Who We Are

Westmoreland Psychotherapy Associates (WPA) is located in Murrysville, Westmoreland County, and we service clients across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Our mission is to provide preventative and primary mental health interventions for individuals across the lifespan. Our philosophy is to work collaboratively with clients and their health care provider to develop a person-centered and holistic approach that will enhance overall health, wellness, and an improved quality of life.

 
Our team of clinicians has over 100 years of combined experience and we have all worked in a variety of behavioral health settings during our careers. We primarily work with adults and teens and offer individual therapy, couples work, and family therapy.

Our Clinicians

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WENDY MCSPARREN

I believe as human beings we all need to feel a sense of hope and we all deserve support during challenging or stressful times.  Selecting a therapist can feel overwhelming when we are struggling or feel lost.  My approach is to meet you where you are, work together to determine what best meets your needs, and to collaboratively create a plan that helps you achieve your goals.  

 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30+ years of experience, I have specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR.  

 

I work with teens, adults, individuals who have experienced trauma, chronic stress & adversity, as well as LGBTQIA clients.  

 

I look forward to connecting with you.

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KATHLEEN SPADARO

As a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist, I offer a holistic approach to clients. You bring into therapy your physical self, feelings, thoughts and spirituality needs, all of which are accepted and supported in my practice.   Stress, anxiety, depression, health concerns, family or work conflict and other life events bring individuals to therapy.  We work together as a team to identify issues, desires and goals to help you in creating a better life for you.  

 

I have forty years of experience in psychiatry and counseling to offer you.  To address medical and medication needs, I work closely with family practitioners, primary care physicians, internists, OB/GYN providers, and psychiatrists if required.  My services extend treatment to adolescents, adults, and seniors.  I am a member of most major insurance companies. 

 

I look forward to meeting with you and developing a plan of care that supports your individual needs.

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KATHLEEN BLYTHE THOMAS

My philosophy focuses on the individual, and what strengths they bring to the therapy. In therapy we may look at the environmental factors that may be coming into play that change the equilibrium, no longer work as coping strategies and develop a more functional way of coping in the environment. My approach includes helping individuals evaluate their options and evaluate results. My style is to educate and teach techniques to try to make the changes in your life that you desire. Significant others and family members are included in the therapeutic process as the need is identified.

 

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (BS) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree with a concentration in Health/Mental Health and a Specialization in Interpersonal Skills from the University of Pittsburgh.  I am also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and I have had Basic and Advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Intensive training in DBT by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. and training in EMDR.

JENNIFER BARKER

Expression is essential in everyday life, especially when working through difficult times.  In some circumstances, it can be difficult to verbally express oneself.  Creative expression can demonstrate one’s thoughts and feelings in a tangible way that verbal expression is not always able to.  Art Therapy can be helpful in exploring one’s thoughts and feelings and fostering self-awareness.  As an Art Therapist, I have the ability and knowledge to bring artmaking into therapy to help facilitate the healing process.  I practice with a person-centered, strength based, creative approach to meet clients where they are and help them start to make changes and heal.

I graduated with my Masters in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling in 2014 from Seton Hill University.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), as well as a Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist (ATR-BC).  I have experience with Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, as well as Crisis Intervention.

JENA SKELTON

Struggle is something that I believe every single living thing experiences. It is a concept that can bring us into some of our hardest moments in life, but it also presents the opportunity to connect, grow, and learn. I believe that confronting our struggles and working through them is one of the most valuable journeys that life brings. We all struggle in different ways and at different times. As a therapist, I hope to simply be there with you in whatever your struggle may be. I believe in meeting people where they are at and providing comfort, support, and empowerment. 

I have worked with clients of varying age, gender, race, and culture. I have worked with groups, families, couples, and individuals in a residential, outpatient, intensive outpatient, home, and school-based setting. I like to use creativity in the treatment process, as well as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).  I follow a humanistic approach that allows the treatment process to cater to each individual's needs.

I have a Master's Degree in both Art Therapy and Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with experience working alongside clients struggling in Addiction, Depression (including Post-Partum), Anxiety, Anger, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Dual Diagnosis, Parenting, Terminal Illness, Self Harm, and other mental health or behavioral need areas.

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