Dr. Amin is a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist who obtained her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Northwest University. She also has a Master’s in Public Health from University of Michigan and obtained a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University. Ajab has experience working with adolescents and adults, individuals, couples, and groups gained through her outpatient experience in college counseling and community centers. Her areas of interest and specialty include life transitioning, cultural adjustments/immigration issues,anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, grief and loss, identity and self-worth, highly sensitive personalities, navigating faith and spirituality, socioeconomic distress and race-related concerns.
Ajab’s approach is client centered and collaborative. She views the therapeutic connection as highly important and indicative of the client’s relationships outside of therapy. Therefore, she values being genuine, compassionate, and in tune to each individual. She considers her clients’ needs, goals, personality, history, and cultural/environmental influences to assist them to obtain their desired outcome. Her approach is humanistic in the sense of acknowledging each person’s unique experience, which impacts their current situation. She incorporates interventions from various modalities including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, emotion-focused therapy (EFT),psychodynamic, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), arts and strength-based approaches as well as Gottman Couples Therapy.
In addition to her professional experience, Ajab’s therapeutic work has been informed by her travels to and living in different places including Cameroon, Ghana, El-Salvador, France, and multiple U.S. states and by her background in public health.
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 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.
Melissa is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Art Therapist. She earned her graduate degree from Hofstra University and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology.
Melissa uses a person-centered and eclectic approach, as she believes in providing individualized treatment to meet the specific needs of each client. With her degree in Creative Arts Therapy, she is able to integrate art, expressive, and play therapies into treatment. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in working with children, adolescents, and those who have experienced trauma and/or abuse. In addition, she has worked with families in developing healthy relationships and working towards reunification, as well as youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
With her empathetic nature, Melissa is able to build strong connections with her clients and create an open and trusting therapeutic relationship. She strives to empower her clients to find inner strength to overcome challenges and reach their own goals.
Leo Bressler, MA, LPC Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Leo Bressler is a Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Loyola University Maryland. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Certified School Counselor and a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. Having worked in schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health agencies, Leo has developed a specialty treating children, adolescents and their families with a variety of presenting problems including mood disorders, ADHD, ASD, and trauma disorders.
Leo is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and is a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, with a specialization in working with juvenile sex offenders. She works with her clients to create a highly individualized treatment plans to help them address their goals in a supportive, safe and caring environment. Utilizing techniques from a variety of evidenced based practices, Leo works collaboratively with clients and their families to make meaningful change in their lives.
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 has also 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.
Danielle Cole is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania. She earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. For the past ten years, she has provided treatment in mental health and substance use programs, including in medication management treatment (MMT).
She has helped people work through concerns related to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, substance use, trauma, loss and grief, anger, and relationship conflicts. Danielle helps her clients find and build on their existing strengths and inner resilience believing that each person is capable of creating a meaningful life--sometimes we just need a little help. She creates a warm, accepting atmosphere so you can be you. Danielle uses an eclectic approach to therapy to choose methods specifically for each person. The treatment she provides is grounded in motivational interviewing, CBT, attachment theory, harm reduction, and existentialism. She specializes in treating Smoking Cessation and offering Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction.
Maryann 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. She has also been trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory and applies this to her work with individuals. 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 is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her degree in Counseling at Eastern University. She has worked in community mental health and private practice settings serving adults, children and adolescents for over 20 years. Having worked as a clinician, supervisor, and administrator, Angela has been dedicated to working with individuals with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and various needs.
Trained in Psychodynamic Therapy, she specializes in working with people who are experiencing anxiety,depression, need help with managing anger and have difficultly managing stress. She has worked with individuals that have experienced grief and loss and those experiencing life transitions Trained in DBT, Mindfulness and CBT. Angela believes that most people can benefit from therapy as we all have problems that are bigger than ourselves. She views therapy as a safe non-judgemental place to explore solutions, express feelings and to experience growth.
Robin graduated from Widener University’s dual-degree master’s program with a Master’s in Human Sexuality and a Master’s degree in Social Work. In her 7 plus years as an outpatient therapist, she has offered individual therapy to clients for general issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions and grief. Robin has also developed specialties in treating sexual and intimate partner violence, anger management, men's issues, working with LGBTQ populations, and supporting individuals in navigating relationship stress. In addition to these areas, she has focused on helping clients navigate compulsive and/or concerning sexual behaviors as well as those who support people who have dealt with these concerns.
