Clinicians

Dr. Sara Thaxton,

 PhD, LPC, EMDR

Clinician, Consultant, and Owner
Specialties & Interests
  • EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant

  • CBT and DBT

  • Couples

  • Facilitating Group therapy

  • Mood Disorders

  • Depersonalization, Derealization, and Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Chronic Physical Conditions

  • Personality Disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Trauma and Abuse

  • Bariatric/Weight Loss

  • Therapy for Therapists

  • Consultation for Licensed Therapists

  • Supervisor for Counselors-In-Training

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read a bit more about me and the practice. I believe it is important to create a therapeutic environment where individuals, families, and couples are able to safely and comfortably explore the concerns that brought them to therapy.

Using a holistic perspective as the foundation for my clinical work, treating the whole person: mind, body and spirit, I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Person-Centered, art and wellness techniques, and a humanistic approach based on your needs.

I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Syracuse University. My dissertation explored the experiences of burnout, wellness, and resilience among private practice counselors who own their own practice and continue to see clients. In 2010, I earned a master's degree in Community Counseling and in 2005 a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in Biology.

I am a licensed counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and New York. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a specialized intervention for trauma, as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a highly effective evidence based intervention helpful for mood and personality disorders. I’ve taught at the University level, and provide clinical supervision for master's degree counselors-in-training, as well as consultation for licensed counselors and EMDR providers.

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Sarah Airgood,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • EMDR

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • First Responders

  • Veterans

  • Substance Abuse

Hello, my name is Sarah. My passion is empowering individuals to see their strength and courage. Through this courage, I believe that everyone can become the best versions of themselves possible. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I utilize a holistic approach while also incorporating CBT, DBT, Person-Centered, and Narrative Therapy skills. In 2017 I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey. I have over five years of experiencing working with individuals struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. I aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for individuals to sort through their life experiences in order to achieve their goals.

Justine Andrews,

LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Teen Issues

  • Family Concerns

  • Bullying

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

  • Life Transitions/Stress

Hello! I earned my Master's Degree in Psychology at Marywood University and am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I view the counseling relationship as a team. I utilize a person-centered, non-judgmental, and holistic approach to assist you in meeting your needs. I incorporate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Trauma Therapy. I have worked in the mental health field for the past 13 years with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Justine Beneski,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Children & Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Eating Disorders

  • Body Image Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Relational Issues

Hello! My name is Justine Beneski, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated from Wilkes University with my Bachelor Degree in Psychology, and went on to receive my Master Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. 

 

My professional experience has allowed me to work in a wide range of settings with a number of different populations, including wraparound services, community and school-based counseling, outpatient counseling, and private practice. I have experience working with children (aged 5+), adolescents, and adults. My approaches include the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and aspects of Psychodynamic Therapy. 

I strongly value the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and how it can be a huge catalyst and driving force in the therapeutic process. I aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment where each individual feels comfortable exploring and processing their deepest thoughts and feelings.

Samantha

Blanchard, MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Expressive Art Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Self-Compassion

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Worth & Self-Esteem

  • Identity Exploration

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Substance Use/Addiction

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Life Transitions

  • Trauma

Therapy provides a safe space to hold, release and gain insight into difficult emotions and experiences. My goal is to support you through your own healing and transformative processes to become a better version of yourself- body, mind and soul, and empower you to invest in your life and nurture what needs attention. I believe in meeting each person exactly where they are in the present moment and utilizing their personal strengths throughout the therapeutic process. I utilize a holistic, individualized approach that may incorporate cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, mindfulness, compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, existential and narrative perspectives. 

 

In addition to traditional talk therapy, I also provide art therapy for those interested and open to a different means of processing. Art therapy can offer new insights and perspectives on issues and serve as an outlet to express and process what may be difficult to put into words. I came to the field of art therapy through my own personal experiences of art as healing and want to help bring the power of creative expression to others. 

 

My experience is largely with adults and adolescents, however, I enjoy working with all ages. I am currently awaiting my credentials for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and I am working towards my registered art therapist (ATR) credential. I have a Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy from Edinboro University in 2018 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kutztown University in 2008. I look forward to helping you create meaning out of suffering and discover the life lessons that are before you.  

 

“If we can liberate the creative process in our lives, it will always find the way to whatever needs attention and transformation.”    –Shaun McNiff

Brianna Boriosi,

MA, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Co-occurring Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Personality Disorders

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Cancer

  • Relationship/Social Skills

  • Self-esteem

  • Mindfulness/Meditation

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my experience. I have a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). I hold certificates in Addiction Counseling, Trauma- Specializing in Addiction, and Grief Interventions. I am also in the process of fulfilling the requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). 

