Our Staff

* Denotes that Therapist is EMDR Trained.

About Our Staff

James Shamlin, LCSW (Clinical Director) *

“My greatest reward as the clinical director at Cranberry Psychological Center is the opportunity to work amongst a truly dedicated, compassionate, non-judgmental, and highly-talented staff who share such strong values in relation to helping our clients successfully reach their goals. I know this is the fundamental reason why CPC has been successfully serving the Greater Pittsburgh area for so many years. My greatest reward as a psychotherapist is the opportunity, on a daily basis, to be a part of and witness positive change and growth in my clients, allowing them to attain a heightened sense of well-being and more hope for the future while enhancing their relationships with others”

James Shamlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, experienced in working with a wide array of mental health, addictions, and relationship concerns. He uses a wide variety of approaches to help his clients, based on their individual needs including, but far from limited to Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Christian Counseling and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Personal interests include a strong passion for helping rescue animals and supporting local shelters.

Jessica Abraham, MA

Jessica Abraham is a Certified School Counselor with sixteen years’ experience in the public school system. Working within the district’s Student Assistance Program (SAP) for 10+ years, she recognizes a growing need for students to have greater access to mental health services and is passionate about connecting each student with community services and mental health organizations appropriate to individual needs. Witnessing firsthand the positive outcomes these connections make in students' overall educational experience and success, Jessica was driven to further her own education and recently graduated from Edinboro University with a Master in Counseling. She is currently pursuing licensure in professional counseling to strengthen her advocacy of student mental health.

Jessica works with students ages 5-25 and her counseling philosophy incorporates a strength-based, solution focused approach designed to empower each client.

Neil Akers, LPC *

Neil is a licensed professional counselor who earned his Master's Degree in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2012. He has gained experience in a variety of therapy settings and has provided intensive in home family therapy, school based therapy, as well as individual outpatient therapy to both adults and children aged 5 and up. Neil provides treatment to children and their parents/guardians, focusing on depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, ODD and other behavioral concerns as well as providing structural family therapy. With adults he focuses on depression, anxiety, PTSD and other mood disorders. Neil uses many evidenced based practices to help maximize care ranging from CBT, mindfulness training, EMDR and other therapeutic approaches.

James Anderson, LPC

James Anderson is a licensed professional counselor with ten years of experience in the field, ranging from community mental health with the homeless, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, marriage and family therapy, LGBTQI+, sex offenders, medical comorbidities, trauma, and teletherapy. James earned his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and Master of Education in Early Childhood as well as Marriage and Family Studies. James works with individuals, couples, and families ages 6 and up.
James comes from a background in systems theory but utilizes multiple approaches to therapy, centered on a reality based approach aimed to promote growth, trust, and effective communication with oneself and others.

Alison Armstrong (formerly Bryant), LCSW

Alison is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the field for over twenty years. The focus of her therapeutic approach is supporting and encouraging people through their life experiences in a strength-based and useful way.
She earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. She accomplished this after a successful, first career in sales and management. After graduating with her Masters, Alison was licensed as an LCSW and spent thirteen years working for Gateway Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, where she worked in every Outpatient level of care. For five of those years, she was the Clinical Manager for one of Gateway’s Outpatient sites.
Alison was with Associates in Clinical Psychiatry for five years before joining Cranberry Psychological Center. She treats adults over twenty years old. Alison works with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, bereavement, dissociative disorders, trauma, PTSD, parenting challenges, self-esteem development, and self-sabotage difficulties. She also sees LGBTQ+ clients, clients seeking business/career advancement, and clients who are adapting to new ways of living following remission from an addiction. Her approach uses Mindfulness, Strength-based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
Alison helps clients to attain their objectives through working to clarify life challenges and transforming those challenges into positive, client-defined outcomes.

Brittany Baldwin, LMFT

Brittany is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who received her master’s degree at Seton Hill University. She is experienced in working with adults, children, couples, and families in a variety of settings including intensive in-home family therapy. She specializes in helping her clients overcome/manage anxiety, depression, Bipolar, trauma/PTSD and ADHD. She utilizes a structural therapy approach when working with clients along with cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral for children as young as 5. Her hope is to assist clients in identifying their internal struggles and increasing their ability to make more informed choices for themselves so they can achieve their best sense of self.

Sara Banks, LPC, NCC *

Sara Banks is a both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and board certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Sara graduated with distinguished Professional Honors from California University of Pennsylvania, with a Master of Education and Counseling. She has worked in the mental health field in Allegheny County and surrounding areas for the past 20 years. Prior to joining our Center, she served as a member of the opening team for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic Resolve Crisis Center, an outpatient therapist, and a mental health consultant for varies school districts. She provides child, family, individual, and group psychotherapy services to clients 4 years of age to adult. Sara's approach is strength based, genuine and non-judgmental. She is an Integrative Psychotherapist who will utilize a variety of therapy approaches to meet the client's individual needs.

Michelle Barwell, MD

Dr. Barwell is a board certified psychiatrist who has been working with the center since 2009. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in 1993 and graduated magna cum laude with distinction in psychology. She then attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and graduated with a doctor of medicine degree in 1997. She trained at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, finishing her residency in 2001. Dr. Barwell then worked in Butler where she gained experience in inpatient (psychiatry and detox/rehab) and outpatient treatment. She worked extensively in community psychiatry at WPIC where she provided in-home, community based and homeless care to people with severe and persistent mental illness. She developed a homeless psychiatry elective for residents at WPIC and supervised the program for several years. This was through Operation Safety Net, an organization with whom she volunteered for many years. Dr. Barwell treats teenagers and adults, providing medication and supportive therapy at both the Cranberry and Fox Chapel offices. She also continues to work in community psychiatry one day a week with Community Human Services in downtown Pittsburgh.

Personal interests include animal rescue, as she is involved with several small area organizations and fosters cats for the Animal Rescue League. She has an adopted dog, Max, and three rescued cats. She is an avid baseball fan and can often be found in her “happy place” (PNC Park).

Nancy Belz, LPC

Nancy Belz is a Licensed Professional Counselor, having earned her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. Prior to joining Cranberry Psychological Center in 2015, Nancy provided individual, couples, family and group counseling with organizations including Staunton Clinic, Gateway Rehabilitation Center and Samaritan Counseling Center.

Using an integrative, client-centered, solution-focused approach, Nancy has experience treating a variety of mental health issues, emotional struggles, and situational difficulties including depression, anxiety, anger management, grief, self-esteem, addiction and recovery, relationship issues, codependency, parenting challenges, communication skills, conflict resolution, work-related stress, phase of life transitions, self-care, and life balance.

Nancy’s educational background also includes a BS in Industrial Engineering and MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Before transitioning into the counseling profession, Nancy spent over 20 years working in business and finance.