Robin also has experience working with incarcerated populations at all stages in the legal process (pre- and post- conviction, during incarceration, during probation/parole sentences, and after completion of sentencing). Believing that every person experiences these issues differently, she works with her clients to create a course of treatment that will work best for them, individually. She uses feminist and CBT orientations with clients, ages 15 and older, to support them in meeting goals for change.
Cristhian 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 ofattachment 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).
Brooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Philadelphia. She attended Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where she earned her masters degree.
For a decade, Brooke worked toward developing an expertise in child and adolescent disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, Mood Disorders, and ADHD. She also has experience in leading group sessions, with a focus on social skills and mindfulness practices. Her most recent work has included grief, loss and end of life processing.
In addition to her specialties, her general practice focuses on supporting and collaborating with individuals ages who are confronting anxiety, depression, transitional work, loss and trauma.
Brooke’s sessions are interactive and promote growth using methods including, but not limited to CBT, DBT, motivational interviewing, art therapy and mindfulness. She aims to assist individuals who are on the pursuit of positive change by helping them evolve through their personal struggles and supporting their concerns in a warm, practical and client driven environment.
Dr. Deatrich earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Widener University. She earned her B.A. from Goucher College with a major in psychology and a minor in French. Her previous positions include private practice, college counseling, inpatient psychiatry, and community mental health.
Kate has experience working with adolescents and adults with a variety of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, LGBTQ/sexuality issues, eating disorders, relationship/family conflict, and chronic health issues. She also has experience providing psychoeducational and personality assessment for adolescents and adults. When approaching therapy, she primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness techniques, while incorporating Emotion Focused Therapy, cognitive behavioral, and relational methods. She is especially interested in working with clients with chronic and severe health conditions, as well as those who have experienced trauma and/or abuse.
Jay 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.
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 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 withadults 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.
Miriam is a bilingual (Spanish/English) Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master's degree in Social Work from West Chester University of PA. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in therapy focused on trauma, couples/marriage, suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, domestic violence, end of life, grief, chronic illness, and stress management. In addition, Miriam has extensive experience providing help to immigrants and victims of human trafficking.
Miriam uses ideas and techniques from Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, CBT and Psychodynamic theory to inform her in treating adolescents and adults 12 years and older. She believes in and focuses on clients' strengths while building strong therapeutic relationships to aid in the recovery process.
En español: Miriam Geiger es una trabajadora social clínica licenciada, bilingüe (español y engles) con una maestría por el trabajo social del West Chester University de PA. Miriam se especializada en terapia enfocada por el trauma, en pareja/el matrimonio, pensamientos del suicidio, depresion, ansiedad, trastornos del animo,violencia domestica, el fin de la vida/enfermedades crónicos, y el estrés. Miriam tiene amplia experiencia provechando servicios a los inmigrantes y víctimas de trata de personas. Miriam se construye las relacions fuertes con sus clientes por enfocarse sus fuerzas para ayudarlos en el proceso curativo.
Bob is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a clinical member of the American Counseling Association www.aca.org, and has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. He is a certified Focusing Trainer and Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist. For more about Focusing please go the Focusing Institutes web site at, www.focusing.org. This is Bob’s second career, having spent a significant amount of time in business as an entrepreneur. But over a decade ago, he decided to pursue his passion for helping.
During his over 10 years in practice, Bob has worked with variety of clients in outpatient settings including various ages, sexual orientations, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. In addition to his general practice providing individual therapy fordepression, anxiety, adjustment to change and intimacy difficulties, Bob specializes in providing couples therapy and psycho-spiritual work. His perspective is client centered and holistic, focusing on emotions, spirituality and bodily felt senses. Bob uses experiential, psychodynamic and Solution Focused modalities to help his clients attain the changes and relief they seek. For information on Solution Focused Therapy please go to www.solutionfocused.net.
Kri is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is first focused on creating a comfortable space that fosters trust and connection, as she firmly believes the therapeutic relationship is paramount to a successful experience. She takes a collaborative approach that is strength-based and person-centered with a dash of humor and a candid style. Kri received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at La Salle University and has several years of experience working with eating disorders, trauma, relational issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation and identity issues.
