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Dr. Sara Thaxton,

 PhD, LPC, EMDR

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

  • CBT and DBT trained

  • Therapy for Therapists

  • Consultant for Licensed Therapists

  • Supervisor for Counselors-In-Training

  • Couples

  • Gottman Certified Level I and Level II

  • Group Therapy

  • Mood Disorders

  • Depersonalization, Derealization, and Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Chronic Physical Conditions

  • Personality Disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Trauma and Abuse

  • Bariatric/Weight Loss

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 two bachelor’s degrees, one in Psychology and one in Biology.

I am a licensed counselor in the state of Pennsylvania and in 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 looking to enhance their professional growth and development. 

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Sarah Airgood,

LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • EMDR

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • First Responders

  • Veterans

  • Substance Abuse

       Location: Archbald and                              Virtual

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.

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Samantha
Blanchard,
MA, LPC, ATR-BC
Art Therapist

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

       Location: Hawley and                              Virtual

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 a registered art therapist (ATR) with 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

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Kristal Bolhuis,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma

  • Veterans

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relational issues

  • Family Counseling

  • Teen Issues

  • Couples

  • Emerging Adults

  • TF-CBT

  • EMDR

  • Gottman Level 1

Hello, my name is Kristal Bolhuis and I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma Focused – CBT, Gottman Method level 1, and SYMBIS.

 

First, I want to say congratulations for taking the time to explore options to support your mental health.  It is my primary goal that clients feel safe, accepted, empowered, and heard within the therapeutic relationship. I am passionate about holding space for the experiences that have brought you to where you are. Whether that is a lifetime of military service, getting through college, or somewhere in-between, I will provide support as you identify your goals, and we collaborate on how to reach them. I also place great value on the presence and health of relationships in life. You can expect to be treated as a complex individual, with many moving and living parts.

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Jennifer Brungardt,
LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Attachment Focused Psychotherapy

  • Client-centered Therapy

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • EMDR

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders

  • Domestic Violence and Abuse

  • Childhood Trauma

As a therapist, my goal is to create a warm, safe, non-judgmental space for my clients’ self-discovery and healing. I support my clients as they build on their intrinsic skills and strengths so that they can navigate through difficult periods and life transitions in ways that foster growth and well-being. I believe that the strongest therapeutic relationships are built from trust, respect, transparency, empathy and equality. Counseling from a place of kindness, understanding and compassion, I’m driven by curiosity and a genuine interest in the transformative power of connection. I have always been interested in the wide variety of human emotions and how people express themselves.  I’m drawn to how people make sense of their experiences and heal from pain, loss, and other forms of trauma.

 

In our first sessions, we will  work to establish goals for treatment so that our later sessions can serve to deepen self-exploration into how we can meet those goals. I use a combination style of CBT, psychodynamic and attachment theories and then tailored to best suit the client's goals and needs. I’m also trained in EMDR(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).

 

I have experience with and specialize in treating depression and anxiety disorders, substance misuse, PTSD, and Complex Post -Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). I also trust in a mind-body connection and place emphasis on the interaction between these two systems to heal trauma.

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Katherine Carrill,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • ADD/ADHD 

  • Identity Exploration/Self Worth 

  • Life Transitions 

  • Grief & Loss

  • LGBTQ+ 

  • Anxiety 

  • Trauma 

  • Depression 

  • Infertility 

  • Relationship Challenges 

Accepted. Seen. Heard. If these words reflect the opposite of how you often feel, you are in the right place. Do you frequently find yourself split between different worlds? Do you often feel you are trying to live up to standards but falling short? If you feel tired and overwhelmed by the work it takes to get through the day, you are not alone. I would be privileged to sit with you wherever you are in your journey. I am a licensed social worker who is presently working toward a clinical license. I specialize in treating adults and adolescents, but I also have experience working with families and the geriatric population.

 

I have my undergraduate degree in criminal justice through Berkeley College and my graduate degree in Social Work from Fordham University. I am passionate, energetic, and work collaboratively with my clients to connect on a personal level. 

If you want to start your day off with positivity or end it with a clear mind, make an appointment that works best for you. I am here to help you accept the things beyond your control, grow personally and learn that inner peace is indeed attainable. 

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Bridget Conlon
Kolf, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Acute Trauma

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • OCD and Related Disorders

  • Safe Zone Trained (LGTBTQ)

  • Gender-Affirming Counseling

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Stress Management

  • Perinatal Mental Health

  • Social Skills

  • Interpersonal Functionality in Relationships 

  • Codependency

  • Children

  • Adolescents

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Dissociation 

  • Sexual Assault

Hey there, I’m Bridget and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of PA. I graduated from the University of Scranton’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in 2021. With 3 years of experience in individual outpatient counseling, I have found developing a therapeutic relationship based on mutual respect, goal orientation, and constant attention to rapport is my strong suit as a counselor. My focus is on meeting individuals where they are, and assessing their mental health and wellness needs, goals, and outcomes collaboratively. My therapeutic style is conversational, honest, and authentic. With each client, the timeline for comfort and readiness through the therapeutic process is different, but I hope to reach a point of trust and rapport so that I can gently offer feedback and confrontation to assist in progressing and growing further. 

 

I am well-versed in concepts, skills and interventions guided by cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, strengths based therapy, and person centered therapy. However, upon greeting new clients and establishing a starting point I tend to approach therapy with reality/choice theory in mind. I also use a trauma-informed approach to counseling treatment - in which I find it paramount to emphasize moving at the clients pace and establishing trust. In the future, I hope to expand my knowledge on internal family systems theory, and polyvagal theory, as well as earn a certification in dialectical behavioral therapy.

