Kathryn Angell, Ph.D.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse, Temple University
Kathy Angell, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who is committed to providing effective psychotherapy for individual adults and couples in a way that honors the individual perspective and cultural context that each person brings. Dr. Angell helps individuals address psychological issues related to depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, aging, health problems and disability, and racism and other forms of maltreatment by others. She helps couples improve their communication, manage conflict, increase friendship and intimacy, understand their cultural differences; and build life dreams together.
Kathy seeks to deeply understand and develop a caring, encouraging, and collaborative therapeutic relationship with every person who comes to see her. From this foundation, she works to help each person change the thoughts and behaviors that are getting in their way and develop new understandings, ways of thinking and acting, and skills to improve their relationships, progress on goals, and happiness.
Dr. Angell was trained by leading experts at top-ranked U.S. programs (the Universities of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Washington) in therapies with substantial research support attesting to their effectiveness, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Using this training as a foundation, she tailors therapy to address each person’s specific needs and goals.
Jaimee is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families from diverse backgrounds across various settings, including community mental health, schools and outpatient clinics. Her experience includes treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, life transitions, adolescent issues, and peer and family conflicts.
Jaimee’s therapeutic approaches include Solution-Focused, Person-Centered, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Informed Care and Mindfulness. With Jaimee, treatment is individualized within these frameworks as she recognizes that each person’s needs, strengths and challenges are unique. Her deepest beliefs about therapy are that empowerment, change, growth and fulfillment come from insight and internal change within a safe and trusting relationship. Her approach is warm and empathetic as she works to guide her clients to acquire the tools and skills to realize their personal potential while looking at their life and choices in a different way.
Practice Locations: South Philadelphia II Constitution Health Plaza, Rittenhouse Square, Doylestown
Amy is a licensed professional counselor who received her degree in counseling from Arcadia University. This is a second career for Amy, who previously worked in the music field. After starting a family, Amy became involved in postpartum support groups and subsequently decided to become a mental health professional. Before coming to Hornstein, Platt and Associates in 2015, Amy had worked for 25 years in a community mental health center in Doylestown, PA, where she helped people with depression, anxiety and relationship issues as well as serious mental illness in crisis, partial hospital, and outpatient settings.
Amy also has taught mediation for the Bucks County Peace Center. A continued source of inspiration for her has been the wisdom and kindness of Mr. Rogers. In the past two decades, Amy has received training in and specializes in a number of approaches including Gestalt therapy, EMDR, and CBT, but believes that most healing comes from compassion and shared humanity with her clients.
Emily Chernicoff, Psy.D.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, Bala Cynwyd
Maryann Connolly, MSW, LCSW
Maryann Connnolly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained at the Bryn Mawr School of Social work. She has practiced in a broad range of outpatient and residential treatment settings for more than 20 years. Her clinical experience includes helping individuals with issues relating to life transitions, aging, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, addictions, depression, bipolar disorder, domestic violence and trauma. In addition to her general practice, Maryann also has a specialty in using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to aid those in recovery from trauma, as it has shown to be effective in decreasing intrusive symptoms such as flashbacks and in helping clients to integrate traumatic experiences into a more complete, healthy and vibrant way of living.
Maryann is deeply committed to the principle that therapy is most effective when a strong and trusting relationship exists between the therapist and client. She has been able to forge deep and meaningful connections with people from diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Within a therapeutic environment of safety, acceptance and compassion, Maryann works with her clients to reach their goals for healing, change and personal growth.
Angela Cooper, M.A., LPC
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia II, Constitution Health Plaza
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia II (Constitution Health Plaza)
Holly Copeland is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 20 years experience in the counseling field. Having obtained her Master's degree at Immaclata University, she has had a rich career working in private practice, inpatient and community mental health settings. In addition to being in her third decade of providing treatment to adults, adolescents and children, Holly has been a Clinical Director and Supervisor for therapists and students in outpatient and residential settings.
Holly gained expertise in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in her position of Clinical Director of a residential facility for adolescent girls. To add to her expertise she trained in using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR) which research has shown to be an effective tool for those suffering the effects of trauma and abuse.