Kri has specialized in treating eating disorders for over 10 years and has worked at treatment facilities such as Eating Disorders Treatment Centers as well as The Renfrew Center. She is trained in Family Systems Theory and is continually expanding her skill set. She will invite clients to examine how relationships, family roles and environment play a part in maintaining problematic dynamics and unhealthy coping skills. Kri believes in empowering and helping clients find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships. She is also happy to talk about her love of music, stand-up comedy and her pup. Her nickname, Kri (“Kree”), was given to her by her older, and arguably wiser, sister.
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.
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Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received his Master's of Science in Education for School and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cabrini University. His clinical experience includes work in various inpatient, outpatient, and school settings with children, adolescents, and adults of various backgrounds. Jonathan has provided support to individuals, groups, and families facing a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, unresolved trauma and grief. He specializes in work with ADHD, Depression, Anger, Autism spectrum, with families and individuals of all ages.
Jonathan utilizes an eclectic approach with emphasis on the therapeutic relationship. He believes that it is important to create a safe and restorative space for individuals and families where each person feels heard. Treatment will be structured to fit the individual’s needs and goals; identifying and addressing barriers while highlighting and building strengths. Jonathan’s theoretical orientation, while diverse, focuses on Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Existential Therapy, Mindfulness, and Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy.
Teresa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master’s of Social Work degree from New York University. Her extensive background in clinical social work spans 35 years which includes outpatient private practice, outpatient treatment at the Gynecological Cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center and residential treatment. In her career, Teresa worked as a counselor at a domestic violence shelter, conducted play therapy for children in therapeutic foster care, and also was an adjunct lecturer for both Hunter College, CUNY, and Montclair State University. She holds professional affiliations with the National Association of Social Workers, Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, and Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia.
Teresa has a psychodynamic orientation and is also trained in cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness techniques. She has commonly treated depression, anxiety, grief, loss, and life transitions. She also is adept at helping clients with her specialty areas including crisis intervention, couples counseling and grief counseling. Teresa has had years of experience helping adults, adolescents, and children.
Teresa believes that we all experience change and loss in our lives and everyone copes in their own way and time. Whether it is the ending of a relationship, life transitions (such as beginning or ending school, jobs, moving) to the death of a loved one, change can often be experienced as a loss with depression or anxiety as the result. In a safe and compassionate setting, Teresa helps her clients go through a process that empowers them, and works as a guide for her clients in processing and adjusting to life's changes and challenges.
Ray Hessek, M.A., L.P.C.
Ray is a Licensed Professional Counselor who trained at West Chester University. In addition to their graduate degree, they hold a certificate in clinical hypnotherapy and solution-focused therapy from the Milton Erickson Institute and pursued additional training at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. Having worked in academic and community mental health settings, Ray also has experience treating sexual trauma.
Ray is a white, able-bodied, queer, trans person who has over 14 years working as a therapist. In addition to having a general practice that includes helping clients address issues such as struggles with intimacy, depression, anxiety, life transitions, they specialize in working with queer, kink, and polyamorous communities.
Having gone through many life transitions, they are excited to support others in their own personal growth. Blending humor, compassion, and insight, they create a non-judgmental space in individual and relationship therapy. They are trained in CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic modalities as well as non-violent communication techniques. Since change is the only constant, why not use that truth and make it work in your favor? They will support you in seeing your patterns, gaining deeper insight, and building skills to navigate these changes.
Their specialty in hypnosis brings a unique skill to her treatment of smoking cessation as well as other habits. Ray’s creative, fun, warmand occasionally
directional approach to therapy combined with their compassion and lack of judgment has made them successful with individuals and couples.
Melissa 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, relational issues, and women's fertility 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 , CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) training and applies "Parts work" when appropriate. 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 an active member at the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia and is involved with the Council on Brain Injury.
Dr. Juncos received Psy.D. and M.A. degrees in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University. He also received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Vassar College . David has had wide ranging clinical experience. He is a Co-Occurring Disorders professional with over10 years experience treating adults and teens with substance use disorders, both in individual and group IOP settings. David’s prior clinical work includes providing individual, couples, and group therapy, and conducting psychological evaluation in community mental health and private practice settings. He has also worked in inpatient and a primary care settings as a behavioral health consultant for patients with medical and psychological problems.
