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The Pennsylvania Nest Team

Accepting adults, adolescents, and teens 

Specialties include:

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Stress management

  • Coping strategies & Mindfulness

  • Relationships

  • Life transitions

  • Substance abuse

  • Family crisis

  • Trauma and PTSD

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CARINTHIA BANK, LCSW

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Carinthia (she/her) is a licensed social worker who provides individual therapy. She views therapy as an opportunity to co-create a warm space for exploring who you are, what is important to you, and how you can build a life that feels sustainable and meaningful. 

 

Carinthia works with individuals on issues including balance in a life of rigorous performance, identity clarification and development, and navigating a variety of challenges and stuck points. She has experience treating anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In her work, she draws from cognitive-behavioral, existential, and mindfulness approaches. 

 

Carinthia has a specific line of work centered around athlete and performing artist career transitions. She grew interested in this arena during her transition from working as a professional ballet dancer with the Donbass Opera and Ballet Theater/Donetsk Ballet of Ukraine to earning her BA in History from Princeton University. Carinthia saw that therapy could be a means for supporting athletes and performers in transition. 

Specialties:

  • Adults & Adolescents

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • OCD

  • Life Transitions

  • Athletes and Performing Arts

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VERONYCA RODRIGUEZ, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Immigration
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Survivors of intimate & partner violence
  • Grief & Loss

Veronyca is a collaborative and creative licensed social worker based in Philadelphia. Veronyca sets out to establish psychologically safe bubbles wherever she goes, to enhance security for processing, growth, and transition management. Her person-in-environment-centered approach encompasses topics such as harm reduction, substance use, co-occurring experiences, the human-animal bond, grief and bereavement, trauma cycles, Latina/immigrant issues, chronic illness, and crisis response to experiences including suicidal ideation/self-injurious behaviors.

Veronyca’s family is from Costa Rica and she deeply understands and appreciates how culture influences social work practices, as well as how we communicate and process. She uses culturally responsive principles and practices to develop anti-racist frameworks with the use of relational value systems like familism, and personalism. She uses behavioral interventions with a framework in the foundations of CBT, using storytelling and meaning-making skills to process complex trauma and grief.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #139728

ELBY KATUMKEERYIL, MPC

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Elby is an energetic therapist specializing in Substance Abuse Disorders and Women's Issues.  Additionally, she works with trauma cases and creates a safe, compassionate space for clients to process and share their trauma as a part of the therapy process. Elby is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She has also been certified in HAVEN training on Sexual and Domestic Violence. She has several years of experience working with adults to assist and support them in identifying treatment goals while helping them process feelings and emotions.

Elby offers a warm and compassionate approach to therapy for her clients, providing a feeling of safety while clients work through traumas or stressful situations. Her strength is empowering clients to grow through the therapy process.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License

Specialties:

  • Trauma & PTSD (Women's Issues)
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar & Depression
  • Co-Occurring disorders
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LAUREN BAKER, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Stress Management

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Adolescents & Adults

  • LGBTQAI+

  • Pregnant & Postpartum Women's Issues

Lauren is a licensed counselor specializing in integrated care and working on interdisciplinary care teams. She has an interest in Applied Mindfulness, Animal Assisted Intervention and Human-Animal Bonds, ceramics, and yoga. Her interest and understanding of women's issues regarding pregnancy and postpartum are furthered by her current training and study in Sex Therapy with the Council for Relationships, and to become a Certified Full Spectrum Doula providing intersectional and anti-racist and holistic labor, birth, and postpartum support. 

Lauren has had the pleasure of working with many different populations and has a passion for working with adolescents, pregnant women, those that identify as women, and those in the LGBTQIA+ population. Lauren's specialty is in helping people through life transitions, identification, and building community and balanced life. Incorporating mindfulness, the arts, and movement into her approach to therapy.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW138311

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KERRI HARTNETT, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Substance use
  • Co-occurring disorders (substance use & mental health)
  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Crisis management & trauma

Kerri is an energetic therapist specializing in substance use, co-occurring disorders, harm reduction, and assisting clients with life changes such as adjusting to recovery and sobriety and processing trauma in a safe space. She utilizes her clinical knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and behavior interventions to ensure that clients are able to identify their needs while feeling a sense of safety within a vulnerable process. Kerri brings a sense of awareness when working with clients who are diverse, promoting the importance of allowing clients to set goals, and empowering them throughout the therapeutic process.