Holly maintains a holistic healing perspective to help you achieve mental, physical and spiritual well-being. She is trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) which uses deep breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques to cope with pain, stress and mood disorders. In addition to maintaining a general counseling practice, she specializes in treating adolescents, providing couples and family counseling, and working with individuals on stress management, chronic illness and pain, spiritual issues, anxiety and depression.
Cristhian Dantagnan, M.Ed., LPC
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, Temple University
Cristhian Dantagnan is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been serving children and their families in a community mental health setting for the past 9 years. A native of Chile, he obtained his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Cristhian has a practical and eclectic approach to counseling and his theoretical orientation is rooted in the principles of attachment theories, play therapy, CBT and trauma-informed best practices. As a Clinical Supervisor in school settings he has a deep understating of what motivates children to learn and grow. Cristhian understands how ADHD, ODD, Autism, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression can impact not only the child but also the entire family. He has extensive experience in the areas of parenting education, attachment disruption (adoption-foster care etc) and recognizing the impact of neglect and abuse in a family system. Hi understanding of development serves as the underpinning for his work with adults. In addition to havng a general practice focusing on depression, anxiety, intimacy challenges and managing stress, Cris has a personal understanding of how immigration and issues of acculturation can affect individuals and their families.
Cristhian believes that change comes from a person’s willingness and courage to recognize their needs and challenges, but most importantly, their strengths.
Cristhian grew up in the desert in a small mining town in the north of Chile. His father was a minister and his mother a teacher: “I had to compromise,” says Cristhian so he became a therapist. He first studied theology and worked in urban youth ministry for many years. He also is a music aficionado and enjoys singing and playing the flute. To decompress Cristhian likes to play tennis, work around the house and fix things. He enjoys spending down time with his wife, his two children, his two dogs and his cat (if she lets him).
Cristhian tiene una maestría en consejería de Temple University. El tiene 9 anos de experiencia trabajando con niños, adolecentes y sus familias que confrontan frustración, vergüenza o desaliento por problemas de atención e hiperactividad, conducta oposicional desafiante, autismo, trastornos del aprendizaje, ansiedad y depresión etc. Cristhian también tiene experiencia en las áreas de trastornos del apego, parentalidad responsable y el impacto que el abuso y descuido puede causar en los niños. Por experiencia personal, Cristhian también entiende los desafíos de la familia inmigrante y las dificultades derivadas de la aculturación multi-generacional.
Cristhian cree firmemente que el cambio se produce cuando la persona tiene la voluntad y el valor de reconocer sus necesidades y desafíos, y por sobretodo, sus fortalezas.
Yo nací en el norte de Chile, en el desierto de Atacama. Mi padre era pastor y mi madre profesora, asi que yo decidí por ser terapeuta, que es como en el medio. Primero estudie teología y trabaje en ministerio juvenil por muchos anos en Chile, Colombia y aquí en Philadelphia. También estudie música y me gusta cantar y tocar la flauta.
Para relajarme me gusta jugar tenis y hacer trabajos de casa arreglando y armando cosas. También me gusta pasar el tiempo con la familia; mi esposa, mi hija y mi hijo, los dos perros y por supuesto la gata (si es que ella me deja).
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, Temple University,
Adam is a licensed psychologist who has held positions in healthcare systems, college counseling centers, and school systems, serving clients of varied backgrounds and ages. Having earned a doctorate in clinical and school psychology from James Madison University, Adam has a well-developed understanding of psychological functioning across the lifespan. His areas of specialty include working with depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, communication, grief/loss, transition/adjustment, identity issues, relationship issues, self-criticism/self-esteem, stress management, addiction, personality functioning, and trauma. He also likes to work with individuals who experience familial and cultural stigma regarding mental health treatment or experience distress and challenges related to micro-aggressions, privilege, or race-related/socioeconomic class-related stress.
