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.

Samantha Adams, LPC, NCC, LBS, NADD-CC

Samantha is a licensed professional counselor, licensed behavioral specialist, and holds certification in treating developmental disabilities. Samantha received her masters degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University in 2011. Samantha has worked for 10+ years in community based mental health programs that treated individuals for a variety of presenting concerns. Samantha works to create a warm, welcoming relationship with all of her clients. Samantha works with individuals 16+ utilizing primarily a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment. Samantha focuses her work on anxiety spectrum disorders, mood spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, grief/loss, and adjustment concerns. Samantha frames her work in a holistic format to help those she works with reach their goals and improve their over-all wellness.

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.

Brittany Baldwin,

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).

Michael Beatty, MSW, LCSW, NCGC-I *

Michael Beatty is a licensed clinical social worker with 10+ years of experience in addictive disorders, mood disorders, and thought disorders in both adolescents and adults. He is also nationally certified as a gambling counselor. Trained in Motivational Interviewing, Mike engages with people in a non-judgmental and non-confrontational way. His background in Crisis and Critical Incidence Response utilizing Asist and Seeking Safety Modalities enables him to evaluate any safety concerns for his clients. Utilizing his training in Pennsylvania Client Placement Criteria, Mike assists those struggling with substance use to determine the most appropriate level of care including detoxification, maintenance therapies, and residential programming and will work with his clients until the appropriate level of care is achieved.

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.

Erica Cavill, LPC

Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s in Professional Counseling degree from Carlow University in 2012. Erica began her career in the mental health field focusing on children of kindergarten age in acute/partial hospitalization. Over the span of the next 8 years, her treatment expanded to include children/adolescents aged 5-18. As she transitioned to and became involved in outpatient therapy, she began working with adults as well, but maintains special interest working with children and adolescents. She is trained in TF-CBT, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and AF-CBT (Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) a trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment designed to improve the relationships between children and caregivers in families involved in arguments, frequent conflict, physical force/discipline, child physical abuse, or child behavior problems. Erica treats clients aged 6 yrs to adult.

Sarah Flock, MEd, LPC, NCC, RPT *

Sarah Flock joined Cranberry Psychological Center in June 2016 and is a licensed professional counselor. She enjoys working with children as young as 3 up to age 18. Sarah is also a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). She enjoys working with varying issues among children but specializes in working with children who have experienced trauma, are in foster care, experience anxiety, depression, attachment issues, and have special needs. Her previous experience as a Special Education teacher helps bring added knowledge in working with children.

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).

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.

Nicole Gemperle, MS, LPC, CCDPD, SAP *

Nicole Gemperle enjoys working with clients aged 6 through adult. She has experience working with addictions, trauma, and OCD. She currently runs a group for teens who identify as transgender and/or are dealing with concerns related to sexuality. She likes working with couples and families, including families in transition due to divorce or blending and believes in meeting the client where they are at. She often uses different techniques or tools such as art, CBT, DBT, or play therapy. She attended Carlow University and graduated with an MS in Professional Counseling in 2008. She has her CCDPD (Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate) as well as her SAP (Substance Abuse Professional) and provides drug and alcohol evaluations for schools and the department of transportation. She loves dogs, has fostered and adopted her own, and is an advocate of therapy dogs. She’s also an avid kickball player.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Erin Kelly,

Erin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked in community behavioral health and outpatient therapy settings providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families. While Erin has worked with people who experience depression, grief, bipolar disorder, psychosis and postpartum depression, she specializes in traumatic stress (particularly survivors of sexual assault and abuse), anxiety and panic, and other stress-related disorders. Regardless of circumstances, Erin believes that each and every human has the innate strength, capacity, and resiliency to recover from life's experiences. Her clinical perspective is eclectic, with a focus on using evidence-based modalities and expressive arts techniques to empower her clients to discover their own healing paths. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Erin also has experience teaching yoga and meditation to individuals and groups; she completed her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher training in 2019. She blends mindfulness techniques and therapeutic modalities with a holistic, individualized approach for each and every client. Her aim is to create a collaborative, person-centered therapeutic relationship where each person can explore and find their unique tools, techniques, and strengths to heal.

