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Therapists for Individuals, Couples, and Families

Our qualified staff develop caring and compassionate relationships with our clients to support individuals of all ages for a variety of social and mental health issues.  

 

Please Note: The Peacemaker Center is not a crisis center. Therapists are not guaranteed to be available on-call or after normal business hours.

 

In the event of an emergency: Dial 911 or call the Chester County Crisis Services Center, open 24/7 at 610-280-3270

 

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Judy Reid, MSW, LCSW, LMFT - Executive Director

​Judy has worked with the Board of Directors to lead The Peacemaker Center since its inception in 2000. Judy works from a family systems framework that includes understanding and changing patterns in one's life. She has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and in the foster care and behavioral health systems. In addition to trauma, Judy works with couples and family relationships, people who have mood disorders and anxiety disorders and families with disruptive or addictive behaviors. Judy supervises the clinical staff and Interns which helps to maintain the high standard of clinical excellence.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Marriage, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, EMDR, and Attachment Disorder

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) - Pennsylvania
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) - Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Certified for Trauma Treatment
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) approved Supervisor

Education and Experience
Master of Social Work (MSW), Marywood Graduate School of Social Work.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Social Work, Eastern College
Certification, Marriage and Family Therapy, The Family Institute of Philadelphia
35 years with Access Services, a non-profit social service agency

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

judy.reid@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Scott Edwards, MDiv, MA, LPC - Director of Operations

Scott joined The Peacemaker Center staff in 2006. Currently Scott is the Director of Operations while continuing to see clients in the Kennett Square and Downingtown offices. Scott has a wide variety of experience serving as a helping professional over the past 25 years. He has held positions both in church ministries and community agencies including Bereavement Counselor, Pastoral Counselor, Assistant, Associate, and Senior Pastor and as a Clinical Supervisor in Hospice. Scott adheres to an eclectic theoretical approach with an emphasis on person centered and cognitive restructuring. Scott enjoys the front row seat to seeing lives change for the better.

Specialties
Premarital, Marriage, Grief and Loss, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Addictions, Relational Conflicts, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania
Certified Prepare and Enrich Administrator
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Divinity (MDiv), Asbury Theological Seminary
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary
Bachelor’s of Religious Education, Tyndale University
Hospice Chaplain and Bereavement Counselor, Hospice of the Bluegrass, Kentucky (1995)
Pastor of Adult Ministries, Grace Church, Northern New Jersey (1999-2001)
Senior Pastor and Small Groups Pastor, Meadowbrook Church (2001-2006)
Clinical Supervisor and Chaplain, Delaware Hospice (2006-2018)

Offices
Downingtown, Kennett Square, Telehealth

scott.edwards@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Amy Wengrenovich Hummel, DA, LMFT

As a therapist, Amy holds the belief that each person has the capacity for growth and change. She incorporates self-compassion into therapy sessions as a way for individuals to form a new, healthier view of themselves. With couples, she helps them move past quarrels to take a look at what sits underneath the surface, which sets the stage for creating a more secure and trusting bond. Amy has experience as a coach and mentor in youth volleyball, where she continues to support young women in a sports psychologist role as the creator of "Power Up Whole Athlete". Her "passion project," as she calls it, is blogging and adding online resources for individuals, couples, and families through her online platform called "Rooted to Fly." Outside of the therapy room, Amy is a proud wife and mother! She lives with her husband and daughter in West Chester. She enjoys being outside at the beach or lake, painting, reading, and doing yoga.

Specialties
Marriage & Premarital Counseling, Women’s Issues, Faith/Spirituality (especially related to faith-shifts or changes), Depression, Anxiety/Stress, Identity, Communication, Mindfulness, Therapy with Art, Setting Boundaries, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Doctorate (DA) Marriage and Family Therapy, Eastern University 
Masters in Theology (MA ) Theology and Counseling, Palmer Seminary
Palmer University Internship, working in a women's shelter, Tijuana, Mexico
Bachelor of Science (BS) Psychology and Spanish, Virginia Tech

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Offices
Telehealth

amy.hummel@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Ann Bacon Spooner, MSS, LSW

Ann joined the Peacemaker Center in May 2007. She has worked for family service organizations, churches and Christian-based group practices as therapist, pastoral counselor, speaker, and trainer. She has maintained a private practice in the Philadelphia area since 1977. Ann has a desire to serve local churches by offering ministry leaders interactive workshops to equip them to deal with both the reality of and prevention of sexual abuse within the church. Ann’s main passion is to help people discover how to apply the grace of God practically to the details of their life. She is married and has two adult children. She thrives on variety-different types of personalities, food, travel, and styles of worship.

Specialties
Individual, Marriage, Premarital and Family Counseling. Special Interests: Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Life Transitions, Depression, Adults with a Physically or Psychologically Absent Parent, Blended Families

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - Pennsylvania (1975)

Education and Experience
Master of Social Science (MSS), Clinical Social Work, Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (1974)
Certification in Biblical Counseling (1989)

Organizations
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Offices
Downingtown, Audubon, Telehealth

ann.spooner@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Becca Brittain, MSW, LCSW

Becca has worked to build hope and change with clients for over 17 years. Becca works from a holistic framework that includes using various theories and interventions to help children and adults understand themselves and how to create meaningful life change in practical ways. She has worked with children and adolescence’s dealing with anxiety, trauma and mental health issues as well as their families within the school systems as well as the behavioral health systems. She has also worked in a residential setting with adults addressing multiple issues including addiction, bipolar, personality and mood disorders.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Adolescents, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, Mood Disorders, Addiction, Relationships

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) - Pennsylvania

Education and Experience
Master of Social Work (MSW), Marywood Graduate School of Social Work.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Social Work, Cairn University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bible, Cairn University
15 years with Lakeside Educational Network, a non-profit agency
3 years with Project Transition

Organizations
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Offices
Fort Washington, Telehealth

becca.brittain@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Bonnie Kotler, MS, LPC

Bonnie works with clients from adolescent to adult with a wide variety of life issues including anxiety, depression, and adjustment difficulties. She also works with people experiencing the effects of abuse and trauma. She favors an eclectic approach to therapy, recognizing that the “past is present” and then working to modify current thoughts and behaviors to produce lasting change. Bonnie is a Christ follower and active member of Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, PA. Bonnie and her husband Mitch have been married since 1984 and have 5 children. Bonnie desires to help her clients work through their difficult life experiences in order to “make beauty out of ashes” (Isaiah 61:3).

