Cristina Panaccione

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.

Alyssa Thomas

Alyssa Thomas – LPC, CAADC, NCC

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” -David Richo

My name is Alyssa and I completed my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as hold a certificate in Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling. I have recently earned a certification in Sexual Assault Counseling and am very passionate about helping heal trauma.

My clinical experience includes working with those struggling with substance abuse and other addictions (e.g. social media, pornography, codependency), anxiety and decision-making, relationships and family issues as well as psychiatric research on the long-term effects of cocaine use on the brain.

My therapy style is an eclectic approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a non-judgmental, supportive environment to help clients focus on their strengths and reach their goals so that they are able to live the life they want to live the best they can.

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling with women’s counseling and my approach to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

More about Alyssa
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.

More About Mary

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.

More About Melissa
Kelli Jo Murphy

Kelli Jo Murphy – RN, LCSW

My name is Kelli Murphy and I have been a Registered Nurse since 1994 and received my MSW in 2010. Many years of my nursing experience was in psychiatric and behavioral health nursing, but I also have experience in surgical care, long-term care, vocational rehabilitation, and oncology.

I feel very strongly about a truly holistic approach to both physical and mental/emotional health. I do not believe that you can tend to one effectively without also attending to the other. In my practice, I always assist clients in addressing physical health factors and lifestyle issues that may be attributed to the issues for which they are seeking therapy. I address diet/nutrition, activity, sleep, life balance issues, as well as review relationships with primary care physicians and other specialists. I conduct health education as needed and assist clients in becoming active in their whole care, as well as teach self-advocacy skills. I also work with clients who have chronic health conditions. I work with them to assist them in understanding their condition, coping with adjustment issues, and managing conditions for best quality of life possible.

I also enjoy working with couples who are either going through some conflict or who may be seeking divorce mediation. I strive to help improve communication and minimize the emotional impact on the children.

Currently, I run caregiver support groups and assist caregivers intending to and protecting their physical/mental/emotional health. I have completed training in Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision Making and continue to keep up on current trends in healthcare related issues.

Chelsea Foster

Chelsea Foster – LPC

It is my belief that when the proper therapeutic relationship is established individuals will gain knowledge and trust in themselves to be able to solve problems now and in the future. It is my goal to help you feel supported and empowered to make choices and changes that align with your authentic self. Each person, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or sexual orientation, is unique and deserving of unconditional positive regard and respect. It will be my role to provide a safe, trusting, and therapeutic environment for change to occur. My therapeutic style is person-centered, pulling from a variety of theories and techniques.

During my undergraduate studies, at The Pennsylvania State University, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies and minored in Psychology. During my graduate studies, at the California University of Pennsylvania, I earned a Master of Education in School Counseling as well as a Sports Counseling Certificate. I am a National Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

My clinical experience involves working with children and adolescents in the school setting where I’ve provided individual, group and family therapeutic services, consultation with school staff and service coordination. However, I welcome individuals of all ages who may be struggling at any point in their lives. I have worked with individuals who may suffer from trauma, anxiety, PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, and ADHD. I also focus on skill development in the following areas: social skills, problem-solving skills, time management skills, organizational skills and communication skills.

It can be overwhelming when you find yourself struggling due to life’s stressors and demands. By finding a warm, accepting and understanding therapist, you will be taking the first step towards overcoming life’s challenges and taking control of your life. Whether your goal is to improve your overall sense of well-being, strengthen personal relationships, or heal unresolved issues from your past, you deserve to live the life you want and you don’t have to do it alone!

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling working with child and adolescent counseling.

Amber Chapman – LPC

Your illness does not define you.  Your strength and courage does!

My name is Amber Chapman and I earned my Master’s Degree from Waynesburg University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  I have been a practicing therapist for over 17 years helping others find balance in all areas of life.

