Nicollette Airhart, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who utilizes talk therapy approaches and tailors specific interventions to each individual. I am experienced in providing cognitive behavioral, dialectal behavioral, and trauma-focused interventions to adults and adolescents. I believe that every individual has the capacity for growth and therapy is a powerful resource by which goals are reached, growth happens and life begins to focus in the direction of that individual’s intent. While I work with all ages, I have specialized experience with teenagers and young adults focusing on female empowerment, boundaries and healthy relationships, independent living skills, depression, anxiety, conflict resolution skills, increased independence, and stress surrounding school, family, and identity. My aim as a therapist is to foster a safe space for individuals, couples, and families that honors each individual and their intersectional identities. While I work with a variety of challenges and concerns, I specialize in working with adults and adolescents navigating various relationship and family concerns, shame and self-esteem, anxiety and depression. I especially love working with LGBTQIA+ individuals as they navigate changing identities, minority stress and systemic oppression. Nicollette is in the Philadelphia office Tuesdays through Saturdays, with evening and early morning appointments available.
Carlos Bermeo, LCSW
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have an extensive background working across non-for- profit industries providing therapeutic services to children, adolescents, adults and at risk families struggling with a variety of mental health and addiction issues. Since earning my graduate degree from Stony Brook University School ofSocial Welfare, I have continued to expand my clinical skills, receiving training from the NLP Center of New York, as well as engaging in training partnerships with Columbia University focusing on motivational interviewing. I was recently certified as a clinical trauma professional. Thus, my training and experience has allowed me to utilize an eclectic and individualized approach, incorporating a variety of styles from psycho-dynamic to cognitive-behavioral, strengths-based to family systems perspective. This approach allows for the flexibility needed to work on an individualized basis, while being specific to meet the identified needs. Over the years, my work with individuals and families has nurtured a multifocal practice in areas including depressive and anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, grief and loss, trauma and stress related disorders, as well as general life transitions. My goal is to create and foster an empathetic and understanding therapeutic relationship, one that allows the uncovering and development of strengths, methods and skills for change and gaining insight into your own self. I believe that it is essential to a successful therapeutic relationship to create trust and a space that provides a safe, non-judgmental and supportive environment. I also offer clinical supervision to those seeking licensure in the states of Pennaylvania as well as New Jersey. Carlos is in the Philadelphia office Monday evenings.
Dr. Lindsay Brown, Psy.D.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who received a Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Immaculata University. I have over 10 years of clinical experience in outpatient mental health and residential treatment settings. I have provided extensive therapy services for individuals, groups, and families. Areas of treatment include anxiety, depression, ADHD, Anger, OCD, Grief/Loss, Relationship and Family Issues. I believe the foundation of a successful therapeutic experience relies on the relationship between the clinician and client. I believe treatment is a collaborate effort and I help individuals identify personal goals that are meaningful to them and identify steps to achieve such goals. I strive to provide a safe, warm, and insightful environment in order to help individuals work through their stress and troubles. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Lindsay is available in the King of Prussia office on Saturdays and Monday evenings during the week and in the Center City, Philadelphia office on Wednesday evenings .
Krystal Carter, LPC
I have extensive experience working with individuals with Anxiety, Depression, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and other related disorders. I also work with parents to help them navigate the milestones and challenges of parenting. I view treatment as a collaborative process and I create a warm and safe environment where individuals feel supported and motivated to work through life’s challenges. I believe that despite the obstacles one may encounter, each individual has strengths that enable them to move toward change.As a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 7 years of clinical experience, I am passionate about helping people explore healthier ways to improve their sense of well-being and quality of life. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which has been empirically proven to effectively help individuals overcome a wide variety of challenges. CBT recognizes that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are directly related. Krystal is available in the King of Prussia office on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Erin Esbensen, LMFT
As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I have focused training on the relational aspect of life. Each of us does not exist in a vacuum, but rather as a part of several systems; our relationships with our families, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others all affect the way in which we experience the world. I earned my Master’s Degree in 2012 from Thomas Jefferson University through a partnership with the clinical, training, and research center at Council for Relationships. I have worked in a variety of community mental health settings including in-home treatment, transitional housing programs, outpatient, primary care offices, and now am exclusively working in private practice. I have experience working with individual adults, couples, families, and children. My specific therapeutic approach is tailored to each person I work with, however in some of my work with children and parents I utilize the evidence based models of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
I believe therapy is best when it is a collaborative process, meaning you and I will work together to identify goals that matter to you, and how to best move toward them. One of my favorite researchers and authors says, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” Coming to therapy is a courageous step and I am honored to be a part of each of my clients’ journeys toward their goals for a better life.
