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Meet our Counselors

Julie Neely
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Highmark
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Julie Neely, LPC

** Julie offers online counseling

A Counselor-Client relationship, like any other, is based on mutual respect, trust, and a willingness to share life experiences. However, if we are not emotionally well, it can feel almost impossible to engage in many life experiences. I would like to join you on your journey, providing you with a listening ear, useful skills, and strategies to move from a place of “emotionally unwell to emotionally well."

In my years of experience, I have worked with adolescents, teens, and adults in settings including community mental health and school based environments. I come into our therapeutic relationship with a person-centered approach in order to give each person I work with the space to feel safe and comfortable.

I utilize cognitive behavioral techniques, solution focused strategies, and talk therapies as needed with my Clients. This will provide a setting for you to safely learn new skills and become empowered to face difficult situations. I welcome the opportunity to work with adolescents, teens, and adults.

My areas of interest include but are not limited to

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Panic
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Depression
  • Trauma and Stress Related Disorders
  • CBT
  • Attachment Based Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Adults 18+
  • Women's Issues
  • Faith-based counseling
Ginny Puckett
In network with:
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Ginny Puckett, LPC

** Ginny offers online counseling

Nobody is exempt from life’s challenges. We all experience major life transitions, overwhelming emotions, or self-limiting beliefs. Luckily, we all have the ability to heal and grow. Counseling simply offers an avenue to take on life’s challenges using your innate resources and strengths while also developing self-awareness and building resiliency.

I practice from an integrative approach. I believe that every individual is unique and that the therapeutic interventions should be specifically catered to the needs of the client. My goal is to help my clients develop insight, create meaning, and establish concrete tools that can be used long after our work has been completed. I do this by creating a positive and supportive environment that allows for vulnerability and growth. I work solely with adults 18 and over, and I look forward to meeting you!

My professional interests include:

  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anxiety
  • CBT
  • DBT
  • Depression
  • Existential Issues
  • LGBTQ
  • Life Transitions
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Issues
Kelly Cummings-Karkenny
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Kelly Cummings-Karkenny, LPC

** Kelly offers online counseling 

"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don't belong.” -Mandy Hale

As a Licensed Professional Counselor I consider it my goal to help you through times of pain, growth, and change. Taking the first step of attending counseling is a brave and challenging decision, but I am here to offer support and to teach you the tools necessary to reach your goals.

I take a person-centered approach with my clients, and actively listen while prompting personal growth. I use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and brief solution-focused therapy to facilitate the recognition of how thoughts and feelings influence behaviors, and to encourage clients to make the changes they desire. I use a variety of therapy tools; including play, art, journaling, and talk therapy.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

My areas of specialization include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Panic
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Health and Medical Issues
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder)
  • LGBTQ+
  • Mindfulness
  • Academic and Work Concerns
  • Peak Performance
Sam Cowart
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Sam Cowart, LPC

** Sam offers online counseling

Counseling is inevitably a very vulnerable experience. It’s one that gently asks you to let your guard down a bit, and it’s a way to get to know yourself better, regardless of what you’d like to work on. Maybe you’re going through a particularly hard time, or maybe you find yourself feeling like there’s something in your life you’d like to change. Whatever the reason may be, my number one goal as your counselor is to provide you a safe, nonjudgmental environment so that you can feel comfortable navigating these things. From there, I’d love to help you figure out coping strategies that work best for you!

My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  •  Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Trauma
  • OCD
  • Anger Issues
  • Relational issues
  • LGBTQ+
  • Parenting strategies
  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Tapping
Brandi O'Quinn
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Brandi O’Quinn, LPC

** Brandi offers online counseling

For over ten years, I have been dedicated to working with individuals who struggle with the many challenges that life has to bring.  While we all face challenges, sometimes there are hardships or circumstances that leave us feeling like things are out of our control. If you're going through some difficult times, or if you just want to become the best version of you, I'd love to meet you!  I am passionate about providing the support and tools to help overcome these things and help you get to a place in your life where you can thrive.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I take a very person-centered approach to the counseling relationship and experience. I incorporate various therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused, and existential therapy. I have worked extensively with people who have faced severe challenges in their lives. This has given me with a significant and unique insight which I believe is beneficial to my clients. I promote and provide a safe, non-judgmental environment where you can freely express your thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Making the decision to see a therapist can be difficult and scary, but I can provide you with support throughout your journey and personal growth.

My areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Anger Management
  • Grief
  • Abuse/Trauma
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Courtney Sutphin-Hebdon
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Courtney Sutphin-Hebdon, LCSW

** Courtney offers online counseling

In my years as a licensed clinical social worker, I have come to understand that the relationship of therapy can and should look very different from person to person. My experience has enabled me to tailor my approach to fit individual needs, from adolescents and emerging adults to parenting to seniors, at some point we all have a need for support as we tackle life's obstacles.

I believe strongly that mental wellness is critical to overall health and well-being, and that we can not separate physical and mental health. Becoming mired in life's problems is exhausting and can be debilitating, and as a therapist my job is to help you move through whatever you are facing. I take a holistic approach to mental health, incorporating cognitive therapy, mindfulness skills, and motivational interviewing skills into this process.