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Mariah Davis,

LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Substance Abuse

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

       Location: Clarks Summit                            and Virtual

Hello there, my name is Mariah.

Beginning therapy can be quite a journey. Making the time to invest in yourself is some of the hardest work you will do in life & also can be the most rewarding. Just like yourself, I took a step to begin therapy in my teenage years and have been going ever since.

When working with clients, my approach is to explore all aspects of your daily living, to see what is impacting your well-being along with past experiences. The relationship I have with my clients is the foundation of our work together.

I may apply a variety of techniques and theories, depending on individual needs. Such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Breathe Work, etc.

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, where I played Women’s Lacrosse as well.

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Haley DeAngelo,
MS, LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Children & Families 

  • Disruptive Behavior/Impulsivity

  • Tantrums

  • Separation, Divorce, Family Conflict

  • ADHD

  • Oppositionality 

  • Anger/Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Social Skill Building

  • Bullying

  • Trauma/Grief 

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

Hello! My name is Haley DeAngelo and I am a child and adolescent therapist with over 10 years experience working in community mental health, private practice, and crisis intervention. I am licensed as an LPC and hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in child and adolescent mental health interventions. I incorporate Child-Centered Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy techniques, and Behavioral Modification techniques into my sessions based on your child/families needs.

 

I truly believe in the age-old saying, "it takes a village" and my approach in therapy reflects that. The most difficult (but rewarding!) job in this world is being a parent and/or caregiver to a child, and I look forward to helping you and your loved ones navigate any issues or stressors affecting your family unit. 

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Anna Elkin-Wren
LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety 

  • Depression/Mood 

  • Trauma 

  • Social Skills 

  • Stress Management 

  • Self-Esteem

  • Life Transitions 

  • LGBTQ+ 

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

        Fluent in Russian

Hi there and thanks for taking the time to get to know me. While it’s important to know my clinical expertise and background, I’d also like to share some fun facts about myself that can help you decide if you think we would make a good therapeutic match.  

 

I grew up in the Wyoming Valley, receiving my Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Sociology from King’s College and my Master of Social Work degree from Marywood University. I enjoy spending time outside and doing crafts like sewing and quilting.

 

I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, older adults, and families. Using mostly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and a strengths-based approach, I help my clients help themselves.  I will do all I can to create a safe and comfortable space that will empower you to meet your goals.

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Matthew Fedor,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Children

  • Adolescents

  • Gender Identity

  • LGBTQIA+

  • ADHD

  • ODD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Anger and Aggression

  • School Related Issues

  • Bullying

  • Stress and Emotion Regulation

       Location: Archbald and                              Virtual

Hello! I’m Matt and I’m eager to work with you on whatever challenge, barrier, pain, struggle, difficulty, or “problem” you are facing.

My approach to therapy is based upon finding a mutual language that we both understand and incorporating therapeutic interventions into terms you already know. I believe that those who are this far in seeking out support (*ahem* you are reading an “about me” from a therapist), already have an idea of what they want to improve, be better at, and/or overcome, but might not fully know where to start or how to reach the end goal. I work collaboratively with my clients, to encourage and empower them to manage their own lives.

I have been in the mental health field for about 10 years and have found that being myself in sessions, showing my interests (like video games, super heroes, anime, music, & movies), and relating through those has been the most effective in supporting others to get to where they want to be.

My goal is to develop a relationship with my clients, for them to recognize the worth in themselves and in therapy, and to be able to obtain the tools, knowledge, and perspective in order to meet their full potential.

I have worked in various roles, primarily with children, adolescents, and their families. From experience in inpatient psychiatric treatment, crisis intervention, Functional Family Therapy, one-on-one individual therapy, and as a previous supervisor, I use my knowledge to help others. I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania, and am working towards obtaining my Clinical Social Work license. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a Minor in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton.

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Chelsee Firestone, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

  • Family Counseling

  • Parenting Support

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Grief, Loss, Bereavement

  • Trauma

  • PTSD

  • Children, Teens, Young Adult

  • Adults

  • Couples

     

       Location: Dunmore and                              Virtual

Hi, my name is Chelsee and I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with you!

I started my journey as a counselor at Fairleigh Dickinson University where I graduated with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I have focused my career on child development/behavior, adolescent/teen interpersonal effectiveness, family systems, and couples/marriage counseling. I am also certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). I have experience in settings ranging from preschool/daycares, middle/high school, residential treatment facilities, and outpatient.

 

How I practice therapy truly depends on you and what type of support you need. I utilize a combination of theoretical approaches such as psychoeducational, cognitive behavioral therapy, attachment theory, family dynamic systems, and person-centered theories. I hope to guide you in understanding your past, gaining insight on how it affects you currently, and support you in making long-lasting change in your future. Ultimately, my goal as your therapist is to provide you with compassionate support that results in you feeling empowered to achieve your desired outcome.

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Clarissa Fischer,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • College Students

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mindfulness

  • Life Stressors

  • Social Skills

  • Self-Esteem

  • Codependency and other relationship dynamics

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

Greetings! I am Clarissa Fischer, a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a degree from Marywood University in Scranton. My passion lies in supporting individuals as they navigate life’s challenges and discover their unique strengths.