Dr. Juncos considers himself a “third-wave” therapist, with extensive training in the newer mindfulness and acceptance based therapies such as Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and further training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression(MBCT), and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy (IBCT). In David’s general practice he provides individual and couples therapy, and can treat adolescents and adults with a variety of problems, including Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, OCD, PTSD, Personality Disorders, and ADHD. He also provides psychological testing for clients age 16+ for confirmation of AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Specific Learning Disorders, diagnostic clarity for psychotherapeutic intervention, and determination of hardship due to immigration issues.
In addition to his general practice, David specializes in treating music performance anxiety, and he conducts research on the effectiveness of ACT as a treatment for performance anxiety with musicians. He has spoken at local universities on the treatment of music performance anxiety, and his articles have been published in scholarly journals such as Psychology of Music and Frontiers in Psychology. He also reviews articles for Psychology of Music, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, and Educational Research & Reviews. In this capacity David also provides consultation to professional and student organizations on issues related to music performance.
Dr. Juncos believes the best therapy occurs with a combination of an empathic interpersonal style along with the proper application of evidence-based approaches. Together, he will help you to accomplish your goals at your own pace in a safe and comfortable environment.
Gustavo 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.
Working in Community Mental Health and private practice for over 10 years, he is a generalist who has experience treating a wide variety of concerns from serious mental illness to more common concerns such as anxiety, depression and achieving intimacy. Having also worked in the positions of Clinical Supervisor and Director of Behavioral Health has kept Gustavo on the cutting edge of understanding contemporary problems and interventions.
Gustavo believes therapy to be a safe, confidential relationship leading to an outcome of either resolving specific problems or finding the roots of a repetitive pattern of behavior and modifying it. His clients have often described their experience with him as leading to a sense of relief, energy and focus. He is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and uses modern cognitive methods to promote an increased sense of responsibility in decisions and behaviors, and to achieve positive change.
Courtney Liggera, Psy.D.
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Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with fifteen years of clinical experience gained in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient and inpatient mental health facilities, and a college counseling center. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Colgate University and then attained her PsyD. from The George Washington University. Dr. Liggera 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 areas of general practice, Courtney has gained expertise treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD ) abuse having worked and supervised clinicians treating children and families who have been exposed to severe trauma. She believes in the power of psychodynamic/insight oriented therapy, holding 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.
Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor who earned her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health from Rider University. After her first successful career in the business world, she went back to school to pursue her true passion: helping people She also has received formal training in evidenced based treatments including Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Trauma informed care and motivational interviewing.
Christine’s clinical experience includes working with adults, adolescents, couples and children from diverse backgrounds across various settings, including community mental health, in- home counseling, private practice and outpatient clinics. In addition to her general practice, she specializes in treating individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, life transitions, phobias and LGBTQ/sexuality issues.
Christine’s goal is to collaborate with clients who are on a path of discovery such as those who may desire living a life with less anxiety, who have feelings of “being stuck” or perhaps are contemplating a career change. She believes that everyone deserves validation and support in a safe, non-judgmental space. The opposite of anxiety is resilience, defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties". She can help you strengthen resilience, normalize and dissipate feelings of fear and uncertainty with honesty and clarity that builds on your inherent strengths.
Conor MacGregor, Ph.D.is a PA licensed psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He brings to HPA a wide range of clinical experience over the past 9 years including work in outpatient and inpatient settings providing individual and family therapy as well as neuropsychological testing.
In addition to his experience in general practice treating adults with common concerns such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, grief/loss, and stress, Conor has a vast amount of experience providing family therapy as well as treating children and adolescents. Most recently he worked in a specialty clinic achieving certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Combined Parent-Child Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CPC-CBT) working with children, adolescents, and families
Conor incorporates a variety of therapeutic techniques into his work with clients beyond CBT including mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and humanistic approaches. He strives to build a safe, supportive and empathetic relationship with his clients to help them overcome obstacles and achieve their life goals.
