Meet our staff

Haley Smith
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Haley Smith, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Haley Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania who has 10 years experience working with children and their families seeking help with depression, anxiety, anger management, mood disorders, and trauma. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in pre-art therapy and psychology at Marymount University in Arlington, VA and her Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. 

Haley utilizes CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Art therapy, and mindfulness based therapies to help meet the needs of every client and family she serves. Haley works with each client to help them become more aware of themselves through these modalities in order for each individual to achieve their best. Haley’s therapy is goal oriented and works with each client to help them achieve obtainable goals. 

Haley seeks to establish an inviting and caring approach with you in order to help build a strong therapeutic relationship with her in order to help you build upon your strengths and help you live a more meaningful and valuable life. 

Education

Rosemont College
Masters in Counseling and Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Mood disorders 
  • Anger management 
  • Anxiety 
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Stress management
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Self-harm 
  • Grief & Loss 
  • Trauma
Jennifer Lauricella
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Compsych
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Highmark BCBS
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jennifer Lauricella, LPC, ATR-BC

Philosophy of Care

Jennifer Lauricella is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Board Certified, Registered Art Therapist practicing in the state of Pennsylvania.  Jennifer has more than 25 years of experience working with adults who are seeking help with a variety of issues.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts university and completed her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies at Lesley University.

Jennifer offers assistance to people seeking to gain or deepen their understanding of their life experiences through improved awareness of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.  Using verbal and/or art interventions, she will meet you where you are to assist you in effecting the changes you would like to see in your life.  As an Expressive Arts Therapist Jennifer is skilled at helping you find adaptive means of self-expression, increase self-awareness, and to develop tools to allow you to live with greater ease and comfort.  

Engaging in therapy is a wonderful step toward self-improvement.  Investing in therapy is prioritizing your self-care.  A supportive, safe, therapeutic space, free of judgement will enable you to better understand yourself and allow you to navigate your life experiences more readily.   

Education

Lesley University
Masters in Expressive Arts Therapies

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Thought Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Stress Management
  • Life transitions
Kellyn Swanson
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kellyn Swanson, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Kellyn Swanson is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania, who has three years of experience providing therapy for adults with severe mental illness who are seeking help and support to rebuild their lives. Kellyn has worked with clients to safely navigate crisis situations, major life transitions, daily stressors, physical health ailments, relationship concerns, emotional dysregulation, and increased mental health symptoms. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Misericordia University and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Villanova University.
Kellyn believes in utilizing her clients strengths and goals to lead sessions. She recognizes the client-therapist relationship as an essential element in the therapeutic process and employs her values of empathy, unconditional acceptance, non-judgemental stance, and active listening, to best meet the individualized needs of her clients.
Kellyn looks to provide a safe and welcoming space for you to explore yourself and what a meaningful life looks like for you. She will collaborate with you in building a strong, therapeutic alliance, supporting your aspirations and goals, while helping you succeed in pursuit of the life you desire and fully deserve.

Education

Villanova University
Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

● Dialectical Behavior Therapy
● Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
● Depression
● Anxiety
● Life Transitions
● Schizophrenia
● Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
● Crisis Intervention/Stabilization
● Stress Management

Samiyrah Weaver
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Humana
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Samiyrah Weaver, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Samiyrah Weaver is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania who has nearly10 years of experience partnering with adults and teens seeking support with addiction, trauma, family and partner relational issues, homelessness, depression, anxiety, and life transitions. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Counseling from Drexel University and has received a Master of Science in Education and Mental Health Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania. Samiyrah enjoys working with people from all walks of life and has sustained passion for helping others heal from a variety of challenging life circumstances. She was inspired to the field in 2008, after an impactful dream of facilitating a very dynamic recovery group.

Samiyrah has since run hundreds of Substance Abuse, Codependency, Anger Management, Grief & Loss, Cultural Awareness, Wellness, and Integrative Healing groups to women, men, seniors, and teens. She utilizes an eclectic approach of modern psychoanalytic concepts, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, motivational interviewing, strength--based, and mindfulness approaches to provide the most effective care to meet individual, couple and family needs. She conducts Individual, Family, and Group therapy to provide effective holistic support. 

