Amber Kottner – LPC

My name is Amber Kottner.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned my Master of Arts degree in counseling from Waynesburg University.  I have over 10 years of experience in the mental health field.  I enjoy working with families, children, and adults.  I strive to make the therapeutic process as easy as possible by creating an open and supportive environment.

I enjoy helping others and strive to assist you in your journey.  I believe that each individual is authentic and deserves an approach that best fits them.  Therefore, I enjoy working from eclectic approaches, including an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral techniques, person-centered therapy, and solution-focused goals.

Therapy is a special partnership.  I’m here to help make an improvement in your life.  You decide what you want to work on, and together, we will work to get you there in the best and most fitting way possible.

Ashley Spahn, MSW, LCSW

Ashley Spahn, MSW, LCSW

Hello! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to walk alongside you on your journey to self-discovery and healing. As a therapist, my core mission is to help you unlock and reach your full potential.

My approach to therapy is grounded in warmth and empathy. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is a partnership – one where we explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors together in a safe and supportive environment. The goal is not just to navigate through your struggles but also to celebrate and build upon your inherent strengths and resilience.

I am particularly passionate about working with individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, challenges with self-esteem, and substance use. Life’s complexities can sometimes feel insurmountable, but with the right support and guidance, I believe that it’s possible to emerge stronger and more empowered.

In our sessions, we’ll engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at providing you with the tools and insights to cope with life’s hurdles and to foster a deeper understanding of yourself. This collaborative process is designed to empower you, helping you to make informed decisions and positive changes in your life.

I understand that reaching out for help is a significant step, and finding a therapist who truly listens and understands is crucial. If you’re seeking a genuine therapeutic

experience where you’ll feel heard, empowered, and actively involved in your growth, I’m here to offer just that. Together, we can work towards a brighter, more fulfilling future. If you’re ready to start this journey, or if you simply have questions about the therapy process, please don’t hesitate to reach out via email or give me a call to schedule a session. Let’s embark on this path of healing and self-discovery together.

Ashlie Mohney LPC

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”  -Henry David Thoreau

It’s a new year and with that comes taking inventory of ourselves and setting goals to do better and grow.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Behavior Specialist, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Duquesne University, majoring in Education (K-12). My Master’s degree in Professional Counseling was also from Duquesne University.

I have 12 years of experience providing help and assistance to the elderly, adults, adolescents, children, and families who are struggling with a wide array of issues that include:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Autism
  • Body Image Issues
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Structures
  • Grief and Loss
  • Human Sexuality Issues
  • IDD
  • Life Transition Issues
  • Marital Issues
  • Mood Disorders
  • Parenting Support
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence Issues
  • Sexual Offending
  • Stress Management
  • Work and Career issues

I am an interactive, person-centered, solution-focused therapist that utilizes a personalized approach tailored to meet the needs of each client. Compassion and understanding are important to work with each individual to build on strengths and encourage personal growth.

I recognize time is precious and I want your time in the session to be valuable and serve you. I hope that my knowledge and experience help you achieve your goals, that is my commitment to you.

Ashley is the Director of Student Services and a Clinical supervisor in our practice.

Aubrey Stull, LPC, MA, NCC

Welcome to the first step on your journey, searching for a therapist you connect with. This relationship is a key element to your counseling process. Take the time to find a therapist who meets your needs.

Empathy & Compassion

As a counselor deeply committed to fostering holistic well-being, I prioritize empathy and compassion as foundational values in my practice. Drawing from nearly a decade of experience in the field of mental health, I have witnessed the impact of compassionate listening and empathetic understanding on the therapeutic journey. My approach to therapy is rooted in trauma-focused and client-centered principles, tailored to meet your unique needs and goals. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, or navigating life transitions, I am here to walk alongside you with kindness and support.


