Allentown, PA Counselors – Thriveworks Allentown Counseling, Therapy and Coaching
Leslie M. Chaundy, Psy.D, LCSW, NCSP, ABSNP
Owner, CEO & Clinical Director
Dr. Chaundy is a Pennsylvania Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who holds a Diplomate in School Neuropsychology. She has over twenty years of experience working in the mental health field with children, adolescents, families, and adults of all ages and has worked in a variety of settings such as agencies, hospitals, and schools. Dr. Chaundy is also currently an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University and teaches in the Department of Social Work.
Dr. Chaundy earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wesley College, Masters of Social Work degree from Marywood University, and Educational Specialist and Doctorate degree in School Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Chaundy also has additional training in family therapy from the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center as well as additional training in cognitive behavioral therapy, play therapy, and biblical counseling. Dr. Chaundy has presented at several national conferences in Pennsylvania, New Orleans, and California and has been a guest speaker on Berks TV “Talking Mental Health” and at Penn State University. Her doctoral dissertation topic “Religious Beliefs, Emotional Attachment, and Behavioral Commitment: It’s Relationship with the Self-Regulation of Adolescents” was published into a book by Scholar’s Press in 2014. Dr. Chaundy is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of School Psychologists, American Board of School Neuropsychologists, and the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Dr. Chaundy’s interests outside of work include spending time with her family and friends, traveling, reading, and writing. She would like to find more time to go on mission trips. She lives at home with her husband, two teenage daughters, and their two dogs; one of which is Ruger, a soon to be certified pet therapy dog.
Dr. Chaundy believes that dreams really do come true with a lot of hard work. One of her life time goals since 7th grade was to one day open a practice to help others dealing with difficulty in their lives. Dr. Chaundy’s story began after experiencing the loss of her father at a very young age due to cancer. She had the opportunity to be helped by a hospice worker and it was from there she decided that she wanted to help others as well. Although she was a work in progress for over 30 years and traveled a long rough road, her vision of finally opening a practice became a reality. Dr. Chaundy now likes helping others achieve their own personal and professional life goals and believes in the power of dreams, visions, and planning to help attain them. She also believes in the power of faith in healing, forgiveness, and in making lemonade out of life when life hands you lemons.
Dr. Chaundy's true passion is psychological and educational assessment and she enjoys completing comprehensive evaluations to get people the help that they need in school or within the community. She enjoys assisting people in their life journey and guiding them on the path toward healing. She loves hearing other’s stories of hope and inspiration. Overall, Dr. Chaundy’s gentle style and strength based perspective helps her easily build a rapport with others which leads to positive and productive changes in their lives
Kathy DeSantis, MA, LPC
Kathy is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is passionate about helping individuals going through difficult life transitions, individuals wondering if there is more to life than what they are experiencing, and couples who are seeking to save a difficult marriage.
Kathy obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. She spent the first part of her career in various positions in the business world. After going through an existential crisis, she realized she had to find a new path that resonated with the person she was becoming. She decided to go back to school and obtained a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from Moravian Theological Seminary and a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction.
Kathy’s counseling experience includes working for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) providing therapy for children, adolescents, adults, families, couples, and individuals in the LGBT community in the areas of parenting, stress, suicide ideation, anger, self-esteem, grief, anxiety, depression, communication, life balance, couples therapy, family problems, work problems, divorce, and issues associated with aging.
Kathy has a holistic approach to counseling that integrates body, mind, and spirit. She recognizes there is a difference between religion and spirituality, and has a deep respect for all religions and forms of spirituality. She has a passion for working with individuals who have been injured by religious systems.
Whether you are seeking to live life with greater meaning and purpose; trying to put your marriage back together; struggling with depression, anxiety, a life transition, grief, a spiritual injury or just an overall general feeling of dissatisfaction with life, Kathy is here to walk beside you on your path to wholeness.
Chelsea Toth, DSW, MSW, LSW
Dr. Chelsea Toth is a Executive Coach, Consultant, and Licensed Social Worker passionate about assisting individuals, groups and organizations to achieve their goals while maintaining balance in their lives. Dr. Toth obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in International and Community Development from Monmouth University School of Social Work. Dr. Toth completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Cedar Crest College.