Specialties
EMDR, Trauma, and Abuse, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Faith-Based counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) – Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Counseling and Human Relations, Villanova University
Bachelor of Science (BS), University of Maryland
Clinical internship at an outpatient facility working with individuals and groups struggling with drug and alcohol addiction

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

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Dan Rodgers, MBA, MA, LPC

Since 2008, Dan, a military veteran and former corporate executive, has supported clients of all ages at the Peacemaker Center. He has particular compassion for those struggling with anxiety, depression, substance abuse and/or post-traumatic stress. His desire is to come alongside the burdened with the encouragement and truth of God’s purpose for us, based on Jeremiah 29:11. A former corporate executive for 20+ years, Dan brings a unique understanding to executive coaching, military transitions, and vocational counseling. An avid musician, he enjoys offering music therapy. Dan is a lifelong learner and a disciple of Jesus Christ, saved by grace, passionate about philosophy and apologetics. He's been happily married since 1982 and has three daughters, all who enjoy time together outdoors! His family attends Providence church in West Chester, PA.

Specialties
Trauma, Addictions, Grief and Loss, Marriage and Family, Relational Stress, Biblical Growth and Spirituality

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Trauma and Event-Driven Trauma Certified
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Certified
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Certified
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certified
Hypnotherapy Certified​
Prepare and Enrich Certified for premarital or marital counseling

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Master of Arts in Business Administration (MBA), University of Miami
Master of Arts (MA), Music, University of Miami
Decade serving in a clinical rehab setting with substance abuse addiction therapy
Worship leader

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Offices
Kennett Square, Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

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Dawn Sirois, MA, LMFT

Dawn is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with couples, families, individuals, and children. She implements a systematic treatment approach, which holds the belief that in order to treat an individual, it is important to explore how their family, work, and school systems correlate. Dawn also utilizes faith based counseling to help individuals grow closer in their relationship to God. Dawn recognizes that each person and family is unique and requires a customized treatment plan. She has worked with children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities in the behavioral health system. She is married and enjoys spending time outside.

Specialties
Faith-based Counseling, Couples and Families, Children, Adolescents, Relationship Concerns, Low Self-Worth/Self-Esteem, Life Transitions

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Certified Emotion Focused Therapist - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Marriage and Family Therapy, LaSalle University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Millersville University

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family (AAMFT)

Offices
Telehealth

dawn.sirois@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Emily Fries, MSW, LCSW

Emily has a passion for helping people learn to navigate through life's challenges. Her main goal in counseling is to provide a non-judgmental, safe space for people to learn more about themselves and how to embrace the person God made them to be. She doesn't believe there is "one size fits all" approach to therapy and pulls from various theories and therapeutic interventions to create change and growth in each client. Emily has experience in crisis intervention, anxiety and depression management, spirituality/faith struggles, behavior management, trauma, and grief and loss. She resides in Chester County, PA with her husband and four children.

Specialties
Anxiety and Depression Management, Faith/Spirituality Struggles, especially as related to mental health concerns, Trauma, Addiction, Complicated Grief and Loss, Bereavement Counseling, Mood and Personality Disorders, Crisis Counseling, Emotional Regulation, Behavior Management

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MSW), Social Work, Millersville University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Social Work, West Chester University

Organizations
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

emily.fries@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Karen Uhler, MA, LPC

Karen has been in the field of counseling since 1980. Her background in counseling started in the area of drug and alcohol addiction. In Karen’s many years in working with individuals, she has expanded her counseling to help others with addictions as well as mental health, trauma, individual, couple’s and marriage counseling, and eating disorders. Her goal is to lead her clients into regaining hope in their lives and help them find and live out their true identity. Her clinical approach is Reality therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT).

Specialties
Drug and Alcohol Rehab, Life Trauma, Mental Health Issues, Individual and Marriage Counseling, Eating Disorders, Spirituality

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling Psychology, Immaculata College
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Criminal Justice, The College of New Jersey
Inpatient rehabilitation center for 14 to 25 year old adolescents and young adults (4 years)
Outpatient drug and alcohol counseling
Methadone maintenance clinic

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

karen.uhler@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Lisa McCartney, MS, LPC

Lisa is committed to the therapeutic process and believes that healing and wholeness are possible through a variety of methods. She is client-focused and likes to cater her therapy to meet the needs of the individual. She enjoys working with a variety of people, ensuring a safe and nonjudgmental environment for clients to truly process and move forward. Lisa’s expertise includes marriage and family relationships, anxiety, OCD, depression, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss. Lisa welcomes all clients and respects those who prefer not to bring faith into their therapy experience. However, she is a best fit for those who are open to both a clinical and pastoral approach to counseling.

