Our Counselors

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

Barbara Thomas, LMFT

Philosophy of Care

Barbara Thomas is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Pennsylvania. She has experience working with children, adolescents, couples and families seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and family/life transitions. Additionally, she has experience working with autism spectrum disorder, trauma, grief & loss, and multigenerational family patterns. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and attained her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University.

Barbara provides systemic, client-centered, contextual, and cognitive-behavioral therapy for children, adults, couples and families. Barbara focuses on the specific and unique needs of each individual through an adaptable, relational lens that encourages a fresh perspective into your life. Barbara incorporates empirically supported theories, family system theories and relational dynamics into therapy.

Barbara works to create a comfortable and open atmosphere to foster a growing and caring therapeutic relationship with you. She hopes to collaborate with you to create and achieve goals that enhance your strengths and personal fulfillment.

Education

Seton Hall University
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Self esteem
  • Trauma
  • Relationship issues
  • Life transitions
  • Multigenerational family patterns
  • Family restructuring
  • Grief & Loss
Bridget  Bogan
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Bridget Bogan, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Bridget Bogan is an art psychotherapist in the Greater Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania. She  received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Arts from the Pennsylvania State University where  she focused on Psychology and Fine Art. She completed her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Art Therapy from Lesley University in Cambridge,  Massachusetts. Bridget has experience helping children and adults navigate peer relationships,  anxiety, bereavement, post-traumatic stress, social skills, and self-awareness. 

Bridget meets people where they are on their personal path. She enjoys creating individual  therapeutic experiences by combining the arts with person-centered and trauma-informed  cultural-relational, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, mindfulness-based, humanistic  approaches. 

Bridget wants to build a positive relationship with you based on compassion, respect, and  inclusivity in order to guide you towards creating the meaningful changes and well-being you seek within yourself.

Education

Lesley University
MA in Mental Health Counseling

Specialties

  • Anxiety 
  • Bereavement 
  • Post-traumatic stress 
  • Women’s issues
Britney Brinkman
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • ComPsych
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Britney Brinkman, Psychologist

Philosophy of Care

Britney Brinkman is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Britney works with children, adolescents, and adults. She has over a decade of expertise regarding adolescent girls’ experiences, issues impacting women, gender identity and exploration, and academic and career development. 

Britney utilizes interpersonal therapy and an intersectional feminist perspective. She often integrates mindfulness, arts-based therapies, and movement therapies to provide clients with a broad range of methods for expression and to integrate mind-body connections. 

Britney builds collaborative relationships with clients to foster opportunities for exploration and discovery. She supports clients in developing ways of creating meaningful connections and living their best lives. 

Education

Colorado State University
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Adolescent Therapy 
  • Girls/ Women’s Issues 
  • Gender Questioning/ Exploration
  • Leadership/ Career
  • Relationship Issues 
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Life Transition 
  • Self-Esteem/ Exploration 
  • Issues with sex and sexual identity
Eliot Hagerty
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Eliot Hagerty, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Eliot Hagerty is a Master’s Level therapist working towards her LPC in the state of Pennsylvania. Eliot has experience working with children (6-12), adolescents (13-17), and adults (18-67) with depression, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, identity issues, and substance use. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College and received her Master of Education in Counseling and Human Services from Lehigh University. 

Eliot utilizes collaborative, strength based, trauma-informed, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused and psychodynamic approaches to therapy while maintaining the ability, flexibility and awareness necessary to adjust her approach to meet each individual’s strengths and needs. 

Eliot seeks to create a warm and welcoming environment that fosters a relationship built on trust and compassion in order to assist you in addressing your presenting concerns in order to promote achievement of your personal goals.

Education

Lehigh University
Master's in Counseling and Human Services

Specialties

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Stress Management 
  • Substance Use 
  • Addiction 
  • Peer Relationships 
  • Relationship Issues 
  • Women's Issues 
  • LGBTQIA
Erica Ploski
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Independence BlueCross
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Erica Ploski, LPC

Erica Ploski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania who has more than 26 years of experience working with adults, adolescents, and groups seeking help with depression, anxiety, grief, reproductive, bariatric and divorce issues. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in German, Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling and an Advanced Degree in Secondary School Guidance Counseling from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

Erica utilizes strength based, cognitive behavioral, dialectic, mindfulness based, solution focused and Rogerian approaches to therapy. Erica especially encourages artistic expression in her work, allowing clients to tap into their creative abilities. She strives to assist clients in feeling comfortable and encouraged during their counseling journey. She provides psycho educational information so that clients have resources to refer to in between sessions. 

Erica seeks to establish a supportive and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire. 

