…and pleasure to meet you! My name is Kristen Biancaniello, MSEd, NCC, CMHP. I want to congratulate you for your openness towards relationship counseling. And for taking this first step in making a change in your life. 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 am currently waiting on pins and needles to hear from the great state of Pennsylvania as to when I can add Licensed Professional Counselor to the end of my name.

My Experience

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 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.

My Belief

I believe life is like climbing a mountain. Every single day can feel like an uphill battle as we work to get to the other side. The climb can be fast as the hare or slow like the tortoise. And at times, a decision will have to be made on which path to choose to reach the destination. On this journey, look to me as your mountain guide, as we will work together for you to access the tools needed to make the climb more successful and less stressful. As every person’s climb is different, so will be the tools I utilize from my therapeutic toolbox, including but not limited to:

  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Reality Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counsels has two locations in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. We are currently accepting a limited number of new patients, so contact us today to schedule your first session with Kristen!


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