CLINICIANS

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STACI CONNOLLY, LCSW (Clinical Director)

 

I have over 20 years experience as a clinician and have watched the landscape of mental health change. I recognize that psychotherapy must encompass a Mind, Body, and Spirit approach. As a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional, my goal is to address the whole person when treating depression, anxiety, stress, relationships, parenting, and trauma. My approach is person-centered, understanding that each individual has a unique story and journey. Through a holistic lens, I work with adolescents, adults, and couples to guide and support an individual on their path of enhancing their understanding of themselves so that they may  improve the quality of their life and overall wellness. 

 

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RONIA ARABATLIAN, LCSW

My passion and experience lend itself to working with adults, adolescents, and children who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief/loss, stress, relationship issues, ADD/ADHD, OCD, school-related issues, learning differences, self-esteem, self-harm, as well as other emotional and behavioral challenges.

Through a psychodynamic approach, I provide individual therapy and work with the family to help navigate the healing process. I have a special interest in working with individuals who have children or siblings who are physically, mentally, emotionally, and medically challenged. Additionally, I work with individuals who struggle with issues relating to infertility and domestic violence. My professional training and my personal experiences offer a unique perspective and understanding.

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LAURA BETANCOURT, PH.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with an undergraduate degree in English from Saint Joseph’s University, and Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College (MA, 2003, PhD, 2007).  I am also trained in school psychology with extensive experience in developmental neurocognitive functioning and assessment. My experience spans a wide range of settings including school, hospital, and rehabilitation settings. In my work I utilize scientifically evaluated strategies and approaches to building an alliance and therapeutic working relationship with clients. I naturally employ an empathic and honest presence, valuing and respecting the experiences and perspectives of my clients. Drawing from CBT, ACT, mindfulness, as well as family systems models of psychological function, I work with individuals to identify their goals and to develop skills that will lead to healthy functioning and adaptation to challenges and transitions across the lifespan. 

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S. Karina Carnall, LPC

As a licensed professional counselor, who works with children, adolescents, and adults. I work with individuals and families who struggle with, depression, anxiety ADHD, behavior issues, parenting challenges, school related issues, peer issues, and trauma. The former classroom teacher, and family/school social worker in me has always enjoyed supporting a variety of age groups. Whether it is through games, and art with the younger ones or through traditional talk therapy with adults, I take great pride in delivering treatment in ways that are meaningful and developmentally fitting. Christian/Catholic focused care and/or therapy in Spanish is also available upon request. I encourage even my youngest clients to creatively explore their thoughts, and behavior patterns while practicing new skill sets. I also help people find ways to reduce unwanted symptoms, gain a sense of empowerment through psychoeducation and to create a stronger mind and body connection.

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 ALLEN RAND COLEMAN, PH.D.

I am a graduate of Hahnemann University, where I obtained my clinical psychology training, specializing in neuropsychology. I also completed a two-year fellowship in the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. I enjoy working with adults, adolescents, children, and families. I am trained in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, attachment-based therapy, and parenting techniques. My experience includes working with a large behavioral health organization in Pennsylvania, where I focused on treating people with anxiety, depression, stress, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, school-based issues, and relationship challenges.

I also specialize in and treat children with Autism, intellectual disability, and severe behavior problems. I am a certified Theraplay trainer and supervisor. Theraplay aids in helping families develop better relationships with their autistic children/siblings and is integrated with other modalities, such as picture communication programs (e.g., PECS), the teaching of daily life skills, positive behavioral supports, and community integration practice. I also provide neuropsychological evaluations, ADD/ADHD testing, individual, couple, and family therapy.

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ROEL COMPENDIO, MD

Roel D. Compendio is a licensed psychiatrist and diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He completed a psychiatry residency at Hahnemann University Hospital – MCP in Philadelphia, PA. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines. Earlier in his career, he served as a staff psychiatrist at Crozer Chester Medical Center and worked in the medical/surgical unit, crisis service, and outpatient community mental health services.

He later joined Mainline Health System, where he served as the Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Paoli Memorial Hospital and staff psychiatrist at the American Day Treatment Center in Exton, PA. Dr. Compendio currently maintains a full-time private practice providing service in Paoli and Cornerstone Therapy and Wellness.

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TONI GALM, LPC

Deciding to get help for an emotional issue is not easy. However, when that decision is made, it demonstrates personal insight and a willingness to commit to improving oneself. The basic foundation of any therapeutic relationship begins with that mutual commitment and building rapport.

Regardless of age, that rapport becomes the spring- board to trust, leading to the ability to work through any problem collaboratively. As a licensed therapist and has worked in this field for over 25 years, I have become well versed in treating depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues, relationship/marital/parenting difficulties, stress-related concerns, as well as addiction.

My therapeutic approach is one derived from the individual and their perception of the issues presented. Through clinical interventions and fundamental human compassion, the counseling experience can be one of positive change when approached from the person’s perspective.

My objective is to assist people with breaking through barriers so personal goals can be achieved.

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 Hillary Hayen, Psy.D.

As a licensed psychologist, I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults who are struggling with difficult thoughts, feelings, or experiences that get in the way of what they want to do or who they can become. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) based interventions. However, I acknowledge and tailor sessions to meet the specific needs of each individual. I enjoy journeying with my clients to help them find the strength within themselves. I offer a warm, relational approach. I provide a combination of empathy, process, and effective skill building techniques that you can utilize in and out of session. My goal is to help you create a richer, more meaningful life, so you can live aligned with those values, not your fears. I’ve worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric, outpatient community mental health, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services, and in equine-facilitated psychotherapy. Additionally, I offer several types of psychological tests and assessments for the purpose of developing a deeper understanding of one’s presenting concerns, as well as providing appropriate diagnosis and treatment intervention. I have specialized in personality testing and differential diagnosis, including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum disorder.