I specialize in helping clients with self-esteem, anxiety, life adjustments, grief, and depression. Additionally, I have a particular focus on addressing codependency, a topic I’m deeply passionate about.

In my practice, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to empower my clients to reach their personal goals and find peace in their lives. My approach is client-centered and compassionate, aiming to create a safe and nurturing space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings openly.

Together, we can work towards building a healthier, more fulfilling life. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to well-being and happiness

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Tiffani Gebhardt, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • EMDR

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT (children)

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Special Needs

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

  • OCD

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

Hi! I am a licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. 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 curious about others’ unique experiences of the world. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. My primary focus in counseling is to create a safe space in which clients can be vulnerable and learn to understand themselves more deeply.

 

I approach counseling from a Cognitive Behavioral perspective that focuses on the connection between clients’ thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. I am also trained in EMDR. Let’s work together to uncover your authentic self.

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Emily Golden,
LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Children, Adolescents, and Adults

  • Couples

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Family Conflicts

  • Peer Relationships

  • Identification and Development of Healthy Relationships

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Life Stressors

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Personal Development

       Location: Clarks Summit                            and Virtual

Hello! My name is Emily and a little educational history about myself: I graduated from Millersville University with my bachelor's degree in Psychology and received my master's degree in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Walden University.

 

Growing up and into my adult life I have always been the listener. I have a passion of listening and learning about people. My experience throughout the years has allowed me to work with a wide range of individuals and the issues they experience. I utilize CBT, Narrative, and Person-Centered therapies the most.

 

My goal as a therapist is to allow a safe place for couples and individuals to express themselves in an open and honest way. I strive to do my best to provide different avenues of thoughts and goals that meet my clients where they are, and help them build the life that they have envisioned.

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Samantha
Grabher, MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Connection and Intimacy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Identity Development

  • LGBTQ+

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

I currently hold an MS in Psychology and I will be completing my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling this summer. I have applied for my Associate LPC licensure and have already started to work towards my LPC.

For the past 3 years, I've been working as an MST therapist with at-risk youth and families, following 3 years as a Family Based Therapist in rural areas. My dedication to underserved communities drives me to create affordable, judgment-free spaces for mental health support.

As a US Navy veteran, I bring discipline, resilience, and attention to detail into therapy, ensuring thorough exploration of every individual's story. My solution-focused approach fosters empowerment, enabling clients to set meaningful goals and navigate toward a brighter future.

I'm fueled by my passion to make a difference, committed to helping you overcome obstacles, build resilience, and uncover inner strength. Therapy, to me, is a collaborative journey where client and clinician work together to explore challenges and devise practical solutions.

Utilizing therapeutic modalities like CBT, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness techniques, I tailor interventions to each person's unique needs, whether addressing anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or life transitions, with the goal of empowering clients to create positive change!

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Megan Greenwald,
MA, LPC, 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

       Location: Scranton and                              Virtual

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 University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am currently a Nationally Certified Counselor and am licensed as a professional counselor. 

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. 

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Harli Haggerty,
LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • LGBTQ+

  • Autism

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Identity Development

  • Self-Esteem

  • ADHD

       Location: Dunmore and                              Virtual

Hello! I'm Harli! I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology and my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Scranton.

 

I have five years of experience in community mental health. Most of my experience is working with children, adolescents, and young adults. I incorporate a humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and strength based approach to meet clients' individual needs. I believe in working closely with the client to empower them to accomplish goals.

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Alison (Ali) Hamilton-Fay,
MS, LPC, 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

       Location: Clarks Summit                            and Virtual

As a therapist, my purpose is to see you, hear you, and work with you to reach your goals, live authentically, and to grow or change in positive ways. I am rooted as a person-centered and empowerment focused therapist, however I take an integrated approach to therapy to meet you where you are at and best support you on your journey.  I strive to create a relationship where you feel supported and accepted in a safe, non-judgmental space that highlights strengths, emphasizes empowerment, and fosters resiliency.

 

I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counseling in Pennsylvania. I hold a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Regis College, a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Scranton and I have advanced training in Child-Centered Play Therapy. I enjoy working with children, tweens, teens, and adults. I welcome and affirm persons of all ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, sexualities, affectional orientations, and gender identities. 

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Rachel Homitz,
M.Ed., LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • EMDR

  • Gender Dysphoria

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Eating Disorders

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to read more about me as you take the first steps to begin your journey to healing.

I graduated from Keystone College and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Child and Society, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have worked primarily with children and families over the past 13 years.

I am trained in EMDR to help clients work through trauma and distressing life experiences, which can continue impacting their lives. I believe there is no single approach for every individual, so I incorporate a person-centered and strengths-based approach. I am passionate about providing a non-judgmental and safe space for all individuals where my clients can explore and develop their strengths. By focusing on your strengths, you can build a sense of self-efficacy and control in your life, which can be instrumental in helping you achieve goals. We will work together to build upon your strengths, improve your communication, learn new coping skills, and create lasting changes. I will support you as you take the steps toward reaching your goals, learn to navigate life’s stressors and improve your overall well-being. I am committed to helping you make positive changes in your life.

I look forward to working together to help you on your journey to healing and to help you achieve your goals!

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Annie Hounsokou,
MS

 

Specialties & Interests
  • Adolescents

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Families

  • Chronic Illness

  • Pastoral Counseling

  • Grief

I am a recent graduate from the University of Scranton (2023). I also hold a doctorate in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America. Combining these fields, I believe that a counselor is just your own personal philosopher.