Adam sees therapy as an opportunity to collaboratively work together so you can be heard and validated, understand your everyday patterns, and process (past or present) emotional experiences. He facilitates this process by using an integrative approach that incorporates the major theoretical orientations (i.e., cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systems, emotion-focused, existential), the developmental-lifespan perspective, and the biopsychosocial perspective. His therapeutic style is relational and humanistic, in which he strives to have his clients have a positive therapy experience by being open, genuine, and attuned. He values clients’ differences, strengths, and unique perspectives to events and situations.
Adam became interested in psychology as a teenager by listening and sharing experiences with friends and finding validation, relief, strength, and hope from doing so. For fun and relaxation, he likes to hang out with friends and family, watch professional football, read comics and blogs, work out, hike, and play with his two cats.
Stacey Farber, LSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Stacey Farber is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Since completing graduate school, she has specialized in working with children and trauma working in community mental health and medical agencies. In this context she has also developed expertise in providing therapy to adolescents and families.
Victoria Galperin, MA, LPC
Practice Location: Temple University
Victoria is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Child and Family Therapy, at Arcadia University. Victoria has ten years of experience providing mental health services in a wide variety of settings, including community mental health agencies, The Center for Autism, and a shelter for women and children. She has worked with adults, children, individuals, groups, couples and families and helped clients deal with a variety of problems, including stressful transitions, family and relationship issues, behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, anger management, grief, trauma, and social avoidance.
Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I get there? Why is my child behaving this way? What can I do to help? We often ask ourselves these questions and struggle finding the answers. Victoria is an integrative therapist, who maintains that each person is unique and benefits from an individualized approach and a supportive collaborative environment to find the answers to these commonly asked questions. She utilizes techniques rooted in CBT, play and art therapy, client centered, solution focused, and strength based therapy to empower her clients to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.
Gayle Gates , MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Gayle Gates is a Clinical Assistant Professor and was the Associate Director of the Dance/Movement therapy Program at Drexel University. A Licensed Professional Counselor with over thirty years of experience as a therapist, teacher and supervisor, Gayle has special expertise in child and adolescent disorders including ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities. She brings this expertise into her work with adults who have ADHD and Aspergers Disorder, in addition to maintaining a general practice. Gayle provides therapy from a psychodynamic, developmental and systems perspectives, making her sessions interactive and promoting behavioral change. With her background in verbal and non-verbal therapies, Gayle helps her clients understand their personal struggles and supports their addressing these concerns in both creative and practical ways.
Dorothy Gjurin is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She has been practicing psychotherapy for 17 years, working with adults on an individual and couples' basis in settings including private practice, community mental health and a specialized trauma treatment center.
Dorothy's therapeutic approach is eclectic, based on the needs of the client. That being said, her therapeutic stance is rooted in the person-centered principles of genuineness/realness, unconditional positive regard and empathic understanding. She believes that the therapeutic alliance between client and counselor is more important than any technique, although she utilizes strategies ranging from Gestalt to Behavioral interventions such as prolonged exposure (PE).
Dorothy's particular areas of interest include trauma, especially sexual trauma, as well as issues among members of the LGBTQ community. More generally, she treats individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, life transitions and bipolar conditions, and she has an ease in working with individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder.
Previously employed in writing and editing, Dorothy went into the counseling field after a series of losses led her to question the best use of her talents. She has wide-ranging interests, including Blues and Folk music. She is a voracious reader in many genres, loves antique furniture, and is an arm-chair science enthusiast, excited by fields ranging from archeology to particle physics.
Robin Goldberg, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations: Narberth , Bala Cynwyd
Robin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has spent many years working with clients from elementary school children to the elderly in community mental health, private and public psychiatric facilities (both inpatient and outpatient), and in private practice. She has extensive experience in working with a diverse population of adolescents and adults, specializing in DBT (a form of cognitive behavioral therapy), substance abuse, marriage and couples counseling, and chronic pain. In addition to psychotherapy, Robin has worked in collaboration with the court system, school system, and with medical professionals. She spent many years teaching and supervising nursing students, social work students, and social workers. Robin completed her Masters degree at Boston University, with additional certifications in DBT and Mediation.
