• Peters Township Location

228 East McMurray Road

Suite B • McMurray, PA • 15317

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Our Counseling Practice Exists:

• To provide a safe and nurturing environment for patients to work through their struggles and get back to living the life they want.

• To positively impact the community in which we work by being a beacon of hope, healing, and encouragement.

• To build a network of like-minded individuals from various areas of our community who genuinely care about the well being of others and will work together to link patients with the appropriate level of care within 24-72 hours of contact.

• To provide a comfortable and supportive work environment in which therapists feel empowered to facilitate the change process in patients.

Practicing Counselors

Danielle A. LeFevre - LPC

Danielle A. LeFevre

I am a Nationally Certified Counselor with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health. I have an eclectic history of work experience which has afforded me the opportunity to work with both children and adults. I am knowledgeable in the areas concerned with Mood disorders, ODD, conduct disorders, crisis management, trauma, suicidality, family conflict, and life transitions. I use a person-centered, humanistic approach along with cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and attachment theory. I understand that life is a journey, one of which that is not always a smooth ride. That’s why I’m here, to help you navigate the detours. I am passionate about facilitating a healthy overall well-being for all individuals, as I work to help you further your life goals.

Credentials

Danielle is a Nationally Certified Counselor who earned her CACREP accredited M.A in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University and her B.A. in Psychology from La Roche College.

Professional Memberships:

The American Counseling Association

The Pennsylvania Counseling Association

The Greater Pittsburgh Counseling Association

Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honors Society)

Chelsea Foster – LPC

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling

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.

Mary Brodland – LCSW

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling

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 on 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 the 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 on taking the first step to seek 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.

Kristen Biancaniello – LPC

Relationship Counseling

My name is Kristen Biancaniello, MSEd, NCC, CMHP. I received my Masters from Duquesne 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 on 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 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.

Francisco Betancourt – MSCP, LPC, ICAADC

Our Newest Counselor

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 of additional areas of expertise so as to add to my clinical repertoire.

My approach to 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!

Tiffany Song – LCSW

I enjoy helping children, adolescents, and adults overcome the hurdles caused by anxiety and/or depression. While I am a cognitive behavioral therapist at heart, I often incorporate other treatments (exposure, mindfulness, meditation, behavior modification, etc.) to meet my client’s needs.

I obtained my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 and have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2006. In 2011, I completed a 10-month intensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working with clients of various ages they learn new ways of thinking and doing so that they can live the lives that they want to live. I spent six years working as a behavioral therapist at a pediatric practice, have provided in-home family therapy, provided trauma-focused therapy to children and their families, and, most recently, I have provided therapy in a private practice setting since 2013.

Over the past few years, my clinical practice has been focused mostly on treating: panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, insomnia, social phobia, trauma, depression, and behavior management for ADHD and related difficulties.

Susan Rosemeier – MA, LPC

Susan Rosemeier Cristina Panaccione and Associates

I am a firm believer that the relationship between counselor and client is crucially important – and therefore I strive to create a warm, caring environment in which to promote insight, healing, and growth.

I have passed the state board exam and currently hold a Master‘s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science and Organizational Leadership from Trinity International University.

My background includes experience in case management, structural family therapy, individual & group therapy, and crisis counseling. While I utilize an eclectic approach based on the preferences of each client, my style is person-centered and hope-focused, mostly drawing from cognitive-behavioral and existential counseling theories. I also specialize in spiritual, faith-based issues if this is something that is of interest to you.

See a video of my approach using the Gottman method at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling.

Darlene Friend – MSW, LCSW, EMDR

“You can’t fight the dark. You can wait for the light. You can look for the light. You can share the light. OR you can SHINE!!” – author unknown

I graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work as well as an Aging Specialist Certificate in Gerontology. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in West Virginia.

I began working in Community Mental Health in Pennsylvania as a psychotherapist and then as a supervisor. I expanded my area of service into West Virginia, first as a director of high-intensity services before returning to my passion as a psychotherapist.

I provide individual therapy, family therapy, and couples counseling as well as group services.  My preferred client population is people who are 14 years of age and older.  I am experienced in a wide variety of mental health conditions ranging from chronic and persistent mental illness to adjustment disorders and grief.  My background experience includes assertive/community treatment, outpatient mental health, substance abuse, blended case management, crisis intervention, outreach programs, community outreach, advocacy, and collaboration.

I am specialized in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), therapy utilized for big and little traumas that affect the whole person.  I have received training in many areas of behavioral health such as trauma and sexual assault.  I incorporate multiple modalities and evidenced-based practices in therapy, such as transactional analysis, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing.

I have the unique perspective of viewing services from both sides of service delivery and compliance.  This assures your therapeutic experience will be individually tailored to be the most effective at improving your mental health within the moral and ethical scope of clinical social work practice.

Dave Lorie - 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.

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.

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.

Our Facility

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling is Women-Led, LGBTQ friendly, and Wheelchair Accessible

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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