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Dr. Kaycee Beglau
I am a licensed, clinical psychologist and relational psychoanalyst, specializing in the treatment of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and dissociative disorders. Much of my work is focused on helping adults and adolescents face the challenges of trauma and the emotional, behavioral, and relational struggles they continue to endure. I understand that trauma takes many forms and has many effects. Thus, my clients include persons living with a variety of difficulties, including PTSD, dissociation, depression, anxiety, self-injurious behaviors, and painful feelings of grief and loss.
My work is integrative, which means I collaborate with each person to co-create the most effective approach to therapy depending on preferences, needs, values, and goals. I draw from a variety of therapeutic techniques, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, and Relational Psychotherapy/Psychoanalysis. My therapeutic style and approach generally focuses on helping people improve their lives and relationships in the here and now by understanding the effects of their earlier life experiences on their current functioning and providing a safe, warm, and accepting environment for healing and growth.
Samara Perez, Counselor Intern
I believe therapy can be a beneficial tool for any person that choses it, and I am honored when I am allowed to be a part of someone’s healing journey. My approach to therapy is largely Person-Centered – meaning I respect and honor the capacity that each person has to grow and heal, and that I believe already exists inside of everyone. Sometimes people come into therapy expecting the therapist to have all the answers or to be able to read their minds, but I think it’s important to create a space where we can better understand and work on things collaboratively. I also draw from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, so that we can understand and work on improving the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and use different strategies and coping skills to decrease symptoms and work towards a variety of goals. I work with teens and adults experiencing a variety of issues related to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, life stressors, grief/loss, and the effects of all kinds of traumas, big and small. My role is to support you through this journey of healing, discovery, and self-improvement, to help provide some perspective, or to ask questions to help build greater insight, understanding, and self-compassion. Most importantly, my role is to hold space for you and with you. I value the client’s needs and building a strong therapeutic relationship, where you can feel heard, seen, and accepted. Currently, I am completing my Master’s degree at Thomas Jefferson University’s program in Community and Trauma Counseling. I am specializing in trauma-informed therapy, and my work thus far has focused extensively on understanding the effects of childhood trauma on individuals in later life when left untreated. I also have a strong background in understanding the relationship between food and mental health difficulties, such as anxiety and depression. This allows me to take a holistic approach to therapy, and to better understand the mind-body connection.
"Ali" Alexandra Thieman, LCSW
I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in providing relational, trauma-informed and attachment-focused therapy. I have a wide range of experience treating a variety of presentations that may or may not be related to trauma, such as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), relationship difficulties, attachment-related problems, and life transitions. My approach is directed at alleviating symptoms, while also doing the deeper work of healing, self-insight, and growth.
One of my biggest passions is working with caregivers of all types - new parents, adoptive and foster parents, biological parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, among others. I help caregivers work through their own difficult experiences growing up, form increasingly helpful emotion management and relationship patterns, and build skills and confidence caring for their children. I am trained in the ARC model (Attachment, Regulation and Competency), an approach designed to support kids and teens with more significant emotional and behavioral issues, typically related to trauma. This can help them improve relationships, emotion regulation skills, and a sense of confidence. For teens and adults, I am also able to integrate my training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to challenge and rework unhelpful ways of thinking, increase mindfulness, and improve interpersonal skills - tailored and adapted for the individual in age-appropriate ways. I also have specialized training and experience implementing Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD in children, teens and adults. This is considered the frontline, evidence-based treatment for those struggling with intrusive thoughts, obsessive and constant worries, and repetitive mental or physical behaviors.
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Maya Johnson, MS, LPC, NCC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor providing services in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs. I have worked with clients on a large range of presenting issues, including but not limited to substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, major depressive disorders, mood disorders, grief and loss, trauma, sexual and domestic violence, and community violence.
I am also skilled in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) practices and trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). My practice emphasizes strengths based and person-centered approaches, prioritizing the resilience in each client. I believe that therapy should be a safe and warm space to share openly and truly do the work to become the healthiest, most self-actualized version of yourself. My goal is to provide the right balance of support and challenge to help each client work and grow into their potential.
Anne Miller-Uueda, LCSW
I am continually honored to bear witness to healing as I support individuals and groups as they strengthen the relationship to themselves, others, and communities. I believe that healing occurs in therapy when there is a safe and trusting connection between the therapist and client. I strive to support the person sitting with me through listening with empathy and no judgments. I am a licensed clinical social worker with experience working in a variety of settings. I specialize in working with trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, life changes (including pregnancy and transition to parenthood), interpersonal difficulties, self-esteem, and adult children of unattuned parents. I have extensive experience working with survivors of sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and child abuse. I work with both adults and adolescents. I also offer clinical supervision for LSW’s working toward their LCSW.
