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.
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. In addition, I am a Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)
I work with teens, adults, individuals who have experienced trauma, chronic stress & adversity, as well as LGBTQ+ clients.
I look forward to connecting with you.
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.
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.
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.
My goal as a therapist is to create an environment in which my clients can safely
work though the complexities of their thoughts, feelings, and personal
experience. Life presents many challenges and it is human to feel lost and
unsure of our direction in life. The therapeutic relationship provides a unique
opportunity for therapist and client to work together to make sense of one’s life
and seek the truth of one’s experience.
I have worked in the field for ten years with various clients. I have experience
with mood disorders, psychosis, identity, gender, major life transitions/stress,
depression, and anxiety. I utilize an existential foundation to help clients make
sense of their thinking, emotion, and life experience. I am able to draw on
techniques such as CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing to help address
problematic behaviors, face anxiety, and build skills to take ownership of their
behaviors and actions.
It is essential to me that clients feel that they can express themselves honestly
without fear of being judged. Honesty and a safe space are the foundation of
effective therapy. I operate on the humanistic views with clients striving to reach
their potential, even if they are lost and misguided in how to do so. Therapy is
about unlocking the potential to determine the course of treatment and how to
self-actualize. You know what is unsettling, lets face it together.
We all have times when we feel like we’re on repeat, stuck, overwhelmed or stressed. I offer a safe and supportive environment to help you make positive changes in your life. While we work together, we’ll explore your goals and tailor therapy to your needs while focusing on your strengths as a basis for change.
During my 25 years working with clients, I have worked in traditional outpatient settings and non-traditional settings such as PCP offices and schools. I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you with unhealthy or unproductive thought patterns and behaviors which lead to depression, anxiety, family stress and oppositional behaviors. I draw on additional modalities, such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and mindfulness, to meet your individual needs.
From children through adults, I’ve had the pleasure of helping my clients find their own unique path to new ways of thinking, making more mindful choices and improving their emotional wellness. I look forward to meeting you on your path.
I believe that as humans, we are wired for connection, and yet our life experiences sometimes present obstacles to achieving the relationships we most desire—with ourselves and with others. My approach as a therapist is grounded in the conviction that we are each motivated by the desire to craft a life that is meaningful, hopeful, and aligned with the things we value most. I bring my training and experience as both a nurse and a licensed clinical social worker into partnerships with clients who are seeking support during challenging life transitions. I have a collaborative approach to learning more about you and your individual struggles, concerns, values, and goals so that together we can develop a treatment plan designed to meet the needs we have identified.
I have experience in working with both adolescent and adult clients facing end-of-life, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and issues related to life transitions. I draw on skills from cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness approaches. I look forward to working with you to support you in whatever challenges you may be facing.