Our Team of Therapist
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 and is in the Center City, Philadelphia office on Wednesday evenings .
Johanna Crocetto, DSW, LCSW
As a licensed clinical social worker, I take a collaborative approach in my work with each client to create a space that prioritizes safety, health and growth. My clinical lens prioritizes the strengths of the client and recognizes the impact of the environment on a person’s internal and external experience. I utilize an integrated therapeutic approach, informed by Psychodynamic and Relational Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness practices. And I am devoted to addressing the individual, family, community and systemic factors that impact our everyday lives. I have experience working with individuals, families and groups with various presenting challenges and needs. I specialize in the following areas: providing services to survivors of abuse and their families, caregivers of children impacted by trauma, parenting psychoeducation and support, and the impact of anxiety and stress on health and well-being. I also provide clinical supervision to practicing clinicians, as well as consultation, professional trainings and expert testimony in understanding the dynamics of child trauma, the impact trauma has on survivors and their families, and methods of trauma-informed care. Johanna is available for Group Therapy sessions.
Nipa Desai, LPC
Therapy is most beneficial when there is an open and trusting relationship between the client and therapist. I strive to cultivate a warm and non-judgmental atmosphere to help you facilitate change and promote a rich and meaningful life. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who utilizes several talk therapy approaches to tailor individualized treatment. I practice a holistic and strengths-based approach with the use of many interventions from different treatment modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). My clinical experience ranges from treating adolescents to adults to older adults struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, life stressors, trauma-related disorders, bipolar disorder, substance use, psychosis, and personality disorders. My goal is to help individuals move towards a values-based life by promoting mindfulness and psychological flexibility. Nipa is available in the Philadelphia office Monday through Thursday.
Michael Drag, LPC
I work with individuals, couples, and families with a variety of challenges. My style of therapy includes researched and evidence based practices such as CBT, DBT, and mindfulness. I utilize the art of therapy to meet someone where they are in their current struggle. I then help them identify and remove the barriers holding them back from living the life they want. I also believe identifying strengths, life dreams, and goals are important for positive change and desired growth. I want to identify dreams for people to run toward rather than pain from which to run. While I have experience helping others cope with a variety of life challenges my areas of specialty include Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Anger, Grief/Loss, and Transitions in life. I believe in the resiliency of human nature and the importance of providing a safe, honest, collaborative, and validating environment that can promote growth and change while lessening pain. Michael is available in our King of Prussia office for psychotherapy on Thursdays and Fridays. Michael also runs a stress management/wellness group.
Anna Fried, LCSW
Sometimes change can have a major impact on our mood and well being. Sometimes, life is just downright difficult. Although everyone has a unique story, many people struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, and mood swings. In other words, you are not alone. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about helping individuals and couples navigate through different life stages while staying mindful and present. Our work together can help embolden you to process what’s happened to you in the past so that you are better equipped to manage the future. I tailor individualized interventions using theoretical foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy. In a nutshell, I will work with you to examine your thoughts and feelings on a deep level and we can investigate: how are these affecting your behavior? Your relationships? And as opposed to just listening, I actively work with clients to create goals and monitor progress so that they are always moving forward. I am a Philly native and received my master’s degree from Hunter College in NYC. I have experience working for years as an outpatient mental health clinician. Anna is in the King of Prussia office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is in the Philadelphia office on Thursday afternoon and evenings.
Dr. Julia Gomes, Psy.D.
Hi! My name is Julia Gomes and I am a post-doctoral student whom graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am so happy to be returning to apart of the PeaceTree team for my post-doctoral training. I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and young adults however, I have experience providing treatment to older clients as well (e.g. adults and older persons). My academic training has been grounded in the use of evidence-based cognitive behavioral practice. However, I do implement interventions from other modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Problem-Solving Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy (just to name a few). I am also trained in Parent Child Interaction therapy. I have treated a number of individuals and families with varying disorders such as depression, social anxiety, behavioral challenges, generalized anxiety, classroom difficulties and trauma-related symptoms.
Katy Gorski, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I utilize person-centered, eclectic approaches to engage individuals and couples authentically in order to address their unique needs. I have extensive clinical experience working with adolescents, young people, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, psychosis, and trauma related disorders. I specialize in helping young people navigate life transitions, focusing on identity development and empowerment to foster resiliency. I am also passionate about working with families, focusing on supporting parents and siblings of individuals with special needs and/or psychiatric disorders. My eclectic theoretical orientation is based in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I also utilize my background as a creative arts therapist to provide additional outlets for self-expression and emotional processing. I believe building a therapeutic relationship that promotes collaboration, warmth, mutual respect, and trust will facilitate change through processing and exploring personal experiences to gain insight and self-awareness. Through a safe and supportive relationship, individuals are able to learn the importance of balancing change with acceptance in order to achieve psychological flexibility. I utilize therapeutic techniques to support individuals struggling to cope with life experiences by exploring alternative perspectives to help them learn adaptive coping strategies that enable them to be the best version of themselves. Katy is in the King of Prussia office on Tuesday evenings, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in our Philadelphia office on Tuesday mornings and Fridays.