Megan Bianco, LPC

Megan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s degree Community Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Megan has worked in the behavioral health field providing both community based mental health and inpatient care. She provides individual counseling services to clients age 13 to adult, with a focus on depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and other behavioral health and adjustment concerns. Megan’s therapeutic approach is both strength based and person centered with a focus in CBT and mindfulness.

Valerie Bojarski, LPC

Valerie Bojarski is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has a decade of experience in the mental health field, including experience with wraparound, working with the homeless community, crisis work, working with teens, and most recently as an outpatient therapist in community mental health. Valerie received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University in 2016. She works primarily with teens and adults.
Valerie's counseling style is primarily person-centered, and she draws from different modalities including CBT, DBT, solution-focused, and Christian Counseling. She has a certification in Intuitive Eating Counseling, and is passionate about body positivity and breaking free from diet culture and the diet mentality.

Tara Burkholder, CRNP

Tara Lynn Burkholder is a Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters of Science in Nursing. She began her career after graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from the University in Pittsburgh and working at WPIC on the John Merck unit for nearly a decade. Additionally, she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Carlow University, graduating Summa Cum Laude as well as being awarded the Maureen and Valdeane Brown Award for Scholastic Achievement.
She has worked in a variety of settings as a Nurse Practitioner including inpatient hospital settings as well as nursing facilities. She has cared for patients in many areas including pain management, palliative care and bariatric surgery.

Currently, she specialized in providing medical management to patients 18 years of age and older in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and depression.

She believes in a Holistic approach to psychological health and wellness that involves the relationship between physical, mental, and emotional health.

Baliegh Cannistraci, LSW, CCTP

Baliegh is a Licensed Social Worker who received her master’s degree from University of Pittsburgh. She also has a certificate in gerontology and is a Clinical Certified Trauma Professional. She has significant experience working in hospital-based settings doing emergency psychiatric consults and other inpatient mental health work.

Baliegh is passionate about client’s mental health and challenges, with experience in providing crisis management, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), along with others. Baliegh has served patients as young as 4 years old and up into their 100’s.

Baliegh has received extensive training in Sexual Health. Clients who may benefit from this specific area would be clients with sex addiction, pornography addictions, sexual pain, and/or sexual dysfunctions. Baliegh will be helping clients to achieve their goals and address their challenges through a strength-based approach.

Baliegh enjoys spending time outside with her two silver Labrador Retrievers, playing tennis, along with other self-care activities.

Joe Chen, LCSW

Joe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from Adelphi University in New York, obtaining his degree after retiring from 26 years in law enforcement. He is also a U.S. Army Commissioned Officer veteran. Joe is experienced in working with a wide array of mental health, addictions, couples and family concerns. He believes in client-centered treatment while using various evidence-- based practices that include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and the Gottman Couples Therapy Method.
He is also a Certified First Responder Counselor, one of only two in the state of Pennsylvania.
Joe’s passion is working with each client to provide individualized treatment and offer a comfortable, non-judgmental environment to promote self-care and positive change.

Dani Chen, LPC

Dani Chen grew up in the Pittsburgh area and attended Chatham University, graduating with a BA in Psychology. Dani has extensive experience in the mental health and social service fields that spans across 30 years, 4 states and diverse settings that include state agencies, hospitals, community mental health centers and private group practice. In 2008, she graduated from Nyack College in New York with a master's in mental health counseling.

Dani is a strengths-based, trauma-informed, client centered psychotherapist who is skilled in facilitating individual, group and couple's therapy. Utilizing evidence-based approaches such as acceptance & commitment therapy, motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy, Dani believes in meeting clients where they are and feels honored to be part of the clients journey towards health, stability and well-being. She has experience assisting adults dealing with trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, transitions (divorce, empty nest, change of career) and the substance abuse of a loved one. Helping people identify their strengths, gain insight and apply this insight to make effective change has been very rewarding for Dani. Faith-based counseling is available to clients at their request.

As a couples therapist, Dani uses the Gottman method along with Imago therapy to assist in developing healthier connections in their relationships and effective communication. Dani has worked with couples in crisis due to infidelity, couples struggling with addiction and mental health issues of their children as well as couples dealing with aging issues of their parents.

Dani enjoys fitness, cooking, traveling and her work as a foster parent for dogs in need.

Michael Choflet, NCC, LPC

Michael is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Pennsylvania with a certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors. He graduated as an honors graduate with distinction with a Masters’ Degree of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a post bachelors’ certificate in Contemporary Theory in Mental Health Services from Capella University. He has worked with clients ranging from small children to adults in family based therapy, inpatient drug and alcohol treatment, as a crisis worker, and most as an outpatient therapist at a community based mental health agency. He enjoys working with a variety of populations using an eclectic modality predominantly made from Gestalt/Experiential therapy and Cognitive Behavioral therapy depending on a client’s needs. Although evidence based practice is important, he believes that the relationship between the counselor and client is of the utmost importance and the most significant curative factor in therapy.

Darelle Cowley, LSW

Darelle is a licensed social worker who received her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She provides outpatient therapy to adolescents and young adults. Darelle is passionate about the importance of mental health in athletics and with young people. She works with clients 12 and older and particularly enjoys working with teenagers, college students, and athletes. Through strengths-based, solution-focused practice, she works with her clients to achieve their goals and address personal challenges. Darelle works with each individual to build a unique treatment plan to help them grow and build confidence in themselves.

Chelsea Denman, NCC, LPC

Chelsea is a licensed professional counselor and nationally certified counselor. Chelsea obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Slippery Rock University in 2014 and her Master of Science degree from California University of PA in 2016.

Chelsea has worked with clients ages 3 and up. She has done in-home mobile therapy and behavior consulting utilizing an ABA approach to provide children and families with skills to shape behaviors as well as manage emotional regulation. Chelsea also has experience working with elementary and middle-school aged children in a school-based partial hospitalization program. Prior to working primarily with children, Chelsea worked with adults in a partial hospitalization program. Chelsea has provided individual, group, and family therapies among the populations that she has worked with.

Chelsea has adopted a treatment style that emphasizes cognitive behavioral and mindfulness components, although she believes in engaging with the client by pulling from different approaches to provide treatment that best suits the immediate needs and individual goals of her client. She is a strong believer in the impact that a warm and trusting therapeutic environment can have on the process. She has adopted the mindset that her role is to work alongside her client, meeting them exactly where they are in the current moment, to promote and enhance the client’s ability to reflect and gather personal insight.

Natassia Dickey, LPC

Natassia is a passionate licensed professional counselor who believes that everyone is capable of achieving the change that they desire for their life. She recognizes that change can be challenging and strives to serve as a guide and, when necessary, an empathetic teacher to help each person through the therapy process. She practices through a holistic, trauma informed lens that integrates various evidence-based treatment approaches to achieve healing, resolve, and growth. These treatment approaches include Existentialism, Motivational Interviewing, Energy Psychology, Positive Psychology, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Transpersonal Psychology, and Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention.

