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
from diverse backgrounds across various settings, including community mental health, schools and outpatient clinics. Her experience includes treating individuals with
, 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.
Angela Baker, MS, LPC, LMFT
Practice Location: Buckingham
Angela Baker is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked with individuals, couples and families for the last 20 years. This dual licensure has afforded her the broad perspective needed to treat clients ranging in age from 5 to 85 for many types of concerns, She earned her Masters degree at Chestnut Hill College and trained intensively with Sandra Bloom, MD, the creator of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma treatment at Bryn Mawr college. Having worked in home and outpatient settings as both a therapist and supervisor has given her a wide range of experience and expertise to work with people throughout the lifespan.
Angela’s treatment approach is client centered and based on the belief that at times we all need others to walk with us on our journey through life and that therapy is one way to accomplish a growthful journey. In addition, she integrates Music, Art, Poetry, Dance, Singing and Play Therapy as needed to tailor therapy to each client’s unique needs and set of issues, rather than using any formulaic approaches.
Angela has also been trained in a variety of Mindfulness practices to achieve positive results with Stress Management, Anxiety, Phobias , Pain Management , Improving Performance , Weight Loss and Smoking Cessation . In addition to her general practice of treating depression , life transitions and relationship difficulties,she specializes in treating Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ( ADHD ).
In addition to her practice, over the past 14 years Angela has worked as an AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy) approved supervisor, shepherding family therapy interns through graduation and clinicians through to licensure. She enjoys integrating this systemic approach into treatment as it is particularly useful in working with families to improve communication, lessen conflict and enhance functioning.
Beau is a Licensed Professional Counselor who recently received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has over 10 years experience working in different settings using empirically supported treatments with adolescents and adults with problems including depression , anxiety, trauma , substance use and relationship issues . Beau has received formal training in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and how to integrate mindfulness practice into therapy. Beau uses a warm empathetic approach with psychotherapy, understanding and respecting how hard it may be for some people to begin the journey of therapy.
Amy is a licensed professional counselor who received her degree in counseling from Arcadia University. This is a second career for Amy, who previously worked in the music field. After starting a family, Amy became involved in postpartum support groups and subsequently decided to become a mental health professional. Before coming to Hornstein, Platt and Associates in 2015, Amy had worked for 25 years in a community mental health center in Doylestown, PA, where she helped people with depression , anxiety and relationship issues as well as serious mental illness in crisis, partial hospital, and outpatient settings.
Amy 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.
Denis Carey, MSW, LCSW
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Denis is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned his Masters in Social Work at Temple University. He specializes in treating adults using a client-centered approach where he integrages techniques from cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy, and trauma-informed care. In addition to his general practice, Denis has helped individuals dealing with issues relating to depression , anxiety , managing stress , family and personal relationships , and trauma . He understands that deciding to start or restart therapy in one’s life can be a huge decision, and he strives to make his clients safe and comfortable during this process.
Maryann Connolly, MSW, LCSW
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square
Maryann Connnolly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker trained at the Bryn Mawr School of Social work. She has practiced in a broad range of outpatient and residential treatment settings for more than 20 years. Her clinical experience includes helping individuals with issues relating to life transitions , aging , self-esteem , interpersonal relationships , addictions , depression , bipolar disorder , domestic violence and trauma . In addition to her general practice, Maryann also has a specialty in using EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to aid those in recovery from trauma, as it has shown to be effective in decreasing intrusive symptoms such as flashbacks and in helping clients to integrate traumatic experiences into a more complete, healthy and vibrant way of living. 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 Cooper, M.A., LPC
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square , South Philadelphia II, Constitution Health Plaza
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Robin Cooper, M.Ed., MSW, LCSW. 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 9 plus years as an outpatient therapist, she has offered group and individual therapy to clients for general issues such as anxiety, depression, life transitions and grief. Working with clients aged 15 and older, Robin has also developed specialties in treating sexual and intimate partner violence, anger management, working with LGBTQ populations, and supporting individuals in navigating relationship stress. She uses feminist and CBT orientations with clients to support them in meeting goals for change
Cristhian Dantagnan is a Licensed Professional Counselor that has been serving children and their families in a community mental health setting for the past 9 years. A native of Chile, he obtained his Masters in Counseling Psychology at Temple University and is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Cristhian has a practical and eclectic approach to counseling and his theoretical orientation is rooted in the principles of attachment theories , play therapy , CBT and trauma-informed best practices . As a Clinical Supervisor in school settings he has a deep understating of what motivates children to learn and grow. Cristhian understands how ADHD , ODD, Autism, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression can impact not only the child but also the entire family. He has extensive experience in the areas of parenting education, attachment disruption (adoption-foster care etc) and recognizing the impact of neglect and abuse in a family system . Hi understanding of development serves as the underpinning for his work with adults. In addition to havng a general practice focusing on depression , anxiety , intimacy challenges and managing stress , Cris has a personal understanding of how immigration and issues of acculturation can affect individuals and their families.
