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Dr. Sara Thaxton,

 PhD, LPC, EMDR

Clinician, 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

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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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.

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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.

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Samantha
Blanchard,
MA, LPC

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 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

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Kristal Bolhuis,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma

  • Veterans

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Relational issues

  • Family Counseling

  • Teen Issues

  • Emerging Adults

  • EMDR

Hello, my name is Kristal Bolhuis and I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. I have 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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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!


 

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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. 

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Adriana Cataldo,
MS, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Adolescents

  • Young Adults

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Trauma

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Self-Esteem 

  • Assertiveness Building 

  • Stress Management

  • Relationship Concerns 

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Family Concerns

  • Pregnancy & Postpartum

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me! My name is Adriana Cataldo and I am a National Certified Counselor, working towards fulfilling the requirements of becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor. I recently graduated from the University of Scranton with a Masters of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Trauma and Crisis. I utilize an integrated approach incorporating Person-Centered, Reality, and Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy to guide my foundation, while implementing other holistic techniques to meet my clients individual needs. 

 

As a counselor, I believe in creating a safe, empowering, and accepting space for my clients to share their personal experiences and concerns. My hope is to provide an environment in which my clients can explore their self-awareness and achieve their individual goals and continue to work towards their optimal level of wellness.

 

I believe in a collaborative therapeutic approach where I work with clients in their journey of self-understanding and growth. I view that through an empathetic and compassionate therapeutic relationship, one can learn to accept and express their true authentic self. I value my position as a professional in being able to sit with individuals and hold a space of positivity and hope. 

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Brittany Caufman,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Disordered Eating

  • Self-Esteem

  • Grief and Loss

  • Childhood Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • ADHD

  • Emotional Regulation

  • LGBTQ+

  • Mindfulness 

Hi! My name is Britt! I earned my master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Scranton. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. I take a holistic, person-centered, approach to counseling, while utilizing dialectical behavioral techniques.

 

I have experience working with children and adolescents struggling with emotional regulation, symptoms of ADHD, trauma, and anxiety. With adults, with my primary focus has been eating disorders, body image, processing grief, and depression/anxiety. I also have experience working with those who are LGBTQ+ of all ages. 

 

I view counseling as a journey where the therapist walks alongside the client, empowering and challenging them along the way, in order to reach their goals. I value the therapeutic relationship and believe it is one of the most important aspects of the counseling process. My goal is that each of my clients feel supported and respected during our time together.

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Lindsey Cochrane,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Management

  • Depression

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Borderline Personality Disorder

  • Codependency

  • Domestic Violence

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma

  • Mood Disorders

  • Personality Disorders

Hello! My name is Lindsey, and I am a professional counselor whose experience has consisted of primarily working with individual and familial mental health and substance use concerns. I graduated from Marywood University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in 2012 and later received my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, also from Marywood in 2016. Over the last 11 years, I have worked as a clinician in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings as well as having spent the last several years working in a correctional facility working with individuals at a county, state and federal level.

 

My primary focus ranges from anxiety and depression to substance use, trauma and self-esteem. I utilize strength-based approaches to assist individuals with being able to develop the internal motivation for change. I have worked with individuals of all ages, couples and families. My goal is to provide you with a welcoming, non-judgmental, and safe environment where we can begin to work together towards embracing the best version of yourself.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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Luci Edsell, 
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Child & Adolescents 

  • Adults

  • Family Concerns

  • Relationship Issues

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Trauma

  • Behavioral Concerns

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Teen Issues

  • Peer Relationships/Social Skills

Hello! My name is Luci. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor along with a National Certified Counselor. I graduated from Mansfield University with a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a minor in Sociology. I then earned my master's degree in K-12 School Counseling from the University of Scranton.  

 

Professionally, I have had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, and adults in both rural and urban settings. I have had a wide range of experience as an outpatient therapist, a Mental Health Professional for a school-based program, and as a Preventative Aftercare Counselor.  

 

My goal is to provide a warm and welcoming environment while utilizing a person-centered and strength-based approach. As a therapist, l feel it is important to meet the client where they are and assist with developing obtainable and achievable goals.       