Natassia’s counseling focus is all about establishing a life worth living. Her experience is in helping people regain control, recover parts of their lives that have become lost, and explore areas that have become problematic. Within the counseling setting, she establishes a safe, non-judgmental environment where people can gain self-awareness, find meaning, and achieve desired goals related to problematic/addictive behavioral patterns, multicultural issues, self-esteem, anxiety, unhelpful thinking patterns, identity, motivation/change, life changes and transitions, emotional regulation, mind-body connection, codependency, family issues, spirituality, relationship issues, and traumatic experiences.

Natassia has a Master’s of Science in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. She is a Pittsburgh native and has held various professional and volunteer roles throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Her life worth living includes her sense of spirituality, family, fitness and sports, cooking and baking, being in nature, music, and artistic outlets.

Brittany Echtler, LPC

Brittany is a licensed professional counselor, experienced in working with various mood disorders, personality disorders, and addiction in a variety of settings, including partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and crisis management. Brittany uses motivational interviewing and an eclectic model of therapy that is both person-centered and non-judgmental. Brittany has experience with other modalities that include, but are not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness. Brittany works with adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Brittany believes that it is important to meet you where you are and work collectively to evoke positive change. Brittany is a native Pittsburgher having earned her Masters from Chatham University, and her Bachelor’s degree from Washington & Jefferson College.

Elizabeth W. Fourcade, M.D.

Elizabeth is a board certified psychiatrist and native Pittsburgher. She is so honored by the opportunity to care for patients age 18 and older within the greater Pittsburgh area. Dr. Fourcade received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, cum laude. She then went on to medical school at Case Western Reserve University, followed by residency at Stony Brook University Hospital. She returned to Pittsburgh, where she worked at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) as a staff psychiatrist in several areas of psychiatry, including the outpatient, inpatient, and consult-liaison services. She received an academic appointment as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor of Internal Medicine/Psychiatry at Lake Erie College of Medicine, and continues to serve as a lecturer and preceptor for the AHN psychiatry residency program. Dr. Fourcade is a staff psychiatrist with admitting privileges at Forbes Hospital (AHN).

Henry Fourcade, MD

Dr. Fourcade provides specialized care to individuals suffering from behavioral health issues. He performs psychiatric evaluations and maintenance pharmacotherapy for adults (18 and older) needing treatment for a
wide range of psychiatric conditions including, but not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and attention deficit disorder.

Richard G. Frey, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Frey is the founder and prior Clinical Director of Cranberry Psychological Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University and his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He earned a second Master's degree and PhD in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Prior to private practice, Dr. Frey was the Director of Outpatient Services for Indiana County, a psychologist at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center in Pittsburgh and the Irene Stacy Community Medical Health Clinic in Butler. With more than 28 years of experience as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Frey specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, grief, and marital and family therapy. He utilizes an eclectic approach to therapy with an interactive format.

Dr. Frey is board certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a member of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Theresa M. Genberg, M.Ed, NCC, LPC *

Theresa Genberg is a National Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in treating clients age 5 through adult individually in addition to family and couples therapy. She believes in providing high quality and compassionate treatment. Theresa earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Education from IUP. She has also worked as a both a certified School and Student Assistance Program Counselor.

Theresa has experience treating anxiety, depression, trauma, Autism Spectrum, Conduct, ADHD, learning disabilities, parenting, bereavement, conflict resolution, and life transition issues. Her therapeutic approach includes using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Acceptance Based Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-education, Play Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Christian Counseling, upon request.

Theresa’s strength is helping others to experience life through difficult as well as successful journeys and finding hope and healing in the process. Her personal interests include spending time with friends and family along with volunteering, bicycling, golfing and gardening.

Tim Gigliotti, LPC

Tim is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has practiced psychotherapy for over 35 years. He has worked with individuals, families, couples, and children over the age of ten. Previously, he worked in a partial hospital as a program coordinator, a therapist in an Intensive Outpatient program, as well as an outpatient psychotherapist (individual and group).

Issues treated have included: depression, anxiety, trauma, panic disorder, OCD, dependency, life change, psychosis, bipolar disorders, adjustment disorders, ADD, abuse and relational problems. Treatment approaches include CBT, solution based treatment, stress management, and communication enhancement. Tim is primarily an Interpersonal Therapist, utilizing the therapeutic relationship to increase awareness, provide support, and promote positive life changes.

Tim graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors degree in Individual and Family Studies and earned a Masters Degree in Health Education from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition, he graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in Community Counseling from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Nationally Certified Counselor and in the past has been certified as a Domestic Violence Counselor. He has office hours at the Fox Chapel Office.

John Griffin, MSEd, CAADC, LPC

John Griffin, a licensed professional counselor, is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and also holds a Certificate of Competency in Problem Gambling. Specializing in addictions, alcohol and other drug use disorders, relapse prevention, problem gambling, co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, anger management, and criminal justice system referrals, John practices in our McMurray location. He services clients south of Greater Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh.

B. Marie Harlan, MSW, LCSW

Marie is a licensed psychotherapist with a Master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Marie also has an undergraduate degree in Secondary Teaching of English from Seton Hill College.

Marie provides individual, marital, child and adolescent therapy to clients aged 6 years to elderly. She treats persons diagnosed with a variety of illnesses including post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, and depression, phobias and adjustment issues. She also provides education for coping skills, parenting skills, anger management and meditation techniques.

David "Scott" Hillard, M.Ed., LPC

Scott is a licensed professional counselor with over 17 years' experience in the mental health field, ranging from case management, outpatient therapy, and family therapy. Scott sees individuals from ages 17-65. Scott has extensive experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, but utiliz.es other models as well. If desired by the client, he also uses faith-based principles in therapy emphasizing renewal of the individual and believes it is always possible.

Scott has experiencing treating Anxiety disorders, Bipolar and other depressive disorders,
Schizophrenia, PTSD and other trauma disorders, ADHD, and assisting clients through grief. He also works with individuals on developing assertive communication skills, eliminating negative thought patterns, and relational strengthening. Scott sees acceptance and forgiveness as essential to personal healing Scott lives with his family in Butler, but is originally from central PA. He received his master’s degree in Secondary School Counseling in December 2008 from Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He enjoys collecting vinyl records, spending time with his family, and watching Pittsburgh Penguins hockey.

Patricia Hittinger, MSCP, LPC, NCC *

Patricia Hittinger, a licensed Professional Counselor, has been a practicing psychotherapist since 2002. She has extensive experience working with clients presenting with mood disorders-bipolar, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, as well as attention deficit disorders and conduct disorders. She also provides treatment to those experiencing relational problems including marital/couples counseling, children of divorced parents, and dysfunction present in the family system. Patricia also has experience with addictions in a clinical setting, emphasis on drug and alcohol, as well as process addictions such as gambling and sexual addictions.