My clinical experiences reach many depths including but not limited to:  addictions and substance related illnesses including helping families of loved ones affected by addictions.  I engage in family/couples/marital counseling including abusive and controlling relationships. Related areas of codependency and self-esteem issues, anger management, grief counseling, increasing communication and assertiveness can be discussed.  As well experience in counselling with teenagers and all manners of issues within those development needs.  Lastly I specialize in working with high risk communities such as females and LBGTQ community and concerns and all manners of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

My treatment approach is highly flexible and adaptable to each person’s needs as I truly believe one size does not fit all!  My goal is to show empathy and acceptance to all through building a trusting and honest therapeutic environment.   I am client centered with approaches such as CBT, Reality based, and solution focused. In other words, I am eclectic in my approach to help each individual gain the strength they need to find balance and fulfillment in life.

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 for your openness towards 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 concentartion 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 trainings 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.

Francisco Betancourt – MSCP, LPC, ICAADC

I am Francisco Betancourt. I obtained my master’s degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University. During my professional training, I was involved in psychological research regarding sibling relationships, healthy bereavement, and gender development. Since then, I have had opportunities to develop specializations in dual diagnosis treatment, death/dying, trauma, solution focused crisis management, depression and anxiety. I consider myself a lifelong learner, and am usually involved with enhancing my knowledge on additional areas of expertise so as to add to my clinical repertoire.

My approach in treatment is eclectic in nature. I believe that no one theory fits any given person, and so I customize my clinical approach based on the needs of a client. The theoretical orientations I readily pull from are person-centered treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, behaviorism, positive psychology, and some forms of gestalt and psychodrama. Therapy, whether it is your first time or not, is a courageous and healthy move towards wellness. Know that I have utmost respect and appreciation for all clients in treatment. I serve as a support on the path towards healing and learning to assist individuals in leading their most optimum lives.

Being new in Pittsburgh is an adventure for me. Born in California and raised in the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania, I came to Pittsburgh for graduate school. I have settled into the city since my arrival and appreciate all the city has to offer. I am bilingual and aim to assist all clients from diverse backgrounds utilizing a multi-culturally sensitive approach.

Nos vemos pronto!

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.

Jennifer Krause – MS, LPC

My name is Jennifer and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I received my Masters of Science Degree from Chatham University.  I have over 18 years of counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of treatment settings.  These have included:  outpatient community mental health agencies, partial psychiatric hospital settings, both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol facilities, correctional settings, and an outpatient intensive treatment foster care program.  My clinical experience has been broad, treating both adolescents and adults struggling with: addiction, trauma, mood disorders, anger management issues, borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety.  I also have experience with couples counseling, working with families, and group therapy.

I have extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT.

I truly believe that laughter is an essential part of the human experience.  While I recognize that resolving issues can be serious and challenging, I know that we can go through this process together, sharing laughter along the way.  I strive to build an atmosphere that is relaxed and non-judgmental so that you will feel as comfortable as possible.

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 approach.

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.

Shannon Golden – LPC

You were doing the best you could with the situation, circumstances, 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 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 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, Existential Therapy and utilize IFS parts work. I have extensive experience in Co-occurring issues and Substance Abuse counseling while also have 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, 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.

Toni Contestabile – M.Ed, LCSW

Hi! I’m Toni and thanks for reading my bio— I like long walks on the beach, deep conversations..etc.. I’m not your typical therapist. I’m incredibly easy to talk to and very relatable. It’s not easy to bear your soul to a stranger, but I’m told that with me it’s easier than most.
I hold a bachelors degree from Penn State, a master of special education from Pitt, and a master of social work from the University of Southern California. I’m particularly skilled at working with trauma, mood disorders, veterans and their families, depression, and ADHD.
I operate from a neuropsychological perspective and will help you to understand The origins of your concerns, and will work to give you the tools to mitigate them as well.  I’m open to working with children, couples, and adults of all ages.
For more about me in this time of crisis check out my latest blog.

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.

Marissa Betancourt – LPC, CAADC

Hello!