Erin is available at the King of Prussia office on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in the Philadelphia office on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Lauren N. Fischer, NCC, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I practice from the viewpoint that everyone has strengths. When focusing on strengths, along with the challenges we are facing in life, goals can be easier to attain and overall happiness increased. My goal is to be your partner through the therapeutic process and develop a path together that works best for you. Taking the first step is always the hardest part, but those who do end up feeling like it was one of the best decisions they have made. I utilize techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) but I am flexible in pulling from other treatment approaches depending on what’s the best fit for you. While I work with those facing a variety of challenges, I have specialized experience working with people who struggle with anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, depression, and basic life stress. I have worked with all ages as I have spent the last ten years working with students in grades K-12 as a school counselor while also working with those of all ages in the private practice setting. I hope to work with you in feeling safe, validated and comfortable as we set goals and work toward the positive change you are searching for. I also offer supervision for those seeking licensure in the state of Pennsylvania. Lauren is in the Philadelphia office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Mary Fry, LPC
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"....Anis Nin ...With that in mind, I recognize how embarking on this journey towards healing and self-discovery can awaken a host of emotions and thoughts from within. I admire the strength and courage you possess to seek the support you need at this time in your life, qualities that will certainly serve you as you move forward. I am a licensed professional counselor. I have been working in the helping profession since I graduated from Temple University with my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I began my career working with children on the autism spectrum, helping them to find themselves in world that often doesn’t understand their perspective. Truth be told, my clients taught be a whole lot more than I could have ever anticipated. This role really helped me to understand that helplooks differently to everyone, that therapy is an individualized process and that success is defined by what it means to you. After receiving my master degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in counseling and clinical health, I was hired by my practicum training program. I worked at an inpatient psychiatric facility which expanded my exposure to the spectrum of mental health. I worked as an individual and group therapist on each of the adult units which were identified by age, gender, and diagnosis. This helped me to abundantly build upon my skills in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, grief work, mindfulness, trauma focused intervention, and patient centered counseling. I am currently working as a healthcare counselor with clients facing terminal illness. This role has helped expose me to the vulnerabilities surrounding end of life issues and making decisions around end of life care. Exploring on a deeper level, what guides these decisions and what role my clients play in this process has been incredibly rewarding and added tremendous depth to my clinical understanding and perspective. Mary is available in the King of Prussia office on Monday evenings.
Dr. Darlene Link, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Co-founder of PeaceTree
I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I am trained and experienced in providing:
* Psychological and Behavioral Assessment
* Individual Psychotherapy
* Couples and Marital Therapy
I follow a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation to therapy, which focuses on how thoughts affect the way people feel and act. It involves recognizing negative patterns of thinking and reacting, then modifying or replacing these with more realistic or helpful ones. I approach therapy in an active, collaborative manner. With your collaboration, I will tailor the therapy process to meet the goals and needs of each individual. I believe that the ultimate goal for the therapy process is to become healthier and experience a more satisfying, fulfilling lifestyle. Life is a process of growth and change that may lead to challeges and difficulties. Individuals seek therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from trying to cope with everyday life stressors to chronic mental illness. Darlene is primarily in the King of Prussia Office most days during the week.