Lauren Hogsett, LPC

Lauren is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Masters in Counseling in St. Louis, MO. Prior to joining Cranberry Psychological Center, Lauren worked with families and adolescents suffering from trauma and mood disorders. Lauren compassionately builds relationships with her clients, using client-centered, trauma-informed, somatic and CBT approaches to treat a variety of presenting issues, including but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, work-related stress, grief, and life-transitions. Lauren has experience working with families, adolescents, and adults.

Personal interests include basketball, hiking, and gardening.

Katie Holzworth, LCSW *

Katie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She graduated with a Master in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.

Katie typically works with individuals ages 10 and up and especially enjoys working with teenagers, trauma survivors, and new moms. Assisting clients in exploring and developing their identities throughout their lives is extremely rewarding to her.

Katie is trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), trauma-focused treatment, and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is an evidence-based treatment that can be utilized to reduce symptoms surrounding traumatic and anxiety-provoking experiences.

Katie enjoys being outside and being active and has volunteered as a coach with Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization that promotes physical activity and positive self-esteem in elementary and middle school girls.

John Hyde, LPC

John is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Counselor who earned his Master of Arts Degree in Community Counseling at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2009. He worked for seven years in an intensive, in-home family therapy program called Family Based Mental Health, in which he served as the Program Director for a year.

John is experienced working with children, adolescents, and families facing difficulties in areas such as depression, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, communication skills, self-injurious behaviors, behavior issues, and co-parenting issues. When working with families, he uses a strength-based approach to help resolve issues that involve the overall structure of the family system.

John utilizes a variety of modalities in treatment, including but not limited, to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Structural Family Therapy.

Tirzah James, LCSW

Tirzah James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience working in the clinical field. She received a bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. John Fisher in Rochester, NY in 2005 and went on to pursue her passion of helping others by earning a Master of Social Work degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2008. Throughout her career she has worked in a variety of settings: including inpatient psychiatry, crisis evaluation in an ER, outpatient clinic, and mobile treatment. She has worked with children, adolescents, families, and adults to assist them on their journeys to overcome life’s many challenges. She utilizes many different approaches to best fit the needs of each individual and family including but not limited to strength-based, solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, to help everyone achieve their goals and live better lives.

Maura Johnson, LCSW

Maura Johnson, LCSW earned her Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, but focused her early career in working with clients diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder from ages 18 months to 18 years. She also has 10 years of wraparound experience, working in homes and schools with children and families with a variety of presenting issues. Particular areas of interest include anxiety disorders, OCD, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and childhood ADHD/ODD. Maura also provides post-partum support, and completed the Postpartum Support International Certificate Program in Perinatal Mental Health. She has extensive history in substance abuse counseling, at both the group and individual level, with teens and adults, and experience assisting clients at the inpatient level and with proper follow up care upon discharge.

Maura believes in meeting clients where they are in the treatment process, using their own strengths and her continued encouragement to guide them. Areas of personal interest include spending time with her husband and 2 year old daughter, seeing family and friends and being outdoors.

Barbara Juliussen, MEd, LPC

Barb Juliussen is a Licensed Professional Counselor, experienced in working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief and other issues interfering with living a satisfying and fulfilling life. Also experienced in family and marital therapy, she has helped couples identify barriers to effective communication and succeed in re-establishing an intimate relationship/partnership. Barb has had in-depth experience in assisting individuals explore career paths that complement their personal gifts and goals. She is a Master Trainer of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and has done consulting work on organization and leadership development.

Barb holds a Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained her licensure as a professional counselor and then worked as a counselor there for 17 years. She obtained her Masters of Teaching degree from The Ohio State University. Utilizing her certification as a Nationally Certified Career Counselor, Barb has done distance career coaching for the University of Phoenix and Modern Guild.

Barb has enjoyed her volunteer work with the Junior League of Pittsburgh and participated in launching the Transplant Recipients International Organization (TRIO), a support group for transplant patients and their families.

Marc Kaplan, M.A.

Marc Kaplan, a licensed psychologist for over 32 years, earned his Master's degree from Duquesne University. He has worked in a variety of public and private settings, including community mental health centers, employee assistance programs and private practice. Areas of specialty include child and adolescent therapy, marital therapy, anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Kelly Kazsimer, MSCP, LPC, NCC

Kelly Kazsimer, a licensed professional counselor, specializes in depression and anxiety in children, adolescents and adults. She has experience helping clients cope with chronic health conditions, mood disorder, self-harm, attention deficit disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and also partners with professionals to help parents advocate for 504 plans and IEP accommodations. Kelly also (enjoys working with clients to maintain) positive family dynamics provides marital counseling. Kelly’s approach is cognitive/behavioral and behavioral.

Matthew Kazsimer, MBA, MSCP, LPC

Matt is a Licensed Professional Counselor offering behavioral, cognitive behavioral, and family focused therapy. With over 10 years of experience working in wraparound and outpatient therapy, he has worked with a diverse clientele and has established positive professional relationships with schools and families around Pittsburgh and the South Hills Communities. Matt specializes in treating children aged 3 and up and their parents/guardians, focusing on depression, anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and other behavioral concerns. With adults, Matt specializes in anxiety, depression, and mood disorders in individual, marital/couples, and family therapy.

Christine Kobik, LPC

Christine Kobik is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Art Therapist. Christine’s approach to care is psychodynamic and uses mindfulness training to help children, teens, and adults. Her focus is on depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, ADHD, and recovery from trauma. In addition, Christine has an understanding of family systems which she uses to assist clients in developing healthy relationships and repairing strained ones. Christine’s emphasis is on providing person-centered, evidence-based services. This helps empower clients and offer opportunities for transformative change. She has extensive experience with children, teens, and adults who are on the Autism Spectrum and/or have emotional challenges. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Seton Hill University.

Rebecca S. M. Krol, LCSW, NCGC-I, BCD, ACSW

As Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Rebecca Krol bases her practice on the fundamental belief that every human being has the right and the power to live with dignity and live up to their maximum potential She emphasizes a collaborative effort between herself, her clients and any other professional or resource that assists in creative positive change. Rebecca often utilizes a variety of treatment approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho-education, problem solving, motivational interviewing and reality based. She is also a National Certified Gambling Counselor.

Robin Kulousek, LPC NCC

Robin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with children, adolescents and adults. She provides individual, couples and family therapy. She worked in business for many years, including managing a Human Resources department. Employee development was her area of expertise, which dovetailed with her interest in professional counseling as a second career. Once her children were in college, she followed her lifelong dream and returned to school to earn a Masters degree in Professional Counseling. She is uniquely qualified, due to her combination of education, life experience and employment history. Robin’s counseling experience includes Family-Based therapy, Parenting education, School-Based therapy and Outpatient therapy in a private practice setting.Robin’s collaborative therapeutic approach is built on establishing a positive, nurturing and respectful relationship with each patient to identify and assist them in achieving their goals. She provides Person Focused, Strengths Based, Solution Focused and Structural Family Therapy modalities. She has achieved excellent success assisting patients with anxiety and depression, work/life balance, parenting challenges, interpersonal relationships and coping skills practice.