 

My theoretical approach is Adlerian, which means that I am interested first and foremost in encouraging my clients to help them achieve their goals. Every person goes through stages of growth that depend on their age, role, or life situation. In each stage, difficulties inevitably arise, bringing up various issues that need problem-solving, but also questions of meaning and purpose.

 

My role, as I view it, is to encourage my clients through all of these, looking together for the way to go forward with confidence and hope.

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Rita Hughes, LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Adolescents

  • Young Adults

  • Adults

  • Parental Issues

  • Sexual Assault

  • Trauma

  • Life stressors

  • Depression

I am a genuinely dedicated and compassionate therapist. I am a licensed mental health clinician with over ten years of clinical counseling and advocacy experience working with clients diverse in age, gender identity, sexuality, racial/ethnic backgrounds and trauma histories. My experience and passion is working with adolescents, young adults and survivors of trauma, particularly survivors of sexual assault and interpersonal violence to heal from abuse, navigate their lives and find and embrace their authentic selves.

I have a Masters of Arts degree from New York University, where I specialized in human rights and public health, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Central Florida. My education really emphasized the power of one’s environment and relationships on their mental health. This view has really shaped my culturally competent and trauma-informed approach to therapy and I strive to empower and guide my clients in finding what they want and who they truly want to be. You are the true expert of your life so we will collaborate to discover the tools that resonate with you. I am here to provide a safe and supportive space to heal and be real.

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Erin Joyce,
LAPC,
Expressive Art Therapist

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)

       Location: Dunmore and                              Virtual

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.

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Tamara Keiper,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief

  • Substance Use Disorder

  • Co-occurring Disorders

  • Stress Management

  • Trauma

  • Women's Issues

  • Parenting

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Career Counseling

  • Work Related Issues

  • Stress

I have spent over 20 years in the field of behavioral health and therapy.  Change is present for eternity; it can be uncomfortable, but undeniable.  The one truth is that changes have changed you through life and you may need more changes to feel well.  Taking some time to schedule to chat about your needs in a comfortable setting is a big step but an important one. Maybe you are new to therapy or maybe you are looking for someone new to help you on your journey. Whatever you need to do to feel more peace in your life, I'm happy to help with those first steps.


Growing up in the Wyoming Valley I have been emersed in the culture of the Valley with a heart; a community built on the backs of strong work ethic and strong family values.  I attended Bloomsburg University and Marywood University to complete my Masters.  During my career, I have worked in various levels of care and settings including children, adolescents, adults, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, work life balance and other topics.  During that time, my experiences allowed me to become more adept at helping people become their own best advocate and source of problem resolution. Beyond direct treatment I have also worked in Managed Care, giving me an abundance of resources and services throughout the State to assist those needing more supports.  

 

I am a creative soul that is living my life's purpose.  I have enjoyed many roles in my career but sitting one on one with someone craving more in their life, or maybe less as the case may be, is my true passion.  Finding a new perspective and turning the dial on our own kaleidoscope is the single best gift we give to ourselves.  If you want to navigate your course with me, I look forward to it.

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Julia Lettieri,
MS, NCC, LAPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Communication Concerns

  • Trauma

  • Sexual Assault

  • Grief and Loss

  • LGBTQ+

  • Substance Use

  • Adjustment-related Concerns

Hi there! My name is Julie and I am a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and I am currently in the process of completing requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I hold a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marywood University. 

I have five years of experience working with many individuals experiencing a variety of mental health concerns. I have primarily worked with older adolescents and young adults with a wide range of concerns, as well as adults with substance use disorders and children with behavioral and learning disorders.

 

My counseling approach is a combination of cognitive-behavioral, person-centered and strengths-based therapy. My goals in working with clients are to empower them to be their most authentic selves, to encourage them to make positive changes to improve their overall well-being and lives, and to help them achieve their unique goals. 

I think of counseling like driving in a car together—you are driving the car and in total control of the vehicle and its destination, while I am in the passenger seat providing guidance and direction to get you to the destination. Let’s drive this car together and get you where you want to go! 

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Julia Lieback,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Drug and Alcohol

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Couples

  • Veterans

  • College Students

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

Hi, I'm Julia! I have always had an interest and passion in being a helper. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from Penn State Scranton and my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Shippensburg University. I am a licensed professional counselor in the state of PA.

 

I believe the counseling relationship is one that benefits the client by empowering them, building their strengths and gaining new perspectives. Most of my experience is a mix of private practice and substance abuse work, which allows me to be versatile to each client's need. I have worked with a wide range of clients including college students, substance abuse, couples, veterans, and LGBTQIA+.

 

My interests include trauma focused therapy, grief and loss, drug and alcohol, couples therapy and my orientation leans towards Person-Centered modalities and CBT. I aim to provide a welcoming space for clients to begin their counseling journey. Thanks for taking your time to read about me! 

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Gina
Lispi-Murray,
LBS

Specialties & Interests
  • Eating Disorders

  • Body Image Issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Children & Adolescents

  • Relationship Issues

  • Couple Counseling

  • Autism

  • ADHD

       Location: Forty Fort and                            Virtual

I graduated from King's College in 2010, Bachelor of Arts, Cum-Laude, where I double-majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

While at King's, I completed an internship at Wyoming Valley First Hospital, where I administered Psychological testing, and facilitated group and individual therapy for adolescents and adults.

 

In 2012, I earned my Masters of Arts in Psychology, from

Marywood University. Upon graduating from Marywood University, I became a Licensed Behavioral Specialist Consultant, and a Mobile Therapist.

