Kathryn Angell, Ph.D.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, 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.
Beau Brendley, Psy.D., LPC
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, South Philadelphia II
Beau is a Licensed Professional Counselor who recently received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has over 10 years experience working in different settings using empirically supported treatments with adolescents and adults with problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use and relationship issues. Beau has received formal training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and how to integrate mindfulness practice into therapy. Beau uses a warm empathetic approach with psychotherapy, understanding and respecting how hard it may be for some people to begin the journey of therapy.
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 and CBT, but believes that most healing comes from compassion and shared humanity with her clients.
Denis Carey, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Denis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned his Masters in Social Work at Temple University. He specializes in treating adults using a client-centered approach where he integrages techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed care. In addition to his general practice, Denis has helped individuals dealing with issues relating to depression, anxiety, managing stress, family and personal relationships, and trauma. He understands that deciding to start or restart therapy in one’s life can be a huge decision, and he strives to make his clients safe and comfortable during this process.
Emily currently provides therapy to adults and couples. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in the area of cultural diversity, relationship challenges, chronic illness and end of life issues.
Maryann Connolly, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square, Temple University
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
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).
Laura DiCesare, Psy.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Pennsylvania Certified School Psychologist who received her doctorate from Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. For the past nine years she has enjoyed working with children, teens, young adults, and adults in a variety of settings—school based, private practice, inpatient and community based clinics. Her therapeutic specialties include treating those who have experienced trauma, bullying, grief, anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders. Laura also conducts psychological and psychoeducational evaluations, with assessment specialties including rule outs for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Learning Disabilities. She also enjoys conducting cognitive evaluations (IQ testing) for entrance exams and school accommodations.
Laura focuses on creating warm, supportive, and encouraging relationships with her clients and their families. In contrast to therapists who only focus on "what's wrong," she helps her clients utilize their natural strengths and resiliencies to conquer their obstacles. While therapy seems like a chore to many, her clients often express that they enjoy their time with “Dr. Laura.” Additionally, as a culturally competent therapist who is fluent in Spanish, she recognizes the power that our ethnic and familial cultures play on both the creation and solution of our issues. Laura tailors her therapy to the needs of her clients and utilizes evidence based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Meditation, and Clinical Hypnosis.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Jay Dickinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and is a National Certified Counselor. He is also a Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. Having gained many years of experience in providing outpatient therapy, as the Director of the Abington ADD Program and then as the Director of the Abington Stress Management Center, Jay specializes in treating ADD, (Attention Deficit Disorder), substance abuse, stress, depression and anxiety. He is also an expert in treating couples and recently trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an evidence based approach that research shows having a 75% cure rate.
Jay’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative and holistic and draws from various therapeutic perspectives including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, brain based therapy and mindfulness. When appropriate he also incorporates neurobiofeedback into psychotherapy for individuals and couples. His standing in the biofeedback community is reflected in his current position as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback .
Neurotherapy (also known as neurobiofeedback/biofeedback) is known as a Complementary and Alternative Therapy (CAM) that is used for the purposes of monitoring, recognizing and assisting in self-regulation of your bodily processes including muscles, breathing and the nervous system. In this approach the client takes an active role in their health care. Using non-invasive computer technology clients learn to cultivate the body’s healing response. The rationale for this approach is that there is often a direct relationship between regional brain functioning and symptoms. For more information on Biofeedback click here.
Madeleine is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in Communication from New York University. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in a variety of settings including community mental health, university residential life, and long-term residential treatment centers. Her greatest passion in life has always been people, interpersonal relationships, and the work it takes to become the best version of yourself. Madeleine specializes in treating issues relating to self-esteem, depression, anxiety, peer and family conflict, relationship challenges, career and educational decisions, sexual identity issues, life transitions, addiction, grief and loss, and stress management.