Robert Lang, LPC

Robert has been practicing as a Licensed Counselor since 2011 and earned his Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Slippery Rock University of PA in 2009. Robert has experience in a variety of settings including private practice, university, community-based and inpatient/hospital. He provides person-centered counseling services to adults and adolescents with diverse backgrounds and complex mental health concerns. Robert specializes in building relationships with clients and working collaboratively to process feelings, identify root causes and to provide practical solutions. Robert has advanced training in motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral and solution-focused therapy.

Brooke E. Lewis, LCSW

Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Brooke has experience with individuals and groups with a wide range of mental health, relationship, and addiction concerns. She specializes in working with trauma survivors and has worked with adults and children experiencing domestic violence since 2013. Brooke utilizes a variety of approaches including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), and Mindfulness-Based Interventions.

Ashley Mahler, NCC, LPC, CAADC

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and National Certified Counselor. She received a Master’s of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2017 from Duquesne University. Since receiving her graduate degree, Ashley has primarily worked as a therapist within residential treatment facilities for adjudicated and dependent adolescents—providing individual, group, and family therapy for both mental health and substance use concerns. Additionally, she has most recently worked as the Clinical Supervisor for an adolescent inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility.

Ashley greatly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults and assisting in their personal process and journey of change and growth. Ashley has experience working with those struggling with conduct-related issues, anger management, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, low self-esteem, trauma-related stressors, and grief/loss. Ashley’s approach to treatment is person-centered and strength-based and she is easily able to build a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients. She utilizes therapeutic interventions and modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Approaches, and enjoys incorporating humor into the therapy process.

In her spare time, Ashley enjoys lounging around with her two cats, spending quality time with her family and friends, drinking coffee, reading, and binge-watching shows on Netflix or Hulu.

Misty Mancini-Seybert, LPC, LMHC

Misty Mancini- Seybert is a Licensed Professional/Mental Health Counselor who acquired her Masters of Counseling with AGTS (2002) and is currently pursuing her Ph.d in Psychology. She has extensive experience with and specializes in treating children, teens, college students, families and couples on a variety of issues, such as but not limited to: relationships, anxiety, depression, crisis situations, grief, self-harm (cutting), self-esteem, women’s issues, parenting, and daily life challenges. Misty has also taught Psychology and Counseling on an undergraduate level over several years.

Darla Manz, LPC *

Darla Manz is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience in addiction/recovery, relationship issues, and codependency, as well as mental health concerns of depression, anxiety, bereavement, trauma, and anger management. She enjoys working with teens and adults of all ages. As a psychotherapist witnessing growth and change in individuals, couples, and families, she has never tired of the psychotherapeutic process.

She has a Masters in Counselor Education from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked with children/adolescents/families in Lutheran Youth and Family Services. She has helped both adolescents and adults address addiction and co-existing issues in multiple organizations, including Abraxas, Mercy, and St Francis Drug and Alcohol Services. Darla has also assisted many employees with work related concerns and work/life balance through UPMC’s Employee Assistance Program.

Kendra Mara, LSW, CTP

Kendra is a Licensed Social Worker and Certified Trauma Professional, who prides herself on developing authentic and meaningful relationships with clients. As a practitioner, she includes components of neuroscience and nervous system regulation into various treatment modalities to create unique and therapeutic experiences. She enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, including children (3+) and adolescents, in achieving long-lasting personal growth. Her treatment areas of expertise include trauma, behavior modification, family challenges, emotional regulation, anxiety and panic attacks.

Prior to working with two-legged clients, Kendra spent the first decade of her professional life in animal welfare and is very passionate about the human-animal bond. Pets are welcome in sessions and may be incorporated into the therapeutic process when appropriate.

Kendra’s personal interests include fostering neonatal kittens for the local animal shelter, theater, hiking, metal detecting and collecting antiques.

Originally from the NJ and NYC area, Kendra holds a Master of Social Work degree and a Children, Youth, and Families certificate from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA from Fordham University.

Casey Martin, MD

Dr. Martin is a board certified psychiatrist who joined the center in fall 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University in 2007 in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. She then attended Ross University School of Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2015. She trained at Allegheny General Hospital, finishing her residency in 2019. Dr. Martin then worked at the Allegheny County Jail, gaining experiencing providing psychiatric care in a forensic setting. She then worked in the community mental health setting in the Beaver County with Primary Health Network, where she also provided tele-psychiatry services for Clarion, Pennsylvania. Dr. Martin treats adults, providing medication management and supportive therapy. In her free time, Dr. Martin enjoys spending time with her niece and nephews as well as her cat Leo, who was rescued from an abandoned building at Torrance State Hospital.

Joshua McClure, Interventionist

Joshua McClure is a Certified Intervention Professional through the Pennsylvania Certification Board and is experienced in working with individuals and families struggling with substance use disorders and mental health issues. He has 10 years of experience in the field and is trained in motivational interviewing as well as crisis intervention. Joshua is skilled in dealing with treatment resistant individuals and helping to navigate treatment options. His knowledge of family systems helps to increase stability and communication throughout the intervention process.

Nora McDonald, MSEd, LPC, LBS, NCC

Nora McDonald is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Behavior Specialist. She specializes in family/relationship issues (including divorce and addiction), anxiety, depression, grief, attachment trauma, and the management of life’s challenges. Nora focuses on examining the interactions, roles, and patterns of relationships to help clients learn to function more effectively at home, work, or in social situations. She uses her knowledge of behavioral principles to assess behaviors and functioning in order to foster an understanding about the way in which the challenges and mental health issues that one person faces affects others. Nora leverages the treatment modality most helpful for the client, including Psychodynamic, Structural Family, and CBT.

Nora attended Geneva College and graduated with an MS in Organizational Leadership, an MSEd in Marriage & Family Therapy from Duquesne University. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, and is the President of the Pennsylvania Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling. She has presented on such topics as Organizational Change and Forgiveness. Nora previously worked as a Family Based Therapist and a Behavior Specialist in community agencies as well as private practice. Her unique experience in the public and private sector provides a breadth of experience to serve her clients.

Jay McGuire, MS, LPC, CAADC

Jay earned his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. He is both a licensed professional counselor, and a certified addictions counselor. Jay works with adolescents and adults. His focused is on improving the quality of life for individuals, couples, and families.