 

I have provided individual therapy to children and adolescents and have incorporated other family members or individuals directly involved with the client to develop a deeper understanding of the client's world.

 

It is my main goal to help all individuals feel safe and secure, in a nonjudgmental environment. I look forward to working together to meet all of your goals!

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Laura Mariani,
MA, LPC, CADC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Pet Bereavement 

  • Substance Use Disorders

  • Trauma

       Location:

       Clarks Summit and Virtual

My name is Laura and I'm licensed professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor. I have extensive experience working with substance use disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders.  


I earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Hartford Graduate Institute for Professional Psychology. 
 

My approach to treatment is person centered and strengths based. I believe in the importance of an authentic therapeutic alliance and strive to maintain an environment that encourages positive change. 
I am grateful for all the clients who have trusted me to help them explore and grow through therapy. 

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Anna Maslar,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Adoption and Infertility

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • First Responders

  • LGBTQ

  • Mood Disorders

  • Relationship issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma and PTSD

Greetings! I'm Anna, a dedicated therapist holding a Master’s degree from Marywood University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. As a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), I bring years of field experience since my graduation in 2022. 

 

My therapeutic approach is rooted in recognizing our shared humanity, encompassing emotions, thoughts, and life experiences. I strive to foster balance, set achievable goals, and instill purpose in the lives of those I work with.

 

My practice integrates Humanistic/Client-Centered Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), acknowledging the intricate interplay between thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.

 

I'm committed to fostering genuine and authentic connections, aiming to serve as a guiding presence in your journey towards personal growth and fulfillment. Let's embark on this journey together!

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Kathleen 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

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Hannah
McMinn, LPC
EMDR

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Grief & Loss

  • Trauma

  • Children

  • Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Life Stressors

  • Self-Esteem

  • Family Conflict

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • EMDR

       Location: Scranton 

                        and Virtual

Hello!  My name is Hannah McMinn, and I hold a Master of Science in Community and Trauma Counseling.  I have my LPC and have been working with adolescents and families for the past five years.  My area of focus is trauma and helping people to find peace and balance, despite early experiences of adversity and hardship.  As trauma is my area of focus, I am consistently researching and seeking educational opportunities regarding trauma treatment modalities and the advances in the science that surrounds it.  

 I have spent the past 3 years as an MST therapist working with at-risk youth and their families, helping my clients and their families find solutions and strategies to promote safety, wellness, and support in the home.  I have experience working with adolescents who do not traditionally like therapy or who have mandated to therapy by Children and Youth or Juvenile Probation.  In these cases, I work to adjust the therapeutic process to feel more relevant to them so that they can benefit from it and feel a sense of ownership of the process. 

 

Overall, I use a person-focused, strength-based and holistic approach to help my clients identify where they are now and where they would like to be. 

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George Mercurio,
MA, LPC, NCC
EMDR

Specialties & Interests
  • Alcohol and Substance Use Disorder

  • Adolescents

  • EMDR

  • Trauma

  • CBT

  • Facilitating Group Therapy

  • Emotional Regulation/Stress

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Mindfulness

  • Grief and Loss

  • Family Issues

  • Personality Disorders

       Location: Forty Fort 

                        and Virtual

Greetings! My name is George, and my experience has shown me that the number one indicator of a client’s ability to heal is the strength of the relationship that is created between therapist and client. My approach is to always allow you to grow at your own pace, and to form a partnership where together, we can overcome the obstacles in your path and help you to achieve wellness.

 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University and my Bachelor’s Degree from Seton Hall University. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP).

 

I have worked as a counselor for the past 6 years, helping both adults and adolescents who have drug and alcohol addictions and mental health disorders, as well as their families. Depending on your needs, my modalities include Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Mindfulness. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I offer EMDR to clients who have suffered from traumatic events in their lives. I look forward to being a part of your personal journey!

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Savina Ortiz,

LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Relationship Issues

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Children and Teens

  • Relationship Issues

  • Life Stressors

  • Motivational Interviewing

       Location: Forty Fort 

                        and Virtual

        Fluent in Greek

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!

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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

       Location: Moscow 

                        and Virtual

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.

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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

       Location: Scranton 

                        and Virtual

        Fluent in French

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.

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Jamie Richardson,
MA

 

Specialties & Interests
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Life Stressors

  • School Related Concerns

  • Family Concerns

 Location: Scranton and Virtual

Hello everyone, I am Jamie Richardson (He, Him). I am a graduate from the University of Scranton’s Clinical Mental Health master’s degree program. I have a bachelor’s degree from Purdue Global University in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  The approach I use is a person-centered focus with a solution and strength-based influence.

 

I want to take a moment to thank you for reading this and for considering your mental health needs. Obviously, from my picture, I have spent some time in this world. My background before college was in construction and helping clients that are physically and mentally indifferent. This has helped in creating the type of environment for a session where you can feel at ease and safe. This safe place is for you to be able to explore your thoughts and feelings while using myself as a sounding board. This is an opportunity to laugh, cry, scream and process what has been on your mind. 

 

Some history about myself, I am the oldest of ten children. I started working for my father’s construction company. This led to a lifetime of construction and maintenance experience. A few years ago, I was presented with the opportunity to find my passion. I have always enjoyed being able to help others through whatever means available. This lifetime of experiences has taught me to always take an out of the box approach to things. When looking at a problem there is often a point where it is more than what is being shown. If the sink is not draining right, we would at first go right to the drain, this could be the answer, or it could be other issues leading to the clog. I feel the same is true for mental health.  I look forward to working with you.