While working with clients to navigate life's challenges, Madeleine believes that it is essential to cultivate a safe and nonjudgmental environment for you to collaborate and manifest authenticity. Her approach to psychotherapy is integrative and based on the unique needs of each individual client. By incorporating a client centered, strengths-based style, Madeleine helps to foster personal growth and empower individuals to reach their goals. She utilizes techniques rooted in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, humanistic therapy, and mindfulness. In addition to the above, it is Madeleine's compassion, energy, and creativity that help clients identify tools to make the changes they wish to see in their lives. Her humor and candor set her apart and create a supportive space to process emotional experiences, cognitions, and patterns.
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.
David Fask, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia. He has experience treating a wide variety of clients, including individuals struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, phobias, low self-esteem, anger, grief, family and relationship-related issues, and stress. He has worked in a wide variety of settings including community clinics, college counseling centers, hospitals, and women's shelters.
David primarily works from an evidence-based, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) perspective. He also incorporates elements of psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness, exposure therapy, motivational interviewing, and other approaches as needed.
David strives to make the therapy room a safe space, in which clients can feel comfortable sharing thoughts and feelings that may otherwise feel embarrassing, or even shameful. He believes that no issue is too big or too small to discuss. He views treatment as a collaborative process in which the course of therapy is jointly determined by both therapist and client.
In his spare time, David enjoys watching movies, running, traveling, and playing with his dog.
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.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Alex is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified EMDR Therapist who received his B.A. in English Literature from UC Berkeley and MSW in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. With over 16 years of experience working with culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations of adults, adolescents, and families in a variety of settings, including residential, inpatient, and outpatient settings, he specializes in the treatment of trauma and related challenges. Alex also worked as an interventionist providing treatment with the EMDR HAP (Humanitarian Assistance Program) in post-disaster recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. His areas of specialization also include the treatment of anxiety and depression, mood disorders, relationship challenges, attentional and behavioral difficulties, performance enhancement, anger and stress management. He provides individual, couples, and family therapies as well as clinical supervision within the scope of his practice.
Alex’s approach is collaborative and integrative, drawing from social constructivist, psychodynamic, family systems, cognitive behavioral, and mindfulness based orientations. He is particularly invested in supporting people to be able to free up their innate wisdom and unique self-regulating capacities that can often become overly burdened, blocked, or compromised under adverse circumstances.
He received specialized training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) as well post graduate certification and advanced training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He has also received certification in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
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.
Arielle has recently moved over to become our exclusive telehealth counselor. See telehealth pages for more details.
Nicole Helverson, Psy.D.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Nicole is a Licensed Psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having worked extensively in inpatient and outpatient settings,as a therapist and a supervisor, Nicole developed expertise in treating depression, eating disorders, grief and loss, improving self-esteem and adjusting to major life changes. Using a solution-focused and direct approach to address concerns she works to help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. In this process Nicole will join you in creating a clearly defined plan for growth.
A true believer in holistic avenues to growth, Nicole engages in yoga, meditation, music appreciation and physical fitness to maintain her balance. She brings these beliefs and the idea that any life can be enhanced to her work, where she is inspired to be a guide from adolescence through advanced years.
Melissa Hochbaum, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, young adults and families. In addition to her specialties and general practice she has experience working with trauma, ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety, self-esteem and relational issues. Melissa earned her Bachelor's in Science from Penn State University, Masters of Science in Counseling from Villanova University and studied additionally at Villanova and West Chester Universities and gained additional cultural sensitivity studying in Sydney, Australia.
Melissa believes that working on perspective and determination are some of the most important components of successful therapy. She believes that every client has strengths to be utilized in therapy and every day living and works to highlight these. She is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from the Beck Institute and CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) training. She has developed her therapeutic skills working in outpatient and school settings.
In her personal life, Melissa enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and volunteer work. She is on the board at the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia.
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 Location: RittenhouseSquare
Gustavo Klurfan, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Psychologist. He received a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having started his career in Argentina, Gustavo is fluent in Spanish and English, offering treatment in either language.
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.