My therapeutic style is integrative; I work with each individual to find an approach to treatment that meets that person’s needs in the moment and over the course of therapy. In doing so I draw on a variety of approaches including relational, emotion-focused, mindfulness-based, body awareness, and cognitive behavioral. I also keep in mind the impact systems have on individuals and the intersectional nature of identities. In my practice I strive to be trauma-informed and affirming of all identities, including LGBTQ+. I stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.
I am trained in a number of trauma-specific interventions. I am a certified Prolonged Exposure provider and a certified Trauma Process Yoga Group provider. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Trauma Art Narrative Therapy.
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Dr. Abby Costello, PsyD
I believe that healing often occurs best in the context of a safe and trusting relationship between a client and therapist. As a psychotherapist, I strive to create a secure, caring, and collaborative relationship with each of my clients so that therapy is a place they feel fully seen, heard, understood, and respected. I work from an integrative and holistic perspective, meeting each client where they are and working collaboratively with clients to reach their own personal goals and to create lasting, meaningful change and healing in their lives. My theoretical approach is integrative and based on interpersonal process, humanistic, multicultural, and psychodynamic theories. I believe in the importance of helping clients gain insight into how their past and present relationships are influencing their understanding of themselves, their current relationships, and their life struggles.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have broad experience in providing therapy to a diverse range of clients with a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, identity development, perfectionism, stress, and relationship struggles. I have particular expertise in working with survivors of interpersonal trauma, and have extensive experience treating individuals who have experienced sexual assault, harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence and childhood abuse. Additionally, I have specialized training and experience in treating eating disorders and body image concerns. In addition to individual therapy, I am passionate about conducting couples therapy using a combination of techniques from Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and the Gottman Method.
Over the past several years, I have had the ability to conduct therapy across a variety of settings and have been able to witness clients’ profound ability to overcome obstacles and change their lives when provided with a supportive environment. Being able to build trust with clients that allows them to share their innermost thoughts, feelings, and experiences to help facilitate meaningful change is the biggest privilege of my work.
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Dr. John Machalaba, PsyD
My approach to therapy is one that prioritizes the creation of a relationship that is safe, mutual, and honest. I want my clients to feel empowered and free to explore themselves and grow into the person they wish to become. My presence is calm, warm, and active. I offer my clients feedback and challenge them in ways that encourage growth, often with some levity and humor. I value knowing my clients as a person first and foremost and prioritize gaining an understanding and appreciation of their perspective. I work together with my clients to identify negative patterns in their life and provide the opportunity to create new, healthy experiences. My therapeutic approach is generally grounded in psychodynamic, existential, and humanistic theories. However, I believe that no two clients are alike and that no one approach works for everyone. For this reason, I tailor my approach to each client’s unique needs through collaboration and feedback.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I have considerable experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and difficulties in interpersonal or romantic relationships. I am also committed to working with issues concerning identity development, diversity, and sexuality. The focus of my practice is in treating individuals from late adolescence through adulthood. I have extensive expertise working with university students and medical professionals. I also have broad experience and training in facilitating interpersonal process groups that help clients improve their relationships with others and gain a better understanding of their interpersonal interactions.
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Dr. Emily B. Johansen, PsyD
As a licensed clinical psychologist, I believe that therapy is about finding or rediscovering well-being, hope, safety, insight, stability, courage, and potential for oneself within the context of a professional relationship. In my sessions, I value being down-to-earth, empathic, and non-judgmental, as well as attending to how a client’s unique identity dimensions (e.g., gender, race, religion, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic status) shape who that person is. I believe that a client’s past and present experiences, since they can influence one’s future, are equally important to address during the healing process.