Specialties
EMDR, Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure to Response Prevention (ERP), Marriage and Family relationships, adolescents, Grief and Loss, Faith-based counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Certification of Advanced Specialization in Counseling
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Christian Counseling, Cairn University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Professional Studies: Education and Literature, West Chester University
10+ years of professional counseling in clinical and pastoral care

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Offices
West Chester, Downingtown, Telehealth

lisa.mccartney@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Lisa Qualmann, MABC, LPC

Lisa has eight years of experience in a private practice setting, and she believes in collaborating to create a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere where thoughts, emotions, and behaviors can be explored, understood, and healed. Lisa especially enjoys working with women who want help with depression, relationships, eating disorders, body image, and boundaries. Lisa is married and has two young sons. Her husband is in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard Reserves and they are happy to be reunited after his first deployment. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and spending time with friends.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Women, Diagnosis, Geriatrics, and Adult Issues, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC), Dallas Theological Seminary (2008)

Offices
Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

lisa.qualmann@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Melanie S Wilson, MS, LMFT

Melanie's goal is to help clients navigate difficult circumstances and life transitions to bring healing and restoration to their lives. She seeks to utilize techniques from Solution Focused and Narrative Therapy to help couples and families overcome stressful situations, believing every life story has the potential to be re-written. Melanie has experience working with women to empower and help them find hope as they work through issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, spirituality, and relationships. She recently left a 19-year career in the banking industry to follow her passion in marriage and family therapy. Melanie attends Willowdale Chapel and enjoys serving within the women's ministry. She lives in Southern Chester County with her husband and daughter.

Specialties
Marriage, Couples & Family, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Women's Issues, Adolescents, Faith-Based Counseling, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University
Bachelor of Arts (BS), Psychology, West Virginia University

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society
Delta Kappa MFT Honor Society

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

melanie.wilson@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Nicole S McKinney, PhD, LMFT

With nearly 20 years experience of empowering individuals, couples and families, Dr. Nicole McKinney aims to inspire those she counsels. She is passionate about people and the restoration, maintenance, progression of their relationships. Dr. McKinney has experience working with people at various life stages, having different abilities and from diverse backgrounds. She also counsels at a private practice in the Philadelphia area. Dr. McKinney is the Program Manager for an NIH R01 research trial at the University of Delaware where she helps African American families coping with parental cancer. Dr. McKinney has experience as an adjunct professor for graduate students pursuing doctoral education. As well outreach experience details mentorship to undergraduate students in a leadership fellows program as they professionally develop and implement action strategies to meet their leadership goals. Dr. McKinney presents annually at conferences and invited speaking engagements and is a published researcher. Dr. McKinney is involved in the prayer ministry and the youth department at her church. She also has participated in missions work to third-world countries with the Pennsylvania COGIC Commonwealth Missions and is the Chaplin for Dayna’s iCare Foundation.

Specialties
Anger, Anxiety, "Before the Ring" Counseling, Communication, Disability, Infidelity, Life Transitions, Premarital and Re-Marital Counseling, Self-Worth, and Spirituality (Christian Counseling)

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) - Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Couple and Family Therapy, Drexel University
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling Psychology, Adlerian, Bowie State University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Women's Studies minor, West Chester University

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Offices
Telehealth

nicole.mckinney@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Pam Hopkins, MA, LPC

Pam joined The Peacemaker Center in 2018. She strives to provide a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic experience for her clients. She works with adolescents, teens, and adults. She seeks to understand the effects of childhood attachments and trauma to bring healing in the counseling process. She uses a variety of approaches based on client’s needs. Pam and her husband, Ken, have been married since 1986. Together, they have six children and twelve grandchildren. She enjoys family time, traveling, cooking, entertaining, reading, and gardening.

Specialties
EMDR, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Spiritual Abuse, Women's Issues, Cognitive Therapy, Anxiety, Depression

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania
Global Trauma Recovery Institute Certification
The Trauma Healing Institute: Certified as Apprentice Facilitator
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling, Missio Seminary
Bachelor of Science (BS), Bob Jones University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

pam.hopkins@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Samantha Hess, MS, LPC

Samantha has always had a dedication for helping others and has been working in the counseling field since 2014. She believes it is of the utmost importance to develop a strong, trusting, and safe relationship with all her clients. She uses a strength-based and psycho-dynamic approach in order to assist her clients in gaining insight and healing. Her background is in drug and alcohol addiction as well as mental health and repairing damaged relationships within the family unit. Samantha has worked in both inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facilities prior to joining the Peacemaker Center team. It is Samantha’s passion to take a journey with her clients as they heal from their woundedness.

Specialties
Individual and Group therapy, Addiction Recovery, Mood Disorders, Trauma Recovery, Co-occurring Disorders

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania

Education and Experience
Masters of Science (MS), Counseling and Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in co-occurring disorders, Chestnut Hill College (2016)

Offices
Telehealth

samantha.hess@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Sharie L Neal, MA, LPC

As a Christian counselor, Sharie partners with clients to bring healing and wholeness through a therapeutic partnership and integrative counseling approaches that provide knowledge, practical application and hope. Her 30 years of counseling experience and training have made her knowledgeable and skilled at uncovering root problems and identifying life processes that lead to recovery. Sharie is a conference, retreat, and workshop speaker. She is the author of The Christian Woman's Guide to a Blessed Life, a book providing practical learning tools for personal life and home management. She chaired a Christian Women's Discipleship Organization in the tri-state area for over 25 years. Sharie has been married for 42 years and is the mother of three adult children and grandmother of three grandchildren.

Specialties
Trauma (Complex, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Domestic Violence), Couples and Marriage Therapy, Grief and Loss, Life Management, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
Certified Biblical Counselor
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Biblical Counseling Certification, Christian Research & Development
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling Psychology, Eastern University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Communications

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACA)
Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA)
National Biblical Counseling Association (NBCA)
Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

sharie.neal@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Shavaun McGinty, MA, LPC, CT

Shavaun received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University. She combines both client centered and reality therapy approaches in her work with clients. A certified grief counselor, Shavaun has a passion for helping people work through grief and loss and has facilitated a bereavement support group in her community for the past ten years. Shavaun also draws upon her experience as a school counselor in working with children and adolescents. Shavaun and her husband have three children and two dogs.