Treatment begins with a person centered, strength based and solution focused approach. Meeting individuals where they are, he develops a strong therapeutic alliance built on mutual trust and respect. he engages and develops a personalized treatment plan that empowers individuals to realize their fullest potential.

Jay utilizes evidenced based practices such as motivational interviewing, harm reduction and stages of change models of treatment. His therapeutic orientation is solution focused Reality Therapy.

Jay’s specialties include trauma informed care, substance abuse, depression, anxiety and mood disorders. He also works with adolescents and adults with ADD and ADHD.

Terrie L. Means, LCSW

Terrie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters of Social Work degree in 2002 from the University of Pittsburgh. Terrie has spent the last 15 years specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), anxiety, and mood disorders. She was trained at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic having worked with individuals and groups specializing in OCD, Anxiety Disorders, Social Phobia, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. She also has in depth experience treating the following disorders: Trichotillamania, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Misophonia, Depressive disorders, Post-partum OCD, and Late Life Depression. In addition to treating adults, Terrie is also trained to treat kids and teens with OCD. She was instrumental in developing the Intensive Outpatient Clinic for children at WPIC. Her treatment modalities include but are not limited to: Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Problem Solving Therapy (PST), Brief Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (BBTI), Psychodynamic Therapy, and Habit Reversal.

In her spare time Terrie enjoys exercising, spending time with family and friends and taking care of her pets (a dog and 2 active cats)!

Carolyn Miller, MSEd, LPC

Carolyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her undergraduate/graduate degrees at Duquesne University. She provides psycho-educational insight, therapeutic techniques and coping skills in the areas of trauma, anxiety, anger, depression, grief. Carolyn has strong therapeutic skills in group therapy, couples, marriage, family, parenting, co-parenting, anger management. She is experienced in evidence based curriculum for court mandated anger management, family mediation and family (trans-parenting) communication seminars. Her therapeutic style is person-centered. Carolyn provides therapeutic guidance to lead others in the management of experienced symptoms and empowerment to emotional balance. She enjoys biking, painting, karaoke and spending time with family and friends.

Carolyn has served as a clinical adjunct instructor teaching non-violent communication and cultural competency. She has served as an advocate on advisory boards in Beaver County, strengthening consumer's rights and resources. Carolyn facilitates clinical workshops and seminars in neighboring libraries as part of her community outreach.

Sheila Mills, LCSW, ACSW, CAADC

Sheila is a licensed social worker who received her Master's degree from West Virginia University and Bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked in the mental health and addictions fields for over 25 years. She has been on staff with Cranberry Psychological Center since 2003. Her specialties include addictions, mood disorders, codependency, women’s issues and marital discord. She has extensive experience working with individuals, groups, adolescents, adults and marital/couples. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and is also a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC).

Jennifer Mislinski, NCC, LPC, CCTP

Jennifer Mislinski is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Duquesne University with a focus in Marriage and Family Therapy. Jennifer has worked in Substance Abuse Rehabilitation, Dual Diagnosis Outpatient Care, and Private Practice. She specializes in working with individuals suffering from addiction and their families, as well as relationship issues and family dynamics, conflict resolution, self-esteem, self-care, anxiety/depression, and life transitions and balance.

Jennifer works with individuals, couples, and families to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust and mutual respect. She utilizes several treatment modalities including Person Centered, Narrative Therapy, Structural Family Systems, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing. She believes we are a product of our experiences and are not idefined by the challenges we face. Jennifer works collaboratively with her clients to identify strengths, skills, values, and goals that can help reshape the way people view themselves and the world in order to live a happier and more meaningful life.

Kristy Moore, LPC

Kristy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in helping her clients overcome anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and stress. She genuinely believes that anyone can benefit from therapy. Kristy helps clients identify their strengths and make changes that empower them to be successful. Kristy uses an eclectic style in therapy catering to each client’s needs using strength based, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and self-acceptance techniques. Through this approach along with her education and professional background, she provides clients with tailored treatment plans that can be integrated into their daily lives.

Kristy has a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University. Prior to joining our center, she operated her own private practice for the past 4 years in Cranberry Township. Outside of private practice, Kristy also has experience of working for several companies in the area; Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Family Behavioral Resources, and Glade Run Lutheran Services. In addition to providing individual, couple, family, and group counseling, Kristy also offers Christian Counseling.

Pamela Moran-Christner, LPC

Pamela is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a graduate of Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse, Christopher Newport University with a BA in Sociology, and has a graduate Degree in Education in Community Counseling from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Pamela has worked both as a Registered Nurse and Psychotherapist in multiple settings: Hospitals, Family Counseling Centers, Juvenile Services, Adolescent Residential Care, University Counseling Center, Psychiatrist Office, and in Private Practice. Her Professional Counseling experience includes working with clients in families, as couples, in groups, & individuals’ ages 17 years and up. She specializes in Addiction and Recovery, Chronic Pain Management and Medical Issues, working with Impaired Professionals, Spiritual Emergency and Growth of the Soul, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Life changes, forgiveness, and Sexual issues including LGBTQ.

Pamela is committed to creating a sacred space in counseling that facilitates personal growth, mental wellbeing, & life satisfaction. She uses a wellness and strength-based approach to working with clients. In the counseling experience you will find kindness, respect, acceptance, and a non-judgmental experience.

Koushik Mukherjee, MD

Dr. Mukherjee is a psychiatrist who has experience in both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, chemical dependency, geriatric and emergency psychiatry. He treats clients aged 18 years and up. In addition to our practice, Dr Mukherjee is a staff psychiatrist with admitting privileges at Mercy Hospital and Ohio Valley Hospital. Dr. Mukherjee also works at Partial Program and Outpatient Psychiatry Unit at Mercy Behavioral Health. He is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Carole Murphy, PhD

Carole Murphy, a licensed psychologist, earned PhD and MEd degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and BA in Psychology degree from Seton Hill University. Providing counseling to adults aged 18 years and up, Dr. Murphy specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, grief, caregiving stress, cancer patients and their families, pain disorders (fibromyalgia & chronic pain), relationship issues involving self-worth, self-esteem and career guidance. She provides a range of treatment methods involving body-mind balance and integration, teaching of self-compassion and mindfulness.

Halley Nagy, LMFT

Halley is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has experience working with diverse individuals, couples, and families. Halley has worked in community and school-based behavioral health, as well as in outpatient community mental health. She has experience helping clients work through anxiety, depression, mood disorders, relational issues, ADHD symptoms, and trauma. Additionally, as an affirming ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and as a culturally competent therapist, Halley is able to create a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic space for processing emotions and experiences.

Halley's therapeutic background is grounded in Psychodynamic and Bowen Family Systems. She utilizes a collaborative approach in order to treat the client as a whole person and not just the symptoms being presented. It is her intention to help the client identify the root of their problem and to help them achieve long term healing and awareness.

