Our Clinical Staff or Who We Are


Therapists:


Ms Kathryn E Dobbs, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Pastoral Counselor

Ms Kathryn E Dobbs, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor and Pastoral Counselor

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I love consulting with my clients, connecting with them and sharing with them, in ways that can help them find resolution to the emotional and spiritual issues that trouble them. In my long career in finance (accountant, financial adviser, and auditor), I learned that if people will talk with me about their finances, they will talk with me about almost anything.Doing that work, I learned the importance of listening, and became inspired to pursue a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and my second career as a psychotherapist. My office hours are in the evenings.
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Dr Charles Gallagher, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Charles Gallagher, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I draw upon different psychological methods for working with individuals, couples, and families. In my work with you, I will also try to account for the ways in which psychology interacts with other vital aspects of living, including biological factors; differing levels of need for information and knowledge; and your religious beliefs or spiritual perspective. Since I have worked in schools for many years, I have a great deal of experience in identifying different learning and behavioral problems among children and teenagers. I also have extensive training and years of experience in psychological testing and evaluation.
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Ms Valerie Glauser, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Ms Valerie Glauser, LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: While I help clients with many types of problems, I have the most experience with those who are coping with depression, anxiety, or mood swings; and those who are struggling with grief or trauma, including sexual abuse. I want to know not just the reason why you are seeking help, but also what is important to you. What are your values, goals, strengths? What is your family and cultural background? What are the sources of your suffering right now?
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Dr Karen Glick, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Karen Glick, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: For more than 18 years, I have been working with diverse clients focusing on many types of issues: career and education counseling, anxiety reduction, relief from depression, navigating difficult life choices, couples therapy, parenting issues, making changes necessary for better health, and dealing with the ultimate issues of aging, mortality, and loss.
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Ms Sarah J. Halpern, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist

Ms Sarah J. Halpern, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I have had the privilege of working with individuals and couples struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. In couples work, creating a safe space to explore sexuality and emotional intimacy is a basic requirement of treatment. In my office, couples will be given the opportunity to explore how they got where they are now, how each member of the couple contributed to their current patterns of relating. It is an exciting road to walk and brings with it the possibility of greater intimacy, pleasure and security.
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Mr Damani P. Irby, MS, NCC, CCMHC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Mr Damani P. Irby, MS, NCC, CCMHC, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I have experience working with individuals age 5 and up, including families and couples. Experience has taught me to develop a set of strategies for each category of individuals, which has led me to successfully meet their needs in therapy. I maintain a strength based approach, which means to identify capabilities in a person, and encourage the individual to utilize those strengths to conquer challenges.
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Ms Emily Katz, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms Emily Katz, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Are you and/or your family struggling with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder? Do you have a child labeled "oppositional defiant" or "ADHD", learning disabilities or autism spectrum/Aspergers? Does your child seem to have low self-esteem, or does she "cut" or harm herself? Is your family having a hard time dealing with divorce, or struggling with parent-child conflicts?
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Dr Fred McKinney, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Fred McKinney, PhD, Clinical Psychologist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: When you come into my office for psychotherapy, I will begin by listening to your story. As I get to know you, I will better understand what specific techniques may best help you in your unique situation. I may help you learn to relax, in many cases using mindfulness meditation techniques to help you find a calm space to focus on yourself and become aware of yourself. I may be able to help you figure out whether your suffering is more physical, located in the body or the brain and nervous system; or whether your suffering is primarily caused by what's in the mind, your negative thoughts, for example.
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Dr Frances Meehan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Dr Frances Meehan, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Have you lost an important relationship in your life through death, divorce, or separation? Are you struggling with losses or challenging health problems related to aging? Do you sometimes suffer with feelings of sadness, worthlessness, or excessive worry? As an experienced clinical psychologist, I can provide a safe place where you can talk about what you are going through.
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Mr. Stephen J. Milburn, LPC, CAADC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Mr. Stephen J. Milburn, LPC, CAADC, Licensed Professional Counselor

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I can help you work around or through the roadblocks of depression, anxiety and addiction as well as relationship struggles. I have doctoral level training in working with sexuality-related concerns, and I am a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), as well as a Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate. I also work with teens (ages 12 and up) who may have behavioral or academic problems.
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Mr Michael Montie, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mr Michael Montie, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I am an experienced couple's therapist, having been trained at The Council for Relationships. I have provided therapy to children ages 5 and above and particularly enjoy the challenge of adolescents those who have many gifts and potential which can be realized when supported and given opportunities to speak about who they are becoming. I have worked with individuals suffering from all forms of depression, addiction, and anxiety, bereavement and loss or and a variety maladaptive behavior patterns.
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Mr Nate S. Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor

Mr Nate S. Prentice, MSW, LCSW, CAS-PC, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Pastoral Counselor

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: I do individual, family, couples, and group therapy with people with various problems, but I have particular strengths. I have a strong foundation in addressing post traumatic stress (otherwise known as PTSD or "shell shock") that comes from working with people such as combat veterans, battered persons, car accident survivors, child abuse survivors, and sexual abuse survivors. I also have done a lot of work with people who deal with depression and/or bipolar disorder (previously known as "manic-depression"). I use a technique called cognitive-behavioral therapy to help people change the way they think, and thereby change the way they feel when coping with these things. While I am Christian in orientation, I also work with people of different faiths to help them resolve their spiritual issues. People who are atheists or agnostic are certainly fully respected and accepted as well.
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Mr David Tomlinson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Mr David Tomlinson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: My approach encourages more "solution talk" in therapy, and less "problem talk." Nevertheless, most people want to have their problems heard and understood, so the basis of the therapeutic relationship is unconditional acceptance, empathy and compassion. I feel privileged to work with clients of all ages, and have no "upper limit" regarding age of clients I accept into my practice.
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Ms Vanessa Walker, MSW, LSCW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Ms Vanessa Walker, MSW, LSCW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Do you have a teenager in your home who is experiencing behavioral barriers to their education? Are you a young adult who has personal goals and career ambitions but something seems to be holding you back? Are you a child of a substance abuser, seeking a place to talk? Has the communication between you and your partner become uneasy and you are finding what was once so easy, now difficult?
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Psychiatrists:


Dr Jeffrey Dekret, MD

Dr Jeffrey Dekret, MD

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Dr. Dekret has many years of experience in general and geriatric psychiatry. The former Director of Psychiatry at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, he now treats patients part time at Psych Choices of the Delaware Valley.
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Dr Aita Susi, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr Aita Susi, MD, Board Certified Psychiatrist

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Dr. Aita Susi is an adult and child/adolescent psychiatrist. She initially worked as pediatrician for 15 years. Then, due to her strong interest in her patients' emotional well-being she sought a second residency in psychiatry. Dr. Susi has experience in treating mania, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.
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Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners:


Dr Peggy Fuhs, PhD, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practicioner

Dr Peggy Fuhs, PhD, CRNP, Psychiatric Nurse Practicioner

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Dr. Fuhs has been working in the field of holistic mind-body psychotherapy since 1981. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, in 1966 and 1972. In 1980 she earned her doctorate in nursing (PhD), with a focus in psychology and psychiatric nursing, from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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Ms Deanna Palacios, CRNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Ms Deanna Palacios, CRNP-BC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Treatment Specialties & Clinical Interests: Deanna has clinical experience working with the chronically mentally ill population, the addiction population and with clients who have mood and anxiety disorders. Her training has been eclectic, but includes training in medical (psychopharmacologic) treatment, individual, cognitive and group psychotherapy, and substance abuse recovery.
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