Over the years, Samiyrah has witnessed the impact of a holistic, person-centered approach in Clients who have learned to overcome barriers and manage challenges with addiction, anger, cultural, communication, relationships, loss. Samiyrah demonstrates dedication in providing compassionate care that is nurturing and validating that restores balance and optimal well-being. 

Education

University of Pennsylvania
Master's in Education

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Relational/Couple Issues       
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety    
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
Daniel Auerbach
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Daniel Auerbach, MSS, LCSW

Daniel provides personalized counseling services for adolescents, adults, and families. With over 15 years’ experience, Daniel offers an integrative approach to counseling which is respectful of an individual’s experience and focuses on improving existing strengths, while developing new skills. 

Daniel’s concentration focuses on the treatment of anxiety, traumatic stress, and depressive disorders. He enjoys helping people navigate life’s challenges in work, school, family, and peer relationships. His special interests lie in helping people who confront the unique challenges of living at the intersections of culture, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Daniel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earning dual Master’s Degrees in Social Service and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College. Continuing education on solution-focused brief treatment, as well as empirically based cognitive-behavioral interventions for traumatic stress, means Daniel remains focused on staying current on treatment methodologies in order to provide the best care possible.

Francis Yaeger
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Francis Yaeger, LPC

Philosophy of Care

"Frank is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with many year’s experience working with adults and family dynamics in inpatient, outpatient, and chemical depended facilities. Frank specializes in treating depression, anxiety, relationship problems, multi-level trauma, grief and loss, substance use, mood disorders, communication and intimacy challenges, anger management, problems related to internal and external stressors, career paths, life transitions: large and small, and increasing one’s self-worth: value and esteem

Frank earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University with a concentration in human development and his Master of Arts degree from Immaculata University in Counseling Psychology with an additional addiction certification. He draws on principles from psycho-dynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) mindfulness techniques, and has a strong belief in blending various theoretical interventions to meet individualized treatment goals.

Education

Immaculata University
Masters in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Couples
  • Family Dynamics
  • Grief & Loss
  • Trauma
Jamie Coonan
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Jamie Coonan, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Jamie Coonan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as being a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is also a Certified Grief Counseling Specialist. 

Jamie has over 3 decades of experience and has fine-tuned her skills as an empathetic listener who is able to help individuals and families struggling with a wide range of issues. She gives each person time to process their thoughts and feelings and then helps them devise strategies to move forward. When explaining her approach, Jamie says that she begins with the goal of building a trusting therapeutic relationship. “I want to meet you where you are, hear from you about what you are going through, ask you where you would like to go from here, and then help you identify both ways to get there and ways to stay there.” Jamie is an encourager who comes to a session with a combination of compassion and practical strategies for growth.    

She credits her balanced approach to her early training working with children and teens, who often didn’t have the words to explain their pain. Jamie has continued to hone her skills in working with young people and their families with struggles including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Self-Harm and Cutting, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, and Depression to name a few. 

While she still has a special affinity for her young clients and their parents, Jamie has also spent many years expanding and developing her client base to include individuals from age 6 to 65 and beyond! She excels in working with clients of all ages in part because she knows how to work from the concrete and simple to the abstract and complex. Jamie has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with anxiety and depression, trauma, chronic health/chronic pain difficulties, grief, and bereavement, stress management, and relationship issues, including couple’s counseling.

Jamie completed her Master of Social Work from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Jamie utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Family Systems Therapy, Grief Therapy, Mindfulness-Based CBT, DBT, Biblical Therapy for those seeking Christian Counseling, and Strength-Based Therapy.

Education

Rutgers University
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Christian Counseling
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Self-Harm
  • Adoption/Foster Care
Krysbel Quero
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Quest Behavioral
Self Pay Rate: $99

Krysbel Quero, LPC

**Krysbel offers therapy services in Spanish

**Krysbel ofrece servicios de terapia en español

Krysbel is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has experience working with young adults and adults in which she uses her skills to promote and help create personal growth and live happier/fulling lives. Krysbel has worked in various therapeutic environments such as partial hospitalization and IOP/OP settings. 

Krysbel earned her Bachelors degree of science in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY. She followed her studies with a Masters degree of science in Mental Health Counseling from Long Island University- Brooklyn, NY. Krysbel utilizes evidence based approaches such as DBT, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, Person-Centered Therapist, Positive Psychology and Solution-Focused therapy. 