I have worked in the field for approximately 7 years with adults, adolescents, families and couples, in extended care programs for addiction, group homes for adolescents with trauma and mental health disorders, and adults in inpatient rehabilitation settings. I have worked as both a clinician and a clinical director. 

Although, most of my career has been in the addiction setting, I have experience with clients with co-occurring disorders, trauma, grief, personality disorders, and assisting in regulating a variety of mental health symptoms.

I believe it is important to utilize a person-centered and strength-based approach to meet you where you’re at in terms of willingness and treatment goals. I primarily lean towards techniques from the CBT and DBT modalities. I believe in using de-escalation and grounding techniques to first regulate your body to allow you to thoroughly process your thoughts and emotions. I believe a client must first learn to be present in the moment before they can begin to address any presenting problems. 

My goal is to create a safe, open, and non-judgmental space so that my clients can learn to live their lives to their highest potential. I believe in respect and the freedom of choice, meaning my role is to simply help assist and support you in achieving your personal goals. I look forward to working with you!


 

Elizabeth Brady,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Children & Adolescents

  • Adults

  • OCD

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Life Transitions/Stressful Life Events

  • Grief & Loss

  • Mindfulness

Hi! I’m Liz and I appreciate you taking the time to read a little bit about me.  I am a Licensed Social Worker with experience working in both inpatient hospital settings and outpatient counseling settings.  I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and adults in non-judgmental and therapeutic environment. 

I earned my master’s degree in social work with an additional certificate in mental health from The University of Pittsburgh.  I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Alvernia University. 

 

My goal is to employ a person-centered approach to provide a safe and supportive counseling environment.  I believe it is important to work as a team with the client to explore and resolve the concerns that bring them into therapy.  I use cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavior therapy, and mindfulness techniques in my approach. 

Darlene Cosenza,

M.Ed, LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Life Transitions

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma/PTSD

  • Grief

  • CBT

  • Mindfulness/Meditation

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Relationship Issues

  • Anger Management

Hi, I’m Darlene, a Licensed Professional Counselor with fourteen years of clinical experience in mental health treatment settings including college counseling centers, outpatient community based, non- profit centers, and private practice. I enjoy working with children adolescents, adults, couples and families.

I provide a warm and caring safe space utilizing a strength based approach to counseling. I work with clients in a collaborative and non-judgmental environment, offering a supportive setting to explore issues and goals. I combine a customized blend of cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, Person-Centered, reality based, and mindfulness therapies along with psychoeducation. I use a holistic approach exploring and educating clients on the interconnection of mind, body, and spirit.

I believe in partnering with clients to develop their goals and work on their present issues and challenges in order to achieve change and growth. My goal is to help clients attain happier, healthier, more rewarding lives. I would be a pleasure to help you on your journey as you find balance and improve your quality of life.

Mariah Davis,

LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Substance Abuse

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

I am passionate about working with adults and families who experience a wide range of concerns. I have a holistic view on therapy in which we build upon your inherent strengths to facilitate growth. I offer a space where you can open up about your life and be honest with yourself. I truly value the relationships I form with my clients. I work to provide tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into your daily life. 

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received my master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University with a specialization in Child and Family Practice, and my bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services from The University of Scranton. 

My education and professional background give me a unique and effective approach to counseling. I utilize a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Strength-Based practices. I focus on self-worth, meditation, mind/body connection, mood management, anxiety reduction, empowerment, and work/life balance.

Nicole Dunbar,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Cancer

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relationship Issues

  • Body Image

  • Infertility and Miscarriage

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Teen Issues

  • Family Concerns

  • Bullying

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

  • Life transitions/Stress

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I believe in providing a safe, non-judgmental, and empathic environment for all individuals. I value being able to sit with my clients through their difficulties and offer guidance and clarity into their concerns. I incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existentialism, Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centered, and a humanistic approach based on individual needs.

I attended Marywood University where I earned a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have counseling experience in many realms including outpatient, inpatient, schools, and nonprofit organizations. I have experience working with individuals of all age ranges.

Erin Figuero,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Children and Adolescents

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Behavioral Issues

Hi! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my master’s degree in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health Sciences from West Chester University.

I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of concerns. I utilize a variety of therapeutic techniques and interventions that are designed to meet each individual's needs. I use concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered, reality based, stress reduction/relaxation techniques, and mindfulness.