Specialties
Grief and Loss, Trauma, Children and Adolescents, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certification in Thanatology (CT), Association for Death Education Counseling
Certified Elementary Guidance Counseling, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling Psychology, Immaculata University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Russian and International Studies, University of Richmond

Organizations
Association for Death Education and Counseling (ACEC)
American Counseling Association (ACA)

Offices
Downingtown, Kennett Square, Telehealth

shavaun.mcginty@thepeacemakercenter.org

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TaMara Gray-Phillips, MS, LMFT

TaMara brings a wealth of experience in an unconventional way. As a former owner of a home healthcare company that provided services to the elderly, TaMara assisted families, particularly adult children, making tough healthcare and financial decisions for their parent(s). TaMara currently specializes in creating a platform of transparency and acceptance, and an environment in which concerns can be explored, understood, and resolved. She works from a family systems framework with a solutions-based focus. She has been married for over 10 years and has a daughter and son with her husband.

Specialties
Marriage and Relationship/Family Dynamics (Divorce, Finance, Communication, Sex, and In-Laws), Death, Abandonment, Fairness in the Household, Roles and Responsibilities, Children with Mental Illness, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Certified Prepare-Enrich Facilitator

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Biology, Spelman College
Graduate work, biological sciences, Harvard University
Leadership team member, Non-profit organization Marriage Ministry

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Pennsylvania Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT)
Chi Upsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society

Offices
Telehealth

tamara.gray-phillips@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Vicki Shay, MA, LPC, CSAM

Vicki became a therapist because of her desire to help people reach their fullest potential by overcoming their difficulties and making changes to live a healthier, happier life. Using an approach that combines reality theory and person-centered techniques, Vicki works to facilitate an environment of hope and healing; to integrate faith, grace, and proven psychological principles with individuals, couples and families as they work through their difficulties and goals towards greater personal growth and wellness. Vicki and her husband, Tim, have three children and two grandchildren. As the mother of an autistic young man, she understands the challenges as well as the joys that come with raising a child with special needs, and together with her family is an active advocate for children and families of children with autism.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Couples and Families, Special Needs, Anger Management, Depression, Clinical Anxiety Treatment, Women's Emotional Health, Family Therapy, Adolescent Behavior Issues, and Trauma Treatment, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - Pennsylvania
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM)
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University
Certificate in Biblical Counseling, Liberty University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
Alpha Sigma Lambda, Delta Xi Chapter, National Honor Society
Delta Epsilon Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, National Scholastic Honor Society
Kappa Gamma Pi, National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Offices
Downingtown, Kennett Square, West Chester, Telehealth

vicki.shay@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Whitney Witczak, MA, LMFT

Whitney brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background. She has spent her life’s work helping people through change, first in a corporate setting and now as a family therapist. Her approach is holistic, person-centered and strengths based. Whitney works from a family systems perspective that includes exploring the interpersonal dynamics that play such an important role in our overall well-being. She enjoys helping her clients bring out the best in themselves and in their relationships. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time in nature, running, dancing and connecting with friends and family.

Specialties
Individual, Marriage, Premarital and Family counseling. Special Interests: Life Transitions, Relationship Difficulties, Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Career Counseling, Self-Esteem, Parenting, Communication, Spirituality, Walk and Talk Therapy, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Applied Positive Psychology Certificate
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Marriage and Family Therapy, LaSalle University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Communications, Miami University

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Offices
Kennett Square, West Chester, Telehealth

whitney.witczak@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Tracy Y Defina, PhD

Tracy has extensive experience working with families as a preschool teacher, ministry head, and as a wife and parent of teenagers. Her passion is seeing individuals, couples, and families thrive. With compassion and connection, she offers hope for clients to grow; healing wounds and relationships. Addressing anxiety and depression from trauma is a strength of Tracy’s in addition to working with sexuality and sexual addiction including partner support. She is skilled at helping clients with emotion regulation, creating connections, and moving forward in life. She also delights in walking alongside clients on their faith journey as interested. Tracy enjoys reading, swimming, cooking, travel, and her family.

Specialties
Individuals, Families, Couples, Children, Faith/Spirituality, Life Transitions, Parenting, Infertility, Anxiety & Depression

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) - in progress
PA Elementary Education Certification

Education and Experience
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Marriage & Family Therapy, Eastern University
Masters of Education (M.Ed), Cabrini College
Bachelor of Arts (BA), International Relations & French, University of Richmond

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)

Offices
West Chester, Downingtown, Telehealth

tracy.defina@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Christine Marie Granese, MS

Chris is dedicated to the whole person concept of mental, spiritual, and physical health. Her range of personal and professional experience include working with children and families concerning attachment and bonding. Chris relates and is sensitive to her experience with bereavement and addiction counseling. She engages her clients with Cognitive Behavior Therapy when it is suited for the individual. Mental health and self-care are areas of primary importance in her desire to empower individuals to gain new insight, change and re-create their story in order to lead a more fulfilling life. Chris is married and has five children. She and her husband co-founded a children's home in Central America, 23 years ago. She travels there several times a year and keeps involved by volunteering her time and sharing her love with those children. She is an avid cook, gardener and health and fitness enthusiast.