Cristhian believes that change comes from a person’s willingness and courage to recognize their needs and challenges, but most importantly, their strengths.
Cristhian grew up in the desert in a small mining town in the north of Chile. His father was a minister and his mother a teacher: “I had to compromise,” says Cristhian so he became a therapist. He first studied theology and worked in urban youth ministry for many years. He also is a music aficionado and enjoys singing and playing the flute. To decompress Cristhian likes to play tennis, work around the house and fix things. He enjoys spending down time with his wife, his two children, his two dogs and his cat (if she lets him).
Cristhian tiene una maestría en consejería de Temple University. El tiene 9 anos de experiencia trabajando con niños, adolecentes y sus familias que confrontan frustración, vergüenza o desaliento por problemas de atención e hiperactividad, conducta oposicional desafiante, autismo, trastornos del aprendizaje, ansiedad y depresión etc. Cristhian también tiene experiencia en las áreas de trastornos del apego, parentalidad responsable y el impacto que el abuso y descuido puede causar en los niños. Por experiencia personal, Cristhian también entiende los desafíos de la familia inmigrante y las dificultades derivadas de la aculturación multi-generacional.
Cristhian cree firmemente que el cambio se produce cuando la persona tiene la voluntad y el valor de reconocer sus necesidades y desafíos, y por sobretodo, sus fortalezas.
Yo nací en el norte de Chile, en el desierto de Atacama. Mi padre era pastor y mi madre profesora, asi que yo decidí por ser terapeuta, que es como en el medio. Primero estudie teología y trabaje en ministerio juvenil por muchos anos en Chile, Colombia y aquí en Philadelphia. También estudie música y me gusta cantar y tocar la flauta.
Para relajarme me gusta jugar tenis y hacer trabajos de casa arreglando y armando cosas. También me gusta pasar el tiempo con la familia; mi esposa, mi hija y mi hijo, los dos perros y por supuesto la gata (si es que ella me deja).
Dr. Kate 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 S. Dickinson, LPC, MA, NCC, BCB.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Jay Dickinson is a Licensed Professional Counselor, has a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and is a National Certified Counselor. He is also a Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America. Having gained many years of experience in providing outpatient therapy, as the Director of the Abington ADD Program and then as the Director of the Abington Stress Management Center, Jay specializes in treating ADD , (Attention Deficit Disorder), substance abuse , stress , depression and anxiety . He is also an expert in treating couples and recently trained intensively in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( EFT ), an evidence based approach that research shows having a 75% cure rate.
Jay’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative and holistic and draws from various therapeutic perspectives including Cognitive Behavior Therapy ( CBT ), narrative therapy , brain based therapy and mindfulness . When appropriate he also incorporates neurobiofeedback into psychotherapy for individuals and couples. His standing in the biofeedback community is reflected in his current position as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Society for Biofeedback and Behavioral Medicine. He is also a member of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback .
Neurotherapy (also known as neurobiofeedback/ biofeedback ) is known as a Complementary and Alternative Therapy (CAM) that is used for the purposes of monitoring, recognizing and assisting in self-regulation of your bodily processes including muscles, breathing and the nervous system. In this approach the client takes an active role in their health care. Using non-invasive computer technology clients learn to cultivate the body’s healing response. The rationale for this approach is that there is often a direct relationship between regional brain functioning and symptoms. For more information on Biofeedback click here .