Trish Filipski,

MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT (children)

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Special Needs

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

I am a Masters Level counselor working towards state licensure under the supervision of a licensed professional counselor. I earned a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in March 2020. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. My hope is to specialize in the adolescent population as I further my career.

I utilize Person-Centered techniques to build a strong therapeutic relationship. I also incorporate Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy interventions to address areas such as mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, parent-child conflict, and self-esteem.

Breanne Finagan,

LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and loss

  • Relationship Issues

  • ADHD

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress and Emotion Regulation

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • School Issues

  • Family Therapy

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

  • Self-Esteem

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. I earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Misericordia University. Throughout my career I have worked with a variety of age groups in the mental health field.

I invite you to let me help you find solutions, help you build skills, and experience a new hope filled direction in life. My approach of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques, Person-Centered and Strength-based therapy is from a trauma informed and integrated perspective. I use research and evidence-based practices incorporating them into a safe and non-judgmental environment. Helping others has always been a passion of mine, it is a privilege to help individuals and I honor your personal story and journey. While you may feel that life is overwhelming and spiraling out of control right now, it is possible to find peace in a turbulent world. It takes courage to make the first step and I look forward to taking that step with you.

“One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s guide for survival guide”- Brene’ Brown

Tiffani Gebhardt,

MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT (children)

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Special Needs

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

Hi, I am a Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate working towards licensure. I completed my master's degree at Villanova University in June 2020 and have two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Cedar Crest College.

I have always felt passionate about listening to others and understanding the world through their eyes. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I approach counseling from a CBT perspective that focuses on the connection between our thoughts, feelings, and actions. I believe that every individual’s experience is unique, and it is my goal to create a safe and supportive environment in which clients may share their experiences openly and honestly.

Megan Greenwald,

MA, NCC, CGCS

Specialties & Interests
  • Emotional Issues

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Eating Disorders

  • Body Image

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relationship Issues

  • Relational Counseling

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Codependency

Hi,

My name is Megan E. Greenwald. 

I believe that the counseling relationship is one that can help growth and transformation come. Using a relationship focused approach, we can create a working alliance that will assist you in personal growth and wellness. 

I went to Penn State University and obtained my Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I obtained my Masters Degree from Marywood Univeristy in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Nationally Certified Counselor and am awaiting my LPC. 

I am also a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. Together we can make a difference and I am honored to guide you in owning your story and loving yourself. 

Taylor Guttesman,

MA,

Art Therapist

Specialties & Interests
  • Mindfulness Based Art Therapy

  • Guided Meditation

  • Autism

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

My goal as an Art Therapist is to help clients explore their personal voice and provide a safe, supportive, and empathetic environment to do so.  My therapeutic style centers around a holistic approach that values the mind, body, and spirit as intertwined entities. It is an honor to be a witness to my clients' stories, and it is my hop that my clients find a sense of inner peace and empowerment throughout our Art Therapy journey together.

Alison (Ali) Hamilton-Fay,

MS, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Children, Adolescents, Adults

  • Child Centered Play Therapy

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Adolescent Issues

  • Adjustment Problems In Children

  • Identity Development

  • Grief and loss

  • Trauma

  • Emotion Regulation

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Parenting Concerns

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with advanced training in Child-Centered Play Therapy from The University of Scranton in May 2019 and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Regis College in Massachusetts in 2001. I am currently pursuing my Pennsylvania counseling license (LPC) and offer private pay sessions.

I have experience working with children, tweens, adolescents and adults. Using a person-centered approach, my goal is to create an egalitarian relationship where clients feel supported and accepted in a safe, non-judgmental space that highlights strengths, emphasizes empowerment, and fosters resiliency. Through the counseling experience, I hope to help my clients see the whole picture of who they are, be able to live authentically, improve their overall wellbeing, and to grow or change in positive ways.

Kim Hess,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Life Transitions

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • CBT

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Strengths-based perspective

  • LGBTQ

Hello, my name is Kim Hess, I am a Licensed Social Worker. I returned to my education as an adult learner and earned my Bachelor of Social Work degree at Misericordia University and my Master of Social Work degree from Temple University.

For the past 14 years I have worked with children and families in a child welfare setting. During this time I worked with families of origin, adoptive, and foster families. My interest is working with teens and young adults, and adults who are facing life transitions. I am passionate about working with people who have a history of having been in the foster care or child welfare system.

I create a space for you to feel comfortable to be honest and open about yourself. I value honesty, respect, and dignity in my practice. I value the relationships I build with the people I work with and I respect your dignity. I am open to your thoughts and ideas and bring to you a space of non-judgement and openness. I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered approach, and strength-based perspective.