Sean is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a masters degree in counseling psychology from Temple University. He has clinical experience in private practice, community mental health, and drug and alcohol addiction settings, as well as professional experience in both newspaper journalism and sleep medicine. He works with adults and adolescents 14 and older to opt out of self-defeating patterns and take committed action in service of their best selves.
Sean has contributed to the success of those dealing with performance and creative blocks, life transitions, anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationships, addictions, depression and other mood disorders, sleep issues, trauma, and grief, among other challenges. His eclectic treatment approach leans heavily upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), with elements from Solution-Focused, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Existential Therapy.
Sean believes that therapy may be for everyone, but most of us first seek it when life becomes difficult. Every crisis is an opportunity for change; with mindfulness and a focus on our truest values, that change can be positive and transforming.
Patrick Mitchell, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania. His career began in 2002 in the Bronx, NY, as a counselor in a community residential program. He completed the Masters program in Clinical/Counseling Psychology at LaSalle University 2008 and Doctoral program in Clinical Psychology in the APA-accredited program at Chestnut Hill College in 2013. Following graduation, he completed postdoctoral fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center in Rehabilitation Psychology, and following licensure, he continued working in medical rehabilitation/skilled nursing, serving a range of individuals across the lifespan adjusting to acute and chronic medical issues. In addition to work in medical settings, he has served individuals in outpatient clinics, college counseling centers, residential treatment facilities and psychiatric inpatient settings. He has experience in treating individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, pain, and adjustment to chronic illness.
With roots in person-centered and psychodynamic approaches, Patrick utilizes a warm and supportive therapeutic relationship as the catalyst to foster personal growth and empowerment. A proponent of mindfulness approaches, he helps people to adopt simple practices that promote a calm and less-busy mind. He believes that central to any successful therapy is the instilling of a sense of hope, through which all goals are possible and achievable.
Ryan is a licensed clinical social worker who holds a BSW and MSW from Temple University. He brings together over ten years of experience in social work, counseling, crisis management and therapy to create a highly empathetic and individualized approach to treatment. Ryan has supported adults and young adults with chronic and acute diagnoses including major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, adjustment and transitional related issues, and helped others to achieve goals including going back to school, gaining employment, improving socialization skills and maintaining self-care.
Central to Ryan’s approach is an enduring affirmation of identity and a deep respect for the act of listening. He is committed to the belief that therapy should create a safe and completely non-judgmental space to explore how past experiences, traumas, attachments, and maladaptive coping strategies can affect and complicate our daily lives in the present. Then Ryan helps people to explore themselves and grow in a way that builds a deeper understanding on how identity, development, relationships, and attachments work together to create their individual experience.
Ryan has helped clients navigate a diverse range of issues, including sexuality, gender identity, abuse and sexual assault, addiction, natural disasters, loss, maladaptive coping strategies including self-harm, substance abuse, eating disorders, and relationship issues. Accessibility and inclusivity are central to his practice and strives to create a collaborative relationship of trust.
Naomi is a nationally certified licensed professional counselor. She earned an MD degree at the University of Michigan and an MA in counseling at Rider University. A former physician who has worked in healthcare for over 35 years, she has written extensively about health issues. Over the past decade Naomi pursued her passion for mental health practicing in intensive outpatient and outpatient settings.
Naomi offers an approach that is based on each client’s needs and is grounded in client-centered talk therapy. In addition to her general practice, she uses techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) as needed to help with trauma, emotional regulation and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.
Naomi offers a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings and learn to recognize and change patterns that may not be working for you. She specializes in treating adult individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, mood instability, low self-esteem, trauma, and life transitions to decrease their suffering and move towards healing.
Beth Rosenbaum, MSW, LCSW received her masters degree from Smith College School for Social Work and post-graduate certificate in Couples and Family Therapy from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. Beth has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years. She has worked in community social service agencies, intensive treatment facility for women with eating disorders and in private practice, She works in individual, couples, family and group modalities, specializing in groups for women recovering from eating disorders.
Beth enjoys working with individuals and families across the life-span and particularly enjoys helping people through life transitions. She specializes in treatments of eating disorders, infertility/pregnancy issues, mood related concerns, recovery from abuse and neglect, intimacy and relationship concerns. Beth approaches the therapeutic relationship in a collaborative manner and aims to meet the client where they are. Beth’s treatment approach is grounded in a relational/cultural perspective and she employs a variety of treatment modalities such as psychodynamic, relational, systems theory and cognitive behavioral.
