Meet Our Team

Dawn Barchiesi - Office Manager - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Dawn Barchiesi

Office Manager

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Michelle Bowers

CRNP

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John Brooks

M.D.

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Lynn Coghill - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Lynn Coghill

LCSW

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Emily Goodwin - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Emily Goodwin

LCSW

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Ashley Gradert - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Ashley Gradert

LCSW

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Aaron Jennings - MSW LCSW - CEO Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Aaron Jennings

MSW, LCSW

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Sarah Johnson - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Sarah Johnson

LCSW

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Paula Kassouf - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Paula Kassouf

LPC

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Brianne Ludwick - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Brianne Ludwick

LCSW, CEAP

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Robert Mason - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Robert Mason

LCSW, CEAP

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Joanna McNally - Registered Nurse Practitioner - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh Counseling Services

Joanna McNally

CRNP

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Shirley Mitchell - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Shirley Mitchell

LCSW

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Kathy Mount - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Kathy Mountz

LCSW

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Susan Padlo - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Susan Padlo

LCSW

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Stephanie Pasquarelli - MSW LCSW - COO Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Stephanie Pasquarelli

MSW, LCSW

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Sherri Polhemus - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Sherri Polhemus

LPC

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Laura Rausch - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Laura Rausch

LCSW

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Dr Manuel Reich - DO - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Manuel Reich

D.O.

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Luann Richardson - Phd CRNP - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Luann Richardson

PhD., CRNP

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Karen Rutter - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Karen Rutter

LCSW

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Amanda Simmen - LCSW, CMHP - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Amanda Simmen

LCSW, CMHP

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Jonathan Simmen - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Jonathan Simmen

LCSW

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Wendy Weinblum - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Wendy Weinblum

LCSW

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Kiler Wilson- LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Kiler Wilson

LPC

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Amy Wineman - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Amy Wineman

LCSW

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Jane Zwier - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Jane Zwier

LPC

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Interns

Raven Hilfiker - Persoma Counseling Associates

Raven Hilfiker

Counseling Intern

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Tenley Ramirez - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Tenley Ramirez

Counseling Intern

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Dawn Barchiesi - Office Manager - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

Office Manager

Dawn Barchiesi

Dawn is the Office Manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration Degree from Robert Morris University. Dawn joined PERSOMA P.C. in 2015. She has a background in Human Resources and Accounting which makes her an ideal fit as Office Manager. She enjoys helping our clients understand the billing process and helping them resolve problems.

CRNP

Michelle R. Bowers

Michelle R. Bowers is a Nurse Practitioner Specialist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors in 2010. Having more than 10 years of diverse experiences, especially in NURSE PRACTITIONER, Michelle R Bowers affiliates with no hospital, cooperates with many other doctors and specialists in medical group Persoma P.c..

M.D.

Dr. John C. Brooks

Dr. John Brooks, MD is a Psychiatry Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA and has over 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Texas Medical School At San Antonio medical school in 1990. Dr. Brooks specializes in psychiatric diagnose and treating mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia.
Lynn Coghill - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Lynn Coghill

Lynn Coghill is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Lynn obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California Irvine and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including anxiety and panic, depression, couple’s therapy, life transitions, bereavement, professional coaching and clinical supervision. She received the Women of Achievement award in 2013 and Social Worker of the Year, NASW-PA in 2015.

Lynn sees adults in our Shadyside and Fox Chapel offices.

Emily Goodwin - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Emily Goodwin

Emily is is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Emily obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the James Madison University and Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including anxiety and panic, depression, couple’s therapy, life transitions, and bereavement.

Emily sees adults and children in our Monroeville office.

Ashley Gradert - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Ashley Gradert

Ashley Gradert is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor in Psychology and Criminal Justice as well as her Master in Counseling Psychology from Waynesburg University. Ashley has a wide range of interests and specializations including addiction treatment, autism, depression, bi-polar, anxiety and schizophrenia. Some of the interventions she uses are Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Play Therapy.