Kerri offers a warm and compassionate approach to therapy to her clients, as well as utilizes different community resources to enhance the therapeutic process. while feeling a sense of safety during vulnerable processes. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #136891

Professional Memberships:

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

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MELISSA KRAHMER, LCSW

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Specialties:

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Anger Management

  • Severe Trauma & PTSD

  • Adjustment Disorders

  • Mood Disorders

  • Substance Abuse

Melissa brings vast experience working with adults and adolescents diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression) and crises. She has experience providing service to Active Duty and Retired military veterans (post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sexual, physical, and emotional trauma, and substance-related issues).

Melissa approaches therapy as a way to help others re-discover hope, purpose, and direction. She assists clients in processing trauma by integrating Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Cognitive Processing Therapy & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She also has experience working with intellectual disabilities (IDD) and related conditions (autism, etc.) in the community as well as in an acute hospitalization setting.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Texas State Board - License #68723

Professional Memberships: 

Member, National Association of Social Work (NASW)

Currently not accepting new patients until September 2024

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ANDI SNYDER, LMSW

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Andi has worked extensively with foster and adoptive families, supporting parents and children. She has worked with many local non-profit organizations, facilitating training, working with individuals, and creating programming. Andi's clinical interests include family dynamics, conflict resolution, and supporting adolescents and teens dealing with anxiety & stress. Her clinical interventions utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), traditional talk therapy, and various creative activities to bring comfort and expression to the therapeutic space.

Andi offers a warm and compassionate but accountable approach to therapy to her clients while providing a feeling of safety during a sometimes traumatic and vulnerable process. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW136425 

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) 

Handle With Care ® Behavioral Management System Certified Trainer

Specialties:

  • Children & Adolescents
  • Teens
  • Family Conflict & Resolution
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Management
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MICKEY COLLINS, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Adolescents & Adults

  • LGBTQAI+

  • ADHD

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • Panic Disorders

Mickey is a licensed social worker specializing in working with the LGBTQ2+ community, working with both adolescents and adults promoting a compassionate therapy space for individuals to explore their identity and transitional periods. Mickey brings several years of experience with a clinical background in suicide prevention, working with several non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Mickey integrates a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach when assisting clients with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, ADHD, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Mickey strives to provide justice-oriented and antiracist services.

 

Mickey’s approach to therapy is offering a kind and safe environment within the therapeutic space. They excel at breaking the ice to make sure each session is comfortable and rewarding, ensuring that therapy is adaptive to each individual's needs, and often utilize mindfulness as a tool to aid the therapy process.

 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW139207

BRIANNE SCOTT, LCSW

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Brie (she/her) is a Hispanic, white, able-bodied, queer licensed clinical social worker and yoga teacher. Her goal in therapy is to co-create a brave space with you to explore your past, and current experiences and to dream of your future. 

Brie has extensive experience working with those who experience anxiety, depression, mania, complex trauma, psychosis, panic attacks, substance dependence, and loss. She has worked with clients exploring gender identity and sexual identity, those in life transitions, and with people making changes in their relationships. She believes in utilizing a harm reduction model and enjoys bringing mindfulness and body awareness into therapy. In the session, she utilizes CBT, Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Therapy for Serious Mental Health Conditions, DBT, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #CW020148

Specialties:

  • LGBTQ-IA+
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Complex Trauma
  • Psychosis
  • Panic Attacks
  • Substance Dependence
  • Grief & Loss
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AMANDA KAHLER, LCSW

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Specialties:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Stress Management
  • Life Transitions
  • Spiritual Concerns
  • Complex Medical Diagnosis
  • Caregiver Fatigue
  • Grief & Loss

Amanda is a warm and empathetic therapist. She works with adults of all ages through life's many changes. She has a background in oncology and has had the opportunity to support individuals and their loved ones through life-altering diagnoses. Amanda recognizes the interconnectedness of mental, physical, and spiritual health. She believes that when one area begins to heal, the others will also benefit. She assists her clients in identifying strengths and finding meaning in difficult situations. 

 

Amanda brings a peaceful and joyful presence to therapy. She feels honored to enter into her clients' lives during challenging and often pivotal seasons. She recognizes that starting therapy can be intimidating and seeks to make her clients feel comfortable and valued. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #CW022512

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KIANNA MORGAN, LMSW

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Kianna is a person-centered and trauma-informed therapist that develops a safe space and works to build a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients that fosters connection and growth. From her own healing journey, she knows that finding a therapist that you connect with may lead to growth beyond your greatest imaginings. She is passionate about supporting teen and adult trauma survivors and cycle breakers as they walk along their path of healing.