Ruth E. Neuhart, LPC, CAC

Ruth Neuhart is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor.
She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Masters of Educational Counseling and went on
to do post graduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland as well as Full Spectrum Center in
Meadville. Ruth is experienced in working with individuals and couples with a variety of mental health
concerns -including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, addiction, relationship/marital issues, women’s
issues, and stress management.

We all have strengths, capabilities and capacities that we lose sight of at times. As Nietzsche said “There
is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.” I believe the mind-body connection is
very important in our healing process, and I want to provide the support to heighten people’s awareness
of this.

Melanie Nock, LPC

Melanie Nock is a licensed Professional Counselor whose counseling career began at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where she learned many different therapeutic approaches. She’s been in the field for over 20 years and works with couples, families and individuals aged 4 years and up. Melanie has experience treating a variety of mental health concerns including but not limited to: addiction, relationship and parenting concerns, career counseling, anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, feeling stressed, and emotional and developmental disorders in children and teens. She has a genuine desire to help people live happier and healthier lives and will do so in a friendly nonconfrontational environment that is judgement free and filled with support and encouragement. She will help you find the solutions that work for you.

Joseph O'Neill, LPC, NCC

Joseph O’Neil is a licensed professional counselor who has received his Master’s degree at Slippery Rock University in Clinical Mental Health specializing in Addiction. He has experience working with a wide range of individuals such as family, youth, sex offenders, addiction, trauma and adolescents in mental health. He has worked in multiple levels of care ranging from intensive outpatient to inpatient rehabilitation centers. Joseph has six years of experience working with children, adolescents and their families in long-term residential care. His therapeutic approach is using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and developing a therapeutic alliance by providing a non-judgmental atmosphere. Joseph works with a client to build motivation and confidence to advance through stages of change.

Jessica Park, LPC

Jessica is a licensed professional counselor and National Certified Counselor who earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Jessica gained important experience working in an acute inpatient setting with children and adolescents. She provides services to children, adolescents, and adults with diagnosis of anxiety, depression, ADHD, ODD and personality disorders. Jessica has experience working with childhood and acute trauma, and utilizes a trauma informed therapeutic approach. She uses aspects of CBT, DBT, and motivational interviewing in working with clients. Jessica’s goal is to utilize a collaborative and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship in order to help clients meet their goals and live happier, healthier lives.

W. Paul Pitts, PhD

Dr. Paul Pitts received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. A licensed psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience, Dr. Pitts has worked with adult clients aged 21 years and older, who have a wide range of emotional problems and situational difficulties. Using a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral approaches, Dr. Pitts assesses each client and identifies specific goals, which are achieved through a collaborative effort. His areas of expertise include relationship problems, personal and work-related stress management, life transitions and depression and anxiety.

Christine Pundyk, PsyD

Christine Pundyk, a licensed Clinical Psychologist, earned a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology, at Adler University in Chicago, IL. She subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at WVU School of Medicine specializing in Health Psychology, focusing on pre-surgical psychological evaluations for both bariatric and chronic pain patients to determine appropriateness for different types of surgeries. Dr. Pundyk specializes in the treatment of various chronic pain conditions, depression, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, chronic stress, and individuals self-managing various medical illnesses. She enjoys working with patients to promote their health and wellness by guiding them to live more consistently toward their values. Whether it be a major lifestyle/habit change (ie. physical activity, dietary habits, weight management, sleep) or the self-management of a new medical diagnosis or ongoing health issues, she works with patients to find practical skills and tools that fit their needs and life context with the primary goal of helping them improve their overall quality of life and sense of well-being. Dr. Pundyk delivers evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, typically incorporating relaxation/breathing strategies and teaching of mindfulness skills. She offers additional services in the areas of comprehensive and individualized psychological testing, various pre-surgical psychological evaluations, supportive individual therapy as well as group therapy.

Matthew Sanchez, MD

Dr. Sanchez completed his medical education at University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine after which he completed a pediatrics residency at Washington University in St Louis/St Louis Children’s Hospital. During his time in the pediatrics residency program, he helped to develop a standardized approach to acute agitation for inpatient pediatric medical units and published research on autism spectrum disorder. He went on for additional training at the Post Pediatric Portal Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center/Case Western Reserve University, where he completed requirements for board eligibility in both adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During his time in the program, Dr. Sanchez published research on pediatric bipolar disorder and presented locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including suicide risk assessment, teen to adult transitions in autism spectrum disorder and the metabolic effects of psychotropic medications on children.

Dr. Sanchez enjoys and values establishing longitudinal relationships with both children and families through outpatient child psychiatric practice. He treats a wide variety of pediatric mental health conditions through both medical management and integrated psychotherapeutic techniques. Dr. Sanchez has special interests in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual/developmental disabilities, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents. His training and board certification in pediatrics also enhances his ability to integrate and appreciate the interactions between physical health, mental health and environmental factors while also appreciating the stress and responsibilities faced by primary care practices.

Dr. Sanchez is excited to be joining Cranberry Psychological Center and looks forward to helping to improve the lives of children and adolescents in Western Pennsylvania.

James L. Saylor Jr., MSW, LCSW

James Saylor, a licensed clinical social worker, specializing in individual, marital and family therapy. He uses many different approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). He provides faith-based counseling, as well. James treats children as young as 6 years and all adult ages. He has worked in outpatient and partial hospitalization clinics as well as inpatient psychiatric hospitals. James earned his Bachelor of Arts from Thiel college in 1982, and a Master’s in social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987. Providing counseling for a wide variety of mental health issues over the past 29 years of experience, James became PA Licensed Social worker in 1990 and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2010.

Patti Schwartz, LPC

Patti is a licensed professional counselor, who earned her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. Experienced in treating a variety of mental health issues, her therapeutic perspective is strength based and her approach is eclectic. Patti is trained in motivational interventions and recently completed training in cognitive processing therapy interventions to use with depression, anxiety, anger and post trauma. Additionally, she uses the Johnson Intervention model when working with addicts and their families.

Patti has 20+ years of experience in the Employee Assistance field, specializing in the treatment of chemical dependency and solution focused therapy. She worked as an EAP consultant for USX Corporation and an EAP account manager for Sandra Solomon Associates Inc. She coordinated a university student mental health program, providing support to students throughout their college years and referring students to appropriate services as needed. She also supervised students in master level counseling internships.

Alicia Sewald-Cisneros, LPC CCTP NCC

Alicia E. Sewald-Cisneros, MA, LPC, CCTP, NCC

After many years in the field of education as a teacher, Ms. Alicia gained an appreciation for the potential that children of all ages can bring to the world. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling specializing in Family Therapy. Since then, she has enjoyed being creative as a counselor for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She is a natural systems-thinker and bases her therapeutic interventions primarily on Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Energy Freedom Techniques, among others. In her approach, she meets clients where they are and builds a therapeutic alliance that is collaborative, strengths-based and trauma-informed. She has helped clients suffering with symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD and bipolar disorder, and individuals with suicidal ideation and a variety of acculturation and relational issues. She also has experience working with teen mothers and post-partum depression. Ms. Alicia is bilingual in Spanish and English, and is LBGTQI-affirming.