Robin became a social worker after a career in art, and finds the therapeutic process very similiar to the creative process, in which therapist and client collaborate in finding the medium, or tools, that work best for each unique and complex individual. Clients report that Robin is calming, compassionate and effective, and on occasion, funny.
Arielle is an empathetic, experienced, and client focused Licensed Professional Counselor. She trained in psychology at the University of Florida and achieved her Masters and Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. She is licensed in both Pennsylvania and Florida and has practiced behavioral health in outpatient, school, and in-home crisis counseling settings. Arielle has experience in counseling individuals, groups, and couples, and worked extensively with adolescents, children and families. She works from the vantage point that therapy should be tailored to meet people’s individualized needs given that each individual is unique, even when they present similar concerns.
Arielle likes to incorporate cognitive techniques into therapy as needed such as challenging negative thought patterns and helping with coping skills/problem solving. She believes that working through difficult emotions and conflicts as they arise in the present, and developing a trusting, positive therapeutic relationship is what is most transformative and healing. In her general practice, Arielle provides treatment and facilitates change in those who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stressful life changes, and relationship issues of all kinds. Her specializations include treating Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) and adolescent concerns. In her free time Arielle likes to play with her dog, travel to learn about different cultures, cook, and practice yoga.
Radka Jurkech, M.Ed.,LMFT
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Radka is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of AAMFT. In addition to traditional training in individual and group therapy, Radka completed a post-graduate training in marital/couples therapy and a certification program in family therapy. Some of her other training and clinical experience include treatment of anxiety (CBT), treatment of eating disorders, and addiction counseling. Throughout her 20 years of practice, Radka has aimed to integrate a relational and systemic perspective with her client's inter-subjective experience to develop a collaborative and personally meaningful treatment process. Her approach focuses on both accomplishment of more pressing short term goals, as well as long term goals and personal growth.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and South Philadelphia II, Constitution Health Plaza
Courtney Liggera, Psy.D.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and Rittenhouse Women's Welness Center
Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with twelve years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities and a college counseling center. She has worked with individuals, families, children and adults coping with a variety of common concerns such as depression, anxiety, stress and relationships, and more chronic issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and personality disorders.
In addition to her broad clinical background, Dr. Liggera has gained expertise as trauma-focused clinician providing individual and family therapy and community-based interventions to children who have experienced traumas suffered from neglect and abuse. She has also often served as a clinical advocate testifying in court on behalf of her clients’ needs and well-being. Encountering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on a regular basis has put Courtney on the cutting edge of treating stress from an integrated body and mind and social perspective. Augmenting to her holistic perspective, Courtney has confidence in the power of psychodynamic/insight oriented therapy. She believes that the key to a successful therapeutic experience is being able to connect with yourself and a trustworthy guide in a safe and calm environment, so that the root of difficulties and the path to overcoming them can become clear.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Kristen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with 8 years of diverse clinical experience. She completed her graduate training at Widener University where she earned both a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and a Master's Degree in Human Sexuality. While at Widener, Dr. Malora gained experience working with children, adults, couples, and families in various outpatient, college counseling, and community-based settings. She specializes in working with issues related to sexuality and sexual orientation, difficulties in intimate relationships, anxiety, depression, and trauma. Kristen believes in approaching therapy with a relational, insight-oriented frame, which allows clients to feel validated, supported, and motivated to begin making the change necessary to live a more fulfilling life.
Amy Marlow-MaCoy, M.Ed., LPC
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square
Practice Locations: Temple University and Rittenhouse Square
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who trained locally at West Chester University. In addition to her graduate degree, she holds a certificate in clinical hypnotherapy and solution-focused therapy from the Milton Erickson Institute and pursues additional training at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. Having worked in academic and community mental health settings, Ms. Popek has gained experience helping clients address issues such as struggles with intimacy, depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexual trauma as well as LGBT concerns. Her specialty in hypnosis brings a unique skill to her treatment of smoking cessation as well as other habits. Rachel’s creative, fun, warm and occasionally directional approach to therapy combined with her compassion and lack of judgment has made her successful with individuals and couples.