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Anna Elkin-Wren
LCSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety 

  • Depression/Mood 

  • Trauma 

  • Social Skills 

  • Stress Management 

  • Self-Esteem

  • Life Transitions 

  • LGBTQ+ 

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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Dr. Mindy Farley,
PhD, CRC

Specialties & Interests
  • Disability/Advocacy

  • Employment Related Issues

  • Life Transitions/Stress Management

  • Peer Relationships

  • Family Concerns

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Addiction/Substance Use

  • Court Mandated Cases

“People start to heal the moment they feel heard.”  - Cheryl Richardson

 

I believe therapy can be beneficial for everyone, regardless of whether going through a major life transition or needing a safe, non-judgmental, confidential space to talk. My goal is to create an environment where you will feel comfortable, validated, safe, and heard, regardless of your reason for coming to therapy. I aim to create a welcoming environment for all clients of all backgrounds and presenting concerns.

 

I use a holistic approach to therapy, grounded in mindfulness, that incorporates a combination of Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Person-Centered approaches. The therapeutic relationship is at the heart of my work with clients, and I aim to create an alliance; an interactive team approach that is free of judgment, as we work toward your goals together.

 

I hold a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Capella University. I am also a Nationally Certified Rehabilitation C­­ounselor with an extensive history working with individuals with various disabilities and mental health concerns. Both my master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and bachelor’s degree in Counseling & Human Services were obtained through The University of Scranton. Also dear to my heart is being an adjunct professor in the counseling department at my alma mater, The University of Scranton.

 

I have experience working with clients of all ages, although I primarily work with adults. I have an extensive history of working with individuals with a variety of disabilities as well as mental health concerns, ranging from anxiety, depression, major life transitions, grief and loss, couples counseling, relationships, caregivers, and overall life adjustments. Whatever brings you to therapy, I am happy you are here and look forward to working with you. 

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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

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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Clarissa Fischer,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mindfulness

Greetings! Thank you for taking the time to read a bit about me. More importantly thank you for reaching out to support YOU. Life is hard and full of struggles. We all have limitations of how much we can withstand on our own. The fact that you are here and are interested in counseling shows how strong you are. You have strength and you are not alone.

My name is Clarissa Fischer. I am a master's level clinician. I graduated with my master's degree from Marywood University in Scranton, PA. By fault I am a compassionate, supportive and empathetic person. I am passionate about my counseling career and aspire to foster hope and health for every one of my clients.

As a clinician I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a Person-Centered approach to work with you cooperatively throughout the therapeutic process. My goal in counseling to provide you with a safe, non-judgmental space. Additionally, I want to help you learn to understand yourself, your thoughts and emotions by fostering self-awareness and insight. We will work together to find what works for you to develop coping skills, mindfulness, and self-empowerment. When we meet, we will work together to identify and develop your goals. Then in each session, strive to achieve these goals by addressing any barriers keeping you from reaching your own success.

Personal growth is a journey, and I would be honored to be part of this journey with you.

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Trish Filipski,
LPC

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 licensed professional counselor in Pennsylvania. 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.

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Linda Gardepe,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma Informed Counseling

  • EMDR

  • CBT & DBT

  • Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Other Crimes

  • LGBTQI+

  • Grief Counseling

  • Anxiety

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Couples Counseling

  • Groups

  • And of course, the Arts and Music

Hi All, My name is Linda and I have a deep passion for helping folks grow to the heights they want to achieve. I have been a therapist for years, and have spent a great deal of time helping those who have experienced trauma. I love working with people and have a special place in my heart for the Arts and Music. For many years I owned a woodcraft and ceramic business and continue to keep crafts close to me. I also love music and love to play the organ, piano, and guitar.

 

I was a non-traditional student and received my bachelor's degree in Clinical Psychology in 1996 from East Stroudsburg University and then raised my own three children for a while. I returned to school and completed my master's degree in Social Work in 2020 from Capella University. I currently hold an LSW in PA, and am just a test away from receiving my LCSW.  I have taken many additional trainings in Trauma informed counseling, DBT, EMDR, and of course crafts/painting. Helping folks care for self is extremely important in life’s struggles, and sharing the hearts desires helps us all navigate the world.

 

It is with great anticipation that I get to know the uniqueness of you in a holistic environment where we can work on reaching the heights of your passion. I hope all my folks find me supportive and comforting on their journey in life. We can do this! See you soon!