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Molly Rivera,
LPC, ATR-BC
Art Therapist

Specialties & Interests
  • Art Therapy

  • Trauma

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and Loss

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Couples and Relationship Issues

       Location: Clarks Summit 

                        and Virtual

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.

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Lyndi Roberts,
LSW, HSV

Specialties & Interests
  • Children

  • Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Parental Support

  • CBT

  • Life Stressors

  • School Related Concerns

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral Concerns

       Location: Hawley 

                        and Virtual

Hi there, I'm Lyndi! I am a Licensed Social Worker, and I earned my bachelor's degree in social work from Mercyhurst University and my master's degree in social work as well as my Home and School Visitors (HSV) Certification from Marywood University. I am currently pursuing my Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certification from Penn State University as well as my Clinical Social Work License. 

I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Utilizing different evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I aim to help individuals learn to live more in the moment, regulate intense emotions, and improve relationships with others.

 

I strive to provide a warm and inclusive environment that allows everyone to identify their strengths while obtaining the tools necessary for overcoming the life- challenges and stressors that could make us feel off-balanced. 

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Rochelle
Rodriguez,
LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Depression

  • School Issues

  • Career Counseling

  • Self-esteem

  • Mindfulness

  • Cultural Issues 

  • LGBTQ+

  • Adolescents/Emerging Adults 

  • Major Life Adjustments

       Location: Scranton

                        and Virtual

Hello! My name is Rochelle and I am a licensed professional counselor. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2019 and my Master’s in School Counseling in 2021 from Marywood University. I have been working in the mental health field for about 4 years. I have experience working with individuals encountering difficulties with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, major life adjustments, and cultural issues. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults. 

 

I take on a person-centered approach serving as a guide and a source of support to reaching self-acceptance and self-recovery. I view therapy as a collaborative effort in which I provide a judgment-free environment to help my clients work through life’s challenges in a safe place. My passion is to assist individuals reach their fullest potential by highlighting their strengths and helping them work through their areas of growth. I strive to assist individuals with finding purpose and healing. 

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Megan Runco,
MA, LAPC,
ATR-BC
Art Therapist

Specialties & Interests
  • Children and Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Healthy Emotion Expression

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anger Management

  • Art Therapy

Hello! My name is Megan. I am a board certified and registered art therapist. I graduated with my master’s degree in Art Therapy from Marywood University and have been working in the art therapy field since 2013.  In those years, I’ve had the opportunity to assist children, adolescents, and adults with creative expression and healing through art therapy.  I have experience working in residential treatment facilities, inpatient hospital groups, and individual therapy settings.

 

I love helping people find alternate methods in which to express themselves! Using a variety of art techniques, metaphors, and discussion, I work with people to help them find peace and healing in their lives.  Art therapy isn’t about being “a great artist”.  In fact, no prior art experience is needed! It’s just another way to help work through difficult emotions and areas in our lives that may be hard to put into words.  Sessions are tailored to individual needs to make sure clients always feel comfortable and safe in the therapy space.

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Brenda 
Staerker-Lewis,
LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Addictions

  • Substance Use

  • Emotional Issues

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Family Dysfunction

  • Relationship Issues

  • Multiracial/Multiethnic Concerns

       Location: Scranton 

                        and Virtual

I am a Licensed Clinical 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!

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Kim Stokes,
LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Adults

  • Coping With Medical Conditions

  • Pain Management

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and Loss

  • Caregiver Concerns

  • Stress Reduction

  • Mindfulness/Relaxation Training

       Location: Forty Fort 

                        and Virtual

Hello!  My name is Kim.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.  I graduated from King's College with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and from The University of Scranton with a master’s degree in Community Counseling. I have over twenty years of experience in the field. 

 

I have experience counseling clients who have suffered major medical conditions including but not limited to: traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputations, cardiac events, major multiple injuries, COVID, etc. 

 

Through my experience I have learned the benefits of  looking at the whole person including their physical and emotional wellbeing and the strength of their support system. It has also become clear that communication with a multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social services, etc. leads to better outcomes overall.   

I like to compare the counseling process to building a house.  You need to find someone you trust, that listens to your concerns in a nonjudgmental manner, and takes into consideration the goals you have in order to create a blueprint for what you would like to accomplish from therapy.  Once you have that foundation, you use tools and collaboration to build something that can support you well beyond the time you spend together. 

To assist you I will apply a customized approach using elements of person-centered, cognitive behavioral, and solution focused therapies and mindfulness/relaxation training.

We will work together to reach your goals and be open to making modifications as needed. I will take a holistic approach to be sure the mind and body relationship is being respected and explored and I can provide relaxation skills training, suggestions for self care/wellness, and collaboration, as appropriate, with those important in supporting the whole person. 

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Rachel Tunis,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • PTSD

  • Trauma

  • Bipolar

  • Grief and Loss

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Personality Disorders

  • Eating Disorders

Hello there! My name is Rachel Tunis! I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor with 4 years of experience. I graduated in 2019 from the university of scranton with my Master's degree in clinical mental health counseling.

 

The population I feel most comfortable working with individuals ages 12+. I work with my clients to develop an individualized approach to therapy leaning into many different theories to find the right fit for their specific needs. An example of some issues I work with are grief, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, addiction, co-occurring disorders, and personality disorders.