Alyssa Hurchick,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief and Loss

First, I would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to learn a bit of my educational and work experience background!

My name is Alyssa Hurchick, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  In 2014, I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wilkes University.  I continued my education at the University of Scranton, where I earned my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2016.

My background consists of drug and alcohol counseling, as well as mental health counseling.  I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with people of all ages.  Throughout my experience as a counselor, I have experienced a wide array of concerns with people of all backgrounds.  I understand that every individual has his or her own unique path and experience.  My approaches consist of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.  It is important that I continue to evolve as a counselor.  I do this by staying current with updated trainings, techniques and continuing education.

It is my main goal to provide a safe, open setting where you can feel comfortable speaking your mind.  My goal is to help you find your true self and understand your deepest thoughts, thus allowing you to live your life to its fullest potential.  I strive to provide you support and guidance throughout your journey.

Erin Joyce,

MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Expressive Arts

  • Ecotherapy

  • CBT/DBT

  • Mindfulness/Meditation

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Life Transitions

  • Special Needs

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Parenting Support

  • Perinatal Mental Health (pregnant/postpartum mothers)

I utilize a person-centered expressive arts therapy approach which includes the use of art, storytelling, music, movement, drama, sandtray, and play therapy tailored to meet the client's needs.  The use of expressive arts therapy allows the client to externalize their problems or issues.  Externalizing the problem through images, words, sounds, and/or movement allows the client to view it in many ways and to allow healing.  My journey into expressive arts therapy began in 2010 when I used art therapy and writing for my own healing. After experiencing the benefits, I decided to leave my career as a special education teacher and pursue a new career as an expressive arts therapist, to guide others on their own journey from suffering to health by assisting them with overcoming obstacles through the use of the arts. Everyone is an artist. One does not need to be labeled as an “artist” to experience the healing power of the arts. In addition to expressive arts, I also utilize cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques in sessions.

I am currently working towards licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and registered expressive arts therapist (REAT) and offer private pay sessions. I graduated from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA) in 2015 with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Expressive Arts Therapy. I have over a decade of experience working with children and adolescents from my previous positions as a special education teacher, ABA therapist, and mobile therapist. I also have experience providing individual and couples therapy for adults diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and substance abuse from my internship placement at a non-profit outpatient clinic.

Jamie Judge,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anger Management

  • ADHD

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Nutrition & Wellness

  • Self-Esteem

  • Family Dynamics

  • Behavior Modification

  • CBT

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to learn a little about me.

I completed my undergraduate studies at The Pennsylvania State University where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration certificate in Community Human Services. After working in the field for five years, I pursued my graduate studies at Marywood University where I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a specialization in Behavioral Health. I have been working with children and families for over 13 years in a variety of different capacities including center based school programming, Partial Hospitalization, and outpatient behavioral health services.

I believe that there is a strong connection between physical and mental health and have seen some of best success stories come from working with clients that are willing to give both their bodies and their minds the attention that they deserve. I practice a Person-Centered, strengths based, and solution-focused approach and truly believe that we are all capable of doing great things when we are willing to put in the work!

Nicole Kaufman,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety 

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Pregnancy, Postpartum Anxiety & Depression 

  • Infertility 

  • Trauma

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Adjustments  

Hello! I know the idea of counseling could be intimidating for some people. As a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), my role in the counseling relationship is to do my best to provide a safe, warm, judgement free place for you to openly explore whatever brings you to counseling. I believe each person’s story is unique, so I use an eclectic approach to counseling. I most frequently gravitate toward Person Centered Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, and Motivational Interviewing. I have experience working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, trauma, sexual assault/abuse, self-esteem, relationships, and transitional issues.

 

I’ve worked in the mental health field for 13 years with a wide range of experiences as a Foster Care/Adoption Caseworker, School-Based Mental Health Professional, and Clinical Manager at an outpatient clinic. I received my undergraduate degree in psychology from Wilkes University with a women’s studies minor (which is why I particularly love working with women’s issues!). My master’s degree is in Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. 

 

I believe that the therapeutic relationship can be healing in itself and that empathy and compassion can go a long way in helping a person achieve overall wellness. Whatever your concern may be, it is always helpful to gain insight and another perspective. I hope to hear from you!

Candice Lewis,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Family Counseling

  • Trauma

  • Adolescent Issues

  • Mood Disorders

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

I have over 15 years of experience in the mental health field and in these years, have found my passion in helping individuals find fulfillment in their lives. I received my master's degree in Community Counseling from The University of Scranton and am a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I enjoy working with clients of all ages and I have focused on concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem, divorce, relationship conflicts, and communication issues.

