Reading, PA Counselors – Thriveworks Reading Counseling, Therapy and Coaching
Thank you for your interest in our counselors at Thriveworks Counseling Reading. Our team is here to help. Find out more about each of our trained providers below.
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
Julie Gabriel, MSW, LSW, RYT
Julie is a Licensed Social Worker who has worked in various capacities practicing an empathetic therapeutic style. Julie utilizes a client-centric therapeutic approach tailored to the personal needs of each individual. Julie works with people of all ages and believes in the process of self-improvement and working together with clients to clarify and reach their goals.
Julie has a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Kutztown University. Julie is a Registered Yoga Teacher and is certified in teaching meditation and mindfulness practices and is also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Julie’s professional experiences are varied and she has worked as a kindergarten teacher in the past as well as with veterans and caregivers on issues of grief and loss. She has also created and taught self-care workshops for medical staff. Julie believes in the power of the mind-body connection as integral part of the healing process for crisis, transition, and life enrichment.
Tonia Knight, M.Ed, MA, LPC, CAADC
Tonia Knight is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has spent over 20 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Whether it was teaching special education classes, working as a Mobile Therapist/Behavior Specialist, managing cases in therapeutic foster care, or counseling in the mental health or drug and alcohol field, her heart has always been in helping her clients to achieve the healthiest version of themselves possible.
Tonia has experience working with individuals in recovery and their loved ones as well. Tonia has empathy and compassion for the struggles that are encountered on the road to healing for all those involved. She has knowledge in codependency, enabling, and fostering healthy relationships. Tonia also has experience in working through grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger management, and building positive self-esteem. Tonia has worked with individuals in the LGBT community as well as with individuals under the Autism Spectrum.
Tonia focuses on cognitive behavioral therapy and strength based approaches that nurture a client centered environment. By utilizing characteristics that are already present and channeling them in healthy ways, Tonia believes that anyone can learn new ways to perceive their lives without the need to change who they are at the core.
Tonia believes that everyone can learn from one another and that we should always remain teachable. She has earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as a Masters degree in Education and Teaching Certification in Special Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Tonia also has a Masters degree In the Art of Community Counseling from Alvernia University.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"
Michele Slabaugh, MA, LPC
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.”