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Our Therapists

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Ajabeyang Amin, PsyD, MPH 
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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 transitioningcultural adjustments/immigration issuesanxietydepression, traumarelationship issuesgrief and lossidentity and self-worthhighly sensitive personalities, navigating faith and spiritualitysocioeconomic 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), mindfulnessemotion-focused therapy (EFT),psychodynamiccognitive 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


1 Jaimee Arndt, MBA, MS, LPC
Practice Location:  Wynnewood

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.   


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Melissa Brennan, MA, LPC, ATR-BC, CATP
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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.  


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Amy Bryant, MA, LPC 
Practice Locations
:  Rittenhouse Square, Doylestown

Amy is a licensed professional counselor who received her degree in counseling from Arcadia University. This is a second career for Amy, who previously worked in the music field. After starting a family, Amy became involved in postpartum support groups and subsequently decided to become a mental health professional. Before coming to Hornstein, Platt and Associates in 2015, Amy had worked for 25 years in a community mental health center in Doylestown, PA, where she helped people with depression, anxiety and relationship issues as well as serious mental illness in crisis, partial hospital, and outpatient settings.

Amy 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.


 3Maryann Connolly, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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 transitionsagingself-esteeminterpersonal relationshipsaddictionsdepressionbipolar disorderdomestic 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. 


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Angela Cooper, M.A., LPC 
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square

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 anxietydepression, 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 DBTMindfulness 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.


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Robin Cooper, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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, and life transitions. 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 Dantagnan, M.Ed., LPC7
Practice LocationsRittenhouse SquareBala Cynwyd

Cristhian is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has served adults, children, youth, and their families for over 15 years.  A native of Chile, he obtained his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Early in his career in urban youth ministry and later as a Clinical Supervisor in school based mental health Cristhian developed a deep understanding of what motivates people to learn and grow.  His understanding of human development and attachment theories serves as the underpinning for his work with children, youth and adults. In addition to having a general practice focusing on developmental disorders, depression, anxiety, existential angst, intimacy challenges and managing stress, Cristhian can guide individuals and families through parenting education, attachment disruption (adoption-foster care-blended families etc.), as well as immigration and acculturation challenges. Lately he has trained and is pursuing certification as an IFS therapist which is a non-pathologizing approach to understanding, relating and healing controlling, angry, over-reactive, impulsive, compulsive, hypervigilant, critical, ashamed and shaming internal parts among many others. Even though Trauma and Attachment Injury can leave scars in all of us, Cristhian believes  that we also have the power to heal and no longer suffer once we reconnect with our own intact core self.

Cristhian grew up in the desert in a small mining town in the north of Chile. His father was a preacher and his mother a teacher: “I did compromise,” says Cristhian so he became a therapist. He also is a music aficionado and enjoys singing and playing the flute. To decompress, Cristhian likes to play tennis, mountain biking, and fixing all sorts of stuff.

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Cristhian tiene una maestría en consejería de Temple University. El tiene 15 años de experiencia trabajando con niños, adolescentes y sus familias que enfrentan frustración, desaliento o hasta vergüenza 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 y en las relaciones y familias que esos niños después formarán. 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 y aceptar sus necesidades y desafíos, pero por sobretodo, re-conectarse con su Yo-Esencial. Últimamente se está especializando en terapia IFS (Internal Family Systems) que es una mirada no-patologizante de ver y sanar partes compulsivas, impulsivas, adictivas, reactivas, hyper vigilantes, controladoras, ansiosas, depresivas, criticonas, avergonzantes etc. especialmente partes que han sido profundamente heridas por Trauma, Malos Tratos y Desapego.

Cristhian cuenta de sus raíces: “Yo nací en el norte de Chile, en el desierto de Atacama. Mi padre era pastor y mi madre profesora, así que terminé siendo terapeuta, que es como en el medio. Primero estudié teología y trabaje en ministerio juvenil por muchos años en Chile, Colombia y aquí en Philadelphia. También estudié música y me gusta cantar y tocar la flauta.”