Self-care and empowerment are central to my practice philosophy. I believe that prioritizing self-care is not only essential for maintaining mental and emotional balance but is also a transformative act of self-love. Through our work together, I will empower you to embrace self-care practices that nourish your mind, body, and spirit. Every individual possesses unique strengths and inner resources that can be harnessed to overcome life’s challenges. Together, we will explore these strengths and cultivate a sense of empowerment that enables you to navigate life’s ups and downs with confidence and resilience.

Collaboration & Comfortability

In our sessions, you can expect a collaborative and non-judgmental approach, where your voice is heard and valued. By fostering a collaborative relationship built on trust and mutual respect, I strive to create an environment where you feel empowered to actively participate in your own healing journey. Through open communication and a comfortable atmosphere, I aim to support you in exploring your strengths, overcoming challenges, and achieving your goals.

I am honored to walk alongside you on your journey towards greater self-awareness, resilience, and fulfillment. Take the first step towards reclaiming your power and living your best life by scheduling an intake. Together, we will embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Autumn Staszak, LPC

Are you struggling with racing thoughts that keep you up at night or cause significant muscle tension? How about the inability to get out of bed or crying spells that affect your daily functioning? Do you struggle with communicating your needs and wants with your partner? Let’s work together to help you live a healthy, more productive life worth living.

I obtained my Master of Arts in Education at the University of Akron and have worked in the community setting for over 20 years. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, and couples on many issues including trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship stress, work-related stress, and many life obstacles that can block our path at times.

My approach to therapy is to provide you a comfortable non-judgmental environment to explore overwhelming thoughts or feelings that make you feel “stuck.”
I enjoy building a collaborative relationship with my clients to help foster an environment of growth. I welcome you to reach out so we can navigate this process together.

Take the first step to help.

Colleen Druga, MA, LPC

These quotes resonate with me as I see my role as cultivating and supporting the change others seek, whether they know it at the time or not.

“People underestimate their capacity to change. There is NEVER a right time to do a difficult thing.” -John Porter.
“Helping one person might not change the world BUT it could change the world for that one person.” -Unknown.

I traveled to Argosy University/Phoenix, AZ for my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and have moved back to my home state. I have 18 years of Master’s Level Clinical Experience, and 3 years prior with my Bachelor’s degree. I started out working with Adolescents in a Residential Treatment Setting providing group, individual, and family therapy counseling, to Family Based Treatment services, on up to Addictions Medicine and Co-occurring disordered adult clients. Over the course of these 18 years I have discovered my interests and strengths clinically have been in assisting and supporting Adults struggling with:

  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Psychoses
  • Medication Addiction Treatment (i.e. Suboxone, Vivitrol)
  • Addictions

My modalities and interventions that I find passion sharing and modeling for others are the use of Mindfulness and Meditation practices alongside Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT) and Trauma Informed CBT (which is a newer version now being utilized).

“What we don’t need in the midst of struggling is to be shamed for being human.” _Brene Brown.

I’m here to listen, support, challenge, and meet you where you are at with hope, and optimism for a brighter day (aka being more mindful), and future for you.

My only expectation is that you find the change within yourself you are seeking and are ready for me to help guide you through it. Shall we begin?

Cristina Panaccione, LPC – Owner

Sometimes life can be scary and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be beautiful and wondrous! And sometimes we just need a little help sorting things out! I am here for you wherever you are in your journey. Let’s figure this out and get you living the life you deserve to live!

My name is Cristina and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in mental health services across the lifespan with expertise in the treatment of depression and anxiety. I utilize an eclectic and down-to-earth treatment style to create a warm, safe environment to promote healing and growth. I am going to work with you to learn about your specific concerns and we will work as a team to reach your individual goals.

I have a strong background in marital counseling and anxiety management. My specialties also include school therapy, crisis intervention, Family Systems Theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I have extensive experience in service coordination and outpatient therapy.

All of the therapists who are in our practice at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling are hand picked by me for their warmth, values, ethical treatment of patients, and strong skill sets. Call today to schedule an appointment to strengthen your life and/or your family life through counseling and education. Let us help you handle life’s challenges.