I am Marissa Betancourt. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. After my studies at Chatham University, I became a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have approximately 5 years of experience working with the dually diagnosed population. I work with people who experience depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance use. I use a mix of motivational interviewing, behavioral therapy, CBT, psycho-education and gestalt therapy to assist my clients with working towards their goals. I am transparent and assertive in the counseling process, helping clients gain insight into past and current behavior. I look forward to helping you understand your symptoms and working through them at your own pace!

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, 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.

Michael Breitenbach – LPC

I don’t like New Year’s Resolutions. If you want to change, don’t wait until the New Year, make the change today. If you chose to change, make sure you are doing it for yourself and not for anybody else. Therapy is more effective when there is internal desire for change; but with change can bring the fear of the unknown and that’s where the support of an objective therapist can help alleviate the experience. The key to personal progress is the relationship that you have with your therapist. There is no one size fits all approach to therapy, so I have taken an eclectic approach to meet the many needs and demands of life. My expertise falls within the addiction and dual diagnosis realm, but not limited to drugs and alcohol, as addiction can permeate into many other facets of life. In my current position, I provide clinical insight to hospitals and other inpatient programs for individuals with Behavioral Health as well as Physical Health issues ranging from Schizophrenia to Hepatitis C. I help providers and individuals identify barriers to treatment, while utilizing their strengths for personal progress.     I may not have all the answers to your questions and problems, but I can certainly point you in the right direction, give you the resources to be successful, and work together to develop a plan for a healthier you! If you would like to meet me virtually I have my introduction video in our YouTube Channel.

Amanda Zeiders – LCSW

I am a 16 years and going strong transplant from Western New York who fell in love with the bridges, the people, and the communities of Pittsburgh. After veering off of the teaching track to follow my heart into the adventures of Social Work, I transferred into the BASW (Bachelor of art in social work) program at the University of Pittsburgh. One of the many great things about the BASW program, is that you get a broad opportunity to explore all the different components of Social Work. I found myself drawn to the community organizing part of the field, and spent my internship with The Thomas Merton Center (TMC), a local peace and social justice organization. While there, I was able to gain hands on experience reaching out to and collaborating with real people throughout Allegheny County and the state of Pennsylvania. This included organizing rallies, bus trips to Harrisburg, letter writing campaigns, and more.  After graduating in August 2005, I continued community organizing and also embarked on a 2 year journey working in homes with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. I gained significant clinical and cultural knowledge which has contributed to my desire and capacity to support my clients through a collaborative social work process. This lead me back to academia, where I earned my Masters in Social Work (MSW) in December 2008, specializing in direct practice.

After almost 12 years as an MSW and now a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I can say that my favorite part of day to day practice is putting in the hard work to earn people’s trust, watching them grow, and walking beside them as a collaborator through it all: the good- the bad- the ugly-and the beautiful. I don’t believe that people are “broken” or “need to be fixed”. I believe that somewhere within each and every person I work with lies the capacity to generate change, and often it begins by finding someone trustworthy to support them through this rigorous process. I believe we are all human, and generally, being kinder and gentler towards ourselves goes a long way to building the foundation for change to occur.

Moving to Pittsburgh was truly a life-altering experience for me in every way. So here’s to 16 more years in my chosen home, and to a lifetime of continuing to learn, practice, and collaborate with friends, professionals, and believers in the potential for transformation.

Lan Griffith – MA, LPC, NCC, EMDR Basic Trained

Imagine you are on a hike. It is warm and sunny at 70 degrees. You have your water bottle in hand, your sunglasses secured on your face, and your shoes tied. You and your friend have planned this trip together for so long and finally it’s here. As you walk, you begin thinking about that vague text message you received and begin to question its meaning. Suddenly, you are no longer having fun; you are fixated on getting back to your phone. As your chest tightens, you go through the motions of the hike, not fully taking in the wilderness. Conversation falls flat because the tunnel vision has set in. What once was an afternoon designated to a carefree outdoor experience is now rushed. Moments like this happen more than you would like to admit. Life feels like a string of commitments that feel overwhelming to handle. You try your best in this uphill battle.