Specialties
Faith Based Counseling, Anxiety, Attachment Issues, Depression, Grief, Addiction, Trauma, Holistic Wellness

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Exercise and Health Specialist
Group Exercise Certification

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Clinical Pastoral Mental Health Counselor, Neumann University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Exercise Science and Health, West Chester University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Emmaus Bereavement Ministry
Nourish Caregiver Ministry
Amigos de Jesus

Offices
Audubon, King of Prussia, Telehealth

chris.granese@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Deanne Weaver, MSC

Deanne began her journey to help clients out of her quest to know freedom, joy, and abundant life. Even while experiencing the heartache of dysfunctional relationships, she believes life is worth living. Deep within, she holds the capacity to experience both joy and sorrow. Emotions add color to life, and Deanne believes the ability to feel emotions, complicated or pleasant, is one of the greatest gifts she is blessed to live out. As a counselor, Deanne seeks to create a safe space for her clients to wrestle with the pain and suffering they experience, while offering compassion and hope. She brings empathy, honesty and sees beauty in brokenness. Everyone has a story. Deanne specializes in helping clients find freedom by owning their stories, revisiting painful memories, and offering tools to develop healthy relationships. When Deanne steps away from work or study, she is in the great outdoors exploring the beauty of nature with her family and friends. Deanne is a leader, sister, caregiver, friend, and cheerleader for her nieces and nephews. She loves adventure, humor, and a good cup of coffee.

Specialties
Individuals, & Adolescents Counseling, Group Counseling, Faith-Based Counseling, Leadership Coaching, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Science Counseling (MSC), Cairn University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College

Organizations
Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

deanne.weaver@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Dee (Danielle) Simone, MA, NCC

Dee is honored to serve as a counselor at The Peacemaker Center. After almost a decade working in non-profit ministry, she returned to academia to study clinical counseling, thereby uniting her love for people with her passion for psychology. Dee desires to walk closely with God and her clients in order to provide a compassionate and faithful therapeutic environment.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Individuals, Families, Adolescents, Life Transitions, Infertility, Anxiety, Depression, Grief

Licenses and Certifications
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Theology of the Body Institute Certification - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)

Offices
West Chester, Telehealth

dee.simone@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Ed Fleth, MA

Ed’s passion for counseling is rooted in his concern for people and the problems that plague us and make life difficult. He considers it an honor to sit with those in pain and listen with compassion, respect, and honesty to their struggles. Ed and his wife have been actively involved at Calvary Fellowship Church since moving to Pennsylvania in 1999. They have five children from toddler through college age.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Individual, Marriage and Family

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Counseling, Biblical Seminary (2012)

Offices
Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

ed.fleth@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Erin Galway, MA, NCC

Erin is honored to serve as a counselor at The Peacemaker Center. She incorporates person-centered, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, and mindfulness therapies and techniques to provide a safe and supportive space for clients to feel heard, recognize and use their strengths, explore their challenges, and grow empowered. Erin has enjoyed serving as a Registered Behavior Technician in agency, school, and home settings, as an Outpatient Therapist with individuals, families, and groups (psychiatric rehabilitation, anger management, social skills, school readiness, and extended school year groups), as a volunteer crisis counselor through Crisis Text Line, and as Campus Ministry Assistant in a university setting. In her Campus Ministry role, Erin supported university students and staff by supervising the community service work study program and creating and leading spiritual opportunities, such as retreats, for students. In her spare time, Erin enjoys hiking and biking.

Specialties
Children and Adolescents, Individuals, Families, Groups, Anxiety and Depression, Anger and Stress Management, Self-Esteem

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Crisis Counselor Certification

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology, Clinical Concentration and Philosophy Minor, Saint Joseph's University

Organizations
National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

Offices
West Chester, Telehealth

erin.galway@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Jill Dana Maher, MA, NCC

Jill's passion is helping her client's feel heard, supported and encouraged while working with them to identify areas for growth and tools for strength. Her wide range of personal and professional experience lends well to her holistic approach to healing. Utilizing person-centered therapy as the foundation, Jill employs tools under the cognitive-behavioral (CBT), narrative, as well as solution-focused umbrellas depending on the client's needs and comfort. Jill also believes in incorporating bodywork when applicable, using breathing exercises, mindfulness or even yoga to aid in the healing process. An authentic desire to help an individual gain insight into their challenges and confidences in their inherent strengths drive Jill's motivation to counsel. Jill also welcomes and encourages incorporating faith into therapy when desired. She is married with three children and loves cycling in and outside, yoga, and pretty much anything outdoors!

Specialties
Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Adolescents, Trauma, Sports and Athletic Counseling, Sex Therapy, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
PA Elementary Education
Group Exercise Certification

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University summa cum laude
Med, Elementary Education, Cabrini College
Bachelor of Science (BS), Cornell University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society

Offices
Downingtown, Audubon, Telehealth

jill.maher@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Jocelyn Moye, MA

Jocelyn brings her diverse background to the counseling field. Her passions for psychology and wellness led her to study Clinical Mental Health. Informed by a holistic education, she approaches stress and anxiety with a practical application of wellness interventions. Additionally, writing for a non-profit organization afforded her the opportunity to highlight international artists. She explored personal stories and retold them with compassion and an open mind. This experience helped her recognize her deep respect for people and their unique experiences. Jocelyn's goal is to help others work through their unique challenges and discover ways to be well.

Specialties
Individual Counseling, Faith-Based Counseling, Stress/Anxiety

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Counseling, Messiah University (in progress)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), English Literature, Bryn Mawr College

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

jocelyn.moye@thepeacemakercenter.org

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judy.mahoney@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Karen Fitchett, MA

Karen, a breast cancer survivor, brings a variety of life experiences (e.g. Registered Nurse, small business owner, Human Resource Director, crisis pregnancy lay counselor) to her counseling. In addition, Karen has mentored many women and girls. Karen desires to help others work through struggles and find hope and healing utilizing an integrated approach, which includes person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family systems therapy, inner child work, and other approaches. Karen is married to Curt and she enjoys running, hiking, gardening, and baking.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Individual, Family, Women, Adolescents (10 and up), Teenagers, Anxiety, Abuse, Trauma, Crisis, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained
Registered Nurse (RN)

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Professional Counseling, Liberty University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Psychology, Liberty University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
The American Association for Christian Counselors (AACC)

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

karen.fitchett@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Karen G Rogalsky, MFT

Karen is eager to walk alongside her clients to help them live their preferred lives. Having spent years living, working, and traveling around the world, she has a deep appreciation for diversity and the many things that make us each unique. She believes that a sense of humor is an essential tool for navigating life’s many obstacles, and brings a lighthearted approach into the therapy room. She works with all types of clients, and enjoys the challenge of working with couples and family systems. Karen lives in Delaware with her husband and two school-aged sons, and enjoys running, swimming and biking.