Erica’s specialties:

  • Perinatal Mood Disorders (depression, anxiety, OCD, etc before, during and after pregnancy)
  • Bariatric Lifestyle Support both before and after surgery 
  • Divorce Recovery 
  • Adoption preparation and post adoption support (domestic, international and embryo)
  • First Responder Support (Law Enforcement, EMS, Firefighters)
  • Infertility
  • Surrogacy Screening and Support 
  • Parenting Special Needs Children 
Kelly Corr
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kelly Corr, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Kelly Corr is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Pennsylvania who has spent the last 18 years supporting people through their journey in addressing challenges with both behavioral health and substance abuse recovery and has extensive experience with Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety and Parenting/Women’s issues. Kelly has worked with clients of all ages throughout her career, but has spent the majority of time working with adults age 18-64. Kelly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania. 

Kelly believes in the inherent ability for people to make positive changes in their lives. She has partnered with clients to support them in realizing their potential. She provides encouragement and empowerment to develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Kelly utilizes cognitive behavioral strategies to assist clients in achieving their goals. 

Kelly will work collaboratively with clients to identify how thinking patterns lead to feelings and actions and on developing skills to reduce negative thoughts. Kelly wants to provide clients with a safe environment to work on their goals, improve functioning, develop more effective coping skills and lead the life you are meant to experience.

Education

California University of Pennsylvania
Master's in Counseling

Specialties

  • Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationships
  • Grief/Loss
  • Family Issues
Kristin Roelofson
Accepting:
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Kristin Roelofson, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care 

Kristin Roelofson is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in the state of Pennsylvania. She  received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan, her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Northeastern  University in Boston, and her Master of Social Work (MSW) with Integrated Healthcare  certification from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Kristin is seeking to help clients that are looking to receive guidance with anxiety,  depression, identity and relationship issues, obsessive thoughts, emotions, grief and  loss, psychoeducation, or self-efficacy. 

Central tenets of Kristin’s practice will include: 
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) 
Strengths-based approaches 
Solution-focused methods 
Motivational interviewing 
Active and empathetic listening 
Collaborative (teamwork) approach 

Kristin aspires to provide a warm, understanding, insightful, and supportive  environment, through which clients can be assured that they do not need to endure  challenges and difficulties alone. Via honest discussion and building trust, she longs to  help clients attain their goals and develop coping skills sustainable for the short and  long term. 

Clients can expect the following from therapy sessions: 
Strategy and Skill Building: Helping clients to develop skills and activate prior  knowledge and experiences to cope with issues inside and outside of therapy sessions
Application: Going hand-in-hand with strategizing, clients will learn to utilize the skills  developed in therapy through real-life application. 
Meaningful: Sessions will be tailor-made for the individual client, and the client’s  specific goals and desired outcomes. 
Motivation: Clients will become motivated to use learned skills and build new  strategies for coping and problem solving. 
Empowerment: Clients will develop confidence and belief in their abilities to use skills  independently, to overcome challenges that they face currently and in the future. 

Kristin is committed to her ultimate goal of equipping clients with practical methods to  create a fulfilling and meaningful life. She welcomes the opportunity to support you on  your journey!

Education

Masters in Public Health
Northeastern  University in Boston

Masters in Social Work
University of Pittsburgh

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
Rachel Ogilvie
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Rachel Ogilvie, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

As your psychotherapist, Rachel will provide a safe, empowering, and empathetic environment to explore whatever brings you to therapy. The therapeutic relationship will aim to create an honest space to face the complex obstacles that may have you feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Rachel utilizes a psychodynamic, client-centered, narrative approach to therapy that can be tempered to fit the needs of each individual and their unique circumstances and goals. 

Rachel works with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, trauma, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem, sexuality, gender identity/LGBTQIA, grief/loss, adoption/foster care, and life transitions. Rachel is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for those clients looking to treat a specific traumatic experience. 

Rachel's greatest passion is helping others become the expert in their own lives through analysis of the stories we develop and carry with us about ourselves—past, present, and into our future. Through the interpretation of experiences, analysis of self, and implementation of tools clients will work towards achieving their goals through understanding. Anyone who is seeking therapy is welcome to explore and venture to make meaningful changes in their lives.

Education

Chestnut Hill College
Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Specialties

  • Depression 
  • Anxiety 
  • Self-Esteem 
  • Sexuality 
  • Gender Identity/LGBTQIA 
  • Grief/Loss 
  • Adoption/Foster Care
  • Life Transitions
Theresa Welsh
Accepting:
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Tricare
Self Pay Rate: $99

Theresa Welsh, LPC

Philosophy of Care

Welcome to Thriveworks! Theresa is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a passion for providing the utmost quality of services to individuals, couples, and families struggling with relationship issues and mental health disorders. Theresa received her Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA in which she focused her studies on Marriage and Families.

Theresa’s clinical vision is to “ensure a virtual space that is a safe place for clients to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories.” Theresa implements both Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solutions-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing interventions in her practice. “I have found that when using these interventions, individuals, couples, and families have the ability to overcome and understand their unhealthy or dysfunctional thought processes.” 