Adam J. Edmunds, Psy.D.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square
Adam is a licensed psychologist who has held positions in healthcare systems, college counseling centers, and school systems, serving clients of varied backgrounds and ages. Having earned a doctorate in clinical and school psychology from James Madison University, Adam has a well-developed understanding of psychological functioning across the lifespan. His areas of specialty include working with depression , anxiety, emotional regulation, communication, grief/loss , transition/adjustment, identity issues, relationship issues , self-criticism/self-esteem, stress management, addiction , personality functioning, and trauma. He also likes to work with individuals who experience familial and cultural stigma regarding mental health treatment or experience distress and challenges related to micro-aggressions, privilege, or race-related/socioeconomic class-related stress .
Adam sees therapy as an opportunity to collaboratively work together so you can be heard and validated, understand your everyday patterns, and process (past or present) emotional experiences. He facilitates this process by using an integrative approach that incorporates the major theoretical orientations (i.e., cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systems, emotion-focused, existential), the developmental-lifespan perspective , and the biopsychosocial perspective. His therapeutic style is relational and humanistic , in which he strives to have his clients have a positive therapy experience by being open, genuine, and attuned. He values clients’ differences, strengths, and unique perspectives to events and situations.
Adam became interested in psychology as a teenager by listening and sharing experiences with friends and finding validation, relief, strength, and hope from doing so. For fun and relaxation, he likes to hang out with friends and family, watch professional football, read comics and blogs, work out, hike, and play with his two cats.
Victoria Galperin, MA, LPC Currently on leave.
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 transitions , family and relationship issues , behavioral issues , anxiety , depression , anger management , grief, trauma , and social avoidance .
Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I get there? Why is my child behaving this way? What can I do to help? We often ask ourselves these questions and struggle finding the answers. Victoria is an integrative therapist, who maintains that each person is unique and benefits from an individualized approach and a supportive collaborative environment to find the answers to these commonly asked questions. She utilizes techniques rooted in CBT , play and art therapy , client centered, solution focused , and strength based therapy to empower her clients to achieve the goals they set out for themselves.
Gayle Gates , MA, BC-DMT, NCC, LPC
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Gayle Gates is a Clinical Assistant Professor and was the Associate Director of the Dance/ Movement therapy Program at Drexel University. A Licensed Professional Counselor with over thirty years of experience as a therapist, teacher and supervisor, Gayle has special expertise in child and adolescent disorders including ADHD , Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Disruptive Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities . She brings this expertise into her work with adults who have ADHD and Aspergers Disorder , in addition to maintaining a general practice. Gayle provides therapy from a psychodynamic, developmental and systems perspectives, making her sessions interactive and promoting behavioral change. With her background in verbal and non-verbal therapies, Gayle helps her clients understand their personal struggles and supports their addressing these concerns in both creative and practical ways.
Robert Giglio, M.S., LPC
Practice Location: Buckingham
Robert Giglio, M.S., 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 , 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 .
Practice Location: Bryn Mawr II
Angela Greene is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of clinical experience. She completed graduate degrees from Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Northeastern University. Angela also has advanced clinical training at the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Center and the Philadelphia Psychotherapy Study Center. She is also a Fellow Member of the Pennsylvania Society of Clinical Social Workers, a member of the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Center, and a participant in an on-going study group on Object Relations Theory.
In addition to her general practice helping children , adolescents and adults with anxiety , depression , intimacy , communication , stress and coping with change , Angela's experience has included consulting in schools on trauma , leading parenting groups , helping college students in transition and providing grief groups for seniors . She has also provided consultation and supervision for graduate students and mental health practitioners.
Angela has a strong commitment to helping her clients. Specializing in using an Object Relations approach she emphasizes the idea that strong and fulfilling relationships can help maintain emotional well-being. This in-depth therapy helps clients to explore problems in a safe environment and understand their emotional experiences. Her warmth and attentiveness helps clients affirm their thinking and feelings in their relationships.