If this sounds familiar, we can work together at your pace and comfort level through a person-centered approach. I find this works best individually with clients over years old. Together, we will use creative, strength-based techniques to explore solutions. I have spent over 5 years in the counseling field. During this time, I have worked in the following settings: suboxone clinic, children and youth services, residential adolescent treatment, registered adolescent sex-offenders treatment, West Virginia University college counseling, drug/alcohol treatment, and mental health counseling. In addition to these experiences, I made it a priority to specialize in Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) through an EMDRIA approved trainer. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Transactional Analysis (TA), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Informed Energy Focused Therapy (EFT) (i.e. tapping), and Reality Therapy are amongst the other treatments I can provide. You are your greatest investment and I want to help you work towards your authentic self.

Mottos I favor:

  • If you can make someone laugh, you give them a little vacation. -Winston Churchill
  • You did not wake up today to be mediocre.
  • Still I rise -Maya Angelou

Specialties:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Dissociation
  • Multi-Cultural
  • Self-Esteem
  • EMDR

What is EMDR? The phases of EMDR.

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 along side 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.

Nicole Luhanik – MSPC

One of the special people in my life once told me, “as long as you are alive, it is never too late to change.” Such a simple quote, yet it is packed with such meaning. I believe we often spend a lot of time focusing on our flaws and mistakes that we rob ourselves of the dignity of making a meaningful change. My goal as your therapist is to meet you where you are & help you get closer to where you want to be in life. I believe that therapy (healing) is a unique process for each individual, thus I focus on utilizing a person-centered & eclectic approach to meet the unique needs of every client.

I earned my Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and have extensive training in trauma informed therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, crisis intervention and stress management. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the behavioral health field for the past 10 years and look forward to continuing my journey by supporting you on yours.

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 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.

Aubrey Onorato

Aubrey Onorato MS LPC NCC

My name is Aubrey Onorato MS LPC NCC and i moved to the Pittsburgh area from Erie, Pa.  I attended Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in Forensic Science, (BS) as well as Pennsylvania State University majoring in Psychology (BA) and also studied abroad in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. I later went on to Gannon University graduating with my Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health.  I have worked with the aging population as an advocate and liaison. I have also worked in private practice specializing in Grief, Loss, Depression, Terminal illness and end of life issues.

As a cancer survivor (thyroid and breast) I can assist you and your family members through the difficult roller coaster of emotions  of the cancer process, from diagnosis through to reconstruction and finally, remission!

I currently work with families dealing with catastrophic sudden loss with the Coroners office, and can offer you strength, support and guidance through the extremely difficult and painful process of loss.

I have also assisted couples who have encountered a crossroads in their relationship and do not know how to grow forward.

Last but not least, I have worked with individuals facing Post Traumatic Stress from current events including: Active duty deployment, Abuse or neglect, as well as any individual healing from psychological trauma hindering every day life.

My approach is person centered therapy with an optimistic existential twist.  Let me empower you with the skills, confidence and abilities to succeed, heal and to grow!

I look forward to meeting with you soon – in the meantime check out my video.

Erika Williams, M.A.

Erika Williams is a part-time counselor with Cristina Panaccione and Associates. Her therapeutic approach is primarily based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) where counseling focuses on active collaboration between counselor and client to change thinking, mood, and behavior and reach client goals. Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Mental Health Counseling, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Counselor Education and Supervision at Duquesne University. In addition to her work in counseling, Erika has recently served as an adjunct faculty member in both psychology and counseling at Robert Morris University, Carlow University, and Duquesne University. She loves working with clients and students alike and is passionate about her desire to be an agent of change in the lives of those with whom she works. In her spare time, Erika enjoys hiking with her husband and her dog (an exuberant Australian Shepherd-Lab mix named Whiskey), and also engages in horseback riding lessons.

Tara Deutsch, 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!”

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.

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.

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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When was the last time someone listened to you?  Really listened and provided active feedback.

The best way to see if we are a good fit is in a free complimentary discovery session.

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