Para relajarse le gusta jugar tenis, la bicicleta de montaña y hacer trabajos en la casa, arreglando y armando cosas. También le gusta pasar el tiempo con la familia; su esposa, su hijo e hija y, por supuesto, sus dos perros.


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Brooke Davidson MSS, LCSW
 Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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.


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Kate Deatrich, PsyD, BCB  
Practice Locations
:  Rittenhouse Square, Haverford

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 issueseating disordersrelationship/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.


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Jay S. Dickinson, LPC, MA, NCC, BCB. 
Practice Location: 
Rittenhouse Square

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 abusestressdepression 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 therapybrain 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.

 

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Victoria Galperin, MA, LPC       
Practice Location:
 Rittenhouse Square

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 transitionsfamily and relationship issuesbehavioral issuesanxietydepressionanger 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 CBTplay and art therapy, client centered, solution focused, and strength based therapy to empower her clients to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.


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Miriam Geiger, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations: 
Buckingham, Haverford

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.


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Robert Giglio, M.S., LPC 
Practice Location:
 Buckingham

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 for depression, anxietyadjustment 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 experientialpsychodynamic 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.


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Simone Gorko, M.S., PhD   

Practice Location:  Haverford

Simone Gorko is a licensed psychologist who received a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has over 30 years of experience working with a wide variety of clients in private practice, community mental health, and college counseling centers. She works with adults from college students to senior citizens. Specializations include: assessment and treatment of survivors of trauma, children of survivors of the Holocaust, adult children of alcoholics, sexual abusedissociationphobias, and anxiety disordershypnosis for behavioral medicine and psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Simone believes that everyone needs help sometimes. She approaches her work by assessing both problems and strengths. Therapy is a collaborative process of goal setting and working together to get there. She uses her experience with cognitive and behavioral techniques, developmental psychology, family of origin and psychodynamic theory to help the individual progress towards greater well-being. Treatment may also include clinical hypnosis and EMDR when appropriate.

Simone is an animal lover and volunteers with a rescue organization in Delaware County. She lives with her husband, two cats, and 4 parrots.

 

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Kristin Gore, LMFT
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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.  


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Alex Gross, MSW, LCSW 
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 depressionmood disordersrelationship challenges, attentional and behavioral difficultiesperformance enhancementanger 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).

 

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Jonathan Hannum, M.Ed, LPC
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square 

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.


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Teresa Harrington, MA, MSW, LCSW                                                     
Practice Location 
Rittenhouse Square                                                             

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.


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Ray Hessek, M.A., L.P.C.                                                                                                                         Practice Location:   Rittenhouse Square                                                                                          

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, warm and occasionally  directional approach to therapy combined with their compassion and lack of judgment has made them successful with individuals and couples.


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Melissa Hochbaum-Strauss, MS, LPC
Practice Location:
  Rittenhouse Square

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 traumaADHDODDdepressionanxietyself-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.


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Isabelle (Yu-Ching) Hsu, M.Phil.Ed, LPC, NCC
Practice Locations: 
 Rittenhouse Square 

Isabelle is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and a Post-Master’s Certificate in Art Therapy from Thomas Jefferson University. Isabelle earned a B.A. in Visual Arts and Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. As a native Taiwanese, she is fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Isabelle has experience providing individual and group therapy for children, adolescents, adults and elders from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in community mental health and outpatient clinics. Her areas of treatment include, life transitions/cultural adjustments, depression, anxiety, attachment issues, and post-traumatic stress. Isabelle provides person-centered therapy with the integration of psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, developmental and attachment theories. With her training in art therapy, Isabelle supports individuals to explore underlying emotions and personal history through metaphors in art and writing. She is also trained in Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Isabelle strives to provide a warm, empathetic and non-judgmental space to support clients with strengthening resilience and achieving personal goals. 

 

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David Juncos, Psy.D., CCDP   
Practice Locations:
 BuckinghamRittenhouse Square

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 over 10 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.