Sharon Kohnen, MD

Sharon Kohnen M.D. is committed to providing accessible, high quality mental health treatment where people need it - in their community. She spends time getting to know each patient, listening to their unique story, recognizing not just their symptoms but also their individual strengths. While her expertise is in using medications, she recognizes that medication is only one approach. She provides care to individuals 18 years of age and older and has experience working in a variety of settings including a family health center, hospital consultation, addiction programs, partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient and a community mental health center, partnering with her patients in overcoming mental illness and promoting mental wellness.

Dr Kohnen completed an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and molecular biology at the University of Pittsburgh and received her medical degree from Sydney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia, PA. Returning to Pittsburgh, she completed an Adult Psychiatry Residency and also a Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship at UPMC Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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.

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.

Misty Mancini-Seybert,

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.

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,

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).

Kristy Moore,

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.

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.

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.

Eugene Ortiz, MD

Eugene S. Ortiz, MD collaborates with persons 18 to 75 years of age who are willing to engage in their mental and behavioral well-being. He is interested in patients achieving their wellness goals and collaborating with their care with the belief that medications can provide a supportive role to therapy and that it is time-limited and individualized. He has over 25 years experience in mental health inpatient and outpatient settings, chemical dependency and substance use facilities, managed care and community-based public service programs. He is on staff at Western Psychiatric Hospital at the Emergency Department and he has admitting privileges. He is board-certified in General Adult Psychiatry.

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.

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.

Jody Schultz, LPC, CCTP *

Jody Schultz is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is Certified in Trauma. She graduated from Slippery Rock University with a Masters in Counseling and has worked in the mental health and drug and alcohol field for the past 25 years in a variety of settings and positions, such as consultant to the Air Force National Guard, director of a methadone clinic, clinical supervisor of a children’s detention facility, EAP specialist, and director of a family based services unit. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Response), TEM (Traumatic Event Management) and Hypnotherapy. She has been in private practice for the past 7 years providing counseling to children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families, 4 years of age and up.

Jody specializes in trauma, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, anger management, relationship issues, and addictions utilizing psychotherapies that best fit the needs of the client to help them maximize and reach their full potential. She provides Christian counseling and faith based approaches when requested, along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Solution Based focused therapies.

Jody’s personal interests include spending time with family and friends, ballroom dancing, playing 500, and biking.

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.

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.

Joyce K. Smith, Psy.D.

Dr. Joyce K. Smith is a psychologist with over 36 years of experience. She earned a doctoral degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Allegheny College. She works with individuals of all ages, children through older adults, using a family/systems conceptualization. Dr. Smith is experienced working with individuals and families to address issues of depression, anxiety, stress management, grief and loss (including pregnancy loss and survivors of suicide), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, behavior disorders, and relationship problems. Additionally, Dr. Smith is pursuing training in collaborative divorce work.

Whitney Thomas, MD

Dr. Thomas recently completed Adult Psychiatry Residency at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. While in residency, she cultivated interests in geriatric psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and in psychodynamic psychotherapy, serving as the Chief Resident for Psychotherapy Training in her final year of residency. While trained in prescribing medications, she believes in an integrated approach to mental health, stressing the importance of both medications and therapy. She sees patients aged 16 and older.

Prior to residency training, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology at St. Bonaventure University and subsequently completed her medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Nicholas Toia, PhD

Nicholas Toia has been working as a psychotherapist in the Pittsburgh area since 1978. He received both his Master's (1976) and Doctoral (1989) degrees from the University of Pittsburgh Department of Counselor Education and has been a licensed psychologist since 1990. Through the course of his career Dr. Toia has treated patients with a broad range of mental health issues. Although he has developed a practice specializing in psychotherapy for individuals with substance use and other addictive disorders, he remains active and interested in working with clients seeking help with other mental health issues as well. He employs an individualized approach to psychotherapy focused on meaningful emotional and behavioral change. Prior to joining Cranberry Psychological Center, Dr. Toia was a founder and managing partner of a multidisciplinary psychiatric and psychotherapy group practice in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, where he practiced for eighteen years.

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.

Megan Vereb,

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.

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.

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,

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.