Dawn Marie Friend, PsyD - Owner; Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Friend is a licensed psychologist specializing in individual, couples, family and group therapy, as well as psychological and neuropsychological assessment and consultation. Dr. Friend maintains a private practice with two locations in the South Hills area of Pittsburgh. The locations are convenient to Bethel Park, South Park, Upper St. Clair, Bridgeville, Mt. Lebanon, Finleyville, Venetia, Monongahela, Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall, West Mifflin, Clairton, Canonsburg, Washington, Peters Twp, and McMurray.
Dr. Friend is a graduate of Duquesne University (B.A. in Psychology), and Argosy University, Florida School of Professional Psychology (M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology). She holds specializations in Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology and Developmental Psychology based on education, training, and employment. Dr. Friend has worked in diverse settings such as community mental health centers, psychology private practices for neuropsychology and clinical psychology, prisons, state mental hospitals, psychiatric practices, juvenile detention centers, court circuits, inpatient psychiatric units for children, a Community Residential Rehabilitation for adults, a Residential Treatment Facility for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities, for insurance companies, and Dr. Friend has taught psychology courses for two universities, one local to Pittsburgh (Robert Morris University in Moon Township, PA) for over 18 years. Dr. Friend has served on numerous boards over the years including being a Mental Health Advisor to the local Hostage Negotiation Team in Western Pennsylvania. She has also helped develop and implement curriculum for use with inmates with serious charges and for whom would otherwise be a high risk to the community upon their release without the intervention and participation in the curriculum. With over 22 years experience as a therapist, psychologist and psychological assessment provider, Dr. Friend currently serves as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients, children through geriatrics. She has helped clients with severe and persistent mental illness, clients who are looking for life coaching, and everything in between. Dr. Friend has expertise in many areas of therapy and assessment, but of particular note is her knowledge and expertise in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment, and her clients often say that she is "not your average therapist." Dr. Friend also offers cutting edge treatment in the way of EEG Biofeedback (also known as Neurofeedback), an evidence-based treatment for a multitude of difficulties that one might experience across the lifespan. Dr. Friend values continued education, and often involves herself in opportunities for growth, both professionally and personally. She is currently pursuing education to become an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP), as she feels that so many people struggle with symptoms of ADHD for far too long as a result of not knowing all of the different treatment options available to them. Her commitment to her clients is always cited as one of her best qualities, and her clients often refer their friends and loved ones to her practice as a result of relationships that have been built on mutual trust and understanding.
In addition to being a prominent therapist and assessor, Dr. Friend has presented trainings at local and state-wide conferences to colleagues and to general audiences speaking on the topics of Sexual Offending and Treatments for Such Behavior, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Hostage Negotiation, Childhood Diagnoses and Treatments, Women's Issues, Children's Issues, Motherhood and it's mental challenges, Depression, Sleep Difficulties, Existential Phenomenology, Assessment of Malingering, and Difficult to Manage Inmates in the State Prison System. Dr. Friend also consults with numerous judicial bodies in the selection and hiring of law enforcement officers, and conducts psychological assessment of potential hires during the process utilizing subjective and objective measures of functioning wrapped up in a collective psychological battery. Dr. Friend has also been called upon to testify in court as an expert witness. Dr. Friend's extensive knowledge of psychological and neuropsychological assessment and interpretation make her an asset to the community in many different ways. Dr. Friend comes from a very diverse background where she is extensively trained in disorders relating to anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, ADHD, Autism and other childhood disorders including attachment disorders, grief, loss and bereavement, marital and couples issues, women's issues, men's issues, trauma, anger issues, issues relating to substance use/abuse/addiction, spiritual issues, sibling relational issues, parenting issues, and neurological issues related to dementia, TBI, strokes and accidents.
Dr. Friend is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Dr. Friend is currently a member of the American Psychological Association and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Lindsay Gentino, MS, LPC - Therapist
Lindsay completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 10 years of clinical experience across a variety of settings including outpatient specialty clinics, crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric, and large nonprofits. She has provided clinical and administrative supervision to social work and psychology students, interns and professionals. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals and groups across the life span in the following areas: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral and discipline challenges (including ADHD and ODD), self harm behavior, complicated grief reactions, anger and stress management, family and relationship issues, children with special needs, suicide assessment and risk reduction, group psychotherapy, chronic mental illness, couples conflict, and self esteem issues. She is especially skilled in treating anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder, in children, adolescents and adults. Lindsay holds certification as a Clinical Child & Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional. Lindsay's experience makes her very adaptable and she finds joy in working with clients of all ages. She utilizes many different techniques in therapeutic interactions and she is able to meet her clients where they are developmentally, cognitively, and emotionally. Beginning largely from a cognitive therapy model, she transforms her approach to help her clients make sense of therapy and increase the chance that they will be able to make lasting change in their world.