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling with premarital counseling.  And see how I am handling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crystal Norcott – LPC

“When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers.

Making the choice to engage in counseling can be a tough decision, but a very rewarding one! Each person is unique and feels experiences differently. I believe through developing a positive therapeutic relationship, we can work together to achieve your personal goals and begin on a path to a more positive state of mind.

My name is Crystal Norcott and I received my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I have been in the counseling profession for 10 years and have had a variety of clinical experiences. My experiences include working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including residential, school, community, and in the home. I also have worked with adults who may be experiencing a life event that they are struggling with, including but not limited to – addiction, depression, and anxiety.

My counseling technique varies depending on the need and personality of the person, as there is no one technique that works for everyone. Don’t ever feel like you have to deal with life’s difficulties on your own. I will be practicing in our Upper St. Clair Location.

Dana Werner

Dana Werner, LMSW

Life can be quite a rollercoaster ride…there are times when we feel like we’re on top of the world, and other times when we fall into fear and uncertainty. Regardless of where you are, I want you to know you are not alone.

Hi! My name is Dana Werner, and I am a licensed therapist with ten years of experience helping people through various life transitions and phases. My approach is holistic, down-to-earth, and focused on building a solid rapport in a safe and judgment-free environment.

While I utilize evidence-based therapies like CBT, ACT, and DBT, my approach is tailored to each client by getting to know their unique story and needs. I aim to create a comfortable space where clients can feel heard, understood, and empowered to make positive changes. In addition, I utilize mindfulness and solution-focused techniques to help clients manage stress, anxiety, and negative thought patterns. Finally, a touch of humor and grace can go a long way in therapy, so I also strive to maintain that balance!

Throughout my career, I have worked with clients in educational environments, inpatient treatment centers, and courtrooms, providing crisis counseling. I have experience helping those struggling with depression, anxiety, personality and mood disorders, domestic violence, trauma, and various life tribulations.

Dave Lori – LPC

I have had the honor and privilege of working in the mental health field for the past 20 years.  My experience ranges from family-systems work to individualized focus. My clinical orientation ranges from client-centered, solution-focused, humanistic and Existential approaches.

I believe in providing a strength-based, supportive, authentic and non-judgmental approach to the therapeutic process. We all face various challenges and have the ability to reach our personal goals given the independent choices we make each day.

David McAnellan

A seasoned clinician with over 30 years of administrative and clinical experience working with individuals and families.  Administrative experience has included overseeing and developing programs, service delivery, supervision, consultation with clinicians, and conducting best practice evaluations/assessments.

The clinical focus is underscored with an orientation toward strength-based principles and evidence-based therapies, including cognitive behavioral and solution-focused therapy.  The approach also has an orientation toward holistic mind-body-heart connection, the emerging neuroscience in this area, the law of attraction/manifestation, and mindfulness/meditative practice.   Results-oriented approach to address negative/problem state and enhancing well-being, abundance, health, ease, and progressive life satisfaction.

Gretchen Echegoyen, MSW, LCSW

My name is Gretchen Echegoyen and I am a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I completed my Bachelor’s in Social Work at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, and my Master’s in Social Work at Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Since receiving my master’s, I have worked as a behavioral health consultant in a primary care setting where I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, with a focus on trauma-informed care and addictions. I am particularly passionate to serve clients facing moments of transition, grief/loss, and wanting to seek sobriety.

Many of my clients have emotional pain, symptoms of anxiety and depression, lack of boundaries in relationships, feel disconnected, or are stressed. My therapy approach is client-centered and utilizes a strengths-based approach. Therapy sessions with me integrate the client’s higher power, insight-oriented, and skills-based approaches. Some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidence-based approach that focuses on helping clients understand how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors influence each other so that they can begin to make changes in their lives is also used in sessions. I gently challenge my clients to explore the root cause of their symptoms, gaining new awareness of their emotional and relationship patterns. At the same time, I aim to focus on clients to understand their physical response to external stressors and begin to problem-solve ways to introduce mindfulness to bring forth self-awareness, to choose to respond rather than react to situations.