Jacqueline Mills, LPC ATR
As a licensed professional counselor, I take great pride in helping individuals address life’s challenges. Since earning my Master’s Degree from Drexel University, I have been working to assist adolescents, adults, couples and families with a wide variety of issues such as chronic mental health conditions as well as general life pressures. I have experience in areas including management of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, life transitions, grief/loss, self-esteem and trauma. My treatment approach includes use of Cognitive Behavioral strategies, which helps individuals gain understanding into how our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are so closely connected. I also have a background in creative therapy approaches, which can provide an alternative outlet for expression. Above all, I strive to create a safe and warm atmosphere for individuals to reach their goals and move toward growth and healing. Jacqueline is available in the King of Prussia office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with evening hours.
Dr. April Perrymore, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Co-founder of PeaceTree
I am a licensed psychologist and have been counseling and teaching in the tri-state area for fifteen years. I work with individuals, couples and families on a variety of problems ranging from coping with life's stressors to more serious challenges. My theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on how our thoughts affect the way we feel and how we act. While I work with individuals and couples who are facing a variety of life challenges, I specialize in the following areas: Anxiety Disorders, Understanding Ourselves and Our Relationships with Others, Mood Disorders, Stress, Focus on Well-Being and Happiness, Small Business Owners and Entrepeneurs, Early Career Professionals, Couples Counseling, Family Conflict Resolution and Coping with Medical Issues. My work with couples includes a focus on utilizing Gottman techniques. I believe that life is a learning experience and spending time understanding ourselves and our lives not only helps us led a better life but also enhances our relationships with those we care about most and creates change for generations to come. I am in the Philadelphia office Tuesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays and in the King of Prussia office on Mondays and Thursdays.
Caitlin Smith, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who has received a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions Counseling from Antioch University New England. I have experiences in working with a diverse population of children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric individuals. My clinical experiences range from working with those who are navigating a stressful life event or suffering from a chronic mental health issues, coping with disorders of the personality, as well as extensive work with those with substance use disorders. I have experience in individual, couples, family, and group therapy utilizing a variety of therapeutic techniques. In my work I utilize a variety of different therapeutic modalities, which I determine based upon each client’s unique needs and goals. My belief and therapeutic practice is focused on creating space for clients to explore their experiences and unique world-view with understanding and respect. I strive to help foster client driven growth, and to empower the individual to take control of their mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. I work to help clients find their own inner strength to take action to change their quality of life and to find peace of mind in their relationships with themselves and with those around them. Caitlin is in the Philadelphia office on Saturdays and will be expanding her hours for evenings during the week soon.
Sarah Tolvaisa, LPC
I understand that seeking therapy can be daunting, and I view therapy as a holistic process, striving to provide a warm, empathic, and accepting atmosphere, to support clients who are committed to making lasting change. I am Licensed Professional Counselor, and have extensive clinical experience working with adults struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, low self-esteem, grief/loss, relationship issues, and questions of identity. I received my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2011, and since then have undergone continued training specializing in trauma informed approaches. I operate from a trauma informed perspective – recognizing that many people have had or currently experience trauma. I understand the need for emotional safety and trustworthiness in a therapist, and work with clients to regain a sense of empowerment in their lives. My preferred treatment modality is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, through which I help clients stop fighting against the pain of their past, and build a rich and meaningful life. I strongly believe that every person holds the capacity for growth, and can benefit from a trusting and supportive therapist to help them acknowledge and ignite that ability within themselves. I consider the client as the expert in their life, and trust that a positive client/therapist relationship is key to facilitating change. Through a safe and professional relationship, the therapist can help the client deeply examine his or her life and identify areas for change. Utilizing individualized treatment plans, I help clients develop goals tailored to their specific needs, and identify coping and management strategies to help clients regain a sense of control in life. I am in the Philadelphia office Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings. I also offer clinical supervision to professionals seeking their LPC or LCSW in the state of Pennsylvania. I look forward to working with you.