• Upper Saint Clair Location

37 McMurray Road

Suite 204 • Pittsburgh, PA • 15241

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.

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Practicing Counselors

Cristina Panaccione, LPC – Owner – Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling

Cristina Panaccione - LPC - owner Cristina Panaccione and Associates

Sometimes life can be scary and overwhelming. Sometimes it can be beautiful and wondrous! And sometimes we just need a little help sorting things out! I am here for you wherever you are in your journey. Let’s figure this out and get you living the life you deserve to live!

My name is Cristina and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in mental health services across the lifespan with expertise in the treatment of depression and anxiety. I utilize an eclectic and down-to-earth treatment style to create a warm, safe environment to promote healing and growth. I am going to work with you to learn about your specific concerns and we will work as a team to reach your individual goals.

I have a strong background in marital counseling and anxiety management. My specialties also include school therapy, crisis intervention, Family Systems Theory, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and I have extensive experience in service coordination and outpatient therapy.

All of the therapists who are in our practice at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling are hand picked by me for their warmth, values, ethical treatment of patients, and strong skill sets. Call today to schedule an appointment to strengthen your life and/or your family life through counseling and education. Let us help you handle life’s challenges.

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling with premarital counseling.

Kelli Jo Murphy – RN, LCSW

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling

My name is Kelli Murphy and I have been a Registered Nurse since 1994 and received my MSW in 2010. Many years of my nursing experience was in psychiatric and behavioral health nursing, but I also have experience in surgical care, long-term care, vocational rehabilitation, and oncology.

I feel very strongly about a truly holistic approach to both physical and mental/emotional health. I do not believe that you can tend to one effectively without also attending to the other. In my practice, I always assist clients in addressing physical health factors and lifestyle issues that may be attributed to the issues for which they are seeking therapy. I address diet/nutrition, activity, sleep, life balance issues, as well as review relationships with primary care physicians and other specialists. I conduct health education as needed and assist clients in becoming active in their whole care, as well as teach self-advocacy skills. I also work with clients who have chronic health conditions. I work with them to assist them in understanding their condition, coping with adjustment issues, and managing conditions for best quality of life possible.

I also enjoy working with couples who are either going through some conflict or who may be seeking divorce mediation. I strive to help improve communication and minimize the emotional impact on the children.

Currently, I run caregiver support groups and assist caregivers intending to and protecting their physical/mental/emotional health. I have completed training in Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision Making and continue to keep up on current trends in healthcare related issues.

Alyssa Thomas – LPC, CAADC, NCC

Alysa Thomas Cristina Panaccione and Associates

“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.” -David Richo

My name is Alyssa and I completed my master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Nationally Certified Counselor as well as hold a certificate in Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counseling. I have recently earned a certification in Sexual Assault Counseling and am very passionate about helping heal trauma.

My clinical experience includes working with those struggling with substance abuse and other addictions (e.g. social media, pornography, codependency), anxiety and decision-making, relationships and family issues as well as psychiatric research on long-term effects of cocaine use on the brain.

My therapy style is an eclectic approach utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and a non-judgmental, supportive environment to help clients focus on their strengths and reach their goals so that they are able to live the life they want to live the best they can.

See a video of my approach at Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling with women’s counseling.

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)

Crystal Norcott – LPC

“When we talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” – Fred Rogers.

Making the choice to engage in counseling can be a tough decision, but a very rewarding one! Each person is unique and feels experiences differently. I believe through developing a positive therapeutic relationship, we can work together to achieve your personal goals and begin on a path to a more positive state of mind.

My name is Crystal Norcott and I received my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Carlow University. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. I have been in the counseling profession for 10 years and have had a variety of clinical experiences. My experiences include working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings including residential, school, community, and in the home. I also have worked with adults who may be experiencing a life event that they are struggling with, including but not limited to – addiction, depression, and anxiety.

My counseling technique varies depending on the need and personality of the person, as there is no one technique that works for everyone. Don’t ever feel like you have to deal with life’s difficulties on your own. I will be practicing in our Upper St. Clair Location.

Amber Chapman - LPC

Your illness does not define you.  Your strength and courage do!

My name is Amber Chapman and I earned my Master’s Degree from Waynesburg University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  I have been a practicing therapist for over 17 years helping others find balance in all areas of life.

My clinical experiences reach many depths including but not limited to:  addictions and substance-related illnesses including helping families of loved ones affected by addictions.  I engage in family/couples/marital counseling including abusive and controlling relationships. Related areas of codependency and self-esteem issues, anger management, grief counseling, increasing communication, and assertiveness can be discussed.  As well as experience in counseling with teenagers and all manners of issues within those development needs.  Lastly, I specialize in working with high-risk communities such as females and LBGTQ community and concerns and all manners of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

My treatment approach is highly flexible and adaptable to each person’s needs as I truly believe one size does not fit all!  My goal is to show empathy and acceptance to all through building a trusting and honest therapeutic environment.   I am client centered on approaches such as CBT, Reality-based, and solution focused. In other words, I am eclectic in my approach to help each individual gain the strength they need to find balance and fulfillment in life.

Our Facility

Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling is Women-Led and LGBTQ friendly

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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