Specialties
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University (2021)
Bachelor of Science (BS), Theology, Family and Community Services, University of Delaware (2000)

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Philadelphia Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (PCEFT)

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

karen.rogalsky@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Kaylin Calamaro, MA, NCC

Kaylin brings diverse life experience and warm compassion as she walks with her clients on the journey to emotional and spiritual well-being. She lived in Asia for 14 years where she served in women's and children's ministries. She has a passion for helping people adjust to change and build better relationships. She has a heart to support those in church ministry, missionary service, and Third Culture Kids. She utilizes a person centered and family systems approach in her counseling work.

Specialties
Individuals, Marriage, Families, Parenting, Anxiety & Depression​

Licenses and Certifications
Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor (LMFT) - in progress

Educations and Experience
Master of Art (MA), Marriage and Family Counseling, Messiah University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Bible and Psychology, Columbia International University

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Offices
Downingtown, Douglassville, Telehealth

kaylin.calamaro@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Kellyann Peck, MA

Kellyann's heart is to help her clients grow in strength and wholeness. Our life's journeys can be unpredictable and uncertain. We can experience transitional changes and shifts in our perspectives: mentally, physically, and even spiritually. She believes by partnering together, clients can walk through these circumstances with courage. Kellyann's hope is to support and assist her clients to discover the best path toward their destination. She loves to help clients move forward in vitality and wants to empower them to confront the urge to give up by providing tools to reach for hope and healing again! Kellyann enjoys working with diverse demographics and cultures and looks forward to hearing the stories of her clients through progression of therapy in a safe place. She finds that sometimes all we need is support, to empower us to make choices that can impact our lives positively.

Specialties
Relationships: Individual, Couple, and Family Therapy, Military/Veteran Families

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Marriage and Family Therapy, Touro University, Los Angeles, CA, Summa Cum Laude (2022)
Bachelor of Science (BS), Ministerial Leadership, Psychology, Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL (2019)

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)
Prepare and Enrich Facilitator (2022)
Chaplain Messages of Faith Ministries, Las Vegas, NV
Kairos School of Ministry Graduate, Las Vegas, NV (2019)
Stephen Minster Graduate (Grief Training) (2016)

Offices
Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

kellyann@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Lauren Kriczky, MS

Lauren enjoys working with individuals and couples facing a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, relational stress, and trauma. She is passionate about walking alongside people in pain and assisting them to find wholeness and restoration. Lauren believes that each client is unique and strives to match therapeutic methods and treatment plans to the individual's needs. She has counseled adolescents and adults experiencing domestic violence, trauma, unexpected pregnancy, grief and loss, and adoption related stresses. Lauren and her husband live in Montgomery County and are actively involved in their church. Lauren loves going on adventures, exercising, and being outside.

Specialties
Individuals, Couples, Groups, Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Abuse, Trauma, Crisis, Grief and Loss, Relationships

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in process

Education and Experience
Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS), Villanova University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA), West Chester University
Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County - 1.5 years internship
Bethany Christian Services - 2 years working

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

lauren.kriczky@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Levi Roop, MS

Levi is passionate about helping others find hope, healing, and freedom as they wrestle with the experiences of life. As a counselor, Levi considers it an honor to walk beside people through whatever challenges they are facing on the path to healing and wholeness. Previously, he was employed in the auto body field, fixing cars for several years. Levi believes that God has called him from the work of restoring cars to the work of restoring hearts. In his spare time, Levi enjoys playing sports, exploring nature, reading, and running.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Individual Counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Educations and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Counseling, Cairn University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College
Associate in Applied Science (AAS), Collision Repair Technology Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

levi.roop@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Mary Sadler, MS

Mary considers it a privilege to sit with people as they process painful and traumatic life experiences. Responding with compassion and care, she invites clients to journey toward emotional and spiritual healing. She believes that healthy relationships are an important aspect of emotional health. During her 21 years of working as an RN she yearned to have the time to look deeper than the physical symptoms. Combining the diverse experiences she's had in the healthcare field with counseling allows her to focus on those deeper issues. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as hiking, camping, and reading.​

Specialties
Individual Counseling, Faith-Based Counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Counseling, Cairn University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Alvernia University

Organizations
Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

mary.sadler@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Nancy Mitchell, MABC

Nancy brings an abundance of life experiences to the counseling process. During her first career as a Certified Public Accountant, she audited major corporations and later led team-building exercises for CPA firms using DISC and other personality profiles. In her second career as an executive recruiter for attorneys, she coached her clients in effective interviewing skills, and guided them through the emotional aspects of job and career changes. After a diagnosis of breast cancer and subsequent treatment, Nancy returned to school to study counseling and pursue her ongoing interest in helping others live their lives to the fullest. With warmth, compassion, and humor, Nancy walks alongside her clients to support them in their journey toward emotional health and restoration. She uses an integrative approach to counseling that includes cognitive behavioral therapy, person-centered therapy, strengths-based therapy, and other approaches. A lifelong Texan, Nancy and her husband Jerry moved to Pennsylvania from Houston.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, Family Counseling, Women's Issues, Issues Unique to Single Women, Seniors, Career and Vocational Counseling, Executive Coaching