Dr. David LaMantia, Psy.D.
My approach to therapy centers around helping the client identify goals for growth, and collaborating on ways to accomplish meaningful change. In doing so, I aim to provide a warm and supportive environment in which to better understand the self, utilize personal strengths, and develop coping skills. I work with people experiencing a variety of challenges, but I specialize helping those dealing with social anxiety, depression, phobias, stress-management, and adjustment to transitions in life. I primarily utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework focusing on the connections between our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions, but pull from Exposure, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) depending on the needs of the individual. I believe the client is the expert on their own experiences, and aim to be an ally in helping my clients make sustainable, lasting, and meaningful steps toward a more fulfilling life. The foundations of doing so include listening, feedback, honesty, and trust.
Dr. Darlene Link, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Co-founder of PeaceTree
I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. 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 challenges and difficulties. Individuals seek therapy for a variety of reasons, ranging from trying to cope with everyday life stressors to chronic mental illness. My experience of taking patient's through their lifespan has led me to extensive experience in co-parenting counseling and working with children coping with divorce. Darlene is available in the King of Prussia Office Monday through Friday.
Rebekah Messenger, LPC, MT-BC
For many of us, taking those first steps towards greater health can be a challenge. This is especially true when it comes to our mental and emotional wellbeing. I commend you on taking these initial and pivotal movements.
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Music therapist with over ten years of clinical experience. As a supplement, I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), a Reiki Master, and a certified yoga instructor. During the past decade I have supported children, adults, couples, and families through unique, individual challenges. Utilizing a trauma-informed approach, I have supported individuals with anxiety, depression, mood disorders, special needs, forensic care, and geriatric care. All my experiences have illustrated not only the perseverance of human nature, but also the potential growth and healing any one can achieve.
As your therapist we will work together to explore the matters currently affecting your efforts towards your highest potential for well-being. My sessions are shaped by my client-centered and existential orientation; you will be provided a non-judgmental, respectful, and empathic space in which to explore, challenge and actualize your goals. I look forward to assisting you along your journey.
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 Monday through Thursday.
Jamie Oko, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with individuals of all ages, with specialized training and experience with children, adolescents and couples. I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship which creates a journey centered around growth, healing and change. I approach this relationship with consistent respect, thoughtfulness, empathy, genuineness, and a non-judgmental approach. My theoretical orientation is eclectic with a focus on respecting the uniqueness of each individual and working to meet the individual where they are and supporting them with the evidenced based orientation that meets their needs best. I have significant experience and training within the realms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (certification candidate-individual/group experience), Emotion Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Attachment Based Therapy, and Strength Based Approach, to name a few. I am also passionate about incorporating elements of mindfulness into therapy, supporting one to practice existing within the present moment. While I work with individuals and families with a wide-range of challenges and concerns I specialize in the following areas: ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Mood Disorders, Emotion Regulation Skill Building/Behavioral Management (PBIS), Clinical Behavioral Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders, Personality Disorders, Grief/Bereavement, Stress/Life Transitions and Familial Challenges. I also have significant experience working within the LGBTQ community, inspiring social and emotional expression, self-acceptance, healthy life choices and empowerment.
I believe in empowering all individuals to live their best and most fulfilled quality of life possible, discovering personal strengths and resiliency, and evolving from a place of change to growth. I am available Monday through Thursday, throughout the day and evenings/nights at the Philadelphia location and virtually. I am truly looking forward to walking through this journey with you.
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 over twenty 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 Entrepreneurs, 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. April is available in the Philadelphia office Monday through Friday.
Lynne Raju, MS, LMFT
Hi. My name is Lynne. I have a Masters in Biomedical Sciences and a Masters in Marriage and Family therapy. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 8 years of experience helping others across a variety of settings and areas in the counseling field. While I can assist with a variety of life challenges, my specialty area is working with children, families and couples, especially with school age problems, anxiety, depression and family conflict.
I use Marriage and Family Therapy interventions catered to the specific client and family needs. The interventions and models that I typically use are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, Psychoeducational, Play and Art therapy, as well as a variety of others modalities (as needed). I believe one’s past shapes their present; hence I also use transgenerational models of therapy which are called Bowenian and Contextual family therapy.