I tend to come into counseling sessions using person centered therapeutic techniques to provide an empathetic understanding and positive regard towards the client. I also use a professional, open, and non-judgmental approach to provide a safe environment to explore personal concerns and collaborate with individuals to work towards therapeutic goals.

Melissa

Loughney,

MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Family Counseling

  • Trauma

  • Adolescent Issues

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Multisystemic Therapy

  • Couples Counseling

I earned a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Scranton, and bachelor’s degree in Women's Studies and English from Temple University.

My areas of experience include trauma, adolescent, individual, group counseling, family counseling, and multi-systemic therapy. I believe my job is to honor and validate clients' past and current struggles while empowering them to create their best lives in the present and future.

I am currently working toward licensure under the direct supervision of my mentor and practice owner, Dr. Sara Thaxton, and offer private pay sessions for a reduced rate.

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change." - Carl Rogers

Jennifer Mancia,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Substance Use

  • Codependency

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation

I attended Capella University and received my Masters in Addiction Counseling in 2013. I’m currently a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. As an LPC, I believe in our society today we are seeing things rapidly changing, we as individuals are always striving to find the next right thing. One thing that seems to remain the same is helping others and how we feel when we are helping other individuals. We all have a purpose in life, we just need to find out what that purpose may be. I have always believed that we need to meet the client where they're at, not where I want them to be. Allowing the client to reach their own goals. I have assisted clients to begin to identify and address the place of being stuck and bringing them to their path of change. I believe together we can find a solution and gain inner peace.

Over the past several years, I have worked with populations such as adolescents, families, and adults in mental health and drug and alcohol settings. While working with these populations, I have addressed depression, anxiety, mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and family conflict. I use a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Katie McGlynn,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Life Transitions/Stress

  • Grief and Loss

  • Emotional Regulation

Hello, my name is Katie, thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about me and my approach to overall wellness.

For the past 15 years I have worked with children, families, and individuals in many capacities. My background is primarily with children & family systems and behavior modification. My practice is strongly routed strengths based solution focused framework. I strongly believe that starting with the clients strengths and working from there yields the best outcomes. I utilize a holistic approach to overall wellness with elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, Person-Centered, and mindfulness techniques.

I am a Licensed Social Worker.  I attended Marywood University where I earned a master’s in social work with a specialization in Child Welfare and a focus on trauma. For my undergraduate degree I attended East Stroudsburg University where I earned a bachelor of science in psychology.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending”

– C.S. Lewis

Savina Ortiz,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Children and Teens

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Stressors

  • Motivational Interviewing

Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read a bit about myself and my counseling experience as you prepare to begin a counseling experience of your own! Whether you are new to counseling or continuing your journey, I believe that finding the right therapist with whom you can most connect with is one of the most important parts of the process.

 

I am currently a Licensed Social Worker, working towards receiving Clinical Licensure. I received my Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Monmouth University in New Jersey, and my Master of Social Work Degree from New York University. I am passionate about working with teens, adults, and families, and have experience working in schools and for non-profit organizations.

 

During my years as a therapist, I have helped teens and families of diverse financial, racial, and ethnic backgrounds work to achieve their goals. I have worked with populations struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. I am aware that every individual is different and comes with their own unique life experiences, and should be treated as such. Therefore, I use different therapeutic approaches and interventions catered to each individual but favor motivational interviewing, talk therapy, person-centered, and a strength-based perspective.

 

I aim to empower and promote growth with all the individuals I work with by helping them understand and cope with their emotions, thoughts, and life events; to process adverse experiences; and to feel empowered to help themselves to achieve their highest level of functioning.

It is my goal to help individuals feel connected to a safe, unbiased, and therapeutic environment that I provide. Let us work together collaboratively to help process your experiences and emotions to initiate healing and work towards your goals!

Bill Poray,

LCSW, CAADC

Specialties & Interests
  • Substance Abuse

  • Process Addictions

  • Codependency

  • Attachment difficulties (family-of-origin)

  • Mood Disorders

  • Trauma-Related Disorders

  • Dissociative Disorders

  • EMDR

  • Clinical Hypnosis

  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy

  • Group Therapy

  • Clinical Consultation and Supervision

I have worked in the counseling field for over 30 years. While the majority of my time has been spent in substance abuse treatment, I have experience working with co-occurring mood disorders i.e. anxiety, depression and trauma. I have been trained in clinical hypnosis, which is used to assist clients in addressing these issues in order to minimize their vulnerability for relapse. In addition, I have been trained in EMDR, a therapeutic approach to help resolve issues stemming from trauma or involving phobias or other mood disorders. Although I was primarily trained in a cognitive behavioral approach (CBT) towards treatment, it is important to assist clients in becoming more attuned to their somatic responses towards their current environments. I have begun to utilize a polyvagal approach which assists clients in understanding and adapting their autonomic responses towards stress.

