Our Psychotherapists

Marquita Bolden, MSW, LCSW

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and Narberth

Marquita is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who trained at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn she studied at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, where she specialized in mood and anxiety disorders using CBT.  Since her graduate work, Marquita has worked at community mental health agencies providing outpatient therapy to children, adolescents and adults from diverse populations. Most recently she has taken on work as a therapist in a specialized trauma program for children and adolescents where her role involved avid advocacy as well as treatment.. Marquita believes that the therapeutic relationship is a supportive partnership of mutual respect and honesty, with both the therapist and client supporting the connection with differing yet equally important strengths.   Her goal is to create a healing space based in a trusting client/therapist relationship where there is emotional safety to explore and grow.

 

Paula Brown, M.C.A.T., BC-DMT, NCC, LPC

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square


Paula has worked with children, adolescents and adults in the Delaware Valley for the past 20 years. She has worked as a Dance/Movement therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor, giving her a unique gentle therapeutic stance that stems from combining talk therapy with body movement and awareness. Paula has taken a leadership role in the Philadelphia community offering workshops, supervising student training and directing an outpatient clinic, which makes her uniquely qualified as a therapist in private practice who stays on the cutting edge of treatment trends. In addition to addressing more common concerns such as anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief, ADHD and Asperger's syndrome, Paula maintains a strong interest in providing group therapy, prompting her to form an ongoing group at Hornstein, Platt and Associates for mothers coping with child rearing.


Emily Chernicoff, Psy.D.

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse SquareBryn Mawr and Bala Cynwyd

Emily R. Chernicoff, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience treating people throughout the developmental life cycle.  Combining a dash of creativity and humor with lots of realism, Emily’s “seasoning” has led to what she calls “down to earth therapy” - distilling the best of empirically proven treatments with a psychodynamic understanding of why we do what we do, and how to change what we want to change about ourselves.  
 
She was a proud member of the now defunct Philadelphia Sexual Abuse Project, (a small collaborative of women therapists who provided low-fee, gestalt group therapy to adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse), and is a former director of Spring Garden Psychological Associates, contracting with the sexual abuse unit of DHS, providing psychotherapy to children and their families. She is published and has lectured in the areas of group and family therapy at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Graduate Department of Psychology, from which she earned her doctorate and was granted the Sigma Xi award for her work with the LGBT community and her research in the normative coming out phases of transgendered individuals.  
 
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.
 


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..
In addition to her area of specialty, Stacey has a general practice where she has helped clients cope with issues of recovery, depression, anxiety, relationships and intimacy.  She has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and incorporates mindfulness and cognitive behavioral based methods in with her holistic approach to ensure that treatment is focused on her clients’ individual and unique needs. Stacey strives to provide her clients with an open and inviting atmosphere so that they feel free to discuss whatever level of concerns they are ready to start with in their path to growth.


Nora Fitzgerald, MSW, LCSW

Practice Locations: Temple University and Bala Cynwyd

Nora Fitzgerald is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been treating individuals, couples and families for over ten years in the Philadelphia area. She completed her graduate degree at Fordham University in New York and has specialized training in couples and family therapy from Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center. In addition to her work with couples and families, Nora enjoys working with individuals who are experiencing issues involving depression, anxiety and life cycle transitions. She also heads up our Temple University site where she specializes in treating students' academic and emotional concerns.




Gayle Gates 
, MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

Gayle Gates is a Clinical Assistant Professor and 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 perspective, 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.


Arielle Handler, M.Ed., Ed.S., LPC

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse SquareTemple University and South Philadelphia II Constitution Health Plaza


Arielle is an empathetic, experienced, and client focused Licensed Professional Counselor.  Arielle 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 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 these arise in the here and now 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 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 strived to integrate a relational and systemic perspective with the client's individual inter-subjective experience in order 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.




Joan Kaplan, Ph.D.

Practice Location: Narberth

Joan Kaplan, Ph. D. is a licensed psychologist with nearly twenty years of clinical experience. She earned her B.A. in Psychology & Social Relations from Harvard University, and her MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of California at Berkeley. .  She has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in schools and suburban clinic settings.  Currently, Dr. Kaplan teaches and supervises in the Psychology Department at West Chester University in addition to her clinical work.

In her practice, Joan specializes in helping clients cope with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, managing medical illness diagnoses and chronic illnesses, and adjusting to other significant life and family transitions.  Working out of our Narberth site, Joan currently treats women only. She believes that these times of transition are ideal times for therapeutic intervention and can provide excellent opportunities for growth and change.  Dr. Kaplan typically incorporates psychodynamic, developmental and systems models in her work. 
 
 
Annemarie Lange, MA, LPC

Practice Location: Paoli

Annemarie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over ten years of clinical experience since earning her degress at West Chester University.  In addition to her general practice, Ms. Lange specializes in assessing and working with perinatal and postpartum women and families as well as individuals (patients and caregivers) and families living with chronic illness. Annamarie works primarily within the cognitive behavioral, solution focused and interpersonal approaches to counseling, working with you to develop a detailed treatment plan to work towards your goals. Whether you seek treatment in her areas of specialty or struggle with anxiety, depression, life transition or couples issues she provides a warm and safe environment to aid you in your journey.



Denise Lidovitch, MA, BC-DMT, LPC

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square and Temple University

Denise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified Movement Therapist who studied at Drexel University. With over ten years of experience, she has developed expertise in group and individual therapy addressing such issues as depression, anxiety, grief/bereavement, and recovery/addiction issues. Denise has worked extensively with women in treating trauma and PTSD, and works closely with the Women’s Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model. Working to provide safety within a therapeutic environment, Denise advocates for wellness and promotes a strength based, person-centered therapy. In keeping with her concentration on movement, she incorporates psychotherapy with mind/body techniques when appropriate and comfortable for her clients..  She also focuses on empowering her clients to find strength to overcome their hardships and struggles, to move towards health and wellness. 





