• Robinson Location

5168 Campbells Run Road

Suite 204 • Pittsburgh, PA • 15205

DBT Skills for Anxiety and Depression

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

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.

Scott Cunningham – LPC

For the past 20 years, I’ve been providing a safe and supportive environment where people feel comfortable talking about their depression, fears, stresses, and hopes for life. Having a collaborative relationship with clients is important to me. We can think together about painful & confusing things that come up in therapy and process them together. I approach my work with positive energy and am committed to helping you move forward.

I bring hope and knowledge into our sessions and provide psycho-education to aid in the effectiveness of therapy. I work with clients coping with issues such as, but not limited to anxiety, trauma, depression, partner-relational issues & phase of life transitions. My experience entails couples, adolescent, family and adult counseling. I am certified in Chemical Dependency Counseling, ASIST Suicide Intervention, Crisis Intervention Stress Management, and Comprehensive Crisis Management.  I have earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Education from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s of Science in Christian Counseling from Fort Wayne Bible College.

My goal is to help people struggling with trauma to regain stability and strength as well as insight into their issues. I believe that everyone has an innate ability to grow and learn. I enjoy helping people accomplish that goal and live better and more productive lives.

Jennifer Krause - MS, LPC

My name is Jennifer and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor.  I received my Masters of Science Degree from Chatham University. I have over 18 years of counseling experience with a wide range of patients in a variety of treatment settings.  These have included: outpatient community mental health agencies, partial psychiatric hospital settings, both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol facilities, correctional settings, and an outpatient intensive treatment foster care program.  My clinical experience has been broad, treating both adolescents and adults struggling with: addiction, trauma, mood disorders, anger management issues, borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety. I also have experience with couples counseling, working with families, and group therapy.

I have extensive training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma-Focused CBT.

I truly believe that laughter is an essential part of the human experience.  While I recognize that resolving issues can be serious and challenging, I know that we can go through this process together, sharing laughter along the way.  I strive to build an atmosphere that is relaxed and non-judgmental so that you will feel as comfortable as possible.

Marissa Betancourt - LPC, CAADC


I am Marissa Betancourt. I have a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. After my studies at Chatham University, I became a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have approximately 5 years of experience working with the dually diagnosed population. I work with people who experience depression, anxiety, mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance use. I use a mix of motivational interviewing, behavioral therapy, CBT, psycho-education and gestalt therapy to assist my clients with working towards their goals. I am transparent and assertive in the counseling process, helping clients gain insight into past and current behavior. I look forward to helping you understand your symptoms and working through them at your own pace!

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.

Laurel Wasson - MSCP

My name is Laurel Wasson, MSCP, and I operate under the mind-set that individuals are inherently competent and are their own best resource for change – sometimes we just get stuck in habits that no longer suit us.  I use a lot of cheesy metaphors and fidget items.  I have a masters level education in mental health counseling from Chatham University, and am currently pursuing my licensure and sex therapy certification.  I have focused my training and experiences on delivering quality, compassionate, trauma-informed care and encourage empowerment through strength-based solution-focused strategies.

At Chatham, I was a member of the Gender Research team; I participated in research studies examining girls’ experiences with sexism and resiliency and, separately, the impact of positive psychology and mindfulness on mental health treatment.  I happened into postpartum mental health care relatively organically and began to also focus on researching abuse and mistreatment of perinatal women by medical and mental health professionals.  My clinical experience has been with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape as a certified sexual assault counselor and at WPIC’s pediatric OCD unit.  I am also currently working at Every Child, Inc as a Postpartum Family-Focused Clinician.

I welcome individuals struggling with postpartum issues, anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, grief/loss, parenting, and relational issues. I thrive on empowering individuals to feel more confident in their sexual orientation and gender identity.  I also encourage conversations that help individuals unpack issues such as sex positivity, different relationship structures (e.g. consensual non-monogamy), and the function or dysfunction sex plays in relationships.

Hunter Hesel - MS (Fridays and Saturdays)

Hi! My name is Hunter and I am a license-eligible counselor with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree from Chatham Univerisity.
I view therapy as a collaborative effort, with the therapeutic relationship being the healer. Being able to connect with others in an authentic way is what we, as humans, are wired to do. I view the therapeutic relationship as an opportunity to connect with another person who is both interested and invested in finding meaning in life’s experiences— both good and bad. This is the kind of environment that I like to create in therapy, so that we can work together through whatever you bring to the session. I consider myself to be an eclectic therapist and so I incorporate various techniques in therapy. Most frequently, I utilize cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches.
I have experience and enjoy working with all ages, but my specialty is adolescents and young adults. My main areas of interest and expertise are addiction, anxiety, relational issues, and trauma.

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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