Her treatment philosophy towards therapy is to create a safe environment for individuals to come in and feel comfortable to begin the process of self-discovery and growth.

Ashley sees children and adults in our Robinson and South Hills offices.

Aaron Jennings - MSW LCSW - CEO Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

MSW, LCSW

Aaron Jennings

Aaron Jennings is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is the owner and CEO of Persoma Counseling Associates. Aaron obtained his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Vincent College and Master of Social Work from St. Ambrose University. He has worked at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic as a clinician and program manager, at Youth Advocate Program as a mobile therapist, and for Persoma as an outpatient therapist.

Aaron has worked with children, families, and adults since earning his MSW. Aaron has gained extensive experience in treating ADHD and Executive Functioning Deficits in his role as a founding clinician and program developer for the ADHD Across the Lifespan Clinic at WPIC. Aaron also has a background in working with children and adults with developmental delays including Autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Recently, Aaron has ventured into providing ADHD Coaching to individuals struggling with ADHD or ADHD-like concerns.

Aaron has presented extensively on the topics of ADHD and Executive Functions, presenting at the local CHADD chapter, to local parent support groups, and at the Annual Conference on ADHD and Executive Function.

Aaron continues to provide therapy, consultation, and coaching to individuals of all ages. His specialty is in the area of Executive Skills Deficits and ADHD across the lifespan.

Aaron’s personal philosophy regarding therapy is: “Individuals know themselves best. It is the job of the therapist to help the individual develop self-awareness skills and learn strategies that allow them to achieve their personal life goals. This is only achieved through compassionate and attentive listening and offering honest and constructive feedback.

Aaron sees children and adults in our South Hills and Robinson offices.

Sarah Johnson - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Sarah Johnson

Sarah is a clinically licensed social worker. She obtained her B.A. in English from Juniata College in 2003 and then graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with her MSW in 2005.

Sarah has worked as a forensic interviewer than in private practice with recovering opioid addicts. After that, Sarah took a job providing individual and family therapy at the Center for Children and Families along with people of all ages in ADHD Across the Lifespan clinic.

Currently, Sarah works in integrated care at UPMC as a behavioral therapist as well as a therapist at Persoma.

Sarah primarily works with individuals who struggle with poor executive functions and ADHD.

Paula Kassouf - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LPC

Paula Kassouf

Paula is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Drug and Alcohol Counselor. She obtained a Bachelor’s in Social Work from The University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. She has a wide range of interests and specializations that include substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, families dealing with a loved one’s substance use disorder, women’s issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, and stress management. She has specialized training in trauma-informed care models and working with families dealing with substance use disorders, including seeking safety and the Invitation to Change Approach. She uses interventions such as Motivational Interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and guided imagery.

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Only when we are brave enough to explore our darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light” – Brene Brown

Brianne Ludwick - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Brianne Ludwick

Brianne Ludwick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She obtained her Bachelors in Psychology at St. Vincent College and she obtained her Master in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.

Brianne has a wide range of interests including anxiety, depression, grief, stress management, family issues, and bipolar disorder. Some of the interventions she uses are Cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and mindfulness strategies.

She uses a person-centered and holistic approach to therapy in order to tailor treatment according to the client’s needs.

Brianne sees adults and teenagers in the Monroeville office.

Robert Mason - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW, CEAP

Robert Mason

Robert Mason is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Robert obtained his Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He has a wide range of interests and specializations including anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol recovery, relationships, stress, men’s issues, parenting, and adolescence. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Graduate School of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

His treatment philosophy is that successful counseling and psychotherapy depend on establishing a relationship of trust, based on nonjudgmental respect and empathy. He feels that he builds upon that foundation by collaboratively developing goals and a plan to reach those goals.

Robert sees children and adults in our Monroeville and Robinson offices.