I am a holistic therapist with training in both the mind and body. I am committed to the work I do with my clients and look forward to working together with you on your journey towards healing. Lynne is in the King of Prussia office Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Danielle Ray, NCC, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor who works with adults and children. My theoretical orientation and training focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic interventions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) addresses the way our thoughts, emotions and behaviors affect each other. I enjoy working with adults and children managing symptoms related to OCD, anxiety and depression. I have extensive experience working with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP/EXRP) interventions to address all subtypes of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). ERP is a behavioral approach to treatment and is the “gold standard” for treating OCD and other anxieties. I also have experience working with a wide variety of life challenges from mild stressful events to major life changes as well as chronic mental illnesses. Through my clinical experiences and training, I have developed an approach to counseling that focuses on the whole person, exploring areas of need to develop personal goals. My goal is to provide a comfortable environment to collaborate with those I work with to develop a path towards positive change by processing experiences to promote self-awareness and self-insight. I provide challenges and interventions to further encourage this positive change. I believe that the better we understand ourselves, the more equipped we are to make effective changes that last. Danielle is in the King of Prussia office Monday through Friday.
Staci Robinson, LPC
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I offer a strength based, person centered, solution focused approach with the clients I partner with to assist them with their challenges and goals. I also utilize Cognitive Behavioral interventions and techniques. While I work with individuals, couples and families of all ages who present with a variety of challenges, I specialize in anxiety, depression, coping with life stress, trauma, chronic mental illness, co-parenting, couples and have specialized experience with individuals who have been incarcerated. I also am able to provide biblical/Christian focused counseling for those who request it.
My approach is person-centered and focused on the client to allow free expression of thoughts and feelings in an atmosphere that is safe and non judgmental. While we will utilize a variety of techniques unique to the specific challenges I will focus on providing assistance and developing solutions. Staci is in the Philadelphia office and also provides teletherapy virtually Monday through Friday, with evening appointments available on Thursdays.
Lindsay Rutter, LP
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I strive to create an environment where my clients will feel safe, valued, and heard. I focus on developing a strong therapeutic alliance which sets the foundation of our work. I emphasize and encourage collaboration within this alliance. I aspire to empower the individuals with whom I work and aim to foster hope and resiliency. I have experience working with children and adults in a variety of settings, including in homes and communities. I specialize in working with bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, trauma-related issues, relationships, stress management, transitions, grief and loss, self-esteem, and personal growth. My goal is to meet the unique needs of each individual through the use of various treatment modalities and interventions. I utilize a person-centered approach to therapy where the focus is on developing a warm, positive, validating experience for my clients. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are also used. Using a combination of approaches enables me to find the best path to help my clients learn how to help themselves. I provide insight and feedback to my clients, drawing from their strengths and abilities to overcome barriers and to identify ways to manage life's challenges and stressors. I encourage my clients to strive for more, to aim to be better than they were yesterday, and to never stop challenging themselves in order to reach their fullest potentials. Lindsay is available at the King of Prussia office on Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.
Kyra Sjarif, LPC, ATR-BC, CCTP
Change requires creativity, curiosity, compassion, and flexibility; it asks us to challenge our rigid patterns, expand our notions of who we are and what we are capable of, so we can find alternative paths to create a healthier life. We need not remain a mystery to ourselves. My goal is to help you shed light into the reoccurring patterns in your life, to develop awareness into the different parts of who you are, so that you can lead your version of "the good life" in accordance to your values and aspirations. If you have ever struggled with expressing yourself verbally, I offer art therapy as an alternative pathway for self-expression and self-exploration. The creative process can provide the opportunity to uncover uncomfortable emotions, thoughts and behaviors through art making, providing you with a tangible and concrete record of your story. No artistic talent is necessary, as art therapy is accessible to all ages and backgrounds.
As a Licensed Professional Counselor and board-certified art psychotherapist, I utilize an integrative approach to fit an individual's complex needs, including Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapies and Mindfulness, Relational Cultural Therapy, Internal Family Systems and Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). My clinical practice is LGBTQIA+ affirmative, and I believe in adopting a social justice-oriented framework that acknowledges the very real impact that our various privileged and marginalized identities have on our lives and mental health. I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and am passionate about administering trauma-informed and culturally sensitive care that honors our intersectional identities. I also completed Basic EMDR I & II training and am working towards certification in EMDR. My clinical experience includes working with children and adult asylum-seekers, refugees and survivors of torture, and adults across the lifespan struggling with complex trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, and stressors from life transitions, in individual and group therapy.
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 Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays and in the King of Prussia office on Fridays.