In the session, I also focus on creativity, curiosity, and compassion to reframe past experiences as a way to rebuild self-confidence and self-esteem to reach personal goals. A priority in session is to ensure that clients feel safe, seen, heard, and actively engaged in their treatment process. This approach supports clients to feel comfortable being themselves and exploring thoughts non-judgmentally. Many clients have found peace, gained a new perspective in life, and learned to rebuild trust in themselves again.

Jessica Henry

Jessica Henry, Masters Art Therapy

“The willingness to show up changes us. It makes us a little braver each time.” — Brené Brown

I have been working in the mental health field since 2006, working with a wide range of clients and mental health disorders.  I have extensive experience working with older teens and young adults as they navigate life transitions, shifts, and bumps.   In addition to this, I am comfortable working with clients across the lifespan who are faced with a multitude of difficulties.  I am honored to help folks navigate difficult times and find their own metric for happiness.

I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Studio Art and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy with a specialization in counseling, lending to a focus on marriage and family therapy.   I’ve worked in group homes for adults with serious and persistent mental illness and have worked in community-based mental health for 10 years.  I have a trauma certificate and have been involved in the shift to support mental health providers in improving abilities and comfort levels in working with individuals who have co-occurring disorders.  I work from a range of therapeutic modalities and always challenge myself to ensure I am meeting a client where they are in the process.

Acknowledging change, and the bravery to show up to counseling is a success in itself.  I’m a firm believer in teamwork, and I always appreciate the collaboration that develops in a therapist/client team dynamic.

Kristen Biancaniello – LPC

My name is Kristen Biancaniello, MSEd, NCC, CMHP. I received my Masters from Duquense University in 2010 in relationship counseling, with a focus on marriage and family therapy. That same year I became a Nationally Certified Counselor. I want to congratulate you on your openness toward relationship counseling. And for taking this first step in making a change in your life.

My experience in mental health centers around family-based therapy. I took a specific focus concentration on Family Systems Theory and Structural Family Therapy. These techniques help individuals and families struggling with issues of, but not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Trauma
  • Family Member Relationships
  • Stressors of Daily Family Life

During this time, I became a Certified Mental Health Professional in the field of Structural Family Therapy. I have also attended year-long pieces of training in both Trauma Informed Care and AF-CBT. This uses CBT techniques with multiple individuals within a family to help aid changes within the family system.   I also have experience working with adolescents and families in a school setting, which has also helped me learn to navigate the world of service coordination between treatment providers in Allegheny County.   Additionally, I have worked extensively with adolescents in the LGBTQ community as they struggle to understand who they are in today’s complex world.

Kristie Manandhar – MS, LPC

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” ~ Glenn Close

Everyone can benefit from talking about their feelings, thoughts, and concerns in an environment where they feel safe, protected, listened to, understood, valued, and have no fear of judgment. It is critical to have a genuine therapeutic relationship. I strive to provide my clients with warmth, compassion, understanding, and guidance.

My name is Kristie Manandhar. I am here to provide a safe and nurturing environment for clients to work through their struggles and get back to living the life they want. My mission is to walk alongside you through your journey of self-discovery and problem-solving.

I am a licensed professional counselor who specializes in mental health with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. I have been a practicing therapist in the field for over a decade. My clinical experience includes working with clients who suffer from trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, addiction, dual diagnosis, postpartum depression, and anxiety. I am currently working towards a certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional. My therapeutic approach is adaptable and flexible in order to meet the needs of my clients.

I look forward to meeting you, working with you, and helping to foster growth in your journey of health and wellness.