Kate Anderson, MA, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Kate is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional who has worked in the mental health field since 2005. Kate offers individuals, couples, family, and group therapy. Kate has worked with a wide range of clients from adolescents and adults in both individual and group settings. Kate specializes in working with individuals who struggle with addiction, trauma, grief & loss, chronic pain, LGBTQ issues, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and other major mental health diagnoses.
As a strong mental health advocate, Kate addresses the societal and cultural causes and solutions to issues faced in the counseling process. Kate works to build a welcoming, safe space to empower individual clients in creating positive change. Kate believes that by focusing on a client's strengths, and accepting and validating a client's experience, emotional healing can occur. Kate uses tools and techniques such as role-playing, and assertiveness training to help clients build their identity and self-esteem to the degree that they can embrace their own personal power. Kate is dedicated to using evidence-based practices and is pursuing training and certification in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. EMDR is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of distress connected to adverse life experiences.
Kate earned her Bachelor's degree in Cultural Studies as well as a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Kate is a strong advocate for self-care and therefore prioritizes practices such as meditation and breath-work to achieve a healthy state of mind and overall well-being.
Patricia J. Strassner, MSW, LCSW - Therapist
Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in working with children, teens, adults and older adults. She received her BA in Psychology at Chatham University, and her MSW at the University Of Pittsburgh. She has received specific training and certifications for treating PTSD, Acute Stress Disorder, and Military Sexual Assault as well as treating those of all ages for the trauma resulting from domestic violence. Patricia is also certified in Hypnosis and uses it in a variety of circumstances including weight loss, mood stabilization, and improved quality of sleep, pain management, and anxiety and depression. Patricia also uses a variety of modalities including Cognitive Therapy, EMDR, Emotional Regulation, Problem Solving and Bereavement Therapies. One constant component in almost every case is the assessment of a client’s sense of self and how each values and nurtures themselves. That there is an intrinsic value in each and every person that cannot be earned or lost and it should be recognized and protected.
Patricia has worked in a number of diverse settings; Community Mental Health, Residential Treatment, Private Practice, Therapeutic Foster Care. Each setting has provided the opportunity to interact with very diverse populations of diagnoses, socio-economic backgrounds, how different entities in communities can have a positive or negative impact upon their neighbors.
Patricia has spent the past 20 years working with people from almost every race, religion, nationality, ethnic background, age groups, gender, and sex. She continues to find the diversity component of her job one of the most intriguing parts of her day. It is striking to see the similarities in the struggles so many people from such diverse backgrounds seem to have in common.
“I feel privileged to have been invited to accompany so many on their journey through therapy. Life is easy, and it is hard. It can be too crowded with people or leave us feeling isolated. Regardless of our individual circumstances, every life has opportunities for joy. Sometimes joy can be a choice and we can learn to look for it together.”
Eleni O’Brien, MA, LPC, NCC - Therapist
Eleni is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Waynesburg University. Eleni has experience working with a wide range of clients and specializes in working with children, adolescents, and families. With over 8 years in the field, she has received specific training in working with clients with ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and issues related to divorce, grief, family conflict, and trauma. Eleni can provide parenting support sessions and behavioral consultation. She has advanced training in play therapy and is currently receiving supervision to obtain her play therapy certification. Driven by her passion to help clients who have experienced trauma, she has pursued advanced training Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Additionally, she is currently pursuing training in conducting EEG Neurofeedback assisted psychotherapy. Eleni has developed and implemented several curricula for educational and support groups, including grief, women’s support, self-esteem and social skills groups for children and adolescents.
Eleni has worked in various settings including Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), providing therapeutic services for children, adolescents, and families in the home, school and community settings. She has provided services in therapeutic foster care and adoption services, residential treatment facilities, outpatient setting, and in the school-based setting. Currently employed by UPMC as a Program Supervisor for the Student Assistance Program and Behavioral Health Contract Services, she consults with and counsels students, families, and school personnel across several local school districts. She has also served as a birth and postpartum doula for two years; providing prenatal, labor support, and postpartum support for new and expectant mothers. She is passionate about supporting women through life-transforming changes, including working with young women struggling with identity, self-esteem, career issues and women’s issues. She serves as a volunteer mentor for a local college-based mentoring group and is passionate about empowering women and girls to continue their education and enter the workforce.
Eleni’s therapeutic approach is authentic, warm, non-judgmental and interactive. She strives to meet clients where they are, and provides honest feedback and support to assist individuals in reaching their individualized treatment goals.
Ellen Scheidt, MS, LPC - Therapist
Ellen is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in individual and group therapy for children, adolescents and adults. Ellen received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Duquesne University. She continued on to receive her Master’s degree in professional counseling at Carlow University specializing in School Counseling.