Practice Location: South Philadelphia II, Constitution Health Plaza
Mia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Her experience includes working with adults who are managing depression and other mood concerns, anxiety, substance use, trauma, chronic illnesses, and life transitions. She believes in the importance of building a strong, trusting, and collaborative therapeutic relationship in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, and safe space.
Anita L. Ringo, L.C.S.W., MCRIM
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and Bryn Mawr
Anita brings over twenty-eight years of social work experience to her practice. She treats a wide range of psychological issues from the challenges of the chronically mentally ill, and clients with borderline personality disorder to the anxiety and adjustment concerns of clients who function at a high level. Ms. Ringo specializes in providing the directive approaches of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to provide skills to immediately apply to manage troubling moods, behavior and stressful situations. She also offers integration of Mindfulness techniques into hher approach to growth.
Dorothy Rosenbluth, M.Ed., LPC, BC-DMT
Practice Locations: Bryn Mawr and Rittenhouse Square
Dorothy is a licensed professional counselor and board certified dance movement therapist. Following her education at University of Pittsburgh and Temple University, she pursued post graduate studies in family therapy, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma Studies, parenting education, hypnotherapy and mindfulness approaches. In her over 30 years of professional experience Dorothy has formed a therapeutic style that uses an integrated, collaborative, experiential approach to assist young adults, adults and families with a variety of difficulties. She specializes in treating depression, anxiety, disordered eating, adult ADHD, bereavement, life transitions, parenting issues, fertility issues and childhood history of abuse or neglect.
In addition to her clinical work, Dorothy has provided parenting education groups, and taught and supervised clinicians for many years.
Seneka Rupert, M.Ed., MS, LMFT
Practice Locations: South Philadelphia II, Temple University
Seneka Rupert is a sexuality educator and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her graduate degrees in human sexuality from Widener University and clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Her interests in sexuality led her to create a sexuality curriculum and attain an adjunct faculty post teaching this for the past decade.
Clinically, Seneka utilizes a Feminist, Bowenian (family perspective) framework and focuses heavily on client empowerment. In addition to her general practice for adults which includes common concerns such as intimacy, anxiety, depression and adjusting to change, she specializes in sexuality and relationships, family therapy, parenting issues and concerns, and adolescents. Seneka is a straight forward and authentic clinician who values client insight and collaboration. An open minded and affirming therapist, she is kink and non-monogamy aware and friendly.
Seneka is naturally analytic and genuinely curious about people. These two traits along with her interest in sexuality drive her passion for helping others. Outside of providing therapy, Seneka pursues academic interests and is a mother of two young boys.
Tara Scheifley, MS, LPC
Practice Location: Bryn Mawr
Tara received her Master’s in Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been working in the field for over 10 years using counseling techniques such as CBT, client- centered focus, solution-focused therapy, and mindfulness. Tara approaches her work with a genuine, compassionate, and open style. She believes in meeting you where you are in your life’s journey to assist you with your goals for growth. In addition to her general practice where she has assisted many clients with the challenges of depression, anxiety and relationship and intimacy issues, Tara specializes in treating addictions and working with sightless or visually impaired clients as well as families of those with sudden or progressive loss of sight.
Meredith Seltzer, MS, LPC, NCC
Practice Location: Bala Cynwyd
Meredith is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. In her graduate work at Villanova University and working in the Philadelphia School District she has gained extensive experience in treating challenges for children and adolescents that may impede with academic success and emotional well being. In addition to her general practice, Meredith specializes in treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, peer and family conflicts, and learning disabilities. She has also helped families and adults cope with these and related issues. Meredith’s style is warm, respectful and interactive with the goal of creating a strong working relationship as a basis for personal change and emotional growth.
Tami Sherman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a down-to-earth attitude and a sincere desire to collaborate with clients to find ways to better understand and improve their lives. She believes that finding the silver linings in tough situations can really help us gain the inspiration and faith needed to turn things around.
Whether you are looking to improve relationships with family members or business colleagues, make a lifestyle or work change, or address mounting levels of stress and anxiety, Tami may be able to provide the roadmap you are seeking. Her belief is that she will partner with you to make sense of any situation you bring in and will coach you to find ways and tools to make that situation a better fit for you, or help you transition to a situation that would better suit you.