Angela balances her work with family and friends. She enjoys nature and the outdoors and practices yoga and mindful meditation.
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 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
, and worked extensively with
. She works from the vantage point that therapy should be tailored to meet people’s individualized needs given that each individual is unique, even when they present similar concerns.
Arielle likes to incorporate cognitive techniques into therapy as needed such as challenging negative thought patterns and helping with coping skills/problem solving. She believes that working through difficult emotions and conflicts as they arise in the present, and developing a trusting, positive therapeutic relationship is what is most transformative and healing. In her general practice, Arielle provides treatment and facilitates change in those who are struggling with anxiety , depression , stressful life changes , and relationship issues of all kinds. Her specializations include treating Anxiety Disorders , Obsessive Compulsive Disorder(OCD) and adolescent concerns . In her free time Arielle likes to play with her dog, travel to learn about different cultures, cook, and practice yoga.
Arielle is our exclusive telehealth counselor. See telehealth pages for more details.
Nicole Helverson, Psy.D. Assistant Clinical Director
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Nicole is a Licensed Psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Having worked extensively in inpatient and outpatient settings,as a therapist and a supervisor, Nicole developed expertise in treating depression , eating disorders , grief and loss , improving self-esteem and adjusting to major life changes . Using a solution-focused and direct approach to address concerns she works to help you bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. In this process Nicole will join you in creating a clearly defined plan for growth.
A true believer in holistic avenues to growth , Nicole engages in yoga, meditation, music appreciation and physical fitness to maintain her balance. She brings these beliefs and the idea that any life can be enhanced to her work, where she is inspired to be a guide from adolescence through advanced years.
Rachel Hessek, M.A., L.P.C.
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who trained locally at West Chester University. In addition to her graduate degree, she holds a certificate in clinical hypnotherapy and solution-focused therapy from the Milton Erickson Institute and pursues additional training at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalysis. Having worked in academic and community mental health settings, Ms. Popek has gained experience helping clients address issues such as struggles with intimacy, depression, anxiety, life transitions, sexual trauma as well as LGBT concerns. Her specialty inhypnosis brings a unique skill to her treatment of smoking cessation as well as other habits. Rachel’s creative, fun, warmand occasionally directional approach to therapy combined with her compassion and lack of judgment has made her successful with individuals and couples.
Melissa Hochbaum, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in working with children, young adults and families. In addition to her specialties and general practice she has experience working with trauma , ADHD , ODD , depression , anxiety , self-esteem and relational issues . Melissa earned her Bachelor's in Science from Penn State University, Masters of Science in Counseling from Villanova University and studied additionally at Villanova and West Chester Universities and gained additional cultural sensitivity studying in Sydney, Australia.
Melissa believes that working on perspective and determination are some of the most important components of successful therapy. She believes that every client has strengths to be utilized in therapy and every day living and works to highlight these. She is skilled in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ( CBT ) from the Beck Institute and CANS (Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths) training. She has developed her therapeutic skills working in outpatient and school settings.
In her personal life, Melissa enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants and volunteer work. She is an active member at the Jewish Museum in Philadelphia and is involved with the Council on Brain Injury.
Dr. David 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.
Radka is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a clinical member of AAMFT. In addition to traditional training in individual and group therapy, Radka completed a post-graduate training in
and a certification program in
. Some of her other training and clinical experience include treatment of
), treatment of
counseling. Throughout her 20 years of practice, Radka has aimed to integrate a relational and systemic perspective with her client's inter-subjective experience to develop a collaborative and personally meaningful treatment process. Her approach focuses on both accomplishment of more pressing short term goals, as well as long term goals and personal growth.
Gustavo Klurfan, MA, NCP, LPC
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Gustavo Klurfan, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Psychologist. He received a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Having started his career in Argentina, Gustavo is fluent in Spanish and English, offering treatment in either language.
Dr. Kotch is a licensed clinical psychologist in New Jersey and Pennsylvania with over 28 years of experience working with individuals struggling with a variety of mental health concerns. She completed her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Scranton and her Psy.D at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an APA-accredited internship at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, NJ and at the Rutgers University Counseling Center, in Camden, NJ.