Licenses and Certifications
Licenses Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling with highest honors, Dallas Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science (BS), Accounting and Management, Houston Baptist University

Organizations
Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS)

Offices
Telehealth

nancy.mitchell@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Rachael L Hupal, MSC

Rachael has a passion for her clients to experience "mini redemptions" as she walks alongside them. She loves deeply and feels honored and excited to be able to walk with fellow strugglers in their suffering, growth, and healing. She is currently working on building her specialty in counseling and has an interest in trauma work, holistic healing, and spiritual abuse. Rachael has experience counseling college age women as they navigated that exciting but tumultuous stage of life. She enjoyed helping her clients understand grace in the midst of academic, relational, and career pressures and pursuits.​

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Anxiety and Stress Management, Depression, Spiritual Abuse

Licenses and Certifications
Licenses Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science, Counseling (MSC), Cairn University
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Thomas Edison State University

Offices
Fort Washington, King of Prussia, Telehealth

rachael.hupal@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Ruth Han, MA, NCC

Ruth's life's work is dedicated to the improvement of our young people and the moms and dads who raise them. She knows that investing in the mental health of our youth is prevention that pays off for a lifetime. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" - Ben Franklin. Ruth works with older children (ages 11+), adolescents, and young adults who are struggling with social anxiety, peer pressure, generalized anxiety, depression, anger, family conflict, and life goals. She also works with women and men who are struggling with their own mental health as they work to raise their families. Ruth is a retired children and youth pastor and retired homeschooling mom. She and her husband both grew up in the area, have been married for 27 years, and have 3 grown children. In her free time she likes to walk around her neighborhood, listen to audiobooks, declutter, and sell on eBay.

Specialties
Childhood Trauma, Attachment Disorders, Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Relationship Conflict, Anger Management, Life Goals, and Motivation, EMDR

Licenses and Certifications
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Trained

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Immaculata University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Drexel University

Offices
King of Prussia, Telehealth

ruth.han@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Sandy Lewis, MHS

Sandy is part of a diverse multicultural family. She has raised six children and currently enjoys eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In 2018, after 20 years of service, Sandy retired as Director of Counseling for the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC). Previously she served as Program Director for Drug & Alcohol Outpatients at Riverside Care, Inc. She also served as Program Director at Women's Association for Women's Alternatives and was the founder of Gateway Emergency Shelter, the first in Chester County. Sandy was also the founder of the National organization, Bridge of Hope. Drawing on her diverse experience, Sandy looks forward to working with individuals and families in need of support and encouragement.

Specialties
Multi-Abuse Trauma, Domestic Violence Mediation & Reconciliation, Victims of Human Trafficking, Grief and Loss, Addictions

Licenses and Certifications
Mental Health Certification (2016)
Family Development Certification (FDC) (2013)

Education and Experience
Master of Human Services (MHS) (1998)
Graduate & Undergraduate Field Instructor for Eastern University, West Chester University, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, Immaculata University, Lincoln University, Valley Forge University, Newman University, Virginia Tech, Gwynedd-Mercy & Hahnemann at Drexel University
Prejudice Reduction - Advanced National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) trainer

Organizations
Phi Gamma Mu National Honor Society of Social Workers
Central-Eastern Conference United Methodist Church Domestic Violence Concerns
Order of the Eastern Star Fraternal Chapter 249

Offices
Telehealth

sandy.lewis@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Sandy Padron, MA

Sandy is building her specialty in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Her approach to therapy is using Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused, or Person-Centered approaches to help adolescents and adults cope with the concerns that bring them into therapy. Sandy is also currently working towards a certification in Play Therapy to provide therapy and treatment for children.

Specialties
Faith-Based Counseling, Children and Adults, Spanish-Speaking Populations

Licenses and Certifications
Certified Play Therapist - in progress

Education and Experience
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Psychology, Immaculata University - in progress
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University (2017)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Kean University (2014)

Organizations
American Psychological Association (APA)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

sandy.padron@thepeacemakercenter.org

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William Carl Lathon, MS, NCC

After a long career with the DuPont Company and serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer, Carl feels called to serve others as a Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Especially because of the many ways Carl has been supported and blessed in his life, he feels a responsibility to help ensure others have a fair and equal opportunity to maximize their capabilities and to overcome the obstacles they face. He has coaching and counseling experience working with those ages 20 and up. His background includes individual and group counseling. While respecting others in a caring, empathetic, non-judgmental environment, Carl looks forward to working with his clients to help them identify and develop their inner self, achieve the goals they set, and handle the challenges they face.

Specialties
Individuals, Couples, Families, Faith/Spirituality, Life Transitions, Stress, Depression, & Anxiety

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress
National Certified Counselor (NCC)
Certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker, and Trainer
Six Sigma Green Belt and Process Champion

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS) Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Neumann University
Bachelor of Science (BS), Engineering, Brown University
Executive Education, Arresty Institute, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Organizations
Christina Cultural Arts Center, President of Board of Directors
Coalition to Dismantle the New Jim Crow
Delaware Poor Peoples Campaign
American Counseling Association (ACA)
John Maxwell Team
Hope Academy Fund
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

carl.lathon@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Aaron Klapper, Master's Level Intern

Aaron's heart is to serve couples as they walk through the challenges that life inevitably presents. Having had the benefit of observing a number of role models for healthy relationships his wish is to come along side couples who might not have had the chance to observe a model relationship. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their maltipoo puppy, Remi. He also enjoys being active by working out at the gym, running, and yoga. Aaron highly values time with family and spends time with both his immediate and extended family as much as he can.

