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Meet The Team

“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” –Paulo Coelho
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Meet Sandra M. Pattinato, MEd, LPC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than15 years of experience in the field. My core belief is that we all possess the capacity for personal growth and change, often requiring guidance and support along the way.

My primary passion lies in providing therapy to adults facing challenges such as depression, anxiety, family conflicts, life transitions, and relationship difficulties. Recognizing the uniqueness of each individual, I tailor my therapeutic approach to align with your specific goals. I am committed to honoring your cultural and social background, including factors such as ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.

In my practice, I draw upon a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Person-Centered Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. These approaches empower my clients to develop healthy coping strategies and drive positive changes in their lives.

I have also facilitated Anger Management groups for both adults and adolescents, as well as supported individuals on their early recovery journey through drug and alcohol recovery.

I am fluent in Portuguese, and I accept all major commercial health insurances, making mental health support more accessible to those who seek it.

Meet Susan Cononge, MA, NCC, LPC

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been working in the counseling field since 2018.  She completed her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Waynesburg University in 2018 and Bachelor of Science from Univeristy of Pittsburgh in 1999.  Susan is passionate about her work in the mental health and addiction fields.  She believes what happens early in life affects us later and supports individuals in a non-judgmental, supportive environment to promote the ability to process and heal.  She uses an eclectic approach, calling on client centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness and psycho-education when working with clients.

Susan has worked with a variety of individuals with substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, boundary issues and anger issues.  She has also worked in dual diagnosis agency settings. 

Accepting all major commercial health insurances.

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Meet Danielle Hammitt, MS, NCC

Hello, how can I help??

Danielle is a Licensed Professional COunselor. She attended California University of Pennsylvania for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has a minor in music. Danielle has experience in crisis, drug and alcohol, and mental health counseling including in person, Telehealth, and group platforms.

Danielle believes everyone is unique and needs to develop skills that work for each individual. She uses a solution focused approach to meet you where you are and assess underlying causes.

Danielle also draws from multiple theories and techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectal behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to help you feel better and work towards your goals.

Danielle is now accepting clients who have UPMC, Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna and Optum/United Healthcare insurances. 

Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, PTSD, or just struggling to adjust to life’s challenges, Danielle is here to help!!!

Meet Vanessa Neel, MSed, NCC, LPC

As a Licensed Professional Counselor it is my priority to help my clients identify what’s holding them
back from making the changes they want to make and help them work towards their goals more
effectively. I work with a variety of issues including but not limited to relationship issues, anxiety,
depression, bipolar disorder, adjustment disorders, substance use disorders, and addiction. I use a
collaborative, person-centered approach to counseling and strive to always create a safe space for self-
exploration and understanding.

Meet Catherine Ferguson, MA, LPC, LCPC, CCTP-1

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I will be honest, which is something I always strive to be, writing a blurb to attract others for therapy services is difficult. You may ask, “Why? Aren’t you looking for business?” While I can’t argue that, my reason is somewhat unconventional in the therapy world, I identify as a human first and a therapist second. I have found that when you take the personality and humanness out of the therapist, there is no true therapeutic connection and trust from the client. I’ve learned to combine my two identities through my conversational yet professional style and belief that therapy is most effective when presenting oneself as the client does-as a person with a unique past and personality that can inhibit, or prohibit, what they want for themselves.

I am am a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 1 (CCTP-1) and completed an Integrative Somatic Trauma Training certificate course. Somatic psychotherapy focuses on how the mind and body work either work together or against-another. During work with clients, I utilize different mind-body techniques for trauma and anxiety that incorporate how the nervous system plays a role traumatic processing. Treatment modalities include EMDR, Polyvagal Theory, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, IFS, mindfulness, and physical movement. My passion is to assist clients in recognizing how their psychosomatic symptoms have been impacting their bodies, with the ultimate goal of reconnection towards themselves as a whole.

I have served those experiencing chronic mental health issues including PTSD, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and psychosomatic issues. No matter the setting or presenting problem, my goal is to be transparent and human as well as to provide support and understanding.

It’d be my pleasure to serve as both your guide and companion on your journey to wellness! 

I accept all major commercial insurances, and will accept Aetna starting on 06/01/2023.

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