In addition to her general practice treating anxiety and depression in adults, Dr. Kotch specializes In treating substance abuse, issues of aging, parenting and relationship challenges. She is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) which informs her therapeutic approach. She believes in empowering her clients to develop more effective thinking and strategies to manage life's challenges, while living as fulfilling a life as possible.
In her personal life she is the mother of two teenage daughters. In her free time, she enjoys being with her girls, running, reading, and traveling to Cape Cod.
Practice Locations: Rittenhouse Square , Rittenhouse Women's Welness Center
Courtney is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with fourteen 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 d epression, 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
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 Lynch, MA, LPC
Practice Location : Buckingham
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.
John is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained his Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Since graduating from Bryn Mawr in 2008, he has gained experience in a wide range of specialty areas. His work with children, adolescents and families is informed by extensive training in providing
attachment based therapy
trauma informed care
to families with children in residential treatment. John acquired a specialty in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (
) while providing addiction treatment at a long-term drug and alcohol treatment facility. While developing expertise in DBT John cultivated an understanding and appreciation of
, a cornerstone of his work with clients managing symptoms of
and anxiety. He has a passion for helping individuals in
, those struggling with issues of
and other intimacy disorders, as well as individuals in the
community. John comes to the counseling field as a career changer having spent many years as a financial executive working in the corporate world. This has left him with a broad range of life experiences and a practical approach to therapy. John offers therapy that is a partnership, with his role being a guide through the barriers that interfere with growth and change.
Kara is an Licensed Professional Counselor with over 15 years expereince serving a wide range of clients and presenting problems. She specializes in understanding the effects of adversity and overwhelming stress on developing minds, bodies and spirits. Her clinical approach fosters a comfortable and collaborative working relationship from which healing, growth and change occur. Her years of practice and supervision using interventions that are supported by research have prepared her to work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral challenges across the lifespan. Kara’s strength‐based framework has been effective in treatingchildren, adolescents and families as well as adults recovering from overwhelming experiences.
As a Clinical Supervisor, Associate Director and as a clinician Kara has developed expertise in treating adult children of alcoholics, professional caregiver burnout, adoption and attachment issues, survivors of abuse and neglect, witnesses of violence, grief, self-injury, strained family relationships and depressed or withdrawn teens.
In addition to her clinical practice, Kara works as an advocate, coach and community educator for the provision of trauma‐informed care within and around Philadelphia. During warmer months, she enjoys combining the connecting power of nature with movement and meditation concepts while paddling along local waterways guiding individuals and groups seeking restorative practices beyond traditional therapy spaces.
Ryan O'Laughlin, MSW, LCSW
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.
Rachel Oram, ACSW, LCSW, BCD
Practice Location: Rittenhouse Square
Rachel received her bachelor of art degree in social work from Muhlenberg College and her master of social work degree from the Ohio State University. She has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2001. Rachel is also a member pf the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work and is currently a student at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. In her over 18 years of practice she has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient medical and behavioral health care settings. Rachel has years of experience in working with adults with depression, anxiety, trauma, co-occurring disorders, griefand loss, physical disability and chronic illnesses. Rachel sees therapy as a journey to learn about oneself and begin to move beyond the roadblocks that get in your way. Roadblocks can be from long ago or from last week; they can be very hurtful and/or frustrating. In therapy, participants can develop their unique and personalized journey through their blocks as they go forward.
Naomi Pliskow, MA, MD, LPC
Practice Location: Buckingham
Naomi Pliskow 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.
Morgan Rakay is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist experienced in working with children, families, and adults . In her work, she has addressed a wide range of concerns, including pain and medical trauma, depression and anxiety , PTSD , substance abuse , schizophrenia and psychosis, and childhood disorders such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder . Morgan additionally provides supervision and teaches at Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University at East Falls.
In addition to her general practice, Morgan specializes in working with those who are medically involved or who have experienced medical/physical trauma such as chronic pain , traumatic brain injury , burns and loss of limb, cancer , Parkinson’s , and other chronic or progressive illnesses . In this, she also works with those experiencing grief and loss .