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Morgan Gamble,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

  • ADHD

  • ODD - Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Anger management

  • Relationship/Social Skills

  • Life Transitions

  • Mindfulness

Hello! My name is Morgan Gamble and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. Thank you for taking the time to read about me! I graduated from the University of Connecticut with my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and received my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Fordham University. I have worked in the field for approximately 15 years with adults, adolescents, families and children. I have worked as both a clinician and as an assistant clinical supervisor.

I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused and Mindfulness-Based therapeutic approaches to therapy. However, I believe that therapy is most effective when tailored to meet the needs, strengths, and goals of each individual, so I make use of various therapeutic techniques in order to most effectively help each client make meaningful, positive changes in their lives. Sessions will involve us working collaboratively together to help you gain insight into your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, as well as learn healthy coping skills to modify maladaptive patterns.

 

My interactive approach to therapy will challenge you to actively pursue change while compassionately understanding how difficult the change process can be. We will match the pace of therapy to where you are and what you feel ready to implement in your life.

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Tiffani Gebhardt, LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • EMDR

  • Addiction

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • CBT and Trauma-Focused CBT (children)

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Special Needs

  • Stress and Emotional Disturbance

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,
MS, 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

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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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

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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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.

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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.

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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!

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Susan Levin,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Mindfulness

  • Positive Psychology

  • Logotherapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Self-compassion and Nurturance

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and Loss

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress Management

Life has us managing a lot of change and facing increasingly difficult challenges. You are not alone. I bring compassion, insight, and equanimity to my practice. I believe therapy is a collaborative process in which the relationship between therapist and client is a tremendous catalyst for healing and change. My goal as a therapist is to cultivate a safe space for clients to openly process thoughts and feelings, feel heard, and embark upon a journey of self-discovery and empowerment that allows for more life fulfillment. I implement an integrative approach to personally tailor therapy to the unique needs of each client; with emphasis on Person-Centered, here and now awareness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and strength-based and solution-focused perspectives. My experience is largely with adolescents and adults.

 

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with credentials as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). I earned my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Marywood University in 2017.

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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.

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Julia Lieback,
MS, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma Focused Therapy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Drug and Alcohol

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Couples

  • Veterans

  • College Students

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 currently pursuing my license as a professional counselor.

 

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

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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Melissa
Loughney,
MS, LPC

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.

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

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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

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Eric McNeish,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma and Abuse

  • EMDR

  • Autism

  • Meditation and Mindfulness

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Mood Disorders

  • Anger Management

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Substance Abuse

  • Group Therapy

  • Self-Esteem

  • Law of Attraction

  • Spiritual Counseling

Hi, my name is Eric. Thank you for taking the time to read about me, my clinical background, and my therapeutic approach. I am a fully licensed professional who is EMDR trained.  I believe the therapeutic relationship between the counselor and the client is the foundation for the counseling process and that true healing comes from a holistic approach that connects the mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, I incorporate a person-centered, holistic approach to counseling while incorporating mindfulness based, CBT, ACT, DBT, and EMDR techniques.

 

I have a wide range of experience working with adults, couples, families, adolescents, and children. I have experience working with children with complex trauma, emotional disorders, autism, behavioral concerns, and more. With adults and adolescents I have experience working with personality disorders, mood disorders, trauma, addiction counseling, and more.

 

I graduated with my master's degree from Walden University. Shortly after I earned my National Counselor Certification (NCC) and obtained my LPC in Pennsylvania (Licensed Professional Counselor). I am also trained in EMDR and have seen it help clients make incredible transformations. Currently, I am working on my Doctorate in Education from Liberty University.

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George Mercurio,
MA, CADC, 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

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 Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) in the process of fulfilling my requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I 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

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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Shannon Otto,
LPC, NCC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Stress Management

  • Self-Esteem

  • Career Development

  • Coping With Illness

  • Grief

  • Transitional Life Periods

  • Trauma

  • Family Conflicts

  • Relationship Issues

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am a licensed professional counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. I have over a decade of experience working with adults and adolescents on a multitude of issues. My approach to therapy is diverse but primarily person-centered, so I strive to present an inviting, supportive and collaborative atmosphere. It is within this setting that one can begin to process issues and heal in ways that facilitate positive growth.

 

I also feel that you are your own expert on your life, so I ensure each client is able to explore concerns at their own pace and preference. I would be truly honored to help you on your journey through all of life’s seasons.