Courtney Liggera, Psy.D.

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square and Rittenhouse Women's Welness Center

Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with ten 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 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.  Working out of our Rittenhouse site, 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.

Kristen Malora, Psy.D., M.Ed.

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.  
 
Dr. Malora also has a particular specialty in working with young children and their caregivers.  Over the past two years, she has worked and trained at the Children's Crisis Treatment Center providing trauma-focused therapy to children as young as 2 years of age who have experienced traumatic events such as physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and neighborhood violence.  Dr. Malora has also worked extensively with children and families who are struggling with behavioral issues, anxiety, Autism/Developmental Disorders, and attachment issues.  Kristen enjoys working with parents and children together to help build more meaningful relationships and to better understand and manage common behavioral problems.  



Amy Marlow-MaCoy, M.Ed., LPC

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
 
Amy is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Master's degree from Temple University, and has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including community and residential mental health, , foster care, and college counseling. She specializes in working with depression, anxiety, trauma/post-traumatic stress, grief and loss, managing life transitions, relationship, and identity concerns. Having a background in dance has influenced Amy as to the importance of mind/body integration. As a result, she practices and integrates mindfulness into treatment to bring you to greater awareness of the connection between mind and body, helping you to become more integrated, calm and in control. 
 
Amy's approach to counseling begins with acknowledging that it takes courage to seek help, and she strives to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to work within. She approaches each client as a individual with their own unique history, concerns, and needs, and tailors her therapeutic techniques accordingly. Amy views therapy as a collaborative effort between therapist and client, and enjoys helping clients recognize their own strengths, resiliency, creativity, and capacity to heal, such that they often report an experience of tapping into their own innate abilities to make positive changes in their lives.
 
 

Beth McNamara, M.A., BC-DMT, L.P.C., N.C.C.

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square and Flourtown

Beth is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Movement Therapist. This dual background allows her to weave expressive arts and traditional psychotherapy into an approach that speaks to healing both the mind and body. She has worked in various treatment settings over the past 13 years including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health, forensics and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In her current practice Beth specializes in treating Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, recovery issues, coping with life transitions and issues of abuse and traumatic life events. She offers EMDR for coping with trauma to add to her mind/body focus. It is Beth's hope to use her client-centered, strengths based counseling approach to create a safe and supportive environment in which you can use your whole self to navigate self-exploration, healing and optimum health. In addition to her practice, Beth provides individual and group supervision for LPC and BC-DMT credentialing.


  
 
John McWilliams, MSS, LCSW

Practice Locations:  Temple University and Rittenhouse Square
 
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.

 

Patricia Mikols, Ph.D.

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and Narberth



Patricia Mikols, Ph.D. is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with over thirty years experience in providing the field of Psychology. Having obtained her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Pat went on to provide individual psychotherapy, academic and career counseling, couples counseling as well as assertiveness and stress management training to students, corporations and the public.  Having experience in supervision, teaching, community mental health, research, and therapy in outpatient and academic settings, Dr. Mikols brings a wealth of experience to her practical style of cultivating emotional health and resilience for individuals and couples.



                         Cara Miller, M.S., M.Phil.Ed., LPC

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and Narberth

Cara is a Licensed Professional Counselor who completed her graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and Villanova University. Starting out in community mental health, she went on to supervise other clinicians, and ran an intensive outpatient program for mental health and substance abuse issues. In her practice with individuals, Cara treats a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression,   bipolar disorder, trauma, and personality disorders. She also specializes in treating addictions and relational issues. Having a comprehensive background in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Cara provides a mindful, strength-based interactive approach to treatment.  Cara also provides couples and family therapy and believes in a relational approach to therapy. She provides a warm and safe environment in which clients often say they feel comfortable to engage in self-exploration and work to achieve personal growth.
 


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.



Anita L. Ringo, L.C.S.W., MCRIM

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square and Bryn Mawr

Anita brings twenty-five 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.

Heather Rudalavage, RD, LDN

Practice Locations: Flourtown

Mandy Schaller, MSW, LCSW

Practice Locations: Temple University and Flourtown

Mandy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked in various treatment settings over the past ten years after completing her graduate work at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She  specializes in early childhood development and  issues of abuse, trauma,  loss., depression and anxiety. In addition to these areas, Mandy has facilitated groups  with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of anger management, proactive parenting, and parenting through divorce.   She utilizes strengths-based and cognitive-behavioral approaches to collaboratively develop goals that set individuals and families up for success.   Mandy uses a variety of techniques such as art, play, and yoga to augment her therapy when helpful. All of her work is based in establishing a safe, working partnership towards growth, acceptance, and mindfulness




Tara Scheifley, MS, LPC

Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square and 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.

 


Julie Solomon, MSS, LCSW

Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

Julie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who practices therapy with an eclectic style, often integrating mindfulness, psychodynamic and insight-oriented approaches into her foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  In addition to treating general concerns such as anxiety, depression and intimacy issues, Julie's training at  at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania brought her expertise in treating substance dependence.  She also specializes in working with families and adolescents from her work in community mental health.  In session, Julie considers the client to be the expert on themselves. Her role is to help you peel away your obstructive layers to bring out your true self and potential.  Julie creates a comfortable, relaxed environment that acknowledges change can be difficult.  Her strongly held belief is that in an environment of trust, therapy can be an amazing and growthful experience.


Laura Whitman, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC

Practice Locations: 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.

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