. She and her husband, William, a retired Army sergeant, lived in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning to Northern New York for assignment at Fort Drum.
Before she joined Carthage Behavioral Health, Nasworthy worked as a senior prevention educator and employee assistance counselor at Pivot Prevention & Health Services, Watertown, from 2011 until last month.
She is a 2014 graduate of Keuka College, Keuka Park, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. In 2017, she completed the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, which is a program in collaboration between The College at Brockport and Nazareth College. She is also a Certified Alcohol Substance Abuse Counselor in Training.
Nasworthy originally studied to become a nurse, but said her husband’s experience in the military influenced her to pursue a career as a mental health therapist. Witnessing the stress that years of combat deployments have caused servicemen and women motivated her to “help care for them and give back to the area,” she added.
“There is a great need in our community to support our soldiers who need help,” she said.
Nasworthy said she also looks forward to “opportunities to educate people on the benefits of mental health therapy so stigmas that present barriers to treatment no longer exist.”
“The brain is one of our biggest organs. If it isn’t functioning at 100 percent and needs a tune-up, we’re here to help,” she said.
Outside of practice, Nasworthy enjoys spending time with her three children and their activities, volunteering in her church, gardening, and repurposing antique furniture and “other yard sale gems” she finds. Her family’s dog, a St. Bernard named Cooper, also keeps her active.
Carthage Behavioral Health staff sees patients from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays in the Carthage Professional Building, 3 Bridge St. Call 315-493-3300 to schedule an appointment
About Carthage Behavioral Health
Carthage Behavioral Health provides professional outpatient mental health counseling and therapy services in a comfortable setting while assisting people with a wide range of emotional and mental health issues. Staff adheres to the strictest standards of confidentiality and respect.
Available services include but are not limited to: Initial assessment and diagnosis with an intake coordinator; verbal therapy; medication therapy; treatment planning; clinical support; health education and referrals.
Upon calling the clinic, or receiving a referral, a new patient case is assigned to an appropriate staff member. During the first visit, patients receive an initial assessment and staff develops a treatment plan suited to each patient’s specific needs.
Psychiatrist Jeffrey Aronowitz, MD, serves as medical director of Carthage Behavioral Health while Caleb Richter, PA-C is a physician assistant and Melanie Saber, LMSW is clinic manager. A team of six licensed therapists presently practice full-time at the clinic. Therapists from Carthage Area Hospital’s School-Based Health Clinics also assist in providing mental health services at Carthage Behavioral Health.
About Carthage Area Hospital
Area Hospital was established as a not-for-profit rural community hospital in 1965. It operates today as a fully accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital, serving approximately 83,000 residents in Jefferson, northern Lewis and southern St. Lawrence counties. The hospital formed a clinical affiliation with Crouse Health, Syracuse, in 2017.
The hospital also operates a network of community-based clinics, including its Family Health Center, Pediatric Clinic and Women’s Way to Wellness and provides a range of specialty care, including general surgery, orthopedics, urology, neurosurgical care, physical therapy and behavioral health.