Desilee Smith, LPC, NCC

Desilee Smith is both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Desilee graduated from Geneva College with a Master’s of Counseling. She has worked in Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation as well as Family Systems. Desilee provides child, family, individual and couple psychotherapy services to those ages 6 through adult. Desilee’s approach is non-judgmental and empathic. Desilee has experience treating a variety of mental health issues, situational strains and emotional struggles including anxiety, grief, sexual addiction, partners of sex addicts, infertility, communication skills, parenting challenges, work related stress, conflict resolutions, life transitions and self-care.

Megan Sovich, LPC, NCC

Megan Sovich is both a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Megan graduated from Geneva College with a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in 2015. She has experience working with substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and various mental health concerns that include, but are not limited to, women's issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and self harm. Megan works with adults and adolescents 13 and up at the Cranberry location using a holistic approach to achieve mental balance and wellbeing.

Jeff Stewart, LPC, CAADC

Jeff Stewart is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range of issues impacting people’s lives. Holding both a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling brings a unique perspective to his therapeutic approach. He is board certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors and has specialized training in substance use disorders, anxiety and other mood disorders, suicidality, trauma, anger management, and other areas of counseling specialty.

Jeff works primarily with adults, age 18 and throughout the life span, both individually and as couples. His counseling perspective is Person-Centered, working to meet you where you are in life and helping to identify and work towards your goals with the therapy process. He has an integrated approach to the Person-Centered perspective, utilizing skills from various evidence based therapeutic theories to best meet your needs.

Susan Tomsic, LCSW

Susan Tomsic is a licensed clinical social worker who has been employed in the field for 25 years. She received her BA degree from La Roche College as a psychology major and later obtained her MSW degree from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work with a concentration in direct practice. She has worked as a therapist in private practice with adults, adolescents, geriatric clients, couples and families who have psychiatric and substance abuse issues. Her experience includes working as a hospital social worker in inpatient, trauma, ICU and emergency department settings. She has also worked as a behavioral health care manager for a managed care company, a counselor for EAP services and outpatient counselor for substance abuse treatment. Her areas of specialization are in mood disorders, grief and loss counseling, life management and transitions, EAP work, early recovery and relapse prevention and relationship issues. Susan has special interest in working with LGBTQ clients and in working with clients who have MS and other chronic illnesses and their caregivers to address disability management, resources, support and caregiver stress.

Jannette Travali, MSCP, MPH, MS, LPC, LDN, NCC, RDN, CEDS, CEDRD, CCTP *

Jannette Travali is a Psychotherapist, Nutrition Therapist, Exercise Physiologist. She incorporates Mind, Body & Spiritual Wellness-Integrated Treatment Methods for any/all of the following: Disordered Eating, Trauma/PTSD, Body Image, Mood, Self-Injury, Addiction, Grief, & Spirituality/Christianity. Jannette uses an Eclectic Approach in Therapy – including Person-Centered, Mindfulness, and Expressive, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical/Behavioral Therapy – and components of Existential, Narrative, Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Jungian, Family Systems, Clinical Nutrition Therapy & Intuitive Eating. She provides Faith-Based Counseling, upon request. Many of her clients deal with Low Self-Esteem/Self-Compassion, Trauma/PTSD, Guilt, Shame, Body Image Distortions, Disordered Eating Patterns across the entire Eating Disorder Spectrum. and Bullying. Jannette’s overall goal is that individuals allow themselves to become more consistently aware & accepting of who they are in the moment and from that position, decide on ways to change or stay the same. Throughout the process, she strongly believes that a Positive & Supportive Counseling Relationship & Counseling Style, incorporating Motivational Interviewing & focusing on deserving Positive Changes, are important aspects of therapeutic effectiveness. Jannette sees children through adults – providing Individual, Family, Couples and Group Therapy.

Suzanne Watkins, LCSW

Suzanne Watkins, a licensed clinical social worker, earned a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. With over 23 years of experience, she has worked in a variety of mental health facilities treating a wide variety of mental health issues. Her experience includes working with adolescents and eating disordered clients at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, and with adult clients with chronic mental health and addictions issues at Mercy Behavioral Health. She has provided services to clients aged 14 years and above in our Seven Fields location for over 13 years.

Suzanne has extensive experience with couple’s therapy and teaching coping and problem solving skills. Her therapeutic approaches include cognitive/behavioral, acceptance/commitment, and psychodynamic. She also offers Christian counseling.

Brittany Weaver, LMFT, LPC

Brittany is dually licensed as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor who received her master’s degree at Seton Hill University. She is experienced in working with adults, children, couples, and families in a variety of settings including independent living facilities, intensive in-home family therapy, school based, and outpatient settings. She specializes in helping her clients overcome/manage anxiety, depression, Bipolar, trauma/PTSD and ADHD. She is also TF-CBT trained and working on certification. She utilizes a structural therapy approach when working with clients and families along with cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

C. Patrick Williams, PhD

Patrick Williams is a licensed psychologist engaged in the general practice of psychotherapy with individuals and couples for over 45 years. His education includes doctorate and master’s degrees from Duquesne University, a master’s of divinity from Duke University, and bachelor of science in psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. William’s approach may be characterized as depthful and reflective, aiming at a greater understanding of oneself, and at learning to relate effectively with others and one's "life-world." Dr. Williams believes seeing things differently is essential for solving the issues that bring us to counseling.

Rachel Williams, LCSW

Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping others. She received her Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. Rachel’s is experienced providing individual, group and family therapy to children age of 12 and up along with adults. Rachel works with clients to create a warm, collaborative and caring environment that promotes growth and insight. She utilizes a strengths-based approach to support each person in identifying their goals. Her specialty is with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness to address needs including but not limited to Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, life changes and stress management. She has extensive experience providing acute crisis therapy to teens and helps parents when in need to develop parent management skills. Whether you are starting out in therapy for the first time or seeking ongoing mental health support for existing struggles, Rachel will support you in how to effectively utilize your time together to discover tools for change.

Emily Zupancic, MSW, LCSW

Emily Zupancic is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, experienced in working with individuals with mental health concerns, substance abuse concerns and family and marital concerns. She utilizes many evidenced-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness training and dialectical behavioral therapy. Following the receipt of her BA from Temple University, she began working with the criminal justice population. She obtained a Master in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and has spent nearly 10 years working with the dual diagnosis population. Throughout this time, Emily developed family education programs, introduced yoga programs and gained experience in holistic treatment. She spends time teaching yoga and enjoys bringing elements of mindfulness into the lives of others.