 

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Meera Khan,  Psy.D.                                                                                                                          Practice Location : Rittenhouse Square                                                                                       

Dr. Meera Khan graduated with magna cum laude from Rutgers University and went on to receive her doctorate from La Salle University in clinical psychology. Dr. Khan is trained as a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) clinician and favors third-wave approaches such as dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy (MBT) in addition to classic CBT approaches. She is additionally thoroughly trained in exposure in response prevention (ERP) and competent in trauma-informed care such as trauma-focused-CBT (TFCBT), prolonged exposure (PE), and cognitive processing therapy (CPT).

Dr. Khan believes in a person-centered philosophy in her treatment and leans into concepts of mindfulness, personal values, acceptance, psychological flexibility, and spirituality in the treatment of the individual, as well as explores concepts related to making meaning with the world around us. She believes in focusing on health over dysfunction as well as the notion of nonjudgmental curiosity in our approach to the world.

Dr. Khan specializes in working with adolescents and emerging adults and specializes in a variety of clinical concerns. Specifically, Dr. Khan specializes in the treatment of anxietypanicspecific phobiasocial anxietyOCDdepressionmood difficulties including bipolar symptoms and disorder, adjustment, trauma and PTSD, difficulties related to abuseracial and immigration trauma, and borderline personality disorder.

Dr. Khan is passionate about working within the LGBTQIA+ community to increase access and destigmatize mental health care. She believes that an individual's story is shaped through their lived experiences, motivations, accessibility, and aspirations, as well as influenced by their history and ethnic identity. To that end, Dr. Khan strives to create inclusive, safe, welcoming, and culturally competent environments for all to feel understood, accepted, vulnerable and trusting.


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Gustavo Klurfan, MA, NCP, LPC 
Practice Location:
 Rittenhouse Square

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 anxietydepression 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.

 

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Courtney Liggera, Psy.D.
Practice Locations:
 Rittenhouse SquareRittenhouse Women's Wellness Center

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.


Conor MacGregor Ph.D.

Conor MacGregor, PH.D.                                                                                                              
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square 

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 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (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. 


Melanie Masin-Moyer

Melanie Masin-Moyer, DSW, LCSW                                                                                                  
Practice LocationRittenhouse Square 

Melanie Masin-Moyer, DSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who has been practicing for almost 25 years in outpatient, community mental health. She graduated with her BA in psychology from the University of Notre Dame, with her Master of Social Work from Marywood University, and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Melanie grounds her individual and group practice in attachment theory by focusing on developing safe, empathic, and trusting connections with clients. It is within this atmosphere that individuals can feel supported in using and growing their strengths to explore challenges and address barriers in their lives. Her approach is individualized, person-centered, and integrative of various approaches, including psychodynamic, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness practices, so that the therapy can be attuned and responsive to each individual’s needs.  As part of her generalist practice with adults and older adolescents, Melanie has focused on depression, anxiety, self-esteem, interpersonal trauma, healthy attachment/relational well-being, anger management, emotion regulation, and social skills in both individual and group therapy.

In addition to her part-time clinical practice, Melanie is a Senior Lecturer for MSW students and Assistant Director of the DSW Program at the University of Pennsylvania. 


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Sean McCann, M.Ed, LPC                                                                                                  
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square 

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, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (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.


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Jasmin Moyer, M.A                                                                                                                                     Practice Location:  Rittenhouse Square

Jasmin Moyer is pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Counseling at Missio Theological Seminary. She is a counselor who is a Christian, hoping to work with womxn from all different faiths and identity backgrounds. Previous to pursuing her graduate degree, Jasmin was working with young adults and college students at a nearby university.

Jasmin believes that therapy is about client empowerment, how people live their lives, and engage in their contexts. She uses strengths based approaches to tap into natural abilities because she believes that every person has unique gifts and strengths. Jasmin appreciates practices that engage people holistically, considering the impacts of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy. She also practices from a feminist therapy perspective, considering clients’ social, cultural, and political contexts. Most importantly, Jasmin strives to offer empathy, collaboration, and empowerment in her practice.