My theoretical orientation is integrative and uniquely tailored to each client’s needs, meaning that while I am grounded in relational psychodynamic, humanistic, and multicultural theories, I incorporate more direct, practical behavioral interventions from dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance-commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) when appropriate. I believe that trauma takes many different forms—whether it is rooted in experiences of societal discrimination (e.g., racism, heterosexism), family dysfunction, neglect, emotional/physical/sexual/spiritual abuse or violence, grief/loss, or any other personally upsetting moment or period in life—and that all forms should be validated. I specialize in treating adults (18-years-old and up) who struggle with trauma, anxiety, depression, emotional instability, self-harm, relationship difficulties, identity confusion, spirituality, personality disorders, psychotic experiences, and dissociative experiences. I have worked in a variety of settings in urban and suburban areas of PA and DE, including a community mental health clinic, public university, inpatient psychiatric hospital (specifically extended care for chronically mentally ill patients), private practice, and residential treatment facility, offering both individual/group psychotherapy and assessment services. My biggest passion is empowering those who have felt invalidated, oppressed, and mistreated in this world to fight for their right to be heard.
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Jeanine Stewart, LCSW
As a psychotherapist, I utilize my deep curiosity about individuals to establish trusting relationships and to guide clients to deeper clarity and understanding of themselves—their triggers, strengths, as well as how to cope and attain more fulfillment, happiness, and peace in their lives. Guided by research showing that a purpose-driven approach enhances emotional stability, we work together to define what is meaningful, and we remain true to these definitions throughout our time together.
Having served at a community mental health center as well as a methadone clinic in the past, my work is infused with an awareness of the modern environmental factors at play in clients' journeys—systemic issues such as racism and socioeconomic disparities, discrimination, family or lack thereof, to name a few, and I believe in empowering clients by helping them differentiate what is within their control to change and what is not. I am open to meeting all clients where they are at and have extensive experience helping young adults with issues such as perfectionism, depression, anxiety, gender transitions, job/school transitions, breakups, and other big life decisions and changes in addition to adults later in life. I have also worked with substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, postpartum mood disorders, and anger. I utilize Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a third-wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which helps people develop a more mindful relationship with their thoughts, in addition to drawing from Gestalt therapy for remaining present with clients and appreciative of their strengths, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for emotion regulation, traditional CBT for recognizing cognitive distortions, and Positive Psychology for infusing more positive influence into one’s life.
John Kreitzberg, Pre-Licensed Associate
Making changes in life isn’t always easy. Whether it’s experiences of trauma, negative patterns, relationship issues, or we’re just getting in our own way, there are many reasons we struggle to find a new path for ourselves. As a therapist, I come to the work without judgment or assumptions and tailor treatment to the needs of each individual in order to provide a space for them to explore who they are, what they want, and be empowered to create lasting change. Often, we are held back by parts of ourselves we aren’t always aware of. Using a psychodynamic and existential approach, I work together with individuals to start listening to those hidden parts of themselves so that they have the insight and tools necessary to lead a more fulfilling life. I also recognize that our lives are intertwined with systems and institutions that surround us, including our families, our local communities, and society at large. Sometimes these structures feel too big to do anything about, but I believe therapy can play an important role in fostering strength in individuals to stay true to their own needs and desires in the face of these obstacles.
I am currently completing my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and work with adults (18+) experiencing depression, dissociation, trauma, anxiety, loss, life transitions, identity issues, and personality disorders. I am committed to fostering a safe and trusting environment in which you can speak freely and feel supported and challenged as you continue to grow.
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Dr. Alison Tripptree, PsyD
From the beginning of therapy, I want to establish a relationship that feels as comfortable and safe as possible so that we can work collaboratively to decide the direction of therapy. I seek to provide you with the flexibility and agency to choose for yourself if you would like to accept or change certain patterns within your life. I bring a gentle, calming presence to the relationship, which I balance with active challenge and feedback in order to create the possibility for new behaviors, emotions, and relationship dynamics. I work from a relational, emotion-focused psychodynamic therapy approach, which emphasizes understanding relationship patterns in the past and present in order to process the emotions related to these experiences. When we are young, we learn ways to cope with our feelings and usually these strategies were helpful at the time. However, these ways of coping frequently do not serve us anymore and in fact, disrupt our growth. We will aim to broaden these strategies so you have more options when responding to a situation. We will try to understand the meaning behind these behaviors and what it might represent.
I have specialized experience working with individuals who present with developmental and relationship trauma, eating concerns and eating disorders, as well as self-injurious behavior. I also work with individuals experiencing a variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, identity development, and attachment/relationship concerns.
I have significant experience working with individuals who are exploring or have concerns related to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. I have written letters for my clients in support of gender -affirming surgery. We can focus on your identity development and how you want to incorporate this part of yourself into your life. We can also discuss conflicts that have arisen within yourself, important others, and how you are treated in the world since questioning and/or acknowledging this part of your identity.
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