Lauren Stark – LSW

Life brings challenges often. It is my goal to assist in bringing higher levels of happiness and lower levels of stress and overwhelm. I would love to work with you to create the life you want. 

My background includes receiving an MSW at Youngstown State University in 2007  (trained in a strengths-based approach) which was followed by 8 years of clinical work in community mental health. I re-entered this field a few years ago after some time off as a stay-at-home parent.  I have worked with families, individuals, children, and adults. Clinically, I have experience in assisting with anxiety, depression, interpersonal communication skills, life transition, adjustment issues, self-esteem and self-worth.  I meet the client where they are and take the journey of self-discovery with them. 

Mary Brodland

Mary Brodland – LCSW

Everyone is a unique and beautiful individual; we all have our own unique struggles, experiences, and strengths within us. It is within this reality that I function in the therapeutic relationship, and I believe this relationship is crucial to successful therapy.

My name is Mary Brodland and I am here to help you harness the strength and power you possess to reach your goals. I am here to be your coach, guide, and/or team member. I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health with a Masters certificate in geriatrics and an emphasis in hoarding disorder. I utilize an array of therapy styles and techniques depending on the individual.

My clinical experiences span from work with individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to assisting and facilitating older adults on life review and life transitions. I have extensive experience working with many forms of dementia using validation theory as well as with family and friends of those suffering from memory conditions.

My Masters of Social Work focus of study is in geriatrics and hoarding disorder and ranges from individual therapy to family encounters. Other clinical experiences include case management, working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with anxiety, depression, decision-making, compulsive behavior, grief and bereavement, goal attainment and life enrichment. I am particularly interested in the counsel of individuals with disabilities.

I want to congratulate you for taking the first step to seeking help by visiting our website. I encourage you to harness that momentum and take the next step, whether that means calling to inquire, or making an appointment. I look forward to helping you reach your personal peace, through whichever path that may take us!

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling helping people deal with life transitions.

McKenzie Monaghan, NCC

 As a therapist, my goal is to come alongside you in this journey and provide support, encouragement, and tools to help you, your loved ones, and/or your kiddos through the lows and highs. We all need somebody sometimes!

My approach to treatment is empathetic, fun-loving, collaborative, and strengths-based. I incorporate lessons with play, arts and crafts, music, and other creative arts-based interventions.

I specialize in helping children, adolescents, and young adults struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationships. I have experience working with youth and families in the foster care system and family counseling.

I will listen. I will sit with you. I will help support you in any way that I can. If you feel we may be a good fit send me an email or call to schedule.

Megan Dami

Megan Dami, MA, LPC

“Healing doesn’t mean the damage never existed. It means the damage no longer controls our lives.”    -Akshay Dubey

Hi there! My name is Megan Dami and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I earned my Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University and have worked in a variety of settings such as inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community centers over the past several years. I work with children, adolescents, and adults to help work through a wide variety of life’s struggles.

I take a creative approach to therapy and blend a humanistic and client-centered approach with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, creative arts, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and much more. I believe in meeting you halfway and working with you to find the best possible routes to healing.

I have specialized over time in helping individuals with anxiety, depression, PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, self-esteem issues, and self-destructive behaviors, to name a few. I also take interest in different specialties and modalities, including, but not limited to animal-related therapies in order to help others in different, alternative forms of healing.

Melissa Helfer, LPC

I know you have probably looked at the techniques being used today by therapists.  I have worked extensively with patients suffering from addiction, depression, and anxiety.  I know that there is no one size fits all path to wellness.  I also know that sometimes that path can be winding – going uphill, downhill, sometimes rocky, sometimes narrow.  I am an expert at guiding you on your path to recovery.

Building rapport – starting with where you are and working with you. I use humor. I help you understand the reason behind your actions. I want to understand how and what you are feeling and why, so I can help you understand it and make meaningful change by applying the proper psychotherapy techniques needed for you to overcome your negative behavior patterns.