 

Kianna sees you as a whole person that has strengths, dreams, and innate worth. An LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist who enjoys working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Kianna is an EMDR and mindfulness-oriented therapist that works to empower others to decrease shame and step into self-love. She has received extensive training on the effects of trauma and trauma-focused interventions. She has been trained in and uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and more to help you develop the skills to increase your quality of life.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW139445

Specialties:

  • Teens & Adults
  • Trauma Cycles
  • Complex Trauma
  • LGBTQ-IA+
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • EMDR
  • Family Interactions

FATIMA BAKAYOKO, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Stress Management

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Relationships

  • Women's Issues

  • Family Conflict & Resolution

Fatima is a licensed social worker with both work and research experience serving children and families in various settings including, schools, non-profit organizations, and community-based mental health agencies. 

 

Fatima primarily works with late adolescents, adults, and BIPOC populations and her drive to serve others stems from her lived experience. Her passion is directed at helping those who have experienced various forms of trauma by creating and fostering safe spaces for their voices and experiences to be heard. Fatima brings warmth and authenticity with her to therapy and believes that within everyone is the capacity to learn and grow for healing. 

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #139728

JOELLA SMITH, LMSW

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Joella is a unique and personable therapist specializing in trauma, substance use, and mental health (Depression, ADHD, anxiety, PTSD). I use a strengths-based (and culturally sensitive) approach to get to the root of some deeper-seeded issues while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and psychoeducation skills. I work primarily with adults, adolescents, and BIPOC. As a BIPOC and trauma survivor, I bring a wealth of professional and personal experience to assist one with cognitive processing, resolving family and interpersonal dilemmas, and more. I also treat those with Chronic illness, recognizing how physical health is strongly connected to mental health well-being. I have a wealth of community resources, and holistic approaches, and have served in several non-profits in the city throughout my vast experience. In 2020, I had the opportunity to speak at my first Tedx Talk. 

I like to take a passenger seat as the client drives their therapy, and I serve as a catalyst to help them identify strengths, and areas of change, and empower them to work through issues. I set out to make for a safe space, ensuring that one is comfortable to heal and recover to the best of their ability.

Licenses and Certifications

Licensed Social Worker - Pennsylvania State Board - License #SW137626

CAADC - Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certificate

Specialties:

  • Adults & Adolescents

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Prolonged Exposure

  • Chronic Illness

  • Substance Use & Co-Occurring

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JACOB THOMAS, LMSW

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Specialties:

  • Adults, Adolescents, Couples

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Stress management

  • Coping strategies & Mindfulness

  • Relationship support and setting boundaries

  • Life transitions

Jacob is a licensed counselor specializing in stress management, crisis resolution, and life transitions. He has experience working with clients on how to integrate mindfulness and coping strategies with processing mental health symptoms of anxiety and depression, as well as grief and loss. He has a wealth of experience working with adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, as well as families and caregivers throughout his professional career.   

 

Jacob has over five years of experience providing therapy for individuals and families within different levels of care, including inpatient, and outpatient settings. His approach as a therapist is to always provide a compassionate therapeutic safe space that promotes the importance of balance, structure, and accountability within the therapy process. 

 

Jacob's areas of focus include life transitions, grief and loss, motivation building, LGBTQ aspects, identity challenges, and aspects related to self-esteem and self-worth. Jacob is a Gotman Level 1 certified counselor focusing on relationship dynamics with family and intimate partners. He also uses  CBT, and DBT processes for clients to utilize as coping mechanisms as well.  

 

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TALIA GOLDEN, LMSW

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Talia combines a master's degree in Social Work with specialized training in yoga and mindfulness, offering a holistic approach to healing. With expertise in addressing trauma, mood disorders, and relationship conflicts, she creates a safe, supportive environment for clients to explore emotional well-being. Committed to ongoing growth, she blends compassion and evidence-based interventions to guide clients toward resilience, joy and gained personal insight.
 

Beyond individual sessions, she enjoys facilitating therapy groups, emphasizing community support. Her approach to therapy is always centered around clients’ desired therapeutic goals. If applicable to each client’s needs, she combines creative therapies, such as art therapy, mindfulness, and yoga therapy. She maintains a systems approach, with an emphasis on exploring childhood/developmental wounds and traumas. She believes each client has the ability to help themself, and her role is to help each person discover how to do so.

Specialties:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Mindfulness

  • Pregnancy, Postpartum & Parenting

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Conflicts

  • Substance Use & Co-Occurring

  • Eating Disorders & Body Image

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