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Courtnie Perri,

MS

Specialties & Interests
  • Art-Based Approaches

  • Anxiety

  • Children & Adolescents

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • Mindfulness

  • Trauma

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read about me. My name is Courtnie Perri. I currently hold a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Scranton. Also, in 2017, I received my bachelor’s degree from Marywood University with a concentration in art therapy and a minor in psychology.

 

In 2019 I became a 200-hour registered yoga teacher. Within my work, 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 a tailored 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.

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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

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

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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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.

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

Specialties & Interests
  • Children and Adolescents

  • Adults

  • Healthy Emotion Expression

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Trauma

  • Self-Esteem

  • Anger Management

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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Specialties & Interests
  • Adoption and Infertility

  • Anxiety

  • Couples

  • Depression

  • Grief

  • First Responders

  • LGBTQ

  • Mood Disorders

  • Relationship issues

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Trauma and PTSD

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. Trauma, anxiety, grief, depression and life/relationship 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 have been a therapist for more than 10 years having graduated from Marywood University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Behavioral Specialist, and am fully trained in EMDR. 

Gabrielle Shimkus,
LPC, BSC

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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

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

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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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.

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Kathy Tarkovsky,
LPC

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Disruptive Behaviors

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

  • Relationship Challenges

  • Self-Esteem

  • Trauma

Hello, my name is Kathy Tarkovsky, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I am fluent in English and Russian. 

 

I strongly believe everyone should have a safe and healing place to work through life's difficulties. I work with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, relationship challenges, self-esteem, and trauma. My greatest passion is to bring healing to those who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. I am fully dedicated to improving the well-being of my clients and helping them overcome personal obstacles. I help my clients who include children, adults and families to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. 

 

I know that everyone requires a different approach so I use a range of different modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Play Therapy and Trauma Therapy.

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Christopher Tigue,
LSW

Specialties & Interests
  • Anxiety

  • Autism

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Life Transitions/Stress

  • Relationship Issues

  • Substance Abuse/Addiction

  • Trauma

Hello, my name is Christopher Tigue. I am a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania, and I wanted to thank you for taking the time to learn about both my experiences and interests as a mental health clinician. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, and went on to receive my master's degree in Social Work from Marywood University.

 

I have worked with children, adolescents, and adults, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

For several years, I worked in a school-based program with students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental delays. I have also had the opportunity to provide individual and group counseling to adolescents involved in the criminal justice system, as well as adults diagnosed with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

 

I incorporate interventions and techniques drawn from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Strength-Based Therapy. I value and respect the therapeutic relationship that I develop with each of my clients, as therapy is a collaborative effort. My primary focus is to foster a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients have the opportunity to process various life experiences.

 

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
- Viktor E. Frankl

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Specialties & Interests
  • Connection and Intimacy

  • Relationship Issues

  • Identity Development

  • LGBTQ+

  • Depression/mood disorders

  • Grief and Loss

  • Stress and Emotional Regulation

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.

 

I have significant experience 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 areas I work in 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!

Rachel Tunis,
LPC

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Christina VanWert,
MA

Specialties & Interests
  • Trauma/Childhood Trauma

  • Marriage/Relationship Issues

  • Codependency 

  • Substance Abuse

  • Stress/Emotion Regulation

  • LGBTQIA+

  • Grief and Loss

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety 

  • Sex Disorders

As a psychodynamic therapist my approach to therapy looks at how trauma, past relationships, core beliefs, and attachments have shaped a client’s present behaviors and thought processes. The goal in my therapy is to discover what we need to heal in order to grow and prosper- and then 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 help guide you.

 

I have a total of 8 years in the mental health field, working with a vast number of mental health disorders and diagnoses. My focus and passion is in trauma counseling, addiction recovery, marriage and family therapy, and the healing of inner child/attachment wounds.

 

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. I am currently pursuing my license as a Professional Counselor and EMDR. 

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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.

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Jackalynn Wilson,
LPC, ATR-BC

Specialties & Interests
  • Addiction

  • Substance Use

  • Emotional Issues

  • Depression/Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Grief and Loss

  • Family Dysfunction

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self-Esteem

  • Body Image

  • Anger and Mood Regulation

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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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 and 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 bachelor's 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

We do not have any interns at this time. Please check back at a later date.

Wellness Team

Nutrition

Nutrition is back!!! Appointments available starting February 1, 2023.

Please call the office to schedule 570-904-7363.

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

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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.

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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.

Acupuncture

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

Reiki
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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.

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