Theresa’s strength-based approach, non-judgmental nature, and focus on a strong therapeutic relationships helps clients grow to accomplish their goals. Reach out to Theresa so that you can build on your strengths and attain the growth that you are committed to accomplishing.

Education

Geneva College
Master's in Professional Counseling

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples/Marriage Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-esteem
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Trauma
  • Mindfulness
Zachary Garfinkel
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Zachary Garfinkel, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Zachary Garfinkel holds a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and School Counseling with over 3 years of experience working with adolescents, teens and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, career exploration, and behavioral issues. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Towson University and received his Master of Science in Mental Health and School Counseling from Duquesne University.  

Zach utilizes relational, strength based, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based, solution focused, person focused and emotionally focused approaches to therapy always maintaining the creativity, flexibility and awareness necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual.

Zach seeks to establish a warm and caring relationship with you in order to assist in building on your strengths and better collaborate with you towards meeting your goals and living the meaningful life you value and desire.

Education

Duquesne University
Master's in Mental Health and School Counseling

Specialties

  • Marriage
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
Jean Pantal
Accepting:
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Magellan
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • ComPsych
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Jean Pantal, PMHNP, NP-C

Philosophy of Care

“When life gives you lemon makes lemonade”. With the pandemic and restrictions in place, this quote makes more sense than ever. The only constant in life is change. This is not a cry to give up but one to redefine and refocus one-self, to adapt and find new meaning for our lives. Dr. Pantal's (aka Dr. P, DNP) philosophy of care revolves around the principles that we are all unique and we all have the ability and strength to change our life for the better.  Dr. P prioritizes the needs of the individual and works in partnership to find the best path to personal wellness.

Jean J. Pantal is a board-certified PMHNP and Medical nurse practitioner.  He graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's in business administration, a Master in Nursing Science, and a Doctor in Nursing Practice. He also graduated from Drexel University with a bachelor's in Nursing Science. Dr. P has more than ten years’ experience in Advanced Practice Nursing. The practice is dedicated to working with clients (adults) dealing with mild to moderate depression and anxiety.

Jean J. Pantal is delighted to help you adapt to changes to your environment via a Holistic approach and medication management. Telehealth psychiatric platform is provided via a secure, and HIPAA compliant setting.

Education

Temple University
Doctorate in Nursing Practice

Specialties

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
Kimberlie Taylor
Accepting:
  • ComPsych
Pending:
  • Aetna
  • Beacon Health Options
  • Cigna
  • Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
  • Humana
  • Independence BlueCross
  • Magellan
  • Multiplan
  • Quest Behavioral
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake
$100: Follow-up

Kimberlie Taylor, PMHNP-BC

Philosophy of Care 

Kimberlie Taylor is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, with training and experience treating patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and across practice settings, from in patient acute-hospitals, outpatient clinics and prison population. 

Her education includes a Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner specialization, from Walden University and a BSN in Nursing from LaSalle University.  Kimberlie utilizes Jean Watson 10 Caritas, where the patient is always the focus of the practice.  

Kimberlie firmly believes that the patient is the leader in their care and has deep respect for the clients lived experience.  Kimberlie’s goal is to empower patients in their decision-making.

Education

Walden University
Master's in Nursing

 

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Barbara

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Barb is an amazing therapist. She is compassionate and very motivated. I highly recommend her.
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Erica Ploski

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Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services!
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Erica

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Erica Ploski

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Erica Ploski is an exceptionally professional and compassionate counselor. I highly recommend her services.
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Erica is a wonderful therapist, in my 30+ years, by far the best. She is caring, understanding, non judgmental, real, has experience, both educational, and more importantly real life. I felt completely comfortable opening up and would recommend her to anyone, especially if they have suffered trauma.
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Therese was a great therapist! Highly recommend her! Fabulous and helped with addressing all of my concerns!
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Lavonda is an excellent therapist

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Cecelia Baldwin

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Akeesha takes time to build authentic relationships to get to the core of the problem.
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I really like my therapist

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Ive only had 2 appts, so I can’t tell too much. But, I really like my therapist, the location and flexibility of scheduling!!
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The staff and counselor I encountered were really nice.

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The staff and counselor I encountered were really nice. If my co-pay wasn’t so expensive I would have loved to continue my sessions here.
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Bonnie Healey was a phenomenal counselor.

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Bonnie Healey was a phenomenal counselor. She was easy to talk to, a great listener, and offered excellent insight into my situation. The only reason I’m leaving (temporarily) is my personal financial situation has changed drastically. I hope to be back on my feet soon and the second I do, I’ll be making an appointment with Bonnie again. Thriveworks made the process easy and comfortable, and I appreciate all the help from Bonnie and the entire organization.
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