About Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling
We do things a bit differently, and that's the way we like it!
Cristina Panaccione, LPC - Owner - Cristina Panaccione and Associates Counseling
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.
“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.
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.
Mary Brodland LCSW
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 in 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 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 for taking the first step to seeking 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.
Laurie Pietragallo LPC
I believe the greatest gift we can offer to someone in need is the ability to meet them where they are and without judgment. Due to a lifetime of reasons, four of which are my lovely children, I did not re-enter the world of academia until my early 40‘s. The time prior to school enriched my life’s experience and serves me well when connecting with clients. My approach to therapy is humanistic, providing a supportive environment comprised of acceptance and appropriate humor. My specialties include treatment of anxiety and depression as well as issues concerning self-esteem, relationships, and substance use.
I hold a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a graduate-level certificate in Infant Mental Health, both from Chatham University. My clinical experience has centered around community settings as an adult outpatient therapist working with clients who struggle with severe and chronic mental illnesses, mood disorders, personality issues, and issues regarding substance use.
My general approach to therapy includes a balance of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) to treat symptoms affecting daily functioning and Psychodynamic Therapy, which explores the origin of a problem if so desired. I am passionate about helping others and look forward to working together with you to obtain greater joy and inner peace.
Kelli Jo Murphy RN, LCSW
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.
Chelsea Foster LPC
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.
“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
― Shannon L. Alder
My name is Kristen Brozek and I am a masters level therapist with a degree in counseling psychology from Chatham University. I believe everyone has their own unique story to tell. Some of those stories are fun and exciting, and some of them are scary and difficult to share. It is my job to aid you expressing the many stories of your life, as they help to define where you have been and where you are going.
I understand that sharing your life with someone else can be challenging, which is why I strive to offer a non-judgmental and accepting environment. My clinical experiences include working with those suffering from substance abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship and family struggles, grief, bipolar disorder, paranoia, and PTSD. I focus on aiding individuals in identifying their personal strengths and utilizing the skills they already possess to overcome the daily struggles that life brings with it.
Although I utilize an eclectic approach, pulling from various treatment styles depending on the needs of my client, my therapeutic style is mostly person-centered and solution focused. It is my goal to aid my clients in discovering their best self and enhancing their ability to live the life they most desire.
Margaret “Ann” Deverin, LCSW
I have reached out for therapy in my personal life, and I know what the benefit of engaging in this non-judgemental process brings to myself and many others. If you are wondering how to manage stress, chronic illness, compulsive gambling, disordered eating, life transitions or other mental health struggles, I encourage you to take the next step to growth and toward expanding your potential. I am a “later in life” graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Masters program. Fully licensed and insured, I have discovered the best work of my life. My training began with internships at the Staunton Clinic and Mercy Behavioral Health. After completing requirements for licensure at Mercy’s South Side campus, I entered private work. My specializations are in couples and family treatment, gambling, disordered eating and LBGTQ issues. Anxiety and depression, PTSD, and body dysmorphic struggles are of special interest to me. I believe that my open and positive eclectic approach to psychotherapy has brought symptom relief, an
I am a “later in life” graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Masters program. Fully licensed and insured, I have discovered the best work of my life. My training began with internships at the Staunton Clinic and Mercy Behavioral Health. After completing requirements for licensure at Mercy’s South Side campus, I entered private work.
My specializations are in couples and family treatment, gambling, disordered eating and LBGTQ issues. Anxiety and depression, PTSD, and body dysmorphic struggles are of special interest to me. I believe that my open and positive eclectic approach to psychotherapy has brought symptom relief, inspiration for personal growth and peace to many of my clients.
I was born and raised in the NY/NJ area. My two adult children, ages 25 and 22, are my foremost accomplishments in this life. I enjoy gardening, cooking, socializing with friends, attending Pittsburgh’s many cultural offerings and reading.
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.
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.
The American Counseling Association
The Pennsylvania Counseling Association
The Greater Pittsburgh Counseling Association
Chi Sigma Iota (Counseling Honors Society)