In her spare time Beth enjoys reading, the beach, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Karen is a licensed clinical social worker who became a therapist following a career in the corporate world. After attaining a Masters degree from Bryn Mawr College School of Social Work and Social Research, she worked extensively with clients experiencing disordered eating, body image and identity issues, life transitions, relationship concerns, depression, and anxiety.
Karen provides a safe, supportive, and non- judgmental space that allows her clients to explore the issues that brought them to seek therapy. Using a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities, she helps her clients cultivate emotional and cognitive skills as well as a sense of hopefulness and confidence about their ability to improve their own well-being.
Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. She has several years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum as well as adolescents and their families in the outpatient setting. Additionally, she specializes in substance abuse along with trauma related disorders and eating disorders and has worked with adults managing depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and stress management.
Sarah’s approach is collaborative and draws upon several different orientations, including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior theory, psychodynamic, and mindfulness approaches. She implements EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) into her practice to aid in the processing of trauma and emotion regulation. Additionally, Sarah has extensive practice running groups in the inpatient and outpatient setting.
Sarah provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space to allow her clients to explore their issues, thoughts, and feelings and move towards healing in a warm and collaborative environment.
Danielle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master's Degree from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. She has several years of experience working with adolescents and their families in a partial care outpatient and school. Danielle has also provided individual and group therapy in residential crisis centers, and she is a Sexual Assault Advocate. She specializes in adolescent-related disorders and challenges, and in her general practice has worked with adults struggling with anxiety, depression, parenting challenges, and stress management.
Danielle is committed to providing a committed to providing a warm and supportive therapeutic environment where trust and openness can be built, as she believes these are some of the most powerful components of the therapeutic relationship. She draws from a variety of approaches, including systems theory, relational, mindfulness-based therapies, family systems, and cognitive behavior therapy.to help her clients create the changes they are seeking. Danielle seeks to work collaboratively with her clients as they discover their own needs and identify their strengths and areas for improvement.
In her spare time, she enjoys camping, going to the beach, gardening, DIY projects, and painting.
Francesca received her Master of Science degree in Trauma & Community Counseling from Thomas Jefferson University and has several years of experience working with both individuals and groups in the community, outpatient and intensive outpatient settings. She has worked to address and treat presenting concerns such as trauma, post-traumatic stress, life transitions, eating disorders, anxiety and depression.
Francesca’s approach is straightforward and direct while also deeply empathetic, lighthearted and incorporating bits of humor. She is dedicated to fostering an authentic and supportive relationship with clients to promote awareness, empowerment and growth. Francesca provides therapy that is versatile, integrative and individually tailored to clients' unique goals, utilizing methodologies and techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative and Experiential Therapies, as well as mindfulness
Laura Whitman, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC
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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 decade, Laura has specialized in treating clients recovering from eating disorders, having worked with these issues in inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition to her clinical work Laura serves as the Assistant Clinical Director for HPA, providing supervision to our clinicians.
Simultaneously, she has been dedicated to working with the LGBTQ community and has been specifically trained to support them and address their unique concerns. As a result of these experiences Laura has also gained expertise in working with a range of issues in general practice including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse and personality disorders. She describes her approach as providing supportive challenging towards growth while she works with your to explore your motivations, emotions, needs and behaviors.
Christine is a licensed psychologist who obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Central Florida, Counseling and Psychological Services, as well as externships at Drexel University Counseling Center and Princeton House Behavioral Health. Most recently she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University, Counseling and Psychological Services, where she worked with a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students as well as their dependents, to facilitate improvement of their mental health and overall well-being.
Dr. Wojnicz’s clinical interests include, but are not limited to, substance use concerns, depression, anxiety, family and couple concerns, grief and loss, academic concerns, exploration of identity, interpersonal difficulties, and suicidality. She works with a wide age range of individuals, including adolescents, young adults, and adults. Christine approaches therapy from a psychodynamic and multicultural lens, while remaining flexible and able to integrate other approaches to meet the unique needs of each individual.