Dr. Toth is currently an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Toth's experience includes years as a generalist social work practitioner working with children, adolescents and their families. She has provided case management, worked in community development and as a community organizer in a legislative setting. Dr. Toth recently worked as a pediatric social worker at the Pediatric Specialty Center at Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital. She is an active member of the local cystic fibrosis community and attends the yearly North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference as a speaker and moderator. Dr. Toth's doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of connection and social isolation among young adults living with cystic fibrosis.
Dr. Toth was the Assistant Director of the Forensic Speech Team and an Adjunct Professor for the Theater Department at Cedar Crest College. Dr. Toth taught individuals how to research material, write, edit, and present various forms of speeches. She has experience teaching individuals how to master oral communication and on the basic foundation of public speaking. Dr. Toth has experience working to enhance the critical thinking skills of individuals through the formulation and presentation of persuasive and informative speeches. She embraces technology coaching individuals in person and via video conferencing software. Dr. Toth has experience coaching individuals on public speaking events for local and national competitions.
Dr. Toth believes that each individual has a passion for living their truth. Though coaching, consulting, guidance and mentorship it is possible to achieve your individual dreams while finding the balance in your daily lives. Dr. Toth is excited to work with individuals, groups and organizations to strengthen their foundation and enhance their skills. She understands the importance of strong leadership, public speaking, professional presentations, and overall well-being. Dr. Toth will utilize a holistic perspective to tailor a program to best suit your needs, achieve your goals and accomplish future success.
Michele Slabaugh, MA, LPC, NCC
Michele Slabaugh is Licensed Professional Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor. Michele began her early professional career approximately 30 years ago in the field of nursing and has always felt called to the helping professions. Through her work and personal life experience, empowering individuals, couples and families has been a passion which led her to the natural progression of her career as a behavioral health clinician. Michele earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Penn State University and her Master of Arts Degree in Community/Clinical Counseling from Eastern University. Michele is currently getting ready to complete her Doctorate of Behavioral Health Management Degree from Arizona State University in 2018.
Michele has served as the Clinical Director of an agency overseeing behavioral support services for individuals with Autism and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities. Michele has enjoyed helping and supervising other clinicians and has completed the required coursework to qualify for achievement of the Board Certified Behavior Analyst credential and is preparing to complete the supervision and examination requirement to achieve this certification. One of Michele’s strengths in is behavioral and psychological assessments.
Michele’s experience includes works with all ages across the lifespan, casework with children, youth and families, health service directing for adolescents in residential treatment and entrepreneurial experience. Michele’s wide array of experience has led to opportunities in mentorship of young entrepreneurs, lifestyle and wellness coaching as well as participation in corporate leadership programs. Michele employs an eclectic therapeutic approach and uses combinations of Cognitive, Systems, Behavioral and Emotion-Focused theories. Michele’s greatest desire is to spend the remainder of her professional career helping others heal from hurts or setbacks and to point them towards reaching their chosen and desired potential. Michele’s life mantra is to do life the Micah 6:8 way…”Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly”. Her wish is that as she counsels others they will experience and walk in love, hope, mercy and healing.
Michele’s other interests include enjoying her large blended family and circle of friends, getting pug hugs from the her dog Bogey, cooking large holiday meals, interior decorating, enjoying the great outdoors and learning to kayak with husband Stan.
Meet Ruger-Coming Soon!, Pet Therapy Dog
Ruger “aka Roogie Pie” will be Thriveworks-Reading official pet therapy dog in the near future. Ruger is a Goldendoodle (part golden retriever and part poodle), which is a breed known for being friendly, affectionate, and intelligent, as well as having a good temperament. They are also hypoallergenic. Although this big meat head is only a year old, Roogie is working on becoming a certified pet therapy dog. Ruger has graduated from Puppy Kindergarten for basic obedience and is currently enrolled at Whoodles Times Squared where he has the opportunity to get experience and time in the community with other animals and people. Ruger has completed his AKC Canine Good Citizenship Certification and is currently working on his skills in the community so he can take the Community Canine Good Citizen Test and hopefully be a member of Therapy Dogs International (TDI) one day. TDI is a volunteer organization dedicated to the regulation, testing, and registration of therapy dogs and their handlers for the purpose of visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and other institutions where therapy dogs are needed. Ruger will be available in the future on a limited basis or during special “pet therapy nights.” He will be busy volunteering with his family out in the community to get service experience under his belt. Ruger loves people of all ages and especially children and is loved for his comical actions and for being a “gentle giant.”