Ela Negru

Dumitrela "Ela" Negru, Psy.D.                                                                                                                        Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

Dr. Negru is passionate about helping people reach their emotional and mental wellbeing goals. She has a broad educational and training background, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from A. I. Cuza University in Romania, a Master’s degree in Psychology from Villanova University, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from California Southern University. Dr. Negru received advanced training in treating emotional trauma, couples and family therapy, and lifestyle medicine.

Ela attends to clients’ needs by focusing on the root causes of what holds them back from living optimally, and pays particular attention to the neurobiological underpinnings of mental health conditions. Dr. Negru`s treatment approach is scientific and holistic and goes beyond talk therapy to incorporate tools to improve brain function and health, and design optimal habits.

Dr. Negru integrates cutting-edge, results-oriented therapies with proven effectiveness for various conditions and concerns anxiety, depression, relational problems, trauma, performance, weight management, and life challenges. She draws on evidence-based treatment methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), EMDR, mindfulness-based approaches, and attachment-focused therapies. For her own self care Ela enjoys spending time in nature, traveling, and learning about different cultures. 



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Ryan O'Laughlin, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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 schoolgaining employmentimproving 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 sexualitygender identityabuse and  sexual assaultaddictionnatural disastersloss, maladaptive coping strategies including self-harm,  substance abuseeating disorders, and relationship issues. Accessibility and inclusivity are central to his practice and strives to create a collaborative relationship of trust.  


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Naomi Pliskow, MA, MD, LPC 
Practice Location:
  Buckingham

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.


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Beth Rosenbaum, MSW, LCSW
Practice LocationsRittenhouse SquareWynnewood

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 individualcouplesfamily 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 disordersinfertility/pregnancy issuesmood related concernsrecovery from abuse and neglectintimacy 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. 


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Karen Sax, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations
: Narberth, Haverford

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.


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Sarah Seeling, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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 Therapy, 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.


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Danielle Siwek, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square

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 anxietydepressionparenting 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. 


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Marlaina Stuve                                                                                                                                  Practice Location:

Marlaina Stuve is a current student at Temple University in the Counseling Psychology Masters program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Clark University in 2017 and has since been working at HPA as an intake coordinator in the psychiatry department. Through her wide range of client experience, Marlaina has gained an interest in working with clients experiencing anxietydepressiontrauma, low self-esteem or body image concerns. In the session, Marlaina provides a warm, empathetic and safe space for client validation and support. After graduation, Marlaina aims to be a fully trauma-informed provider and HAES advocate.


Francesca

Francesca Sutera MS, LPC, NCC
Practice LocationsRittenhouse Square

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 (DBT), Narrative and Experiential Therapies, as well as mindfulness.



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Alaina Tucker PsyD, MEd

Practice LocationsRittenhouse Square

Alaina Tucker, PsyD, MEd (pronouns she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist.  Alaina earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master's in human sexuality from Widener University.  She has clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and within individual, group, couples', and family contexts.  Alaina's areas of interest and specialty are mood disorders, anxiety, PTSD, sexual and other traumas, adolescents, queer and kink communities, racially marginalized communities, grief and loss, and family and relational conflict.                  Alaina's therapeutic orientation is client-centered, integrative, and trauma-informed.  She utilizes cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, gestalt, narrative, and sex therapy interventions.  Alaina strives to foster a collaborative, sex-positive, culturally sensitive, open and egalitarian therapeutic relationship with clients of all backgrounds.



Rachel Volodarsky

Rachel Volodarsky, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square, Haverford

Rachel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College.  She has experience working in hospital, managed care and domestic violence settings.  Most recently, she spent more than a decade working as a therapist in an outpatient community mental health setting.  She specializes in working with older adolescent and adult clients who have been facing concerns related to bipolar disorder, Asperger syndrome, depression, anxiety/panic, women’s issues, life transitions and educational/vocational issues.

Rachel uses a supportive, non-judgmental approach with clients.  She is committed to empowering clients to work towards positive change in their lives.  Rachel has received training in multiple evidence-based practices including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and motivational interviewing, and also makes use of narrative therapy and mindfulness techniques in sessions.


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Laura Whitman, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC
Assistant Clinical 
Director 
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 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,  depressiontraumasubstance 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.

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