I approach counseling with the belief that, not only is change possible, but that it is inevitable.  In addition, the client, has the necessary internal resources to make this happen and the counseling relationship assists in bringing these to light. It is essential that the counseling relationship be a joint partnership in order for the client to have as meaningful and personally satisfying experience as possible. Above all else, the counselor needs to make every effort to ensure for emotional safety.

In addition, I feel it is necessary for us to explore past life experiences to gain insight into how this has affected your coping patterns and relationships with yourself and others. Once this insight has been gained, you can begin to decide what changes you would like to make and start seeing the changes you would like in your life.

Tammy Rade,

LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Autism

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • ADHD

  • Trauma

  • Adjustment Problems In Children

  • Grief and Loss

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • School Issues

  • Family Concerns

  • Parenting

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

  • Spirituality

I have a passion for listening to people and helping them unpack their current struggles to develop skills needed to grow and move forward. I take pride in creating a non-judgemental and safe space to explore struggles with my clients. I graduated with my masters in social work from the University of Chicago in 2003 and my Masters in Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 2004. Since then, I have worked with people who were coming from many different walks of life and facing many different challenges. I have worked with children, as well as families, couples, and individual adults.

Chantal Rich,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Children & Adolescents 

  • Adults

  • Families

  • Adoption

  • Self-Esteem

  • Peer/Social Skills

  • Parenting Skills, Strategies, and Techniques

  • LGBTQI+

  • Multicultural and Multiracial Issues

  • Grief/Bereavement

  • Pet Bereavement 

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

Hello! My name is Chantal. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me. I am a Licensed Social Worker and obtained my master’s degree from Marywood University. My undergraduate degree is from the University of Maine at Machias in Fine Arts/American Studies.

 

I am interested in working with both children and adults in a safe, non-judgmental and therapeutic environment utilizing therapeutic techniques that will best fit the client’s needs. I use concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, as well as stress reduction and relaxation techniques.

Cheryl Rittfeldt,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Mindfulness

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anger Management

  • Parenting

  • Teen Issues

  • Children and Adolescents

  • Bullying

  • Relationship Issues

  • LGBTQ+

  • Couples Therapy

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • ADHD

  • Autism

  • Sexual Abuse

Hello, I am Cheryl Rittfeldt, LSW. I am a Licensed Social Worker in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and am currently working towards attaining my clinical social work license. I earned my Master of Social Work from the University of Gothenburg and have an advanced certificate in Child Advocacy and Policy from Montclair State University.

I am continuously seeking to gain more skills and broaden my education. For instance, I am engaged in completing a training to earn a Behavior Specialist License and am in the process of starting the Doctoral of Social Work (DSW) program at Capella University.

I believe that healing is a collective venture that requires honest caring without judgement. I cooperatively assist clients in identifying their goals for treatment. Rather than adopting one methodology for all individuals and issues, I gather from a variety of methods to generate a suited strategy for each individual and situation. As a therapist, I am friendly, open, encouraging, and direct. I consider myself an active therapist, combining expertise, education, imagination, and a sense of humor with a down to earth practical approach to counseling.

I acknowledge that change occurs when people are given the essential guidance, they need to bring about their own power, and realize their capability to live fulfilling, content lives. I contribute an environment of empathy and support to assist individuals and families defeat obstacles to move forward and succeed.

Do you want to work on becoming the best version of yourself? Are you facing challenges but need guidance with navigating through challenging times? I would love to assist you in taking the steps to becoming the best version of yourself.

Molly Rivera,

LPC, ATR-BC

Specialties & Interests
  • Art Therapy

  • Trauma

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and Loss

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Couples and Relationship Issues

Hello. I use a variety of approaches involving creative and evidence-based practices using a person-centered approach to support my clients with issues related to trauma, anxiety and depression, and developmental disorders. I have a master's degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and over 12 years of experience in the therapy field. I believe the relationship between human beings is the dynamic element that powers healing. Therefore, it is important to meet my clients where they are at in order to provide a supportive working client/ therapist relationship. I have extensive training in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and recently became certified in Equine Assisted Mental Health Therapy.

