Meet our Providers

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

Larissa L. Smith, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

I like to provide a calm and welcoming environment in a world that may at times seem overwhelming. I have always found that not only are people's needs situationally specific, but so is the individual. In my time practicing, I have worked with a variety of people working to achieve many different goals, and together we have worked to identify such and build a framework to best achieve self-identified happiness. I have worked with individuals to assist on a path to finding a new and most positive direction in life. I like to know that happiness comes in many ways. One of my favorite sayings is "Do something good for yourself today".

In my time practicing, I have come to find that my realm of training to be of benefit to the broad range of clients that I serve. Of such, I specialize in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-Processing), as well as utilization of a Thera Tapper, Hypnosis, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Reiki Therapy.

I like to start every session saying that I am very easy going and more than willing to answer any questions at any point. My purpose is to get to know you as a person and not just a piece of paper or diagnosis. We have all had strife in life in some way, and the crisis or struggling point, is different. Yet, don't stop there. Find peace within the journey.

Education

University Of Pittsburgh
Master of Social Work

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • LGBTQIA
  • Sexual Offenders
  • Schizophrenia
  • EDMR
  • CBT
  • DBT

 

Mikayla Bartley
Accepting:
  • Cigna
Self Pay Rate: $99

Mikayla Bartley, Resident in Counseling

Philosophy of Care

Mikayla is a master’s level clinician in the state of Pennsylvania. She has experience partnering with children, adolescents, and adults seeking help with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life transitions, and more. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Grove City College and her Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling from Messiah University. 

Mikayla utilizes a person-centered approach to counseling with techniques drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, reality therapy, and more that emphasize awareness, mindfulness, acceptance, responsibility, and life skills necessary to best meet the needs of every unique individual.

Mikayla works towards an atmosphere of comfort and openness in order to foster a growing and caring relationship with each client. She strives for a therapeutic environment that is collaborative and goal-oriented in order for clients to create and achieve goals and engage in meaningful connections. 

Education

Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
Messiah University

Specialties

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mindfulness
  • Relationship issues
  • Religious issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress management
  • Women’s issues
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
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

 

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

Molly Alvord, LCSW

Philosophy of Care

Molly Alvord is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work and has over 17 years of experience as a licensed clinician. Working in a variety of settings, Molly has had the pleasure of helping people of all ages and backgrounds by providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy. 

Molly has a Humanistic approach that involves unconditional positive regard with a blend of techniques including person centered, motivational, solution focused, cognitive, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness to work with the client to find the methods that will fit their needs.

Molly starts where the client is and helps them explore their reasons for choosing therapy and identify their goals. Employing a variety of techniques to meet the client’s needs, Molly empowers her clients to use their strengths to make positive changes in their lives.  

Education

University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work
Masters of Social Work

Specialties

  • Couples/Relationship Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Anxiety Therapy
  • Stress Counseling
  • Depression Counseling
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