 

My approach is when you are ready I am here to support you! I believe my clients are the experts on their lives and I work to walk beside them in order to help them gain clarity, understanding, and resolution. If you feel ready to engage in the work I am ready to walk beside you through it!

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Christina
VanWert, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma/Childhood Trauma

  • Marriage/Relationship Issues

  • Codependency 

  • Substance Abuse

  • Stress/Emotion Regulation

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety 

  • Women’s Sex Disorders and Intimacy Issues

 I believe in the art and science of therapy, as I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the power of therapy for healing and growth. As a psychodynamic therapist, my approach to therapy emphasizes the importance of early childhood experiences. We will look at how these early experiences or traumas have impacted your lifestyle, relationships, core beliefs, and how they have shaped your present behaviors and thought processes. 

 

The goal in my therapy can be broken down into two steps:

First, we discover what we need to heal in order to grow and prosper. Second, we learn how to begin the work. If you feel like you don’t know where to begin and as if you’re “stuck” in the same patterns and self-defeating behaviors, you’re not alone. If you’re ready to take the next step in your healing, I’d love to journey alongside you.

 

I have a total of 7 years in the mental health field, working with a vast number of mental health disorders and diagnoses. I earned my Bachelor of Arts from Temple University in 2016 and my Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2020. 

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Allyson Villella,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Mood Disorders

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • DBT

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Stressors

  • Couples

  • Families

Hi! My name is Allyson. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wilkes University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marywood University. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Additionally, I have worked in the mental health field serving individuals, couples, and families since 2015. 

 

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of success in counseling, and approach my clients with compassion, understanding, and empowerment as we work together to reach therapeutic goals. My priority is to create a safe, warm, and welcoming space for clients to expand their self-awareness and cope with difficult emotions. I utilize a person-centered, solution-focused, and holistic approach, often incorporating techniques from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and tailoring my approach to fit the needs of the individual in front of me. I’m a firm believer that everyone needs someone, sometimes, and I would be honored to accompany you along your journey!

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Gina Weidow,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Relationship Issues

  • Family Counseling

  • Children & Adolescents

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress

  • Adoption and Infertility

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • 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.

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Anja Whitehead,
MS, NCC, LAPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Adults

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mood Disorders

  • Relationship issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Teens

My name is Anja Whitehead and I’m a master's level clinician and Nationally Certified Counselor, working towards licensure. I have a background in working with individuals facing anxiety, PTSD, depression, phase of life problems, and more. I pride myself on cultivating a comfortable, warm, empathetic therapeutic environment for all clients. I encourage you to come as you are and make yourself comfortable in session.


I work mostly with adults but also see couples and teens. My approach to treatment varies, from client to client. Depending on your needs we may use mindfulness, strength-based approaches, solution focused, person centered, and more. I will meet you where you are, and we will work together through the therapeutic process. Together, we will find what techniques work for you.

 

Additionally, I like to get creative and add in touches of art therapy and music therapy for those who are interested in a more hands on approach. My goal is to walk alongside you and navigate this
phase of life together. You do not have to carry the weight of life alone.

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Jackalynn Wilson,
LPC, ATR-BC
Art Therapist

Specialties & Interests
  • Children

  • Teens

  • Adults

  • Art Therapy

  • Addiction

  • ADHD

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Coping Skills

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

  • School Issues

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Women’s Issues

Hi! My name is Jackie and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. I graduated from Marywood University with a Bachelor’s in Art Therapy and continued to obtain a Master’s in Art Therapy. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I was previously the clinical supervisor of an after-school partial hospitalization program for adolescents facilitating individual, group and family therapy. Additionally, I was an adjunct professor at Marywood University in the Art Therapy department, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students. I work with individuals experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, difficulties with self-esteem/self or body-image, addiction, as well as struggles with anger and mood regulation. I’ve also work with children and adolescents who have difficulties with attention and behaviors.

 

As a Board-Certified Art Therapist, I seek to use the natural healing of art and art making with clients, working together to explore current concerns and pressing matters. Art can be intimidating, but art therapy allows individuals the opportunity to process more difficult feelings safely through non-verbal communication. Art therapy is welcomed into any session; however, it does not always have to be involved. I provide therapy that is person-centered and focused on meeting YOUR needs.

 

My goal is to assist others in reaching their goals through a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment. I apply a Humanistic, Trauma Focused approach to therapy, utilizing art therapy techniques to further the process. Therapy is a journey that should be not taken alone. It is important that you feel comfortable and valued during our sessions so that you can reach your personal goals.

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Jay A. Worley,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • LGBTQ

  • Mood Disorders

  • Young Adults

  • Co-occurring Disorders

  • Substance Abuse

  • Relationship Issues

Hello! If you are reading this, you must be on the precipice of change...

Changes of any size/type (geographical, job loss/change, marriage/divorce/blended family stressors, chronic illness can feel overwhelming, frightening...and uncomfortable. It is hard! My approach is collaborative and non-judgmental and includes understanding, empathy, warmth and compassion. I use eclectic integrated treatments which include CBT, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness, self-compassion, and culturally sensitive. I am inclusive, anti-racist, and an ally of the LGBTQ+ communities.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Lao Tzu. One step.... one thought, decision, or change and the journey begins. Let's take this journey toward change together. Jay A. Worley, LSW

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Marian Yoder, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Adolescents

  • Young Adults

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • ADHD

  • PTSD

  • Personality Disorders

  • Peer Relationships

  • Social Skills

  • Self-Esteem

  • Teen Issues

  • Life Transitions & Stressors

  • LGBTQ+

Hey, I’m Marian!  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).  I graduated from Misericordia University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Marywood University with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. 