Michael Breitenbach

Michael Breitenbach, LPC

Michael Breitenbach is a highly experienced clinician influenced by Erik Erikson’s social development theory. Specifically, Michael is focused on the 7th stage of social development, Generativity vs. Stagnation.

Michael believes that Generativity is all about giving back to society. This includes raising children, being productive at work, and participating in community activities and organizations. By doing these things, individuals develop a sense of being part of something bigger than themselves.

As a telehealth therapist, Michael has found that many people appreciate telehealth’s freedom. It allows them to seek therapy from their homes or offices without worrying about hiring a babysitter or having their partner leave work early. Michael has also found that telehealth has empowered males to seek therapy at a higher rate, reducing the stigma around mental health issues.

Michael is highly experienced in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and the Gottman approach for couples’ communication issues. He believes that therapy should be tailored to the individual and uses a range of approaches to help his clients achieve their goals.

One of Michael’s passions is working with young adults to navigate the challenges of peer pressure and social media. As a father of four children ranging from newborn to college-aged, he keenly understands the unique challenges facing younger generations.

In addition to offering therapy, Michael provides resources and helps his clients develop a plan for a healthier life. He believes that everyone has the potential to reach their full potential and is committed to helping his clients achieve their goals.

Nicole Jacobs

Nicole Jacobs

Sometimes, life can be stressful and feel overwhelming. It sometimes doesn’t go as we had planned. Sometimes we need guidance. My desire is to have my clients learn to handle life’s “curve balls” and motivate them to develop positive coping skills in order to decrease the unraveling that can occur. My counseling style is one of compassion, empathy, empowerment, and reframing. I offer services for those experiencing change and loss, depression, mood regulation, anxiety, and stress as well as substance use and abuse. Using a variety of approaches (i.e., Solution Focused Brief Counseling, Reality Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), we will collaborate to develop appropriate solutions to your current struggles, allowing you to take back control of your life.

Olivia Leonard

Olivia Leonard, LPC

Olivia is a licensed professional counselor working with children, teens, young adults, and families. With a master’s degree in forensic psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, Olivia has worked in various settings, such as juvenile detention, in-home, and outpatient clinics, providing individual, family, and group therapy.

Olivia has experience helping individuals with anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, LGBTQIA+ topics, and life transitions. She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Existential Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy, depending on the client’s needs. Olivia is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Olivia understands that therapy can be a vulnerable process and strives to create a safe space where clients can feel comfortable opening up. She believes therapy is collaborative and will work with clients to develop the necessary skills and support to live a more fulfilling and peaceful life. Olivia sees clients as human beings, not just a diagnosis, and will meet them where they are in their journey.

As Sigmund Freud once said, “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” Olivia is here to support and guide you through your vulnerabilities and help you find your strength. She looks forward to witnessing the positive changes you will make together.

Samantha Burgess

Samantha Burgess LCSW

Hi! My name is Samantha Burgess and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in trauma and anxiety. I earned a Master of Social Work degree from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Since receiving my Master’s, I have worked in community mental health serving individuals with severe persistent mental health, outpatient mental health, and school-based services as a mental health consultant.

My specialties also include behavioral disorders, perinatal mental health, self-esteem, relationship issues, and mood disorders. The therapeutic frameworks that I readily use are person-centered treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic-based interventions, and dialectical behavioral therapy. However, there is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to therapy. Your needs, wants, and personality will help guide your therapeutic experience.

I strive to build a strong rapport with you in order to provide a space where you can feel supported, understood, and free to be yourself without fear of judgment. It is my hope that by working together we can move you from surviving to thriving!

“Just because no one else can heal or do your inner work for you doesn’t mean you can, should, or need to do it alone” – Lisa Olivera

I can not wait to start this journey with you!