With experience in multiple settings including adolescent residential treatment, higher education, community mental health, and inpatient psychiatry, I am well-qualified to work with most populations.

My areas of expertise include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Abusive relationships
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Addiction
  • Physical and emotional trauma
  • Parenting
  • Chronic health concerns
  • Women's issues
  • Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

I look forward to working with you, supporting your choices, and assisting in your growth. I believe that everything is figure-out-able and that together, we can do hard things!

Ian Esmay
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Ian Esmay

** Ian offers online counseling

I have been working in the field of counseling for over ten years in a variety of settings. I have come to learn that counseling can benefit anyone and help everyone find their true self. It isn’t about being perfect, just the best version of yourself.

My role as your therapist is to provide non-judgmental support in a safe space where you can explore your genuine feelings and individuality. I am willing to work with anyone, but my primary focus is adults struggling with emotional issues. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing, seeking safety, and many others. The main focus being to assist people in living a healthy life in their own way.

Although I have a wide variety of experiences, I believe each person is unique and the benefit from counseling comes from a solid relationship. I am always willing to be a positive and empathetic voice in your life if you are ready for it. I look forward to meeting you!

My areas of specialties include:

  • Addiction concerns
  • Adults of all ages
  • Anxiety, including Social Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • Co-Dependency
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ and Gender Identity
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Men's Issues
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
Johanna Jones
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Johanna Jones, LPC

** Johanna offers online counseling

Life can begin to feel out of control. You can run out of energy, out of good ideas – or maybe someone else is trying to make decisions for you. But it really can get better, and perhaps I can help. In my work with substance-abuse recovery, severe mental illness and getting through tough times, I’ve had two decades of experience counseling people with challenging issues.

My own bumpy road to learning who I was and what I wanted made me eager to help others who were struggling, too. My solid educational background in evidence-based therapy has given me tools I can share. These come from many sources, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Reality Therapy, to name a few - proven interventions for beating addiction, increasing motivation, and living life on your own terms.

My focus is adults, and I have a special place in my heart for LGBTQ populations, the mentally ill and those who identify with Asperger’s Syndrome. Things can get pretty bad, and support can make a difference; sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box alone.

Give me a chance to walk beside you for a while, and help transform the life you have into the life you want.

My areas of specialty include but are not limited to:

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral Therapy
  • Co-dependency
  • Chronic illness/disability/pain
  • Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
  • LGBTQ
  • Mood Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • PTSD Schizophrenia
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma
Mia Mickenberg
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Mia Mickenberg, LPC

** Mia offers online counseling

"I believe that "one life is a world." I hope you'll let me into the world you live in, and to help you thrive and grow in both your world and the world at large. I believe that counseling is not a one size fits all process - everyone is different and their counseling process will differ as well. I provide a safe space to explore life experiences and help you to identify and learn new solutions and coping skills to life’s challenges. Through the ebbs and flows of life we can hit hard times. My goal is to help you through these times. It can get better, and counseling can help.

I use a holistic and integrative approach to counseling, because as people we are not just our minds or physical selves but a combination of the two. I draw from various theories and techniques, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Reality, Solution-Focused, mindfulness and motivational interviewing, as well as incorporating the creative arts. My time working in various settings, including schools, homes, a college counseling center and a substance abuse prevention center has equipped me to work with diverse populations and many different issues. I enjoy working with and have a great deal of experience in counseling youth, adolescents and adults. Whether you're struggling, or want to work towards thriving and being the best version of YOU, I'd love to join you on your path.

My areas of specialty include, but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA
  • LGBTQIA - adolescents
  • Substance Abuse
  • ADHD Counseling
Thomas Bufano
In network with:
  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Highmark
  • Optima
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health

Thomas Bufano, LPC

Many of my clients have told me that I am the first counselor that they felt both comfortable with and were helped by. I am warm, intuitive and effective in my approach with my clients and their concerns.

In our sessions, we'll identify triggers that are causing you distress, then we'll work together to help you develop skills and learn techniques to manage your anxieties, fears, etc. I will strive to develop your ability to cope with whatever is causing you distress; Then we'll find ways for you to manage this with positive behavioral methods. We'll also work towards gaining insight into any underlying causes of problematic behaviors.

You'll find that my approach is one of empathy, reflective listening, communication, critical thinking, and often mindfulness instruction. I'll employ active and reflective listening, teach you strategies for dealing with problems, and assist in overcoming dependencies, adjusting to life, making changes, and more.

I look forward to helping you on your journey towards a life where you are able to thrive.

  • abandonment,
  • adjustment disorder,
  • affective disorder
  • anger management
  • anxiety
  • behavioral therapy
  • bipolar, borderline
  • co-dependency
  • couples therapy
  • depression
  • dialectic behavioral therapy
  • divorce
  • dual diagnosis
  • EMDR
  • family therapy
  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • grief/loss/bereavement
  • individual therapy
  • mood disorders
  • parenting issues
  • panic disorders
  • PTSD
  • stress management
  • trauma

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