Gabrielle

Shimkus,

LPC, BSN, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Adoption and Infertility

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • First Responders

  • LGBTQ

  • Mood Disorders

  • Relationship issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma and PTSD

Hello, I'm Gabrielle Shimkus. You may remember me reporting the local news for 10 years. I decided to get my Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Marywood University out of a strong desire to help people in a different way. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I believe connection is the most important experience we have as human beings at any age. When connection is disrupted within ourselves or with others, problems can surface in many areas leaving us feeling anxious, depressed, angry or isolated. I strive to provide my clients with a safe, comfortable, and confidential atmosphere to process their struggles and learn how to heal. Anxiety, trauma, depression, and life issues in general can affect all of us. By releasing the burdens you carry and understanding yourself better, I believe you can find the peace you are looking for. I also enjoy public speaking and teaching, and I currently provide clinical supervision to pre-licensed professionals.

Brenda 

Staerker-Lewis,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Addictions

  • Substance Use

  • Emotional Issues

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Family Dysfunction

  • Relationship Issues

  • Multiracial/Multiethnic Concerns

I am a Licensed Social Worker with a certification in Behavioral Health. I have extensive experience treating individuals, couples, and families impacted by addiction, trauma, and serious mental illness. I feel my overall goal is to help clients reframe their narrative so that they can access, and better understand their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. To achieve this, I use a Humanistic approach with a combination of techniques tailored to meet the needs of my clients.

I promise to be inclusive, non-judgmental, and compassionate. Together with my clients, I strive for a thorough understanding of past and present situations and behaviors, so that my clients can grow to accept, love, and appreciate the person they are.

The choice to seek therapy takes courage, but with courage comes empowerment! If you feel alone, disconnected, or just wish the world would stop for just one moment so you can breathe, make the choice, and call...we can do this together!

Jessica Szumski,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Anger Management

  • Depression & Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and Loss

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Teen Issues

  • Family Concerns

  • Bullying

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

  • Life Transitions/Stress

  • CBT & DBT

  • Solution-focused therapy

Hello, I have always been passionate about helping others. This passion has led me to becoming a counselor. In May 2015, I earned my Master of Science in Counselor Education from Marywood University. I possess my certification in K-12 School Counseling and am recognized as a National Certified Counselor. Fieldwork placements and employment opportunities have provided me with a great deal of experience in providing mental health services across a variety of settings. I have provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and families struggling with issues such as: anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, and major life stressors. These clinical experiences have provided me the opportunity to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

 

I firmly believe in providing an empathetic perspective, which fosters client empowerment. My goal is to provide unconditional positive regard to individuals as they discuss their life journeys. Furthermore, I empower my clients to enhance their independence, growth, and aid in cultivating true change. I possess an integrative treatment approach, tailored to meet each client’s needs, utilizing solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and person-centered strategies to help clients overcome difficulties and gain enhanced self-awareness. I look forward to providing support and therapeutic care to my clients on their journeys of self-discovery.

Leah Talarico, MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Connection and Intimacy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Identity Development

  • LGBTQ+

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

Hello, my name is Leah Talarico and I’m proud to have earned my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Scranton. I consider it an honor to support clients through many challenging circumstances in life. I believe we have the ability to heal and grow even through the most confusing or painful experiences. I work from an existential, narrative approach to help clients discover their true, authentic selves and create lives infused with meaning and purpose. I work with adolescents and adults on issues including depression, anxiety, life transitions, work-life balance, identity development, and relationship concerns. 

 

In addition to traditional therapy in an office setting, I also offer therapy in nature-based settings using walk-and-talk therapy. My priority is to build a genuine relationship with you, and I commit to offering you a safe and non-judgmental space. I look forward to being a fellow traveler on your journey towards healing and growth.

Gina Weidow,

MSW, LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Relationship issues

  • Family Counseling

  • Children & Adolescents

  • Life Transitions

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

  • Adoption & Infertility

  • Spirituality

Hi! I am Gina, a Licensed Social Worker with a master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University. I am dedicated to providing support to clients in a professional, genuine manner. My passion is to empower others to increase their self-worth, organize their thoughts and lives, and focus on healthy solutions.

For the past 18 years I have closely worked with individuals, youth, and families. This has allowed me to gain significant experience to pair with my bachelor’s degree in social work from Bloomsburg University where I minored in Sociology and concentrated in marriage, youth, and families. In my practice, I blend Cognitive Behavioral, Person-Centered, and Reality therapies so that clients can be more well-rounded, work through their emotions, and attain practical goals.

