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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.
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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John Kreitzberg , Counseling Intern
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.
We are a full-service private practice offering a variety of therapeutic services conveniently located in Old City, Philadelphia.