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ELIZABETH HIGGINS, LCSW
 

I believe that all people can grow, change, develop, and thrive by learning new skills and new behaviors in their own lives. Resiliency and recovery are achieved through trust, empathy, and a sincere therapeutic relationship. I have been a Social Worker for over 14 years. During that time, I have helped adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples achieve the life they want to live. My training and experience include Comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Modification, and Cognitive Therapy to treat mood disorders, anxiety, stress, depression, and borderline personality disorder, ADHD, emotional deregulation, anger management, and trauma.

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 Tammy King, Psy.D.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience treating patients of various issues related to anxiety, depression, stress management, grief and loss, PTSD, ADHD, ODD, mood disorders, Autism spectrum, OCD, self-esteem, anger issues, and relationship difficulties. I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a doctorate degree in clinical psychology. I have experience as an evaluator identifying medical necessity for the appropriate level of care. Additionally, I have experience working in community mental health centers, hospitals, and in private practice. Through an integrated and holistic approach, I work with children, adolescents, and adults gaining insight into their issues, and building on strengths to promote resilience and change. I assist others with developing insight, and developing adaptive coping skills for future success and healing.

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KATHLEEN MCBETH, LPC

I have over twenty years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, including couples and families struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, parenting, school-related issues, stressful relationships, and addiction issues. I also have extensive experience working with families with adopted children struggling with attachment disorder and trauma-related issues. I am a Level II EMDR trained therapist, have extensive training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and Theraplay.

 
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ANGEL MYERS, NCC, LPC

I pride myself in offering a safe, welcoming, understanding, and confidential space for clients of all ages to explore their strengths and use those strengths to meet their desired areas of improvement within their daily functioning. I am passionate about providing an integrative, holistic, collaborative, encouraging, and empathetic approach to the counseling journey. If you are reading this and thinking about receiving counseling services, please know you are brave, and you deserve connections to support and resources for a healthier way of living. I believe my clients need someone to encourage them to maintain their strengths and challenge them to develop insight and motivation towards their areas of improvement and treatment goals through individual, family, and couples counseling sessions.

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from West Chester University in 2015 and my Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Immaculata University in 2018. Over the years of providing exceptional counseling services at a non-profit organization for children, adolescents, adults, and their families, I have had the privilege to work with a diverse population of clients ranging from 2 to 58 years of age with a variety of presenting mental health diagnoses and symptoms, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, ODD/Conduct Disorders, PTSD, grief/loss, anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, and suicidality. I specialize in providing an evidence-based therapeutic model known as Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT). PCIT is integrative and therapeutic coaching model for children and their parents to increase emotional regulation, behavioral regulation, compliance, communication skills, and relationship while using play therapy, attachment therapy, and behavioral interventions.

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LAUREN PAPENFUSS, LPC, PMH-C

It’s not always easy to find and accept help, and I am passionate about providing a safe and comfortable space to help others reach their goals. I have worked in the mental health field for many years and in multiple settings which helps me to bring an integrative approach to all different kinds of people. I like to think I have a good sense of humor, caring personality, and general desire for people to feel healthier and happier.

My specialties consist of working with adults, adolescents and children who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, family conflict, peer and school issues, and parenting difficulties. My passion lies in perinatal mood disorders to help parents through mood changes, scary thoughts, parenting challenges, and relationship struggles. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Shippensburg University, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University, and am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I also have a certification in Perinatal Mood Disorders. 

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DANA PIERGIOVANNI, LPC, BCBA

I believe seeking professional counseling is a pivotal first step in working toward a better quality of life. I am passionate about empowering individuals to help themselves. I provide an open, supportive, and safe counseling environment. I have over 15 years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum and their families. I am both a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and a professional in the mental health field. This unique perspective, combined with a strong Applied Behavior Analysis background, helps me provide a meaningful therapeutic relationship with clients experiencing various challenges.

 
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KARA SAVASTIO, LCSW

I am passionate about my work with children, adolescents, adults, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, work/school issues, grief/bereavement, terminal illness, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and trauma. I also specialize in working with blended and non-traditional families.

Using a psychodynamic approach and drawing upon cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness techniques, I will work with you to identify, explore, and overcome negative thoughts, behaviors, and patterns. I believe everyone can benefit from the right therapeutic relationship. I seek to provide a safe space, a warm environment, and the clinical support needed to work through the everyday and extraordinary challenges life has in store.

 
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WHIT WILSON, LPC

Reaching out for help when you’re hurting or struggling takes a tremendous amount of courage. I am ever-mindful of this as I meet with clients and believe that a safe and authentic therapeutic relationship is the primary vehicle for growth and change.

This begins with understanding and empathizing with the unique story of each person. I bring warmth, care, and bits of humor to my work with clients. I am experienced in supporting adolescents and adults who experience depression, anxiety, stress, trauma, low self- esteem, men’s issues, relational challenges, addictions, faith/spirituality concerns, and serious mental illness.

I draw on various evidence-based practices, including cognitive- behavioral, mindfulness-based, motivational interviewing, and trauma-informed care models, all the while seeking to be collaborative and holistic in my approach with each person.

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