Brittney Wolf,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT (Children)

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Special Needs

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

Hi! My name is Brittney Wolf and counseling has always been my passion and purpose.  I grew up questioning the world and its effects on who we become as individuals.  My goal for the globe is to encourage kindness, so that we can become a world of authenticity and happiness. I strongly believe laughter is a therapeutic tool and frequently present on its power to heal.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider.  I started my journey with a bachelors in Psychology at Misericordia University, and completed my master's degree at Washington State University while exploring the west coast.  Currently, I am in a doctoral program studying Forensic Psychology so I can help those who struggle the most find peace within themselves.

I very much believe our thoughts and beliefs control our behaviors and our self-worth.  There is no such thing as a bad person, however bad things happen. No individual was born with a desire to hurt others, do wrong, or become addicted. Early experiences in life may shape our cognitions, but our mind is powerful and it can overcome anything we put our energy towards. Aside from helping others find their power. I enjoy adventures that recharge my body with adrenaline, facing my fears, and in my spare time I volunteer as an EMT.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”

-The Buddha

Interns

Robert Levant

Specialties & Interests
  • Relationship Issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders 

  • Adolescents 

  • Stress/Emotional Issues

  • Mindfulness

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Life Transition

Hi, my name is Bob and I am a clinical intern currently completing a master’s degree program at Capella University. 

 

My priority is to create a safe place for each client to share their journey in a non-judgmental and open environment.  I believe that counseling is a collaborative process that only works best when the client and therapist see themselves as a cohesive team. 

 

I use an existential approach in guiding clients to explore and understand their life experiences and journey.  I often utilize mindfulness-based activities such as journaling, meditation, and breathing exercises during the counseling process.  I am also a certified yoga instructor. 

Courtnie Perri

Hello! My name is Courtnie and I am a current graduate student at The University of Scranton pursuing my master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. I received my bachelor’s degree from Marywood University in 2017 with a concentration in art therapy and a minor in psychology. Also, in 2019 I became a 200-hour registered yoga teacher.

 

Within counseling, I have experience working with children and adolescents that have experienced trauma, anxiety and depression, and have developmental disorders. I hope to gain experience working with the adult population through this practice.

 

As a growing and developing counselor, I hold the counselor/ client connection to be sacred. I believe in providing clients with a compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment while guiding them to explore within themselves. I utilize an eclectic approach within my work but primarily focus on utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy and a humanistic approach. I believe each one of us have the tools within ourselves to conquer what we feel we need in life.

Wellness Team

Massage

Christine Oliveras,

LMT

I have been a massage therapist for 6 years. I currently work at the Lodge of Woodloch and Northeast Rehab. I am excited to be practicing at Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center. In the time that I have been a massage therapist I have been certified in deep tissue massage, Reiki, cupping, and many other healing modalities.

I am currently pursuing my Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in order to broaden my scope of healing. Some of the things I enjoy doing in my spare time are reading and taking walks in nature.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes physical, mental and emotional healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and techniques such as this have been practiced for thousands of years. Reiki is a very simple yet powerful technique that can be easily learned by anyone.

Nutrition

Jamie Coleman

Jaime Coleman provides Nutritional Counseling for our clients.  Jaime was born and raised in Dunmore and continues to live there today with her husband and two children.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Marywood University.  Jaime is a Registered Dietitian and holds a License in the State of Pennsylvania as a Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist.  

Jaime focuses on a holistic approach to nutrition and can help clients with weight loss goals, food allergies, Medical Nutritional Therapy, intuitive eating, nutrition for athletes and plant-based diets.

Reiki

Renée Arledge,

Holy Fire III Reiki CRMT

I am a certified Aroma Freedom Technique Practitioner/Instructor, Holy Fire III Reiki Master/Teacher, Transition Specialist, owner of Reiki for Transitions and Oola Life Coach for Aroma Freedom. Oola is a formula for a building and sustaining a balanced and growing life.

I have 20 years of experience as a Master Herbalist and Reiki Master/Teacher.

I have taught natural health classes for Marywood University's Senior Learners program and Alternative Therapy classes at North Pocono Public Library. I teach Aroma Freedom/Oola internationally.

The Aroma Freedom Technique is a step-by-step process for  identifying and releasing negative thoughts, feelings and memories that  interfere with reaching our goals and dreams. It is meant to be used as  a way to set a person’s emotional energy flowing in a positive  direction, towards growth and expansion rather than contracting in fear,  doubt and paralysis. Aroma Freedom uses Young Living Essential Oils to trigger a  permanent shift in how we view ourselves and the world. This is a simple process that anyone can learn to use.