Sarah Fatheddin, Masters, Clinical Health Counseling

Is it time for a change in your life? You’re not alone if you’re feeling out of sync and yearning to reclaim a lost part of yourself. Many seek a path back to personal balance and peace, aiming to heal their inner disconnect. I have walked this path, too, understanding the pain and discomfort of feeling misaligned. My approach to aiding clients in rediscovering themselves leverages a holistic, client-centered methodology, tailored to each individual’s journey towards success, connection, and meaningful contribution to society. Life’s myriad challenges don’t have to throw you off balance permanently. Everyone struggles with something, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Therapy offers a transformative avenue, turning suffering into a powerful personal growth and development tool.
Choosing to work with me means embarking on a journey to silence the negative chatter, laying a foundation of clarity and ease. My mission in a world rife with uncertainty is to empower you to navigate life’s unpredictabilities with grace. By integrating holistic and client-centered therapy with Solution-focused Therapy principles, we focus on moving from dwelling on problems to embracing solutions. What is the outcome of our collaboration? You’ll emerge more self-confident, grounded, and aligned with your true self. You’ll learn to approach life with a sense of safety and wholeness, viewing your experiences through a lens of growth and gratitude. Together, we will strive for a state of being where you’re at peace with the unknown, feeling a profound sense of self-acceptance and readiness for whatever comes your way.

Shannon Golden – LPC

You were doing the best you could with the situation, circumstances, and headspace you were in.

I strive to plant a seed of hope by telling you that you have more control over your thinking, emotions and how you react to situations in life than you may think!

If we can be absolutely honest, different chapters and seasons in life can be truly difficult and frustrating to navigate. Just know, you are not alone in feeling this.

I believe in a holistic approach to healing, focusing on the connection of mind, body, and spirit. In taking care of our mental and emotional health, our physical and spiritual health are all just as crucial to the healing process. When one of these areas is out of balance others will be impacted negatively.

To achieve freedom from our struggles, I believe we must work towards acceptance, while also making a healthy change in our lives to produce growth and enable us to be healthier versions of ourselves.

My name is Shannon Golden and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who received her Masters’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Waynesburg University. My clinical experience includes working in various outpatient centers providing individual, family, and group therapy, working primarily with older adolescents, young adults, and adults. I work from an Integrative approach implementing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Christian Counseling, and Existential Therapy, and utilize IFS parts of work. I have extensive experience in Co-occurring issues and Substance Abuse counseling while also having worked across the spectrum of most mental health issues.

Whether it is anxiety and worry, any adjustments, change or loss, sadness or depression, struggles with mood dysregulation, or addictions of any kind that have hijacked your thoughts and behaviors, there is a safe space for you to talk and process through it and learn healthy ways to manage these concerns.

It takes great courage and strength to reach out for help and good for you for seeking out therapy! My hope is to help you feel comfortable while being seen and heard and to be a fellow traveler to guide you through whatever you are experiencing.

Shannon Wyzkoski

Shannon Wyzkoski– LPC

My name is Shannon Wyzkoski and I am a licensed professional counselor who has had the privilege of working in Pittsburgh for the past 13 years. I obtained my master’s in counseling psychology from Chatham University in 2008 and immediately started my clinical experience in a variety of settings. I obtained my license in 2011 and continued to expand my ability to offer therapy in varying levels of care.  I have worked in clinical settings such as acute partial, school-based partial, and outpatient. I have practiced and provided individual, family, and group, and more recently expanded to couple’s therapy. In those services, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

My approach to therapy is to create an open, honest, and relaxed environment while maintaining a straightforward delivery. I would describe my use of theory as eclectic encompassing skill sets from many different models such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and client-centered. I am currently working on obtaining my grief certification to offer a more specialized approach to such a relevant issue of concern.

Due to my varying levels of care, I am comfortable working with an array of mental health concerns and diagnoses. I have strength in working with symptoms of anxiety, depression, family issues, grief, LGBTQIA, and self-esteem.