John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Since graduating from Bryn Mawr in 2008, he has gained experience in a wide range of specialty areas. His work with children, adolescents and families is informed by extensive training in providing attachment based therapy and trauma informed care to families with children in residential treatment. John acquired a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) while providing addiction treatment at a long-term drug and alcohol treatment facility. While developing expertise in DBT John cultivated an understanding and appreciation of mindful awareness, a cornerstone of his work with clients managing symptoms of depression and anxiety. He has a passion for helping individuals in recovery, those struggling with issues of sexual compulsivity and other intimacy disorders, as well as individuals in the LGBT community. John comes to the counseling field as a career changer having spent many years as a financial executive working in the corporate world. This has left him with a broad range of life experiences and a practical approach to therapy. John offers therapy that is a partnership, with his role being a guide through the barriers that interfere with growth and change.
Kara Mifflin, MS, LPC
Kara is an Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years expereince serving a wide range of clients and presenting problems. She specializes in understanding the effects of adversity and overwhelming stress on developing minds, bodies and spirits. Her clinical approach fosters a comfortable and collaborative working relationship from which healing, growth and change occur. Her years of practice and supervision using interventions that are supported by research have prepared her to work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges across the lifespan. Kara’s strength‐based framework has been effective in treating children, adolescents and families as well as adults recovering from overwhelming experiences.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Associate Director and as a clinician Kara has developed expertise in treating adult children of alcoholics, professional caregiver burnout, adoption and attachment issues, survivors of abuse and neglect, witnesses of violence, grief, self-injury, strained family relationships and depressed or withdrawn teens.
In addition to her clinical practice, Kara works as an advocate, coach and community educator for the provision of trauma‐informed care within and around Philadelphia. During warmer months, she enjoys combining the connecting power of nature with movement and meditation concepts while paddling along local waterways guiding individuals and groups seeking restorative practices beyond traditional therapy spaces.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Jessica is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor who earned her Master’s degree in Counseling and Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s from Temple University in Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Neuroscience. Ms. Pavelka has experience working with all ages and families in a variety of settings. Jessica also has research experience in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and so when relevant, includes mindfulness meditation and breathing exercises in the treatment she provides. Ms. Pavelka enjoys helping her clients work through depression, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, child-parent issues, anger and grief. Additionally, having experience working with clients in crisis, she is skilled in helping clients with mood and personality disorders, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors.
Her therapeutic approach is person centered and strength based. She believes in meeting clients where they are emotionally and behaviorally. Jessica joins her clients by validating their unique experience and then works to help them understand their innate goodness. Ms. Pavelka includes techniques and ideas from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Therapy in the counseling she provides. Jessica strives to help her clients find lightness in their life. When she is not providing therapy, she enjoys teaching yoga.
Rachel Popek, M.A., L.P.C.
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.
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 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.
Tami Sherman, MA, LMFT
Practice Locations: South Philadelphia II-Constitution Health Plaza, Narberth, Bryn Mawr II
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.
Amy Stein, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations: Narberth, Rittenhouse Square
Amy E. Stein has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from Rutgers University, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Ph.D. student at Bryn Mawr College. She provides individual, group, family and couples therapy and is trained in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation, Buddhist psychology, nature, art and therapeutic writing. Amy has counseled and taught children, adolescents and adults in alternative schools, on nature preserves, farms, a wilderness therapy program in northern Maine, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, an inner-city community health center and school-based health centers in Worcester, MA, including immigrants and refugees, as well as Latino and Native American populations. She specializes in working with artists and writers, as well as those diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and substance use. She is the author of Fragments: Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder (published by Routledge Press, 2003, www.routledge.com). Fragments: Coping With Attention Deficit Disorder offers new perspectives for those diagnosed with ADHD, including an ecologically-based lifestyle that encompasses hands-on, interactive learning through environmental education, organic farming and diet, community service, art, yoga, meditation and spirituality. In addition to her general practice at Hornstein, Platt and Associates, Amy is an adjunct faculty professor at West Chester University in the undergraduate social work department.
Laura Whitman, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC
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 , Bala Cynwyd
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.