Tami works with couples and individuals at all stages of life. Before becoming a therapist, she owned and operated a private business and enjoys working with clients in business, family-owned or otherwise, to help make their work relationships better. Tami agrees with the common thought that life is indeed a journey complete with hills, dales, bumps and obstacles. She would be honored to work with you to make the ride more comfortable and to find your own silver linings.
Kristle J. Small is a licensed professional counselor who was trained at Temple University. Since then she has worked in college counseling, community mental health and outpatient settings providing therapy to adults, children, and adolescents. While she has developed expertise in treating depression, psychosis, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. Kristle also developed a general practice helping clients cope with stress, trauma, grief/loss, low self esteem and relationship issues. An area of specialty for Kristle is working with young adults and adolescents to cope with career ambiguity, work stress, relationship issues, body image issues, eating disorders and transitional concerns.Kristle has a unique and creative approach to counseling. Often using a Cognitive Behavioral approach,. she believes in providing a warm and non-judgmental environment in which clients can be comfortable and genuine. She mixes into this safe environment challenging clients when needed as well as including humor. Kristle is very passionate about helping her clients to feel better and get the results they desire.
I come to Hornstein, Platt, and Associates with a Master of Science degree from Villanova University and more than a decade of clinical experience. As a mental health therapist, I believe that the relationship between the individuals I work with and myself is an integral part of the therapeutic process. I recognize that a person is not simply made of symptoms but rather a complex and multi-faceted combination of one’s heart, mind (both unconscious and conscious intelligence), body, and spirit; I believe these pieces to be what makes a person both special and unique. My approach to therapy is both unconditional and non-judgmental and my greatest purpose is to fully support a person in finding a balance within the whole Self. I practice generally from a psychodynamic perspective however when appropriate, I will employ elements from other disciplines such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Person-centered, Solution-Focused, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Please note, I am also visually impaired and I have a guide dog named Perky (Labrador retriever) who offers a calming and delightful presence in all of my sessions
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Laura Whitman is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. Upon completing her graduate work at West Chester University, she spent time working as a Drug and Alcohol counselor with middle and high school students. Over the past eight years, Laura has specialized in treating clients recovering from eating disorders, having worked with these issues in inpatient and outpatient settings. Simultaneously, she has been dedicated to working with the LGBT community and has been specifically trained to support them and address their unique concerns. As a result, in addition to her areas of specialty, she has gained expertise in working with a range of issues in general practice including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse and personality concerns. Laura describes her approach as providing supportive challenging towards growth while she works with your to explore your motivations, emotions, needs and behaviors.
Christopher Wilson, MFT, MEd, LMFT, CHES.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, Temple University
Chris is from the Pacific Northwest, having been raised and resided in various parts of Oregon. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Doctoral Candidate at Widener University. He holds a Master of Family Therapy with a concentration in Sex Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University and a Master of Education in Human Sexuality with a concentration Sex Therapy from Widener University. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Education with a concentration in Adolescent Health as well as Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Oregon State University. Additional he is a Certified Health Education Specialist and was formerly nationally certified as a Certified Personal Trainer.
Chris began working in mental health as a residential milieu therapist, where he noted the struggles family members had with communication, setting structure, and emotionally connecting. His educational background and work experience have influenced his clinical belief system. Chris believes mental health is one part of overall healthy functioning and that it can greatly impact other areas of a person's life including family connections and couple relational dynamics. He believes therapy should be a collaborative approach between therapist and individual client, couple, or family system. As part of this belief system, he considers family experiences as well as social factors as greatly impacting relational, individual, and family functioning. These factors also influence sexuality issues. He believes that such issues should be approached using the strengths clients bring into the therapy process and their lives.
Chris uses a combination of Structural, Narrative, Emotion Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. He has experience working with individuals, families, and couples in outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, and family based settings. He has worked with clients as young as two-years-old and those into their seventies. Chris specializes couples, families, sexuality concerns, and LGBT issues.