I am a firm believer in the importance of the right fit between therapist and client. I put a lot of work into building rapport and understand that ultimately you must feel comfortable in the relationship for it to be successful. I look forward to the opportunity to help you in meeting your treatment goals.

shelby o'brian

Shelby O’Brien, LPC

Shelby O’Brien is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Waynesburg University. Since 2016, she has worked in the mental health field in various capacities and as an outpatient therapist in an agency setting in 2019. Her experience includes working with clients ranging from 4 to 50 years old in individual, family, and group settings and with various mental health disorders. Shelby has helped numerous clients manage anxiety, depression, anger, and process trauma. She has also worked with clients diagnosed with bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder.

Shelby’s therapeutic approach is easygoing, allowing clients to lead their therapy. She often says, “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start from where you are and change the ending.” She believes that combining the client’s knowledge of themselves with the therapist’s expertise in mental health can help the client achieve their goals. Shelby employs a variety of therapeutic modalities, such as client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Strength-based Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.

In addition to her passion for traditional therapy, Shelby has a deep love for animals and believes they can be excellent healers. She aspires to one day incorporate a therapy dog into her clinical practice. Shelby also enjoys arts and crafts and often incorporates these creative outlets into therapy, exploring alternative forms of healing and self-expression with her clients.

Taylor Kyle, MA, NCC, LPC

Are You Feeling Stuck or Overwhelmed? I’m Here to Help.

Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed and unsure where to find the support needed to reduce those feelings? Being a teenager or young adult is a challenging time, with a yearning for independence that can often conflict with the expectations of family, school, and peers. Maintaining this balance can be even more challenging when you struggle with mental health symptoms such as depression or anxiety.

I am a therapist passionate about helping youth and young adults become more secure in their identities while recognizing how they impact the world around them. My priority for any client is to create an environment where they feel safe, heard, and respected. It’s essential that during the therapeutic process, we establish a relationship built on honesty and trust. I want you to understand that it is your journey — I will act as a guide and support, but you set the speed and direction.

Along the way, emotions that don’t seem easy to handle may come up. But we don’t have to go through this journey alone — together, we can share our tears and some smiles and laughs! I make sure my clients receive trauma-informed, gender-affirming care throughout their treatment experience, too; growth and change can be uncomfortable, but it’s not impossible. Life is a beautiful gift — let me help you enjoy all the experiences and opportunities it offers!

Tara Deutsch, LPC, M.A.

“Welcome! You may be feeling overwhelmed or stuck in your current season. Or you may be struggling with finding peace and freedom from something making it hard to live in the present moment. I want you to know that you are not alone and that I will meet you where you are right now.

My name is Tara Deutsch, and I am a master’s level therapist. I received my Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh. My clinical experiences include individual and group therapy, primarily with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I have training and experience working with those hoping to find relief from anxiety, depression, substance use, grief, unresolved traumatic experiences, postpartum, parenting concerns, and struggles with life transitions. I believe in an integrative approach, incorporating different interventions including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Strength-based Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. My hope for you is that you see the courage it took to make the first step in seeking therapy! I look forward to walking alongside you on your path to healing and recovery!”

Tess Inman

Tess Inman M.S.Ed, LPC, NCC

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown
My name is Tess Inman and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor specializing in working with couples and families as well as individuals struggling with relational and systemic issues. I completed my Master’s in Counselor Education from Duquesne University in 2013. Since receiving my Master’s, I have worked extensively with families and couples utilizing Structural Family Therapy, Systems Theory, and The Gottman Method in order to help my clients improve their communication skills, regain emotional safety within relationships, rebuild trust and intimacy within relationships, and practice healthy conflict resolution skills.
My approach when working with clients involves supporting growth by being grounded in the collaborative process between client and clinician. I believe that the trust built within a therapeutic relationship can allow us to be more vulnerable and transfer skills learned in session to our everyday lives.
Tess is a Clinical Supervisor and Director of Clinical Operations in our practice.

Counseling areas of focus for Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling

While we offer general services for most conditions are major areas of focus include the following specializations


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