 

I like to take a person-centered approach and believe that the therapeutic alliance is the foundation of therapy.  I incorporate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Therapy, and Existential Therapy.

 

I have worked in the mental health field for 8 years.  I started my career working at a group home for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I have worked in schools as therapeutic staff support and behavioral staff support.  I was a mobile therapist for about a year then transitioned into outpatient services.  I really enjoy working with children and young adults; however, I have experience with a wide variety of individuals and families.  I absolutely love what I do.  My favorite part of being a therapist is empowering people to be the best versions of themselves right now.

Interns

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Jessica Hoban

Specialties & Interests

● Depression
● Anxiety
● Trauma
● Emotional Regulation
● Mindfulness
● Pregnancy/Prenatal/Postpartum
● Life Transitions/Stress

Hello! My name is Jessica Hoban and I am an intern here at Thaxton Holistic Wellness Center. I earned my bachelor’s degree in Psychology accompanied by a minor in art from Maywood University in 2022. I am currently a graduate student at Marywood University,
pursuing my degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


I had initially become interested in Mental Health Counseling when I had realized that there are so many ways to express our emotions and feelings through language, as well as other forms of therapy. As a person in this world, I am an empathetic, intuitive, and compassionate individual with the ability to embrace all human beings in their walks of life- in mind, body and
spirit. My counseling style is warm and comforting, with the hope to provide a safe and non-judgemental space for my clients to share their story. Most importantly, I hope to encourage and share counseling in its healing capacity with all who are willing.


Our darkest moments and greatest challenges can lead to the most powerful transformations. My deepest goal is to contribute meaningfully to every relationship that I
encounter, and I am eager to learn and gain more knowledge in order to share this therapeutic form with others. The power of counseling has the potential to be the catalyst for positive transformations, and I hope to work alongside each of my clients in guiding them on their healing journey.


I look forward to working with you on your journey!

Wellness Team

Nutrition

On Hold - We will be offering this service again soon!

Massage
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Jackie Deck, LMT

Hi, I’m Jackie! I’m a therapeutic massage therapist licensed in Pennsylvania. I studied at the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia, graduating in 2004. I incorporate the techniques that I have learned, in school and in continuing education classes, into every massage, as needed. I have experience in a spa setting as well as 13 years working in a chiropractic office. I love massage and what it can do to help encourage the body to heal from new and old injuries. I’m here to help and excited to do so!

Massage techniques:

  • Swedish

  • Deep Tissue

  • Myofascial Release

  • Cranial-sacral

  • Pre-natal

  • Sports

  • Reflexology

       Location: Scranton

                        

Massage, Reiki, Akashic Readings
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Christine Oliveras,

LMT

I have been a massage therapist for 6 years. 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.

Services:

  • Massage

    • Swedish ​

    • Deep Tissue

    • Cupping

    • Hot Stone - Pink Himalayan Salt Stones

  • ​Reiki​

  • Akashic Readings

Location: Archbald

Yoga
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Marie-Audrey
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Bonjours 😊, my name is Audrey I am a Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, RYT® 200.

I began my love affair with yoga back in 2012 to cope with stress from the Corporate World. Chemical Engineer by day, mother of 2, I was off center and unbalanced. My yoga practice steered me towards a quiet mind and taught me to slow down. I initially took the teacher training to further my practice but found an unexpected joy in leading others on their own journey. 

 

Always eager to learn, explore, and share, my goal is to inspire yoga practitioners of all skill levels in finding a calmness of their own.

My classes focus on providing a safe space so each student can just breath. In a fresh and modern way, I encourage students to embrace their unique flow in life – on and off the mat.

Aromatherapy and Reiki
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Kim Harrington

Welcome! 

I have been a pharmacist for 35 years, graduating from Temple University School of Pharmacy and Somatic Coach  for Grief and Stress with certification from The Embody Lab and Trauma Healing Accelerated. 

I am also a Certified Aromatherapist, Usui Ryoho Reiki Practitioner for people and Animal Reiki practitioner, Nature Based Therapy Coach, Heartmath ® practitioner, and Companion Animal End of Life Doula.  

Using these modalities, I help people understand their nervous system and better cope with emotions and those difficult situations we often try to avoid feeling. I help clients focus on underlying physical sensations associated with emotions rather than talk about what happened. We stay in the present moment to heal the wounds of the past. 

Reiki is a non-invasive form of energy healing that can support and accelerate the body's natural ability to heal itself by balancing the energy field. 

I walked the walk myself with my own healing journey and am so happy to be able to teach others how they can find peace to breathe again and widen their window of tolerance in challenging times. I also support clients who have pets with newly diagnosed terminal illness or aging pets. Many people feel alone when dealing with the impending loss or illness of pets who are family for them and it doesn't have to be this way. I will provide you with the knowledge you need to care for yourself and your pet and hold loving space for you both. 

 

My specialties are :

 

Grief

Stress and Anxiety

Pet Loss and Hospice care

Caregiver Burnout

Mindfulness

Energy Healing and Reiki for physical and emotional Benefits 

AromaEmotion and natural  aromatherapy products for physical and emotional benefits 

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I’d love to get to know you! 

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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.

Acupuncture

We do not have any availability for acupuncture at this time. Please check back at a later date.

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