Joanna McNally - Registered Nurse Practitioner - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh Counseling Services

CRNP

Joanna McNally

Joanna McNally is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner. Joanna obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as her Master of Science in Nursing from Carlow University. She has worked as a Nurse Practitioner for 15 years, specializing in Women’s Health. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including depression, anxiety and mood changes. She has received certification from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Joanna sees adults in our South Hills and Robinson offices.

Shirley Mitchell - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Shirley obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including adoption, attachment issues, anxiety, and depression. She has certifications in Child Abuse and Neglect and Family Therapy.

Her treatment philosophy that she uses in therapy is the Serenity Prayer.

Shirley sees children and adults in our Robinson, Monroeville, and Shadyside.

Kathy Mount - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Kathy Mountz

Kathy Mountz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Kathy obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree as well as her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including depression and anxiety. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life” – The Summer Day by Mary Oliver.

Kathy sees children and adults in our Monroeville office.

Susan Padlo - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Susan Padlo

Susan is a graduate of Mercyhurst College and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Social Work. Before joining the staff at WPIC, she supervised a private drug and alcohol treatment center, she participated in the Family Therapy Institute, Brief Therapy Institute, as well as providing individual and group psychotherapy.

She was part of the original team at AGH that developed a treatment protocol for traumatic grief after 9/11. She presented this at the International ADEC Conference.

Her interests are in the treatment of anxiety, depression, traumatic grief, and bereavement. Sue is eclectic with a focus on the use of CBT and believes that treatment teaches skills to help clients have a happier life.

Stephanie Pasquarelli - MSW LCSW - COO Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

MSW, LCSW

Stephanie Pasquarelli

Stephanie Pasquarelli is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Chief Operating Officer of Persoma Counseling Associates. Stephanie obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, and school issues. She has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy.

When we can talk about feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, less scary” – Fred Rogers

Stephanie sees children and adults in our Monroeville office.

Sherri Polhemus - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LPC

Sherri Polhemus

Sherri Polhemus received her Master’s in Professional Counseling degree from Liberty University in 2015. She works with issues such as anxiety and depression, work concerns, relationship issues, and other stressors with individuals and couples. She believes in empowering others and striving for healthy self-care and balance in one’s life. Sherri is also trained and part of our Critical Incident Stress team.

Laura Rausch - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Laura Rausch

Laura Rausch is a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW). Laura obtained her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Chatham University and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Since earning her MSW, Laura has gained extensive experience in grief and loss, including infant loss. Laura also specializes in depression and anxiety.

Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” — John Lennon.

Laura sees adolescents and adults in our Robinson and South Hills offices.

Dr Manuel Reich - DO - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

D.O.

Manuel Reich

Dr. Manuel Reich completed his pre-medical studies at Brandeis University and received his medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was a resident at the State University of New York at Downstate and a fellow at New York University/Bellevue Hospital. Before becoming Medical Director at PERSOMA, Dr. Reich was on the faculty at UPMC/WPIC. His interests are in psychotherapy and psycho-pharmacology.

Luann Richardson - Phd CRNP - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

PhD., CRNP

Luann Richardson

Luann Richardson is a Psychiatric Certified Nurse Practitioner. Luann obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama and Master of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner for Family and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh. She then continued her studies at the University of Pittsburgh and obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing. She completed her formal education by completing a Post–Degree Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She concurrently is an Associate Professor at Robert Morris University in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences.

She has a wide range of interests and specializations including treating a variety of patients ages 13-100+ with behavioral health problems including mood disorders, depression and adjustment disorders, anxiety, ADHD, cognitive disorders, PTSD, and illicit drug use.

She personally believes in holistic care, appreciating the mind, body, spirit connection. Belief in recovery is important to her, thus she uses multiple interventions including medication, basic therapeutic therapies, and natural preventive strategies. She enjoys helping patients and providing her undivided attention to their unique individual needs.

Luann sees adults in our Robinson office.

Karen Rutter - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Karen Rutter

Karen received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Waynesburg College and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a certificate from her Master of Social Work program in Labor and Industry. Karen joined PERSOMA P.C. in 2004 where she works with individuals, couples, families, older adolescents, and young adults. Many of the issues she addresses include helping people who are struggling with life transitions, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, or work stress.