Ellen began her career working in a group home while she was at Duquesne University. During graduate school she worked as a therapeutic support staff (TSS) where she provided services to children who were struggling with behavior issues both at home and at school. Ellen has experience working on a community treatment team providing case management to adults who struggled with substance use and maintaining a stable lifestyle.
Ellen is currently a supervisor at a female juvenile residential facility that services individuals from across the country who have been court adjudicated to attend a restorative program. She also uses a mixture of dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and motivational interviewing to help clients who struggle with symptoms related to such disorders as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among other difficulties.
Ellen specializes in treating individuals who have substance use issues and those who have been identified as commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC). Ellen uses a trauma-informed approach while treating individuals who have experienced physical, sexual and emotional abuse. She works with clients to help them identify what a healthy relationship looks like. She also has experience debriefing professionals who have experienced life threatening situations in the workplace and individuals who have experienced violence in their communities.
Tasha Myers, MA, LMFT - Therapist
Tasha is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a certified level I Gottman Method Couples Therapist. She received her BA from West Virginia Wesleyan in Psychology and Criminal Justice and her MA from Point Park University in Clinical-Community Psychology. Tasha has worked for over 10 years in the mental health field, helping clients with varied backgrounds, including those who are involved with the law. She enjoys working with adults in individual therapy, working to reduce symptoms and increase coping skills. She has helped many clients suffering from depression, mania, anxiety, acute stress, drugs and alcohol, personality disorders, psychosis, post-traumatic stress, relationship issues including infidelity and communication, and grief and loss issues, among other difficulties.
Tasha has worked in numerous settings including community mental health, outpatient clinics, and working with clients in their own homes to help achieve symptom reduction and a better quality of life. Tasha also has experience working with the forensic population as a drug and alcohol counselor at SCI-Pittsburgh, and as a patient advocate at Torrance State Hospital. She has also worked as a monitor for mental health agencies at the county level, acting as a point person for issues or concerns related to connecting clients with treatment, housing, and the overall care and well-being.
Tasha emphasizes a holistic view (family, culture, religion, etc.) of any given problem, rather than focusing on diagnoses or labels. She employs techniques from Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Humanism, Family Systems, Attachment Theory, Structural Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and marries these techniques with other more traditional therapies. By doing this, she feels that we can see what role our attachments and environments have played in our lives and how we can make changes based on that knowledge to live better, more enjoyable lives.
Tasha is welcome to and experienced in seeing adult individuals, as well as couples (both with and without children) and families with any range of concerns. Her goal is to help you determine how to live your healthiest, happiest and most productive life possible.
Elizabeth Kozlowski, MS, LPC - Therapist
Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bethany College and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University. Elizabeth has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in settings including the adoption and foster care system, a substance use disorder rehabilitation center, in-home settings, and school-based settings. She has experience in both residential and outpatient treatment settings.
Elizabeth has a wide range of experience working with clients across the lifespan. Though she is able to help many clients with varying degrees of difficulty, Elizabeth particularly enjoys working with individuals who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and impulsivity, trauma, attachment disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders, aggression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, grief and loss issues, and life transitions. In addition, she has specialized training in the areas of treating comorbid diagnoses (substance use disorders co-occurring with mental health disorders), youth in the LGBTQ community, and attachment disorders relating to early childhood trauma.
Elizabeth uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing to help clients through their difficulties. Elizabeth believes in working together with her clients to help them achieve their goals and be better prepared to meet future challenges.
Tanya Dvorchak, MS, LPC - Therapist
Tanya Dvorchak, MS, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has received her training at University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, which she earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology. Tanya attended California University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master of Science in Special Education then later pursued a Master of Science in Community Agency Counseling, which led to her gaining her LPC license.
Tanya’s work experience covers a variety of therapeutic setting such as BHRS, family-based, School-Based Therapist in Fayette and Washington Counties and outpatient therapist for several years. Tanya has conducted groups for children, adolescents and adults that include social skills, anger management, anxiety disorders and mood management groups in the outpatient setting.
Tanya enjoys working with children, adolescents, young adults and older adults. The age ranges are from age 4 years old to age 60 years old. Tanya has dealt with depression, anxiety, social skills issues in children, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ODD, anger management, trauma and related issues. She has several trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Anxiety-Based Techniques. Tanya has completed training in Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), which she is seeking to complete her certification at this time. Tanya has future plans to expand her knowledge base on anxiety disorders and Integrative Medicine, which focuses on how nutrition impacts our moods and behaviors.
Tanya’s main theoretical approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). She does use other approaches such as Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Relaxation Techniques to assist clients in achieving their goals. She works with the clients to identify their areas of concerns then works as a team with the client to develop the appropriate therapeutic approach to resolve those issues.