Krysbel seeks to establish a safe place where clients can share their thoughts and feelings without judgment while empowering them to overcome their challenges/struggles while living life on life’s terms.

Krysbel’s specialities:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addiction/Substance Use
  • Trauma Focused/PTSD
  • Dual Diagnosis 
  • Cultural Oppression 
  • Racial Identity 
  • Life balance 
  • Self esteem/confidence/empowerment 
Carlita Owens
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Carlita Owens, MSW, LCSW

Live.  Love. Laugh…again.

No two people have the same story.  Together, we will decide what works best for you to improve your quality of life, overall health and wellness.  I believe in individualized healing and a collaborative process for helping individuals to identify positive solutions and goals for life’s hurdles.  I aim to provide a safe environment to work with individuals on various life issues.  Helping individuals work on reducing stress, enhance coping and strengthening their relationships, I strongly feel it is never too late to live a happy and authentic life.

I address issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, loss and addiction in holistic manner to foster change and healing.   I assist couples with communication, negotiation, parenting and rediscovering the joy in their relationship.

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Shippensburg University 2000
  • Masters of Social Work, Temple University 2003
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), PA (License #CWO15929)
  • Certified in W-TREM (Women-Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model)

Experience

I have more than 16 years as a mental health professional.  The majority of my professional experience has been in health care settings including residential facilities, hospitals, in-home and community based.  I have extensive experience working with individuals, couples, groups and families.  I use a variety of theoretical approaches with my clients including solution focused, motivational interviewing, family systems, strength perspectives, narrative and person-centered techniques.

Lisa Cornelius
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Lisa Cornelius, LCSW

My core belief: Healing and balance are not only possible, but are the result of counseling that respects every unique human experience while embarking on an introspective journey to uncover the unlimited potential and strengths of each person. While identifying together patterns of behavior that hinder balance, a new freedom and contentment is achieved.

I am passionate about providing a trusting therapeutic environment in which my clients will feel supported and confident in being who they are and expressing their innermost thoughts and emotion. I have been privileged to work with individuals from numerous ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds, addressing mental health concerns that are specific to each person’s life experience and interaction with the outside world. As a result, my cultural competency and an open-minded approach are central to my work as a therapist. My substantial experience working with the LGBTQ community, particularly with youth in the transitional process of sexuality, coming out and gender identity, has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the interconnection of culture, religion and sexuality with environmental factors which informs one’s internal dialogue. As a therapist, my ultimate goal is to consistently provide a non-judgmental, open, and supportive therapeutic space in which each client can feel comfortable, safe and empowered as we embark on a journey together to facilitate a shift toward healing, growth and overall inner peace.

Specific Areas of interests include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mood Disorders
  • Relationship Concerns/Co -Dependency/Communication issues
  • LGBTQ Individuals/Couples/Family
  • Women's Issues
  • Self Esteem Concerns
  • Anger management/Behavior Modification
  • Life Coaching/Empowerment
  • Addressing Stress/Life Balance
Christina Penge
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Christina Penge, MS, LPC

Christina provides counseling for children, adolescents and adults.  She has over 13 years of experience in various levels of cares including outpatient, inpatient and longer term care. She focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  It’s important the therapy is fitting the individual and Christina will work with each individual to personalize care for growth and guidance.

Christina earned a Bachelor of Science at Pennsylvania State University.  She followed her undergraduate degree with a Master of Science from Philadelphia College of Medicine.  She has worked in crisis management, along with outpatient settings and has a long history of helping others.

Christina has experience with various populations, including those with anxiety, depression, addiction, developmental delays and many others.  She is flexible and able to work with many different needs.

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my life in so many ways. I love leaving a session with a plan in mind. Her professionalism and caring demeanor is an added plus. Jamie has very good insight on issues that are too close to recognize myself. I’m very grateful for her direction and support. I would highly recommend her to family and friends !

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arious topics of concern. She has a way of asking the right questions to assist in processing and reflecting on issues in a new way. She is approachable, personable, and I very much enjoy my time with her.

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well, is compassionate, and helped me reframe my thinking when I was particularly discouraged and stuck. The fact that she could also integrate faith into our conversations made all the difference. I highly recommend working with Jamie!

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