Amanda Simmen - LCSW, CMHP - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW, CMHP

Amanda Simmen

Amanda Simmen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Amanda obtained her undergraduate degree from Penn State and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a graduate of WPIC’s Structural Family Therapy program becoming certified as an ESFT therapist.

Amanda has a wide range of interests including depression, anxiety, ADHD, family, and foster care/adoption. Amanda has received specialized training in treating OCD and DBT.

Amanda enjoys working with children, adolescents, families, and couples.

Jonathan Simmen - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

MSW, LCSW

Jonathan Simmen

Jonathan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jon obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State and his Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Jon has experience in working in various settings, including inpatient and residential, in-home family-based services, and outpatient working with children and adults. Jon has received training in the Eco Systemic Structural Family Therapy Model.

Wendy Weinblum - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Wendy Weinblum

Wendy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned both her Bachelor of Science Degree and her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Wendy has a wide range of interests and specialization including depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral, and school issues.

Happiness can be found in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light”. — Albus Dumbledore

Wendy sees children, adults, and couples in our South Hills and Robinson offices.

Kiler Wilson- LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LPC

Kiler Wilson

Kiler Wilson is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Kiler obtained her Bachelor in Psychology from Penn State Behrend and a Master in Education in Clinical Counseling from Youngstown State University. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, behavioral concerns, family therapy, foster care/adoption, and autism. She received training in AF-CBT and has been a part of WPIC’s Family Therapy Clinic Training Program.

I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become” – Carl Jung

Kiler sees children and adults in our Shadyside and Monroeville offices.

Amy Wineman - LCSW - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LCSW

Amy Wineman

Amy Wineman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Amy obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including anxiety, depression, family, and adoption. She has received training in Child/Adolescent Mental Health and Family Therapy training at WPIC.

Her treatment philosophy is to help people make positive changes in their lives and families with kindness, empathy, and compassion.

Amy sees children and adults in our Monroeville office.

Jane Zwier - LPC - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

LPC

Jane Zwier

Jane Zwier is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Jane obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University. She has a wide range of interests and specializations including substance use disorders, women’s issues, anxiety, depression, stress management, and other issues that interfere with a person’s ability to achieve a healthy life balance. She has received specialized training in Seeking Safety and completed a 200-hour EmbodiYogi® teacher training in 2017 and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) with Yoga Alliance.

Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” – B.K.S. Lyengar

Jane sees adults in our Shadyside and Monroeville offices.

Raven Hilfiker - Persoma Counseling Associates

INTERN

Raven Hilfiker

Raven Hilfiker is an intern in her final semester of the MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh. She additionally has a B.S. in Psychology, and is a Coalition for Opioid and Addiction Leadership (COAL) Fellow at the School of Social Work.

She completed her first-year MSW internship as an intern with a Pittsburgh Mercy Community Treatment Team, providing supportive counseling and case management services to individuals with persistent mental health and substance use disorders. She is interested in providing individual therapy to adolescents and adults under the supervision of Stephanie Pasquarelli, LCSW.

Raven’s long-term goal is to work with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and provide LGBTQ+ affirming care.

Tenley Ramirez - Persoma Counseling Associates - Pittsburgh

INTERN

Tenley Ramirez

Tenley Ramirez is a Counseling Intern in her final year of the MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her background includes a BA in Psychology and clinical experience working with children in an ABA clinic.

During her first-year at Pitt, she interned with a Pittsburgh Mercy Community Treatment Team, providing supportive counseling and case management services to individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses. These experiences exposed her to the treatment of autism, behavioral concerns, depression, anxiety, and co-occurring disorders.

Tenley is excited to provide individual therapy to children and adults under the supervision of Stephanie Pasquarelli, LCSW. She is passionate about trauma-centered therapy and serving the LGBTQ+ community.