Specialties
Individual, Couples, Family Counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - In Progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Marriage, Couple, and Family, Messiah University (in progress)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology, Temple University

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)

Offices
Downingtown, Fort Washington, Audubon, Telehealth

aaron.klapper@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Bettina Yoder, Master's Level Intern

Bettina offers a safe space to clients whose hearts and voices have been silenced by trauma. During her 13 years as an educator, Bettina taught music and studio art classes, tutored students with learning differences, and led an academic program in a residential facility for teen girls. She developed a passion to see children and adolescents thrive in spite of difficult circumstances. Believing in the power of relational connection, she delights in walking with clients of all ages towards hope and healing. In her leisure time, she enjoys finding a new trail to bike, trying a new recipe, and singing alto with her choral ensemble.

Specialties
Individual Counseling, Faith-Based Counseling

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Counseling with Trauma Concentration, Eastern University (In Progress)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Biblical Studies, Lancaster Bible College

Organizations
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

bettina.yoder@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Claudia N Robuck, Master's Level Intern

Claudia specializes in integrating spirituality with counseling practice regardless of religious preference or belief. After years of teaching Theology and serving in Church Ministry Claudia feels called to accompany individuals as a Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She is interested in serving the whole person to discover their unique meaning and purpose in life, free from fear and shame. She hopes to assist her clients in discovering their own abilities to heal, change and grow into the person they desire to be, and in relation to others.

Specialties
Individual, Children, Adolescents & Families, Spirituality/Faith, Spiritual Abuse, Recovery, Relationships, Change

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Neumann University ( In Progress)
Master of Arts (MA), Systematic Theology, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (2003)
Bachelor of Arts (BA), English and Theology Minor, Immaculata University (1996)

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

claudia.robuck@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Maddie Bray, Master's Level Intern

Maddie's main priority is to connect with others on a level that they may not have experienced before. Her life experience's have shown her that we all have that strength inside of us to move forward in a positive and beneficial way. Her faith and love for her family and friends have led her to the counseling field. Life's unique obstacles can seem overwhelming and discouraging, and her goal is to find that deeper meaning that everyone longs for. Through emotional connection, compassion, and vulnerability, she hopes to empower people to take that next step. She is very excited to continue learning and growing in her passion to help others.

Specialties
Individual, Children, Couples, and Family Therapy

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS) Marriage and Family Therapy, Capella University - in progress
Bachelor of Arts (BA) Health and Exercise Science, Rowan University (2019)

Organizations
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT)

Offices
Downingtown, West Chester, Telehealth

maddie.bray@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Rachel Nokes , Master's Level Intern

Rachel's hope for counseling is that her clients will feel safe, comforted, and inspired to be their authentic selves. She believes that everyone is capable of cultivating change and becoming the best possible version of themselves. When she is not at The Peacemaker Center, Rachel works as a board-certified music therapist in a hospice setting. The quote, "When words fail, music speaks" is true, but her experience in the Clinical Mental Health Program has made it so counseling and music therapy are both effective and useful modalities. Rachel looks forward to working with individuals and assisting them in their personal growth and wellness journeys.

Specialties
Individual, Adolescent, and Adult Counseling, Grief Counseling, Family Therapy

Licenses and Certifications
Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC)

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University (In progress)
Master of Arts (MA),Music Therapy, Immaculata University (in progress)
Bachelor of Music, Music Therapy, Immaculata University (2018)

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Kennett Square, West Chester, Telehealth

rachel.nokes@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Stephen X Battle, Master's Level Intern

Stephen strives to create a space that facilitates a sense of trust and authenticity. He understands that human development is an ongoing process throughout all stages of life, and therefore everyone has the potential to grow. Stephen echoes Carl Jung's notion that "who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." By lighting a torch, he plans to help guide clients during their exploration of their current experiences. By joining the client in this raw space, he makes it a priority to build an authentic connection in therapy. Stephen looks forward to helping his clients grow and heal as they progress through their personal journey.

Specialties
Individual, Children, Adolescent, Family Therapy

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - In Progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Immaculata University - In Progress
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Liberal Arts & Psychology Minor, Neumann University (2019)

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Downingtown, Telehealth

stephen.battle@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Talanda Wells, Master's Level Intern

Talanda has 15 years experience as an educator, with experience in child psychology and developmental psychology. She has been a mentor for adolescents for the past 7 years. Her approach to therapy is person centered. She believes “You Are What You Speak” and that a positive mindset helps cultivate change, creating mental and physical stability. Talanda works with children and families to attain their treatment goals by helping them to understand themselves as individuals and/or understand their family dynamics. She uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and play therapy and believes in a collaborative approach, developing goals together and working toward a healthy self and thriving relationships. She is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and adults develop and maintain long lasting, healthy relationships, and works with clients to manage or overcome obstacles so they can maximize their potential. She is a woman of Christian faith, married with one son.

Specialties
Individual, Children, Adolescents, Couples, and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Science (MS), Arts & Psychology, Goldey Beacom College
Bachelor of Behavioral Science (BS), Wilmington University

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

talanda.wells@thepeacemakercenter.org

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Valeska Leonard, Master's Level Intern

Val's heart is to help individuals, children and adolescents achieve mental wellness. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Val strives to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere and meet each client where they are. Her passion is to collaborate with clients in identifying their internal strengths and resources to approach life’s challenges. She believes in the importance of early intervention and strives to make an impact in children’s lives as she works with them. Her hope is that the healing process leads to an improved quality of life and to promote self-love and growth. She loves spending time with family and friends and playing board games.

Specialties
Individual, Children, and Adolescent Counseling, Faith-Based Counseling

Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) - in progress

Education and Experience
Master of Arts (MA), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Liberty University (In Progress)
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Hospitality Management, Florida Atlantic University (2015)

Organizations
American Counseling Association (ACA)
Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)
Chi Sigma lota Honor Society (CSI)

Offices
Kennett Square, Telehealth

valeska.leonard@thepeacemakercenter.org