Morgan holds a holistic view of each person in the therapeutic setting, and believes in supporting autonomy, wholeness, and a sense of wellness. As a dance/movement therapist, she utilizes the mind-body connection, mindfulness , and other non-verbal techniques to support her work. Morgan is additionally trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and narrative therapy approaches.
Beth Rosenbaum , MSW, LCSW
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.
Seneka Rupert, M.Ed., MS, LMFT
Practice Locations: South Philadelphia II , Rittenhouse Square
Seneka Rupert is a sexuality educator and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her graduate degrees in human sexuality from Widener University and clinical psychology from Chestnut Hill College. Her interests in sexuality led her to create a sexuality curriculum and attain an adjunct faculty post teaching this for the past decade.
Clinically, Seneka utilizes a Feminist, Bowenian (family perspective) framework and focuses heavily on client empowerment. In addition to her general practice for adults which includes common concerns such as intimacy , anxiety , depression and adjusting to change , she specializes in sexuality and relationships, family therapy , parenting issues and concerns, and adolescents . Seneka is a straight forward and authentic clinician who values client insight and collaboration. An open minded and affirming therapist, she is kink and non-monogamy aware and friendly.
Seneka is naturally analytic and genuinely curious about people. These two traits along with her interest in sexuality drive her passion for helping others. Outside of providing therapy, Seneka pursues academic interests and is a mother of two young boys.
Tami works with couples and individuals at all stages of life. Before becoming a therapist, she owned and operated a private business and enjoys working with clients in business, family-owned or otherwise, to help make their work relationships better. Tami agrees with the common thought that life is indeed a journey complete with hills, dales, bumps and obstacles. She would be honored to work with you to make the ride more comfortable and to find your own silver linings.
Whether you are looking to improve relationships with family members or business colleagues, make a lifestyle or work change , or address mounting levels of stress and anxiety , Tami may be able to provide the roadmap you are seeking. Her belief is that she will partner with you to make sense of any situation you bring in and will coach you to find ways and tools to make that situation a better fit for you, or help you transition to a situation that would better suit you.
Tami Sherman is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a down-to-earth attitude and a sincere desire to collaborate with clients to find ways to better understand and improve their lives. She believes that finding the silver linings in tough situations can really help us gain the inspiration and faith needed to turn things around.
Danielle Siwek 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.
Jessie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from Temple University. Practicing for over 10 years, she has worked in community mental health, hospitals, and in private practice. Jessie has also taught in a variety of settings including her current position as an instructor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. She also currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work and has been on the organization’s board since 2012.
Specializing in the treatment of late adolescents and adults , Jessie offers treatment in her general practice for concerns such as depression , anxiety and grief. Her specializations include helping clients with substance use issues, gender and sexuality concerns, addressing oppression, and relationship issues . She is also experienced in serving those who identify as polyamorous/non-monogamous .
Jessie emphasizes relational and feminist frameworks, as well as psychodynamic concepts of human development, to guide her clinical work. The therapeutic relationship is central to her work and her clients can expect a caring, non-judgmental space from which to explore their concerns. Together, she and her clients identify their goals and the best way to reach them and then work together to get there. As a social worker, she integrates a focus on how the environment in which her clients exist both contributes to problems and offers resources for support and movement.
Laura Whitman, M.Ed., N.C.C., LPC
Practice Location : Rittenhouse Square
Laura Whitman is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified School Counselor. Upon completing her graduate work at West Chester University, she spent time working as a Drug and Alcohol counselor with middle and high school students. Over the past eight years, Laura has specialized in treating clients recovering from eating disorders , having worked with these issues in inpatient and outpatient settings. Simultaneously, she has been dedicated to working with the LGBT community and has been specifically trained to support them and address their unique concerns. As a result, in addition to her areas of specialty, she has gained expertise in working with a range of issues in general practice including anxiety, depression , trauma , substance abuse and personality concerns. Laura describes her approach as providing supportive challenging towards growth while she works with your to explore your motivations, emotions, needs and behaviors.
Christine Wojnicz, Psy.D. Practice Location : Rittenhouse Square
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 , i nterpersonal 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.